The Power of Testimony

When we fail to tell people what the Lord has done in our lives; we fail at giving them opportunity to know and serve Him.

I get annoyed when I hear people say to a person sharing their experience with God, “You are always telling that story!”  Why?  Because there are so many texts in the Bible where generations of people fall away from the Almighty God because  – they did not know the Lord and what He had done for their fathers.  Think of the amazing things the Lord did for the Israelites – think about their deliverance from the Egyptians and how their children after them fell away to false gods!

The Word of God tells us that we overcome by the word of our testimony and the blood of the Lamb.  I am not inclined to think that this word of testimony is talking only about our salvation from sin and death; but every victory that we have won in the power of Christ!

No matter where you are, there is sure to be someone in the room who is deciding whether or not Christ is the answer for them.  You can not always know what people are struggling with, but you can rest assured that whatever He saved you from – there is someone else who needs to know His power in that same way!

I am always telling my children about the power of obedience to Christ.  I know for certain that my life would have been very, very different had I not heeded His call even though I did not like what He was calling me to!  So, whenever any of them have a decision to make my first question is, “Have you talked to the Lord about it?”  That is quickly followed up with my testimony, which they have heard now hundreds of times.  I don’t call it beating a dead horse – I call it reinforcing for them power, peace, victory and joy that comes when you obey.  If my children don’t obey God, it won’t be because I didn’t teach them.  They can never say that no one ever told them to just obey God.

19225458_1832950003388471_1539705968881985503_nThis photo is of my mother-in-love, Beatrice Evelyn Sorrell Chinn.  She passed away in 1996.  One of the most beautiful memories I have of my mother-in-law is her journals.  She wrote down her prayers for her children, her daughters-in-law, her grandchildren.

We found those journals after her death.  They served as a reminder to us that she trusted in God for all that concerned us and it reminded us to place our trust in Him as well.

Will your posterity know in whom you trusted?  I don’t know what your testimony is — but especially in your family and in your spheres of influence – Tell Your Story!  You were once blind – but now you see!  You were once lost – but now you’re found.

You were once ___________________________; but now you’re ________________________.  Tell It!


Joshua 2:10

And all that generation also were gathered to their fathers.  And there arose another generation after them who did not know the LORD or the work that he had done for Israel.  

Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled

Trust In The Good LordMany find comfort in these words – but for me, they can cause angst.  It’s the word “let” that causes problems for me.  I mean, what am I supposed to do when the trials and problems of life really do give me pause or cause me to have fear?

I know – I know –  I know what you Christian folk are saying, “Jan! take the thought captive, bring the thought into submission with the will of God, trust, I KNOW!!  But that word “let” still gives me a lump in my throat.

Maybe you never had an issue where the money was just not enough to meet your obligations.  Maybe you have never faced the type of illness that a doctor says cannot be cured.  Maybe your life is on course and you are not only joyful but prosperous.  That is what I tell myself when I encounter people who tell me not to allow myself to worry.  I say to myself that they have no idea what it is like to be in my shoes!

Well, I Thank God for His Word!  These words were spoken by the very Son of God, and knowing that Jesus said the words tells me that it really is possible for me to disallow my heart from fainting at the first sign of trouble.

I go on to read Christ’s words in Matthew 24 as he describes the perilous times the world will face but he reminds those that follow Him that they are not alone.  And then I remember that the Word of God gave me another “let” that gives me power and strength – “Let this mind be in you that was also in Christ Jesus”  (Philippians 2:5)– and as I continue to read His Word and allow Him to speak to me I am reminded that if I have the mind of Christ I cannot be troubled for it is against the mind of Christ for me to have a troubled heart or mind even when all around me seems full of trouble.  Then I remember that He also told me that if I could only remember at all times that He has already overcome the world – I will know that I too will overcome.

Now, let me say that my heart began to feel lighter and the lump in my throat was less uncomfortable.  Let me also be clear that my situation had not (and indeed has not) changed – yet I am hopeful, truly, that He desires to and will indeed work it all out for my good and for His glory.  So today, you know – later on after I start thinking about my trouble again – the moment it seems that my heart just might faint, I will not let my heart be troubled, instead I will start singing, clapping, dancing and praising Him in advance of my deliverance!  As I praise – it will lift my heart from trouble to a place of triumph and I will not be able to stop myself from rejoicing.

Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled! As my mama always tell me,  “Just trust in the Good Lord!”

Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God ; believe also in me. 

John 14:1

Birthday Message 2018

It’s my Birthday! God has allowed me to see another year! I have joined the 50 club!  I Am Grateful!

If you know me well, you know that I love to gift gifts – so my 50th birthday gift to you is to share 18 things I learned in my own life or in dealing with others that I will carry into 2018.

