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My Empty Testimony?

My Empty Testimony?

Rev. Crystal March 23, 2014 2 comments
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My Empty Testimony?
Still Loving and Serving God!
So, I grew up in church. From a little girl, I wore skirts and never cut my hair. I tried to be good. I was Pentecostal. I am Pentecostal. I learned my Sunday school verses, and I came to church three times a week. I came to church prayer, and I got involved in ministry. I never drank, smoked, or left a life of partying. I didn’t get pregnant when I was a teenager, and I didn’t leave the church and have some miraculous story of how God brought me back. I stayed in the church, and never left. I went to college, and stayed in the church. I went to seminary, and stayed in the church. I found my refuge in the church. I did have some heartache in life, but overall my life has been pretty good. My parents did divorce, but I survived. I don’t have an incredibly sad story to share. I have had my challenges, but the Lord has brought me through. I’ve been blessed. I’m still blessed. So, do I have an empty testimony? Should I go out, and try to find a testimony or different life? No, my life, exactly the way it is, is my testimony, and it is a grand story.
Whether or not you grew up in church, came to church in your teens, or found God as an adult you have an incredible testimony. Drugs or not, you are an incredible testimony. Failure or perfection, you are an incredible testimony. The point is that God is saving you, and creating more and more of your testimony even as you read this blog.
Every part of our lives is a part God can use to reach someone around us. I often feel drawn to people who are poor, come from divorced families, and grew up in the hood. I guess its because that is my story. I have often felt a little like an outsider, and I want to help those who feel like outsiders. I don’t care about popularity, of “church parades.” I care about people being saved, feeling forgiven, and being changed by the almighty God. I never really dressed that nice, or had the best stuff. I don’t care, it doesn’t matter. I’m not the latest Pentecostal fashionista, and never will be. I’m a plain, simple, normal, and average woman who loves God and has lots of dreams for the future. It’s not about the outside appearance. God cares about your heart and mind. Many have left the church, because they never developed a foundation. God, built the foundation of our hearts and minds with the power of your Holy Spirit. Keep us. Protect us. Heal us. Be with us.
I want to reach out to people, and tell them about how God saved me from many disasters. Throughout my teenage years, God saved me. I remember many times when I made poor decisions, and God kept angels of protection around me. I want to tell people how I got involved in Bible Quizzing, and how hiding the Word of God in my heart and mind saved me, and is still saving me. I want to tell people about how I hung out at the church as a teenager, because it was cool. I want to tell people about how we started a Tuesday night girls prayer meeting, and ran around the aisles being filled with the Holy Spirit. We sang in the youth choir, and sat in the front rows. We desired more and more of God, and guess what, we got it! I want to tell people about how God took our little gifts, and made them great. I want to tell people about how almost all of my friends I grew up with as teenagers are still in the church and serving God. God gave us a firm foundation. We had great leaders and mentors in our life. It wasn’t simple ambition which kept us, it was the power of God and intentionality of our mentors.

We all have a testimony and a story. No one has an empty testimony. We are a part of the grand story. We are a part of God’s story, and it is incredible! What’s your story? What’s your testimony?  
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About The Author Rev. Crystal Rev. Crystal Schmalz is a licensed minister in the United Pentecostal Church International, holds a Master of Divinity degree from Urshan Graduate School of Theology, and a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Humanities and History from Michigan State University. Crystal has served as a staff chaplain at Barnes Jewish Hospital, has completed five units of Clinical Pastoral Education, and is a member of ACPE. She served as a ministry staff leader for ACMNP in Yellowstone National Park and enjoys the beauty of God’s creation. She served on staff at Life Christian Church pastored by David Stephens doing outreach, guest coordination, youth leadership, Sunday school, and music ministry. She currently attends New Life Center pastored by Garry Tracy, and is involved in teaching Sunday school, preaching at nursing homes, teaching Bible Studies, and helping people connect to God and community. Crystal loves to spend time with her husband Luke, and her hobbies include writing, “thrifting,” eating ice cream, and playing Settlers of Catan and Scrabble with friends and family.

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    2014-06-17 00:16:53
    March 25, 2014
    Rev. Crystal

    Crystal, you are a wonderful example of a Christian woman and you have been as long as I have known you. I am thrilled to see what God is doing in you and through you. I look forward to reading more on your blog.

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    2014-06-17 00:16:53
    April 1, 2014
    Rev. Crystal

    Thanks Sister Ewing. I hope you are doing well. I’m praying for you.