Personnally Speaking--Part 3

We spent New Year's Eve 1981 at my grandmother's house. It was after a long night of family celebration that I finally arrived home. 2:00 in the morning and I was exhausted as I lay my three month old son on the bed next to me. A new year, a new beginning--I couldn't take another year of life the way I had come to know it. I still remember the words God spoke to me that night. No, not an audible voice, but still so clear in my spirit. "Things can be different this year, if you let them."

Yes, it was time for things to be different. I watched my son as he slept wrapped in innocence. None other than God had made me responsible for this young life. I didn't want him to experience life the way I had. I wanted him to avoid the pain and discouragements that I had faced. I wanted something better for him. It was time for a change. I knew it, and God had spoken. For once, I was listening.

It was on that night and at that moment that God began His transforming work. Little by little I desired to serve Him again. After several weeks of allowing God to begin the healing, I found myself back in church. Up to this point, my wife wasn't saved and I doubt she even knew that I was. Being new to the church, we were first on the list to be visited by the pastor. He stopped by on a Thursday night and that was the night my wife was born again,

God seemed to be moving so quickly from that time on. A few weeks later as I sat in the church service, I listened to the preacher intently. The message seemed to be pointed directly at me. Before the service was over, God called me into His ministry. I would be starting Bible college in the fall to prepare for whatever God had in mind. Those were exciting times, but they were hard as well. I worked a full-time job, was very active in the church, and carried a full semester of college credits. I felt overextended, but yet God's grace kept me going.

God led me into church planting. We began a Bible study in an area north of Philadelphia. Things were progressing well for a while, but then God called us to the inner city to help another pastor with a new work. It was exciting, but things were different. I couldn't put my finger on it, but something was not the same. Still things were exciting and I was growing.

I loved being out in the streets among the people. I looked forward to the opportunities God gave me to witness for Him. There was nothing that could compare to it. After such a long time of being away from God in my rebellion, I just couldn't spend enough time with Him. Every moment He was on my mind. Every moment was about Him. My world was so perfectly pieced together. The fabric of my life was stretching, and stretching well-until it ripped.

Part 4 is on the way.

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creativeone59 5 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

Thank you LG, for a great story, I enjoyed every bit of it.Isn't wonderful when God takes us under his wings, when we have lost I direction in life; he's always there to steer us in the right direction. Thank you for being a blessing to me. God bless you on your journey. creativeone59


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The Minstrel 5 years ago from Hawaii

Great story Lifegate. God is so good!


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lifegate 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

CO,

Thanks for checking in. God is truly good.

Minstrel,

Good to hear from you! Thanks for your encouragement.


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Michael Adams1959 5 years ago from Wherever God leads us.

What a wonderful work all the way through and yes, I agree so much with the statement after being away from God and returning you just can't get enough of God and His mercies and blessings, I guess that's what is called GRACE!


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota

Its amazing how God works in us at times with simple questions. We sometimes think some big dramatic bad thing has to happen for someones life to turn around when the still small voice of God is plenty to move those mountains and turn the ship around.


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Specialk3749 5 years ago from Michigan

I love reading others' testimonies. I'm looking forward to part 4!


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lifegate 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Michael,

His mercies are new every morning. He's all we need, and should be all we want. Thanks for the visit!

TJ,

Yes, it's that still, small voice that I love to hear. Sometimes though I find I still don't listen. He has to shake once in a while.

Specialk,

Thanks for stopping by. Part 4 is on the way!


tinamarie9884 5 years ago

lifegate, I have been reading between the lines and I am paying close attention to some things you write in each paragraph, including the very end, The fabric of my life was stretching and stretching until it ripped. Very well written. When the spirit flows through you, we will read part 4. I think it is great that you continue to share, Thank you!


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lifegate 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

TM,

Thanks for the encouragement. This is actually turning out to be longer than I had intended, but I'm finding out there's some detail that I can't leave out. Anyway, Part 4 will be coming shortly. Thanks again for the visit.


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cristina327 5 years ago from Manila

Great hub, very exciting christian testimony. Truly the transforming power of the Spirit is awesome in your life. Thank you for sharing this inspirng account of your life. Blessings and regards.


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lifegate 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Cristina,

We have a very exciting God capable of transforming anything He chooses. Thanks for stopping by!

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