I began writing my personal testimony of faith in 2009. Many times I stopped and struggled with the concept of sharing my life story (at least up to then anyway). I knew the Holy Spirit was leading me to do this but I was still struggling with self worth. One night when I was getting ready for bed I had a terrible feeling come over me. The feeling was so immediate and so bad that I thought something was wrong with a friend or family member. So I started calling everyone I knew to ask them if they were okay. Right around midnight, I hung up the phone with my dad. Thank goodness everyone was fine.

Almost immediately after hanging up with my dad I heard the Holy Spirit tell me “Finish the book….now!”

“Okay!, okay,” I replied. I guess you’d have to know and understand my relationship with Abba Father but let’s just say satire does exist. Several months later I finished. I’m glad I did. It was very healing to write out my journey with Jesus Christ because it caused me to remember all the ways in which He was present in my life. Choosing to share my story with others, however, was a different matter.  Did I really want to open up that much to strangers? If you knew me before, you would understand what a gigantic leap this was. I would never do something like that. Just take introvert and infinity as a multiplier.

Writing My Personal Testimony of Faith:

One of the questions I pondered during the months of writing this story was what should I call it? For a long time I struggled with titling the book Phoenix. I do love comics but I also know that there are some negative connotations associated with the symbol. The last thing I wanted to do was drive people away over a title. In the end, after a lot of prayer, I went with it. There was no other way that I knew how to describe the transition of death and rebirth I went through.

I’ll leave you with this thought. Sharing our stories is important. It brings our walk with Elohim into the reality of fellow believers. Despite our inherent nature of skepticism, testimonies are a cornerstone of fellowship. Whether we connect in person or online we should always connect with one another. Truly, we are blessed to live in a generation where we can touch lives around the world.

With all my love,

Alice

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