Have you ever felt the urge to get to know Christ, even if just for a second?
I want to tell you how I found and fell in love with Jesus because if you are feeling compelled to know him more in anyway, then that is HIS voice calling you to him!
Growing up my family did not attend church. During childhood my mother had a negative experience with Jehovah’s Witness’ and was terrified to go into a church for a long time. Because of this, there was no religious outlet for my family. Of course there were vacation bible schools during the Summer that I attended on and off throughout childhood, but never anything constant.
Even though I didn’t attend church or have any religious background I found myself drawn to God many times throughout my early life. I was always curious about the Bible and started to read it on several occasions when I was young. I’d always put it down though before finishing. I finally read the entire thing when I was eighteen, but still had not fallen in love with Christ and given my life to him.
During my high school years I maintained straight A’s, had a job starting at fifteen, and only skipped school one time and felt so guilty I told my mom. Despite this, I was far from the best child… ask my mom and she will tell you the struggle lol! I got into drinking and drugs and while I still kept up with my grades, attended school and kept my job, I was living a reckless and sinful life.
Meeting my husband was the beginning of a new chapter in my life.
I had a two-year old daughter whose father was not in the picture. I met and fell in love pretty quickly with Zach in 2010. Although we were very much in love, our relationship was far from great during the first two years and looking back I can only assume it was God’s will that kept us from seperating. We had a son in 2011. Lived with parents for those first two years because we could not seem to get on our feet. Our biggest issue was that we could not seem to agree on ANYTHING.
We did finally get our finances together and were able to find a house to rent in February 2013. In March of of that year Zach sat me down and said he really had an urge to find a church and know God. Now he did not come from a religious background and was never involved with a church consistently during his childhood either. I was pretty taken aback when he brought this up because he had never spoken about God to me at all, even when I had brought it up throughout our relationship.
We decided we would look into different religions and see what would be best for us. About a week after he sat me down and discussed this we received a piece of mail. It was an invitation to a church near us. Neither of us had ever gotten anything like this and we really felt we were being called to this church.
Finding and completely falling in love with Jesus…
A few Sundays went by and we made excuses each time to not go to the church. We were nervous, we had never been to church without a church member and neither of us felt knowledgeable enough about Christ to show up to his house! Finally the Sunday came when we decided to put aside our fears and go to the service.
We were so nervous and felt so uncomfortable at first, but as soon as the sermon started the nerves eased up. Being surrounded by so many people who were completely in awe of this God, that I had only known on and off throughout my life, was indescribable. I felt completely overwhelmed with love and joy. Hearing God’s word touched me deep inside of my soul and I knew in that moment that I could never go back to a life without Christ. It was that first day in church that I found and fell in love with Jesus completely.
We were baptised on May 5, 2013.
My husband, daughter, son and I were all baptised on that Sunday morning. I have had so many changes in my life since then. We have been blessed financially and have been able to purchase our own home. I am now able to stay at home with my three children. We have been SO blessed with the many fellow christians we have met in and out of the church. We have excellent relationships and a great support system. If ever we need anything I know I can rely on them to help in an instant. Mentally I have become happier, more open to trying new things and definitely more able to feel confident in my knowledge of God’s word and will.
I do not fear when we are in the midst of struggles because I have been shown that God will always provide. We have never gone without. When I am feeling completely broken I know I can fall on him and he will hold me up. He is my savior and my love. I can only hope to glorify his name by speaking his praise always. My life has completely changed because I found and fell in love with Christ.