Part 1 of my testimony... Growing up I went to Christian school, went to church and was involved in youth group and mission trips and always had an understanding of God and Jesus' death on the cross and how much He loves me. I publicly claimed my life belonged to Jesus when I was 15 years old, a freshman in high school. At this event I also signed a commitment that I would remain pure and save sex for marriage. Little did I know that my future husband was also at this event and signed the same commitment. My 9th grade crush soon became my high school sweetheart and we stayed together through high school, through college and were married 6 1/2 years later and guess what...we remained faithful to the promise we both made that day to God to remain pure until marriage. Not easy to do and definitely not the norm.
There were many ups and downs during these 6 1/2 years... including really tough things for kids and young adults to endure...mental illness, divorce, estrangement from a parent and other family members, broken homes, broken promises.
During these times I would talk to God and feel his presence but we weren't really communicating on a personal level--a level of complete dependence.
Fast forward now another 6 1/2 years.
My first real encounter with Jesus... Even though I gave my life to God at 15, I would say my personal relationship with Jesus didn't start until I was 29 years old. I had been married for about 7 years and my husband and I were struggling with infertility. We had both been to the doctor, had several tests and procedures done and everything checked out fine. I did however have PCOS which can make getting pregnant difficult but not impossible. I was on medication but still wasn't getting pregnant. WHY God??? The next step was heavier medicine with plenty of side effects, meeting with a specialist and a hefty price tag. All things that I didn't want to participate in and didn't feel right for me. I'm not saying these things are wrong but for me they weren't right. #encounterwithjesus #struggle #dependence #wayout #innercircle