Back to Reach • Testimony #3
Michelle Moshier | Nursery & Pre-K Director
All it took was seed:
I remember as a little girl having neighbors up the road who introduced church into my life. My neighbors who have become my “second parents” took me in as if I was theirs. I did not live with them, but I did spend most of my days there. I just wanted to be away from the people in my home that made me feel unloved and unwanted. My childhood home remained broken as I grew up. Something was missing! However, God had a much bigger plan in mind.
Jeremiah 29:11 says, “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord ‘plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” It is my belief God put that neighbor in my life to sow a seed of God’s love in my heart. Unfortunately, it became buried for years as I felt alone. I thought I was not good enough for love. Something was missing! I did not feel God’s presence, nor knew His best interest for me. My broken family led me toward making poor choices as I became a teenager. Such a mess! I would not change a thing. I heard the phrase, “God will never give you more than you can handle” many times not quite knowing what it meant. In 2005, my husband and I were blessed with our third son. By age two, he was diagnosed with Classic Autism. We struggled with our emotions then and still do now. God did not give us more than we can handle with His help.
In 2009, we moved to Michigan. We were searching for something! Then my life started changing. My mother-in-law and I decided to start a Bible study weekly at her home. I took this seriously. I was eagerly searching for other ways to deal with my life. During this time, I started attending church with just my children, even volunteering in the nursery. As my marriage became a struggle, the devil swooped in and stole my joy. My thoughts were that I was not worthy since I was unclean and damaged. How could God love me? I needed a drastic change. Then in October 2009, I got down on my knees in the kitchen and accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior. I was scared at first not quite knowing what it looked like to “be saved.” So I took every opportunity to learn the Word of God and build a personal relationship with Him. My children and I were baptized shortly after that. My marriage was restored. Now we have been married for 14 years and attend church as a family. I did not believe that was possible. I am currently working in the children’s ministry. I have always had my Protector and Comforter right by my side fighting for me. I have found I am worthy of His love. God knew what was best for me all along.
Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him and he will make your paths straight.”