Testimony Tuesday with Brittney Perryman

A Hug from God

Brittney Perryman Testimony Tuesday

Brittney is my niece. She was raised by my sister-in-law and her husband. From her infancy to years into her girlhood, Brittney called one man daddy only to discover years later that he wasn’t her biological father. After a DNA test proved her parentage, the man who fathered her hasn’t had a lot of (if any) contact with her. This is her testimony how her heavenly Father proved that He both loved and wanted her to be His child.

After work on July 18th, 2017,  I had to bring milk to Camp Beno for Girl’s church camp and pick my meme up. We both wanted to stay for that night’s service, so we sat around talking waiting for church to start.

Well, we got ready for church and sat down so the girls could get ready for the choir and skits. Both skits were amazing. When all that was over with, it was time for Mrs Tera to start preaching.

She preached an amazing sermon. She talked about how no one was a mistake. Everybody was worthy. Well, it kinda touched me because I had been down lately thinking…

“My dad don’t want me. ”

“Was I a mistake to him?”

“Does he wanna know who I’ve become?”

I was crying already when she started her sermon. When it came time to pray, I broke down to God because I knew there was nobody else who could give me the answers to my questions. As I was laying there asking God to give me answers and praying for forgiveness for whatever I have done to make Him not want me, I was feeling as if I was alone.

But then, I felt as if someone was hugging me. I looked up and I didn’t see no one. But I still felt as if someone was sitting right beside me, hugging me. I didn’t feel alone anymore.

God didn’t speak with words to me that night.

He spoke with a hug to let me know I’m not facing this alone; I don’t have to worry about a thing; just to put my pain and sadness in His hands and let him take care of everything.

A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in his holy habitation. ~ Psalm 68:5

Testimony Tuesday with Nathen & Sara Bennett

Testimony Tuesday Nathen and Sara Bennett

In April 2016, my husband and I came to the Mission of Hope. We were shattered, broken, and homeless. We were ready to give up. When we had finally lost it all God intervened and brought us to our knees.

On May 11, 2016, we were on two separate campuses. I was at the Taylor house and Nathen was on the men’s campus. We both got saved that day not knowing that the other had made that decision as well. Now we are sanctified by the blood of the lamb. No longer are we bound by the chains of addiction. No longer are we a servant to sin. We are Gods chosen children, and we are blessed and highly favored. God has blessed Nathen with a job at Outokumpu and I am blessed to be a house mom at the Taylor house. God has blessed us with a house in Mount Vernon, Alabama not even four miles from both of our jobs. God has restored our marriage and is restoring our entire family back together. We are 14 months clean by the amazing grace of God. We are forever grateful for the Mission of Hope for being the vessel God used

Now we are sanctified by the blood of the lamb. No longer are we bound by the chains of addiction. No longer are we a servant to sin. We are God’s chosen children, and we are blessed and highly favored. God has blessed Nathen with a job at Outokumpu and I am blessed to be a house mom at the Taylor house. God has blessed us with a house in Mount Vernon, Alabama not even four miles from both of our jobs. God has restored our marriage and is restoring our entire family back together. We are 14 months clean by the amazing grace of God. We are forever grateful for the Mission of Hope for being the vessel God used

God has blessed Nathen with a job at Outokumpu, and I am blessed to be a house mom at the Taylor house. God has blessed us with a house in Mount Vernon, Alabama not even four miles from both of our jobs. God has restored our marriage and is restoring our entire family back together. We are 14 months clean by the amazing grace of God. We are forever grateful for the Mission of Hope for being the vessel God used

God has blessed us with a house in Mount Vernon, Alabama not even four miles from both of our jobs. God has restored our marriage and is restoring our entire family back together. We are 14 months clean by the amazing grace of God. We are forever grateful for the Mission of Hope for being the vessel God used

Today, we are 14 months clean by the amazing grace of God.

 And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten. Joel 2:25

Testimony Tuesday with Beth Johanson

Forgiveness

Beth is my youngest sister. We’ve shed many tears together. Here is her story.

Testimony Tuesday with Beth Johanson

My first thought when I see the word testimony is in relation to how and when a person initially responds to their invitation from God. Well, this is not that sort of testimony. You see I, oh my name is Beth, by the way, have been serving Christ in some form or fashion for quite a few years. I am a mother of two teens and have taught the Bible to children in church.

This testimony is tough to tell, tough to experience, and probably tough for others to hear. You see this testimony stems from that dreaded word—forgiveness. If you have ever gone to church and cringed when you heard the preacher announce a sermon of forgiveness, trust me, you are not alone. Matthew 6:9-15 Our Lord’s prayer, as well as many other verses, tell us that we must forgive others.

But the person that wrote that verse could not possibly know the pain that you’ve suffered. No one could be expected to forgive what you’ve endured. The thought makes you mad. Maybe?

Yes, I know that feeling very well. I was molested by an uncle at a young age. As horrible as that was, it was nothing—easy peasy—compared to the worst of my pain. What if someone hurt your child? That is the anger (the hate) that I have felt.

When my daughter was 14, I learned that my biological father sexually assaulted her. For 30 something years, I believed my daddy was a good man, and he was there to help protect my children. Wrong!

He betrayed that trust. He hurt my baby, and I was too blind to prevent it. That, my friends, is unforgivable. It must be.

How could a person ever forgive something like that? I knew that I could not. Maybe, I didn’t even want to try. But doesn’t the Bible tell that we must forgive to be forgiven? If I refuse, am I sinning against God? My preacher has told me that sin is anything that separates us from God. Unforgiveness fits this to a T. I don’t want to be separated from God. Do you?

Okay, so maybe I kinda want to forgive for my sake. But wanting to and being able to are totally different things.

I prayed and prayed. I told God that I could not forgive this.

I always assumed forgiving meant forgetting, justifying, forgoing punishment, or inviting your tormentor over for tea and cookies. Wrong. After years of praying, God led me to Matthew 18:6 The verse about better to have a millstone around their neck and be thrown into the sea. I immediately liked this verse.

God did not want me to take matters into my own hands, but He told me that it was okay to be angry. God gets angry. He forgives. But He also punishes sin. I prayed. Have you prayed and wondered if you’d ever get an answer? Well, I got my answer. God knew that I could not forgive.

“This is a sin against me,” He said. “This is not for you to forgive. I relieve you.”

Jeremiah 32:17… but nothing is too hard for thee.

We as humans, don’t have the ability to forgive some atrocities. But we can give our willingness to forgive over to God. We don’t have to let unforgiveness separate us from Him. I broke down crying in relief. I no longer feel the hate. We can’t do it alone, but even the impossible (the unforgivable) is made by possible through Jesus.

Don’t allow unforgiveness to hurt you or separate you from Christ. Tell Him how angry you are and why. He will listen. He can relieve you as He relieved me of my unbearable burden. Why are you still reading this? Stop now, and pray.

~Beth Johanson