Late Night Testimony Meeting
By gracefull
1/27/2011 12:16:28 AM
I needed to share a few things tonight.

As I was kneeling to pray.. I felt impressed that I needed to share a bit of testimony.

Specifically... about the amazing power that God has. I have no idea how miracles happen.. but I have seen them happen in my life and others lives. As an addict, I get to experience the miracle of recovery every day... and I love giving God all the credit... it is undeniable that it is NOT ME.. and ALL HIM.. everytime I look to him.

It's pretty humbling to think that God knows who I am and that he actually cares... I sometimes don't believe that he would spend a lot of time with me... but I know that he has arranged situations in my life and is always ready to teach me... as soon as I am ready to learn.

the Book of Mormon has bailed me out... so many times in my life.. and has always been such a reliable anchor to me... really the 1 place I could always go to in my life (even when I was so angry at god I didn' want to even pray). That book brings me so much grounding and so much power/strength.

I'm not ashamed to be a christian - and I'm really proud of the fact that I'm a born again mormon in many ways... I feel lucky that I can experience the 12 steps in the LDS context. I have lots of questions... but it's such a great way to live... I feel really lucky to know so many great people because of my membership in the church... and feel proud to be a part of a church that stands for something.


"Thanks for sharing. It always helps me to hear other people's testimony and to hear their confidence of things so that I can grow my confidence some."
posted at 00:20:54 on January 27, 2011 by dstanley
May I ask a favor?    
"DSTANLEY: can you share of your testimony? it would help me."
posted at 00:25:14 on January 27, 2011 by gracefull
"Sometimes I'm not sure I have one, but I'll try.

I'll start with the easy part. I know this church is true. As a convert and as someone struggling with addiction there are times I get frustrated with things, but I know that I can never quit because I know it's true.

I guess deep down I know that I can be healed, that we all can be healed. I wouldn't still be trying if I didn't think it was possible. I've wanted to give up more than once, but I know that I can't.

I've seen my own share of miracles. The fact that I'm a member of this church is one. The chain of events that led to that is pretty amazing. The fact that I'm alive is another. I was suicidal at one point, and people came into my life that helped me get past that. Also, the stranger I invited to my house for sex was not a psychopath killer. I didn't get any diseases (that I know of). I know that people get sober and stay sober.

I've got my share of problems, but I've also seen God work in my life. I don't always understand why things are the way they are, but I trust that things will work out at some point. They have to.

So, thanks GRACEFULL for asking me to share. It made me realize that I do believe, in a lot of things, but especially in God's ability to heal us and in my ability to be sober at some point."
posted at 00:59:00 on January 27, 2011 by dstanley

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