Many of you who have followed my blog may already know how much I value the sharing of testimonies. I have shared a bit of my own personal testimony and love to hear the testimony of what God is doing, and has done in the lives of others. It is such a blessing and encouragement to see God truly at work in our lives. This past summer when Keith and I were still wading through some of the difficulties we were in, a couple we had recently spent time with, called us out of the blue, and wanted to come visit us in New York. (we were in the process of packing up our house and waiting for settlement.) They felt very strongly that they needed (wanted) to share their testimony, of what God did in their lives and marriage, and that sharing it with us would impart life to us in the midst of our trial. Of course we were more than thrilled that they were coming, as we knew we needed fellowship and to hear about the victory they were living in. The timing couldn't have been more perfect, and we have now become dear friends with this couple. I am so grateful for their willingness to pass on what they had received from God to us, by the sharing of their testimony.
Interestingly, just last week at City Church International, Rob Rufus had just gotten back from a conference held in Sydney, Australia, and had numerous testimonies to share with the folks of his church in Hong Kong. He spent some time teaching on the "power of testimony", which was what we had experienced over the summer with our friends. He said this, "Testimony, means to do it again. When you share your testimony, you are in a sense prophesying. Sharing your testimony carries with it the power to duplicate what you are testifying happened to you."
So when I share how God transformed my marriage the way He did, the power that is in my testimony duplicates itself in your life and can transform your marriage as well. I think for me hearing the testimony of our friends helped me to have faith to believe and ask God for a miracle and know He indeed would grant it! It also helped me to not give up and grow weary and just be passive and accept my current circumstances, instead I held out for hope in what God would do in our lives! And He did not disappoint!! He is still transforming our marriage in many ways, it's truly wonderful! The awesome thing is, it's all for God's glory!!
You just can't refute someone's personal testimony!!