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I thought you might like to hear one of my students testimonies. This student has shared her testimony before 2000 people and is sharing it tonight at our ministry. Pray for our students, many more will be saved because of this girls testimony.
Galatians 2:20 says “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.” I am so thankful that it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. I tried to live MY life. And I tried to live it on my own strength. But during my senior year of high school, I got tired. I was burnt out… on basketball and on life. I had no motivation. No PURPOSE. Why was I even here? I didn’t want to be here on this earth. I found happiness nowhere. In the world’s eyes, I had it all. A loving family. Amazing friends. Success in school and basketball. I should have been so happy, but instead I felt sad, empty, and weary. Why did I feel this way for no reason? Fast forward to freshman year here at Ashland. I still didn’t want to be here and I still didn’t know WHY I was here. But I did know that I was meant to be here at Ashland and playing college basketball on this team. So I kept fighting. But still using only my own strength. For my first 4 months or so here at Ashland, I was also VERY homesick. With my homesickness, my depression, and the grind of college classes and college basketball, I couldn’t do it all. The bone-deep weariness and the sadness had absolute control of me. I was chained, broken, and had little hope.
But I was going to FCA and our team Bible studies every week and, there, God began to reveal to me that He was the only way out. He opened my eyes. In my teammates and in the student-athletes at FCA, I saw a different kind of joy, strength, and peace. I saw that their lives were centered around Christ, and my life was not. I was missing that personal relationship with Him, but every time I tried to pray on my own, my mind would run wild. I thought, “Stop feeling so tired. Get over your homesickness already. You have so much to be thankful for, just choose to be happy.” I thought it was my fault I felt this way and I was putting all the pressure on myself to fix it. Then, a Christian counselor told me four words. Give yourself some grace. Sounds simple, but it was a turning point for me. God was speaking to me through that counselor. I started giving myself some grace. Accepting things as they were. “Okay, I am weary. I am sad. I do wish I was at home. But it’s okay.” By having me give myself some grace, God was making room for Himself in my life. The pressure to fix the way I was feeling was no longer on me. God was making room in my heart for JESUS CHRIST to come and fix it. To come and heal me.
Fast forward to the end of my freshman year. A few weeks after school let out, I did a camp called the Ultimate Training Camp. And it was at this camp that I stopped living and CHRIST started living in me. I stopped relying on myself and on my own strength and I started relying on Christ. I quickly experienced for myself the depths of His strength because, at this camp, we did a 20-hour workout. I had no strength, except through Him. I became COMPLETELY dependent on Christ. During the workout, I was literally screaming prayers to Him and I could feel Him give me His strength. I learned that I have access to this strength at any time because, as a child of God, I have direct access to My Heavenly Father. My identity is in Him. No matter the circumstances, what HE says about me is true. And what He says about me is that… I have the power of God. I am never alone. I am loved. I am free. I am a light in the world. I am saved. I have eternal life. I have purpose and my purpose is to know Christ and make Him known. HE is the source of all my joy, strength, and peace. And so, Galatians 2:20 says “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”

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We live in the last days and the Bible commands us to watch for the Lord’s coming. I have a keen interest in history, prophecy and current events. I read widely about political and military developments and write a weekly blog from the things I follow. My special interest is in Middle Eastern affairs.

Since I was in college, I have also studied how God judges nations. It all started in Buck Hatches’ class at Columbia Bible College in 1979.

I fell in love with God’s word and especially the prophets. The results of this interest led me to writing The ‘I’ Judgements: Four Sins that Bring about the Fall of Nations. It serves as a warning to the United States, showing biblically of what we need to repent.

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