At first, when I was asked to give a short testimony as to how God’s goodness and mercy has touched my life, it was easy to come up with many trials and tribulations. God has saved me from being attacked inches from death, jumping from a moving car to save my life in a robbery attempt, the loss of family members, surviving unemployment, and watching my precious mother deal with sickness every day. There were times that there was nothing I could do, but pray and call on the name of Jesus. I held on to his word (“Trust in the Lord at all times and lean not unto your understanding.” Proverbs 3:35) I could go on and on, but something in my spirit spoke to me and said, “Tell them about how every day God’s love and mercy I see.”
Jesus loves me every day despite myself. God has been with me when family and friends turned away. I’ve lived in my apartment for 35 years that has sheltered me from the cold. Although my knees suffer from arthritis I still can walk on my own. My eyes can still see and read God’s word. I can still see the smiling faces of those I love, and smell my favorite food cooking on Sunday. God has planted my feet in a wonderful Church that teaches and lives God’s word. I’ve been blessed with the spirit of giving, a great love for people, and a heart that forgives. For the bible says in Luke 6:38, “Give and it shall be given unto you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over shall man give unto your bosom.”
I thank God that every day he gives me another chance, and he helps me to get it right.
I’m still a work in progress!
I feel so blessed with this relationship that I have been developing with God. I have experienced sadness, loss, and heartache. I know what it is to be so sick that sometimes I could not even walk, and did not want to talk. I know what is is to feel low and depressed, and from the depths of my problems and despair I found myself asking God the question, “Why me?”
Now, I have learned to have faith in God and to call on his name through prayer and praise. He has been faithful to hear and answer when I call upon him. He has given me a joy in my heart so that, no matter what I am going through, my spirit remains bright; it remains happy; and it remains constant. God has been so good to me I cannot complain.
I’m alive. I’m well. I’m blessed. I feel renewed in my mind, body, my soul.
I am happy that I have found a place and a family a New Covenant Church of God that I can worship and learn of God’s love. I have learned that without Jesus in my life, I cannot be truly happy. All the material things that I once thought I needed in my life to be happy, I no longer desire because God has filled me up with His grace and mercy and I thank Him, I praise Him. When I feel the pressure of this world, I now know how to ask God for perseverance and strength. I now know how to ask God for His guidance. He is the one that I should and will turn to. He will answer me.
Yes, I am still a work in progress. But I am absolutely sure that if I hold firm to him in my faith, continue to learn about Him, and lean on Him, He will continue to direct my path.