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How Did God Change You

Do you believe God can turn your mess into a testimony? If so, what was your mess, and how did God fix it?

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God changed my life by his Holy Spirit, my eves were opened and I began to see from a spiritual perspective. I learned by God testing me and chastising me, God chastises the ones he loves and I know he loves me a lot.
My faith was increased by all the hard times I have had to endure, God proved though them to me that he would help me in every situation.
I do not Question God or his son any more, I do not try to justify anything in my life, I believe the word is true and what ever it says
It will accomplish. I know that God always answers my prayers, sometimes his answer is no. I always accept what ever his will is for my life.
---exzucuh on 6/26/09


wao,
i have been reading your posts
I will give a testimony later
i am only here to admit that i am truelly awed by your openness...
i mean Kath and Miche
you have shown christian maturity here and i thank you for it

keep it up gals... than you for making up
have a jolly day
you two
---patience on 6/25/09


my mother taught me a lot of techniques to overcome anger..
it was difficult trying these..
I cried due to the pain and struggle i felt in my chest when i tried to avoid physically attacking anyone who annoyed me.

while in grade three i was so angry with my kid sister i began to cry.

I lay on the floor and cried my eyes out... That was when the Lord visited me...

well... God gave me the patience i need for life.. now people say "what a good name you have! your name has really affected your life"

they do not know it.....i tell you the truth it is not only the name... Christ worked with it as I heard it mentioned over and over daily.

that's God for you.. through Christ Jesus
---patie3447 on 6/25/09


there was a typo....I meant... thank you for making up so nicely- Karth and Miche

i have a lot of testimonies-
let me share the one about anger

Well, when i was much younger, i used to get terribly angry when upset (and sarcastic sometimes)... something that disturbed my parents greatly because they said anger used to be their weakest spots during their earlier years too.

once- while in grade one, i nearly succeeded in completely hammering down my senior brother's door down when he (12yrs older than I) teased and run inside to lock himself up.
Relatives used to teasingly say.."you've got to change your name from Patience to something else."
---patie3447 on 6/25/09


It was something on the inside for me,
it happened to me when I was a littleboy,
in retrospect, It was the Holy Ghost that entered me and he did teach me many things as a child, But with no parental guidance
a tug-o-war started within myself(Good & Evil, God & the Devil, Right & Wrong)
The seed that was planted by God & watered by the Holy Ghost as a child, overcame the wickedness that entered me(Just a month after being Blessed & Prayed over by Rev. Billy Graham in 1980) and I became as Gentle as a Dove, the things I've seen and done have made me wise as a Serpent, but has vexed my soul...

Be of good cheer, My/Our Father is Mighty & he love's you!
YLBD
---YLBD on 6/25/09




I will have to add (since no one else seems to want to post here) that I learned another thing through this ordeal.

I learned how much God Loves HIS Children. I learned one cannot lose their salvation. I learned how God will leave the 99 and go after the one who strayed away. I learned God is a jealous God over His own. I learned God doesn't throw us away. I learned HOW MUCH God loves us, even when we are rotten and ungrateful. I learned how HIS UN-DYING unconditional LOVE brings us to our knees and melts our hearts and brings us to repentance.

I could go on and on....
---kathr4453 on 6/25/09


Miche, I am sorry you are going through so much right now.

I'll share with you a SECRET, but really not a secret. God allows these things in our life so that we can turn them over to Him. It brings HIM Glory to take our impossible that only HE can make possible. With my daughter I had to get out of the way and let God work through me. A LOVE so supernatural and unhuman.

Also remember, when Jesus was carrying His Cross....someone else stepped in and carried it for Him the rest of the way.

God Bless Miche. Young people, especially in a rebellious state blame everyone else for their behavior and attitudes.

It actually took her Probation Officer (from her DUI) to bring that truth home to her.
---kathr4453 on 6/24/09


Kath,
I am sorry if I offended you, And I love you too!
Yes we are a lot alike, Both of us have a passion for God!! Please continue to pray for me.
My daughter even though she is saved, God is still working things out of her.
Mainly the fact that she blames me for everyhing that has happened in her life.
I know I had my faults but she blames me for her father dying, her grand parents being sick(my mom has Alzhiemer's, dad has lung cancer) for failing in school. TO her its all my fault. I know this is just a trial for me and her to get through. She is hurting right now because we finally found a great place for mom and she is leaving our home to be in an assisted living home today. So everyone please keep us in your prayers!
---miche3754 on 6/24/09


Frances~ You're right, I have a very similar experience. I have found two excellent online ministries and feel blessed by them.

