A New Life
By Emilee Tinney
My story is very brief and to the point, but definitely needs to be heard. In 2003 I was an addict, I later got pregnant by my dealer and got clean. I have been 100% clean of everything including cigarettes and alcohol for more than 9 years. I had my son in 2006 and named him Zackariah meaning the Lord remembers you. I needed to know at that time that he was there because that was when the abuse started. Fifteen months later I had my son Isaiah. I wasn’t allowed friends or contact with my family, so I was hopeless and saw no way out.
I lived to take care of and protect my children from this inescapable monster, it was truly a miserable existence. When I reached the point of suicide feeling like I would rather die than live this life of daily mental,emotional, and physical devastation I reached out to my mother. We devised a plan for me not to give any inclination that I was leaving,get the kids ready for daycare, get ready for work, and leave everything, just run.
The morning came I was a fanatic, sat up all night feverishly praying. I will never forget these words. Because I meant them. “Lord if you just get me out of here safely with my kids I will lead a different life, we will live for you. ” Still makes me cry. I was in panic mode when I got up. I had tunnel vision, all I could see was my babies and the door. I stumbled,panic thick in my breath as I just kept praying the same thing over and over. “If you just get me out safely with my kids.” We made it here because I had a friend near by. My mother was supposed to meet me but fell ill and was hospitalized, but I was ready. The lord heard my prayers and lit me on fire. I was a woman on a mission. I got a great job, found a place to live, got my kids in school. So many doors of opportunity were opened for me because I finally let them. I am so very thankful for this gift that God has given me and my kids. I will be forever grateful to get this new life for him. I will also be forever grateful for the healed relationship with my mother and I and that I git to spend her final days loving her, and she passed knowing that I am safe, and I live for the lord now. She had cancer and passed March 24th. But now she is with Jesus of that I have no doubt because she was the most amazing person ever. I strive one day to be half the Christian and woman she was. Thanks for reading.
Getting to Know Your Neighbor Through the Eyes of an 8 Year Old
By Chrissy Grant
As LifeBridge gets ready to embrace our neighborhoods throughout Longmont and the surrounding areas, our son Daniel, who is 8 years old, came up with this ingenious idea. While I pondered how I was going to approach my neighbors during this project my questions were answered by our awesome little boy.
Daniel is still in search of his faith however he is the most empathetic, caring and spiritual little soul one would ever meet. He hears me speak of scripture at home, he hears me listening to Christian music, he knows I attend church each Sunday and extend my hand to those in need. I think he “gets it”. But I remain patient. Soon he will find Jesus and open his heart to Him. Little do each of us realize is that he may already have.
We were at Hobby Lobby today picking out some Valentine’s Day items. Daniel ran off to look at candy and I was just about to say, “honey, stay close!” and he excitedly said, “Mommy! Look! Lollipops with scripture on each wrapper! We can hand them out to our neighbors for Valentine’s Day and get to know them better!” I was stunned! He wasn’t aware of the “Get to Know Your Neighbor” mission. I think he’s ready to take…that leap of faith. I believe he has found his faith but if not, I will be there to help him understand the glory and overwhelming peace that will overcome him when he accepts Jesus.
So, that being said, we have marked our calendar to take an early Saturday afternoon, walk the neighborhood and hand out lollipops with scripture for Valentine’s Day.
I couldn’t be more thankful for Daniel. We love him dearly. He is an amazing soul.
I love when you hear God…
I love when God talks straight to you!!!… I have had a long road of my mother in law dying of her lungs filling up with fluid with complications to the flu and dying 8 yrs ago. I was pregnant with my second daughter and I started having panic attacks and it literally felt like I was having a nervous breakdown. I found God again through a wonderful christian counselor for ~6 yrs…. God definitely has a sense of humor because now I am conquering my unknown fear of drowning by taking scuba classes with my husband and a wonderful teacher that started his class saying this is going to be like an outward bound experience and truly help strengthen you. I didn’t realize how true it was until I wanted to quit the class; first, studying how to protect yourself from all the ways things could go wrong and you could drown to 2nd, getting in the water for the first time with snorkel, mask and fins and feeling like I was going to drown and literally freaking out as I thrashed in the water to try and get my head above water as I caught my fins on the pool bottom in the 5′ water. Anyway I knew I couldn’t quit even though this morning I woke up praying to God to help me decide if this was the right thing for me to be doing. Low and behold as I am driving to work, still praying to God about my fear of the next class tomorrow morning…The song that comes on the radio is “when the waves are taking you under….God will give you strength and be your strength” or something to that effect and I can’t find the song on google so I emailed Klove radio station where I heard the song. I know God was truly talking to me and I got chills and just started bawling in the car…”God will give me the strength”. I know now I can’t quit because this is about so much more than learning to scuba dive. I can’t wait to find this song and download it and buy the disc to play for the many times I am going to need to have the strength to conquer my fears!! Kathy
My relationship with Melissa and God
by Hyde Gillen
Growing up I was a fan of our church and of God. I served as an altar boy and it was an amazing experience in my life. As I grew older, I became more of a follower and was comfortable with my life and did not attend church, but if asked, I followed God. After going through a divorce, and my ex-wife being murdered, I was at a low point in my life. I met a wonderful person while going through all of this, and we became very close and fell in love with each other. Melissa has always been involved in her church and with God, and helped me through all of this. Once again, I felt complete and comfortable in my life, but still did not follow God or attend church.
Several months ago, I became jealous of another man that Melissa worked with, and made some very bad accusations that hurt our relationship. I was clearly at my lowest point, and that’s when I needed God in my life and the forgivness of Jesus. I started attending LifeBridge with her mother and friend. I believe God put Missy in my life for a reason, and I am truly greatfull to him for that. I know that without prayer and God I would fail. I have failed Missy and hope one day we can be strong again.
The tongue is a deadly evil that I have used in so many wrong ways, even when I thought I was right Ishould have bit down on it. I am glad I have a place to go and pray, and I have no problem putting my relationship in God’s hands and pray that Jesus will forgive me of my sins.
Susan recently gave me permission to tell her story. It’s not a story I want to tell. Actually, I’m a bit embarrassed to share her story with you. Not because of the content of her story, but because in telling it, I have to reveal that it took me too long to meet her.
I have the privilege of getting to meet with people who are baptized or become members here at Lifebridge. Because I’m new to the position, Susan was my first call. She’d recently worked up enough courage to approach Brian Mavis after he’d finished teaching a class on the book of Revelation, and ask how someone becomes a member here at church. See, Susan had already made several calls to the church office and somehow had slipped through the cracks. So, when she met Brian they talked and she became a member of our community. When I finally connected with Susan she was gracious and excited to get involved at LifeBridge!
The lesson with Susan is that she was persistent towards God. Susan showed her willingness when she asked someone her questions and sought answers. Susan knew this is where she wanted to belong and we are glad she made that choice.
Susan is now taking more steps within our community and starting to serve within and outside our church. Susan has taught me how great it is to declare that you want to belong to the family of God and how awesome it is to play a part at Lifebridge. Susan’s faithfulness encourages me to always be willing to step out in faith. I hope you feel the same encouragement from her story.