Today, meet our writer/speaker Christy Pearce.
Christy says she has “fire in her bones” that God Himself put there. She has a passion for speaking out the gospel of Jesus Christ and you can’t get her to shut up when it comes to sharing biblical truth. Christy knows that this is not of her own doing and that all of this would be “foolishness” to her without God miraculously changing her heart by His Spirit. Christy is so thankful He has caused her to desire Him!
Let’s hear what she has to say:
Brenda: Introduce yourself to our readers.
Christy: I’m Christy Pearce, and I live out here in the Northwest where the land is flat. And we are here ministering to a piece of Christ’s Church. My husband is the Pastor of a church he began about two years ago. We have three little people-11 year old Emily, 6 year old Gracie and 3 year old Samuel. And a pug. (He counts too.)
Brenda: Tell me a little about how you were called to write.
Christy: During the time when my little guy was in diapers, God renewed a desire in me for writing. I’ve always had an interest or a love in some ways for writing, but I never had a lot of time/inclination to do it. But as I was doing all that moms do for little ones, I was seeing God’s love and care for us. God was making Himself very real to me through those real life illustrations.
So, I felt like I had to write this stuff down! Other people had to know about it, so if there is a such thing as a “call” in writing, I just felt like there was a desire in me and God led me to share Him through writing words.
Brenda: Can you tell the listeners how we met and how you started Ask God Today?
Christy: You know just because my husband is a Pastor does not mean we do not have problems, and I was struggling with something in my life and needed the voice of wisdom. Brenda befriended me on Twitter and I just had only a handful of friends, so I saw her tweets quite often. Then there was was a day she tweeted “I’m here if you want to talk.”
And I thought, “Maybe I do want to talk to somebody.” And I had been watching her for a while and I had “creeped” on her. I felt like I could go to her and just have a friend in her in Christ. I connected with her and she responded. She said “Yeah, let’s talk,” and we’ve been talkin’ ever since. Then she invited me to do a guest post and then eventually invited me to be a part of the Ask God Today team.
What I love about it is that it began with her having a heart of ministry toward me. And that’s what Ask God Today is all about.
Brenda: And it’s been awesome! Our friendship has just really bloomed and I love you to death and we’ve gotten to meet face to face and it’s been really cool. So Twitter is a good thing. It doesn’t have to be a negative. Some people are afraid of it, but you can meet people-I can meet people like you and you can meet me so it’s a good thing!
Tell me a little about your testimony of how you found Christ, or how He found you.
Christy: Well, He definitely found me because I probably wasn’t looking. I had an awareness of God as I was brought up and was taught some things in the Catholic faith. I didn’t know a lot about Jesus, though and the relationship He had to offer. I met Jimmy, my now husband, and I’m the one who was concerned whether or not he believed in God. Because, you know, that’s important stuff, and so I asked him about it and the conversation grew and he invited me to church.
He knew that I wasn’t a believer but he took the risk. You don’t want to get involved with someone and become unequally yoked. You want to have the same like-mindedness in faith when you join yourself to someone. He went ahead and put himself out there and he said in the back of his mind, “Three dates. And if she doesn’t come to Christ, then I’m gonna have to move on.” And I didn’t know this. So the very first time he took me to church, it was an Easter Cantata and it wrecked me. I just knew that I needed Jesus and I didn’t know Him. So I started asking questions and my now husband but at the time was a friend-the guy I was dating-and he led me to Christ and the story goes on from there.
Here’s my full testimony as originally posted over at Shattered Magazine for the curious:
Brenda: That’s awesome, so God just put ya’ll together and I love the story about how he said, “okay, three times…” So he saw something really cute in you that he wanted to get to know a little bit better. But he was a wise guy because he knew that he could not be unequally yoked with someone that it just would not work. That’s amazing, great story.
So tell me what is one thing that people would find unusual about you that maybe they just don’t know about you.
