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Testimony of the highs and lows of hiking : this one is from one of my worst yet most memorable experience, taken after two days of hail storms and shower rain, getting blisters the size of a continent, having only taken a couple of eggs and dry apricots, raising concern on locals's faces anytime I would have passed by one of them.

This blockhouse was built during the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) and used mainly during the Battle of Jarama (February 1937).


Esta casamata fue construida durante la Guerra Civil Española (1936-1939). Se utilizó sobre todo durante la Batalla del Jarama (febrero de 1937).

Todays testimony is brought to you by an anonymous friend, she has been a great encouragement to me and is an inspirational woman of faith.


My siblings and I were raised by a single mother and the occasional step-dad (around three years in total with that guy). We moved a lot and rarely stayed in one place too long; I think four years may have been the longest. We were always either in trailer courts or government subsidized housing in the urban, inner city or suburban ghettos.


We were rarely supervised so life was free and without rules, so trouble and/or bad choices seem to ensue where ever I lived. I can now laugh with my siblings and proclaim that we were truly feral animals.


Due to this environment I learned a lot about how to survive mentally and physically. I did a lot of fighting growing up to keep the boys at bay and survive the streets, along with fighting my siblings when a disagreement arose only because we were never taught how to resolve issues or even cultivate and/or appreciate what relationships we had together. You had to fight to get what you wanted because no one was going to give it to you otherwise. This has created a lot of problems between the three of us as we've grown and are still trying to overcome that childhood.


By the time I was a teenager I had experimented with cigarettes, pot, alcohol, sex and other hardcore drugs to dull the ache inside. I was abandoned by the time I was 16 to raise myself and survive the life that was created. I had to drop out of high school, continue to work (I stared working at the age of 12) and carve a life out of the chaos of that world.


Now that I've painted a brief picture of the beginning of my journey let me tell you that I was baptized at 8 and attended church with friends or when my mother felt like I should go. By the time I was a teen I no longer listened to what my mother thought and didn't step foot inside a church until I was around 23. I remember enjoying parts of church but dreading so much more. Not having a father growing up left me feeling like God was this distant entity that couldn't possibly care about me, and religion was nothing more than people grasping on to a set of laws in order to keep themselves in balance, give them the security they needed to live their lives. I thought it was such a bunch of crap.


I met my now husband when I was 23. He grew up in the church and had a wonderful relationship with his family. I was accepted by them all and shown how to love by their actions and not by their words. By the time we got married (in the church even though I wanted to elope to Las Vegas) I'd made the jump by joining his denomination of the church. I joined half heartedly but so desperately wanted to be a part of this amazing family that I would have probably done anything. Fast forward to the birth of our first child and something inside of me exploded. The experience of child birth is a miracle in itself, but the love I felt was so overwhelming. At that moment I started my search for Christ and His love. If I felt this way about my child then wouldn't that mean that Christ loves me just as much?


I am now in my forties, married to the same wonderful man (and his family) and we have this amazing family. Sometimes I hurt for the lost little girl that wanted to be loved so badly but most of the time I'm just thankful that somewhere in that journey He decided I was His and that I will know Him and I will feel His love.


I have come to realize that to know Him is to have a relationship with Him, and just going to church wasn't going to cut it. I now attend regularly in order to plant the seed of love in the hearts of my children because I believe that is exactly what kept me from falling as a youth, but I find Him in scripture, worshipping, prayer and photography. He is omnipresent, just look through your lens and you'll see.


"I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me."

-Galatians 2:20


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Today I have a testimony to share with you from Emma Nation. Emma describes her life and the miraculous journey that the Lord brought her through. Her life’s journey got so rough that suicide looked like a perfect way out, but God had greater plans for her! The image, depicts the gravity of her depravity without Christ....



The Testimony of Emma Nation reflects the pain and depravity that we face outside of Christ and the ultimate plan that the devil has for all humans which is death! But thank God that He has a better plan for us, a plan for life everlasting! Emma wraps up her testimony, with a revelation on how God is continuing to heal the scars in her life.




For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.


We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. 2 Corinthians 4:6-10


taken in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

Todays testimony is brought to you courtesy of Dave Berryman, he is one of the many wonderful people that I have had the privilege of meeting on Flickr. I take much inspiration from him, from both his style of photos and the awesome messages he includes with them. The idea of sharing others testimonies was actually from Dave and I would like to thank him for allowing me to share his with all of you. If you have a testimony that you would like to share, please send it to me and I will be happy to post it :)


Isaiah 44:22, I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist. Return to me, or I have redeemed you."


I grew up in a Christian home all my life, but I when I left home I became addicted to porn. I would go to church every Sunday but I could not stop my insatiable appetite for porn. I was on the church board, but I could not let go of porn…it had its hooks in me good! I led small groups but for some reason I didn’t have the ability to stop looking at porn on my computer.


I went to the seminars, I read the books, I counseled with pastors and other Christian mentors. My wife was supportive, but after a while even she lost faith in me.


I worried that God had turned His back on me, that He decided to let me go. I read somewhere in the Bible how He has done this before.


Then one day I picked up a great Christian book that turned my life around. I learned that I would never beet my addiction and it made me feel pretty helpless, which is exactly what God wanted all along.


You see, the battle is not ours to fight! God, through the Holy Spirit, wants to fight the battle for us. We can’t win against Satin, but Jesus already defeated him when he rose from the grave!


What I learned was that you and I can never break the bondage that sin has on us, no matter how hard we try, or how many books, seminars, and friends we talk to. This is a fight that the Holy Spirit has to fight!


When temptation would come my way I imagined that the Holy Spirit was standing next to me and I envisioned running behind him for protection from Satan’s flaming darts of temptation. I could see Him protecting me at that moment….guess what? IT WORKED!!!!!!!!


I’m free from the power porn had on my life, and now God is free to work on other things. Amen?


Isaiah 44:22, I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist. Return to me, or I have redeemed you."


Dave Berryman


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