Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Sharing my testimony

Last Tuesday I got a chance to share my testimony at our Bible study.

I was very nervous because, well...to share my testimony I have to tell a lot of personal stuff.

I guess I don't have to share EVERYTHING, but I feel compelled to share a lot of it and don't think it would as powerful without all the detail.

I cried throughout some of it. Especially when I share the part how as a child I was so in love with my savior and I gave that up. It breaks my heart to admit that out loud.

Anyway, a lot of the ladies said they were really touched. So PTL!

I just started reading the Purpose Driven Life. I started it several years ago but never finished it.

I'm quite touched and amazed by it. It makes a lot of sense to me now and confirms a lot of things the Holy Spirit has revealed to me throughout this past year.

It never ceases to amaze me when the Holy Spirit drops something in my heart and then I read the same thing in a book or in the Word. It's such a confirmation that the Holy Spirit is REAL! And powerful! It's awesome to think I have a personal companion that guides me.

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Dad said...

Jennifer:

I am thrilled to see how you use the doors God gives you to glorify Him. You have others gifts and talents the Lord wants to use. Focus on Him and follow Him as He directs your steps.

Here is an article I wrote for this Sunday's bulletin. I thought I should let you read it. You are a person of destiny.

A People of Destiny

Someone said that destiny is not a matter of chance; it is a matter of choice. It is not something to be waited for; it is something to be achieved. Paul put it this way. He said, “I press toward the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14 NKFV). Two words stand out in obtaining destiny. They are “press” and “achieve”. Too many people have the notion that great destinies are without effort and determination. That is just not so. God’s word does not support such an idea.

What can you do to achieve God’s best—His highest destiny?

1. Be focused on His plan.
2. Be faithful to His assignment.
3. Be fearless to risk according to His challenge.
4. Be fervent with holy passion.
5. Be forceful and firm in your determination.

Losers live in the past for the future. They see a problem in every solution.

Winners learn from the past, live in the present, and set goals for the future. They seek a solution in every problem.

Double winners learn from the past and work in the present to accomplish goals that benefit everyone’s future. They help others solve their problem.

Let’s be a church that will be a double winner. That is God’s plan for us. We are a people of destiny by both His choice and our decision.

Pastor Dykes


Love, Dad