Hi, my name is Linda Kamnik. I’m 63 years old and my life journey with the Lord began when I was eight or nine years old.
I was raised Roman Catholic by my mother. My father’s family was Lutheran, so my father’s mother would take me to their Lutheran Church, Our Lady of Hope. I remember her giving me a little booklet and there was a lot of singing. I couldn’t really see what was going on up front. Then she gave me this picture of this beautiful man with a little glow behind him, and she says, “That’s Jesus.”
I remember having that picture in my mind. I really thought Jesus was the guy on the cross, you know; so I really had to connect the Lutheran and the Catholic ways. I found that they were pretty much the same. When I was age 10 grandmother passed, and my mother’s mother made sure that we all went to church on Sunday. We were all Catholic and we just followed every little rule. There were rules and rules and rules.
I guess it’s because I went to Catholic school that I was always the kid who tried to break all of the rules. That was never a good thing, but I always had this thought in my mind that this is the way to heaven. That was not how my grandmother put it. She would say, “Now the way to heaven is through the Bible and through faith.”
I guess it’s because I went to Catholic school that I was always the kid who tried to break all of the rules.
So I’m going along and by the time I had my own family there wasn’t really church to go to. But I always said my prayers for people I knew, and always said my rosary. During this period my mother decided she was not going to not leave the Catholic Church, but was going to join the charismatics within the Catholic church.
And she was really deeply involved in that group, and so she kind of brought me along with it. There were things that I saw that I liked and things I saw that I didn’t like. I’m one of those cafeteria people who pick up a little bit of this and a little of that, and kind of add it to what I believe in.
Later on though, this group brought in a girl who was a Satanist. I said that I didn’t need to be here for that. You’re not supposed to bring people like this into the church. You’re not supposed to do this. You’re not supposed to go anywhere near them.
But my mother said, “Who’s going to help her if we don’t?” She can’t do it alone. She’s not going to find the Lord by herself. She’s going to hear a voice and go towards it, and it might be the wrong one. We have to make sure she’s hearing the right voice.”
For me that was how it really needs to be. You’re listening for the Lord, but you have to discern what that is. The charismatics were big on the gifts of the Spirit and believed that you were given certain talents, certain gifts and they were really trying to find them instead allowing the gifts to come to you. It seemed a little bit funny for me to see people saying that I have the gift of tongues, I have the dormition, when you trust somebody to put you in this state and you to fall back. I think God gives gifts to you. You don’t really have to go out and stand on a rooftop and say I got this gift. You use your gift for your benefit.
I questioned a lot along my journey. I never really settled in one place. I was never sorry that I was Christian, or never used it to think, “I’m in a good spot in my in my life because I’m a Christian.” I never was never the one to do that.
When I raised my children in the Catholic Church they all had every one of their sacraments. Then they went to high school, they started in college, and now they think all different things. My oldest son still goes to the Catholic Church.
We have a priest that we trust to officiate a baptism or wedding. We trust him for everything – as an advisor, whatever. He was very unconventional. My daughter got pregnant at age 19. She said, “I can’t have this baby and not be married.” The priest told her to wait until after the baby was born. He said, “You can’t run into a marriage, which is a contract between the three of you, just because you’re pregnant.” I just thought that priest’s advice was so unusual.
My daughter was running all these options in her head. She said that she wanted to leave the baby with us and just take off. I told her that I wanted to spend the night thinking and praying about it. The next day she calls me and says, “While you’re thinking and praying, I’ve decided that I’m going to keep him if I can stay with you guys, finish my degree, get a job, and raise him myself.” She did have the baby and the next month she got married.
I questioned a lot along my journey. I never really settled in one place. I was never sorry that I was Christian, or never used it to think, “I’m in a good spot in my in my life because I’m a Christian.” I never was never the one to do that. There were other people who said, “I pray all the time, that’s why I get everything.” No, you really can’t. You just have to be in a state of grace. Nothing you can do is going to make your relationship better with God.
