The Beginning of my walk with God.
I said something on twitter the other day, I can't even remember what it was but it prompted one of my friends to ask me who witnessed to me. What did they say that made me want to "walk toward the light."
It was REALLY interesting how it happened. When I look back on it now, I realize God had it ALL in control.
We were previously "good christians" and then we walked away from the church AND our relationship with God. We were at this patricular church for ummm maybe 5 yrs or so.
I didn't realize until we joined this church that we had been out of the Will of God for SEVEN WHOLE YEARS. Seven is the number of completion. It was TIME for us to get back in God's will.
Ok, last May I met this lady who wanted me to bring my products to her birthday party. But instead of people celebrating HER birthday, she wanted to shower love on all of her friends who had stood by her during a super hard time in her life. I was like YES! I'd LOVE to! I'd never heard of anything like this before so I was down!
The party was in either July or August I can't remember. While I was there I met a LOT of women from the birthday girl's church. What amazed me more than anything was the love that you could feel. I don't ever think I've seen SO many women in the same room ALL love each other and show so much concern.
Instead of playing "games" they did this thing of what they shared what God has blessed them with on that week and one thing that they were thankful for. Man, that was almost overwhelming. There was NOTHING selfish. They ALL thanked GOd for something that He had done for someone else. It was AMAZING.
I was pretty much speechless. All of the women were so nice and sincere. It just kinda oozed from them.
I left that birthday party wondering WHY were they like that. It was like no other birthday party I'd ever been to.
I continued to do business with the birthday lady and she witnessed to me the entire time. You ever had someone say something to you that NO ONE else knew about? Like one of those "grave secrets"? Yeah it was like that. I KNEW God was talking to me.
She kept inviting me to church and I never went.
Remember when Aj broke his arm? I was getting ready to go visit her church that night. Aj went outside and broke his arm. Couldn't go. I decided if he felt better the next day I was going to go.
We went and I was like WOW. I can't even explain that service.
I told Tony about it and he was kinda like whatever.
Found out another old friend of mine went there and we reconnected. She invited me also and like before I didn't go. She said, just come ONE Sunday morning, your life will never be the same.
Didn't really pay her any attention.
Later in the year we took the kids on a cruise and had a great time.
I don't know what happened between the time we got off that cruise ship and got home.
We stopped at the "adult beverage" store before in Atlanta, the HUGE one in the marketplace, and just STOCKED UP.
Took some on the ship with us and the rest we left in the car and brought home.
A couple days after we had been home, Tony said he was ready to go to church. He took ALL of our new "dranks" and poured them ALL down the sink. I was so mad lol. I was like just don't touch my Patrone. He poured it out anyway.
The next day we went to church. He said when he sat down, God let him know that is where we were supposed to be. I cried the entire service.
I wasn't ready.
I know it's a lifestyle. Living for God is MORE than just going to church on Sunday.
Just like schools, jobs, military...EVERYONE has rules that they have to follow. Same goes for God.
It is truly a lifestyle (IMO)
I wasn't ready.
I literally cried for days. Then I was like ok. I'm ready, let's do this.
He was going to do it with or without me.
In the beginning I did it more for Tony, but it didn't take long for ME to make MY mind up and decide this is what I want to do for me.
I stopped doing a LOT of things and I don't regret any of it, nor do I miss anything.
I figured if I wouldn't do ANYTHING I would feel uncomfy doing if God was sitting RIGHT next to me.
I still do that.
He's my "daddy" and I want to please Him.
I found out later that during the cruise God had been dealing with Tony about him and his family and how as the head of the home, he is held accountable for us. JUST like as parents we are held accountable for our children. The things that Tony shared with me had me floored. I had NO idea. NONE.
I'm SO glad he made the first move. I thank God for it ALL the time.
I guess I'm just rambling now but I'm so thankful.
My life has truly changed. There will be no walking away from the church OR walking away from God.
I've matured so much since we left our first church. The mistakes that were made were learned from and actually put us on the path that God wanted us to be on.
We know it's NOT about religion but about relationship.
One thing that I LOVE about my church is that it's ALL bible. NOT doctrine. They encourage us to get into the bible for ourselves. To read it and get an understanding.
I LOVE that.
Well, I guess that's it lol. I could literally talk about this all day but I guess this needs to end somewhere.I hope I answered your question :)
Thanks for reading if you got this far and if you are local, come ONE time and your life will not be the same.
I'm not perfect, just striving to be the woman God wants me to be. Keeping my life lined up with the WORD!