Thursday, January 28, 2010

Becoming a Christian

I grew up in a christian home with 2 parents who love the Lord with all their hearts. They have served in church for as long as I can remember. I for the most part always did what my parents had required of me. I went to church, youth group, a lot of church activities...so I was going to heaven...right?! I never stole...well there was that time I took my Dad's paycheck out of his wallet...but he forgave me, I never killed anyone, I was a good person so I will make it to heaven when the time came right?

My life went in every direction in my late teen and twenties. I "had" to get married because of wrong choices I had made. So I continued living my life in a very good way. Being kind to others, raising my kids right...I took them to church for Christmas and Easter. The marriage ended in a divorce after many years of difficulties. My parents were once again there for me. My three children and I moved in with them and I went back to school. Once again...I'm good because I'm a good person....right????!

I met the man God had created for me in 2002. We courted for a few years and he finally asked me to marry him in 2004. We set the date for 2005. My sister developed a brain infection in April of 2005 and watching my parents during this time was very eye opening to me. I was SO angry at God for allowing this to happen to my sister. How could they be so calm on the outside? Their Pastor came to the hospital and I remember thinking...Why is HE here, what good is HE going to do? I stormed off and went out to clear my head. Now during all of this my now husband and I were basically in financial ruins. We were thinking about calling off the wedding. How could we pay for it?

One night while at work my now husband couldn't get his normal radio station in at work. All that would come in was a Christian radio station. He listened to what the speaker (Chip Ingram) was saying. He was talking about all the things Job (said like Jobe) had endured through his life. He had lost everything...hmmmm a lot like us. At the end Chip gave an alter call and my husband took that step of faith and accepted Christ as his Savior!! He called me on the phone crying...he NEVER cried....saying something had happened to him...AHHHH I was in a panic....He said he wasn't injured and described what he had been through....I KNEW what had happened. It was at that moment I whole hearted gave my life to Christ and accepted Him as my Savior. I know now why back in 2005 my parents could be so calm...Christ was in control of the situation. My husband and I were married in November of 2005....we have a Christ centered marriage!

***my sister is doing well now. She is living in an assisted living apartment. Mom and Dad are still serving the Lord with everything they are. My husband and I are preparing for our call into ministry! We are excited for what and where the Lord will send us. Please do not wait until later to take this step of faith and accept Christ as your Savior!! The next minute might be too late! Dr. David Jeremiah has a great plan of salvation...click HERE. Please do not wait.

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6 comments:

Jodi aka One Blessed Mama said...

Jen,

I have tears in my eyes. How amazin gis it that God is always waiting on us to join Him and his family? What an amazing God we serve!

Bless you my friend!
Jodi

hallee@halleethehomemaker.com said...

What a wonderful testimony! God is so amazing.

Julie said...

THank you for sharing this inspiration testimony. It blessed me so much. God is soo GREAT!!

Judy said...

Oh Jen, thanks for sharing your story, it is very inspiring! I love reading your blog and look forward to hearing what the Lord has planned for your family in ministry.
God Bless,
Judy

Forever Neighbor said...

Thank you for sharing! It is great knowing He is always with us. Blessings!

Mrs. B, a very peculiar person said...

What an uplifting testimony! Thanks for sharing with us.
Mrs.B