Hello everyone! My name is Rachel.
I am just an ordinary girl with an ordinary life, but my story is no ordinary story; it is being written by GOD.
The editor of Shining Stars Magazine and her mother had asked me to write my testimony to share with other readers. To be truthful, at first I thought “HA! My testimony isn’t anything special; I’m not so sure they want to hear MY testimony!”. But I was wrong, everyone has a story written by God therefore we all have unique testimonies! ”
Right now I am 15 years old, and I am being home-schooled in the 9th grade. I am the 2nd born of 7 children. Life hasn’t always been this way. ” I started out going to public school and I loved every minute of it! All of my best friends were there and I had so many activities to do! Yet as I got older I became exposed to more of the world, more sin in my surroundings, and my “friends” were becoming less of what they had intended to be even at a young age. ” I still loved public school when my parents decided that it would be best if they pulled me, my older sister, and my younger brother (who at the time were the only children old enough to be in school) out of the public school system and began homeschooling us. I was about to begin 6th grade when they started homeschooling all of us, and I couldn’t have been more disappointed in my parents decision. But God knew what he was doing! ”
I was slowly but surely starting to see why my parents thought homeschooling was a much better form of Godly education than public school. I still have friends from the public school we went to, but some of the old friends I had are not the people I want to hang around anymore. There are things you miss about public school, such as seeing your friends more, and getting to “do” more, but there are so many things in public school that you just do NOT want to be a part of. ” I’m not saying that if you go to public school you are automatically part of “evil”; I am saying that it easier to become exposed to evil when you are surrounded by wickedness and sin. The world is just an easier route to sin and evil, there is so many traps out there that the devil has set up ready to grab you! ”
I had publicly announced my acceptance of Christ as my personal Savior, at church in November of 2006. I didn’t really grasp onto it until nearly a year later, and I still struggle in my walk with the Lord. I have days when I feel like I am just all alone in this world and things couldn’t get ANY worse, but I always seem to be back on my knees. I always keep in mind that whenever the devil knocks you on your knees, just remember you’re in the perfect position to pray! ” There is a big bad world out there, and all you can do to fight off evil is keep your faith! Never turn your back on God because He never turns on you, He is always there to help you in every situation. I have learned that no matter where you are, whether it be in public school OR being educated at home, you can still be exposed to evil. The devil lurks everywhere you go: the grocery store, on the internet, on the TV, at the library … everywhere you go the devil tries to find a way to pull you away from God. You have to be ready to fight off the devil and the tools he uses to knock down your guard! Always be ready and have God by your side! ”
I believe that the Lord can use us all in many different ways. It could be be on the mission field, through music, through writing, through a job, in a church ministry of some sort such as the nursery or Sunday school, or many other things. God designed each of our stories differently, He planned out your life exactly as He intended. At first we may not understand why He does what He does, but you’ll understand eventually. ” My life story isn’t finished yet. Every day God has something new planned for me, and I’m ready to take on whatever is thrown in my direction! Life is such an amazing gift from the Lord, and we should be thankful for everything and everyone around us. Never think less of someone because you can’t see the importance of things in their life. God has a plan for each of them just like he has a plan for you! ” Be a light to those around you, be who God intends for you to be, and don’t try to be someone you aren’t. Don’t live a double-faced life, always be who you say you are.
People see Christianity exactly how you portray it to be. WE are the lights in the world, WE have been sent by God to spread his gospel, and it’s OUR responsibility to shine a light of the Lord in this dark world that is following the devil. ” I also think it is nice to know when someone thinks that you are doing a good job. For instance, my chiropractor recently told me how he really likes how I dress. He said that he appreciates that I can dress nicely and look well put together, without flaunting myself and showing off my body to the whole world. People really do see when you are trying to please the Lord, and people appreciate when you dress modestly and use good judgment. ” Teenagers of the world are not respectful; they show off their bodies to whomever they feel like showing, and so many other things. Older people and adults really appreciate Christian teenagers and young people who are respectful and aren’t all wild like the rest of the world. Even lost people appreciate respectful, well behaved, modest teenagers. Your actions often reflect on your testimony. ”
When I look back at my life over the years, I see a lot of changes. I see things that the Lord has done in my life that I didn’t understand back then, but I understand now. Every day is a gift from the Lord, every day is a new challenge, and every day I have to prepare to fight off the devil. ” Over the years God has done things for me that are more amazing than words can explain and God has more planned in my life every day! I am grateful for God sending His only son into this world to save filthy, undeserving sinners like you and me. I am grateful that because of that, I will get to spend eternity with my King up in heaven. I have been saved by the wonderful grace of God!
My life is a story written by The Author of life, and He is the only one with the power to save us. ” My life isn’t complete yet and I don’t know when my time to go home will be, but until that day I will live for the Lord and always keep Him by my side to help me through every situation! God is so Good and I have been Blessed! ” “Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salts have lost his savor, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 5:13-16