There's so much bad news and uncertainty around these days. So I thought I'd share parts of a testimony I wrote out while attendnig the Alpha Course recently. It is about how I came to know the Lord and how my life has changed. I'll cut out some of the more personal parts, and just share this part:
"Before I knew the Lord, I was not really at peace. I was happy if I felt I was doing generally better than others, had good results, and was well thought of by others. Naturally I was miserable when the opposite happened.
Over the years, God’s dealings with me in this area extended to many areas of my life, to my relationships, studies, career, marriage, having children, and raising them. He continues to work in me! To show me that “all have fall short of the glory of God” and it is “by grace, through faith that we are saved”. 'Good' as I may appear on the outside, inside of me God continually works, and “amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me” is a resounding song within my heart.
There were a few major periods of difficult times in my life, one when I was younger and had relationship struggles, another when I was married and was trying to have a baby, and yet another when our firstborn had developmental difficulties, coupled with financial worries. Through all those times, God took a long time to answer my prayers in the manner I asked Him to. But in those long periods of struggling, He changed me. He taught me to rely on Him, and to trust Him. Through those periods, He also knew where my breaking points were and when I was vulnerable, and He protected me and provided special ways and help for me to cope.
As I walked this road of faith with God, I have tasted the goodness of God, experienced His faithfulness and answered prayers, seen the changes in my life, received peace, joy, and guidance for my life, found that the teachings in the bible are true, and that the bible gives answers to all my questions about life, and hope for the future.
My favourite verse is in Micah 6:8 - “What does the Lord require of you, but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God.”
Praise God for His Everlasting love and faithfulness, and I pray that I will walk closer and closer to Him, and my life will more and more honour Him."
Well, if you have taken the time to read through all that, thank you, and hope it blesses you to know how God works in my life. I hope in the difficult times to come I too will remember His faithfulness and always have hope, peace and joy. Same to you too!
Now, for this week's layouts, I'm trying out more muted colors for these theme park photos. I've so many photos for this one trip!! It's taken almost the entire year to scrap them. Someone asked if I'm always on vacation lol! I wish, hehe! But scrapping has been really great as I relive the trip with dh and the boys. Can't wait to see it printed!
Credits: background paper by Weeds & Wildflowers, birdie and cut papers by Beth Nixon
Credits: Background paper from mediterrean kit by T Martin and Nancy Comelab from Digital Artist magazine, purple paper from Miss Mints kindergartencrafts, color sparkles from ChristinaRenee's blog party 2, orange paper fr Jackie Eckles' Whimsy world.
As usual, the above templates can be found here
Credits: background paper by Faith True, disney logo by Idzibitsy designs, numbers strip by Danielle Young, bullseye by Kim Christensen
This template is now available as a set in the store HERE