Hello! Today we have a special post! Abby Bollinger is a girl I met through Instagram. She has a modest fashion account here and a health account here! She's been an inspiration to me, and today she is going to be sharing her testimony. I hope it blesses you! When you're done reading, please leave her a comment below!
Have you ever heard of a “God wink?” I recently heard this word and it seemed to perfectly describe my life and how I became so fortunate to end up where I am today, and who I am today. Are you wondering what a “God wink” even is? It is stated in the dictionary as an event or personal experience, often identified as coincidence, so astonishing that it is seen as a sign of divine intervention, especially when perceived as the answer to a prayer.
I was born to a man and a woman that couldn’t take care of me. At twenty days old I came to live with the parents I know and love today. Yes, I am adopted. And growing up in a Christian home has been one of my greatest blessings. That was just one of my God winks. My parents were married for ten years. They always wanted children, but when they found out they couldn’t have any they began looking into foster care/adoption and I came along. It sounds to me like God knew I needed them, and they needed me.
Through the years I have grown up, and changed a lot. I was a terrible child. I hate to admit it, but it’s true. I was disrespectful to my parents, made threats, screamed when I didn’t get my way. The whole works!!!. I remember struggling through the years of nine through thirteen especially.
One particular week in summer of 2009 at the age of nine I sat and listened to my Pastor talk about the salvation story. And how if I just prayed and asked the Lord into my heart he would save me; I remember thinking: “Could it really be that simple?” Clearly, I didn’t listen fully to the message otherwise I would’ve understood that there was a little more to it.
That night while lying in bed I folded my hands and said: “Dear Jesus, Please save me. Thank you. Amen”
Next morning I resumed my day as usual, not really feeling any different and it didn’t take me long to realize I really hadn’t accepted Christ into my life. But now what was I supposed to do? I already told ALL my friends that I was saved!!! I lived in a lie for four years. I knew that I wanted to let Jesus into my heart, but I couldn’t bring myself to admit to everyone I knew that I truly didn’t have a one on one relationship with Him.
In summer of 2013 I witnessed a baptism at my church. One of my friends named Abbie gave her testimony. She was nine years old, the same age as me when I made my false prayer to God. I listened so closely to her testimony and I felt like I had received another God wink. A sign, a nudge from God; it was as if He was convicting my soul telling me to put away my pride and selflessly come to Him.
Later that evening at home, I went to my parents and just poured out my heart. I told them that I wanted to ask Christ into my heart, or real this time. I am a sinner, we all are. I needed to admit that I was to the Lord. I needed to believe in Him. And I needed to confess my sins to Him. I can still picture my parents sitting with me in our living room as I prayed asking the Lord into my heart, and into my life.
It has been almost seven years of walking with Christ. My every day desire is to honor Him in every aspect of my life. Some people ask me how I would describe my relationship with God? The answer is I am His, and He is mine. Through reading His word, praying, and choosing to follow His plan for my life…
My relationship with God is my number one focus. And I truly believe we have a one on one relationship.
My name is Abigail Bollinger. I am 19 years old and live with my parents. I am a full time babysitter which keeps me busy. In my spare time you will find me in the kitchen baking, at my typewriter pounding away, or knitting/crocheting while watching a movie. I also enjoy coffee, horseback riding, ice skating, and playing games with my family.