When I was a child my parents rarely went to church. I would ride the church bus to church, and in the summertime I would stay with my great aunts and go to the church camp that her church offered. One year I attended a VBS. I think I was maybe 9 years old. I asked Jesus in my heart, but I really didn’t understand what it meant to have a relationship with Jesus. I continued going to church camp into my teen years and got baptized when I was at church camp. I did not make good decisions in high school. We did not attend church much, and unless my mother decided that she wanted to try it again…still never had a REAL relationship with Christ. I made a number of unwise choices when I turned 18 starting with moving in with my boyfriend. When that relationship didn’t workout I met my first husband. He cheated on me a number times before I realized I just couldn’t stay with him and have a relationship where I could trust him. So, that marriage ended in divorce which caused me to go into a depression and make a number of unwise choices with partying and things like that. Finally, when I was 26 I met my current husband. At that time he was on fire for God and we attended a bible study and church together. I felt like I was finally on the road to having a real relationship with Jesus! We have a pretty good relationship and our marriage. We have been married for 20 years and we’ve had our ups and downs for sure! Always through my struggles with depression and when I was very sick and almost passed away I can feel Jesus’s presence with me! Now I have a daily relationship with him! There is no way that I can get through the ups and downs of life without that relationship! I want to live my life for Jesus and do what he wants me to do with my life! I am so grateful for what He has done for me by dying on the cross for my sins and I can never repay that! So my gift back to him is to do my best to please Him!! I am not perfect because I am still human! But I do my best!
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