How Testimony T.E.A. Came to Be
Testimony T.E.A. began as an idea that was dropped in my spirit while I was working on my lesson plans in my bedroom. Sunday, November 18, 2001, in Eagan, Minnesota will be a day that I will always remember. This is the day when a piece of my purpose began to form inside of me. On this cold, snowy day in Minnesota, God clearly spoke a word to me, TESTIFY!
The years prior to 2001 had been filled with challenging times, to say the least. I looked good on the outside, but was confused, hurt, lost, and broken on the inside. I relied heavily on myself instead of God. I looked at others, especially men for validation, significance, and worth. I didn’t realize my value and did not know my purpose. I actually had no idea why I was created. I was just existing instead of living.
When God spoke to me, I started thinking about all of the reasons why I couldn’t do what He had told me to do. I said to myself, why me? I don’t like speaking in front of people. I’m shy. Doing something like this would really be taking me out of my comfort zone. You see, one of the many insecurities that I struggle with is being shy. I think my shyness is related to my life experiences as a child; having a faulty perception of self.
At any rate, I learned early on in my walk with Christ, that Christianity is not about comfort. I closed my lesson plan book and began to be still, listen, and be obedient. Obedience pleases the Father. God began to give me ideas, scriptures, a purpose, and an agenda. The ideas started flowing in my mind and onto the paper like the water in a big long flowing river; like the Mississippi River, the second-longest river in North America that flows through 10 states. Excitement, joy, and happiness filled my spirit. I was smiling ear to ear and at the same time, cold wet tears of joy streamed down my face.
The first Testimony T.E.A. took place on Sunday, December 16, 2001, in the living room of my home. What a special day; a day that a piece of my purpose was birthed. There were a total of fifteen women who came out to testify about God’s goodness, kindness, grace, love, and mercy. We met every month in the homes of different ladies over the years of 2001-2006. Those five years were filled with fellowship, good food, and fun. Not only were women encouraged by the testimonies of others during these years, but friendships were also birthed during this time. We prayed, sang, laughed, and cried together. We had an amazing time in the LORD!
I believe that there is a strong call on my life now in 2020, 19 years later. This strong call or Kingdom assignment is to provide a platform for women to grow spiritually through the sharing and hearing of testimonies. The Holy Spirit has led and inspired me to start Testimony T.E.A. up again, but this time, online. I am grateful and thankful to God for using me to further His kingdom. What an honor and a privilege to be used by God. There’s no limit to what God can do through a yielded vessel. I look forward to hearing how God is moving in the lives of other women believers. He is always at work. I am now living and not just existing; for such a time as this!
But I do not consider my life of any account as dear to myself, so that I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify solemnly of the gospel of the grace of God. Acts 20:24, NAS