By: Josh, TX
Growing up, we all worshipped the Lord in our house. However, as I got older, things started to change. At age 15, my parents divorced and our family was split apart. I immediately placed the blame on Him and decided to lead a different life. I chose to only spoke to people who were non-believers and as I did this, I started to experiment with drugs and alcohol. Even in the midst of this, though, He was still watching over me. On the course of that path, I should have died so many times, either from drunk driving or overdose, but I didn't because even though I myself had stopped believing, He didn't stop believing in me.
I carried on this path, until one day, when I was 23, my dad asked if I would like to go to a service with him at a church in McGregor. I wasn't sure how I felt about it, but I went anyway. Right when I walked in the door and a man approached me. He was very kind, a quite contrast to the types of people I was choosing to hang out with at the time. As our conversation carried on, he began to tell me things about myself that he shouldn't have known. He would say that God had plans for me and of how I would speak with nothing but the power of the Lord that was overflowing inside me! At first, I just shrugged it off, but then I started speaking with others and most of them kept telling me the same thing. It confused me at first and I couldn’t grasp what was happening.
It all began to change when worship started, though, and I felt something begin to stir inside of me…peace. When we finished singing, Drew Neal came up and started to speak. His message that week hit home for me and by the time he had finished his testimony and began to pray for everyone, I immediately broke into tears in front of these people I didn't even know. At this point, I had decided I didn't want the life I was living anymore. I wanted to know this peace and joy that everyone else was experiencing with the Lord. I continued to cry like a baby and went up front to speak with Drew and my father about what was going on in my heart. I told him a small amount of what I was dealing with and when they began to pray for me, I immediately could feel all my pain and suffering wash away! I was reborn that night!
Even though my new journey has just started, I am feeling better than I have in years. I feel nothing but his love for me and peace in my heart. For the first time in what has felt like forever, I was able to sleep without any problems or worries about what my future holds. I am so happy that I decided to say yes and go that night, if I hadn't I wouldn’t have been able to experience and know the happiness and the joy that the Lord has shown me.