August 21, 2017
When I was a young girl, my father left the Amish and took me with him. He felt that the Amish culture was too staunch and that the tradition and doctrine of men was not of God. Instead, he believed that Jesus was the answer.
We joined a Mennonite church, which I didn’t care for. I felt that this church was too strict and too focused on the outward whereas God cared about and looked at the heart.
Growing up, my relationship with my parents was just okay. I tried to be obedient, so that is where much of our interaction with one another centered around. Eventually, my sister moved out from my parent’s houses, and I chose to leave as well and join her. My dad didn’t want to support my sister or I, so she was the one that was there for me the most and was a great help as I grew up and adjusted to the English culture.
Although I faced some difficulties since I have left the Amish, all in all, I was just happy to leave and get out from under the bondage of the church. I was set free and realized that Jesus was the way, the truth, and the life; this caused me to want to give my life to Him.
Since leaving, my parents have both passed away. While this is difficult, I never look back. I believe that God has always taken care of me, and that he will continue to do so! I also have many testimonies of God’s provision and care for me in life. I love reading God’s word and knowing that what He says is true! Colossians 2:6-8, Mark 7:6-8, and I Thessalonians 2:13 are all scriptures that have been an encouragement to me.
I have had the privilege of giving my testimony many times to friends and have also taught at ladies gatherings. The Lord has used my story to bring many to Jesus through my forty years of contact with co-workers, friends, and neighbors; people in my life are constantly telling me that there is something I have that they don’t have. The power of the Holy Spirit lives in me and is a great tool as I witness to people.
I attend a nondenominational church and am very excited to see how the Lord decides to continue using me in the future!
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