My passion for Christ began years ago. God was everywhere in my life. He was at church, at home, at my grandparents… He was everywhere! Nevertheless, I was six years old when I made the biggest and, might I add, best, decision of my life!
One night during VBS, something that my teacher said hit me. I had never accepted Jesus as my savior even though I knew He was real and He could transform my life. The next night, I remember sitting on my High School Musical chair in my bedroom and praying a prayer that I had heard be prayed at VBS. Immediately, I felt different. I felt comfortable. I had a feeling of perfect peace.
Now, I was too scared to be baptized then, so I waited a few years. At the age of ten I started to become closer to God. I realized that I could not just say I was a Christian, but never do anything about it. I had to somehow show others that Jesus was my savior. So, I decided to be baptized. It felt amazing to share my beliefs with the community through my baptism.
My life went on and I became a teenager. I started attending my youth group and learning more about God and how I could become closer to Him. My pastor’s wife one night decided to take the girls and teach us how to illustrate our faith. We learned how to hand letter verses, trace images, paint, and a few other things. I thought it was so much fun and I had to get a Journaling Bible. So, for Christmas, my grandma got me a Journaling Bible and a starter kit to get me started. I started looking on the internet for fun coloring sheets to trace in my Bible, and I began to Bible Journal!
That summer, our youth leader took us to camp in Lookout Mountain, Georgia. The theme for the week was “The Word”. This camp truly changed my life. I began to have an even deeper passion for Christ than I already had. I began reading my Bible and praying every day. My life was just how I wanted it to be.
I decided to go to camp again the next year. The theme for that year was “I AM.” We learned all about who God is and how much He loves us. That hit me hard. I realized that no matter what I did, God still loved me unconditionally. I was His and nothing could change that.
When I went to the I AM camp, I felt God calling me to go full time. I tried so hard to ignore it, but it felt impossible. The second night of camp during worship, I heard a song that told me that I could do it. I had the strength to share the gospel. So that night, after worship, I prayed and told God that I was His, I was all in and ready to do His will.
After making that decision, I felt amazing, I felt like I could do anything because I had God on my side. I knew and believed that He would never leave me because He loves me unconditionally. I have to share that! God’s too good to not be talked about!
Now, I could write a book about my life, but for now, that is my testimony. God changes lives and definitely changed mine!
See ya next time beautiful people,