Christy: Well, besides the fact that I might be a little unusual, just because, maybe that’s who I am! (laughs) One thing that people seem to be shocked by about me is the fact that I enjoy shooting stuff. I don’t like shooting living things, but I love target practice. One of the best times I’ve ever had with a gun was when a friend of ours had a skeet-shoot set up. We went out there and I fired off some rounds. I hit some of those clay discs and it was just AWESOME.
But another thing people find very shocking-and it’s a funny story- is that I have been hit by a car. I can hear my husband in the background saying “It was just in the parking lot!” And it was only in the parking lot, but it was the holiday season time when parking lots are full of people. I was going to cross the street to get my car after I had done some shopping. I looked both ways and when I turned and started out into the street, all the sudden I heard this car coming! And all the sudden when I turned to look, I was on the hood of that car! I was like, I didn’t even know how did this happen?! There was an undercover cop, oddly enough, watching in the eaves and he saw the whole thing. He said “Are you okay?” And I said “I really don’t think I’m hurt, I’m just in shock that I was hit by a car!”
Brenda: Wow, what a story! You need to write a post on that one! Yep. How God saved you that day!
So, do you have a favorite place that you pray?
Christy: Oh, girl I do not have time to find a place. I just pray right where I am sometimes out loud. And the kids…I’m surprised they’re not going around saying “Oh Lord, help me!” because I say that so much. It is true, I need His help all the time! I have to find my prayer closet in the quiet corners of my mind.
Obviously when I steal a few moments of quiet that is good too. But anytime, anywhere, the lines are open!
Brenda: I got you, I understand.
What would you think one of the most spiritual challenges are in your life?
Christy: Oh it’s definitely being a mother…and a wife… Being a human, pretty-much. You know, I often think to myself, if I was just by myself all the time I could probably be a much more loving, and kinder and just a better Christian. (laughing) But isn’t that just defeating the whole purpose of what being a Christian is? In order for our faith to flourish and show the beauty of who Christ is, we have to be submerged in the ugliness of this world. And I’m part of that. I am some of the ugliness that this world has to bring. Because it’s in us as we are sinful people.
Brenda: But greater is He that is in us than he who is in the world.
Do you have a favorite verse of a life verse?
Christy: You know I don’t really have a life verse, but I have a verse or two or five (do I have to pick just one?) that I live by. I love
Job 23:12-I have not departed from the commandment of his lips; I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my portion of food.
And I love food! But to love food is human, but to love God, it’s divine. It’s something that God gives to us. He puts His Spirit within us and I think about how we get to know Him through His word. That’s why i can’t pick just one. I have to have it all.
Brenda: Is there anything else you’d like to share with the Ask God Today readers or those who watch this video?
Christy: I have a passion for the Gospel built in me. And part of it is just knowing the God who saved me. This passage keeps coming back to me ever since God revealed it to me before a conference I went to a couple of months back. It ignites and excitement and passion in me and i want to read it to you:
1 The hand of the LORD was upon me, and he brought me out in the Spirit of the LORD and set me down in the middle of the valley; it was full of bones.
2 And he led me around among them, and behold, there were very many on the surface of the valley, and behold, they were very dry.
3 And he said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?”
That phrase it gets me every time. Like right now it’s got a hold of my spirit-“Can these bones live?”
They are all around us at all times, and death is surrounding us because there are so many people who don’t know the Lord. Especially in times like these you just look around and you don’t have to look any further than the news headlines to know that Christ is a need in our nation and in our people. I see that and I think of the fact that God set Ezekiel up as a watchman, and us if we have the Gospel of Christ. If we know what God has done through the power of His son then we have the power to make dry bones live. Because God’s going to do it in and through us. He’s going to do it. And He doesn’t have to have us, but He likes to let us be a part of His plans. And I love that God is at work even in these times that seem bleak.
So take heart, like you said earlier, He overcomes the world and we know how the story ends.
Do you have the desire to see “dead bones” live? Perhaps you need God to bring your life back to Him.
Please share your heart’s desire in the comments. We would love to pray for you.
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