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Monday, August 13, 2012

the day my life changed forever.

19 years ago today, on August 13, 1993 - I made a decision that changed my life forever.

 I chose a path that altered my destiny and defined who I am today.  

I gave my life to Jesus Christ.

Never once regretted it.
Never looked back.

     From that moment on, I knew my eternity was secure. I knew my sins were covered. I knew He loved me. I knew I went from darkness into light. And as young as I was, I knew I loved Jesus. I remember how I smiled a little bigger that day. In my little girl heart, I felt a new peace and security.

     I'm no longer a 6 year old little girl with wide eyes. I'm a 25 year old woman who has seen some ups and downs in life - but through all the beauty and the pain, my hope has been steady. My Jesus...my faith - is always close to my heart and guides me in all I do.

 My dear readers, I can honestly say - giving my life to Jesus was the best thing I've ever doneFor me, it's not about religion or following "rules". It's not about just going to church or following a Bible study plan - those things are wonderful. But ultimately- it is about Him and my relationship with Him. He's my best friend. He's the love of my life. He is my everything. 

Today, as I thought about the past 19 years - years of growing up, really. 
I remember times I've failed...
yet His mercy remains.
I think of those difficult moments when I was confused and hurting - and I could only cry...
& He was there, holding me close.
I think of the cost, at times...
and I know it is worth it ALL
I think of my sinful heart and ways I fall.
and I know I am forgiven and cleansed by the blood of Christ.


      This world and culture constantly scream at me, "He's not real - do your own thing, forget God!" - but my heart begs to differ. How can I turn away from someone so real I can almost touch Him, so close I can nearly hear His voice, so beautiful I can't take my gaze away? I could just as easily walk away and deny I ever knew my family as turn away from Him. I cannot. I love Him more than anything else. And though I fail Him every day, He has never failed me. He is always the same, always faithful, true, loving, forgiving, and gracious.


          I am ruined for anything else. Broken, in the best sense. I am in love - sheer, utter, crazy, mad love. He is the love of my life - more than any other human love or romantic love - He will always be my #1 love - my True Prince. And I can't wait to see His beautiful face someday when He calls me home to Paradise.

Until then? I will spend my life loving Him. Imperfectly, yes. But passionately and completely.

Do you know Him? Because if you don't....man, you're missing out.


I saw this little scene alongside the road on my way home today, just had to snap a picture



Happy Monday, my loves.
If you don't know Him...I'd love to introduce you.
Because I cannot imagine life without knowing Him these past 19 years. 

XO

Erin

23 comments:

  1. I want to find Him again. You are very inspiring! So happy I found your blog! ♥

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  2. Beautiful testimony! Thank you for sharing.

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  3. you are doing such an amazing job using your blog to encourage others and share the Lord. I'll be praying that people see this today and want to know more!!

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  4. Beautiful post!.and very inspiring

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  5. I really love that you remember the exact day, I wish I could too! And beautiful that you talk about securing your eternity. Something I think about everyday (and you wrote about) is how evil and wicked my heart is yet He is SO good! I fail Him and He NEVER fails me! Happy rebirth day!

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  6. Truly beautiful. Your passion and love for the Lord is moving, Erin! I'm so so glad you and I have found Him. Life looks so completely different with God on your side!

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  7. Beautiful. Simply beautiful. I am so glad you remember the specific day it all changed, sadly I only remember a general age. But what an amazing testimony it makes! I know God has used you in such wonderful ways these last 19 years (especially in the glimpses I've seen on your blog these past few months!

    Sarah♥

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  8. Love this post! I was 7 when I accepted Jesus, and I love hearing stories of people who were also young!

    What a beautiful post and blessing. You are an incredible woman of faith and I love that you shared this! Such a testimony!

    Blessings!

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  9. beautiful! i just celebrated 6 years last month with Jesus!!! so amazing and i would NEVER turn back or trade it for anything!! simply the best and most amazing man i know!!! :) so thankful you are a SIC! i am also praying that many other women see this post and come to know the Lord through it :) your blog and testimony are a blessing to many, erin! continue to share!

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  10. yeah! you became a Christian on the same day that I got married (not same year, haha!). Special for both of us! Excited to find a time to meet up girl. When I make my next Dr's appointment, i'll let you know and we can meet! woo hoo! love Katie

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  11. I love that you know the exact date! I sure wish I knew the exact date of mine! :) XOXO!

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  12. This is SO beautiful!! I am so, so glad that you found my blog, and that I was able to read this post! It so encouraged me today, on a day when I really needed it. Can't wait to read more!!

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  13. I know what you mean about the world screaming at you that He's not real. I like to tell people that I define science as "mankind's flawed attempt to explain what God has done." Great post, thanks for sharing!

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  14. I love the picture you took :)

    thanks for sharing your heart!

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  15. I always love your posts, but this one is by far my fave! I love reading or hearing other people's testimonies! I also gave my life to Christ when I was 6 years old (25 years ago this November). I can't imagine having lived this life without Him. Thanks for sharing! :)

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  16. If I could choose anyone to stand in my corner, it would surely be you. You gave your heart to the greatest being and I am positive he will keep it safe and warm.

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  17. AMAZING post! Thanks for sharing this!

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  18. beautiful testimony! Very inspiring! I have been feeling like I am not as close to Him as I should be, and I am working on changing that! <3 this!

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  19. this is sheer beauty and brought some sweet tears to my eyes. wow!

    Your passion stirs up my heart and encourages my soul.

    thank you!

    -Monica

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  20. Sweet post, I love the first little photo. You were such a sweet kid (:

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  21. Glad I stumbled across your blog! I'm your newest follower and I think it's wonderful that you were saved at 6 years old! I wish I could've been that young...but I guess the good thing is that I'm saved NOW! Excited to read more posts!

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  22. Wow, thanks for sharing this! Your passion is an inspiration to so many people. May HE bless you!

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sweet friends, share your heart.

"kind words are like honey...sweet..and healing.." -proverbs 16:24.

xo.

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