Why We Believe: Vol. 4

November 3, 2007, 12:00 pm; posted by
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This and following weekends, we will share the brief salvation testimony of each Bweinh!tributor. So far we’ve heard from David, Steve, and Tom. Next in line is Connie.

Looking back I can see God’s hand on my life all throughout. But our family moved a lot (I went to six second grades between Texas and New York), most of the time to avoid landlords. My dad died in my junior year, forcing us to move to yet another school for my senior year. But I discovered I could actually finish high school in just six weeks with a summer English class. Pointing out my perfect PSAT scores and difficult family situation, my guidance counselor encouraged me to go to community college that fall — it would help with finances and give me a better future. And it did.

College is where I met my husband David. He and his family attended church every Sunday; I had gone off and on, but never for very long. They were the very definition of stability, something I was very drawn to. One Sunday, after a few years of dating, Dave and I were in the family pew, playing our usual game of Dots on the bulletin, when I looked up at Pastor Polly. She had hesitated during her sermon, and I wondered why. As I looked up, she was gazing directly at me, with the saddest look on her face. Busted. I put the game down, and we started paying attention.

I didn’t think about it again until I was alone, on my way back the next Sunday, replaying the incident in my mind. I realized how sad she had looked and wondered what caused that deep emotion. I guess she believes in what she is saying and doing, I thought. Immediately, I felt a question form in my mind — “Do you believe in Me?”

I instantly realized I was not just having a flashback — God was asking me that question. Then I heard Him distinctly ask me to make a choice right then — and after a slight hesitation, I said “Yes!”

As soon as I did, He filled me with a joy and love that was nearly indescribable. It was fall and the leaves were changing, and I saw it all like my first time wearing glasses. The sky was bluer, the leaves were amazing. I went to pick Dave up, but he was sick, so I got to go to church alone! YES! I was a different parishioner that week, let me tell you. I’m a loud singer anyway, but that day all the songs made sense — even the Doxology! Everyone looked at me funny, but I didn’t care. The GOD of the UNIVERSE had talked to me that day, and I think my face was glowing!

A few weeks later, my husband rededicated his life to the Lord. Within a year my mom, two brothers, sister, and sister-in-law all got saved and started attending our new church. 30 years later, we all worship together whenever we can. Joshua 24:15 is our promise: “…as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

In our home we’ve raised six children. You’ve read two of their testimonies already. Two are worship leaders, and one of those is also a prophet. One was called to be like Nicodemus — a man of knowledge among the learned. The two girls have the call of missions on their lives; one also has worship leading in her future. My youngest is called to be a pastor.

And it all started by simply saying “Yes” — 29 years ago next Sunday.


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6 Comments to “Why We Believe: Vol. 4”

  1. Tejla on November 3rd, 2007 12:52 pm

    awesome.

  2. David on November 4th, 2007 11:29 am

    I remember it like it was yesterday. I knew you were different when you had dish duty at home and you were standing at the sink singing hymns while washing the dishes. No one did that in our family . We stood at the sink and complained and cussed when we had to do dishes. Eventually your witness worked and I got saved.

  3. David on November 4th, 2007 11:29 am

    I love you Connie.

  4. Connie on November 7th, 2007 12:59 pm

    I love you too little brother! I’m just glad I didn’t scare you off in my exhuberance!!!

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