The Plans I Made
Did you know that you have a testimony? Whatever your story, God works all things for His glory. There is a testimony in every story, and I would like to share mine with you.
I didn’t grow up in a church. I also didn’t grow up in an anti-God home. It was more like, there is a God of the Universe out there, so you should probably be good… But that was pretty much it for my spiritual foundation.
In college, someone gave me a Bible, which quickly made its way into storage. Fast forward several years, a husband, and one baby later; and my friend, Michelle, invited me to come help her take care of the babies during our small town’s Vacation Bible School. I decided to go because we lived in a VERY tiny town, and it seemed like a good way for me to meet people. We had a fun week in the nursery, so my husband and I decided to start attending that little Southern Baptist church. I liked going, but never looked at it as more than my weekly social hour.
God had a Different Plan
I found Christ “accidentally on purpose” on a fall Sunday in 2009. An eager interim Pastor randomly asked me if I had ever been saved. When I said, “no,” he said, “Great! How about you get baptized next weekend?”
It was a terrifying moment! My husband seemed okay with it though, so I reluctantly agreed. I had no idea what it meant to be “saved” and the word “baptized” sent chills up my spine. (The scared out of my mind kind!) Regardless, the very next Sunday I stood up, next to a pastor I had never met, with an entire congregation watching me. I wasn’t sure what was going to happen to me. I prepared myself for an alien abduction, haha, and for how I was going to escape this cult.
The next thing I knew, that stranger preacher asked me if I agreed to make Jesus the Lord of my life. Then he leaned in, and whispered, “say yes”, so I did! (Believe it! You can’t make that up!!) You know the drill from here… down I went into the water, and up I came. There was no bright light, I didn’t see the Heavens open, nor did God speak out loud. BUT… right there, in that moment, I knew that even though I didn’t really understand what I was saying yes to, I absolutely would spend the rest of my life finding out.
I wasn’t sure what had just happened to me, but I was definitely different. When you make such a monumental promise to God, it changes you.
The best decision I ever made
Since that day I have renewed my commitment to Christ so many times I can’t keep track! I am richly blessed, living every day now in the freedom of Christ. I walk in perfect peace because I know that my eternity is sealed. There is nothing on this Earth that will ever again separate me from the love of God. He shines His beautiful face on me every day, He showers me with favor and blessings even though I don’t deserve them. His love has changed me forever.
If there was anything I could ever do to repay Him for loving me so unconditionally, it is right here, in the pages you are reading.
He can and will change your life too, if you are willing.
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