I felt like I needed to write you to let you know the amazing thing God has done in my life and in my family's life. A true testimony to how He answers prayers in His own timing.
Last year I miscarried and I was devastated. At the beginning of 2017, my husband and I decided to start trying again. January 2nd, I found out I was pregnant. We didn't think it would happen this fast, but it did. After my first doctor appt, we found out my due date will be September 12th. My birthday is September 11th. What a cool birthday present right?!
At my first ultrasound, the doctor found what looked like a cystic hygroma (a collection of fluid behind the baby's neck that could be caused by chromosomal abnormalities in the baby or could cause other complications). I was immediately afraid and didn't know how to handle it. So I turned to God to help me. I took a chromosomal abnormality blood test called Progenity. Praise God it came back negative. I also got to find out we were having a boy. He knows my heart and knows the passion I have to be a mother. I am blessed with a daughter but wanted another.
At my 13 week ultrasound, they could still see the hygroma and the doctor was beginning to tell me to prepare for the worse. I could still miscarry. Awful news. As a mother I felt helpless and as a human I couldn't find the answers. Well, I continued to pray and reach to God. On March 12th, Pastor Carl preached about when Jesus delays, when He is late to answer prayers. God was talking to me that day, I know it, I felt it. I went up to Pastor after the service and told him thank you for your message. I continued to pray.
Here's another thing, I have never read the Bible before. Ever since I found out I was pregnant i started to read daily and still am. I am learning so much about our amazing Lord. Yes I began reading the Bible out of fear of my situation, but now i read it out of obedience. He is my safe place. Our next step with the baby was waiting for the 20 week ultrasound because the baby would be big enough to measure his heart, kidneys, and other organs. On April 28th, we had our 20 week ultrasound. On my way to the appt, I played the song Miracles and was singing and crying.
Well, at the ultrasound they did confirm it was a boy.
My family and I have been attending Trinity for a little over 5 years now. Trinity has been such a blessing for my family and I.
I grew up in a small town of Benjamin Texas a couple hours east of Lubbock. I was born here in Lubbock and always felt like it was home to me through my years. I had a amazing family growing up and went to church as a youth. I graduated high school in 2002 and moved to Lubbock for school. I got into a little bit of drinking and marijuana after high school because i was always in the "in" crowd.
I moved from Lubbock to Los Angeles to play college basketball for West Los Angeles college. I had a short stint out there and decided to move back to attend Wayland Baptist University in Plainview. While attending Wayland I had many moments in my life that I knew God was calling out to me. I would find myself alone in the prayer chapel just wondering what was happening inside of me.
I left Wayland after the first semester and moved back to Lubbock with some friends of mine. I was still drinking and smoking marijuana and trying to figure out who i was. I always got along with everyone and everything always seemed to go great for me. I had many friends and a wonderful fiance and things were seeming to fit into place.
In May of 2006 I was arrested and spent 3 and a half years in prison. I have never been in any type of trouble in my life and did not know what to do. I felt more ashamed for the pain in brought my family then what my situation was. Many times while incarcerated I called to God and he answered. There in the quiet He assured me that He was there.
I never once had a incident or fight while incarcerated. God blessed me in so many ways while being locked up that I knew he was with me no matter what. I was released in Nov. 2009 - 2 weeks before thanksgiving. I moved back to Lubbock December 15th and started my journey once again but with this time God was by my side. I was blessed with two jobs by Jan 3rd of 2010.
While working those jobs I went and received my Medical Assistant certification and was blessed with a job in health care. I continued to work with God and he kept the blessing coming. Within 2 months I became the head "nurse" and the clinic was mine. I married a childhood friend and we have 2 beautiful daughters.
We are so blessed and Trinity has been a big part of our lives and family. We are not perfect by no means but we know if we pray and believe God answers. I wanted to say thanks to your jail ministry. I was baptized by Trinity back in 2006 when i was in jail. That was when my walk with the Lord started.
Thank you all and may God continue to reach out.
Published on Wednesday, November 4, 2015 @ 9:45 AM CDT
After attending Trinity for three years and attending a successful lifegroup, our lifegroup became too large! It was amazing to see how our small group had boosted to 30-something people over a few short years and two faithful leaders. Then the challenge came, our two group leaders said that we needed to disband our group because of the size and personal reasons; our group leaders said that it was up to us to form new groups under their blessing. After a waiting period of about a year, the Son of God series started and our church leadership again echoed the challenge of starting new groups. This time, after prayer and discussion, my husband and I accepted the challenge. At first, it was intimidating and scary. Who am I to teach? I am no Pastor Carl or even my former group leaders; but with God's help our group started forming and even decided to continue after the Son of God series. Now, we are in the same spot again. Do we lead a group for Imagine or not? If you are wondering like we are, pray and seek prayer. The rewards far outweigh the risk and honestly, we learn more preparing for our group than just participating. Do not fear because just like the disciples, we are using God's words and his teachings. We do not have to rely on our understanding, just God. We are looking forward to what God is going to do by blessing us in this upcoming series and how he can change our finances and others.
Published on Monday, August 24, 2015 @ 11:25 AM CDT
A semi colon is used when an author could have ended a sentence, but chose not to. I know you all have seen the story, "the semi colon project." This project is a faith based non profit movement dedicated to showing love and support to those who struggle with depression, suicide, and self injury.
Depression is real. It's cold, and it's dark. It is the devils handy work, and where he targets so many people. Not to long ago I hit rock bottom. I struggled with knowing what God’s plan was for me, and at that point of vulnerability the devil came and took advantage of my weakness.
I'll be the first to tell you, the pain is unexplainable. I was out of control, and felt as if I had completely lost myself.
With that being said, let me also be the first to tell you, I OVERCAME THAT! You never know who is struggling, and I hope that with this short testimony I can speak to those who are trying to find a way out of their darkness and into the light...
God is great and He is all powerful! Without the help of trinity church I would not be anywhere close to where I am today. I struggled so badly with depression and self harm, and through trinity I found peace. I started going to Evoke and church sermons regularly, and on Wednesday the 29th I will be getting baptized here as well.
Thank you trinity for shining Gods light so bright!! I feel as if God is using me and my story to speak to those who are still struggling with depression today. I hope I can shine on them like trinity has shined on me!!
"I thank God for healing my tooth and strengthening my faith through the process. I believed and am so thankful to have received the complete healing here on earth!"