Today is a special day to me. Why? Because today is my birthday. I am not having a party and no one is giving me gifts. I got the most incredible gift of all on this birthday. Fourteen years. WOW!! It actually seems like so long ago and I can't remember my life before I was "born."

Today is my spiritual birthday. Fourteen years ago today I was "born" into Christ's family. He saved me! ME!! A soul that is not worthy but oh so very thankful.

I had not really grown up in church. I had been here and there and went to GAs when I was little but never consistent and I never really knew what it meant to be "saved." When I moved to Arkansas in 1994, I started going to church with some friends on Wednesday nights. I went pretty regularly until the summer and I stopped going. One of my friends came to me at the end of the summer and said that there was a back to school party and invited me to church, a youth rally, church that evening, and then the back to school party. That morning, the preacher kept talking about being saved and I had no idea what he was talking about. At the youth rally I was definitely shaken. The girl that spoke was a girl by the name of Dayle Evans and she was talking about how she thought she was a Christian and then later determined that she wasn't and gave her life to Christ ultimately at the age of 15. She sang "Jesus Will Still Be There" and had the voice of an angel. I was moved. ***Side note****Dayle died in a car accident at the age of 17. I believe I was 16 at the time and it devastated me because she meant so much to me.***** On the way home from the youth rally, the Holy Spirit began to work on my heart. I didn't know why I was feeling what I was feeling. That night at the service, something was different. I felt something tugging at my heart and was not sure what to do about it.

After church we went to Charlie and Christi Zumwalt's house for the party. I was talking to one of my friends and told her I didn't know what it meant to be "saved" and I wasn't sure what the preacher was talking about. That night, in that very room (their guest bedroom where I would later spend many nights) I was saved. August 27, 2005. I asked Jesus into my heart and my life has never been the same!! It has not been an easy fact, I know that it has been harder but knowing that I have Someone in my court and on my side is an incredible feeling. I know that this life can offer some pretty hard blows but God is all I need to make me whole. At times, I wish I were closer to Him and I fail Him daily but I know that He is MY ALL.

That, my friends is REASON TO REJOICE!!!!!
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Rachel Moss said…
What a great post! Makes me wish I remembered the exact date I was redeemed, too.
Beautiful post!

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