We are living in the world's most spiritually dark hour so this is no surprise. God bless.
---Anne on 6/23/09


I went from one church to another seeking one where the truth and obedience to the Bible was held in high regard. I could not find one. God taught me through the Holy Spirit coming upon me, that we do not need priests and preachers when we have the Holy Spirit as well as the Word of God. In fact, with all their errors, churches have become dangerous places in my eyes.
---frances008 on 6/23/09




Miche, I wasn't aware of the 75 blog limit.

I won't take up anymore space here, but to say this,

Of all the people I have come in contact with here on CN, I think about you the most.

I think the Lord put us together for a reason...SANDING off each others rough spots..possible...and that IS a blessing sometimes we fail to understand.

I love you Miche, and pray for you quite often.

I am so sorry if I offended you or hurt you in any way. It's so difficult when we speak words on line...not hearing one's tone of voice. So often you think I'm yelling, when I'm not and vice versa. Your a wonderful SISTER in the Lord Miche. Sisters do fight...and make up!!! I think we may be more ALIKE than we like to admit!
---kathr4453 on 6/23/09


Kathr~ Wow...I enjoyed that testimony. I always thought you were only around 38 years old or so, but I guess I was wrong there since you have a 32 year old daughter. What a great and triumphant story.
---Anne on 6/23/09


#2

So one might ask, " How did God change you through all of this.?"

Ans: He taught me to love unconditionally. Tough Love, but unconditional love.

My Daughter was angry with her Father, and I got the brunt of that anger. I didn't KNOW that at the time. I just thought she was a rebellious teen.

It all started when her dad stood her up on her 14th Birthday. We were divorced. His new Girlfriend was more important than his daughter.

I got the I HATE YOU'S and not him.

After years of this, I tried a different approach...
EVERYTIME my Daughter said "I hate you" I put my arms around her and said I LOVE YOU.

6 months later, I got my daughter back. God's WORD REALLY WORKS!!!
---kathr4453 on 6/23/09


Miche, I would love to share with you some tough times I had with my daughter. She was born with a halo and wings. But when she turned 14, I was looking in the yellow pages for an Exorcist. Who is this child, where did she come from. Even her brother would ask... Mom, are you sure they didn't give you the wrong child at the hospital?

I waited until she was almost 18 to let her get her licence...and guess what, while still having her paper licence she got a DUI! Oh, she brough me to my knees more than anything. 8 very LONG stressful years there.

Today, she's 32, married to a wonderful man, for 9 years, and has become a lovely young woman. AND guess what....I'm going to be a GRANDMOTHER!!!!

God is good Miche!
---kathr4453 on 6/23/09


Kath, like I said you took what I said way out of context.
We only get 75 posts on the blogs and Im interested in seeing the work God has done in people's lives even yours.
I apologize if it seemes like I was attacking you when I wasnt.
We have plenty of other blogs where scripture was posted. I wanted to get away from the arguing and assuming people do on them.
You have admitted you assumed wrong and I should taken better care of what I say.
That should be the end of it.
By the way alan, thank you for your concern but I could never get mad at kath.
I was upset because she yelled at me without asking for more information.
Anyone that has read any of my other responses to her blogs on other blogs should know that by now.
---miche3754 on 6/23/09


Move on Miche. Your pride here just won't allow you to see it was YOUR attack on me that began this whole thing.
-kath

I did not attack you. I asked not to post so much scripture. No, I don't own this blog at all. For a while I didn't even post anything.
As far as ME twisting what you say, that is absolutely not true. I have never twisted anything you said. You have twisted what have said AND called me all kinds of names and I have withstood it all this time. I am fine with it Kath. I have not ever assumed of others as you have.
As far as staying away from you, We are free in Christ and I will post where he leads me to.
---miche3754 on 6/23/09


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Probably the wisest thing would be for Miche and Kathr to take a nice long vacation from each other...

