My beautiful jolly friend Juliette, who I’ve always known as one of the best friends of my cousin Stephanie, is happily and unexpectantly joining in on the guest blogging fun! Literally this morning she asked me if she could send me her testimony and if she could also share it on my page. Thirty minutes later she sent me the blogpost ready to proofread to be sent into the world. And here we are, at its send-off. Enjoy.
God is Calling you.
Everyone always had a testimony, and I just never knew what my testimony was. I hated it. Then I prayed a lot for it and suddenly last week God gave me the words and showed me things. So I want to take you back to my childhood..
I never grew up with God, although I did my Communion and Confirmation, but if you ask me now why or what it meant? I really have no idea… I think for the gifts, haha. But when I look back all my life I see a red thread of God in my life. So He’s been calling me for quite some time now.
When I was little I often visited my neighbor Milou, they were Christian and of course they prayed before eating food. I always found that a little uncomfortable, but I never judged it. Later in high school, I got to know my other friends, Stephanie and then Raisa. They also believed in God but I was never really interested in it. Then I got to know the biological father of my firstborn. He was also a Christian and sometimes I went to his church, but I didn’t want to know about it at all. In fact, I didn’t like that he put God above us. When we broke up, I sometimes went with my daughter to the church with Stephanie and Raisa, but that didn’t really work for me either. Stephanie sometimes asked me to go on a Bible study, but I didn’t like it. So again, I rejected God.
Then I got to know my husband Lennart, he was raised Catholic in Curaçao but went to an evangelical church in the Netherlands. I went along to his church now and then, but I still tried to distance myself from God. I also often got negative reactions in my environment when I went to church and I was very sensitive to that at that time. Then we arrived in Den Bosch in an evangelical church. For the first time I felt at ease there, and I joined in with what they were doing. We had a good time there, we got married there and baptized because I felt that baptism was part of it. But still, I didn’t feel any change. I did not feel the presence of God. Time passed, and I drifted further and further away from God. Lennart also stopped feeling it at a certain point. Then we were churchless for a while, but also Godless.
After 2 years, things only got worse, especially in our marriage. When we were on the point that we really couldn’t go on like this, I said we had to find another church. We needed God. And there we came, at The Door Church. We walked into the Door and it was like coming home. Right from the very first day I felt a change. I was really touched. I felt the presence of God so strongly! We are now almost 2 years later, and still growing and learning, but closer to God than ever!
Now I surely know that I want to be baptized again. It is not usual to be rebaptized and I preferred to be baptized in nature, because I thought, if I can do it again, I really want it to be perfect. But I prayed for it and later God said to me; It’s not about the place, it’s not about the people, not because it is “necessary” but this is something between you and Me!
And Now, I’ll never let Him go. I will hold on to Him and Him alone for the rest of my life! Thank you Lord, Thank you Jesus, for calling me, forgiving me, and for never letting me go.
This bible verse I would like to share with you;
1 Peter 2:9 – But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His possession, so that you may proclaim the praises of the One who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.
Lives in: The Netherlands