I was privileged to have grown up in a Christian home, where my parents, although young believers themselves, endeavored to live by the truth and principles of Scripture. They were constantly growing and living out godly sanctification through a personal walk with Christ. Living in this environment exposed me to Bible preaching three or more times a week and surrounded me with godly influences.
At the age of five, under the gospel preaching of my pastor, the Lord burdened my heart over the reality of my sin. Romans 5:8 “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” That night I acknowledged that my sin would separate me from a Holy God apart from Christ’s saving work. So with child-like faith, I repented of my sin and trusted in Christ as my Savior.
Throughout my growing up years, I allowed sin to win and hid under the guilt of my failure. And as I entered my junior high years, I was graciously caught in my sin. I stood at a crossroad: Choose to continue in my sin or devote myself to the service of my King. Through conviction and parental guidance, I humbled myself and sought forgiveness. It was only then that I really remember the Lord begin to change me.
Even into my freshman year of college, I struggled with doubt over my salvation and whether or not I had truly understood the gospel at such a young age. But God’s Word remained powerful and true to me. “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:” John 1:12. After claiming that verse and taking God at his Word, I have seen exponential growth and assurance of Christ’s salvation power.
Throughout the last several years, God has made my relationship with Him so sweet. I have seen the comfort of His Word through success and victory and, trials and failure, yet He remains faithful to me. Psalm 84:11 “For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.”
In the spring of 2020 when Jeremy reached out to me about traveling, I was very hesitant to give up 9 months of career to travel. But through circumstances, godly counsel, and God’s Word, God clearly showed me this was in His timing and plan. I’m thrilled to be embarking on this next adventure.