Welcome Madeleine Calcutt to Friday Friends. As you read her testimony and the scriptures she relies on, take time to remember when you made that decision to follow Christ. What Scriptures do you stand on to assure yourself of His presence in your life?
It has been said by someone wise,
“It is when all you have is God,
that you realize He is all you need.”
Twenty years ago, I was down on my knees with disaster happening around me in my family life and I realized that I could not deal with it on my own. The trouble had been building up for decades and friends were no help. I had no one but God. He led me through the chaos and guided me through the mess in my mind, and cleared a pathway for me. I got to know Jesus and accepted Him as Lord. I knew that my sin would overcome me if I didn’t repent, so I did, and this opened the door to freedom and to an amazing relationship with God, and now I know that there is Someone there for me and I will never need to get desperate again.
As I reread my favorite scriptures daily, they help me to reaffirm my relationship with God.
2 Corinthians 4:8&9
We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed.
The Lord is close to the broken hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
I have the strength to face all conditions by the power that Christ gives me.
Praise the Lord who carries our burdens day after day
He is the God who saves us. He . . .rescues us from death.
2 Chronicles 20:12
Be not afraid nor dismayed . . . for the battle is not yours but God’s.
He rescued us from the power of darkness and brought us safe into the Kingdom of Heaven of His dear Son, by whom we are set free, that is, our sins are forgiven.
A poem, or words of a song:
Some through waters,
Some through the flood,
Some through great sorrow,
But God gives a song
In the night season
And all the day long.
Madeleine deals with chronic fatigue syndrome everyday. It has been challenging for her to fine the energy to write and fulfill her calling. Although she has to adapt with periods of rest, she also pushes herself to new heights. Giving in to the fatigue is not an option.
Have you been able to express the praises of your Savior to help someone else lately? If not, I encourage you to pray for someone who may need to hear your particular story. Testifying of our salvation is so freeing and helps to let others know that Jesus can do the same for them if they are willing to believe. Testifying also helps us to reaffirm within ourselves that we are His and assists us in remembering how faithful He has been to help us to mature.
Madeleine has had a teen novel and adult novel published and has written children’s picture books, plays, children’s stories, a collection of short stories for adults about women, and has branched out into freelance journalism. Her inspiration comes from God.