A few weeks ago an old friend of mine reached out to me to share that she was seeking support for a mission trip to Haiti she had coming up. I was so excited to hear all the amazing things God was doing in her life that I not only desired to support her mission but also share her testimony with others. We have known each other for going on 13 years now and seeing her overcome obstacles and challenges in her life and conquer them has been an amazing sight to see. I asked her to share her testimony of her walk with the Lord and I am so happy to share it here with you all. I think that my good friend Kimmy Short‘s story below will show you that Jesus did come that we may have life and have it more abundantly. We can do all things through him, and he can help us break all the chains that bind us and hold us back from our God-given destiny and purpose. Let Kimmy’s story inspire you to give Jesus a chance to renew your mind and heart and transform your life. Enjoy:
“Before I came to know Jesus, my life was definitely missing something but I did not know what. I was internally sad all the time, externally very angry, and controlling. I knew there was something missing from my life and I was constantly chasing after what I thought it was, letting my own self will and desires fill the empty hole. The top three would be:
• Career: I thought lots of money and success would make me happy.
• Love: I thought a man and being in a relationship would complete me and give me validation and security.
• The biggest was addiction, self-destructive behavior. I used food to escape feelings of worthiness, which created an eating disorder (Bulimia) that consumed my life for four years. My next big vice was alcohol which numbed the pain when all these things failed me.
The circumstances that led me to become a Christ-follower started when I was twenty years old. I was living in Dallas at the time with my Dad. He had invited me to church with him (I would say that is where the seed was planted). After service, over a plate of pancakes, my Dad was having a magical moment of us going to church together for the first time, the Spirit had moved him. I was in such a dark place that all I cared about was consuming lots of food so I would be able to purge when I got home.
Things rapidly fell apart after that, my long-term boyfriend broke up with me leaving me devastated and validating the voice of worthlessness One Sunday night unable to stop the tears I heard a voice that said “Go find a church.” I got in my truck and drove around my community looking for a church. I found a beautiful one in Coppell I went in sat and listened. I felt out-of-place everyone was dressed up and the word was so foreign to me that I didn’t know what they were talking about. The next day I was telling my friend Lisa of the experience and she invited me to her church and said I would love it, she was right! I started attending Fellowship Church with Ed Young as a regular attendee. I was volunteering with the pre-school classes and involved in the singles group, but I was still battling my eating disorder behind closed-doors.
One Sunday Ed Young comes out at the end of service wearing a blue Fellowship Church T-shirt and work out short and lets the audience know he had this awesome outfit for anyone that wanted to get baptized that day. He asked that we bow our heads in prayer and that if we felt compelled to be baptized to please form a line. He pointed to an exit door that led out to a beautiful fountain to be baptized in. This particular Sunday I was fully dressed up for church, make-up done, hair done, dress, panty hose, heels, the whole nine yards. The Spirit tells me “Go get baptized!” I respond “No way I have to be at work right after this. I’m not re-showering.” Again I hear “Go get baptized!” My stubborn self-responds “No way, my family is not here, this is not happening today.” I kid you not the next thing I know I am up on my feet walking to that line to get baptized with this power, courage, and movement that was not my own.
I came up out of that water and I couldn’t stop crying – good, healthy, happy tears were unstoppable. I felt God’s overwhelming love for me for the first time and He showed me how much I meant to Him. I was His child and He loved me very much. I was more than good enough and He was with me always. My family was shocked and confused “Why didn’t you tell us you were getting baptized.” My response “It was perfect, just me and God.” It was meant to be our special moment so He could validate me and fill that empty hole in my heart with Him. That was the last day of my eating disorder and the beginning of my amazing, beautiful, challenging, victorious journey I continue on with Christ to this day.
Since choosing to follow Christ my life has changed in so many ways. I get to show up and be present in the life He created for me. I feel comfortable in my own skin and get to experience my uniqueness with Him. I have an overwhelming amount of peace that sits in my heart every day. I hid my struggles and addictions for so long that they grew deep roots of shame within me. Choosing God allowed Him to come in and remove the pain, resentment, and hurt from my life. With God I have the courage to face being an alcoholic and walk beside Him on my recovery path. I get to be vulnerable and share my story from a place of love with other people in battle against the dark side. In God I can do this without fear of rejection or judgment. I get the honor of being His voice and sharing my testimony of what His love can do. I get to surrender control of my life to Him and watch as He uses me to be a vessel to glorify His Kingdom. I am happy because of Him there is possibility, hope, and trust in my life again that only comes from walking with Him daily.”
Kimmy is currently seeking some support for a mission trip to Haiti. Read her story about the work she will be doing on her mission HERE and please support her in her mission if you can. She is only $1000 away from her goal so any extra help would be wonderful and such a blessing! The link to donate is www.gatewaychurch.com/haiti then clicking the GIVE NOW box and put her name in: Kimmy Short.
God has the ability to turn your MESS into your MESSAGE and He can turn your TEST into a TESTIMONY. This verse so beautifully articulates this promise:
For God will break the chains that bind his people and the whip that scourges them, just as he did when he destroyed the army of Midian with Gideon’s little band. In that day of peace, battle gear will no longer be issued. Never again will uniforms be bloodstained by war. All such equipment will be burned. For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. And the government will rest on his shoulders. These will be his royal titles: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His ever-expanding, peaceful government will never end. He will rule forever with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David. The passionate commitment of the LORD Almighty will guarantee this! – Isaiah 9:4-7
Will you allow the “Wonderful Counselor” and “Everlasting Father” to come into your life and turn things around? Kimmy said something so beautiful and powerful when I asked her if there was a song she would care to share in this post. She said “I truly believe that my mission in God is to break every chain that keeps people captive in lies. To shine the light of truth, allowing them to find their freedom in His love. (Whatever it may be, we are all struggling with something)” – This song so beautifully reminds us that there is power in the name of Jesus, his name is above all names and we can all be mighty conquerors in Him. Let him Break every chain that binds you……
May the Lord God Bless you Always…..
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