My Earliest Years
I was born again at five years of age. After my mom explained to me what it meant to ask Jesus to come into my heart, I wanted it. I wanted to be saved. Mom explained salvation to me as we were going somewhere in the car and she told me that we would kneel and pray together when we got home but that wasn’t good enough for me. I did not want to wait. I told her “Mom, you have to pull over right now because I want to ask Jesus into my heart now!” And so she did. She pulled the car over on the side of the road and led me to the Lord. I couldn’t wait for the adventure to begin.
I had been hearing the amazing stories about the Bible characters and as a child I was very excited that now I also got to be a part of all the amazing things I was learning about in Sunday school. I was just so overwhelmed at the idea of being like David who slew Goliath or Daniel who survived in the lion’s den that I couldn’t wait to see what God would do with me.
After hearing the story of how Daniel defied the King’s orders and knelt down to pray openly at the window, I asked my mom which window Daniel would kneel at in our house. Mom picked out a window for me to kneel at and I was happy with it. I got to pray just like Daniel at the window! I couldn’t wait to hear more of those wonderful stories of the Bible heroes every Sunday to inspire me even more. Of course I didn’t have an understanding about biblical things but the idea of the adventure and excitement was something that affected me even at that young age. I wanted to be like those “bible guys.”
At school I would tell everyone about Jesus and about this amazing life we could have if we asked him into our heart. I would tell my schoolmates the amazing things I had learned and some asked Jesus into their heart also. The thought of being like these amazing people in the bible really gave me a desire to also follow God like they did.
I don’t know how to express this exactly but I guess that you could say that I was consumed with the idea of being a part of this amazing adventure I was learning about. Every new bible story I heard was more fuel on the fire. But then something horrible happened......
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