He Trusted Me…Guest Writer

This is a young lady I have had the privilege to follow lately. She’s young and full of positive energy; which you will feel as you read her writing here today. Out of respect for her family, she’s asked that you don’t comment on this particular post on her blog, but rather here on my blog as she’s a guest writer and will keep her eye on your encouraging comments. If you don’t follow her, please do and help gird and encourage her daily. Thanks y’all!

f4c9335dfe90b9125b000deb915f506b--children-pictures-jesus-wallpaper.jpgHey, everyone! My name is Vanessa Williams. I first want to thank Sis. Amy Blount for letting me do this! I appreciate it! I’ve been wanting to blog about this for a while but I couldn’t. Until now!

I am a 15 year old young Apostolic girl and I’m the only person in my family going to church. My family backslid when I was around the age of 11 or 12. Let me tell you a little about my story.

I was one of those kids who HATED going to church when I was little. But, I had to go because my parents made me. (Oh, how I miss those days!) I went to my first youth camp when I was 9 years old and that was when I got the gift of the Holy Ghost!! My life changed! And, I truly believe if I would not have went to camp that year I would NOT be in church today. If I wouldn’t have gone to camp, I would have not gotten the Holy Ghost and I would NOT have made it through the test God is putting me through now. Because right after camp that year is when my family started to backslide. And, I was faced with a choice to make. Either keep going to church and living for God or follow the footsteps of my family… Now remember, I had to make this choice at the REALLY young age.  My family didn’t backslide over night. It took about a year or two before they fully did. But, as a 9 year old girl, I noticed A LOT. I noticed my mom’s job getting in the way of church and my dad following. So, I had to make a decision right then. I made up my mind that I was going to keep living for God NO MATTER WHAT! I was determined (and still am) to see my family back in church.

So, here I am 5 years later and  STILL going to church and living for God with ALL my heart!! Trying to be a good example for my family!

I do face a lot of trials alone. There has been countless times where I would have to war off the devil and stand against him. I’m going to be real for a second. It’s NOT easy at all! It’s not easy to be reading your Bible or praying in your room and hear your brother in the living room screaming at people on his game. It’s not easy to go to church or youth by yourself. It’s not easy to hold in your emotions all the time because you don’t want to cry in front of your family. It’s not easy to encourage yourself when you don’t feel like going to church, but you know you have to because your dream is to one day go to church with your family again. It’s not easy when they call all the families up to the front at church and you can’t go up there because your family isn’t there with you. It’s not easy when “family time” isn’t sitting around the table playing board games anymore, but it’s watching something on the TV. It’s not easy when EVERYONE asks me “Where is your family?” when I’m at church…. These are things I deal with. Daily.

But, please don’t feel sorry for me. That’s not my reason for this post.

My reason for this post is to encourage everyone who reads this.

It may be hard right now but it can’t rain forever!! God has trusted me to go through this trial and I’m glad he trusted me to do this!

I’ve learned A LOT over the years of going to church by myself. My trust in God has grown more than I ever thought it would! For I have learned to be content in any circumstance, because I know God is holding me and he will NEVER let me go! I have changed from that little girl who HATED to go to church to a young lady who can’t get enough of church. Isn’t it amazing how God works like that!?

No matter what you are going through please don’t give up. That’s what the devil wants, don’t let him win! God is putting you through this test for a reason and when he has tried you, you shall come forth as GOLD! Just keep holding on and trust God to bring you through. God is More than ABLE!

c911c2b9dd22f930d776ac6a6a0b2395.pngThank you everyone for reading and thank you again for letting me do this Sis. Amy! I feel like it’s off my chest now. I hope you all have a blessed week and stay strong!

~ Vanessa Williams


51 Replies to “He Trusted Me…Guest Writer”

  1. Vanessa, I am completely taken back that such wisdom and grace is pouring out of such a young lady. I will be praying for you and your family and I know God has very big plans for your life………God bless you my dear.

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  2. Vanessa, I truly know how you feel. My wife would never go to church with me. I held faith for the longest time that something would happen that would open her eyes and she’d start coming with me. But she never did. The church has shut down now.

