Submitting to Jesus

Posted: April 29, 2015 in Uncategorized

This is from one of my Celebrate Recovery lessons. It’s just a little bit of my testimony

Describe the experience of asking Jesus Christ into your life. 

My parents took me to church by the time I was two weeks old. There was never a day before or after I was born that I was not told (or sung to) about Jesus’ love for me for which I am forever grateful. When I was eleven years old, I became aware of my need to invite Jesus as my Lord and Savior into my life. I wanted to wait to share the news during a Vacation Bible School since it was primarily with other children and in a smaller setting but that was months away, and I felt like I might explode from the excitement of what the Lord was already doing inside me. During a revival at Holly Grove Baptist Church, I anxiously waited until the 3rd verse of Just As I Am to release my grip on the pew in front of me and walk to the front of the auditorium. I whispered to Brother Jimmy Arms that I wanted to take Jesus as my Lord and Savior. It was a wonderful night! Since we didn’t have a baptismal pool and my parents wanted to invite friends and family for a special celebration, I was baptized two weeks later at Maney Avenue Baptist Church. I will never forget the beautiful experience of being filled with intense joy and laughter as I came up out of the water and even for hours afterwards. The next few months were memorable. Even as young as I was, I could see myself changing. I was drawn into scripture and biblical teachings. I remember hearing the preacher and realizing he had been up there every week talking, but I had never really listened to much he said. I became a hungry student. I also remember going to school and sharing about Jesus with my friends. I still can hear myself telling a little friend, “even if you are all alone on a mountain, He is there.” I also remember one of my friends telling me, “I can’t wait to go to heaven and meet this Jesus.”

We were so young and innocent and full of child-like faith. It was a sweet, sweet time.

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