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I used to be a colorful, dancing hippy-girl. I was addicted to music and I loved to enjoy life my way. I wasn’t raised in a Christian home. The upbringing in our family was based on Christian values but we were not believers. I had no real knowledge of God and His existence. However, inside I felt that there must be more out there than what just met the eye. I never told anyone about it, because I assumed that I was the only one who had these kind of thoughts.
One day, an Adventist girl invited me to a youth church service. I had no idea what a church service was all about, but as soon as they started to sing the opening song I realized that all these young people really believed in Jesus and were worshiping Him.
This was a defining experience for me, because I saw that I wasn’t alone in my conviction that the supernatural exists.
From that point on I was hooked and wanted to learn more about the God in whom these young people trusted in. The more I studied the more I realized that Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life, and that there is nothing in the universe that can compare to Him. He is Love and walking with Him is the most wonderful experience a human being can have.
I got to experience this in many ways. For example He taught me that I cannot live a victorious life based on my own strength. This was a hard lesson for me to learn because I am a perfectionist, and I sincerely tried to be perfect in my ways.
One thing that haunted me was the influence that movies had over my life. I would have nightmares and experience a lot of fear. Sometimes I would pray for hours for help. It made me realize how powerless I am without Jesus. Without Him it is impossible to overcome sin and fear. In that moment Jesus told me to hold on, stay close to Him and to claim His promises. He taught me to surrender and to trust Him 100%. This brought true peace into my heart.
He also freed me from the habit of smoking and answered all of my life’s questions.
He continued to teach me about how true beauty and purity comes from our transformed character and led me to get rid of all my jewelry.
Jesus performed miracles in my family and restored broken relationships.
He taught me wonderful values and Christ-centered principles for my life, which strengthen my convictions and my walk with Him.
For some time I had troubles understanding what it means to deny self as Jesus calls us to do. I had a wrong understanding of this part of the Christian walk. I thought it meant that I should always do what everyone else wants me to do and to be willing to suffer and bear everything. But the Lord opened my eyes and showed me that true self-denial is to live a righteous life in Jesus united with selfless love. It’s not about me, but all about Him!
Today, it is my desire that no longer I live but Christ in me!
Living a Christian life does not mean that one will never have struggles, but because you have Jesus by your side He will walk with you through those challenging times. He puts peace and joy into our hearts and strengthens us in times of need.
The Christian life is a process. I never want to stagnate, but continually keep on walking with God. I want to continue training my mind and getting spiritual nourishment through bible study, prayer and by sharing the wonderful truths with people around me.
When old friends of mine ask me what I had to give up when I became a Christian, I simply tell them, “I gave up a life without purpose and meaning.”
My heart is filled with thankfulness and I want to give praise and glory to our dear Lord and Redeemer, who died for us on the cross to forgive us of our sins, take away our imperfection and who is so patient, kind, peaceful, gracious, caring and loving towards us. It is just so wonderful to walk with him side-by-side, day-by-day!
I am so happy that I can say that I have found the love of my life in Jesus Christ. He is, and always will be, the greatest Love anyone can ever find here on earth!