Friday, August 12, 2011
his song, “Next Thing You Know”, Matthew West shares his salvation testimony
beginning at the age of thirteen when he first gave his heart to Jesus. In the
last verse, Matthew describes his vision of Heaven with the saints sharing their
incredible testimonies of God’s goodness. He ends this verse with these
thought provoking lines, “So what’s your story about His glory? You’ve got
to find your place in the history of grace”.
all have at least one testimony about God’s grace, love, kindness, salvation
and miracle working power in our lives. Recently, the Lord clarified my
understanding that our testimonies are not just for us, but they are to be
shared to heal a hurting world. To underscore His message, Jesus has put person
after person in my path with incredible testimonies for the past several months.
I hope this newsletter begins to stir up your memories of what the Lord has done
for you and encourages you to let them bring life to those around you.
autumn, the Lord told me that at this year’s DIFC Creative Worship Arts
, we were to present an evening called: Face
to Face, a journey into intimacy and I was to dance my testimony. Often I
say “yes” to the Lord before understanding what His directive looks like.
Dance my testimony? That was an out of the box/out of the comfort zone
revelation. I wasn’t to dance to a song, but actually tell my personal
testimony. I questioned if people would understand that part of the journey into
true intimacy with the Lord would mean going through heartache and pain. Face to
face intimacy can only come through transparency, vulnerability, real emotions,
and straight communication between two people. Dance that?
precious testimony God required of me was the story of my two miscarriages. This
particular time in my life dives into some of the most painful emotions and
darkest thoughts I have ever experienced, but the Holy Spirit wanted me to tell
it through dance. One of the sweetest moments in my life was when and how He
healed my heartbreak following the loss of my second child. If you have my
eBook, then you may remember this story in the chapter about choreography when I
share about the dances of Heaven.
wrote the narration of my testimony dance, worked with my husband, Wiesiek, to
put music behind the narration and then we recorded it. To dance or dramatize
the testimony, I had basic props: two chairs to depict a couch, a Bible and a
black scarf. Wiesiek portrayed Jesus and young girl from
danced as my daughter.
would like to share the written narrative with you:
year 1994 began with a celebration of joy. The Lord had worked the miraculous
once again and we were expecting our first baby.
But my dancing turned to grief when I
lost our son and with him a testimony of God’s unlimited power. 3 years
earlier, my husband was healed from a
death sentence of cancer, but the result included the diagnosis that we would
never have children.
But we had been pregnant.
Five months later, it was confirmed that
once again I was going to have a baby. Family and friends rejoiced with us, but
once again agony pierced my soul as I lost this baby too, our daughter.
two children, two testimonies
ripped from me within a year.
Sorrow covered me with heaviness and for the next month I questioned
God. I searched for His loving kindness.
“Let me see your face, Jesus! I need to feel your heart beat. I need to know
that you still love me.”
I prepared to teach on dance for a worship conference,
I sat alone in our living room pondering over the words of Psalm 30:11
have turned my mourning into dancing; You removed my sackcloth and clothed me
began to weep. I cried out to God, “I can’t teach this, Lord. I don’t
understand it. It’s not real to me. I am still mourning. I’m still wearing
sackcloth. Jesus, You need to make it real to me!”
buried my face in my hands and let out great heaving sobs, and as I did, a
tangible change occurred in the room. I looked up blinking through my tears.
The room was still as it had always been, but a whole other realm had
been transposed into it. Clearly, this was the throne room of God and it had
become visible in my living room!
began to resound and the joy in the atmosphere began cleansing my soul.
I saw her; a small girl with bouncing blonde hair whirling in dance before the
throne. I knew instantly this was my daughter whom I had lost just weeks before.
Jesus himself called me to join in the dance. In His glorious, marvelous,
kindness God allowed me to dance with my daughter. We whirled, we leapt,
and we bowed together in celebration with the Most High King.
those few precious minutes, God had miraculously turned my mourning into
dancing, and exchanged my sackcloth of grieving for a garment of joy.
He had brought me Face to Face and I will
never be the same!
my testimony meant that I had to relive it all over again. The anguish, the
tears, the healing when I danced with my daughter and intimacy of coming face to
face with Jesus was real once more for me and all who watched. It
wasn’t until after we ministered this piece that I realized why the Holy
Spirit had me dance this particular testimony. Every day for a week after that
evening’s program, women and men approached me and proceed to tell me about
losing one of their children and how the Lord used my danced testimony to bring
them healing and reconciliation with God. Those who watched were touched by the
depth of loving-kindness our Lord has for each one of us and His desire to turn
our mourning into dancing; past hurts were healed and many gave their hearts to
testimony also opened the door to share more of God’s amazing power. I was
asked by several people if I had ever been able to carry a child to full-term
and I was blessed to share about my two miracle births of Jean and Joseph. That
is another amazing testimony of pushing into intimacy and calling on God’s
character to show His faithfulness.
to the testimonies of what the Lord has done in your life; this is a season
where we have to understand the Lord is shifting the way things are done. For
years dancers, mimes, interpretive movers, singers, and creative artists have
found songs that spoke to them and then passionately expressed that song through
their art. But the Lord wants us to begin adding our own story, reality and
transparency when we minister. He said to me, “How do you overcome the
enemy?” Of course that took me to Revelation 12:
Then I heard a loud voice shouting across the heavens,
has come at last—
salvation and power
and the Kingdom of our God,
and the authority of his Christ.
For the accuser of our brothers and sisters
has been thrown down to earth—
the one who accuses them
before our God day and night.
11 And they have defeated him by the blood of the Lamb
and by their testimony.
And they did not love their lives so much
that they were afraid to die.” (NLT)
Lord said, “I provided the blood of the Lamb, your responsibility is to give
be afraid to be real, exposed, and vulnerable; tell your story and let it bring
life to those in need. This is your part of the battle; don’t back down.
what’s your story about His glory? Come on and find your place in the history
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