Rhonda’s baptism testimony
I was baptised at a Brisbane Church of Christ when I was 13 but I think it was more because I thought it was the thing to do rather than a full commitment as it is meant to be.
In 1991, I had been married for 17 years and then God used the Jehovah Witnesses to spark my lost interest in Him. I walked away from the church when I was 16. I have to admit, I was one of the better scoffers over my years in the wilderness. I realised what I was missing and I became a closet Christian. My husband at the time would not allow the kids or I to go to church, or even mention God in the house. He would rip up my bibles. After 10 years of this treatment, I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. I said to God I can’t do this anymore and deal with my condition too. After much prayer I finally ended my marriage of 27 years. After such a difficult decision, God blessed me abundantly. I started going to church and still come here today. I chose to surrender myself to Him. I was like a sponge – couldn’t get enough of him.
I feel joy a lot these days – I have a funny story about joy. When I had been dating Wayne for a while, one day he mentioned that he had been missing Joy in his life. Well, I said “Guess what my middle name is?” Joy. Quite amusing and a bit of a standing joke now. I used to hate Joy as a middle name but I hold it precious now. I belong to God and I appreciate it so much. It is a gentle reminder. We have a choice everyday when we wake what our attitude is going to be for that day. I choose to be joyous. Even when things don’t go as they are expected to, I just rely on my God to give me joy and peace and comfort and patience. I know He is beside me and goes through life with me. I just have to let Him.
When I was married before I was not allowed to go to church, or to take your children to kids church, I was not allowed to speak about God at all or associate with my Christian friends. The only thing I could do was to hide a Bible or devotional and sneak it when possible. But there was one thing I could do and that was to pray. How do you think you would feel if that was you? That was in my past. I believe it is such a priviledge to have such freedom now. I feel like a kid in a candy store. God blessed me more than I could hope for. God led Wayne and I to become friends for 6 years. I had been happily single for 12 years and even though I was unaware of God’s plan at the time, we fell in love and married nearly three years ago. I can quite confidently say I am happily married this time. God is the centre of our marriage. As for my MS, it is now benign, I haven’t had an attack for years.
So today, I publicly show my commitment to our Lord Jesus Christ in front of my brothers and sisters in Christ.
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