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A Living Testimony
by Faye Narron

My name is Faye Narron, and I am a 46-year-old married woman who was saved by the grace of God with the profession of my belief in Jesus Christ and baptized as a young child. I was blessed to be the daughter of a minister of the Gospel and nurtured in a loving Christian home as I grew up. I am also the mother of two daughters (the older is married to a ministerial student at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and is expecting twins, and the younger is a junior at North Carolina State University). I am thankful for God's continued presence in my life and for the opportunity to share His love and grace with others.

I live in Raleigh, NC, and I am a technical writer and editor, currently homebound on long-term disability leave due to the symptoms of a chronic illness. During my leave (4 years to date), the Lord has led me to minister full time to others from my bed/home, over the Internet, and over the phone. This is a very different kind of ministry than I had leading Bible studies at my church and at work, singing in the church choir, working in the community, or teaching and rearing my children. I am thankful that He still brings people to me (since I can't go to them) because He made me a "people person" and gave me a spiritual gift of exhortation/encouragement.

The Lord has really blessed me with a "full-time" prayer ministry during this time of adversity. Being a full-time prayer warrior is a real challenge. This path (ministering from my home) is one that I would not have chosen, but it is one down which the Lord has led me. Since He is always with me, I continue to try to seek His will and do what He wants me to do on a day-to-day or sometimes minute-to-minute basis.

The Lord has used the Internet to bring people to me to pray for and minister to. It has proved an effective means of communication to serve God in ministering to people all over the world from my home. Praise the Lord! This ministry has surely shown me that God can continue to use me where I am and that He has a purpose for my life every day. I am so thankful to Him and feel so blessed to be used in this way.

There are some days that I am unable to get out of bed and sign on to the computer and others when I am only able to check my e-mail and nothing more. On the days when I can do nothing else, I know they are the days God wants me to spend in prayer--fervent prayer, reading or meditating on God's Word (listening to Him), and waiting for God to answer those prayers. It seems inevitable that on those days, someone will contact me with an urgent prayer need, and then I know why I am where I am for the day. This purpose helps to keep my life exciting and fulfilling, even on my "bad" days.

My sole desire is to glorify the Lord and encourage others in Him in all I do. He gives me the strength to do all the things He leads me to do. And, on those days when I am weak, I rejoice knowing that "[His] grace is sufficient for [me], for [His] power is made perfect in weakness" (2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV).

Because the Lord has given me a talent for writing, which was developed even more as a professional technical writer and editor (all in His complete plan for my life), He has also led me to write solely for Him during this time of adversity. Writing devotions (co-writer for the Golden Nugget daily email devotional), articles, one completed manuscript, and individual messages and letters has been an avenue for the Lord to use me to glorify Him and bless others through the words He leads me to write. I am so thankful to be used as His writing instrument to encourage and build up others (1 Thessalonians 5:11).

You see, I am unable to do active physical serving because of my current limitations; therefore, while others are busy with physical activities of serving, I will spend extra time (of which I have an abundance at this period in my life) in prayer and in writing words of encouragement and inspiration as the Lord leads me. Working together, each of us doing what (s)he is capable of doing and feels led to do at this time, we can attempt to complete the whole ministry God has planned for us. This is just one example of what I believe Peter meant in his first epistle when he said, "Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms" (v. 4:10 NIV). AND, thankfully, His grace is always sufficient (2 Corinthians 12:9).

Since God is leading us to serve Him, we must trust Him to enable us to do the task He has called us to do. The Lord assures us He will equip us with everything good for doing His will, and He will work in us to do those things that are pleasing to Him through Jesus Christ (Hebrews 13:21).

To God be the glory, great things He has done,
is doing, and continues to do!!



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