Claire R.

Claire R.

from KS
Story #317
I have been incredibly blessed by God to have been born into a loving family and to have been raised by Christian parents, who have taught me everything I know. From the start of my life, my parents have set the example of a Christian life to both my sister and I. Although I was young when I prayed to receive Christ, I still remember the event well. Shortly before coming to Christ, I would ask questions concerning Christianity such as: (Note: this conversation is not word for word to fulfill the requirements of including scripture)

“Mommy, what is sin?” To which my mother replied, “It is an action which breaks God’s laws. The Bible says, ‘For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.’ It is impossible for any human to not sin because if you stumble at just one point you are guilty of breaking all of God’s laws. (James 2:10) The punishment for sin is death and separation from God.” “Well then, how can you be forgiven?”

“Acts 16:31 says that all you have to do is believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins and paid the price of your punishment with His perfect blood- because He never sinned- and then God will forgive you of your sin and you will be saved.” Ever since I was saved, (when I was just four years old) my family has helped me to grow in my walk with Christ and encouraged me in so many ways. My sister especially is always cheerful and ready to put a smile on my face.

I thought I knew what direction my life was going in- until I moved. No familiar friends, no familiar surroundings, no idea what I would do then. Even though I prayed the sinners’ prayer when I was young, I didn’t really begin walking with God on my own until I had gone through the trial of a move when I was 12. I went to an amazing Strong in the Lord conference and was inspired to start reading my Bible regularly on my own, not just listening to my parents read it during our family devotions. This opened up a whole new world of having an independent walk with God.

But then I realized that I really wasn’t sure what God had planned for me. I prayed a ton about what His purpose and plan was for my life. Then, an opportunity came up and I was able to serve as a summer missionary teaching Backyard Bible Schools all over the city. I was blessed by having the chance to bring 2 kids to Christ that summer. It really changed me and how I viewed evangelism. I realize then that God won’t just reveal His whole plan for my life at once; instead He just showed me the path one step at a time.
In high school I really struggled with my identity. I lived like everything was perfect and happy but in reality, my life was messy. But then I learned to find my strength and joy from God. He has helped me overcome so many challenges and obstacles throughout my life. I moved again in the middle of my 9th grade year and that experience really made me rely on God even more for my strength and joy.

In the past several years, I have grown spiritually through ministry and service. The Lord had done a great work and I’ve been able to see it as I have helped with various ministries and I have also been helping lead a girls’ discipleship group for the past 3 years and this year I felt like the next step in God’s plan for me was starting my own group, which I did, this past year. I am looking forward eagerly to the future because I know it is all in His hands. The other day, I heard a quote that went, “When you don’t know what the future holds, look to the one who holds the future,” which is exactly what I plan to do.