Welcome to the first feature in the Road to Redemption Series, on my sister in Christ Stephanie Grace. After sharing my own journey, it’s time for other men and women to have the chance to share theirs. I pray one of their testimonies will minister to you in a special way.
What does being redeemed mean to you?
Redeemed to me means being rescued from a path that meant to destroy you. I give God all the glory for saving and redeeming such a wretch like me.
Describe the journey of your road to redemption?
Greetings, my name is Stephanie Grace. I’m 26 years old and from Fort. Lauderdale, FL. I grew up as a child in a single parent household and it was tough; I lacked a father and a identity. I had a pretty much innocent mind until I got exposed to sexual activities at age 6. I was molested from the ages of 8-10 by friends of the family as well as family members. Now that I look back at it, I see the seed the enemy was planting to try and destroy me. After the whole ordeal came to an end at age 11, I began feeling very guilty and depressed. The people who had hurt me made it seem as if it was my fault and I grew into that mindset of self-hate. I never told my mom because I was so scared. Around the age of 12 when my hormones began to spiral out of control I started watching porn to feed the desires of my flesh. I knew it was wrong but my flesh had complete control. During that time I also got introduced to the name of Jesus. People started coming up to me telling me about Him and I began watching sermons because I was very intrigued, and desired to want more of this Jesus. However, the flesh quickly grasped me out of His reach as I continued to obey it. Throughout my teen years I began to cut myself, throw up my food, drink, smoke, and continued to dabble in watching porn. Although I am a virgin, I experimented with boys and girls. At one point I thought I was gay, even dressing like a boy because I hated myself that much! So fast forward to the age of 17, when I was dealing with severe anger issues, depression, and a bad relationship with my mother. One day I grabbed a knife, and started to cut myself. I was thinking of the many different ways to commit suicide, BUT I heard an inner voice say:
“Don’t do this Stephanie, put the knife down”
I quickly put the knife down and began to cry uncontrollably. At that very moment I knew that there was more to life and it began with JESUS. I must admit I didn’t totally surrender my life to Jesus at first. My flesh was still controlling me and allowing me to dabble in severe sins; I struggled for some years. But praise God at the age of 19 I got baptized and was saved through Jesus.
How has your life changed since giving it over to Christ?
I finally confessed to my mom about the events that had occurred in my life, and our relationship has been healed and improved. I appreciate life more and I learned to love myself. I began attending church and serving His people, and my relationship with Jesus began to have more meaning. From the ages of 20 to 25 I experienced extreme deliverance and breakthroughs. It took me some time to break free from anger, lust, forgiving those who hurt me, control issues, wicked motives, deceitful thoughts, porn, jumping from relationship to relationships, etc. Now I live life completely devoted to Him. I’ve been bruised and hurt, but Jesus restored all my joy and comfort. I’m no longer that little girl who cried herself to sleep, no longer am I a slave to my flesh. No longer! And it’s all because of Jesus HE IS REAL!!! He has made my life worth living. I’m grateful for His interventions because honestly I would had been dead. I live to serve and honor Him. I’m still a work in progress but Praise God I’m not where I used to be.
What words of encouragement do you have for those seeking redemption through Christ?
I pray the Lord will continue to strengthen you and bring you closer to Him as you all seek him and deny your flesh daily. He is soooooo worth it. In the end it’s just us and Him. Nothing in this world can compare to His Love and fulfillment. TO GOD BE THE GLORY! HE’S COMING BACK SOON! Grace and Peace be with you all. Amen.
What’s your favorite scripture?
“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”-Psalm 27:1
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