What’s Your Story?

What's Your Story_

I’m curious to hear your stories about how you came to Christ! I love hearing how Christ has changed a person!

Here’s my story:

I have been in church since I was 4 years old. I went to a Christian school up until 4th grade. I’ve heard about Christ nearly my whole life. I even participated in Bible Sword Drill and (not trying to boast here) made it to our Nationals. I had all the head knowledge of Christ, I could recite Bible verses at the drop of a hat.

I was saved, was I not? I was a Christian, right? That’s what I told myself.

Then the darkness came. I fell into a deep depression during my senior year of high school and I hated life. Gone were the days of reading my Bible and praying to God. I just didn’t care anymore.

Then it came time for me to go to college. I attended a local community college my first year and then after much prodding from my mother, I enrolled at the Free Will Baptist Bible College (now known as Welch College). I told her I would give it a try.

During spring break in 2003, I came home for a week and at church that Sunday, we had an evangelist come and speak and he said this one thing that turned my whole world around. He said this one thing that made me immediately realize I wasn’t a Christian like I’d been pretending to be. He said this:

You can be 99% sure of your salvation but your still 100% lost.

It clicked with me! I’d been leading a life full of hypocrisy. I wasn’t saved. I never had been. And just like that I headed to the altar, tears streaming down my face. I gave my life to Christ on March 16, 2003. I went back to school a new person. The weight was off my shoulders. The weight I didn’t really realize I was carrying. I was FREE!

Now of course that doesn’t mean life got suddenly easy. Satan tries his very best to bring me down and on some occasions he almost has. But with Christ on my side, I’ve been able to pull myself back up every time.

In 2008, I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. I should have seen it coming. I had all the symptoms back in high school but was only diagnosed with depression.

It’s been a struggle…having a mental illness and trying to live a Christ-like life. Satan knows my weaknesses and does everything He can think of to twist my mental illness in order to lead me astray from the Lord.

But I believe God will use my bipolar disorder for good. It says in Romans 8:28:

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

So how about y’all? What are YOUR coming to Christ stories?


Quick update on Landen. This was posted about 6 hours ago:

Landen is overall the same. His bp got low overnight and his heart rate has been high. About to meet with his doctor to discuss those things.

Thankfully, part of the day he was awake and responding to us. Brayden and Hannah Grace got to visit, and you could tell he was excited to see his brother and sister.

At this point, it is just a lot of waiting. Please pray for strength and patience. Continue persevering in prayer for Landen. Thank you for your love and support. #landensstory

5 thoughts on “What’s Your Story?”

  1. Hi, Leigh! What a great post idea. It was cool to read your testimony.
    My whole life, I’ve been in a Christian home. I got saved one day after church, where I’d heard something about hell. I was maybe six or seven. After church that day, I asked my mom some more about hell, and I knew I didn’t want to go there. I went up to my room by myself, knelt by my bed, and prayed that God would forgive me for my sin, come into my heart, and be Lord of my life (not quite sure I articulated it that way lol). But I know that was the day my life changed for the best! Praise God!

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  2. Thank you for sharing you encouraging and uplifting account. Here’s mine:
    I came to know Jesus as my Savior as I sat in a small examination room of an alcohol de-tox center what I was 31 years old. AA literature was there speaking about coming to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. I knew at that moment that this Jesus I had heard about every Sunday at Mass with my parents was indeed the Savior I needed. I have followed Him (and remained sober) from that day forward.
    Blessings to you,
    Pastor Chuck

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  3. So glad you shared your story, Leigh! People need to understand it is not always easy and our weaknesses will be used against us.

    I received Christ at the age of four. I was by my swingset and decided I would ask Him into my life and follow Him. I ran into the kitchen when my mom was washing dishes and told her. Age 12, I experienced the Holy Spirit and by 13 I knew I wanted to draw closer to Jesus. And since then it has been about drawing close, pushing believers to draw closer, and examining what I need to continue to lay at His feet to draw closer. ❤

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