MY LIFE’S TESTIMONY
BY: RONALD C. SWEETEN SR.

THE LORD'S MIRACLES IN MY LIFE BEGAN WHEN I WAS ABOUT 18 MONTHS OLD AND VERY ILL WITH DOUBLE PNEUMONIA AND WHOOPING COUGH BOTH AT THE SAME TIME. THE DOCTOR HAD SAID TO MY MOM AND DAD THAT THERE WAS NOTHING MORE THAT HE OR ANYONE COULD DO FOR ME AND THAT I PROBABLY WOULD NOT MAKE IT THROUGH THE NIGHT.


MOM AND DAD WERE TRUE BELIEVING CHRISTIANS AND THAT NIGHT AS I LAID IN MY CRIB IN A SEMI COMMA AND NEAR DEATH DAD WAS UPSTAIRS PRAYING WHILE MOM AND MY SISTER IN-LAW TO BE WERE ALSO PRAYING DOWNSTAIRS.


SUDDENLY THEY ALL HEARD FROM OUTSIDE WHAT SOUNDED LIKE RUSHING WATER AND A STRONG WIND. THEN THERE WAS THE SOUND OF THE KITCHEN DOOR SLAMMING OPEN WITH A LOUD CRASHING SOUND. DAD RAN DOWN STAIRS TO SEE WHAT HAD HAPPENED ONLY TO BE MET BY A GLOWING BALL OF LIGHT WHICH KNOCKED HIM DOWN BACKWARDS AS IT PASSED BY HIM LEAVING HIM SO THAT HE COULDN'T MOVE. THE BALL OF LIGHT CONTINUED THROUGH THE DINING ROOM AND TO THE LIVING ROOM WHERE MY CRIB WAS IN A CORNER.


MOM AND MY SISTER IN-LAW TO BE SAW THIS BALL OF LIGHT COME AND HOVER OVER MY CRIB AS IT EXPANDED AND COVERED ME WITH IT'S LIGHT. THEY TRIED TO COME TO ME AND AS THEY REACHED THE CRIB THEY WERE BOTH KNOCKED OUT OF THE WAY BY IT'S POWER WITH MOM ON THE FLOOR AND MY SISTER IN-LAW PINNED AGAINST A WALL THEY COULDN'T MOVE BUT THEY COULD SEE EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENED.


THEY SAID THAT WITHIN THREE TO FIVE MINUTES THE BALL OF LIGHT LIFTED OFF OF ME AND LEFT THE SAME WAY IT CAME IN WITH A LOUD CRASHING SOUND OF THE KITCHEN DOOR SLAMMING SHUT AND THEY HEARD ONCE AGAIN OUTSIDE RUSHING WATER AND A STRONG WIND AS IT SLOWLY FADED AWAY.


SUDDENLY THEY ALL WERE ABLE TO MOVE AGAIN AND THEY GOT UP. DAD CHECKED THE KITCHEN DOOR AND FOUND THAT IT WAS STILL LATCHED SHUT AND LOCKED AS IT WAS BEFORE HE WENT UPSTAIRS TO THE BED ROOM TO PRAY. THEY ALL CAME OVER TO THE SIDE OF MY CRIB AND SAW ME STANDING UP AS I SAID MOMMY FOR THE FIRST TIME IN A WEEK OF BEING SICK. THE DOCTOR CAME BY THE NEXT DAY TO SEE IF HE COULD BE OF ANY HELP TO COMFORT THE FAMILY THINKING THAT I HAD PASSED AWAY BUT HE WAS SHOCKED WHEN HE SAW ME HEALED AND QUITE ALIVE AND HE SAID THAT THIS WAS SURELY A MIRACLE THAT HE HAD NEVER SEEN OR HEARD OF.


**MY LIFE BEFORE JESUS**

I WAS LIVING A LIFE OF CONFUSION AND IT SEEMED TO ME THAT OTHER PEOPLE ALWAYS CAUSED ME GRIEF IN SOME WAY OR ANOTHER. I WAS ALWAYS QUICKLY ANGERED ESPECIALLY AT MY PLACES OF EMPLOYMENT.

I WAS A TRAVELING MUSICIAN PLAYING AND SINGING COUNTRY MUSIC IN BARS AND CLUBS ETC.AND I WAS AN OCCASIONAL DRINKER BUT I NEVER CARED FOR SMOKING. I DID USE ANOTHER LANGUAGE AT TIMES AND IT WAS NOT VERY SWEET. I HAVE TO ADMIT THAT WHEN I WAS SINGING AND PLAYING MUSIC IT SEEMED TO HELP ME TO RELAX AND TO BE CALM. ONE DAY I FOUND MY FIRST WIFE WITH ANOTHER MAN SO I PACKED UP AND LEFT HER. THEN SHE FILED FOR A DIVORCE BUT I DID KEEP A GOOD RELATIONSHIP WITH MY SON RON JR. AND WE EVEN PLAYED MUSIC TOGETHER IN OUR OWN GROUP FOR A WHILE.

