I grew up going to church. I've always believed the Bible was true, the Jesus died and rose again, that God created everything. A few months before I was turning 11 I was baptized. The minister came to our house and I remember sitting at the table talking to him. He talked about how right now I was sitting on the throne of my life and Jesus was being kept out of my life (something like that). When we choose to follow Him, we are putting Him on the throne, turning from sin and from doing our own thing, and allowing Him to be in charge. He took our place, and when God looks at us He sees Jesus' righteousness instead. I believe that is what helped me to go through junior high and high school making the choices I did. I still made stupid choices at times, but I truly tried to follow Jesus.
My senior year, I started dating a guy. I went off to college and a year later he followed. He left after a semester, but we continued dating. About 2 years into the relationship, I had come home for the weekend and we attended my church together. I can't remember what the sermon was about but it had something to do with the Trinity. I clearly remember Boyfriend leaning over and whispering, "He's wrong. Jesus isn't God." Now was the time I had to make my childhood beliefs my own. What did I believe? Not just what did my church teach. We agreed to find out what the Bible said about this. The only problem being that Boyfriend didn't really want to take the time to read the Bible. I was a bit upset with him because I was willing to risk what I believed but he wasn't. From reading the first Chapter of Genesis and the first chapter of John, I realized that Boyfriend was wrong. My beliefs and faith were made stronger, and I was now Boyfriendless. The world definitely doesn't understand a choice like that. After thinking on it, I later realized that he wasn't the right guy for me anyway.
The next couple of years were a time of growth. I spent more time praying and reading the Bible. I really hadn't done much of that up to this point. I met a great Christian guy (who believed Jesus is God). We married in 2001 and started having kids. My prayer life and Bible reading took a back seat. Last summer God got my attention that time is running out. My walk with Him now is closer than it's ever been. I can see Him working in my life. I've come to the point that He is everything, the Bible is my favorite book, and I love to talk to Him. I'm getting the courage to share Him with others.
and to wait for his Son from heaven,
whom he raised from the deadóJesus,
who rescues us from the coming wrath
1 Thessalonians 1:10