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According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a testimony is:
2 a: firsthand authentication of a fact : EVIDENCE b: an outward sign c: a solemn declaration usually made orally by a witness under oath in response to interrogation by a lawyer or authorized public official
3 a: an open acknowledgment b: a public profession of religious experience
I just want to start off and tell the readers of my testimony that it was not written to glorify any of my sinful acts. I just want this to be a hope and encouragement to the families that think their daughter could never change. The Lord is so powerful and He can do anything. He did it in my life. I love this verse and wanted to share it. The Bible says in I Corinthians 15:10, "But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I labour more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me."
My name is (name redacted), I'm 16 years old, and I am from Indianapolis, Indiana. My family raised me in church. I always knew the difference between right and wrong. When I was five my mom was sentenced to 4 years in prison, so my grandma took me in and became my guardian. I have always been closer to her than my real mom. She never failed to have me in church at a young age.I got saved at the age on seven. When my mom got out of prison I was on and off living with her and my grandma. My mom is a substance abuser, so I was never really around the right kind of people when I was with her. At the age of ten I started playing around with cigarettes, thinking it was "fun." But, that progressed on. I got expelled from a Lutheran school in 7th grade for having marijuana on my person.
Things just went down hill from then on. I couldn't go to school for a whole year after that, so sitting at home all the time gave me more time to experiment with sin. I got sent to drug classes to "help" my addiction, but that just made it worse. By this time I was smoking more weed than ever and doing other drugs like pills and drinking alcohol. After this I started messing around with immorality. I was just having sex with every guy I met because I had such an improper view of myself. I just wanted them to like me, but that was a very stupid philsosphy. But eventually my sin caught up with me and my grandma found out about all this and sent me to Lighthouse. I arrived March 5, 2005. When I got here I just knew that these people had something that I didn't. They were so happy. I was kind of angry toward them because I wanted to be happy so bad. All the stuff that I did in the past, all I wanted from it was happiness, but all I got was pain and heartache. One Sunday night, Brother Russell preached a message on trading your yoke of wood for a yoke of iron. I knew I was saved and on my way to heaven, but I was so ashamed at how I was living and doing the things that I wanted to do and not taking any thought of what God wanted for my life. So, that night I remember lying in my bed and praying and asking God to forgive me. I rededicated my life to Christ that night.
I was told about six months ago by my family that I would be graduating here, and at first I wasn't to keen on the idea. But after I talked to the Lord about it I knew it was the best thing for me. I have now realized that being here longer will only get me more prepared for facing the world. Even being here I have so many ways to be a srevant to my King. I can now help new girls when they come in and maybe even lead them to Christ. I go and sing at the Nursing Home and minister to the elderly. The most important thing of all is my new relationship with my family. I had no respect whatsoever toward my family before I came here and now I know God's point of view on this. My family can trust me now, and just thinking about it is a miracle in itself.I also have a little brother that my grandma and grandpa adopted and now I am a good example to him.
My plans for when after I graduate are to go off to Pensacloa Christian Collge and be a Christian nurse. I feel God has called me to be a missionary, so that way if I do go to the mission field I will have medical training. It's awesome to think that a girl with no dreeams whatsoever but to be a couch potato, now wants to go and do something for the Lord. It's all because of God's AMAZING GRACE!