Let it go
Rest in the Lord
Think of positive things
Do something to relax you
Think of the positive moments you've shared

Hope you two can make ammends. God bless.
---Anne on 6/22/09


Thank you kathr, I appreciate the testimony you gave before you corrected yourself with verses on 6/16/09. I pray the humility overcomes all of us and we ask forgiveness on a daily basis as we forgive others.
---MIchael on 6/22/09


Miche & Kathr ... How sad you have both got so angry with each other!!

Actually Miche ... if you go back to Kathr's posts of 6/16, you will see that the first of these was a testimony, with a scripture added.

I hope you can make peace with each other
---alan8566_of_uk on 6/22/09


DITTO MICHE!!!!

I wasn't aware because one posted a question one OWNED and controlled other's answers.

If you don't like what someone says...move on Miche. Unfortunately, even with Nana's reply you still didn't get it.

Move on Miche. Your pride here just won't allow you to see it was YOUR attack on me that began this whole thing.

I forgive you Miche, and ask you to forgive me.

We really should not converse at all. Even from the beginning YOU twist everything I say and do! You are soooo sensative and take everything personally. I asked you to stop then. I won't ask again. I'll just AVOID you from now on.
---kathr4453 on 6/22/09


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kathr4453 on 6/22/09
Concerning this post-

Like I said, YOU took what I said wrong Kath. Then made it about you, that was it.

Um I said nothing of my father. I said something about my son's father.
And yes, my daughter's mess is my mess because I caused her behavior from MY lifestyle. Shes only 15 and knows way more than one her age should. Thats my fault noone elses. God straightened me out. All the things I have and am praying for are slowly being answered. SO, yes it has everything to do with things I did in the past.
Like I have said to you,please get clarification before you start crucifying people,learn to hold your temper. Be patient, kind not insulting and defensive because you have nothing to be defensive about.
---miche3754 on 6/22/09


Micha, that was a wonderful testimony you placed here. God is so faithful to those who belong to Him.

The teen years have to be the most difficult for young Christians especially going it alone.

May God Bless and Keep you always in His Love Micha...I will be praying for you and your family. I pray, and ask others here to also pray for your parents to be saved.

There are no guarantees our family members will be saved.
---kathr4453 on 6/22/09


Miche, I did check out the dates and the order of how replys were placed here.

I first replied about MY Testimony...and gave scripture. I put the wrong scripture down with a corrction. You then came back and attacked saying you did not want scripture. I defended myself and WHY I put down scripture....(wrong thing to do).

Miche, your father and sister not being saved and inconveniencing YOUR life because of it etc, is not YOUR mess..it's theirs. God is not going to SAVE them because they bring YOU problems. This seems to be the kind of testimony YOU want here.

YOUR mess,is when YOU make a mess of YOUR life and yes, the Lord WILL fix YOUR mess when YOU REPENT of what YOU did to cause it to begin with.

---kathr4453 on 6/22/09


I grew up going to a traditional church, mostly just Sunday school and youth group.
My parents never went to church except holidays. My understanding is they saw the same people going into the bar on saturday that they saw going into church on sunday.
Around age 12(1978), I realized the Bible was talking about me!! I confessed my sins and ask Jesus into my life. Although, or maybe because of this the world seemed to drag me into it's depths. The teenage years are the most crucial in a young christians life, finding the truth through all the mess. I always knew God was there, but to my shame I put Him on a shelf, He finally pulled me back into the fold in Oct of 2003 and has been cleaning the dirt off of me ever since.
---Micha on 6/21/09


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Your comment was really out of line! Mich, you need anger management!
---kathr4453 on 6/19/09
No kath it wasn't you just took it wrong.

I didn't want this blog to be a bunch of scripture, we can go to other blogs for that.
I wanted Christians to come and testify how God has helped them. So, maybe someone who isn't saved can read them and one of these testimonies might lead them to God.
But as usual, you take a good thing and make a mess by assuming.
I have had it with your bad attitude when someone is really trying to do something to glorify God. If you didn't come up with it, it is wrong and you have to ruin it. I hope and pray the moderators close this blog. Because your negative attitude has ruined it.
---miche3754 on 6/20/09


