If you have read either the home page, or the about me page, then you can see many times that I have posted the I am a follower of Jesus. To some of you reading this, you may find yourself wondering what exactly that means. I could give you a bunch of dictionary definitions of salvation, repentance, and Christianity, but in all honesty that wouldn’t explain at all how I came to know the Lord, so instead I will share with you a bit of my testimony.
When I was 19, I was a single mom who was working and going to school.I wasn’t making the greatest decisions, I had very few friends, and even less direction. My life was stressful and I just felt empty. I wasn’t the type of person to go looking for something to fill the emptiness, but I knew that I NEEDED to do something. One night I randomly began looking up some churches in the area that I lived and found one that was close to me. I decided to go and check it out. At first, I was nervous, and I wasn’t really sure why I was looking at churches. I think at the time I just wanted to find some friends who were “normal”, but looking back on it now I realize that God was using my desire to find friends to draw me closer to Him.
As I attended services at the church and began to get to know more people, I began to want to actually learn about the Lord. I knew some things from attending catholic religion classes as a kid, and from the numerous conversations my aunt and uncle had with me while I was growing up, but this was much more than that. I want to know WHO He was, and I wanted to have a relationship with Him. Eventually I prayed to accept Him into my life. While I admitted to all the things that I had done wrong in my life up to that point and began to commit to changing, it was accepting the FREE gift of salvation that truly brought be freedom and began to take me down a much different path.
Since then, my life has had its ups and downs. I moved back home, went to college, got married and have had 3 babies since that day. I have had seasons where I have drawn incredibly close to the Lord and seasons where I have distanced myself from Him. I have continued to make good choices as well as bad choices and my life has still been through many ups and downs, but I have also continued to grow. And I always know that no matter where I find myself, the Lord will always take me back with open arms. He will help me when I draw near to Him and He will wait patiently when I am stubborn and choose to do things my own way.
And the best part is, He is waiting for you too. He wants you to let Him love you, for you to accept His forgiveness and grace and to find peace and rest in Him. Accepting Jesus into your heart is not only accepting the gift of salvation, but it is also taking the first step to a life lived with God by your side. If you have not accepted Jesus into your life yet, but you have felt the Lord drawing you in, I encourage you to pray to Him, seek forgiveness of your sins and declare that you believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died for our sins. If you still have questions, you can contact me personally, or you can seek out churches where you live to learn more about the loving and redeeming grace of God.
If you are in the Rochester area, I invite you to come and check out our church with us Sunday mornings at 10am right here in Greece. My family and I have been attending Morningstar Christian Fellowship for nearly four years now and we love it so much. Our church family has been more than supportive through all of our seasons of life and we have a lot of fun too! To learn more you can check out the website here.
There are many other churches in this area as well. Here are links to a few churches that we have attended or visited throughout the years that I would feel comfortable recommending to you as well:
You can also email me directly anytime, for questions, thoughts or some direction.
“That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.”