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Posted on September 3rd, 2015.

When I gave my life to Christ on January 14th of 1996 I never saw myself being “me”. The last 19 1/2 years have been the most beautiful, ugly, fruitful, unfruitful, terrific, and terrible years of my life.

I hope the last sentence doesn’t bother you too much. I’m not contradicting myself. All of the beautiful, fruitful, and terrific stuff can be gloriously attributed to God, and all of the ugly, unfruitful, and terrible stuff can be solely credited to me.

Everything I have messed up God has made up, and I find myself with such a grateful heart when I think about the grace I have been given by Him.

In 10 days my family and friends step in to a new season with me as we celebrate the public launch of Embassy City Church in Irving, TX. God loves to take the ugly, unfruitful, and terrible things in our lives and place His beautiful, fruitful, and terrific love on top of them. Testimonies are nothing more than God’s “before and after pictures” in word form.

So I encourage you to testify of His goodness and be grateful for all He has done!



3 Responses to “Grateful”

  1. Thank you so much for being a yielded vessel you spiritual sons and daughters are still eating from jewels God allowed to be deposited. I’m glad I can say thank you be blessed sir !

  2. I heard you speak for the first time at PINK two years ago. I cannot remember everything you said. I do remember YOU and Me, and I’ve not forgotten either of us! Maya Angelou once said, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

    After 18 years of praying and staying, my marriage had come to an abrupt and brutal end. Seriously, if I’d bumped into Stormie Omartin in 2013, I might have stuffed a smelly sock in her mouth. True to form, PINK attendees were reminded not to give up if they were in a troubled marriage. For someone like me–it was like taking a bullet.

    I am a member of the body of Christ, therefore, I belong. But I’ve come to embrace the reality, I do not always fit in.

    In regards to your comment about light and dark and how you’ve humbly separated YOUR plan from God’s, my heart cannot help but wonder.. Why do you say the dark and unfruitful times of your life were solely accredited to the enemy?

    If God knew you in your mother’s womb. Is it possible you knew Him, too? What if you agreed to experience the darkness because 1) you agreed to experience it in such a way because you were destined to enter a world where according to Matthew 18:7–“these things must come” and 2) because I, who made my own agreements with God in my mother’s womb was defined to hear what you have to say so that I God could one day take the ashes of my own loss and regret and disgusting memories and allow God to transform them into bohemian beauty.

    If such is the case. Humbly, I thank you, for all that you’ve suffered and overcome in Christ. It gives me such great hope.

    Be seeing you this Sunday.

    Wendy Redroad

  3. I will always remember and praise God for the day you took time to minister to me personally as you and I both served on a Sunday morning service at Gateway NRH in Guest Central. I was burdened with a situation my husband and I were in the middle of and asked for prayer, but also aware of the people coming to meet and receive prayer from you as Pastor. I still remember what you told me, “You matter too!” You prayed with me and did not hurry on to your other responsibilities, and that spoke louder than any words could have spoken.

    You have the heart of a good shepherd, and I am excited about your step of faith. You and your family will most assuredly be in my prayers and I will stand and rejoice with Jesus when He smiles at you and says, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

    Blessings and Shalom!!