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On this Thanksgiving Holiday, the thing I am most thankful for is my salvation and relationship with God through Jesus Christ. So, on that note, I am sharing with you how my personal journey of faith began…
“Virginia, what is wrong with you?” That question was asked of me by a coworker many years ago. My answer was “I don’t know what is wrong with me. I just know I am miserable.” She laughed and said, “Oh I know. God has you under conviction.”
Conviction – what does that mean? I was too embarrassed to tell her I had no idea what she was talking about. But that is where my journey of faith began. I was 29 years old.
And so if you are like me and don’t know the meaning of conviction, let me share with you that at the time I needed to know, there were no computers much less the internet or Wikipedia. So, the old fashioned way of finding a word definition was a Webster’s paper dictionary. This is the meaning I found at that time: being convinced; strong belief. To be convicted. Well, gee – that is certainly helpful. But with that definition, I had to ask myself the question, being convinced of what? I had to begin examining what I believed about God and faith. And as I searched, God led me until I found Him through my Savior Jesus Christ.
But let me back up a few years. The 20’s were very difficult years for me and my young daughter. As a single Mom I struggled with all the normal things a single Mom struggles with – time, money, relationships and parenting. But in addition to those things, I struggled with grief. My own Mother died when I was 24 and my Dad when I was 27. Since I did not have faith in God to keep me grounded, I was a miserable, angry, hurting person.
In the meantime, I had met and married my husband whose family were faithful believers and prayer warriors. Shortly after our marriage I began to work for a company where the leadership offered Bible Study on a weekly basis. Being raised and taught to be a ‘good girl’, I thought I should attend the study. Little did I know what God had in store for me! The leader gave each of us in attendance a Bible and began to teach from the book of Revelation. Revelation, really??
When my husband and I were dating, I asked what his family believed. He began to tell me some things, but what stood out to me was when he said, “They believe Jesus will come again and believers will be raptured with Him.” My reaction was disbelief. “You have got to be kidding me! That is the most ridiculous statement I have ever heard.” That is what I said to him.
So, how did God get my attention to lead me to Him through Jesus? By putting me in a study of the book of Revelation! I became fascinated and couldn’t get enough of knowing God and His prophecy. One day while at the grocery story, I saw a book by Hal Lindsey titled “The Late Great Planet Earth”. I bought it and as I read it, I couldn’t put it down. One night while home alone, I read the last chapter and there on the very last page was the prayer for salvation. It was like a lightbulb went off inside me and I thought, “This is it. This is what I have been looking for.” I got on my knees by the bed and prayed to receive Jesus. From that moment on, God gave me a hunger to know Him more and a thirst for wisdom from the Bible that is still with me today, many, many years later. My life was dramatically changed in that moment by my bed. God has proved Himself to me over and over again beginning with teaching me that you don’t mock God or His people. He used the very thing I had mocked to draw me to Him.
And that is where my journey of faith began…
“Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the women, He said to her, ‘Woman, where are those accusers of yours.’ Has no one condemned you?’ She said, ‘No one, Lord.’ And Jesus said to her, ‘Neither do I condemn you, go and sin no more.'” John 8:9-10 NKJV
(There is so much more to this story that you will find in the book being written with the title, Journey of Faith. As funds are raised, this book will be published to my website in 2018 along with one that is almost complete titled, Rock Solid Trust. Donations through my website will go toward the completion and publication of these, and other, books)