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I have always known about Jesus Christ from a very young age, however, I never really had a relationship with him. After two failed marriages, many failed businesses, losing my home, losing custody of my youngest child (by choice and financially instability), enormous heartbreak/suffering, and just relying on my own strength, I became consumed by fear of the unknown. Fear of failure. I was having difficulty with gaining control over my life and dealing with life situations. I felt like I was in a very dark place and was extremely broken (unworthy). In September of 2006 I started attending The Crossing with my long-term boyfriend. On February 11, 2007, we both were baptized. Shortly thereafter I became actively involved with a woman’s group, serving at the church, and went to my first woman’s retreat. I now have a relationship with my SAVIOR, and his grace has been sufficient enough for me for the last four consecutive years. I am currently in Court fighting for equal custody of my son. I have had stable income and a home in this time frame. I no longer live in fear, and I am making choices that revolve around his will for me. I am no longer broken and know my worth, as well as know that I have a place prepared for me in his Kingdom…yet there is still much work for the Lord to do in me, but I am his and trust in his plan for me. He has saved me from myself and I will follow him for the rest of my days, JOYFULLY…AND NEVER CEASING TO PRAY.
Jesus is amazing! I was addicted to drugs for 5 years. Hardcore drugs like Meth and Coke. One night I was watching a pastor on TV and I was crying out to God. I was specifically asking for “Fear of the Lord” because my life was a mess. The pastor at that moment said “There is a girl in California who has been on drugs for 5 years and God wants you to know you’ve been set free, and your mother has been praying for you”. My body got hot, and I started crying uncontrollably- instead of FEAR, God gave me DELIVERANCE! I love Him so much. That was 2 years ago! I just got back from my first missions trip (to Peru). And I fall more and more in love with Jesus every day. My life is a true example of Romans 8:28.
In May of 2000, I came to CA for my birthday visit with my two sons and grandchildren. I told them that in October I wa moving to CA and starting a new life. I was ending a 10 year unsuccessful relationship and left a 14 year career at an insurance agency in Pittsford, NY. They scoffed at me.."it will never happen Mom". On my return flight in May, I was on an overbooked flight with a layover in Chicago. Unbelieveable, but I was on an aisle seat with a window seat occupied by a beautiful redhead woman in her 30's. We talked, I shared that I really wanted to change my life and she could sense my unhappiness. At the end of my story, she asked "do you want to change your life forever". Are you kidding? I was so unhappy with myself I said of course. She then said "are you willing to accept Jesus as your Savior?". I was a fallen away Catholic, 2 divorces under my belt and a life that was unsatisfying yet seemed glamorous by my peers. I told her that I have always believed in Jesus but I wasn't sure that He cared about me. Nontheless, I accepted Jesus right then and there and hoped for a miracle. The devil presented himself immediately. I kid you not, in the form of a man in the seat in front who had heard our conversation and said he knew about my son. I can't go into the story of my son here, but suffice to say, the devil won that night.
Now I am back in NY and so ashamed. A girlfriend called to ask me to attend her new church, Christian based and very small. The pastor explained how Jesus died for our sins and how we were forgiven. I sat there stunned and went to the pastor after service and said "me too??, do your mean I have been forgiven"?. He hugged me and said , "of course".
3 weeks later, before I left for CA, my girlfriend and I were baptized in a large bathtub on the stage of this small church. I remember coming up and crying saying "Mom, I AM going to see you again". The journey has not been easy but I have found a replacement for the carnal love that I sought to the peaceful, unconditional love that I have found by being redeemed by the Savior. I have been attending The Crossing for 9 years and everyday I learn and I grow. Praise God!