    It hurts because you’re family should be the very ones to be there to support you. Instead I’m always reminded of the Lord’s words that a persons family will be their enemies.

    Keep enduring in Christ! Despite everything, the Lord is doing a work in you! You might not see it now. But it’s happening!

    God bless you!

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    1. Wow. I know that must of been hard.

      Yes, it does hurt because i thought my family would always be in church. I’ve had to learn a lot on my own because of it.

      Thank you very much! I appreciate that! And you stay strong too! Don’t give up!!❤ God bless!😊

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  3. I will be praying for you and your family Vanessa! God is faithful and He will draw your family to Himself. You have a strong testimony and the Lord has given you great courage! Keep fighting the good fight! The Lord is with you! Grace and peace to you sister!

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  4. What a beautiful story of a young person who’s heart loves the Lord so. It’s so wonderful to hear that through it all; you’re STILL going to church, and living for God with ALL your heart!! So beautiful to that your reason for the post, is to encourage everyone who reads it. It sure is a blessing p, for my heart to behold your courage!You’re absolutely right, it can’t rain forever!

    Father, it’s so wonderful to know that Venessa at such a young age; is tied up, wrapped up, tangled up within your loving embrace! I pray for her and her family, within Your time; You will make the crooked path straight, for the entire family! In the mighty name of Jesus! Amen!

    Amy, blessings to you for share this with us; a true act of kindness!

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  5. What a powerful testimony to what the Lord has done in your heart Vanessa!

    It took my dad decades to go to church but he is. Continue praying for your family and their hearts. I will add them to my prayer list!

    God bless,

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  6. Amy, thank you so much for sharing Vanessa’s testimony! 🙂

    Vanessa, I can’t describe how inspiring your story is. All I can say is that God must be so, so proud to have a daughter like you who is so dedicated at such a young age. If youth groups in every church had even just a few members like you, the church would be so different. That love and need you have for God is admirable, girl, we all need that ❤ thank you for letting me know about this so I could get to know you better. I’m 21, but I want to grow up and be like you 😂

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  7. Awwe! You are the sweetest! I’m actually not the only one in my church that is going by themselves. I’m the youngest one but there are 2 more teenagers that go by themselves to church without their family. Which helps me, because if they can make it you better believe that I can make it too!😉😂 (Can you tell that I don’t like to give up on things?)😂

    You are sweet!❤ Just be who God wants You to be!😉😂

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  8. Vanessa your testimony has touched me and made me cry! You are a very strong young lady and a very fine example for us all! There are many adults that don’t even have that kind of bravery!! You have that “Don’t quit” spirit that God is looking to use for His purpose! He has great plans for you, to prosper and not harm you! It takes courage to sit on a pew every church service, even when your heart is breaking! I am praying with you for your family! I feel your pain! I have been right there with you when others who had family were called up front, but I was alone, so stayed in the pew. There are quite a few ladies who I have connected with whose husband and children no longer attend church with them, so we no longer sit back. We have bound together and go up as family. Maybe you and those other young people who share the same situation can do that. Family can be anyone we choose to stand with. It helps you not feel so alone. I wrote of my own struggle with this, called Bravely Seated on my blog. I will see if I can copy and share with you! God Bless you girl! I believe you are going to do great things for God! 🙌🌷I know you don’t know me, but I’m here for you anytime you need someone to pray with you or talk. 🙏

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    1. Thank you so much! Your comment has touched me. I’ve always had a “Don’t quit” spirit it’s just who I am. 😊 I don’t necessarily have a family that has taken me under there wing yet. I’ve kinda just gave up on someone doing it and I’ve turned to Jesus and He has become my very bestfriend. I would put my hope in someone and they wouldn’t do it and then I would be disappointed again. But with Jesus I know He will never disappoint me and will always be there by my side when no one else is. I would love to read “Bravely Seated” !! Thank you for such a kind comment. It means more than you will ever know.❤❤❤

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  9. Vanessa, the poem called Daddy that Amy wrote, captured your situation to a tee! Will be praying for you and your family! My oldest sister is battling lymphoma for the second time. I feel for you! And I understand! ❤️Renee 🙏🙏🙏

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