Mama Mia! I was born into a large Italian Catholic family. I started a life of prayer with God when I was seven or eight years old. The only person missing from this relationship was Jesus. It wasn’t until many years later that I learned I needed Jesus as my Lord and Savior.

On his long commutes home my husband would listen to a popular radio station that featured pastor’s sermons throughout the day. One day he came home and started telling me everything he was learning and it rocked my world! I had been from the school of thought that if you did good and were a good person you would go to heaven. I believed that other deities were actually God but He was called by the name given to Him by these other religions. This was not what my husband was learning from these radio pastors! About the same time two friends began to tell me their stories and about how Jesus had changed their lives and that simply being a good person was not going to secure my spot in heaven when I died.

One of these friends gave me a book titled, “Left Behind” a fictional story about Biblical end times and how those who were left behind when Jesus came and took all those who believed in Him to heaven. I devoured this book and couldn’t put it down. I remember the night I finished reading I set the book on my nightstand and began my nightly prayers. I told God that I did not want to be left behind. That I was sorry for all my sins and that I wanted His Son to live in my heart. I went to sleep and the next morning I woke up and I was a different person! I didn’t look different but I certainly felt different. I knew a shift within me had happened. And, even though life has its many ups and downs, I am forever grateful that sixteen years ago two friends cared enough about me to share Jesus with me.

Shalom!

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