Hi! I’m Rica Stephenson and this is my testimony! If you want to learn more about me go to the About Me page. Enjoy!
So, I am very blessed to be born in a Christian family. My parents are Christian, we go to church all the time and I love church. I’m very involved in church as well. But when you grow up in a Christian family you know a lot about God. You hear all of the stories from the Bible, you get the Bible’s with pictures in them which makes it quite easy to read. We pray all the time. All of that becomes quite normal and it’s almost like an obligation to do it. My mum says to me “Don’t forget to pray at night.” It’s not really fun anymore and I don’t really want to do it. The church that I go to is a really amazing church and it’s not one of the churches when you just sit there and listen for hours and hours. No. It’s a really good church and it’s so on fire for God it’s really amazing. So, I love church, but when it came to talking to God I never really felt a connection you know? People say, “God is so amazing he talks to me all the time.” And I’m like really? I don’t hear anything? I was always wondering how? I was so confused. I don’t get it?Then I slowly started hanging out with different people and started doing different things, started acting differently. The friends I was hanging out with had a different lifestyle to me and had a different way of acting. (I’m not pointing out anyone, I’m just saying the people I was hanging out with were changing me into something different). Anyway, I obviously got influenced by them because whoever you hang out with you become like them. So, I started being a lot meaner. A lot lore sarcastic. Sarcasm isn’t bad it’s just the way you use it can be sarcastically mean. You can use your sarcasm to be mean and I was doing that. I have two younger sisters that I love so much, and I started becoming really mean to them as well. And I just wasn’t being myself and I wasn’t being who God made me to be.
Then my parents decided to make me home schooled, because they needed to pull me out from the people I was hanging out with. Let me tell ya. I DID NOT WANT TO BE HOME SCHOOLED. Before that my parents were thinking about making me home schooled, but I said to them “Please don’t, I need friends!” Then they said “okay, we’ll give you ONE more chance.” But then I stuffed up again, and they were like “nope, this is it, you’re home schooled now.” I REALLY did not want to be home schooled at all. I thought I was gonna be staying home every day doing nothing but schoolwork and I’d never see my friends again! I thought it was gonna be horrible and I thought I was gonna be in prison. I only saw all the negative sides of it. I completely closed myself off from God and didn’t want anything to do with him or anything else. I just hated it so much.
3 months later (yes it took 3 months), after that time of me being really stubborn and not wanting to do anything with my life I finally opened myself up to God and decided to let him into my life again. I finally got over it. My mum would always talk to me about God and about how he loves me and has a plan for me, but it didn’t really go into my brain. I would hear it, but I wasn’t really listening. I was just so stubborn and didn’t wanna listen to anything. But out of all that I still remember one thing she told me. She said, “God love you, he loves you so much.” I’m like “Really?” Then what she said here stuck with me. She said “He loves you so much that he would pull you out of the bad situation you were in and put you into this one. You might not like it right now, but it’s what’s best for you because HE LOVES YOU.” That really hit me hard you know? There’s a God that loves me so much that he pulled me out of a situation and put me in this one even though he knew I was gonna hate it at that time. That was when it hit me that God was really real. So, I started going back to church and started going back to my youth. And I wanted to find out who God really is. Then I went to this awesome youth camp that was amazing and that’s when I really found out who God was and how he loves me. I felt him, and I knew him, and I finally knew who he was and how much he loves me and how much he wants to know me.
You know when people say, “Oh well if God knows everything about me then why do I need to tell him anything?” Well there’s such a big difference between knowing about what’s going on and hearing it from that person. There’s such a big difference in telling him, then him just knowing. I learnt so much from God and that’s when I gave my life to God. I just can’t put into words how amazing he is and how much he loves everyone. He has such a big heart for everyone. You might also be wondering; how does God talk to so many people at once? He’s this thing called omnipresent. Which means he can be everywhere at once. There’s also this thing called Holy Spirit that lives inside of you. When you welcome the Holy Spirit then he lives inside of you and you get baptised by the Holy Spirit. And you can talk to the Holy Spirit. Another thing I learnt was when people say, “God told me this.” It doesn’t mean you actually hear a voice, he works in mysterious ways and does things for a reason. So, if he wants to tell you something it’s not usually through a tangible voice. He can talk through a tangible voice, but he usually talks through your thoughts. Ask yourself, God what do you wanna do in my life? Then there’s that thought that comes into your head and you might be thinking “Is this my imagination?” But just keep thinking about it and if that same thought keeps repeating in your head then that’s probably God. Or there could be the thought that really scares you, or something that you don’t really wanna do, it’s probably God. Also, if it’s something good (like praying for someone) then it’s probably God. But if it’s something negative, then… I don’t think that’s God. So yeah, that’s how I became close to God. I hope you enjoyed reading this and thank you for taking time out of your day to read this. Also, I hope you learned something about God and about how God changed my life.