The Testimony Tour: Where God Found Me and Why I’ve Stayed

Welcome to The Testimony Tour! I’m so happy to be a part of this amazing project all about the ways that God works in our lives. Every day this week, a group of bloggers and writers are sharing their testimonies—a total of ten in five days. Each woman’s story points to the promise that God has a plan and purpose for every single one of our lives…and friend, that includes you!

If you’re a regular reader at Simply for One, thanks for being here. I’m so grateful for you! If you’re visiting me for the first time…welcome! I hope you’ll browse around and learn more about my heart and the words I lay down on these pages.

Read on for my story, and then be sure to visit Jaime Wiebel who shared her testimony with us Tuesday.

The Testimony Tour: 10 Testimonies in 5 days!

Where God Found Me and Why I’ve Stayed

Jesus brought me a boy. That boy brought me to Jesus. It’s not traditional, conventional, or even biblical, but it’s my story.

We all have one. Christians call it a testimony—the account of our conversion; what compelled us to follow Christ as Lord and Savior. Quite simply, it’s the story of how God found us.

My story started with that boy. He was handsome, silly but sweet, and carrying past hurt and disappointment. I was shy, driven but inexperienced, and fueled by perfection. We began just as friends.

As boy-girl friendships have throughout the pages of history, greater feelings developed and were followed by all the beautiful firsts: dates, kisses, and even confessions of love.

As this boy wrestled out his standing before Christ, I took my own stand. It was of the “don’t think I’ll become a Christian for you” variety.

I know, harsh. That night replays through my mind vividly. Under glowing street light, we stood in my parent’s driveway fresh from an evangelical crusade (think Billy Graham). His invitation to faith was eager and full of hope. My response was stubborn and swelled with pride. While I knew who God was, I believed more in who I should be.

I couldn’t see the promise of God, but God saw all the promise in me.

The next morning, having prayed and sought council, that boy displayed unspeakable courage. He walked up that driveway where my pride had stood, knocked on my front door, and chose God instead of me.

Sometimes God must break our hearts before He makes them new.

I could go on forever about that hinge moment—the kind that changes everything. I could share the undoing and mending, the baby steps of faith full of conviction and expectation. But there’s something much bigger than those details of the past.

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The moment Jesus found me was pivotal, but it’s only a piece of my story. It’s every moment since then that has truly transformed my life.

My real testimony is not how I found Jesus, but why I’ve stayed.

With all my heart, mind, and soul, I believe that God is sovereign—He has no rival and no equal. He has written endless grace over my bend toward perfection and sweet freedom over my self-imposed rules. It’s with gratitude that I receive His matchless love and forgiveness. I’d be lost without Jesus.

While proclaiming all that, I can also tell you that I’ve been disappointed and confused by things God has allowed in my life. I’ve been wounded by the paths His people have chosen in His name. While questioning His very presence, I’ve cried out from deep doubt and pleaded with Him to move.

Faith is holy, not easy. And yet, I pursue God still.

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Trials come and I still believe. I hold fast. I plant my stake in the holy ground of faith and declare God mine, and myself His. 

Because His ways are higher when my flesh goes low.

Because He proves Himself faithful even when I am not.

Because we are flawed and forgetful, and God is STILL good.

That’s why we tell our story. If we don’t, our salvation just becomes a thing we did—something we wrestled to achieve—rather than the very air we breathe.

Through us, He [God] brings knowledge of Christ…Because of Christ, we give off a sweet scent rising to God, which is recognized by those on the way of salvation…this is a terrific responsibility. We stand in Christ’s presence when we speak.
2 Corinthians 2:14,17 MSG

Our story is God’s story, and we tell it to proclaim His power and truth. We bear that responsibility, not just for us who believe, but for everyone who needs a reason to.

It’s been nearly twenty-three years since that boy broke my heart and Jesus made it new. I thank God for him, and have for the eighteen years we’ve been married. It was his story, his conviction for Christ, that propelled me on my own journey toward knowing God more.

Faith is a choice I make every single day. 

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Whatever lead you to Christ, tell your story. Don’t tidy or embellish it. Don’t let shame or fear steal it, because faith can’t be contained by “perfect.”

