My Spiritual Story

I grew up going to a little country Missionary Baptist church, singing “The Old Rugged Cross“ and “When the Roll is Called Up Yonder” with all the men echoing words like “when the roll” in deep baritones. I took the “walk down the aisle” when I was 12, quite possibly because everyone was expecting me to. Every Sunday there was an altar call, and every Sunday, I felt the eyes of the congregation on me. OK, that could have been my imagination. But I really never felt that my life changed.  I certainly walked away from the Lord during college and for many years after that.

When my older son was 4, a few days before Christmas 1995, he asked if we could go to church on Christmas Eve. That was so totally God speaking through him because we had never attended church on Christmas Eve!  So we did, and my husband and I started talking about going back to church (he had attended a Catholic church until Jr. High) “for the kids.”

The Spring of 1996, a mother of my son’s friend at pre-school invited me to attend a women’s Bible Study.  For a few short weeks, I watched a woman sing worship songs with eyes closed, hands raised, and the most amazing look on her face.  Although I didn’t use the word “joy” in everyday language, I knew that was what I was seeing on her face.  And I desired that. I watched her, with longing in my heart, to know that feeling, to experience whatever it was that she was experiencing.  I couldn’t keep my eyes off her.

Then the week before Easter of 1996, that same woman was the speaker. She spoke of what Christ went through the last week of His life – the abuse and scourging, what crucifixion REALLY was, and WHY He went through it, etc.  She told us how much Jesus loved us. Although I had obviously heard that growing up, that message was usually overshadowed by fiery preaching, that in my recollection, told me what a horrible sinner I was and that I was going to HELL if I didn’t shape up.

But this radiant woman was so PASSIONATE, emotional, and full of love. Her words blew me away. I was a wreck, and I realized for the first time that He did that for ME! That He loved ME! And I wasn’t the same anymore.

22 thoughts on “My Spiritual Story”

  1. Very inspiring! thank you for sharing.

  2. Hi There. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Your posts are very thought provoking and it certainly speaks to me as I walk this journey of faith. Blessings! Steph

  3. I love reading the “about” page of bloggers the most since it is the heart of the blog. I love salvation stories/testimonies and they still give me chills.

    • Me, too! I love to hear how God reached out. My pastor calls Him “the Hound of Heaven.” It’s amazing to know that He pursues us so much. :)

  4. God is so good. He never gives up on us. Thank you for sharing your story.

  5. Chrystal – thank you for deciding to follow my blog…I hope you will take the advice many of my readers offer the first-timers…1) prepare yourself a nice large tumbler of sweet tea. 2) find a nice supremely comfy area and recline. 3) put your feet up. 4) commence reading. 5) take time to scratch the occasional itch…

    God bless you and your family.

    Be encouraged!

  6. Hello! I look forward to really diving into your blog. Also, thank you for following my blog at Faith1st Ministry. I hope it has and will continue to be a major blessing in your life. May God richly bless you as you continue to write and blog. Please continue with us on this journey and remember to have Faith 1st. — Sebastian

  7. Chris Jordan said:

    I’ve nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award. Click here for more info: http://pastorchrisjordan.wordpress.com/2012/06/16/one-lovely-blogger-award/.

  8. I wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. You can find it here: simplyjuliana.wordpress.com/Very Inspiring Blogger Award

  9. Thank you for “liking” my most recent article! May God lead you forever into His glorious freedom!
    cyndi
    http://advocateofhope.wordpress.com

  10. seamistandmagnolias said:

    I come from a background very similar to yours…and can truly relate to this beautiful testimony. It is such an overwhelming revelation when we finally realize how much God loves us, and that He isn’t just waiting around to send us to hell every time we make a mistake! ~ Ellan

  11. Amen!! I love your lovely and honest testimony!! The Lord has blessed your writing abilities. Keep serving Him!! :) I am encouraged!!

  12. Thank you for stopping by Lessons by Heart and “liking” today’s article about the Christian “F” Word. I’m always excited to meet someone new.

    Wonderful blog you have.

    Love in Christ,
    Tami
    \o/
    Praise Jesus

  13. Thankyou

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