On October 15, 1995, my life was changed dramatically, and I will never be the same. I use to live life for myself, not knowing the difference. I would go on doing the things that the world was doing thinking that was "normal". I use to drink a lot, and be very mean. I could pick someone apart and rip them from limb to limb with my tongue.
I had this friend Morgan who invited me to a youth rally. I went scoping out the scene for some men. But God had something more than that in store for me. I saw how sincere the people were in their faith and worship to God. I knew that there had to be something more. I could see that these people were so happy, and peaceful, and I wasn't. Sure I had friends, respect, and popularity, but what was I missing.
There was an alter call that night, and Morgan went to the front of the church, and I didn't want to sit by myself, so I went, and I started to pray about things in my life and all the things that I had done. The preacher then made a call for all those who wanted to recieve the baptism of the Holy Spirit. I didn't know what it was, but I went anyway. I felt something pulling me that way. I went and started praying and raising my hands to God for the first time, and I felt my knees get weak as I fell to the ground and was now on my knees with my hands raised to the heavens. This was all such a shock to me. The next thing that I could remember was the preacher saying just let the words flow. I had no idea that he was talking to me, but I quickly realized that the words that he "wanted me to let flow" were coming from me. I was speaking in other tongues!!! I had no idea where, when, why, who, or how. I had gone to a Baptist church and they never did this before. But it felt great. I was at peace. I knew that it was from God. There was no denying it. I had to turn to him, and the anchor that was placed in my heart that day holds and will always hold. Although I may not be perfect in my Christian walk I know that God has a hold of my heart, and I am his until that final day. I want to be able to get to heaven and not be ashamed of the way that I lived my life. That is why I live by faith and not by what everyone else is doing....is teen pregnancy, drugs, teen alcoholics, suicide, and anger the norm? I think not. I want to be a part of something that is real, true and good. God is all that. It is the Monday-Saturday relationship with God that makes you a Christian, not the Sunday attendance in church!!!