Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Saving Grace

In 1994 I was ten years old, very hard headed and extremely stubborn. The picture to the left shows me smiling, rare thing in those days, =). My mother told me that when I was born my pastor knew that I was stubborn and gave my parents a book about The Stubborn Child. I remember evangelist would come to our church and try to pray with me and I would out right tell them "Leave me alone, I don't want to!" (Can you see what kind of a little girl I was? lol)

February 13th was a Sunday night in 1994 and we were in a children's revival with a missionary by the name of Richardson. I remember stubbornly staying in my seat when the kids were asked to come to the front to pray. Somehow God got through in my little head and I decided to pray too, in my sit that is. At one point I went down to the front and raised my little hands and received the Holy Ghost. I vividly remember the feeling to this day. I told my dad minutes after that I felt like I was floating on a cloud. Nothing comes close this feeling, knowing that your life has been changed forever. All the weight that my little heart was carrying was gone.

I was so fortunate to be brought up, surrounded by the grace of God and knowing the truth. I have never left God and never had a desire to. No matter how intresting people made life outside of living for God, I always knew better. I often ask myself why He would keep me. Why, after so many young people that I grew up with left the church and are living lives that are a complete mess.

"Thanks" seems so insignificant, yet the only thing I can come up with.

From my heart, thank you, Lord.

UPDATED: My sister posted almost the same time I did. Guess what she posted about? Look here. LOL!


...Catherella's Castle... said...

I distinctly remember that day too Deb.... and yes, my dear, you are as stubborn as ever! We all thank God for covering you in His saving grace... it was His gift to us as well. ha ha ha ha!!!!!

Happy "Birthday" Deb!

Love you,

The Daily "B" said...

Hahaha! Be glad that I can't think of a quick retort!

Jenster said...

Happy Birthday!!

What a cute little 10-year-old! You remind me of my Katie. :o)

You also do this mother of teenagers' heart good. I pray daily they never fall away and I'm happy to see not all of them do.

Becky said...

You sure were cute for being so stubborn! ;o)

That was a beautiful testimony!

Shauna said...

You look too adorable to have caused any trouble. But then I have one of those, so I know what can lie beneathe. ;-)

What a beautiful testimony you have. I'm sure God smiles when he sees you, heart devoted to him. You're an inspiration to me and I'm sure many others. I count it among my blessings that I 'met' you.

Shauna said...

Oh, I noticed you're reading Stealing Adda right now. What do you think?

The Daily "B" said...

Becky - Thanks! I actually look pretty good here. I was a scoundrel and looked like one too. Kinda scruffy and pulling the Shirley Temple curls out that my mother worked so hard on.

Shauna - Thank you. I count it a blessing to have "met" you as well!

So far so good with Stealing Adda, I am only about 1/4 into it, so I can't wait for the weekend, I'll get to cuddel up on the couch and read to my hearts content.

The Daily "B" said...

Jenster - So glad to put your heart at rest. There are so many choices as teenagers. I'm sure your kids will make the right ones... or most of the right ones =)

Barb said...

I dunno--somehow your cute smile looks even more devious now?! Got that "shrewd as a serpent" thing goin' on, maybe?!

PJ said...

You are a very DETERMINED person!!! It takes that kind of character to persevere!!

The Daily "B" said...

Barb - HAHAHAHA!!! So you figured me out eh? lol

PJ - Thank you for putting it so nicely! =)