This lovely young lady reached out to me on Twitter, after seeing some of the stories shared, to say she would like to share her story. She recovered her true self when she surrendered to Christ and she expresses how much more awesome her life became as a result. Read and be blessed!
Hi I’m Karen and I’m from Ghana.
Growing up I did believe that there was a God but I didn’t really acknowledge His presence in my life. I grew up with just my mum and the God factor wasn’t really a priority to me. I’d pray once in a blue moon, well when I need something from God and when I don’t get it I’d just get angry.
I started to see life from a different point of view once I entered senior high school. I felt so uncool and not pretty upon hearing things people do and seeing the kind of life people lived. I thought I had been left behind so I was in a hurry to join them to explore the world. It was then I was introduced to sexual sin and I really did enjoy the life I was living and never regretted it one bit. Sexual sin had become a leading role in my life and I wasn’t bothered the least even after being confirmed and baptized in my final year of school. Though I felt guilty every time I indulged in such a thing I still had no urge to take one path. I was really lukewarm and though I wanted to change my ways I wasn’t ready to stop the things I did. I constantly did bad things. Took in alcohol. Lied my way out of my house to indulge in more bad things. It had gotten so bad that I didn’t even feel the guilt anymore. I’d flirt with guys and have flings and take in alcohol wherever and whenever. I was in my own world and I had even started convincing people to join me. I remember telling my best friend how all I want to do is have flings and well it isn’t a bad thing to do. She’s not judgemental but I’m sure she really hoped I’d just stop what I was doing.
I had started having dreams of The End and twice I had seen myself being left behind as my family vanished before my eyes. Someway somehow it had pushed me to know God a little. But shortly after being born again I quickly went back to my ways till one day after burying myself in romantic novels, I went to church. As the preacher gave his message I had a burning sensation under my feet, in my abdomen and in my palms. I was itching all over and it was just really uncomfortable. It’s like that thing was just pushing me out of the church but every time I stepped out of the church it stopped. I didn’t understand and the pastor would constantly look me in the eye as he preached. I felt it was time.
I wept as soon as I got home that night, it was scary. It was like I could feel a little voice tell me to open up my heart for the Lord to use me but I was just holding back. And I don’t know why I was holding back but I was really scared to finally take that path. I felt God wouldn’t want my dirty self for anything but every time I read my devotional, I could relate to every word or phrase. And I finally made up my mind to take one path. I started drawing away from certain people and began praying and reading my Bible more. It hadn’t been easy because it was at this time that many people kept coming my way. I felt it was like some test and I kept asking God for self control because it was getting out of hand and to let anyone with bad intentions out of my life. Many people stopped talking to me and I just let it slide because it’s what I had asked God for. I was able to reject people from my past and I finally decided to move on.
It’s been a month now and my life has completely changed. How I see the things that use to push me into doing bad, not even moving me a little baffles me. I pray more and I’m at peace with myself. I’ve never had so much joy in my life. I don’t even have to be in a state of worry or depression anymore because I trust in my Maker. So many blessings have come my way since then and sometimes I just don’t know how much more to thank Him.
The journey at the beginning was difficult but it got to a point I felt at ease. I felt I had been able to overcome the stepping stones. God started to show His glory over my life and I cannot even believe some of the things that have been happening. God opens his arms for all. He is our shepherd and we’re His flock. He’d always be our leader and He loves us too much to even lose one of us. No matter how dirty you feel your soul is or how lost you think you are, go to him because He would gladly turn your story into one that many wouldn’t be able to believe it is you. When the grace of God falls upon your life you wouldn’t even be able to contain the blessings you’ll receive. God is our Father and He loves us greatly. Everyone should be able to feel God’s love because it’s the greatest thing on this earth.
God bless you and He loves you!
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