The Power of a Testimony

February 16, 2016

Articles, Inspiration

This is why I will continue to write. This is why I speak. This is why I must finish my book. This is the only reason I am so willing to put it all out there… For you to hear, to see, to feel. This is my story yet, once told it becomes His story, which then makes it your story too. It is so you might know that you are not alone. You are never alone. There are others who can relate. There is someone else who has survived the battle won the war ~ We are here to give you hope, support and encouragement to push forward. To help you get through it. No… Not just to ‘get through it’ but to learn how to thrive and excel because of it. We are here to help you dream again. To help you believe that anything, absolutely anything is possible. To help you find your voice… And to love again.

The hell you have been through
is your platform and your purpose!

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20 Comments on “The Power of a Testimony”

  1. Brandon duncan Says:

    Inspired, encouraged and blessed to make such a divine connection with you dear sister…
    God has anointed and appointed you to share your love and hope, faith and testimony….
    Many are being impacted and many are to be lead to JESUS because of what he has called you to share…
    ( There are no words to properly express just how powerful your testimony of CHRIST in you is and how He has His hand on your life….
    So I will simply just say,
    “Thank you for who you are in Him)!!!!

    And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. Revelation 12:11 (KJV)


  2. unwrittentruth Says:

    Is your book being posted online somewhere? Or you are still working on it? And i think by the end of our lives, every one’s story becomes a testimony, and a witness to a Divine Plan. God bless, and best wishes, <3 Unwrittentruth


    • Jessie Jeanine Says:

      I’m still working on it… Have so many of the pieces, just haven’t known how to put them all together yet. Actually, it seems ironic, but recent life changing events and crisis seem to be acting like the glue pulling everything together finally. You can find just a taste of it written in My Life Stories, then most of the good stuff comes out in articles and My Poetry. Thanks for asking and blessings to you too!


  3. tonyasmithauthor Says:

    You are so right Jessie! How can we really be a comfort to others in their pain when we have not felt what they are going through. Yes – finish your book Jessie… and keep writing… others need for you to tell your story to help them with theirs.


    • Jessie Jeanine Says:

      I happen to be working on another book chapter as we speak when your comment came in :) The timing of support and encouragement that you and others have been giving me again is un-canning Tony… I’ve even been receiving it in emails and memos from people when they donate recently like, “Just because you are who you are and not someone else.” I can’t tell you how much it’s needed right now and what I’m going through. It just never fails… God knows exactly what we need and when we need it. Even when we can’t ask for ourselves. Thank you my friend and hugs!


  4. poeticjourney Says:

    So true and powerful.


  5. Will Of Heart Says:

    There are memories keep on coming after I read this powerful words of you Jessie, thank you so much. I love reading words like this, very positive and full of encouragement. Continue spreading your words… <3 and Hugs … Lane


  6. CC Says:

    I also love this post. I have been reading through some of your blog slowly. I wanted you to know that I had many emotions upon finding it, but the most important one, I think was gratitude. Thank you for sharing your story and yourself in the way that you do.
    I know that I read a previous post where you were trying to decide how to organize things. I believe you were talking about your love of photography and sometimes getting weary of telling your story over and over. If I misunderstood, forgive me. But, I can totally understand how you would want to move on at some point from that part of your life.
    I just wanted to say that reading what I have so far was so validating for me. You should do what gives you peace and happiness. You have certainly given. But, that these words are here is a gift to all survivors. Thank you. -CC


    • Jessie Jeanine Says:

      There are times in life when you don’t think anyone could ever give you a bigger or more fulfilling compliment than what you’ve maybe heard before… But then it happens. Thank you CC, because when I read that the greatest feeling you’ve taken away is gratitude and how the words you’ve found here are a gift to all survivors… It made me cry. My heart is simply overwhelmed, but in a really good way! And I’ve been thinking so much about your point of doing what gives me peace and happiness… To be honest, I don’t believe I’ve ever really approached it that way before, so perhaps it’s the missing link. I’ve always gone with what’s best for everyone else around me and somehow convinced myself that that’s what would really make me feel peaceful and happy (even purposeful) but it just doesn’t work that way. I have to quit being so afraid of coming across as being too selfish if I put myself first from now on.

