Another Special Life in Christ
These testimony lives are not stories of "role models". Jesus is the
These are lives wonderfully touched & changed by Jesus!
After an interview by Candice McGarvey: "I began
to see a light at the end of the dark tunnel in my life."
Candice had the opportunity to sit down with
Stormie Omartian, who is an inspiration to all who hear her life story. Omartian's also the
author of several books, including The Power of a Praying Husband, Lord I Want to be Whole,
The Power of a Praying Wife, and her autobiography Stormie. We invite you to learn about her
background in part 1 of our interview with her.
QUESTION: What were the
circumstances that led to you accepting Christ?
"I would say being near death and wanting to die.
I was so miserable, and there was no hope for my life. I tried drugs, and that didn't work. I
tried alcohol, and that didn't work. I tried Eastern religions and the occult, and they
didn't work. I had bad relationships, and that didn't work. Finally, a friend took me to
visit Pastor Jack Hayford at the Church on the Way; and he told me about Jesus. Pastor Jack
sent me home with three books to read, including The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis and the
Gospel of John. I went back to see Pastor Jack the following week after reading those books,
and I received the Lord in his office. For the first time I saw that there was another way
after all these remedies I had tried that didn't work.
always talked about the Lord as a close friend, as opposed to the distant god described by all my
Eastern religions and occult practices. The concept of God coming into your life seemed like it
would be great if it worked. So I thought, 'I'll receive the Lord and see what happens'. I began to
see a light at the end of the dark tunnel in my life. So I just kept going toward the light. I kept
going to church and reading the Word and praying and doing what He said and trying to find the way.
God wanted me to live, and the more I did that, the more the light became apparent in my life. As I
walked with the Lord, the burdens that I had been carrying for so long were stripped away, one
layer at a time.
QUESTION: So the transformation in you didn't take place
"Not overnight -- it was definitely one step at a
time as I learned to be obedient and walk in God's ways. I began to have more and more
freedom from fear, depression, anxiety, hopelessness and loneliness. When you arrive at that
level of freedom, you can't believe you're getting rid of all that. On top of that, you find
out that God has a plan for you! I was just in awe. Before, I had been just trying to find a
reason to get through the next day; and then I find out that God not only wants to get me
through the next day, but He has a purpose for my life. He'll use the pain of my past for
good in my future, the one that He's bringing me into, you know? That was a profound
revelation for me -- I was really shocked by that.
QUESTION: How did your accepting
Christ affect your career in Hollywood?
"When I received the Lord, it turned my entire
life upside down. I didn't just receive the Lord, I surrendered my life to Him. I said, 'God,
I'm so tired of doing it my way - I want to do it your way. I just give my life to you - you
take it and do it, I don't want to do it anymore.' And He did! He turned my life upside down
and shook it! It's like when you're upside down and all the things in your pocket fall out.
Everything in my life that wasn't supposed to be there fell out. The shows I was doing were
one of the things that fell out.
"My career just completely folded because I was
being offered parts in commercials that I could not do. One of them wanted me to smoke on
camera, and I thought, 'I can't do that.' I refused to wear certain costumes. I kept turning
things down, and finally my agent dropped me saying, 'If you're gonna turn down things, then
we can't do anything for you!' One thing led to another, and the shows I was on were also
cancelled. So I honestly thought my life had come to an end.
"My friends didn't want to have anything to do
with me, because they certainly did not want to be converted. You know, they thought it was
alright for me to be crazy, but they did not want me to bring them down with me. So all my
friends left. Then God brought my husband into my life, and I made new friends, and I began
to see a new purpose for my life. God took some of the pressure off for a little bit so I
could just graze in His word and really grow in Him. He began to open up areas of ministry,
like writing songs with my husband, doing exercise videos for Sparrow about a million years
ago, and writing books and magazine articles. Step by step He started to open all these
It's amazing how, when He's in your life, He'll
turn it around and make it what it's supposed to be. Then you feel fulfilled in what you do.
Otherwise, if you're not really moving with the Lord, you never have that joy. You always
think, 'Gosh, it's not enough', or 'I didn't do that right'. You're always worried that
you've failed or are going to fail. When you're with the Lord, the Lord's taking you step by
step, so you don't worry about that as much.
QUESTION: Can you talk about how
you met your husband?
"Well, it was an amazing coincidence that we met
before I became a believer. We were at a Christian recording session, and I was the only
non-Christian. These sessions went on for a whole week, and we were singing every day. I was
really struck with Michael right away, actually I was struck with all of them (the other
Christian singers). When you're not a believer and you're in a room with people who are
really strong in the Lord, you see a real difference. I was really struck with - the only way
I can describe it is - their "fullness." It was in sharp contrast to my emptiness. They had a
simplicity about them, life wasn't complex and strange but instead it was very simple and
very focused. They had a real humility that was unusual, and they were very loving. So I was
drawn to what they had, and I was really drawn to Michael. But in my head I was thinking, "I
really like these people, too bad they're Christians!"
It's amazing when I look back at the fact that I
was chosen for this project. They had the courage to hire someone like me. All the rest of
the singers were believers and then there was me. And yet their Christian influence was what
drew me. The woman who hired me on that session was the same friend who took me to visit
So that was the first time I met Michael. I was
going with somebody else at that time and I eventually married that guy. I was not a believer
during that marriage and it was such a disaster, it lasted about a year and a half. After
that marriage ended was when my friend took me to meet Pastor Jack. I started attending
church with her every week and that's where I saw Michael again. He had been attending a
different church and all of a sudden our paths crossed. God brought us together. We started
dating and married a year later.
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[posted 3 Feb.
You have just read a very brief example of the
powerful, supernatural transformation of a person's life which is possible through the
acceptance of Jesus as your savior. Are you tired of life as it now is for you? He will
accept you just as you are right this second! Consider accepting Jesus now