"I was brutish and ignorant; I was like a beast towards you. Nevertheless, I am continually with you, you hold my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will receive me to glory.
Hello, family! Today we have a really powerful testimony from my amazing, loving small group leader, Sindi. Some of you out there may be struggling with something similar to what she went through, and just remember that you are not alone. There are other people who have gone through what you are going through, and there is a way out: through Jesus. Not through death- remember, after death comes judgement. But through Jesus there is life- eternal life, and life to the fullest! I pray He would speak to you through this, and I'm praying for you!
Before I begin, I want everyone to know that I have never shared my whole testimony, but God's plan is better than mine, so I will just be obedient.
To understand how I got to this very moment, I think it is important to explore my childhood. I was very fortunate to have grown up with five sisters and our mother. YES!!!! Six girls … I know poor DAD, but don’t feel too bad. My father walked out on us countless times until my mother had enough and asked him not to come around. This was the best decision my mother could have made because my father was an alcoholic. Not having a male figure in my life was difficult and shaped me into the person I am today.
I have always been a very responsible person, goal orientated, and very passionate about life. It was no surprise to anyone that I chose to attend San Diego State University and peruse a teaching career. My college days were uneventful… study, eat (A LOT!), work and did I mention that I celebrated A LOT! I was getting drunk every Friday and Saturday and this continued throughout my college years. I managed to graduate in 2010 with a BA in Liberal Studies. God had his hand in that process, although at the time I did not know his plan.
I decided it was time to move back home. SO…I did, but things were not the same. I was missing something; I felt a hole in my life that could only be filled with two things…. getting drunk and seeking attention from men who did not honor my body. During this dark time, my best friend invited me to The Rock church (one of many invitations) and I decided to attend. I wanted my life to look differently; I was so tired of seeking “temporary” happiness.
I had not attended a church in 13 years when I walked into what was to become my home church. Shortly after attending a couple of services I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior and decided I wanted to join the YOUTH ministry at The Rock Church San Marcos. I waited for about one month before speaking to Pastor Jesse about joining the ministry. I could not believe God could use such a flawed person like me to mentor his youth. It took some talking with Pastor Jesse to understand I did not have to rely on my own strength to lead and I did not have to have all the answers to be a YOUTH leader.
And what does my life look like today??? I am filled with my Father's love, compassion, and understanding. When I struggle, I know Jesus has got my back. I look to please My LORD and Savior only. I love to have fun, but it looks very different for me now. Now fun is coming to church on Wednesday nights and spending time with my YOUTH family. I know God is so faithful and will never let me down. I have been blessed in all areas of my life. I am not perfect, I do struggle BUT I know seeking the kingdom of God above all else is my first priority (Matthew 6:33).
For anyone who is thinking of going to church or perusing a relationship with God, I promise that you will never regret knowing GOD. My journey began because I said yes and took a chance on GODS PLAN <3
"I have said these things to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation, but take heart;
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"I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all of my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds."