Friday, May 8, 2009

Jesus changed my life - H

About ten years ago, I had just experienced my second failed marriage. I didn’t have a sense of direction for my life. My children were going in different directions. I felt I wasn’t worthy of anything good. I felt like I wanted my life to end.

I began to attend worship services at my church. During those times at church, I felt like someone cared. I felt loved. Every Sunday I came and listened it seemed that the Pastor was speaking to me personally. Also, during this time my father passed. This was a heavy burden to bear. One Sunday, the pastor spoke and I felt God leading me to accept Christ as Savior.

Since that time, I feel better about myself. God gives me direction to make better decisions. Each day I ask for guidance and He gives me His guidance. God has placed in me a hunger to know Him and to know His Word. My relationship with my children, who are now adults, has been enriched. They come to me for advice about the Bible. Recently, God delivered me from a stroke. If it weren’t for God’s intervention, I would not be here. He healed me. God also helped me restore my relationship with my own mother. I know that God will continue to help me and guide me the rest of my life.

Jesus changed my life - G

There was a time in my life when I did what I wanted to. Since I accepted Christ I wanted to be the person He wants me to be. It's a daily struggle but it's worth it. I want to live for Him and go where he sends me.

Jesus changed my life - F

I attended Sunday School on & off as a child. I believed in God but did not know Jesus as my Savior. Throughout my teenage years, 20’s and early 30’s, I felt there was something missing in my life. I couldn’t put a finger on what it was, but I continued my search. Finally, at age 35, I found what I’d been searching for and everything else fell into place. I asked Jesus to come into my heart and be my Lord and Savior. It was He who had been missing all those years in my life. Even though I can never make up for those lost years, He has given me a heart for children and the burning desire to share Him with them. It is my prayer to help children know, love, and serve Jesus Christ while they are young so they will have His loving arms to hold them, guide them, and comfort them as they grow. He has given me a peace in my life like I’ve never known before and continues to love, guide and forgive me each and every day. I know I will spend eternity with Him in Heaven.

Jesus changed my life - E

I was twelve years old when I first heard about how much God loved me and how Jesus died for me. Growing up with an alcoholic father left me wondering if anyone loved me. So learning about Jesus was good news! John 3:16 became my favorite verse: For God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him would not perish but have everlasting life. I asked Jesus to forgive me of my sins. I thanked Him in prayer for dying for my sin. I told Him I wanted to live for Him and that I would follow Him. I know He heard my prayer!
Since that day I first trusted Him to be my Lord and Savior, He has been with me. He helps me face everything with God’s love.

Jesus changed my life - D

I accepted Jesus as my Savior when I was five ½ years old.
We were members of a small church in Tennessee when I attended Vacation Bible School that summer. Also, I had been attending a Christian school for the past year. I knew what it meant to be “saved” and knew I wanted to go to heaven one day. I knew that sin was all the bad things I did, and unless I asked Jesus to forgive me, I would not go to heaven.
Mom used to tell me that Jesus took my place by dying on the cross, that He loved me so much that he would suffer punishment for me so I would not have to. At the end of VBS the Pastor gave the invitation. I knew I wanted to be saved, to have Jesus as my Savior and I was so excited to accept Him as my Savior, I prayed for salvation. I jumped over Mom to get up to the Pastor to tell him.

Jesus changed my life - C

I was raised in a Christian home therefore I was introduced to the Lord at a very young age. I was saved at the age of six. I noticed a difference in my family and I wanted the same difference in me. I was so young and my knowledge was so vague but I knew I loved Jesus and I wanted Him to walk with me, talk with me and call me His own. As I grew older I changed and felt it was important to rededicate my life to Him. Before I rededicated my life, I wasn’t a horrible kid but lived my life to my own desires rather depending on Christ to lead me in the direction I was to go. Once I rededicated myself to Him I grew so much. I noticed a dramatic change in my life. I had so much more hope and knew I could always depend on Him. The older I got the more I was let down by people so it was just awesome to know that no matter what, Jesus would always love me and never leave my side.

Jesus changed my life - B

I grew up in a Christian home. At the age of 10, I realized that I knew about Jesus, but I didn’t have a relationship with Him. After church one Sunday, I asked my mom questions about Jesus. She helped me say a prayer asking Jesus to forgive me of my sins and to come into my life. I was baptized but unfortunately no one taught me how to deepen my relationship with Jesus.
As a young mother at the age of 23, God revealed to me that I had never given Him control of my life. When I accepted Jesus at the age of 10, I didn’t realize that giving Him control was something I had to do everyday. I prayed and asked Him to help me give Him control of my life.
Everyday my desire is to please Jesus with the way I live my life.

Jesus changed my life - A

I was raised in a Catholic home going through all the motions of the “sacraments”, but it wasn’t done with any conviction, rather because it was something I was supposed to do. I always had questions about how things were done within the church, but never got any answers. At the age of 15, after “confirmation” I never went back. I sort of floundered around for the next ten years.

When I was twenty-five eighty percent of the population where I lived was Catholic or Jewish. During the last two years of that ten-year span, a good friend of mine kept witnessing and praying for me. One night when I drove him home from work, I started thinking about all he had been telling me about salvation. I realized that Jesus died for me and took my place on the cross. I knew I wanted that peace very much and so I accepted Jesus as my Savior in the parking lot near his apartment. I prayed to Jesus confessing my sins and asking Him into my heart.