Nana,
I started this blog to get away from the arguing. So that people could give testimonies of what God has done for them.
Kath came on here and basically said it's not about that when I asked her to not just post scripture. You might want to re read the conversation FIRST before jumping all over me.
With Kath, it's alright for her to correct someone but not alright for someone to tell her she is out of line.
I corrected her on what this blog was about, she took it wrong.
no, I didn't take ownership of this blog. It was a while before I even posted. I wanted to see what others had to say.
Check the dates Nana, please check facts before jumping to the wrong conclusions about me.
---miche3754 on 6/20/09


Nana~ I think something Miche, Kath, and I all admire in you is your words of wisdom at the proper time. Thanks for sharing and trying to bring the peace here.
---Anne on 6/20/09


A rebuke out of season is a travesty and unrighteousness. Kath had complied with the blog request on 6/16/09. Miche, you got too possesive of this PUBLIC blog and have tried to put Kath in a box!
Has she also done that in the past, yes. At one time or another we all do and it is wrong in all instances. I believe that we need to grow out of this spirit. You both have overcome so much, it would be a pity if you would distance yourselves as this. This spirit is the reason that lots of people withold sharing their testimony.
---Nana on 6/19/09


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Kath, I am not the one who needs angr management. That happens to one thing God cleaned out of Me....ANGER.
By all means no we can't have tesimony without scripture.
But you got on here qouting scripture without a testimony.
What do Think Christ means when he says he will carry your burdens?
He means that in the midst of all the bad things going on, you can still have HIS JOY.
So, like I said, its not about you, your arguements or how much scripture you know.
It is about the things God has brought you through safely. He says that everything GOOD comes from HIM. And if you follow him faithfully he will bless. It might not be how we want it, but it will be the way HE wants it.
---miche3754 on 6/20/09


This is a neat blog you came up with Miche, and is great to share encouraging experiences. It is good to know how God works in people's lives and guides them in their daily walk.

Have you ever been to any of the 'Anonymous' meetings where there are so many amazing and encouraging testimonies? To me, they seem more like a 'church' and place of spiritual nourishment than most traditional churches.

I can just picture Jesus more at 'home' at these meetings than most places. I love the 'realness' there and the testimonies of truly changed lives.
---Anne on 6/19/09


Kath,
this is about GOD, not about how you can prove scripture or a reason for you to prove someone wrong, or argue.
Can we please uplift God without your criticism and smart mouth?Miche**


Good grief Miche, no one was being a smart mouth here. You seemed to object to those here who posted scripture, namely me, since I was the only one who did!

God didn't send His son to come and die on a Cross to fix your mess or My mess! It's not about YOU or YOUR mess! God FIXES (if you want to use that word)...through faith in HIS WORD and no other way Miche. ***2 Peter 1

He came to save your soul!!!! He came to sanctify you THROUGH HIS WORD!!!

Your comment was really out of line! Mich, you need anger management!
---kathr4453 on 6/19/09


To tell you the honest truth...I believe every single day of my life without the Lord, I would just have a 'mess of a life.'

I am just so amazed every day as the Lord has guided me through every day.

As a kid he guided me through dealing with peer pressure and keeping my eyes on the Lord...

As a young adult he guided me through Army life and College life which has constant sources of evil/temptation abounding...

As an adult he is helping me be a wife a truly loves my husband and guide my children.

Every day with God is amazing and I would be nothing without Him.
---Anne on 6/19/09


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Revelation 20:4
And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands, and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.


kathr, it looks as if you just got your head cut off here. You're in good company.

When I see Christians around the world being murdered, thrown in pits left to die for having the witness of Jesus Christ in their life, and his word as their only bread, our Joel Osteen mentality is an abomination to God, and others who's messes never get fixed.
---Larry on 6/19/09


Miche~ That is such exciting news about your son's father! I was real happy to hear that. I will keep praying for him and your family. God bless you all!

