Testimony by Selma Donnelly

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Testimony by Selma Donnelly

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Selma pronouncing the blessing after lighting the candle at Passover.

Selma became a Jewish believer in Yeshua in 2001.  She has four children.  One son is a believer, and it was he who led Selma to the Lord.  She visited her son and his wife in Hawaii.  She, at the age of 50, was looking to get closer to God.  Up until then she was attracted to the new age – and tried every type of meditation, spent time at the Zen Mountain Monastery, but never felt she was getting closer to God. She felt, as many in the new age do, that there are many paths to God.

In Hawaii, her son and his wife gave Selma a Bible to read.  Before, when she picked up a Bible she told us it was like a closed book.  They also gave Selma a book by Sid Roth called, They Thought For Themselves. It is a good ministry tool for sharing the Gospel with Jewish people.  Selma told us that she once had a hard time with the Christian faith, because she realized her people were persecuted for being Jewish by people who called themselves Christian.

Selma told us the belief you can’t be Jewish and believe in Jesus is the biggest lie of the enemy. She ended up attending a little Christian Church in Hawaii, and it was there she became a Jewish Believer in Yeshua.  She told someone in this church, “I’ve always felt Jesus was my friend, now I know Him as Savior. Before she became a Jewish Believer, she used to do  transcendental meditation and during the meditation she would close her eyes and see Jesus with his arms open.

She was baptized in the ocean and when she came back to our area she found the Living Word Chapel and Pastor Don.  Her three other children, 2 daughters both in the new age and a son learned of her acceptance of Jesus.  Her son in Florida respects her beliefs and saw miracles God did for him although he hasn’t chosen to believe yet. Selma holds on to the belief:  Acts 16:31  So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.”

She realizes we need to put our trust in the Lord.

Meanwhile, her son in Hawaii has created an incredible ministry called Freely Given.  He has been writing songs and putting them on a CDs,  The CD is called Return.  He gives them away for free, telling people to just listen to the music and then come and tell him what they think about the music. (7/5/13 – the link for the CD and this ministry no longer works- Heather) He is hoping people will download the CD’s, make copies of them, and hand them out to people for free.  It is a good ministry opportunity to reach the unsaved.  Often music will touch hearts in ways words do not. He sees the CD’s as seeds.  It is a sacrifice for him and his family, they have five children, but he is led to do this ministry.

Someone asked Selma how much her family practiced the Jewish faith. Selma told us, when she was little, her family celebrated the High Holy Days and kept a Kosher house.  She was given the choice as she got older about whether or not she wanted to keep a Kosher house.  What excites her is seeing how much Jesus is portrayed in the Hebrew Scriptures.  She also loves that there are many layers to the Word of God.

I had never heard Selma’s testimony before, and it was a blessing to see how God works in another person’s life.

Praying your day is blessed.  Do download the CD and enjoy the music.

Heather

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About Heather Marsten

Welcome to Heather's Blog. I'm looking forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. I just moved about nine years of material over from another blog site, Xanga, who may close down mid-July. At first I was disappointed to make the move because I had a lifetime membership at Xanga and had to spend weeks transferring posts. But now I'm thrilled. Already I've met new bloggers and read many new websites. Blogging is a wonderful way to expand my horizons and garner new ideas. I'm a happily married mom of three young adults. My husband and I are proud to watch our children grow and venture out into the world. My daughter is still in college but my two sons have graduated. One has a job and the other just graduated and is in the process of finding a job in his field, physics. Anyone know of any jobs out there? I'm proud of our children and love watching them grow and mature. They've become fine, compassionate, and loving people. Empty nest? Nah, I'm too busy to let an empty nest bother me. Not enough hours in the day. My husband and I enjoy quiet time together and I have many interests to pursue - one of which is blogging :D I am a born-again believer and love God. As you read this blog, you will discover that Bible studies thrill me. There is so much wisdom contained between the covers of the Bible and I am fortunate to sit under the teachings of a remarkable pastor, Pastor Don Moore. Members of our church (Living Word Chapel in West Hurley, New York) are encouraged to teach and there are visiting pastors who stop by our church, I also study the Bible on my own and love sharing what I learn. One other passion is writing. My current work in process is a memoir. A scene from my memoir was published in a book called: Heavenly Company: Entertaining Angels Unaware - an anthology of angelic encounters compiled by Cecil Murphy. I'm hoping my memoir will encourage other survivors of abuse. I grew up in a home filled with abuse, including incest. For most of my life I was searching for something that would fill the void of not being loved by my parents. I tried many ways to find that love -- therapy, relationships, occult studies, and keeping my life so filled I had no way to think about my past. It was only when I discovered God that I was able to put the pieces of my life back together and walk forward in a joyous life. My nickname - wondering has changed from wondering where the heck God was in my life, to wondering what incredible adventure is going to happen next. I hope you enjoy my site. Please say hi, share some thoughts, and ask questions. I look forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. Have a blessed day. Heather
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