1. How was your life before coming to faith in Christ? For example,
where did you grow up? How was family, circumstances and life prior to
I was raised in a family that faithfully went to church services every Sunday. When I was 10 years old I decided I wanted to be baptized. I met with my pastor, but I do not remember much of the meeting. I came forward in my church and in front of the congregation repeated these words: "I believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God, and I am accepting Him as my personal Lord and Savior." I was then baptized. I remember wondering if I had died in a car accident on the way to church to be baptized, would I go to heaven?? I really didn't know the answer to that. I did believe that Jesus was the only way and that faith in Him was essential to my eternity in heaven. As the years passed, my life did not reflect that of a Christian. I called myself a Christian. I believed that Jesus was the only way. My sinful desires, however, outweighed my desire to live for God. I gave lip service to Christ, and my friends knew that I considered myself a Christian. I believe that my "head knowledge" of God really kept me out of a lot of trouble in high school. I knew right from wrong, but I didn't have the desire to do what was right. My life looked like the world.
2. What made you open and interested in knowing God and obeying the
Gospel? Who shared Christ, was a witness or testimony to you? What
brought you to the point of believing?
When my husband and I were dating, he invited me to a college and career volleyball get together. My (future) sister in law asked me what church I attended. When I told her she asked me if I believed in eternal salvation. I really didn't understand what she was asking. I knew that if you went to heaven you would be there for eternity. But do you believe that you can lose your salvation? Well, yes, I did. In fact, there were so many times in my life where I would sit alone and cry because I wasn't really sure if I was good enough for God. Shortly after, I went on a short trip with my (future) husband. The conversation all the way to Nebraska centered on my attempts to understand why he believed that you couldn't lose your salvation. I asked my pastor but did not get a straight answer. I began to read and ask a lot of questions. I don't really remember the exact time or place that I decided that eternal salvation was a biblical principle. I do remember crying out to God one night and telling Him I wasn't sure that I was saved. I told Him that I loved Him. I told Him that I trusted Him. I told Him that I believed in Him. I told Him that I wanted nothing more than to have assurance that I was eternally His. He gave me this verse: "John 1:12 But as many as recieved Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name." I understood that when we become a child of God, there is nothing that we can do to "disown" ourselves. I understood that no matter how bad or good I was that my father was still my father. Now with God as my heavenly Father, that could not change. I understand now that salvation is not about me, but rather what Christ has done for me. It is about relationship..not rules.
3. How has it been since coming to Christ overall? More specifically,
how has your growth, opportunities to serve, struggles and perseverance
I cannot express in words the joy that I have knowing that I am forgiven, loved, accepted. My life has changed since then. God is continuously working in my life to transform me into the image of Christ. I have a long way to go, no doubt. But my desire now is to serve Him. My desire is to worship Him with my life.
4. What is Your Story...
I am now a mother of 3 and I have felt God's calling on my life to be the best wife and mother I can possibly be. I have a strong desire to represent the biblical model of womanhood. I educate my children at home, and my earnest prayer for them is that they will grow to love the Lord and also desire to serve Him.