Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Testimony Tuesday - Week 14 {Husband & Wife}

It's Tuesday! He is risen! I am so excited to share not only one testimony today but two! They are from our dear friends who are married, Leslie & Tanisha. I went to high school with Leslie and I remember seeing Tanisha at Sun Tan City before we met. Leslie got a job under my husband's dad and the rest is history! We all became fast friends and we even got married a month apart! Their testimony of how amazing and awesome God is is SO encouraging! And guess what else? They have a beautiful baby girl, Aspen, who is almost a year old now! The Lord has been so good to them! Enjoy their testimonies & let them encourage your heart!
"My life is far from perfect much like most people. I was born and raised in a Church of Christ where I went my whole life growing up. Both my grandpas preached the good word and I was raised to know right from wrong and to always use yes sir and yes ma'am. So it seems like everything would just keep a constant flow of goodness, but as I got older it seemed doing right and going to Church just got harder.
  It didn't get harder because I no longer believed in God, it got harder because the older I got the more challenges I had to overcome. I've never been one to give up, but as I entered college, my towel had been thrown in. I took up frat parties, drinking, and getting with the type of girls that had never seen Church. My life was off track in so many ways, and at the time I didn't know why. The funny thing is when your in that group doing those things you think your untouchable and everyone else not doing those things are considered the losers.
  I truly believe God looks out for each and everyone of us, and saying that I think he saw my struggle. The late nights and part-time job were fun for a while, but looking at the big picture, as in heaven or hell. Where was I headed? I saw my future and I believe God sent me a sign when I met my wife. We were both off the beaten path and by putting us together, I truly think He saved both of us! It wasn't over night but slowly we got back into Church, I was given the opportunity for a great job that I'm blessed to have, and now we are have our first baby. The moral of the story and my life is that my parents didn't fail, I did by picking the wrong friends, the wrong life, and by leaving Church and dropping God in my life. God gives each of us a chance to succeed way more times than we deserve and he blesses us with way more than we deserve.
  The devil is everywhere and he knows that its always easier to give up rather than to fight back. My life is better not because of me, but because of God and how he blesses me with his grace each and everyday. This is my life now and its the life I intend my children to grow up knowing. God doesn't give up on us, so I don't intend to give up on him!"
-Leslie, husband of Tanisha
"When I think about just how far I have come in the last couple years with my relationship with God, I feel overwhelmingly blessed and undeserving. I have realized in the midst of our lives at any point...God is always with his children. He knows exactly what you need to bring you to Him. For me, it has been a two big impacts.

   Firstly, I did not grow up in a home that went to church. I went with cousins and great grandparents when really young but that is about as far as that went. However, at about age 10, a pastor moved across the street from me. He had two young daughters. They became practically my second family. From the age of 10 until about 14, they were like my sisters. I rode to church with them every time the doors were open. Those were the most important years. It built my foundation with God. I gave my life to him and lived my life for him! It came as a shock when their dad was called to open up a new church in Alabama. I was heart broken. I no longer had a way to church and felt guilty to catch rides from church members. And talk about bad timing, I was beginning high school soon...This is where things obviously went slightly down hill. I was never a bad kid but I was a young girl seeking attention and her place in the world. High school years are tough! What I really needed was a restored relationship with God! But I was looking for love and acceptance in all the wrong places! I always felt I needed God, but I was too caught up in the world. This went on for about 3-4 years progressing with time.

   That is until something else unexpected happened while in college, I met my husband! Shew, did God have a plan! Now, it wasn't a fairy tale to begin with! I was at a country dancing bar to be precise. We were still off the right path. I would go after college on some nights. However, I had not drank alcohol or anything of the such this particular night. I was passing by and kinda nudged him and smiled. I had already spotted his blue eyes and smile from across the room. He proceeded to ask me to slow dance and we ate that night. The next night, dinner. The next, the movies. We were inseparable!

   Now here is where God spoke to us! We both had our backgrounds and were children of his. Something was missing in our relationship! We can't love each other correctly if we don't put God at the head of this equation! We followed our hearts and began attending different churches and our lives began to change in front of our eyes! It was a bit of a struggle at first to stay on the narrow path. I had not drank and experienced the club life like he had because I was younger. I would try dragging him when I would relapse but he put his foot down. Thank God for team work! We were determined! And we were doing it together! Holding one another accountable. After overcoming that, I began changing the music I listened to and the things I watched. I conquered that! I wanted people to know who I stand for! Be an example! Just as my husband and my relationship grew closer to God, we grew closer and closer to one another. We got married and have followed God in situations that surfaced.

   Since, I have left a couple jobs that did not bring out the positive in me. With doing so less than a month later, Leslie was blessed with a job to support us both so I can focus on God and wife things(bills, house, etc). It was hard not to work! But I honestly felt in my heart that I wasn't supposed to be there. And his job was enough, we just selfishly wanted more and more security! So it was hard but after realizing a full time career was not for me, I left. A month later, we conceived. What a blessing!

   God knew exactly what his plan was! And we do our best to follow. Even when it does not make sense. Because our life has never been so meaningful! Sure, things get hard, but it's nice to give those burdens to The Lord and not feel you're facing your battles alone! I am so thankful that in the midst of anyone's life, even one of a non-Christian home, that God can bring them to Himself! He can change their life and their destiny after life forever! He was there for that 10 year old girl. Anyone else would shake their head and see her future the same as the role models in her house, but she beat those odds. And then again, an undeserving 20 year old the night she met her husband. :) Praise God He does not turn His back on us! I can not wait to raise our baby in a Christian home with God running our household. Our lives are changed forever!

 -Tanisha, wife of Leslie

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