My life is very much like most. My parents divorced when I was young and spent my teenage years being raised by a single mom. I was blessed to have Godly grandparents and a great grandmother. My dad’s parents lived in Canada and my mom’s family lived in North Carolina. My mom. brother and I would come down and spend the summer with my grandparents in NC. They loved church and to this day I still can see my great grandmother pulling back the curtains and telling us kids, “Rise and shine, it’s church time!” I hated it then but miss it now! We attended the First Free Will Baptist Church that was just down the street. I was so blessed to be reared in this church. Pastor Calvert loved his congregation and He loved the Lord. He was always there for your family no matter the time of day. The song, “Thank You” by Ray Boltz always reminded me of Preacher Calvert.
The Youth Group was amazing! The love that was shown to us kids was beyond measure. The way they shared Jesus made you always want more, we never wanted to leave. It has left a lasting impression in my life. I could never thank them enough for the love of Jesus they showed and shared with me! Thank you Mike L, Stanley S, Gary C, and Donnie H, for letting God use you to show us Him and His love.
One day at a revival service at the age of twelve I gave my heart to Jesus. The tugging on my heart that night is a feeling that I will always cherish. Pastor John Gibbs was preaching that revival service and I thank God for using Him to bring me to Jesus.
My teenage years were hard. I had a lot of resentment and rebellion in my heart but I always knew God was with me. I ran away from home several times and moved in with my boyfriend’s family. I knew God was very unhappy but I was living for myself and not Him.
We got married and he joined the ministry at my church and became youth pastor. I was finally giving back to other people by sharing the news of Jesus Christ with their children. Those years were wonderful and I was at peace and living for God.
But as years went on I started looking to myself again and living in hurt and discontentment. I had a sinful heart. I knew Him but stopped getting to know Him. I was living in my own self-pity and looking to myself for change (I left my first marriage) when all I needed to do was give it to God and ask Him to help me. I took matters in my own hands and decided I was going to make my happiness and get it my way. During this time I met a man who would eventually (with the help of God) change my life. When we both met, we were living for ourselves but God has done a tremendous work in our lives.
He has given my husband a love for Him and the people who don’t know about the power of Christ’s death on the cross like I have always prayed for in a husband. We have had our bumps and a lot of them are because I have lived selfishly and acted so but God is still working on me. I am a work in progress. He has blessed me with a loving tender heart for people and I thank Him for that and pray that He will continue to use my husband and I to help further His kingdom and bring the truth to a lost and dying world!
Angela works from home and helps support her family through: worldprayr.org/store