Today ya’ll get to hear from my special friend, Laura! She is definitely a woman of God and someone that is a testimony of what I would have LOVED to have been. She is living proof that God is Sovereign. If YOU surrender YOUR life to him…GREAT things can happen!
Here is Laura…
She is GORGEOUS… AND she is a rising STAR in the fashion industry! She designs her own clothes and God is providing some AMAZING opportunities for her! Here is Laura’s story!
My Dear Beloveds,
I write to you today to share a very deep, honest, and
personal testimony, a testimony of purity and what it has, does and will mean
in my life! After much prayer I come to you with great humility knowing that
not everyone has the same story, yet I hope this one can be, in some way, an
inspiration, a hope for who ever reads this. This is not my story, rather God’s
story through me.
OK let’s get started! Very blessed, I grew up in a devout
Christian family with parents who were never shy to express their love for me.
As young as I can remember my parents always kindled me with scripture and
bible stories. I was raised to know who Jesus was, but it wasn’t until an older
age, yet still young, that I begin to explore my faith on my own. I accepted
Jesus into my life at a vacation bible school at the age of 8. That was only
the beginning of our relationship!
I grew up very sheltered. I guess one could have called me
naive! I am not sure if my parents were only trying to protect me from what the
world wanted to influence me with or not, but looking back, I thank them! It
kept me very pure at mind. And I think that is where it began! At the age of 15
my mom gave me the “birds and bees” talk, but on a biblical perspective. She
quoted scripture and described sex as a beautiful union between husband and
wife that is to remain pure even within the marriage. Some might be rolling
their eyes as they read this, but that’s only because today’s media has down
played (or should I say ‘over’ played) something that is meant to be very
special and sacred between two people.
Anyways, my mom did not wavier in her beliefs, but she also said that no
matter what happened or what decisions I made in life her and my dad would love
me the same!
I really don’t know where to go from here, because if I am
being honest with all of you, I have not struggled with this area of my life. I
have never felt a huge temptation to give into my flesh in regards to giving my
purity away. I guess one of the smaller reasons is because I have never been in
a serious relationship. Some of you might be wondering why you would want to
listen to a girl who has one; never had a boyfriend, and two never struggled
with sexual desires. I can tell you one big reason why you should. : To learn
and find hope that the Lord can guard your heart and your mind from such hurt
and such pain. I have no doubt in my mind that the only reason I don’t struggle
in this area is because I have completely given this desire up to the Lord and
I have continually, since a very young age asked the Lord to guard this
precious part of my heart! He has remained faithful! But this does not go to
say that I have not made stupid decisions that have put me in compromising
situations, where the Lord showed up! My junior year in college I was smitten
with this guy. He had a reputation, and let me just say I didn’t care. Like
most woman I blinded myself from that truth and one night went to watch a movie
at his apartment. It was just we two. I remember as he started to make moves I
began to pray, “Lord, please don’t let him try anything, protect me, tell him
to respect me.” Guess what…the guy stopped. I am not saying that I don’t desire
it or that I don’t want it. I am human! I cannot wait until the day I get
married and I get to look into my husband’s eyes and tell him I am his! I
continually remind myself of that moment. My future husband is worth the
struggle against the flesh!
Some of you might think it was easy. Although I didn’t
struggle with ‘desires’, I struggle with the constant ‘harassment’ for being
prude! Guys saw this as a challenge. I was at the emotional disposal for some
guys that wanted to go through a ‘good girl’ phase and then before I knew it
they were over it. Why did I continually let those types of guys abuse me
emotional? I can’t honestly tell you, but it has only made me stronger and the
Lord has only opened my eyes more to the type of guy He has for me.
I thank the Lord for every heartbreak along the way because
it has only made me trust Him more and stretch my hands out to Him for strength
to wait. Now some of you might be saying, “it’s too late”, my beloveds, it’s
never too late! You can ask the Lord right now to start a fresh journey, to
give you the strength to wait from this moment on. The Lord always wants His
children to come back to Him. Like I said before, not everyone has the same
story. I might not know your story, but the Lord does and there is always
restoration in Him! Only He can restore what we once have lost, whatever it may
be, purity, security, hope, and faith! I don’t want you to see this as a story
about a girl who has decided to remain pure until marriage, rather a story
about our Father in Heaven who is capable of all things! So I encourage you to
continue to seek Him and pursue Him with open honesty! You are beautiful and
you are loved!