This is my story of how I came to know Jesus. I would LOVE to hear yours! If you don’t know Him personally or if you have questions, we would love to talk with you. Please send us a private Facebook message or feel free to comment here.
My salvation story started when I was ten years old. I was raised in church and I sat under an amazing pastor that boldly preached the Word of God. I can go back to the time like it was yesterday that the Holy Spirit was tugging on my heart! It was during the invitation at church one Sunday, as I was sitting next to my granddaddy, our pastor asked if anyone wanted to come forward and receive Christ. I couldn’t stop my feet from walking that aisle! I took my granddaddy’s hand and told him I wanted to go. So we went to the altar, I prayed and asked the Lord to save me from my sins and to be the Lord of my life.
Now I don’t have some great transformation testimony, but as I got older and the world started throwing things my way, I wasn’t always faithful to my Lord. The Holy Spirit was so real and present in my life that when I would stray from Him, such heavy conviction would come over me. When I began to question my salvation, I could always go back to that time that I gave my heart to Jesus. You see, Satan wants to make us doubt, he wants to make us believe that we are really not a child of God. We see early on in Genesis 3 how he is so deceitful. So, how do you know your heart belongs to Jesus? Well, for me, it was about the conviction I would feel when I sinned. It was the guilt that would come over me when I would disappoint my Heavenly Father. He never left my side, it was me moving farther away from Him.
When I was twenty-two, I was tired of riding the fence. I was tired of trying to please both God and man! He wanted ALL of me and I wanted ALL of Him, too. Scripture tells us in Revelation 3:15-16, “I know your deeds; you are neither cold nor hot. How I wish you were one or the other. So, because you are lukewarm--neither hot nor cold--I am about to spit you out of my mouth.” How dishonoring and displeasing my life was to my Savior, the ONE who gave me life!
I am so thankful the Lord never gave up on me! Even when I was running, He pursued me with a love that no one or nothing else can give. I surrendered everything over to Him; my life, my job, my friends...it was all His. He has blessed my life more than I can ever imagine and much more than I ever deserve. He has made Himself so real to me that I will spend all of my days pointing others to Him and sharing the amazing love and redemption that can only be found in Christ.
Look, no matter what you have done or how far you have strayed, Jesus loves you! If you have not given your life to Him, He is waiting with arms open wide. If you are a believer, but you have strayed from the Lord, He is wanting to restore you into a right relationship with Him. Once you have given your heart to Christ, He promises this; “I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.” (John 10: 28-29)
Laura is a pastor's wife, mom to two crazy fun kids, part-time marketing director, loves hanging out in her community and building relationships...oh and loves to laugh!