My life before I accepted Christ: I always considered myself to be a good person. I believed in God and tried to keep the 10 commandments since I had a Catholic background. I thought I was a sheep of the Lord. I had been searching for truth in my teenage years (1980’s). I had visited many denominations and religions but determined that none of them had the right answers because they were all accusing the others of not having the truth and excluding everyone from Heaven unless they belong to their group. So I stopped going to church altogether and I decided I would follow God in my own way being good and living as good a moral life as I could. I got married at 16, had my son right before I turned 20 and life was good for me so far.
Circumstances surrounding your conversion: On August 4th, 1993 a lady invited me to a service at her church. She was nice so I went. The preacher was talking from John 10:27 “My sheep hear my voice”. She mentioned the fact that “you must be born again”. I had no clue what that meant so I deduced that I was in trouble if I was supposedly a sheep of the Lord and didn't know that fact. I felt that my life was messed up anyway. So I responded to the altar call and started weeping like a baby but felt that a huge burden was lifted off my back and like I was indeed a new born babe that needed to re-learn everything I knew about life and God. I felt tremendous joy and peace and felt the Lord was carrying me through my marital problems of the time and the divorce that I had to endure a few years after that in 1995.
How would you describe your spiritual growth from the time you accepted Christ to today? My spiritual growth has gone from a steady high climb for the first few years after my conversion, to a “Dark Night of the Soul” plunge for another few, and back to a bumpy but certain level of maturity through having experienced God’s love, mercy and faithfulness in my life’s tough journey. ‘I’m confident that He will finish the work He started in me’ (Phil 1:6).