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  • Writer's pictureBrandi Bourne

7 years - A testimony

Tomorrow marks 7 years since I gave my life to Christ! And what an amazing 7 years it has been. I started my journey at the East Texas Dream Center (now H-Town Dream Center) in Conroe (I dedicated my life at Lakewood Church), and now I’m in Baytown/Cove continuing that journey at Faith Family Church.

Over the last 7 years, God has set me free. He saved my life, twice when I tried to end it – in ways that have no “scientific” explanation. He delivered me from depression, suicidal thoughts and what the doctors once said was bi-polar disorder. He delivered me from witchcraft and all that comes with that. He set me free from addictions: alcohol, marijuana, lust/pornography, and nicotine. He set me free from and healed me from the trauma of an abusive relationship and other trauma from my past. I’m still walking some things out with the Lord, and I look forward to an opportunity to do that this semester through Freedom at my church. There’s still some healing I need to walk through. But I’m in awe of how far He has brought me! Don't tell me what my God can't do!

I have had the opportunity to walk out what it means to be a new creation in Christ, setting old ways of thinking and believing down for His way. There are people on here that can testify to how much He has changed me because they know who I used to be. I’ve learned, sometimes the hard way, that there is no other way anymore. It’s His way or no way. Going back is not an option.

He set both Lennon and I free of generational curses sent to take us out or immobilize us. I’ve watched my now 7-year-old son grow in his own walk with the Lord in ways I didn’t even know were possible. I have a son who isn’t afraid to pray, who reads His Word, made his own decision to be baptized, and most importantly loves Jesus with all his heart.

I had the honor of being ordained in 2020 at House of Mercy church. A year later the Lord showed me what office He was calling me to, and a whole lot of things started to make sense about the way God wired me. I am still growing in that in many ways, and always will be. I have the honor of leading what I think is the best team ever (ok, I might be a LITTLE biased), the FFC Homeless Outreach Team. Seeing God work in the lives of my team and in the lives of our folks on the street has been one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever experienced. I get to be a part of what I think is one of the best church families on this side of heaven, Faith Family Church!

There are sacrifices I have had to make to pursue what God has called me into. But in the light of Jesus sacrificing His life for us, mine are nothing in comparison. I’m not perfect in this by any means, but I don’t have any intention of telling God “no” to any part of my life. How dare I be so bold to tell Him that when He gave me life and saved my life more than once. My life is no longer my own. It belongs to Him. I have my eyes focused on eternity with Him and bringing as many as I can with me to meet Him face to face one day.

While I will always give God glory and share what He is going in my life, the true joy for me comes from seeing the transformation in others lives. To see people truly give their lives to Him and start their journey. To see people completely changed from who they once were. Watching people use their gifts for His glory to help others. These are the things that make me smile. I love to share the lessons He shows me because there’s been times in my life, I didn’t have that good example or that story to lean on in hopes He would do the same for me. That’s why I started the blog.

I have way too many to thank for walking with me on this journey. There have been many people who have sown into my life over the years and I pray I can make them proud by giving them a return on that seed. Some of those people are already with the Lord now. So to each of you who have been a part of my life, thank you! Thank you for being there in my high moments and my low moments. Thank you to so many Pastors who have helped to sow the Word into my heart and keep my hunger for the Lord strong. Thank you to Prophets who sowed a word of encouragement from the Lord, and sometimes correction, into my life when I needed it. Thank you to a handful of Apostles who have inspired me to be greater, and helped me stay on the right path. And Evangelists who have taught me how to do what I do now, reach the lost. And to the many people who have used their gifts to help me along the way, including before I knew the Lord. Thank you. 

I don’t know where you are on your walk with the Lord. If you haven’t started, I’d encourage you to because you really are missing out. If you just started, keep on going and don’t stop even when resistance comes. If you’ve known Him for a while, you can always know Him more. And if you’ve known Him all your life then teach others how to walk that, be a mentor to someone. We need people that have wisdom that can guide us on this journey with Jesus. Celebrate what God is doing in your life. Give Him glory! Don’t hide it under a basket expecting others to come along and ask. If God has healed you, delivered you, answered prayers, done anything in your life – let the world know! We need more testimonies of what God has brought us through and how good He really is. There are so many people waiting to hear your story. And in the times where you want to give up, think about that. God doesn’t call the qualified. He qualifies the called. And He needs you to be His hands and feet in the world, the living testimony of His goodness, forgiveness, mercy and love. So here’s your sign – get moving!


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