I love that story about your daughter too! Wow, wouldn't it be wonderful if all daughters had that much appreciation and love for their mothers! It made my day to hear those good encouraging words.
---Anne on 6/19/09


Kath,
this is about GOD, not about how you can prove scripture or a reason for you to prove someone wrong, or argue.
Can we please uplift God without your criticism and smart mouth?
I am talking about how God has seen you through what has he done for you?
Has he rescued a drug adicted spouse,child, family member?
Has he provided food for your house when you were on your last loaf of bread?
And who said if we win the lottery that we can't praise God for it?
All good things come from God. We choud give God all the credit for the good that happens to us. And if he is bringing you through a trial, thank him for that too!
Without testimony AND the word of God,how can we lead others to him?
---miche3754 on 6/19/09


A great place to hear testimonies where people had a messed up life and God fixed their life, is by attending an open AA speaker meeting. I love to hear their testimonies since they are usually very encouraging, inspiring, and usually very funny as well.
---Anne on 6/19/09


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***By the way, I was not asking for scripture. I was asking for Testimony!!!!Miche***

Is there such a thing...Testimony without scripture?


Miche, if one cannot testify that God's word is AMEN and TRUE and testify to that what else is there?

Someone can testify that God let them win the Lottery...but would that be true?

The WORDS of scripture you really need to hear is ...GOD is working all things together for good to those who love the Lord, AND it's according to HIS PLANS and Purpose....not ours.

Many times THINGS just DON'T work out the way we hoped or planned.
---kathr4453 on 6/19/09


It amuses of that this blog question has been posted now for four days and has only had half a dozen responses.
---eric1968 on 6/18/09


I know it is amazing to me, too.
I guess no one wants to admit that God cleaned up their mess, maybe?

Not sure, I know he is still cleaning up mine!
And I thnk him for it too!
---miche3754 on 6/19/09


By the way, I was not asking for scripture. I was asking for Testimony!!!!
I believe God can take my mess and fix it because he has.
He started with saving my daughter.
She told me too, that she does not know where she would be if her momma wasn't a Christian. That put tears in my eyes.
Now, God has stired up something in my son's father. He called me the other night and wanted to take our son to Bible school.
This from the same man that said there is no God and didn't want our son in church or to learn about God.
I am looking for answers to my prayers. As long as God's will is done, I am happy!
---miche3754 on 6/19/09


It amuses of that this blog question has been posted now for four days and has only had half a dozen responses.
---eric1968 on 6/18/09


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Correction:

Ephesians 1:19And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,

20Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,

1 Peter 1:4-6

4To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,

5Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

6Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:
---kathr4453 on 6/16/09


When I was led by the carnality of my thinking, the errors of sin, revealed by the law, were in operation constantly to bring forth fruit unto death. My life and conversation in times past was in the lusts of my carnality, fulfilling the desires of the body and of the mind, and I was by nature a child of wrath. Sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy. But now, by Father's Grace, I been delivered from the law of sin and death, and the power of darkness, and I have been translated into the kingdom of the Father's dear Son. Therefore being dead to that which once bound me, I serve in newness of the Spirit, rather than vainly attempting in my own strength to keep the letter of the law.
---joseph on 6/16/09


My mess is that I was raised in an abusive home. All my life I wanted to kill myself. I first got the idea at 7 when my cat died. My Mom said the cat was at peace. I wanted that peace.

After I was saved it got even worse. I wanted to be with the Lord...The Lord gave me strength, and a will to live for Him. All that I have and all that I am is because of Christ in me.

I give all the Glory to God ALL. His word transformed my mind and the way I thought.

HIS personal LOVE held me and taught me to walk. He gave me Ephesians 3:14-21 as a personal promise....and His Promise was and is being kept. Praise GOD!!!

Ephesians 1:17...the Power of God KEEPS those who believe in Him. It's TRUE!!!
---kathr4453 on 6/16/09


Isn't God ALWAYS fixing us as long as we let Him?

Did you actually think it's a one-time thing?

I've heard too many stories about how young people, brought up to love Christ from babyhood, got involved in drugs and worse because they thought they didn't have a "testimony".
---Cluny on 6/16/09


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Each day, I can be the mess because of impure stuff and paranoid criticizing. And I can be quiet, in order for God to restore me to be in peace, and then I'm caring and positive and encouraging. In God's peace I see the same problem people and pleasure attractions so differently . . . if I'm even giving them any attention, at all (o:
---Bill_bila5659 on 6/15/09


IN 1967 I was lost and running amuck. I heard the Gospel message and said the sinners prayer which is "God be merciful to me a sinner." That's 42 years ago. I was never the same again and have pastored a church here in BC Canada for 23 years and have dome many overseas missions. Just a simple prayer changed my life. Praise be to God for what he has done and for what he is doing.
---john on 6/15/09


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