Tuesday, August 11, 2009


There is a new blog that I am excited about. It is called (In)Courage. I think it's going to be a wonderful place to visit. This is my little post about what encourages me.

I have been a Christian since I was a little girl - so it's been a long time. Over the years there have been many things that encourage me - inspirational praise music, good teaching, the Word, fellowship - but the one thing that has encouraged me the most is watching the lives of the other Christians around me.

I think there is no greater testimony to the truth of God's word and the faithfulness of His promises than seeing it lived out. I have watched my mother face difficulties that would have defeated the strongest among us, with grace and faith that never wavered. These days she steadfastly supports my Dad as his health fails and life becomes ever more fragile. She is still filled with a gentle serenity and quiet strength.

I have seen my husband miraculously delivered from addiction when he walked into a church service and heard the truth of the word in song. Life had left him broken and hurting, and the Lord met Him there with healing and deliverance. Since that day his life has been marked by a faith that cannot be shaken.

All of my life I have been surrounded by living testimonies. People may doubt our words and argue over doctrine, but there can be no argument with a changed life.



  1. I checked out that site too. I does look really good. I think it will minister to a lot of people.

  2. So touched by this. A great reminder to us all that our lives speak much louder than anything we could possibly say.

  3. thanks for sharing and the heads-up to the website!


  4. So true!

    What a beautiful wedding ring quilt!

  5. Linda, I LOVE your new quilt in the title photo! It really goes well with what you wrote about here- the love that binds together your family. You expressed so beautifully the importance and power of sharing testimonies. What a strong witness of God's presence.
    ~ I believe ~

    All the best, Maria

  6. You're so right Linda, nothing shows Christ so much as a life where His presence is real.

  7. I liked this... "no argument with a changed life." How we change is a wonderful mystery, powerful Spirit gift.

  8. A beautiful witness to God's love, mercy, and never ending grace.

  9. "All of my life I have been surrounded by living testimonies." Yes...so beautiful, so true.
    Holley - (in)courage