And whatever has kept you at Christ’s side, share that victory too. Those are the beautiful intricacies of faith, the grit and guts that keep us fighting another day.

And if you don’t know Jesus yet, well friend, don’t waste another minute. Your story is written by a God of endless grace, and I can’t wait to hear it. 

By His endless grace,

Thank you so much for joining me on The Testimony Tour. It’s not over yet! Hop over today and visit Valerie Murray, then be sure to check out the other stops on the tour this week.

The Testimony Tour: 10 Testimonies in 5 days!

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You can also find these words linked up at my favorite spots: Jennifer Dukes LeeHolley GerthKristin Hill Taylor3dlessons4life, Heart Encouragement Thursday, and Arabah Joy’s Grace & Truth.

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43 thoughts on “The Testimony Tour: Where God Found Me and Why I’ve Stayed

  1. I pinned this post a while ago and am sitting in my bed reading every single one of them tonight. I have felt God telling me to share my testimony, but I have been told by more than one Pastor that it isn’t for sharing. That my testimony is too triggering, and hard to hear. Your statement about don’t tidy or embellish it, don’t let fear or shame steal it gives me new courage to try and do what I feel strongly the Holy Spirit is asking me to do.

    1. Oh, Stephanie…I don’t know your story, but I know that if the end is Jesus, it’s worth sharing. Sure, you have a right to decide what details you’d rather hold close, but your authenticity could be exactly what another women needs to hear to know that nothing is too “hard to hear” for God. Your future is certain because you were willing to lay your past at the cross. Don’t ever be ashamed of that! Much love to you, and prayers as you seek God for the right time and space to speak your truth. 💛

  2. I loved this post. I am sorry, I left a comment before but there was an error so we will try again. I loved this. I was hoping that the kid worked out for you but either way, I was cheering for you. I have been in those relationships that hurt to lose but they were so good for God to help me grow. I am glad to hear that he stood his ground on Christ. What a firm foundation he must have had. Just curious about what his parents taught him. We tell our kids that they need to have someone who loves Jesus because then they can love them more. You man loved you enough to walk away. It is a hard foundation to stand on when you are in love. The best part is you were willing to see Christ through him. Amazing how God works! So glad to be sharing this tour with you! Blessings!

    1. Hi Jaime…no worries, friend. Surprisingly, my husbands foundation, in terms of home, was not that strong. While he was loved, the emphasis was not placed on a solid walk with Christ. Perhaps that’s why God became such a priority for him…to avoid mistakes he had seen. I think he’d agree that God was strongly at work in our situation along with a few wise counselors and friends that were placed in his path. But yes, I certainly saw Jesus through him and I’m so grateful for that!

  3. Thank you for these tremendous words of encouragement Tiffany. I am not sure how long I have been visiting your blog and reading your insights, but I continue to be blessed every time. It is amazing to read how God found you. You continue to bless and inspire so many as you rest in His loving arms. I feel blessed to know you as a sister in Christ and also thankful to consider you a friend. Thank you for sharing your testimony . I am so proud of what you ladies are doing on the Testimony tour. Have a fabulous weekend and may God richly bless you and yours.

    1. Aww, Horace. Your kind words are a blessing and I’m so glad we’ve gotten to know each other through this blogging world. Thank you fur cheering us on…it’s been a joy to read every story of what God has done. Thanks for being here, friend! 💛

  4. Oh I love this. I kept hoping the boy was your husband. :) It is really important to remember that initial moment, but even more important to think about why we’ve stayed. God’s glory is proclaimed in those memories. I love your story – thanks for sharing this piece, and for linking up at #PorchStories.

  5. Thanks for sharing your story! It’s awesome finding more blogs that share the story of what God is doing in the lives of people around the world. Also love this Testimony Tour idea – would love to be a part of something like this one day :)

  6. I love hearing testimonies of how people came to God. I love hearing their hearts on the before and after and hearing the impact that Jesus has made. Don’t you just wish this grace and peace for every single person? It’s easy to see why Jesus cried over Jerusalem just before his crucifixion. A love that will not let us go. xoxox friend. Thank you for sharing!

    1. I do wish more people could know that personal God of grace. I think it’s stories like the ones shared on #TheTestimonyTour that reveal the true difference between relationship and religion. Thank for visiting, friend.

