I would like to share a Bible verse and story with you. Let me start by
telling you a little about my background. I was raised with catholic
religion and it was against the rules to write in my bible. Now I do not
remember doing it, but apparently I did highlight a single bible verse.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
I had not gone to church since I was a child, until July 1997. The first day I went to this church (Born Again Christian) they were reading from the book John, chapter 3. When they read verse 16, I noticed it was highlighted. At the time I was not saved and dismissed it.
Everywhere I went it seamed like John 3:16 seamed to pop-up. On billboards, bumper stickers, even a person at the grocery store holding a sign. I knew it was God trying to get my attention, but I was not ready!
A few months later I was feeling really confused. I didn't know what
I wanted. I felt empty. I prayed to God for the first time from my
heart. I asked him to help me understand what I needed.
Afterwards I was messing around on the computer looking for graphs to download. I came to a group of them and the name of the file said bunnies, so I thought it might be something for Easter. I downloaded it and when I saw it I felt relief. I knew God was trying to tell me that he loved me. It was a picture of Jesus on the cross and the verse John 3:16. He was answering my prayers.
Like most people, I was not ready to make the commitment. I was not sure if I was ready to let God have my life. To give up the life of the world.
Now it wasn't until October 22, 1997 when I finally new that I wanted Jesus in my life. I was truly ready to let Jesus have control of my life. I went to church again and they had a special sermon. It was called The Potter's Story. It was about God being the potter and we were the clay. How God molds us to be like Him. When they explained that
Jesus died for our sins and we need to just ask him to forgive us. It
was just so moving that I knew it was time. I could feel God tugging on my heart. He was calling me back to Him. So I did. I asked Jesus
Christ to come into my life. I prayed to God that day to imprint that date on my heart and it has forever been the date I will never forget.
Now John 3:16 comes up in my life when ever
I need a reminder of God's LOVE. His love is awesome, unfailing, and never ending!
Now that you know how I came to Christ, Let me share some of my life with you. I was born disabled and was told during my childhood that I would not walk, have children or ever be able to work. Now at the time I was very angry with God. Now I praise him and thank him for everyday of my life. I have had 8 surgeries on my back as a child. When I was 13 and had my last surgery I was able to walk. “Praise God”. I was able to get a job and yes I have had 2 wonderful children. I can not say it was easy, but God never said life would be easy, just that he would get us through it. I thank God everyday that His word reminds me he will never let me go through anymore than I can bare. I have severe arthritis and at age 39 have already had a complete hip replacement. I have a rare blood disorder and many other medical issues, but God shows me daily how he uses these situations to draw me close to Him and to touch others. I am sharing this with YOU in hopes it will encourage you through what ever you may be going through in your life. Since October 22, 1997 I have seen God Bless me, my family, and people around me so many times I can not begin to count. I still go through daily struggles. I am still healing from surgery, still overcoming financial heartache, and facing a lifetime of pain, but what a blessing that God will use it for His Glory!
I am a heavy believer of prayer. I believe God hears and answers our
Prayers, even if the answer is no. I believe God wants us to pray so we may come closer to him. If you would like prayer or want more information how you can have a relationship with Christ just email me using ebay's messaging center!
I hope you enjoyed my story. May
GOD BLESS you everyday of your life. Remember all you need to do is ask Jesus Christ into your life from your heart.
Jesus said to him, I am the way, and the truth, and the life: no one
Comes to the Father, but through me.