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Testimonies from the Young Ladies' July Journey

Fifty-one young ladies were impacted for God’s Kingdom while attending the Journey to the Heart, July 11-21. At least eight participants trusted in Christ alone for salvation! Throughout the Journey numerous ones found freedom from the lies they had believed, forgave those who had offended them, and realized the importance of renewing their minds daily in God’s Word.

One young lady shared, “Six months ago my view of God changed, and I started believing lies about Him. The thing I was seeking on the Journey was to know truth about God, not just know it in my head but actually know it in my heart, [so that] when things come up, my view of Him wouldn’t be shaken because [I would have] that solid view of Him. [I realized] that I can’t do anything. I can’t live this Christian life, but it’s God living in and through me.”

One team discussed how God asked Abraham to sacrifice Isaac, his most precious possession, as well as Abraham’s response. The group then went to a huge flat-topped boulder, large enough for several girls to kneel upon. They were given the opportunity to turn it into an “altar.” A beautiful time of surrender followed as many let go of their “most precious possessions” which were holding them back from a closer relationship with God.

Another participant gave this testimony:  “On the Journey God convicted me of [certain] choices I had made. I had been looking to some things other than Him to satisfy me, and [instead] they had brought discontentment and despair. Jesus asked me to give them up, and I did. But even though I knew in my head that it was best, I didn’t feel peace in my heart. My question was, ‘If Jesus really is so much better, why do I even want anything else?’ Throughout the week Jesus reminded me of His truths. He wanted me to have peace; Satan wanted me to despair. . . . I had been thinking that I needed HIM [God], not that He wanted ME. . . . The despair was gone completely because I knew that He loved me and wanted me more than I had ever imagined.”

Another young lady shared about the impact that the Journey had on her family relationships: “God has been showing me a lot this past week! I have not always treated my siblings or parents as I should. It was Wednesday, and God was really starting to convict me of how much I have put them down and hurt them and not been the sister I should have been. I [called] some of my family [on] Thursday which was really good. . . . I’m really excited about going home and spending more time with my family and working on things there.”

This testimony sums up the importance of Christ in us, Who is our life: “I think one of the most amazing things that God has tried to teach me this week is that it’s not me; it’s Christ in me. I know [that in] so much of my Christian walk I was doing things because that’s just what Christians do – you do good things. [There is] freedom that comes from realizing that it’s not me anymore; it’s Christ in me. He gives me the strength, and I can keep going because of Him. Any good [that is] in my life is Him; it’s not me.”

Is God calling you to spend time away from the busyness of life in order to seek Him wholly? A Journey to the Heart is a wonderful opportunity to come draw closer to God! There are three more Journeys for young ladies this year. Come to Rockaway Beach, Oregon, August 27–September 4; to the Northwoods, September 5–15; or to Oklahoma (Eagle Springs), November 7–16. For more details or to register, please visit iblp.org/programs/journey-heart.

Comments

Marian

Thank you for sharing these testimonies. May the Lord continue to use this beautiful ministry in eternity-impacting ways!

Fui Foong

Indeed those who trust in the Lord will never be ashamed.

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