I was still in the habit of praying to my Angel. If God’s too busy for this menial thing, I’d ask my angels to get me a parking spot. Ninety-nine percent of the time they were pretty good at it, but I’m not going to go to the Lord for that. Serious things I’ll pray to everybody because you never can have too many prayers said for you.
My daughter-in-law was pregnant and at risk for losing her first child. We prayed for him. The doctor said he was going to turn out fine, he was going to be born. He’s going to have a heart defect that might require getting a pacemaker the week after he’s born. They were all ready for that. They knew he would have to get heart operations all the way through, and they were learning how to care for this child. He’s going to have these needs.
At seven months she lost him. The first thing I thought of, and I felt bad about it, was that it was an answer to prayers. God’s answer was that even though they were prepared to do what ever it took – He tested them and they passed. But He wasn’t going to bring that child into a misery of a life.
When she finally did have another child, my grandson, he was the happiest baby in the world because he had his brother talking to him. That child is constantly smiling, always smiling, always laughing, into everything, smart as a whip. He’s age 2 1/2 and I think there’s that connection. So the first one was named Junior for the two grandfathers, Joseph and Rory. And Ru is named after my son, Andrew, so it’s “Ruru”. He’s just a most delightful little child.
I just felt bad thinking that about the first child. We only just met him and then he was deceased. It’s not fair, it’s just not fair. We never questioned, and nobody could have done anything different. It’s not in our hands. That was the most trying time in my life. To lose a child is not expected.
My daughter and my two granddaughters-in-law each lost two babies. I’ve never hurt so much. There were so many. Now my daughter has four children. She loves being a mom. My youngest son has two little boys. Now, I want to have as much of a relationship with the grandchildren as I have with the oldest one. And now I pray that they are all close, whatever that may be. That’s what I want for them.
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There are people who sometimes have a stomachache and think it's cancer, they think it is a terminal illness. Sometimes people think there is no solution, but it is only a stomach discomfort. It's something bad that you ate that upset your stomach. It is that people that are losing their faith. They get concerned about so many things. They wake up and see the car with a flat tire, and it is a bad day.
There are more important things we need to learn. We need to seek the Lord, because time is short, time goes by quickly. I've got three children: my first daughter is 25 years old. My son is 21 and my other daughter is 16. I mean, time goes by fast.
This means this is an opportunity for you to devote your heart to Jesus Christ, so that He can save you, so that He can be your guide, so that He can be your path, so that He can be everything in your life. Listen to this message, share it with your family. If you do not have a family do not think you are alone. God is with you wherever you are. God will be with you come what may.
Now, what happened with COVID two years ago was unbelievable. God put us to the test. Many people died, and that's something that's coming ahead. There will be more illnesses, there will be more regulations. But if we keep our faith in God, if we continue to trust in God, He will give us the peace we need, the peace the world needs.
Sometimes in the community, there are a lot of people who are watching their backs. For their own protection they hire bodyguards that watch over them night and day because they feel insecure. But we have God to protect us. Day after day, God protects us. God takes care of us. God gives us strength.
I strongly encourage you, I dare you to seek the Lord. This Why I Love Jesus ministry goes across the globe spreading the word of God, telling the world Jesus Christ is real, He is not dead.
There have been many stories in this world which were looking forward to changing history, but we have this story of faith that we believe, come what may, the Lord will be with us.
So if you have relatives, share this experience with them: brothers, sisters, parents. If your family has never been in contact with Jesus, now is the time for you to tell them to embrace Him, to embrace God. Tell them about the story in the Bible that says there is a man in hell, being burned there, and he would like to have a chance of getting out of there. But unfortunately, he has already lost the opportunity. In other words, there is no way he could leave hell.
And you who are there watching this testimony, this word of the Lord, this is the opportunity that you get. Maybe we don't wake up tomorrow; we don't know what will happen tomorrow.
This is the moment for you to say, "Lord, forgive me. I have failed a lot; I've failed in several things, but I want You to be my Savior, I want You to be my shield, I want You to be my strength, I want You to be everything in my life."
