Friday, March 6, 2009

Wonder-Working Power

Patty from Patterings gave me permission to link this testimony for Fiction Friday which Sunny Glade is hosting. It is my 200th post, so it is VERY special to me. In celebration, I am giving away a Women of Passions book and a Selah CD of choice for those who are willing to tell their salvation testimony as well. If you post it on your blog and link it to mine, I will announce it on my final giveaway post, which will be on Saturday, March 14th. But you have a chance to win as long as you send me your testimony via blog post, email or through my website (see tab at top to email me). When you do so, please let me know if you will allow me to post your testimony on my blog on a future date.

As promised, I have shared my own testimony...well, sort of, in the form of fiction and truth mixed. This is what the Lord has led me to for now...I pray it ministers to you or someone you pass it onto...

Wonder-Working Power


Bouncing up and down the aisles of the small Baptist church, Laura was anxious for the service to start. With crooked bangs and a crippled spirit, she wasn’t sure if the wide grins aimed toward her were because she smiled at them first or because they felt sorry for her. As she took her seat in the pew next to her dad, she thought she heard some whispers.

Laura was only a young girl, but she was smart enough to know that she needed someone to help her. Her heart was thumping louder than her dad’s fingers were on the arm of the wooden pew, and she was sure everyone saw it pounding from her chest. She’d been chewing on the words the pastor had said at the end of the service for as long as she could remember. “If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ you will be saved.” But today, Laura knew she couldn’t leave the building without responding.

“Do you know how much God loves you?” The pastor asked. He paused, and no one in the room made a sound. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” Pastor John, patting one hand down on His Bible while the other wiped his brow, quieted his voice. “Do you know anyone who loves you that much? Enough to die for you… Enough to take nails in His hands for you?” Laura shook her head back and forth, as if the pastor was asking her the question directly. “You don’t, do you? But there’s a problem. We’ve all sinned, and that means we are separated from a holy, perfect, sinless God. Romans 3:23 says, ‘For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.’ And if that wasn’t enough, Romans 6:23 tells us that ‘the wages of sin is death.’ BUT. ‘The gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.’”

Pastor John was smiling now, and to her, he looked like he was telling the truth. He went on to talk about Jesus being the only way to Heaven and that it is by His grace that one could be saved, not because of works. “If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

A deep throaty “Amen” bellowed from her mom’s trembling lips. Her big sister nudged her in the arm to meet the pastor at the pulpit* as they had talked about earlier in the week. She looked over at her dad, who had nodded off behind his tinted spectacles. What would Dad think? Would he be mad at me?  Shivering, Laura’s heart was beating to the rhythm of fear. But she knew she must have this love she’d never had before, and she wanted her sins forgiven too. Finally, the invitation came. Ignoring the persistent grumblings of her hungry tummy, as well as the nagging doubts in her mind, Laura gave way to her groaning spirit instead.

After that decision to receive Christ’s gift of eternal life, Laura’s life would never be the same, though her circumstances at home would remain the same. She talked to God in bed at night with wondering “whys” and pleading “pleases.” “Why, God, don’t you take this bad stuff away?” and “Please God, keep us safe tonight.” Peace did not rule in her home, but it ruled in her heart. She was glad she had a Savior to hear her silent cries and a Friend in whom to confide.

The same God that had enough power to raise His own Son from the dead raised His hurting young daughter to eternal life. Though Satan fought hard to keep Laura miserable all throughout her younger years, God in her overcame.
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy;
I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
John 10:10

This daughter of the King, ME—Laura Lee Shaw—through the amazing grace of Christ, stands boldly before you SAVED by her one and only Father. And each hour of every day He continues to lead me in His way, His truth, His life, healed and free from a life of brokenness, pain and sin.

It is my passionate desire for everyone to know this love. I don’t want anyone to have to go through this life without the Hope of Heaven and without the help of this strong Savior. You see, the same God who has the power to raise His only Son from dead to life, can bring you new life as well, one defined by Him instead of your circumstances.

“to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them
a crown of beauty instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
A planting of the LORD for the display of His splendor.”
Isaiah 61:2-3

* I want to make clear that my salvation did not come about as a result of walking down an aisle, or in the magic of a certain prayer. It came from a heart that wanted Jesus Christ to be my Lord and Savior. But confession can only come through prayer, and salvation can only come from the One true God. I love the fact now that I walked that aisle, letting everyone in the church know of my decision for Christ. But you can know Jesus as your Lord right now no matter where you are by confessing that you are a sinner, repenting from those sins, and asking Jesus to be Lord and Savior of your life. Check out these links for specific guidance:

http://www.tbn.org/index.php/1.html
http://www.needhim.org/
http://www.wayofthemaster.com/10principles.shtml

15 friends shared a comment:

Denise said...

Thank you so much my friend, for sharing such a precious testimony. I love you.

Teresa Lee Rainey . . . said...

LauraLee, your testimony is beautiful. Thank you for being so bold to share it. Praise God for his work in and through your life.

Yvonne said...

Beautiful....just like you!

Thank you, for letting us see into your past to this wonderful day!

Praying that your testimony will bring others to the Savior.

Vonnie

Patty Wysong said...

YaY!! Like you've said, there is such power in sharing what God has done in our own personal lives!! I'll be posting mine...sometime next week. It's something I've been wanting to do and this is the perfect opportunity. THANK YOU!!
Huggles!

Lynn Squire said...

Awesome post! I love to read salvation stories - nothing could be better. You can find my testimony at www.lynnsquire.com.

Catrina Bradley said...

Thank you, Laura, for your testimony and for the challenge. I've been thinking about writing out my own testimony for a while now, so maybe this is my cue from God that NOW is the time. Trouble is, it's not over yet. But I also know that unless a Christian continues to grow spiritually, their spirit isn't really alive in Christ. Hmmm, maybe I'll use that line. :)

Joanne Sher said...

What a wonderful testimony, dear Laura. Pretty sure I've posted my salvation on my blog before, but if I haven't, I certainly will! (though you can keep the book. I think I have it! ;)) Such incredible truth.

Laurie Ann said...

Absolutely beautiful testimony, LauraLee. I loved reading it. So glad we are sisters-in-Christ!

The Surrendered Scribe said...

When I first started blogging, I spent a week taking each part of my life, leading up to my salvation. It's amazing how far He takes us, and how close He keeps us.

Awesome story!

Debra said...

LauraLee,

I loved reading your testimony. Beautiful, my sister.

Betsy Markman said...

Lovely. So glad you shared this.

SheriYates said...

wow wow wow! love your blog. have i been here before???

Hoomi said...

Sometimes, a non-fiction entry is just what the doctor ordered.

Excellent narrative.

Anonymous said...

It's a beautiful testimony. I find it wonderful that at such a young age you choose God as your saviour.
Barbra

Marita said...

Oh Sweet Laura, I am glad I was surfing around tonight and found this post. I will have to think of a way to convey my God-walk on my blog soon. I have made a goal to try to blog once a week. I seem to have ideas roll around in my mind, but don't take the time to see them materialize. Even now, I am seeing a creative way to tell my salvation story.