Yesterday I introduced you to Rene. She’s a woman who was involved in the homosexual lifestyle for more than 11 years. Today she is living proof of God’s power to change hearts and lives.
Check out the rest of her story.
But it has just been amazing what the Lord has done in my life. The Lord over a period of time began to answer my parents’ prayers. I have so many women who would be on their knees for me for years at a time. Now, to know I’m serving in this ministry; it’s just absolutely amazing.
Like I said, I was saved three and a half to four years ago. I actually hired an assistant basketball coach (I was a college basketball coach) who was a Christian. My mother met this girl and immediately hugged her and said, “You’re an answer to my prayers.” And I said, “Mom, she’s going to think you’re psycho! Why are you doing that?” But Mom had been praying for a godly influence to be a part of my life on a daily basis. Well, Callie was that for me. She was light and salt, and I so desperately wanted what she had. She had a foundation in the Lord. And regardless of the circumstances of her life, there was just this solid thing about Callie.
So we would just talk, and I just wanted what she had. I really thought that when I was in that lifestyle and being raised in a Christian home, that I thought I was a believer. I really did. But I had no relationship with the Lord whatsoever—no relationship.
Immediately the Lord convicted. He said, “You are not Mine, and you have no relationship with Me whatsoever.” I just got down and my hands and knees before the Lord and just confessed everything. I called my mom and dad up on the phone and said, “Can I come talk with you?” And they said, “Sure, you can come talk to us.” It was, I mean, we did not talk. We didn’t have anything to do with each other.
I stayed up all night, literally, with my parents until 3 or 4 o’clock in the morning and just cried and asked for their forgiveness and said, “I’m just so sorry for disappointing you. I’m so sorry for hurting you. Please forgive me.” And, of course, they just said, “Yes, we forgive you.”
The Lord really built our relationship back together. I just surrendered my life to the Lord at that point and said, “Lord, whatever You want to do with me, I’m yours. I will do whatever it is that You ask.”
So I was saved in October and then in June the Lord told me to quit my job and go and work in women’s ministry. And I said, “Okay.” So I went to the athletic director’s office and quit my job and thought I was going to work in women’s ministry. I had no idea what that would look like.
I had listened to Nancy on the radio. It was really interesting. When she was talking about the feminist movement and how this message was not popular, I was like, “Well, I was one of those people, because if I would have heard you four or five years ago, I would have taken my radio out of the car and would have thrown it right out to the side of the road.”
But it was just amazing. That year after I came to know the Lord, I would just listen and listen and listen and listen to her. It was just so amazing how I thought, “That’s really true.” So I’d go home, and I would look up all the Scriptures that she would talk about. Then I would look it up on the Internet. Then I would listen the next day, and I would go home and look up all the stuff and be like, “She really does know what she’s talking about. That really is true!” That was the thing—it was truth! It wasn’t her ideas, her thoughts, but it was truth. It was proclaimed with boldness. And that’s where the difference was, and that’s why we’re seeing the Lord use this ministry in such profound ways. It is because it’s truth! It’s truth, and we can go back and we can stand on it in the tough times.
It’s been amazing what the Lord has done in my life, and to watch what He has done, and the ripple effect in my family. That has been amazing because their eyes have been opened to see what the Lord has done in my own life. I continue to pray that I would be a witness to others on the transforming power of the Lord and that prayer does matter. It really does, because five years ago I would not be standing before you at all. I’m just so thankful for where the Lord has me and that He led me to such a wonderful ministry that proclaims His truth.
Nancy: What a powerful reminder of a couple of things. First of all, God really does change lives from the inside out. It’s easy to look around at the culture and how contrary it is running to the ways of God and to think, “Well, those people out there would never embrace this message. They would never embrace the truth. They’ll never respond to it.” And to not have any hope. Well, as long as there is a redeeming God, there is hope! Rene’s testimony surely illustrates that …
This thing of sexual identity is very deeply rooted in all of us. It’s shaped by a lot of things. But to see how God can rewire our thinking, our hearts, our bents, our inclinations, our affections. Rene’s really right when she said that person she was doesn’t exist any longer. That is the old person. She is a new creation! And she is now being used, by God’s grace, as an instrument of righteousness in the lives of other women. Who could write that script other than God?