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    A MUST-Read Testimony. You will be blessed.

    I'm 47 and I teach the "old ladies" in Sunday School. I have for 12 years now. Many of these women taught my father when he was a boy and a teenager in church and some of them taught me in Vacation Bible School and children's Sunday School.

    Now I am teaching them. They range in age from 79-96. Many of them have died over the last 12 years and right now, one of them has Alzheimer's so badly that when I was visiting in her home last month, I had to introduce myself to her at least twice and I'm not sure if she ever grasped who I was.

    Let me tell you a story about one of them.

    Mrs. Alice* (*all names have been changed)

    Mrs. Alice is 91. She was born in 1918. She has outlived two husbands. She is tough as nails (in a Godly and good way), a woman that the devil, himself, should be scared to reckon with, and she is a MIGHTY, MIGHTY voice for God. My father said that she has always been this way, even when he was a small child and she was just a young mother. I am awestruck to be in her presence each week.

    Mrs. Alice only had one child. A daughter named Sylvia who was born in 1935. Sylvia was a drop-dead gorgeous beauty queen who married a wonderful man and had three young children. All very pleasant and normal.

    Then one day, sometime in the 1970's, someone broke into Sylvia and her husband's house and murdered her. Brutally. Coldly. Intentionally. My mother remembers and said that it was all very cruel.

    The murderer was never found. Whomever it was wanted to pin it on her husband. Less than a week later, her husband was murdered and it was made to look like a suicide. The police said that they didn't believe that he killed himself nor his wife, that someone wanted HIM dead and orchestrated the whole thing.

    The truth of who killed them, in THIS life, will never come forth.

    Mrs. Alice's testimony is this.

    She said that she grieved, obviously. She was angry, obviously. And she questioned God ...... obviously.

    She said that most difficult thing was coming to church and to Sunday School (with some of the VERY same ladies that she STILL is in Sunday School with after all these years).

    She said that all she could do was to look around the room at all the mothers who still had their children. One of them has six children and one of them even had twelve.

    She said that she was very, very angry that her ONLY child was taken and taken so hideously.

    She said that at first, she questioned God and said to Him, "Why did you take MY child .... my ONLY one."

    Then she said that she got angrier when she didn't get a response from Him. She began to say, "Why didn't you take one of THESE women's children? They all have more than one. Why didn't you take one of THEIRS and leave MINE alone?!?!?!?!?"

    Then, in despair over being defiant before God, all she could ask was "Why? Why?"

    She said that one day, His answer came. And it gave her great peace, comfort, and she was able to move on with her life and that she NEVER questioned God again.

    When she told me this story in Sunday School the first time (she's shared it three times over the past 12 years) I was waiting on baited breath to hear God's answer that He gave her. It must have been supremely GRAND if it gave her so much comfort.

    It must have been a complete and totally satisfying answer with all of the details of God's plan for her to have had peace about it and to be able to move on.

    Or so I thought....

    She said that when all she could do when her anger was spent and there was nothing left but despair, God gave her His answer as to why her child, her only child was taken, and her friends' children were spared.

    His answer? The one that gave her so much comfort and relief? God told her, "That's My business. And don't ask Me anymore."

    To this day, Mrs. Alice and her ram-rod straight, spiritual backbone and her boldy penetrating eyes that defy anyone to rebel against her God .... her God of comfort ....

    .... well, she just amazes me. I want to emulate her faith more than anything.

    I just thought you might like to know about this woman and her faith.
    Last edited by jayne; May 24th 2018 at 06:50 PM.
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    Jayne,
    Thank you so much for sharing Miss Alice's testimony.
    What an inspiration she is.
    I love being with these Titus women. They truly are a blessing to those of us in the midst of raising families.
    Hers is definitely a faith to emulate.

    In Christ,
    Jen

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    What a wonderful testimony! Thanks so much for sharing it. I will be thinking about Mrs. Alice all day.

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    That is very inspiring! I don 't visit the testemonies page much , but now I will be making a vist here more often. Praise the Lord.

    God Bless!!!

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    Great Testimony! Very inspiring. I read it twice .

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    Aww, Jayne....That was wonderful. I'm glad I took the time to read it. God bless Mrs Alice

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    What a wonderful story, I so enjoyed reading it! I would love to meet Mrs Alice!

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    I want to be a Miss Alice someday....

    Maybe I can, when I grow up...

    All jokes aside, thank you for sharing this story!
    My favorite scripture: Malachi 3:16

    "Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name!" (Every time we speak of the Lord, or even THINK of him--its written down in a book of remembrance!)

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    Oh, to have an afternoon with Miss Alice.
    Thank you for sharing.

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    Re: A MUST-Read Testimony. You will be blessed.

    Nine years later.....an update.

    We buried Mrs. "Alice" today. Her real name was Ettie. All of her family came in from all over the place. It was a beautiful service.

    God be praised for her life and testimony of it.

    She was buried today which would have been her 100th birthday. She died one week ago. All I can think about is her life. She was tough as nails, opinionated as could be, tender in compassion to the less fortunate and homebound, and was the hardworking woman I knew.

    I consider myself blessed to be in her life.
    ".....it's your nickel"

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    Re: A MUST-Read Testimony. You will be blessed.

    Thank you for sharing this small piece of her her with us.
    Don't seek too much knowledge. You just may be putting more weight on your shoulders than you're able to bare. Let God be the one to decide how quickly you grow.

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