Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Deborah's Dad's Testimony

this post was put here with deborah's permission.
thank you deb!

Dad asked the Lord Jesus Christ to come into his heart and save him in December, 1985, at the age of fifty-eight. Dad went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday morning, December 16, 2009. The following is taken from Dad’s own words that he wrote of his testimony of salvation, and will be read this Monday, December 21st, when we celebrate Dad's life.

"I was raised in a family that didn’t attend church, but they did believe in God, so I was taught a strict Christian morality that most people we associated with accepted as all you needed to get into heaven. I guess somewhere in the back of my mind, I knew there was more to it than that, and occasionally I did discuss my salvation, or lack of it, with Christian friends, but with a total lack of understanding. The pressure of raising a family of eight children and just everyday cares of this world kept me too busy to do much searching for God, even when the desire was there. I also had a good job that I liked and I had lots of friends; I was doing fine without any help.
Although there was a time when I tried to study the Bible, I became disillusioned with religion. So when the Lord started working on other members of my family I kept out of it as long as I could. This wasn’t easy to do, as fantastic things were happening to the Blair family. Three of our children accepted Christ and I knew by the way they talked and acted that they had what I wanted.By December, 1985, the need to have Jesus in my life was all consuming. I had an ache in my heart and many sleepless nights. I asked Jesus to come into my life, but something seemed to stand in the way. Later that day, a visiting friend quoted “1 Thessalonians 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first;”It may sound stupid, but for the first time in my life I understood what it meant. Then it dawned on me that I had been born again, and as 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new,” …..I knew that I was changed and would never be the same."


Deborah said...

Thank you, Terry! You did a lovely job with the photos! I hope Dad's testimony will encourage others to keep praying....I'm sure there were people praying for dad and all of our family for many years before the Lord did a work in our lives.

Terry said...

deb..i had a hard time making the verse show in the last picture..maybe i will go to edit and put it in underneath..
it is such a true and lovely verse.. is your mom feeling?
love terry

Felisol said...

A mighty testimony from a great Dad.
I'm waiting for another testimony real soon.
My greetings to Dad Golden

♥ Kathy said...

That was just beautiful Terry & Deborah..thank you so much ♥

sarah said...

a testimony that rocks! and it shows never to give up praying for someone

jel said...

that is soooo cool! :)

Trish said...

What a beautiful testimony! God is faithful. As always, Miss Terry your love shines through.

Dimple said...

Hi terry,
That is a wonderful testimony, it shows exactly what scripture means when it says that the natural man cannot understand because these things are spiritually discerned.

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