Make your decision. Sometimes in day-to-day life, we make decisions, many of them, but this is the most important decision you should make in your life. That is to devote your life to Jesus Christ, commend your life to Jesus Christ, so that He can be everything in your life. May He be your peace, your strength.
At times, people have enough money in the bank and think with that they will change the world, think that will be their protection. But money is only an ordinary piece of paper. In the end, the paper will run out, the money will run out, but treasures we did will remain when we're in heaven.
So let's make this an invitation. Let's hope this message will reach someone in need of it. So you who are out there, this message is meant for you.
My stepfather was an alcoholic, and we had a difficult life. But God changed us. When I began going to this church in 2000, God changed me. God changes you, and God wants to do great things with your life.
So, I mean, maybe you are also having a hard time with an alcoholic father, an alcoholic mother. Let me tell you, I had bad thoughts in my head about finishing him, killing him, destroying him, so that it all would end. But when I got to the feet of Jesus, when I started going to church, God made changes in me. God makes changes in you. God changes your mind.
When God entered into my life, and I looked at my stepfather again, I saw him in a different way. I held a grudge inside my heart, but nevertheless, God was working on me. God worked on me and gave me peace. I was smart enough not to commit a crime. God showed me the way I should live.
In addition to being at peace with God, He gives you intelligence. God gives you wisdom to be on the side of right every day in our lives.
So, this is an invitation, whether you're a woman, or man, or youth. Young people sometimes make decisions which scar their lives forever. To put it another way, if you are young, make your decision to accept Jesus: don't wait until tomorrow and say, "No, I'd better wait before accepting Jesus Christ, before accepting God in my heart. I've still got a long way to go. I want to live my life, and I want to do things. When I'm older, I'll see whether I change." But we don't know what happens tomorrow, so you should make up your mind today.
I've had some friends who made their decisions too late. I had a friend who said he was going to drink his life away. He was going to drink, that's what he was going to do. He was going to do drugs, to live a totally careless life. He thought he was being cleverer than God. But he wasn't, nobody is smarter than God. At the end of his life he was going to seek God's forgiveness.
Had God been given the opportunity, He would have forgiven him, He would have indeed. But my friend didn't take the trouble to get to that point. He was doing his drugs, drinking and whatnot. Then he grabbed a gun and shot himself in the head.
I mean, we don't know what was the last moment in his life, whether he asked forgiveness or not. We only had the word he killed himself by putting a bullet in his head. Odds are he didn't have the opportunity of begging God's forgiveness, and he lost his life. Or better expressed, do not let the enemy fool you. The enemy hampers your life.
That means to move on and accept Jesus Christ. He is going to give the answers. He is going to give you the peace you need. That's my testimony, and I know this is on behalf of God, so people would turn to Him.
People get lost, people haven't wanted to recognize their faults. God has a plan for your life. That means if He gave you this plan, accept it, accept it. We have free will, people make their own decisions. God has already chosen some individuals. God has predestined people. Whether you are predestined or exercising your free will, make your decision and follow Jesus Christ.
Your life will change, He is going to transform it, and He is going to help you in every way, be it economic, social, psychological, whatever you need, God is going to help you.
Thank you for your time, thank you for this opportunity that God gave me to share my faith. I come from Houston, Texas, but I've been working here in Delaware, and this is an opportunity God has granted me to share good news and continue to spread good news. We're the ambassadors of the word of God. So thank you for this opportunity, and let's move forward with this testimony which is for the benefit of society.
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I wasn’t raised in a church; so I knew nothing about Jesus or God. I did go to Vacation Bible School in the summers and heard and loved the song, “This Little Light of Mine.”
I went into the ocean and was immediately swept off my feet by a riptide. There was nothing in the water for me to float on, and I was running out of energy. I asked God if this was how I was going to die.
My faith grew to have a focus on trusting in God’s word as assurance. To believe his promises are true. We experienced the faithfulness of the God who called us in many, many ways. In addition to joyous times, we faced grief and pain.
A child evangelist came to my church and, while performing some magic trick, made it very clear that Jesus loved us so much that He could take away the guilt I felt from my stubborn, rebellious ways.
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