Ministry Elder and Servant of Christ
Sheila acts as an Elder for Life With Christ Ministries.
Philippians 4:4-8, NIV
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding,will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
Sheila's Life - His Testimony
I was introduced to God early in life by my family and the church we attended. At twelve years of age, I accepted Jesus as my Savior. After that, I would always call Him my “Lord and Savior”, but I did not have a full understanding of Him being the Lord over my life. I enjoyed all the gifts of God, His presence when I was frightened, my church activities, friends and the comfort of knowing He was just a call away. I prayed during difficult times for Jesus to help me and my family. I knew Jesus was real, and I felt His presence. I was a good little Christian girl who obeyed the rules. The enemy left me alone, for a season.
Temptations came at the age of seventeen. I started thinking, “I’m missing out on the fun in life”. I believed the lie. I began living a duel existence. My Christian walk and a worldly walk. I became a lukewarm Christian. I worked at keeping these two worlds apart, somehow convincing myself that this was okay. The scriptures say do not be deceived, your sins will find you out. Mine did, and one day it all came crashing down. It was not long afterward that I packed up my things and took-off. The moment of decision had come, and I chose poorly. I was in full rebellion against God.
I now fully embrace this new and exciting life. It took some time to realize I had been duped, deceived, and sold a pack of lies. This life was anything but fun. My day to day existence was full of hardships. I was often alone, hungry, and trapped. I had made my bed and now I had to lie in it. I had no escape. At least that what the enemy told me.
I slowly woke up. I asked for the Lord’s forgiveness and He gave it to me. The problem now became me accepting His forgiveness. I felt unworthy to expect anything good from His hand. This kept Him at arm’s length. Only His love could break down this barrier between us.
He started showing me how He had always been waiting and yearning for my return. That I was like the prodigal son and He the father. I returned fully to Jesus. Now, I am able to say and understand fully what it means to call Him my Lord and Savior. I realized my need to turn my whole life over to Him. He has never let me down. He has directed my path. He has delivered me from many dark valleys—even the ones my sin had created. He has proven Himself true and faithful
Although I have not always understood where the road was taking me, I will never again travel this road alone. As I have learned to submit to Him, and He has built me up precept by precept. Glory to Glory.
Thank you Jesus!
I pray you came to have Him as Lord of your life, just as I have.