Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Fruitcake, and Ice Cream, and Other Stuff Too!


“ Return home and tell how much God has done for you.”

~ Luke 8:39

Presenting with excitement, I introduce to you Testimony Tuesdays!!! A testimony by definition is: a formal written or spoken statement, a public recounting of a religious conversion or experience. The Bible commands us in numerous places to bring praise, glory, and honor to our God by proclaiming, declaring, and telling about His marvelous works to others. That is the purpose and heart behind this installment for my Tuesday posts. Each Tuesday (more or less), a testimony will be shared here involving the recounting of salvation, redemption, overcoming, and/or healing just to name a few; A story that brings glory to our God and in which we might be encouraged, spurred on, and challenged with at the same time.The stories that will be shared will either be of my own personal experiences, excerpts from books, testimonies I find via YouTube or other media sources, as well as YOURS! I would love to know and give you the opportunity to share here with us a testimony of your own, of whatever fashion that involves the Lord doing a transforming work in your life. Just email me your testimony and I will see what I can do about posting it on a future Tuesday! You may choose to have your name be known or anonymous. I look forward to hearing from you!


Hello, my dear friends on the other side of the screen! How is your 2018 treating you?! Yesterday was our first day back in the dance studio and I'm actually not feeling too sore! Praise the Lord for that! We will see how long this lasts for though. Long hours at the studio are expected for us for the rest of the week. Choreographer Tara Thibodeaux Drew is coming into town to work with us tomorrow. We love working with her and look forward to setting new choreography, only it is imperative that we maintain good health and get adequate rest in order to make it through these intense next couple of days. We covet your prayers. 😉  

It has been quite some time since we have had a Testimony Tuesday here at The Occupied Optimist so I thought today would be a good day for me to share one. 

Have you ever experienced when a single rough day can totally undo any/all eternal perspective and right thinking that perhaps took you so much longer than a day even to gain? How this can happen, I know not; it just baffles me. As easily as it occurs, I know those kinds of days are redeemable though. Life is a battle, but at least as Christians, we win the war. 

Sometimes after a long hard day full of self-focused dancing, when I get home it is necessary for me to have to recenter my heart and mind on the things that really matter in this life. Sometimes listening to other peoples testimonies, like the one I am about to share with you, helps me with that. The following testimony is probably one of THE BEST testimonies I have seen on Youtube in a while (though it came out in 2014)! It is presented to us by the amazing Louie Giglio, a zealous man of God and a very relatable and relevant speaker to the people of our generation. This testimony is on the lengthy side but I hope you can stick around and watch the whole thing if you have time! Whether you find yourself relating more so to Ashley, the one whose testimony is being shared, or to the Fruitcake, there is something that can be gleaned for everyone in this testimony. I pray that you are truly blessed by it, as I was. Enjoy.

What did you think?
Please comment down below to share your thoughts!
Are there any other Fruitcakes out there like Me and Krista? How about any other Ashleys?! 
I am always looking to give my readers the opportunity to share their testimonies with the world here at The Occupied Optimist in written or media form. Please contact me at lillian@theoccupiedoptimist.com if you are interested in doing so.
Have a Wonderful Tuesday!

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  1. Wow, God is truly amazing! I was challenged by Krista's example; she loved without conditions and understood that it is truly by grace, and not our goodness, that we are saved! It Is hard to love people sometimes, but this a good reminder that every word, action, and conversation over ice cream is an opportunity to plant a seed for salvation! I want to the love of God to shine like that from me and from the church! Thanks for sharing Lillian, blessings and joy to you!:)

    1. Well put! Thanks for stopping by and taking time to leave your comment! I am glad you were blessed by this remarkable testimony. God bless you in your personal ministry of shining His light and making Him known! All the Best,