Your Past Doesn’t Disqualify Your Destiny

well a program that you’re watching is just one of many 700 clubs from around the world really in the Philippines there’s 700 club Asia in Latin America you can watch Club 700 and one of the most popular versions of this program is produced by our neighbors to the north it’s 700 club Canada and it’s co-hosted by Laura Lynn Tyler Thompson here’s her story for years Laura Lynn Tyler Thompson believed she would never recover from her failures and past mistakes then she learned God had a different plan one night while folding laundry she felt God called her to television she answered the call and began her media career today she’s the co-host of the 700 club Canada at an inspirational and comedic speaker in her book relentless redemption Laura Lynn talks about her difficult past to help bring healing and hope to others Laura Lynn is here with us now and we welcome her back to the 700 club here in the United States is what Oprah we call this the mother ship okay so I have been traveling to the mother ship and it’s so exciting Terry what you and Pat and Gordon are doing it’s it’s it’s an honor that we are part of it together as we link hands around the world I want to mention your book relentless redemption you know when you do what you do you’re in a very public position people recognize you people assume your life is all together and everything’s right tied up with a pretty bow in relentless Redemption you share really openly and candidly some of the failures that you faced in your life some of the losses some of the humiliations that you’ve gone through what made you decide to do that well the Lord compelled me when he called me to television in 1999 when I was folding laundry and he brought me out of disastrous circumstances I I told him well this is good so we are gonna put that chapter behind us and we’re gonna go forward and I’ll be yes I’ll be your girl on TV and I’ll do whatever you want God thank you that you’ve forgiven me we’ll move on and and and we don’t ever need to talk about that stuff and he said no he said I have called you to this place that my glory might be made beautiful through your disasters and that is what God does he takes our disasters and he he shows us how he can fix anything and I really need it to be fixed beauty for Ashes the oil of joy for mourning yeah you were the child of missionaries you you grew up with missionary parents and Uganda when did your life begin to move away from the values you grew up with you know I was born a small white child in Uganda East Africa two beautiful parents and I think that’s what was so hard is sometimes we don’t have a good set up some people don’t get it all I had it all I had parents who believed in a powerful God but by the time that I was in my 18 19 years of age I was in a sort of rebellious period and I thought you know I know it you know what I mean Terri like all of our kids kind of go to the story yes it is it’s a common story but my story led me to just saying I’m gonna do it my way for just a little while I think I can handle this and I don’t know if it was pure out-and-out rebellion but it was a stronghold in my life that says I’ll I’ll do what I want and I ended up marrying a fellow that nobody thought you know was a good idea and they certainly didn’t think it at the age I was at you know 21 years old I mean I am immature for my age now and so it was extremely difficult for my parents to be looking at this girl and thinking she’s gonna get married like she can’t cook lasagna and so there’s a problem and frozen right even when it’s frozen it’s a problem and so I headed into this and I I made a calculated decision that came out very very wrong and I didn’t calculate it enough is really what happened and it really led you into later on as that marriage became what everyone thought it would which was unstable and uncertain and filled with I guess just a lot of doubt then a man came into your life through the church we should mention because it can’t happen and it became not just an affair but almost an obsession that went on for a year absolutely my first marriage had did not have the kind of chemistry that that the the great people talk about with romance you know there was just a lack of chemistry and I did not see it when I was walking down the aisle to get married the first time what I actually was thinking as I was heading down that aisle was who is that man why did I decide to get married and so when you’re a Christian girl you’ve done it all right you haven’t had sex before you’re married you you know I have never been drunk I hadn’t smoked I hadn’t done all these things but I’m now walking down an aisle to marry a man that no one thought was a real good idea you know based on my age and I’m in this and so five years later we had been two counselors we had been two pastors it was like God would you heal this there didn’t try I really tried there there was there was just something that was so wrong intrinsically in that marriage and and the enemy sets a trap for our soul you see he is intimately aware and familiar with who we are and so a trap was set for my soul and I in error walked into it and it was the most devastating decision and season of life that I had ever walked into well one of the things that happens when we step off the cliff into a bad decision is there are other bad decisions that follow it and pretty soon were up to our neck and things that we never thought would be a part of our lives you came to a place where you had done that so deeply that you wondered if God could forgive you I did Terry I thought I was the most disqualified girl that that ever walked this planet I was so broken and so messed up I had left my first marriage I’d lost my reputation I’d wounded my parents I’d hurt their reputation I was I was shattered and broken and I didn’t know how I would ever put all the pieces back together and in fact I thought I will live out the rest of my days in this broken place every dream that I’d ever had that I hoped I would be something great for God when my dad would preach when I was a little girl I’d have tears streaming down my face and I’d be like Jesus I want to do something great for you but by the time the enemy had reaped his havoc on my life and and you know we are do we are full of depravity and our own sin well he’s the father of lie yes he’s a liar of Lies Brian we begin in our weakness to buy those lies to believe those things but the truth is yes God is truth itself right and after three years of depression the Lord you know had had been trying to speak to me but I got to a church service Terry and this night changed my life and that was when the pastor brought in a life-size cross and he wanted us all to write our sins down and to go and nail our sins to the cross and I said god I don’t want to write my sins down these sins have debilitated me I looked at all the perfect people in the church you know it always seems like everyone else I did not belong these are the perfect people all their kids are you know going to to Bible School and I’m the the failure of my family I don’t want to write my sins down but I was compelled to otherwise I’d be the only one sitting in the seats because everyone started writing their sins down and heading for that cross and they started singing oh the blood of Jesus that washes white as snow and tears began coming down my face and then they sang on a hill far away stood an old rugged cross the emblem of suffering and shame and I look to heaven and I said I’m the emblem of shame I’m the one who has caused such disaster god I’ll never be okay I’ll never be okay Terry my my my shoulder started heaving with the pain you know the kind of pain that just gets unleashed after years of the debauchery and the sinfulness and and the the stupid mistakes I did not know how to overcome and as I headed towards that cross it was at that moment this is what changed my life the Holy Spirit whispered this in my ear lorilynn was what Jesus did on that cross and I looked up at that life-sized cross and I could almost see him there bloodied bruised beaten beyond recognition spit on mocked all for me was what he did not enough for you must he die again so that you would receive the freedom that he’s already paid the price to give you and in that moment I grasped something that in all my missionary years of knowing the Bible and being you know pretty smart about the ways of God in my head I had never truly understood that unless I received this freedom by faith I will remain shackled in my pain Jesus set me free that day and I’ve never been the same well he’s my Redeemer and the story that you share in relentless Redemption is the story of someone who felt unworthy incapable of being forgiven and today stands in front of a camera and shares the goodness of God with millions of people for our American viewers I want you to know you can see lorilynn by going to 700 club dot CA the book relentless redemption and you can find out how to get a copy on cbn.com Merlin thank you so much for being with us thank you thank you thank you you’re a hero in my life Terry thank you you too

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