My Testimony (by Judi Beth Francy–May 2022)

1 John 5:9 (NKJV–Bible Gateway)

If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater; for [it] is the witness of God which He has testified of His Son.

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I was born again at an early age, and grew up in church. Mom was the church secretary, worship leader, or whatever was needed. During my lifetime I’ve done some “dumb things,” but I never really walked away from God. I always knew He heard my prayers. Of course, there are some “icky things.” I was born into the same world you were. You know what’s out there. God, though, has always been with me. So…what exactly is my testimony?

I have been told more than once, while in a group praying, that God has said that “my children are my ministry.” When given the same word through different, random people, I didn’t doubt the word. However, I didn’t understand it. I knew what the easy interpretation might be, as in: “Pay more attention to them.” “Stay home with them.” “Tend to their every need.” I was already doing those things, though. I’ve always intended on raising my children as I felt the Spirit led. So: “Why this word? I hear you, God, but what are you saying?!”

About four years ago, I began to ask for a definite answer, and I very clearly heard, “Who are your children?” For me, the answer was, “My children are your children.” The response was, “Who are my children?” Then I got it! I understood! MY children are my ministry. HIS children are my ministry. Mine…His…yours…you! WOW! That’s awesome!

So…now what? Well…

Two years ago, I was putting my youngest to sleep and was singing to him. He often screamed to the point of me singing half lullabies and half prayers for guidance and peace. On this particular night, as I was singing, it hit me. My children. My children are my ministry. What are their names?

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Ethan: Hebrew in origin, and most often means “strong,” “safe,” “solid,” and “firm.” These are characteristics seen in “Ethan–the Ezrahite,” from the Bible. He is also viewed as being wise.

Graham: According to some sources, it comes from an Old English word meaning or referring to a “grey home,” or a “gravel homestead.”

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Harry: A medieval form of Henry, which is from the Germanic name Heimerich, from “heim” (meaning “home”) and “ric” (meaning “power” or “ruler”).

Edward: An English given name that is derived from Old English words meaning “wealth,” “fortune,” or “prosperous,” and “guardian” or “protector.”

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Isaiah: Comes from the Hebrew phrase “yesha’yahu,” meaning “God saves.”

Alexander: The Latin variant of the Greek name “Alexandros,” meaning “defender of men.”

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Michael: Of Hebrew origin. It means, “…who is like God.”

Sebastian: A Greek name derived from “sebastos,” meaning, “venerable” or “honorable.”

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Elizabeth: Of Hebrew origin, and means “God is my oath,” God’s promise,” “God’s satisfaction,” or “God’s perfection.”

Nadine: A girl’s name, of French origin, meaning, “hope.”

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Wesley: Of Old English origin, meaning, “west meadow” or “west field.”

Leonard: A name which has come to mean “lion strength,” “lion-strong,” or “lion-hearted.”

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Abigail: Means “cause of joy” or “father’s joy,” in Hebrew.

Dorothy: A female given name which comes from the Greek “Δωροθέα,” meaning “God’s gift.”

June: Of Latin origin, meaning “young” or “youth”

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Eliel: A Hebrew name, which can be translated to English as “My God is God.”

Judah: Derived from the Hebrew name “Yehuda,” which means, “praise” or “praised.” The Hebrew letters י-ד-ה (Y-D-H) mean, “to praise.”

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Before I get to what happened, I’d like to pause on Wesley’s name. It wasn’t until preparing for giving this testimony, that I understood his name, and how it comes into play with the others. We can read about that in Ezekiel 47:1-9 (NKJV–Bible Gateway).

(1) Then he brought me back to the door of the temple; and there was water, flowing from under the threshold of the temple toward the east, for the front of the temple faced east; the water was flowing from under the right side of the temple, south of the altar.

(2) He brought me out by way of the north gate, and led me around on the outside to the outer gateway that faces east; and there was water, running out on the right side.

(3) And when the man went out to the east with the line in his hand, he measured one thousand cubits, and he brought me through the waters; the water came up to my ankles.

(4) Again he measured one thousand and brought me through the waters; the water came up to my knees. Again he measured one thousand and brought me through; the water came up to my waist.

(5) Again he measured one thousand, and it was a river that I could not cross; for the water was too deep, water in which one must swim, a river that could not be crossed.

(6) He said to me, “Son of man, have you seen this?” Then he brought me and returned me to the bank of the river.

(7) When I returned, there, along the bank of the river, were very many trees on one side and the other.

(8) Then he said to me: “This water flows toward the eastern region, goes down into the valley, and enters the sea. When it reaches the sea, its waters are healed.

(9) And it shall be that every living thing that moves, wherever the rivers go, will live. There will be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters go there; for they will be healed, and everything will live wherever the river goes.

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In verse 1 and verse 3, notice that the water is flowing to the east, or “eastward.” That means it was flowing FROM the west, moving toward the east.

Wesley = West

OK…now we can move on.

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Here’s what came about, as I sat, in the middle of the night, praying their names…

Out of the grey place comes a strong firm one–
A powerful ruler of the house–
The savior and defender of man–
One who is like God (honorable & worthy of being lifted up)–
He brings the promise of hope–
Out of the west meadow comes the lion-hearted–
God’s gift, rising up like a fountain of youthful joy–
He is God, my God, and I will praise Him.

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My testimony? His testimony.

My ministry? His ministry.

My children? His children.

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John 4:14 (NKJV–Bible Gateway)

“…but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”

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Scriptures marked (NKJV) are taken from the New King James Version

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