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JACARRENO
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7/9/10 3:05 P

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I'm not quite sure when to say I was saved. Let me explain and perhaps one of you can help me!

My paternal grandparents were Protestant and raised my dad and two uncles that way although I'm not sure how often they attended church, etc. My maternal grandparents were mixed religion. My grandmother was Catholic and my grandfather Lutheran. They were married in 1945 in a Priest House because they were not the same religion. They decided to raise any girls they had Catholic and any boys, Lutheran. My mom and aunt were therefore raised Catholic and my uncle Lutheran. Flash forward to my parents meeting and getting married. My mom stayed Catholic and my dad chose to convert to Catholicism. My Catholic grandmother lost three babies between my aunts and uncles and as the story goes, even took it upon herself to Baptize me and later my sister at the hospital when we were born just in case something happened between our birth and the official church event.

My parents raised us Catholic but not very devout. We both were baptized, had our First Communion and were confirmed. Thinking back though, I was confirmed as I had no choice or so I thought. We went to church sometimes, sometimes not and went through what at least back then was called CCD classes on Tuesday nights because we didn't attend private school where it was part of their program. The Bible was a reference tool when we had to look up something for CCD homework but not something we were encourage to simply read as a book. I always desired to go every Sunday as a family but it didn't always happen. When I got my drivers license, I would often go on my own and catch myself feeling sad when I saw other families together.

I was a pretty "good" girl overall or so I thought but as a human also did some pretty "bad" things for which I'm so thankful God washes away our sins! Praise Him for that! I never really took the time to pray each and every day or read the Bible. I went to confession off and on because for me, I struggled with the "rule" you were to go often and what I felt for me was not right. If God knows all we do, why do we need to go tell a Priest? Why do I need to have Mary or the Saints help me get my prayers to God? I don't remember ever feeling a time I was ever truly comfortable in the Catholic church but didn't think about looking into anything else, at least not right away.

When I was still in my first two years of college, I met my ex-husband. It was a very fast time for me as we met in Sept of 90 and were married in Jan of 91 before he had to leave the Great Lakes Navy base in Illinois for his next school in CA. I thought it was love and left my family in WI to be with him in CA. At first we were in So Cal while he was deployed to the Gulf War. He was Protestant and had no desire on earth to convert to Catholicism. That began a search for a church home we could both be a part of as a couple. My mom suggested everything as close to Catholic she could and we tried one or two but they weren't for us. He left for his deployment and while he was gone, I met a still dear friend of mine who attended a Calvary Chapel. I really enjoyed the different approach of being more Bible based and really studying the Scriptures. Soon after attending a few times even though I always have believed in God and that Jesus came to die for my sins, I asked Him into my heart. This was mid 1991. I joined a study group and when my ex got back he came along too. Telling my family I had been "born again" almost gave my Catholic mom and aunt a heart attack, especially when I told them I had gone to witness with prayer cards down in San Diego. They thought I had joined a cult! My dad with his Protestant background understood and calmed them down.

My ex and I moved to Nor Cal when they got back from the Gulf for his next assignment in 1992. He is my ex as we obviously didn't stay together. I met my now husband in 1993 and wouldn't you know it, he and his family were all Catholic! At that time I decided to just revert back to what I knew rather than rock the boat with them. I figured Catholic is still Christian and I would learn to appreciate their rituals. I've tried many different times and many different ways to figure out the Catholic ways and feel a true comfort within them. We even had our son baptized Catholic. Soon after his baptism, I started feeling hypocritical going to Mass as I wasn't there for the message but the family time at Starbuck's afterward. That was not a good reason to go so I stopped going so I could regroup. That was fall of 2007.

I lost my dad in Jan of '09 and both my maternal grandparents within two weeks of each other this past Feb. After all of that loss I was definitely searching for something but didn't know what. I had started looking into some more "spiritual" things like Reiki and other Eastern type things but kept getting the feeling those weren't right either. Good friends of ours who were also Catholic have begun to attend a non-denominational Christian church and have been encouraging my husband and I to go to church. I kept saying "yeah yeah" for a while but finally decided to go to their church the beginning of this past March - almost 3 years since my last time at church. It is 30 mins away from where we live and I knew my husband wouldn't want to do that on a regular basis, especially when service starts at 9:30 am and we have a toddler. Still I thought I'd check it out. It felt very much like the other church I attended in San Diego but I knew I would have to find one closer to home if I wanted my husband and son to attend. There is a church I've seen very near our home that also has a Christian preschool program I started looking at for our son and for some reason it began speaking to me and so I went. For the very first time in my life that I can remember, I felt like I was HOME! I have finally determined and accepted that for me at least, being Catholic is like trying to fit a square peg into a round hole. It was this past Easter Sunday that I was in tears and asking God back into my heart and re-committing to Him.




