Be Careful What You tell God You Will Do – By Melony Coleman

I’ve been a pastor’s wife for almost 20 years.

I’ve been a Seventh-day Adventist Christian much longer.

However, over the past few years, God has been taking me on an incredible journey — a journey into a deeper walk with Him,.

Somewhat hesitantly, I told God a few months back, during my prayer time, that I would be willing to share what He’s been doing in my life if He gave me the opportunity. At the time, I had no idea what that would look like. I was just seeking to be surrendered to Him.

It wasn’t long before I received a request to share my testimony at a nearby church for its divine service. With trembling hands and a churning stomach, I gulped as I agreed. I was terrified. Usually my husband pastor does all the speaking. For years he has been the one who God uses on the public front. Could God also use me?

I worried as the day to speak grew nearer. I don’t know what I had had in mind when I prayed to share my story, but it wasn’t speaking for the church service. Surely God could have started with an easier assignment. But seeking to trust God, I prayed like crazy as I moved forward despite my feelings.

Isaiah 26:3 tells us, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” Promises like this were my strength!

God blessed abundantly. He heard my prayers, and hearts were touched. But most of all, God touched me.

And the blessings didn’t stop that Sabbath. Not long after, I was asked to share my testimony again at a local correctional facility for women. For a long time I had been finding excuses to not get involved in our church’s local prison ministry, but God broke hrough my stubborn heart. I’m so glad He did. The blessings that were poured out during this day are indescribable.

Now I’m slightly afraid of what God will ask me to do next. But I’m also eager to follow His lead.

Be careful what you tell God you are willing to do. Chances are, He will take you up on your offer. But let me assure you, the journey will be amazing.

Melony Coleman is a pastor’s wife in Alaska and the mother of three children.

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  • Keresi Oski

    Thank you for sharing your testimony Melony. May God continue to bless you abundantly.

  • Mosese V Taria

    God bless you Melony for your testimony. It has affirmed many Pastor’s wives in partnership in ministry, including my own spouse who is on her own journey with God.

  • Khethy

    Amen God has promised to never forsake us if we can only trust Him

  • Wojtek Janiuk


  • God wants to use us in mighty ways. Let’s surrender to his will.

  • Akudo

    Wonderful! To God be the glory. Use me too dear Lord. Amen.

  • Derek Morris

    Thanks for sharing your testimony, Melony.
    When we pray the radical prayer of Luke 10:2, the Lord of the harvest will “throw us out” to the place where we will be most effective in His work!

    Today I’m praying for 300 courageous men and women who will join me in a great miracle of God. The Lord of the harvest already knows their names!

    • Elaine James

      I am willing to be one of #GIDEONSBAND:

      • Derek Morris

        Thank you so much, Elaine. We’ll send you more information about a unique opportunity to join the Lord of the harvest in His harvest work.
        With thanks and prayers,
        Pastor Derek

        • Homesick

          My prayer this morning was to surrender my will and I asked for Gods direction. May I be counted as one of the 300 and pull away from the ranks of the fearful. May I be a harvester.

          • Derek Morris

            The Lord is answering your prayer. For more information about GIDEONSBAND, please send your email address to
            With heartfelt thanks and prayers.

          • Marilyn

            Thank you for your ministry to us at Washington campmeeting. I pray for God’s continued blessing on your ministry and His protection over you as you travel around the world serving Him.

          • Ivy Taguiam

            Hi Pastor Derek. I am willing to join the GIDEONSBAND.

          • Mary chimbanga

            The Lord of the universe,bless you and keep you stead on your feet as you share the everlasting gospel to the world. Please add me on Gideonsband. My email

    • Phillippa

      Good morning Pastor, I would like to be one of the # GIDEONSDAND.

      • Derek Morris

        Praise the Lord! We’ll send you more information about a unique opportunity to join the Lord of the harvest in His harvest work.
        With thanks and prayers,
        Pastor Derek

    • Michael Turo

      Good morning Pastor. I would like to be a Gideonsband member. “Here I am, send me”

      • Derek Morris

        Thank you, Michael. For more information about GIDEONSBAND, please send your email address to
        With heartfelt thanks and prayers.

