Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Ten Years...

It was ten years ago today that a little six year old girl surrendered her life to Christ. That girl was me.
As little as I was, I understood what it meant to become a Christian.
Up until that point, I said I was a Christian because my parents were. Isn't that how it was supposed to go? No. I can't remember very clearly what changed my mind about that.
What I do remember though was...

I was upset and in a bad mood. Mom had told me to go upstairs and clean up the entire room. Us girls shared a room so not all of it was my mess. That made me upset. I stomped upstairs and threw myself on my bed. A flood of tears filled my eyes as I cried, "Jesus, I need you. I can't do this. Please come into my heart and take away all of my pride and bossiness. In Jesus name, Amen"
God granted my plea.
I remember running downstairs and telling Emily what I had just done. I could not wipe the smile, that seemed to be growing by the minute, off of my face. I told mom, she called dad and pastor. I got baptized that Sunday.
  That evening a friend from church was over. We were outside and our friend was telling us that this lightening bug's name was Bob, and this one's name was Jane. I laughed and then looked at the setting sun. As I gazed at the Western clouds I caught my breath. There in the clouds was the shape of a cross. It was purple and blue. In my heart I knew that that was my covenant with God. That was Him telling me that He had me.

I don't remember growing much, in the spirit, when I was little. I do remember getting up at 5:30 and reading my Bible in the living room. That awesome feeling of knowing that I, a little seven-year-old, was all alone spending time with my Lord.
As I've gotten older, I've grown a lot. Yes, I have a looong way to go, but the Lord is ever faithful. He walks beside me all the time. At times, when the Devil likes to throw darts of mistrust and doubts about my assurance of Salvation, I always go back to that cross in the sky. For me, that is God's promise that He will never leave me, nor forsake me.

What's your testimony? I would love to hear it!

13 comments:

  1. What a beautiful story Haley!! 7 years old? WOW!! How awesome is that? God is so amazing. I was saved at 12 years old but I stumbled and gave my life to the Lord yet again when I was 18 and I have never looked back, I love living for the Lord!

    I am so proud of you :) God had amazing plans for your life. Never give up on your salvation.

    :)

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    1. God is truly amazing!
      That's awesome.
      Thank you.
      I don't plan on giving up. God is great.

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  2. hey, I discovered your blog yesterday, and I am sure it was no coincidence ;) As it happens, I am also a sixteen year old girl living for God. It's inspiring to see your thoughts and your journey of faith through this internet site.

    You have an amazing story, I truly appreciate you sharing it. I pray that God will use you in so many ways and let His love shine through you in all directions, across all continents.

    Never forget God loves you and is with you in the calm and the storm.

    All the very best,
    Hannah (UK)

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    1. Oh wow, Hannah! That's awesome.
      I'm glad you have been inspired.
      You are welcome. Thank you so much for the encouragement.
      I won't forget. :)
      God bless,
      Haley

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  3. i,will,e,postig,o,my,log,soo,sorry,aout,the,key,oard,haha,love,you!

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    1. OH, dear, Ellie..? Haha! I'm just kidding.
      I'll be looking for it! ^_^
      Love you! :)

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  4. How wonderful. You already know mine and as you know it's WAY to long. I'd be taking over your blog!:-D I do love telling it and hearing others. God's grace has been shown to so many people in so many different ways. AmaZinG!!
    love you girl! May God bless you as you start another year for HIM.

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    1. Yes, I do know yours. I too, enjoy hearing others testimonies.
      Love you too!
      And thank you!
      God bless!

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  5. Beautiful, and glorious. The beginning of my life is rather similar. I became a Christian not knowing why, in truth. All my family was, so why not me?
    Well, when my family moved to Texas, and I when I started getting older, I began to realize and understand certain things about the Gospel. I began to see things as they were from the beginning, and how they were changed when Christ came. Man's fall, the introduction of law by Moses, the prophecies all throughout the Old Testament of Christ's coming, the Chronicles and history of Israel, and finally the coming of Christ, who was born of a virgin by the Holy Ghost, his living among us in human form, yet not a corrupt, carnal nature, his fulfilling the law, and his suffering and dying for us, and then being quickened from the dead, to sit down at God's right hand in heaven. God has really opened my mind to his Word, I now realize. Then when I was 16 I got baptized again, because a new meaning was opened to me, and I realized also that baptism is the first step of humble, willing obedience to Christ. It is the death and resurrection of myself in Christ by the power of God.
    I have developed a lot of pride. But pride is the downfall of me. It hinders me from success, and keeps me from achieving my desires, and displeases God. I have asked God to help me remove my stubborn pride, and to make me of an humble spirit, which is worthy of honor. A serving spirit. Though I don't feel a thing, day by day, I know God is chiseling away that pride, using my father as the hammer, and my mother as the chisel; and I recall that cross, whereon Christ was once for all...and I nail my pride to that cross in Jesus' name.

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    1. Wow. That is incredible.
      Yes, pride. I too, struggle in that same area. It's almost frightening to have it as a problem because God severely hates pride. I admit it is not easy overcoming that hateful pride.

      Thank you for sharing your testimony with me. It always thrills me through and through to hear God's amazing works in people.

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  6. You've been nominated for the Liebster Blog award! Check www.olivia-myepiphanies.blogspot.com for more details.

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    1. Oh, wow! Thank you!
      I will definitely do that. :)

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