For many years, growing up in the church, I was embarrassed to share my personal testimony of faith. I had heard countless dramatic testimonies of salvation and life transformation that my very basic testimony seemed to pale in comparison. Struggles with drugs overcome, ruined relationships restored, negative lifestyle choices abandoned, all for the sake of the cross.
Until one day it dawned on me; the fact that I was able to remain in Christ, my whole life, was a huge testament to God’s incredible grace and His faithfulness to the Godly heritage gone on before me. I became very thankful to Jesus for his mercy and love that I began to proclaim his providence in my life to those who would hear of it.
With that stated, I would like to share my testimony with you, Daughters, and give glory to my Lord and Saviour for His work in my life, and that of my family!
I was born in Grand Falls-Winsor, Newfoundland to a father from Peterborough, Ontario and a mother from Newfoundland. They met at Eastern Pentecostal Bible College in Peterborough and were married in their final year of school. Before my birth, my parents pastored a few churches before my father took a career in radio. Due to the nature of his career we lived in several cities during my childhood years.
In all the places we lived my parents were always very active in the churches we attended, involved in quite literally every ministry department going. As children, my younger sister and I equally spent many hours working in the church and actively participating in many of the programs offered. As a family we loved God first, took care of each other second and served Him in our church and community third…these were the priorities I grew up with and have brought into my life as an adult.
I gave my life to Christ when I was five years old, one night after a church service, in Newfoundland. I had been in the service that night with the adults and heard the pastor talk about heaven and our need to know Jesus in order to get there. When I went to bed, and my mother was tucking me in, I expressed to her that I wanted to ask Jesus into my heart so that I could be with Him in heaven. She led me in a prayer and I became a follower of Christ, serving Him ever since.
At ten years old I realized my need to be baptized in water, to make my walk with Jesus known to the greater believing community and to ask for their prayers for me as I grew. That realization shortly became a reality and I can remember that wonderful moment to this day when I declared that Jesus was my Lord.
During my teen years I desperately wanted to be baptized by the Holy Spirit, speaking in tongues. This began a learning process in my life that took several years. At first, I wanted to simply speak in tongues. It was the next logical step in my walk with God, a formula so to speak. I was seeking the gift, the formula, and not the giver of the gift.
As the years progressed, with many disappointing trips to the altar, I learned to focus on the giver and simply rest in His presence; to know Him better; to ask Him for direction in prayer; to relinquish the control to Him; to follow His lead and the tongues would come in His time. And they did. And it’s awesome! I am still learning this gift given, but know that it is through intercession that the Holy Spirit moves in my life in this manner. It is with Him that I grow in my walk with Christ and navigate this life on earth.
I love the Lord with all of my heart and I am honoured that He has blessed me with a wonderful Godly husband and two great children. We, as a family, have devoted our lives to His work and ministry and will do so until the end. It’s exciting to see where He will take us and how He will use us for His glory. And I am thankful to have found my Saviour at such a young age and to have grown older with Him constantly at my side!
Daughters, never be embarrassed to share your testimony of faith and the good that the Lord is doing in your life! Let’s share with others today!