This past Saturday I went on a hunt for some black flats for work because my foot pulled a baby hulk on me and busted the seam out of my old ones. ( It was soooo ridiculous!)
Now that I’ve lived almost half a century, I’ve come to the conclusion that one of the accepted norms of society is to place people into categories based on observed characteristics such as physical or intellectual attributes. Some might see it as prejudice or pre-judging others, but I see it as an attempt to define others. For example, tall, heavy set black males are defined as dangerous or someone to fear; if you’re from a single parent home, then you’re destined for the lower class; if you’re African American then you’re defined as one who will automatically vote one political party over another; and, if you have strong convictions about how to live life, are willing to speak out against moral injustices based on your religious convictions, then you’re defined as being intolerant.
My daughter asked me to write testimony for her blog. I responded by asking her, “which one?” I asked her that because at my age, I have many testimonies, some recorded on paper and others that I hold in my memory and share them when the Holy Spirit prompts me to do so. But, since we just celebrated Mother’s Day, I am sharing this personal testimony about lost and restoration from a mother’s prospective.
After the awesome guest post, Freed From Sexual Sin it made me re-evaluate some of my past preconceived notions about masturbation. While trying to overcome my need for sex, masturbation became a means of not giving into the act with another human being. I felt that if I wasn’t actually engaging in sex then I was safe from sin and I wasn’t causing someone else to stumble. But, after really hearing the words of Quanetta’s testimony as an unmarried woman I had to go to God and ask the question…"Is masturbation a sin if it isn’t an addiction, and is it acceptable to masturbate rather than engage in sexual relations?”
So you know what’s sad? I’ve never heard anyone give a testimony about being set free from sexual sin. It’s something I’ve heard many people say they “struggle with” but never overcome. So for a very long time, I believed just that. People don’t really get set free from pornography. People don’t just stop masturbating after years of habit, right? Well… I pray that my testimony points you to Jesus. I’m finally experiencing true freedom and it’s all because of Him.
A friend of the family that has been going through a difficult time inspired me to write this post as I was originally headed in a different direction for this week. But it seems like the spirit of depression is heavy right now and I want to share my current struggle instead to maybe be a blessing to some of you.
Sometimes in Life we end up in up in situations that spiral out of control because of the choices we make. You look back and say, how did I get here. In the midst of our hurts or struggles, turning to God seems to be last resort maybe because of pride, stubbornness, guilt or fear. But the truth of the matter is, you can go to God unashamed because of Grace no matter where you are in your life and He will welcome you with open arms. This testimony is proof of that. Not only is it proof that God is waiting for your whole heart, but it's proof that He wants to bless you and use you to bless others.
The majority of us have had to battle some type of addiction along the way in life and some of us today are still trying to rid ourselves of them. Whether it be a substance addiction, media addiction, work or food addiction, we can all learn and find hope in the testimonies of others who have been delivered from them. I don't want to just be another person telling you to "go to God, go to God" and not tell you how to get there or get you resources that can help lead you. Sometimes we need help and guidance. Sometimes we need someone to show us how to pray, to reveal to us how God works through people, and to be an example of the miracle He can do in their lives as well. That why it is so important to share what God has done for you so He can work through us to bless others!
Here is a short but very powerful testimony of a family friend. Be encouraged and find hope in her story.
We live in a world where advertisement has us mesmerized. You can't drive down the street without seeing a display of something that you do not already have. And that will always be, because even the richest person won't ever have it all.
We see pictures of places we have yet to travel to, things we don't own and qualities we will never posses.
We have all that we need but it's the things we want that drag us down. The person next to you will always have something you don't, and you them.
That is the source of the dark cloud that creeps in, hovers over our lives and causes we the people, who have so much, to feel poor and inferior.
The holidays have always been associated with warm sentimental times with friends and family. So, it’s no wonder a loss of a loved one or a trying situation with someone you care about can bring on depression and lead to suicide. The holidays pose a surge in suicide numbers and I want to take time to see how these dark feelings can be dealt with. Death is never the answer and no matter how lonely we may feel at times we know that God is always with us.