Tuesday, September 10

a turn that changed my life forever...

Today is day 6 of the Blogtember Challenge on Story of My Life!   Today's blog prompt asks that you, describe a distinct moment when your life took a turn.

September 17, 2005


I would never give up an opportunity to tell my testimony over and over again.  This was one of the biggest and most important decisions that I have ever made in my life.  A turn that changed my life forever...

We went to church every Sunday for as long as I can remember.  My parents were and still are great examples of Christians.  but, as a kid I never figured it out...  i was still lost.

I went away to college in June 2001 and freedom grabbed hold of me.  For several years, I lived the 'wild' college days as I'm sure most do.  In 2003, I started focusing more on school, work, and finding new friends.  In 2004 I decided I was tired of being hurt in the dating world and wanted to be single for awhile.  My goal was to not date anyone for at least one year...  I was about to graduate from college, I had job in place after graduation, no debt to worry about, I was happy for the most part.  There was still a part of me that was unhappy, I knew I was missing something in my life.  It wasn't a boyfriend, it wasn't friends, it wasn't a job...  In May of 2005 I thought I would try going to church again.  My roommate went to Calvary Chapel of Fort Lauderdale and loved it.  So one Sunday morning I went by myself.  I remember sitting in this giant church (18K+ membership) and broke down in the pew during a song.  I wish I could remember which song it was, but I knew this was what I was missing.  It wasn't church, but Christ.  He was absent from my life...  Once I started my new job, my supervisor (Erica) and one of my co-workers (Heather) had invited me to their small group bible study.  They had asked a few times and eventually said yes.  These girls were an integral part in start of my Christian walk.  After several months of studying God's word, I was ready to commit my life to Christ.  That fall on September 17, 2005 (almost 8 years ago) I was baptized at Pompano Beach, Florida.  a day I will never forget.  a day that will remind me that I am His for eternity.  

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
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4 comments:

  1. Celeste stole my words. Always nice to hear people's testimonies!

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  2. I love that verse and love that you used the prompt to tell your testimony. I always love hearing people's testimony cause you never know what people have been through. My church started a series where right after praise and worship a person will give their testimony. It always amazes me of the strong leaders in are church and the things some have overcome. God sure is good.

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  3. Love this! Thank you so much for sharing.

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