    • Gerrie Harvey

      I would like to b a Gideonsband member as well. Here I am Lord send me.

    • Norma Smith

      I would like the information re: Gideonsband. Thank you.

    • Jeanette

      I am also interested in #GIDEONSBAND.
      Thank you.

    • Thembie Mapingire

      Amen pastor. I am also interested in the GIDEONSBAND. My email address is

    • Coral Parrish

      I am interested in Gideonsband

    • Joshua Pazvakawambwa

      Hi, I am interested in GideonsBand

    • Fainah
    • Stella Mkiliwane

      Amazing testimony. With God nothing is impossible. I would like to join #GIDEONSBAND.

    • Carolina


    • Robert Sikawa

      Amen Derek

    • Robert Sikawa

      May I know more about Gideonsband please.

      • Derek Morris

        Thank you, Robert. For more information about GIDEONSBAND, please send your email address to

        With heartfelt thanks and prayers.

    • banji olajide

      Amen and amen.

  • D.V.B.

    “God’s biddings are enabling.” All He needs is a willing heart. Thank You Holy Spirit for making us willing. May we be available to You today and always.

  • Rafaela Caldas

    Almost the same happened to me last year! I was shy and didn’t like to sp

  • Desiree

    Thank YOU Dear Heavenly FATHER,for using us as we surrender our wills completely to YOU,please use me today to bring Glory and honor to YOUR name. Amen.

  • gfmino

    Good morning Pastor Morris,could you send me info on GideonsBand.My email is

  • Rosalia

    Amen. My prayer too that God can use me & cast away fear that comes at times. I want to take part in introducing Christ to others. He has done so much for me

  • Marilyn Fletcher

    Wonderful testimony; thank you for sharing it.

  • Marie

    Pastor Morris can you please send me info regarding GIDEONSBAND

  • Joe Kelison Joes

    Blessings…It is so thrill with God’s Power for the Holy Spirit working into our life’s to read this experience testimony. It is Blessing to you Melony that God will continue to use you and your husband (Pastor) to reach-out to the unknown citizens. Most of all is to be preparing citizens for God’s Kingdom this last day as we live right now to experience the final events taking place throughout the earth/world.

    One question I want to ask if I’m not residing in USA and for sure we all a modern GIDEONBAND today in our locality. We are all a vibrant Adventist movement transformating this planet earth. With faith this 300 courage men and women who will join this great miracle of GOD’s GIDEONBAND around this world/planet earth preparing God’s citizen for His Second coming?

    Thanks and blessing to our God for you Pastor Derek Morris (Hope TV Director) and our blessing for this special group proclaiming the Gospel and the message of the three Angels to the un-reach children of GOD. Here’s my Email address. (

    • Cloudia

      Thank you Melony with the powerful testimony. Msy the Lord continue to use you in his vineyard.

      Padtor Derek may you send me information on GIDEONBAND on

  • ederich

    Pastor Morris, please tell me more about #GIDEONSBAND.

  • Justina

    Melony thank you for your encouraging words. I am understanding more and more that when we ask God to reveal His purpose in our lives and grant us a closer walk; He chooses the road map. I retired and told God that I wanted to do more for Him. I wanted to be a Missionary spreading His love and soon return. I had the opportunity to speak Saturday before last at our Women Day Service. God prepared the presentation; Wake up, Jesus is coming soon, Are you ready? It is amazing how God uses willing persons to present on His behalf.

  • Danny Whatley

    I can testify that Melony is a real blessing in our church here in Alaska. We value her very much!

  • chwayita mpiyane

    i also want to be part of this , as promised Lord here i am ,

  • Dettie

    Dear pastor Morris please give me information about the GIDEONSBAND

  • antnet mupanduki

    Thank you Melony for sharing yr testimony l once had a request like that from God in 2006 when l attended a women’s retreat and he honoured my humble request , pastors Derek l would want to join the Gideonsband hope am not too late

  • Robert Sikawa

    Oh what a testimony!!! Thanks alot sister Melony. God will keep using us as much as we are willing to be used.

  • banji olajide

    Amen, God will continue to be your strength.

  • philemon misoi

    its a great can i join the gideonband .kindly send information to my email;