Testimony

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

©2012 Stan Hallett

TestimonyGod has always been so faithful.  I usually don’t get everything that I want, but I always get all that I need, and this month was no exception. Typically the Winter months here in Maine are very slow work-wise for me, as a self-employed individual. The first half of this month was especially difficult.  However, everyday we have a roof over our head, clothes on our back and food to eat.

At the beginning of this week I was able to earn some income to help see us through.  On Monday evening after a long day, as I drove back into town, I noticed that my battery light in my pickup had come on.  I decided to try to make it to an auto parts store to see if the could put a meter on it and tell me if it was the alternator, which is what I suspected.  I got there just in time, they were closing in a few minutes.  It turned out that indeed it was my alternator and a new one was going to cost $165. I believe that the Lord kept that bad alternator going until virtually the very moment that I had the money to replace it (Blessing #1). Not only that, but He allowed me to make it to the auto parts store before they closed (Blessing #2). I was able to get it diagnosed and purchase a new one which was in stock (Blessing #3), within minutes of closing.

After I paid for the alternator I asked them what it would cost to charge up my battery so that I could make it home, which was another 10 miles.  It was now dark and a rainy night as well, so the battery had to be able to have enough of a charge to keep the headlights and the wipers running all the way home. They told me that it would take about a half hour to charge it up, and the cost would be about $18.  However, they said that was not possible because the store was closing in 10 minutes.  Then he said that they would just put the charger on for that amount of time and at least I would get a partial battery charge (Blessing #4).

The battery is rated at 675 cold cranking amps at full charge had now 610 amps on it, so I was not too bad.  As it turned out the man that was helping me stayed late, past store closing (Blessing #5) and charged it up to full capacity, and did not charge me anything to do so (Blessing #6). Now I just had to make it home.

It was a cold rainy night, which was not a good time to be broken down on the side of the road, and with no AAA. I made it home without a hitch (Blessing #7) and pulled into my driveway and under the porch light where I could see to do the work.

It just so happened that when I arrived home, now at about 8:00 p.m., my son-in-law was there picking up my grandson, who was being watched by his grandmother for the day. This was a rare event, and typically he would have picked him up on the way home right after work.  This time he went and spent some time home first.

What was special about this is that my son-in-law is a mechanic, who offered to do the work to put in the new alternator.  He did it in just a few minutes having done it many times before (Blessing #8).

God is Faithful and Good.  I thank him for His blessings and I knew that when I rose up this morning that the Lord was going to take care of me.

Do you have questions?  Feel free to write to me via my contact form.

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Testimony

Saturday, June 4th, 2011

©2011 Stan Hallett

Once I stood alone, my life empty and bleak,
No time for God, nor Him did I seek.

Seeking what pleasures the world had to offer,
I was full of pride, I was a fool and a scoffer.

It was to life’s pleasures that I paid homage,
I had been deceived, and I was in bondage.

Liar, thief, and deceitful in all my ways,
Pursuit of worldly pleasures filled my days.

The lust of the eye and lust of the flesh
Only satisfied for a moment, fleeting at best.

Then He softly called me and knocked on my door,
He told me of the promises that He had in store.

But through rebellion and pride for years I reproved,
How foolish I was, and in deception, unmoved.

All that I had to do was repent, get washed of my sin,
Then He promised that His Spirit would fill me within.

Through His Grace and Mercy by His blood we were bought,
It is because of His great Love for us that we are sought.

When it finally hit home, when it finally got through,
When truth was realized, what else could I do?

Because of Love overwhelming I gave in to His Will,
He kept His promise and with His Spirit I was filled.

Now I’m a warrior for Jesus, sharing the good news,
I’m a soldier, a minister, not just sitting in pews.

I stand on the battlefield, with this sword in my hand,
Standing on His promises and obeying His command.

Satan’s been defeated and he knows what’s in store,
He may occasionally win a battle, but he’s lost the war.

So this is my life, and this is my sword,
I’m a front line warrior for Jesus my Lord.

Searching for the captive and setting them free,
Laying up treasures in heaven for all eternity.

What this world has to offer, there’s not much to that,
But here on the battlefield, now that’s where it’s at.

This is where you belong if you carry His name,
In the family of God, you’ll never be the same.

My heart is bursting with joy, I cannot sit still,
My pleasure is now in Him, and doing His will.

Perhaps you’ve tried it your way, but failed in disgrace,
After all the world had to offer, perhaps fell on your face.

You may think that in this life that you have the rule,
If so, you’ve been duped, you’ve been lied to and fooled.

In truth, in this life there is no middle ground,
In this there is no compromise that can be found.

You must choose this day who to put your trust in;
You’re either a servant of Jesus, or a slave to sin.

So if you’re here today and you hear His call,
Why don’t you answer? It’s God after all!

You think it’s by accident that you sit in that pew?
It’s not you that chose God, but it’s God that chose you!

So why not repent of your will and turn to His way,
And be baptized for the remission of your sins today?

Then His promise to fill you with His Spirit is sure,
If He filled the likes of me, then your gift is secure.

Can I get a witness that His Word is true?
If you can confirm it, how about an amen or two?

Shout with the voice of triumph, all in one accord,
Clap hands all ye people and give praise to the Lord!

Do you have questions?  Feel free to write to me via my contact form.

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