  7. Your story is one of poetic justice…you are now married to the boy who chose Jesus first. It’s absolutely beautiful. Tiffany, to say I’m a fan of your writing is an understatement. Your writing captivates me. Love you dear Sister!

    1. Thank you for your kind words, Natalie and thank you for inviting me to share in this beautiful tour that God wrote on your heart. It’s been such a joy to come alongside my sisters in Christ and proclaim God’s goodness. Love you!

  8. Oh, Tiffany … this is so beautiful. I loved reading how you met God, and I’m so glad the boy who chose his faith over the girl later became your husband! But what really grabbed me is what what you wrote about your life and faith since then–why you’ve stayed. This here: “Trials come and I still believe. I hold fast. I plant my stake in the holy ground of faith and declare God mine, and myself His.” I’m actually writing something along these lines right now and have sort of struggled about whether I’m coming off as too intense about it all. Your thoughts are giving me courage, my friend.

    1. I can’t wait to read your story, Lois. It’s incredible to see the ways God reaches in and meets us in a way that would only capture our heart – as if we were the only person He needed to save. Declare your truth, because someone needs to hear that boldness and believe it for themselves! Love you, friend.

  9. I’m with Kristi. Could you have written this any more beautifully? No. This is SO good. I remember getting to hear it “live,” and now reading it is such a special treat. Thank you.

    1. So funny that when I shared that story with you girls, this project wasn’t even a blip on the radar. I love, love, love that God gave me a chance to tell his story. Thank you for visiting and sharing it, friend.

  10. Tiffany,
    Right. to. my. heart.

    Oh, girl! This was so beautiful! I cannot wait to share. There’s so much I love about this, but I think this line was my favorite:
    “That’s why we tell our story. If we don’t, our salvation just becomes a thing we did—something we wrestled to achieve—rather than the very air we breathe.”
    Amen, Amen, and Amen!

    Thanks for blessing me so big tonight!

  11. “That’s why we tell our story. If we don’t, our salvation just becomes a thing we did—something we wrestled to achieve—rather than the very air we breathe” Absolutely love this statement. This is so true and you eloquently stated it! Thank for sharing why you stayed with Jesus. You have so much passion and you love for Christ beams through. Love you sis!

  12. “He has written endless grace over my bend toward perfection and sweet freedom over my self-imposed rules. It’s with gratitude that I receive His matchless love and forgiveness. I’d be lost without Jesus.” Yes! I love that! So beautiful! It was so fun being neighbors with you on the Testimony Tour today! I sure enjoyed reading your story.

    1. Thank you so much, Valerie. I loved your story too and the way you proclaimed God at your side in every season of life. I’m so glad we could share in this journey together.

  13. I am so glad you married that boy! As I was reading I kept saying, “This would be perfect if it ended in a love story for Jesus and for each other.”

    OH and this . . . “I’ve been wounded by the paths His people have chosen in His name.” That could be a series all in itself. What an amazing post, Tiffany! Thank you so much for your openness and willingness to share! You are such a mighty woman of God! 💛💛💛

    1. Yes, that boy is a keeper, Erika Michelle! And the wounded part – hmm… browse around a bit, you might find a post or two on the “healing” of those wounds. ;) Thanks for visiting, friend. Your Felicity Bee avatar makes me smile!! xo

  14. Hi Tiffany,
    What an honor to hear your story and how God impacted your entire life’s course with step of faith you made! When God writes our stories, there are plenty of ups and downs, disappointments and joys but knowing him outweighs everything else, doesn’t it? Enjoyed reading more of your heart! xo

  15. I love the unconventional way God used our future husbands to bring us to Jesus, Tiffany : ) This made me smile. I’m so grateful that salvation didn’t stop that day too!

  16. Could you have written this any more beautifully? I think not. Wow! #goJesus. I have a feeling my kids will “listen well” to this. I’ll be sharing it with them. xo

    1. Yup … there’s a little mix of caution and hope in this tale, isn’t there? While that boy took a chance on the unbeliever, I’d say it paid off for the both of us. I’m pretty sure he’d agree. ;) Love you, friend.

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