LATER IN LIFE ANOTHER WOMAN CAME INTO MY LIFE WHO HAD THREE CHILDREN. WE LIVED TOGETHER FOR TEN YEARS AND THEN WE GOT MARRIED. THEN CAME THE CAR ACCIDENT WHICH PLACED HER IN A COMMA FOR SEVEN DAYS. SHE WAS NEVER THE SAME AFTER THAT BECAUSE SHE BECAME VERY ABUSIVE AND WAS DIAGNOSED WITH SCHIZOPHRENIA. WE MANAGED TO STAY TOGETHER FOR TWENTY SEVEN YEARS BUT IT WAS NOT PLEASANT FOR ME OR THE CHILDREN BECAUSE SHE ATTEMPTED SUICIDE AND SHE EVEN TRIED TO KILL ME SEVERAL TIMES BUT I KNOW NOW THAT THE LORD HAD PROTECTED ME IN ALL OF THAT.


**WHAT LEAD TO MY COMMITMENT TO JESUS?**

WELL, MY SECOND WIFE CAME DOWN WITH COLON CANCER WHICH LATER SPREAD TO HER LUNGS AND SHE WAS VERY NEAR HER TIME OF DEATH BUT EVEN THEN SHE DIDN'T STOP BEING ABUSIVE TO ME AND THE CHILDREN WHO NOW WERE MARRIED WITH FAMILIES OF THEIR OWN. ONE DAY DURING ONE OF HER SCHIZOPHRENIA ATTACKS I JUST HAD TO GET OUT OF THE HOUSE FOR A WHILE BECAUSE I WAS NOT ABLE TO HANDLE WHAT WAS GOING ON ANYMORE AND I WANTED TO LIVE A BETTER LIFE. I WOUND UP AT MY BORN AGAIN CHRISTIAN NIECES HOUSE AND THERE IS WHERE I ACCEPTED JESUS AS MY LORD AND SAVIOR.

WHILE MY LIFE WAS STILL A STRUGGLE TO DEAL WITH HER MANY PROBLEMS I WAS GROWING STRONGER WITH THE LORD AND HE ALLOWED ME TO LEAD HER TO HIM MOMENTS BEFORE HER DEATH ON JANUARY 8, 2001. AFTER HER DEATH I BEGAN TO ATTEND MARLTON ASSEMBLY OF GOD CHURCH WHERE I BEGAN TO GROW EVEN CLOSER TO THE LORD AS HE STRENGTHENED ME FROM DAY TO DAY AND STILL DOES EVEN NOW.


**HOW THINGS ARE DIFFERENT NOW**

THERE HAS BEEN MANY MIRACLES THAT HAVE TAKEN PLACE IN MY LIFE BUT THE MOST AMAZING ONE IS THAT THE LORD MADE A WAY FOR MY CHILDHOOD SWEETHEART TO COME BACK INTO MY LIFE. I THANK JESUS FOR WORKING IN HER LIFE AND KEEPING HER SAFE AND TO BE AVAILABLE FOR ME JUST WHEN I NEEDED SOMEONE TO FILL THE EMPTINESS I WAS FEELING. HE EVEN MADE THE WAY EASY THROUGH MANY MIRACLES FOR US TO BE MARRIED.

WE HAVE SHARED IN MANY OTHER MIRACLES IN OUR NEW LIVES TOGETHER AND WE ARE BOTH STRONGER WITH THE LORD THAN WE EVER WERE BEFORE. WE HAVE SO MUCH LOVE AND HAPPINESS THAT SOMETIMES WE ARE IN AWE OVER WHAT THE LORD HAS DONE AND IS STILL DOING IN OUR LIVES.

WE DO GO THROUGH THINGS AND HAVE TROUBLED TIMES JUST LIKE EVERYONE ELSE BUT, GOD ALWAYS SEEMS TO SUPPLY ALL OUR NEEDS AND BRINGS US OUT JUST ENOUGH , JUST IN TIME.

THE LORD HAS BEEN NURTURING US IN OUR CHURCH AND HAS CALLED US TO THE PRAYER AND HEALING ROOMS OF THE CHURCH AND WE FEEL BLESSED TO BE THERE SO THAT WE CAN SERVE HIM AND DO WHAT IS HIS WILL BY LAYING HANDS ON THE SICK SO THAT THEY WILL RECOVER AS HE HAS PROMISED IN THE SCRIPTURES. GOD HAS ALSO CALLED US TO CONDUCT A SMALL GROUP IN OUR HOME WHERE WE CAN MINISTER TO THOSE PEOPLE THAT HE SENDS TO US. TO SUM IT ALL UP I CAN ONLY SAY THAT MAYBE WE ARE NOT TOTALLY WHERE GOD WANTS US YET, BUT WE GIVE THANKS TO JESUS THAT WE ARE NOT WHERE WE USED TO BE.

HALA-LOU-YAH!...PRAISE GOD!...AND AMEN!