What does today mean to you? Is it just another day? For most of you, it probably is. Can I share with you what today means to me? Before I do that though, I would like to tell you a little more about myself for those who may not know me.
I grew up in a Christian home. My parents were saved when I was a toddler and immediately got involved in church. I made a profession of faith at age 4. Not long after that, my dad went to Bible College and became a preacher. Growing up, my dad was the assistant pastor of our church. We went to church 3 times a week and were involved in several ministries. I never knew anything but church. I also attended small Christian schools from K5-12th grade, never attending even one day of public school. All of my friends were either from church or school. I lived in a “bubble” and was quite sheltered, but it was a great life.
At the age of 18, the demise of my sheltered Christian life began. It took about 2 years and a traumatic family event to get me completely out of church. I got married, had a baby, got divorced and lived utterly miserable in the world for 10 years. I resisted every attempt of God to pull me back to Him.
In April 2011, God grabbed a hold of my heart once again, but this time I did not have the strength to fight Him. I had fallen so far down, but not too far for Him to reach. He pulled me out of a deep depression and alcoholism. I have been sober since April 22, 2011.
So, what’s so special about today, you ask? Well, on July 30th of 2011, while at a ladies prayer meeting, I got assurance of my salvation and know without a doubt that I am on my way to Heaven. I don’t remember what I said and did as a child when I made that profession of faith, but this moment I will never forget. (Actually, the specific place, where this life changing moment happened, is now my office. How awesome is that?!)
God lead me to this great church, with a great pastor and staff. Most of my family attends this church. I met my husband at this church, got engaged to him here and then married him here. We are happily married with our 2 wonderful children. I now teach at our Christian school, where I attended and graduated from. Life truly is great now!
I am so very thankful to serve a God of not just a “second chance”, but a God of “another chance”!!