I am a little nervous about my post today but I feel it is time to write it. It is about my faith and a lifetime of loving God.
It’s funny, I have heard many of my friends or other people share their “testimony” and they usually pin point a moment in time when they remember giving their life to God. I often sit there and listen completely amazed by their story and in awe of their path.
I have often tried to remember the exact moment I gave my life to God…and I can’t. I know this sounds crazy but I feel like I was just born this way.
Does this mean I don’t have a testimony?
Here is what I do remember:
I remember being in elementary school and asking my mom if I could go to Vacation Bible School at a church nearby. I loved it! I remember my mom taking us to church periodically. I remember my mom taking us back and forth between a Catholic church and a Methodist church depending on what time we got out the door in the morning! When we questioned this she would calmly state ” God doesn’t care what church we go to, he is everywhere”…great advice I’d say!
In middle school a friend asked me if I wanted to go to a Christian summer camp with her. I did and ended up spending a week there for three years in a row. I loved every minute of it! I remember singing the song “Here I Am Lord” with tears in my eyes while I was there.
Later in life, I remember choosing a Christian college in West Palm Beach. Nobody recommended it, I was just drawn there. I spent a year there before transferring to Florida Atlantic University in Boca. It was an amazing experience that I will always treasure.
When I moved to North Carolina I remember being blessed to meet a woman that would become my spiritual mentor. She introduced me to the Author Marianne Williamson and her book “A Return to Love“. To this day it is my favorite book of all time! For 15 years, I have listened to Marianne’s CDs in my car and they have made a HUGE impact on my life. (thank you Marie)
While living in the south I loved the fact that southerners were so open and honest about their faith! Now that I am back in New York it seems that the majority of the public is more private about what they believe. I have prayed about this and God has brought people into my life that are more open about their faith, which further encourages me. For this I am so grateful!
I guess all of these memories are part of my testimony.
Does a testimony have to be one specific moment in time?
When I wrote my last book “Organize Now: think & live clutter-free” I wanted the subtitle to be “body, mind and spirit” but my editor informed me that this wouldn’t be good for marketing since the book is sold all over the world. To my disappointment, we had to subtract many of the “spirit” portions of the book. To this day that has bothered me. Don’t get me wrong I am SO proud of that book, probably my favorite, but I think it could have changed even more lives had we left all of the original content.
After 14 years of being a professional organizer, I have had clients prove to me over and over that the clutter starts on the inside in our soul. It is because of my experiences that I feel that many people are wanting to find their higher calling in life. But that’s just me 🙂
For years I have wanted to share more of my faith in this blog but have held off, afraid that I might “offend” someone reading this. Now I realize that is just silly! We are all here to love another and not to judge…God is the only judge that matters!
With that being said I always marvel at how anyone can be offended by someone’s beliefs. I personally don’t care what you call your higher power, the important thing is that you have one. If you don’t, I pray that you find something to believe in that will help guide you through this crazy ride we call life. Something you can contrive hope from, pull wisdom and guidance from and something you can hold onto for dear life!
Finally, I have come to realize that if I can use my small, tiny platform to get one person closer to God that is worth more than a thousand that I may or may not offend. So there it is…my testimony!
Beware…I will be sharing more and more about my faith, on this blog, from this day forward 🙂