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Living Proof

April 8, 2008

I have a friend over at I Am Living Proof. His name is Joe. Brent and I have grown to love and respect this man rather quickly. He lives his faith out loud. He is bold for Christ. He is unashamed of God. He defines “passionate”. Joe lives in victory. He is an overcomer.

You all know how I feel about sharing our testimonies. You just never know who you’re going to speak to. Maybe to a heart that is breaking, shattered. Or to someone who is at the end, ready to give up. Testimonies can save a life. I know Christs testimony saved mine!

Joe’s story of child abuse, neglect and porn (just to name a few) will leave you speechless, breathless and amazed! It isn’t a long read but it is broken into 7 parts. Let him share this journey with you.

I highly encourage you to read his story!

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17 Comments leave one →
  1. April 8, 2008 9:45 am

    🙂

  2. lori permalink
    April 8, 2008 10:00 am

    thanks for linking to that…

    made me stop and reflect of self and self motivation

  3. April 8, 2008 10:04 am

    Haha!!!

    I just did the same thing 🙂

    We are so right for each other…

  4. April 8, 2008 10:35 am

    I agree Tam our testimony means so much! To God be the Glory!

  5. heatherblankenship permalink
    April 8, 2008 10:44 am

    Wow, that was amazing! I pretty much cried through the whole thing! God is amazing!

  6. April 8, 2008 12:16 pm

    Thank u for sharing that, Tam….
    I couldn’t stop reading… and I’ve linked to it, too…

    The post on my blog says:

    Can’t talk.

    Go here. (don’t know how to link to a page from a comment) lol

    *awe*

  7. April 8, 2008 1:08 pm

    read this a few days ago.
    good stuff

  8. April 8, 2008 1:17 pm

    Joe’s is an amazing story of overcoming the hardship far too many children still face, and the weaknesses we all have.

    His testimonies on his blog are now there for anyone lost to read, learn and even gain comfort from.

    The lesson is that if he can change, if I can change, anyone can.

  9. April 8, 2008 1:23 pm

    An incredible life story – only our Savior can change a life like that.

  10. April 8, 2008 1:23 pm

    Yes, this is powerful, no doubt!

    not only is it proof that we can rise above things it also shows, as B pointed out on his blog today when he happened to link to Joe too, that if God can transform and redeem Joe – HE can anybody!

  11. April 8, 2008 2:24 pm

    Thanks for the link…I think I found a new friend. Who knows, we may need to start a North Texas Blogger’s Assoc.

    But I am a teetotaler. 😦

  12. TheNorEaster permalink
    April 8, 2008 3:59 pm

    Heard that story before.

    Difference is…Britany killed herself.

    But…that man is still alive.

    Considering the hell I have been through since she took her life, I REALLY hope he doesn’t.

  13. April 8, 2008 7:01 pm

    Thank you guys (b & t) for sharing this with us…and Joe for being willing to be transparent. I’m sure there will be many who are given hope. Love you guys!

  14. April 8, 2008 8:15 pm

    Amazing Story – but am i the only one here who sees that the Good was ALWAYS in Joe – that he did little – if anything that was not ‘decent’?

    The surroundings he lived through were dreadful and disgusting yet he did not surrender to them – the strength was always there within him and it seems a prediliction for arousal from sex and porn was his greatest personal ‘sin’ – even while he had all those ‘negatives’ he listed within him, before.

    Considering the examples he was made to live through and at such a young age (Honour thy Mother and Thy Father??) it is amazing that he did not give in to them to a far greater degree – it is this that tells me Joe was always ‘chosen’ – long before he surrendered totally to God.

    I am grateful to God i never had to endure anything like what he has in my life.

    But then i have never chosen that kind of ‘conversion’ either.

    Ed – think you could be ‘saved’ then? I think it comes down to: what do we REALLY want? and what, if anything, is stoping us from asking for it whole-heartedly?

    What (or Who) do we have sufficient Faith in to conform our life to? ( what have we given our Faith over to to date?)

    love <B

  15. April 9, 2008 3:53 am

    Thanks to both you and Brent for linking to Joe’s story. He has been changed… transformed. And that transformation continues.

    And you guys are meeting up with him? So cool.

  16. lori permalink
    April 9, 2008 4:09 am

    What I love most about Joe’s story is that it isn’t about what he wanted God to do for him, it is about what he came to realize he was created to do for God; in THAT proved the healing, in THAT proved deliverance, in THAT proved freedom from the bondage spoken about in another post…

  17. April 9, 2008 9:19 am

    Love,

    “Ed – think you could be ’saved’ then? I think it comes down to: what do we REALLY want? and what, if anything, is stoping us from asking for it whole-heartedly?

    Love, I have been saved. My childhood was not the horror Joe’s was but I did once chose death over life. Joe found God. I discovered a world of that can be filled with joy and wonder if I was willing to work hard enough at it. The wanting part is easy. It is working part that I still sometimes have a problem with. 🙂

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