Sunday, November 9, 2008

Seven Years Ago Today...

I had believed that I was saved as a young child {because that is what I was told}, but around the age of 11 I started to doubt that. Whenever Pastor would ask during the invitation if anyone needed salvation I would raise my hand, but never enough for him to see. I kept telling myself that I was saved, but I didn't feel it. Well in 2001 I went to the Northwest Youth Conference. The meeting was going the same as it had the previous years that I had gone to until Dr. Johnny Pope preached Friday night. He preached a sermon about salvation, about how he could remember every detail of what his mother was wearing, where they were at, etc. During his testimony & sermon I felt tugging at my heart. I had finally realized that I was not saved. I became scared. I waited til the end of the service then I turned to my youth director & told him with tears starting to form in my eyes that I didn't believe I was saved. He jumped over the pew & led me to the Lord. I instantly felt a big weight lifted off my chest. I was so happy. I can remember every detail of that moment. I thank God everyday for my salvation. I just felt the need to share that today.

I also wanted to say thank you to my youth director & his wife for willingly being there, not only for me but for the other teens alongside me.

4 comments:

Alice said...

Awe, Shanny. I love your testimony. It is one so many of us who were brought up in Christian homes can relate to. I thought I had been saved as a young child as well, but when I was 10 years old, I realized that I couldn't remember the circumstances surrounding my salvation, or even remember praying and asking Jesus in my heart. As soon as the Lord convicted me of my need for Him, I asked Him to save me. I now can say with FULL assurance that I am saved and on my way to heaven.
Happy "New-birth" Birthday!!

Jenny said...

I was there at that conference also as Johnny Pope preached that night. Wasn't he an amazing preacher? Praise the Lord for your blessed assurance. I also made a profession when I was younger, but true salvation came years later. Your babies are beautiful!

One Happy Family said...

Shannon -
You have always been so sweet and dear to our family and hold a special place in our hearts and memories. Phillip treasures that moment he was able to lead you to the Lord. Happy salvation anniversary!

Lindsey Armstrong said...

We have very similar testimonies. Thank you for your post...it was encouraging.