Category Archives: testimony

Blessed Be Your Name

Okay, so I watched a video earlier this week that a friend of mine posted on Facebook. I keep thinking about it. It was one of the most powerful testimonies I have ever heard. So for that reason, I’ve posted it here.

The Story of Zac Smith from NewSpring Media on Vimeo.

Zac Smith stepped into eternity and went home to be with Jesus on Sunday,May 16, 2010.

After I watched it, the song Blessed Be Your Name by Matt Redman came to mind. “You give and take away and still I choose to say, blessed be Your Name.” God knows what He is doing, despite our lack of understanding. My mom’s birthday is coming up on May 23rd. She would have been 74 years old this year. I try to picture my mom at this age and I have a hard time doing it. It’s been 19 years since I lost my mom to breast cancer. A few years ago, I came to a point where I actually began to see the “good” that came from that tragedy. God has been able to use the death of my mom to teach me things about Him and things about life. This is a precious gift and I find myself thanking him for it all the time. His plan for our lives is more than our little human minds can even comprehend. But one thing I know with complete certainty is that God is good even when we are confronted with challenges in this life that are difficult to understand. I love this verse and for some reason it came to mind while I was writing this…

“This foolish plan of God is wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God’s weakness is stronger than the greatest of human strength.” 1 Corinthians 1:25 (NLT)

Show-and-Tell

Remember show-and-tell? My son is finishing up his first year of school. His kindergarten class has show-and-tell time every Friday.Sean will usually pick a toy to take with him and tell the rest of his class why he likes it so much. Once he took his stuffed brachiosaurus named Bob. This morning before school, the subject of show-and-tell came up and my son mentioned that in 1st grade they wouldn’t be doing show-and-tell any more. Then he went on to say… “I won’t have show-and-tell again for the rest of my life.”

His statement kind of made me sad. Show-and-tell is fun. When we really like something, we love sharing whatever that “something” is with other people in our life. Part of us, really hopes they will catch the joy too and perhaps they might experience the same sense of satisfaction that we get from it.

When I read the Bible, I love when I come across show-and-tell verses. Jesus loved show-and-tell. His whole time on earth was an illustration of show-and-tell. He showed people how much he loved them by his actions and he was constantly telling them too. Philippians 2 reminds us that our “attitude should be the same as Christ.” We are to love God with all our heart, with all our soul, and will all our mind and we are to love each other. The way we can do this is through our actions and our words….show-and-tell.

Christ-followers are called to be show-and-tellers. I have never liked the word witnessing and for a long time avoided sharing my faith with others because that word made it sound so scary and unnatural. But I don’t believe God ever intended for it to be so hard. We are simply to show others and tell others what Christ means to us…where I was before He was in my life and where I am now.

I read a quote recently by John Ortberg– “The main measure of your devotion to God is not your devotional life. It is simply your life.”

Here are a some nice “tell” verses that I wanted to share:

But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect 1 Peter 3:15

I will shout for joy and sing your praises,
For you have ransomed me.
I will tell about your righteous deeds
all day long Psalm 71: 23-24

I’ll tell the world how great and good you are,
I’ll shout Hallelujah all day, every day. Psalm 35: 28

I didn’t die. I lived!
And now I’m telling the world what God did. Psalm 118:17

Your love, God, is my song, and I’ll sing it! I’m forever telling everyone how faithful you are. I’ll never quit telling the story of your love— Psalm 89: 1-2