      And you didn’t misunderstand. It isn’t so much that I’m weary of “telling” my story though, because I love the speaking part and that’s what really fuels me (the people I’m interacting with at the time.) It’s more the writing about it for, I never planned to do this, but the more I’d speak the more I’d be asked to write a book. Then talk shows and radio wanted a book too (something tangible people could take away from it I guess) which seems to be how the industry mostly runs, so I thought it might be too difficult to climb the ladder any further, unless I finally just wrote a damn book about it all, lol! I do love writing poetry (and photography) and putting things together to represent a cause or whatever, but this isn’t necessarily my forte. The speaking part is what brings me peace and happiness :) So, perhaps I should just use a ghost writer for the book instead and go back to focusing on the speaking part, running groups, etc. Being a writer is a lonely path, but being a speaker… Well, that’s a completely different world and where my personality type seems to thrive the best!

      Thanks so much for sharing what was on your heart and know that you’ve helped validate and inspire me as well. ♥•*¨*•♥ Hugs Beautiful! ♥•*¨*•♥


      • CC Says:

        I often get afraid to share my thoughts. I think that comes with being a survivor, many times. I didn’t comment on the parts I have read, for instance, they were older, and I had planned to go back. Well, parts of me.
        Then I read your post about asking for thoughts on organizing. I could hear it in your writing. The struggle. Isn’t it funny how we are afraid or feel selfish to put ourselves first? I think it is awesome you are ready to take that step.
        Sounds like you know where you feel the happiest. I think those are great ideas. You are very welcome. I am glad I took that step and shared, but it sounds like you already knew…as I said before, thank you for inspiring me.
        Hugs back, -CC


  7. cmblackwood Says:

    I really hear you on this one! Great post.


  8. Karen Van Benschoten Says:

    Through my poetry, which I never knew I could write until I started my blog, becoming more focused in my self-examination the words started flowing, unedited, and I stopped worrying (well most of the time) about what my family thinks. For some reason, I never worried about all the Facebook friends that I have. It is a slow, but sure, cleansing process, and in the three years that I have been writing, I have grown in so many ways, and even others speak of my progress, and the changes I’ve made.


    • Jessie Jeanine Says:

      That’s truly wonderful Karen and so glad to hear you’ve been finding your voice again! Like you said – It’s a slow, but sure, cleansing process and I couldn’t agree more. The point is that it is a “process” though, which also means “progress.” Even though it may feel super slow at times, as long as we keep moving forward, we are actively growing and changing, and that is how we become survivors instead of remaining victims :) Writing has become my greatest tool as well! Keep it up my friend!


  9. nananettie1969 Says:

    I could not agree more! Keep on keeping on Jessie!!!


  10. Amanda@overcomeabuse Says:

    I often question myself if my blog is too risky to share, in fear of the repercussions that could come when my abusers family finds out. I fear legal action. However, I am taking the risk because I am able to help others. Your post confirmed my resolve! Thank you for writing this, I needed this!


    • Jessie Jeanine Says:

      Hello Amanda and thanks for reaching out. There are some legalities you need to consider when exposing such things as a writer however, they’re easy enough to abide by. Please feel free to contact me if you’d like more information. In regards to people’s personal response and how it can alter your relationships (and perhaps you’re past this point already) it’s always been my feeling that if someone doesn’t believe you or isn’t supportive of you during the times when you may need it the most, then they aren’t worth having around anyways.

      I’ve gone all through your site and very much appreciate what you’re doing. It doesn’t seem too risky, but rather honest, straightforward and your intent seems clear… To help other victims. I’d love to connect more with you, but didn’t find any other ways to(?) Please feel free to connect with me on any level, as I’m happy to help further your cause or share whatever I can that might be useful in your journey.

      It’s important, as victims, that we learn how to take our power back, and I’ve found no greater way to do that than by sharing our story. And I needed to hear your comment just as much today! THANK YOU for your service Amanda!!


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