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ROZEEROZ1
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6/20/09 10:48 A

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I was 34 years old when I got saved. I had gotten off a bus and walking towards work. A voice said to me "I sent Jesus to walk on this earth for a reason and for that reason you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior." I said 'Okay". Then the voice told me that I needed to change. Since then Jesus has me on a road to healing past issues. Sometimes this road is very difficult.
But the saints like
David when he face Goliath comes to mind
Daniel in the lions den
Joseph when sold as a slave to Egypt
there are so many more to think about that one can't help but be reassured that Jesus is with us no matter what.

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6/19/09 1:25 P

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I'm not sure why, but it posted my message twice.

Edited by: CHANTELLE15 at: 6/20/2009 (01:19)

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Hmm...looks like I'm the youngest Christian here...I love to share my testimony, though, so read on if you would like... :)

I was saved at the age of 25. I was working with a guy who I really liked and asked him to go on a date with me. He said that we couldn't date because we didn't share the same beliefs. Having worked with him for over a year, I knew that he was very dedicated to his church, but he never really explained why. He never really talked about God. I challenged him to tell me how he knew my beliefs, when I didn't even know myself.

I grew up sometimes attending a Lutheran church (my family was not interested in spiritual things). I stopped going to the church because I didn't agree with the things being said from the pulpit. I went to college at a Catholic University, but I didn't believe the teachings of the catholics either (who would???). So...I asked the guy to share his faith with me.

Over the next few months, we spent quite a bit of time talking about God and the Bible. Then, he decided to invite me to a bonfire and hayrack ride for his church, Grace Baptist. I had so much fun and the people were so nice!! A couple weeks later, the guy invited me to come to a Sunday night service. I was so NERVOUS!! I was afraid I was going to say something wrong or do something wrong. I must have changed clothes 5 times! I almost called and told him that I couldn't come. Satan was really trying to keep a hold of me. But, I fought against him and found myself at church that night.

Over the next few months, I started coming to church more regularly. I gradually added in Sunday morning services and (about a year later) Wednesday night services. I'm not sure when it happened, but at some point, I realized I would rather be at church than anywhere else. During this time, I continued to talk to the guy about church and we grew even closer. His mom started witnessing to me and praying for me. One night in October of 2006, she invited me out for dinner. While we were at dinner, I finally asked her a question that had been on my mind for a long time, but I was too embarrassed to ask her son. "What does it mean to be saved??" She didn't laugh at me at all. She simply gave me the gospel. The greatest gift that I have ever been given. That night on the way home, I confessed my sins to God, put on my faith in Jesus Christ, and asked him for my salvation. My life has never been the same...

I would love to say that I have lived for the Lord and for the Lord alone since then, but I haven't. I have made my mistakes. Luckily, the Lord is just, but he is sooooo good, too. He has forgiven me and picked me up when I have fallen. He has turned my heart to Him. I have grown more confident in my Christian life and have started sharing the gospel with others. I had the greatest pleasure of sharing the gospel with my youngest sister and listening as she prayed for her salvation. My parents have even started coming to church and ask me questions about God and the Bible. My life has changed so much in the past 4 years. I love my God more than anyone or anything! He speaks to me every day. He is my best friend...my mentor...my Father.


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3/31/09 11:28 P

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My mom and dad told me I was saved at 5yrs. I didn't remember so I got reassurance in 8th grade Bible class. I have grown up in a Christian Home all my life and went to a Christian school. I come from a rather large church and I sing in the choir. I also work at our college. My oldest daughter just started our Christian school in August and my youngest will be starting this August. ~Heather


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IM12LAUGHMUCH
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3/31/09 4:11 P

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I was saved at the age of 5 after Sunday School one Sunday. I remember it because I tried to do it again the next week and my SS teacher shared with me how it was a one time deal and that once I was saved, I would always be saved. Now I work hard at growing!

To learn more about my family:

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BLESSEDBONDBLF
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3/31/09 3:57 P

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I don't know how old I was when I was saved. I went to church with a friend on the bus for several weeks in a row. The church was Maranatha Baptist in South Jersey. I heard the gospel and after a few weeks I needed to be sure. I was too scared to walk the isle, so I took a walk with our horses after church that day and asked the Lord to forgive my sins and be my saviour. I think I was around 10. Praise the Lord for the bus ministry.

Here is how the Lord works: I went home and told my mom that I got saved. My mom is catholic and this scared her so she wouldn't allow me to go back to that church. In my last year of college I began to go for catholic instruction. I met my husband two weeks later. Steve asked me about my salvation. It took a while but eventually I got assurance of my salvation! We got married and have been living for the Lord ever since. My brother, sister, and mother have all since made professions of faith. We are still praying for my dad.

The Lord knows exactly where His children are. Though her intentions were honorable, not even my mother could pluck me out of God's hand!



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SEWINGMEG
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3/31/09 2:08 P

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I was saved at the age of 6... It was after Vacation Bible School one day.. I asked my mom what it meant, and she led me to the Lord by my bed that evening.

Margie

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SEWINGMEG
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When were you saved, plus any other things you want to share about your salvation.

Margie

Let your head be more than just a funnel to your stomach. -- German Proverb

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