The first thing I want to tell everyone here is that your testimony is never too short or too long. Many years I have thought that my testimony was insignificant because it wasn’t full of crazy mistakes and huge eye-openers. Mine is more on the simple side, but it is something, and I believe God calls each one of us to share what we can offer.
“But you are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God’s instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you—from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted.”
1 Peter 2:9-10 MSG
The second thing that I want you to keep in mind for the entirety of my testimony is this. My dad pastored a church in Lagrange which was 3 hours away and my hometown. Kaitlan Knight & Jordan Knight, my cousins, and I had a dream. Our dream was for their father to be a Music Pastor and for my father to be the pastor in Toccoa at the same church. We all wanted to be a part of the same bands in our church, and we wanted to live less than a mile from each other. Keep this in mind because it is very important.
“When you call on me, when you come and pray to me, I’ll listen.”
On to the next part..
I was baptized when I was 7. I chose to live my life for the Lord since I was very young and I’ve stayed that route luckily all of my life. I was a pastor’s kid with a close, loving family. There were no times when I doubted that God was real or that He was watching over me, but I have had moments where I have felt so alone that it was almost impossible to see God working in me.
It started when I was 11. I remember my parents calling me to the dining room table and saying they needed to talk to me. I was very skeptical, but the very words that came out of my mouth were, “As long as y’all aren’t divorcing, I will be okay.” My worst fear came to life in that moment. My dad had to look me in the eyes and tell me that he had fallen out of love with my mom. I was first in shock which soon turned into disbelief. Unfortunately, my dad ended up divorcing my mom after 7 months of separation. This was the hardest, most faith-questioning time of my life. My faith grew immensely as I began to seek the Lord for guidance and His loving arms, and to be honest, I have never found anyone that can embrace me as intimately and passionately as my Loving Father. His love is deeper than the deepest ocean, wider than the East is from the West, and he showed that love on the Cross. I found My Love in those hard times, and he helped me find myself and my worth. Micah 5:5 “You will be my peace.”
One of the most comforting things that Abba Father has done and will always do is He will never abandon you in your weakest moment. I remember when I have cried myself to sleep multiple times and when the pain was almost unbearable, but there were multiple times when He promised in 1 Corinthians 10:13 that he will not give us more than we can bear.
“No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he’ll never let you be pushed past your limit; he’ll always be there to help you come through it.”
He is a faithful God, and he is a Father that is never distant from you.
“Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.”
While my dad was sitting in a church service listening to a sermon just as he has done many many times before, he felt the Lord lead him to call my mom to check up on her. He did not want to call my mom, but he wanted to be obedient to the Lord. He knew what the right decision, so he called her. Little did he know that that would be the key to falling back in love with my mom. That phone call ignited a fiery, passionate, REAL love for mom. They weren’t divorced but for a few months and they soon remarried and are now one of the happiest couples I have ever witnessed. My dad is a new man, and my parents are genuinely, evidently, and passionately in love.
There is no other verse to better explain who my God is better than this, “Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:39
My dad now is the executive pastor for The Pointe Church along with my mother playing piano for both of our services. My uncle is and has been the Music Pastor for many many years, and I play trumpet and a midi keys set up in both of our services. My cousins both sing in both of our church’s services as well as my aunt. My grandma faithfully serves in our Wednesday small groups as well as cooking for anyone and everyone who wants food at any time. Our families now live .7 miles from each other. Our dream was fulfilled by such a loving God. You are never too young to dream, and you are never too young for Him to listen to your smallest prayers.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
Jeremiah 29:11 NLT
Psalm 107:2 “Has the Lord redeemed you? Then speak out! Tell others he has redeemed you from your enemies.”