  1. I’m not responsible for anyone’s actions but my own.
  2. Better to preserve a relationship than to hold on to my right to be right.
  3. Failures are not optional; they WILL happen. Learn from them and move on.
  4. Family … be grateful for the and show them love/support every chance you get. They won’t be around forever.
  5. Not Santa Claus or M&Ms that can walk and talk – but … Stupid people – they do exist! 🙂
  6. Don’t let misunderstandings fester. Work it out.
  7. Take care of your body. Do what the doctor says. Eat Well. Exercise.
  8. Learn something new.
  9. Expect miracles.
  10. Be you! Find out your life purpose and pursue it.
  11. Invest in friendships that matter.
  12. Practice Sabbath. Rest and reflect. Enter God’s presence. Quiet your spirit so that you can hear His Spirit.
  13. Love.
  14. Face fears. Facing down fears gives you super powers!
  15. “No” is not a bad word!
  16. Pay attention to your money. Manage your debt and be intentional about your giving.
  17. Love Jesus more this year that you did last year.
  18. If you’re married, your spouse is your true ‘linkedin’ partner. Walk instep. Trust. Adore. Be grateful.

OK 50 — Let’s do this!!

but just as it is written,“Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard,And which have not entered the heart of man,All that God has prepared for those who love Him.”

1 Corinthians 2:9

Contentment in Him

1Timothy6At this ‘most wonderful time of the year’, America is marked by extreme consumerism and materialism. But is that who we really are? American is noted around the world as being gluttonous at Christmas, but is that who we really are? The pundits say that we all spend much more than we can afford at this time of year, but is that who we really are?

When Lloyd and I were young parents and young marrieds, our resources were almost nothing (they are not much more now, but we know how to manage better!) – when Christmas came, we would buy our children so many presents that you almost couldn’t see the bottom of the tree; it was ridiculous! One year when the kids were 3, 7 and 11 we realized that they could care less about the gifts after just a few days. They were quite content with the one favorite toy AND with being together AND being doted on by their parents.

As Christ followers we are that same way. Our souls are truly satisfied in communion with our King, but our flesh deceives us into thinking that we must have more than that. We fill our lives with the comforts of this world – a bigger house than we need; a car with bells and whistles we’ll never use; people that make us feel important; relationships that help us pretend we’re not lonely; positions that make us feel meaningful — and yet at the end of the day, when we lay on the pillow – we find we are still in discontent.

Our enemy, the Devil, wants us to believe that we have to have it all! Well, the truth is – we do have it ALL! As followers of Christ, we are adopted into the family of God; we are joint heirs with Christ; we have the indwelling Holy Spirit of Promise within us! I would say we have all that ‘and a bag of chips’! We have it all! We have given Lordship of our lives over to a benevolent and loving King who ensures that we have all that we need and much of what we want. He only asks that we love Him and be devoted to serve Him. And truly, if you really think about it, when we are living in service to Him we tend to be quite contented.

Yes! It is good to want your circumstance to improve, but it is a powerful thing to know that just living according to His will for you will cause your heart to be content. Things will go out of style; beauty fades; people fail you; situations change — but God, He remains the same!

Paul challenges us to be content no matter the situation, and encourages us that God will give us the strength to walk in this contentment; Jesus admonishes us to seek God’s kingdom and rest in knowing that God will provide all other things that we seek; In Hebrews we are reminded that He is ours and will not leave us or forsake us; in Romans we are reminded that He will work our circumstances out for our good and His glory.

As the year ends many of our most popular print media outlets remind us of notable people that we lost during the year; the most notable people of the year; the most beautiful people of the year; the worst people of the year; etc. I watch as people read the magazines in the check out line (trying not to act interested); and they are captivated by the lives of these success stories; and success stories gone wrong! But my eye catches the front cover of one of the magazines – and I begin to wonder if these stars/celebrities/notables are happy and satisfied in their lives. I wonder if they, with all that they do have, have the One thing that matters in life. I wonder if who we see, who they allow us to see, is who they really are.

Do not be deceived! It is not riches or popularity that will satisfy your need to feel fulfilled or your need to feel that your life has value.  Satisfaction will come when you decide that He is enough and then take the step to live a life in humble submission to a King who can and will keep every promise He ever made to you! He satisfies! He is satisfying! He will satisfy! I am a living witness!

But godliness actually is a means of great gain when accompanied by contentment.

1 Timothy‬ ‭6‬:‭6‬

Grace .. for His glory!

He extended grace to us – not for our own sake – but for his glory! His unmerited favor was meant to send us on a passionate quest for the lost among every nation, introducing them to the truth of the gospel and leading them to become disciples of Christ – not replicas of us!

His grace is amazing indeed – so spread the word! The nations live all around you – tell someone who doesn’t know so that they too might believe and walk in obedient faith and abundant life!

“through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith among all the Gentiles for His name’s sake” Romans 1:5