When I was 11 year old I was carried to the altar by the Holy Spirit. Well, I felt like I was floating down to the altar. But my relationship with God was limited. It was not fruitful. I was involved in Young Life my senior year; it was really cool. Before you know it I graduated high school.
I went into the military and got married. I was growing a family and then after two children and 16 years of marriage we divorced. From that point on I was searching; that was 11 years ago. I looked for happiness in drugs for a long time. I looked for happiness in relationships and I looked for it in jobs. Guess what? I never found it. Wow, I was miserable. I was lonely. I was addicted to anything that would numb me.
My parents and sister were praying for me and when I visited them I would go to church. I loved it; God was always speaking to me. Last year my friend who works with me said that he went to Riverside. I decided to go and so I went. I asked God to forgive me for not having a relationship with Him last October. Last Thanksgiving my brother in-law said, “Jeff, God wants you to have a relationship with Him; he wants you to love and honor Him. He will take care of the rest.” Thank you Jesus! You have pulled me out my misery and set me free. God has blessed me with a great church, a great place to work and has allowed me to meet a lady who loves Jesus! I am being baptized on Easter Sunday and my dad is baptizing me. I looked for courage and strength in the Bible.
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.