Monday, July 1, 2013

10 Years Later

I started this post last month and never finished it. I am finally getting a chance to finish and post it. I wrote it on June 8...

Ten years ago this very weekend, I attended a trip to Fall Creek Falls. I had been visiting the College & Career class at Grace Evan for a few weeks. Even though I was neither in college nor did I have a career. I was 18 and not even a high school graduate. But thought I knew everything about life. Oh how little I really knew.

This weekend I am again attending a trip to Fall Creek Falls with Grace Evan. My sweet husband is the guest speaker for the annual Jr. High Youth Camp. I'm 28, a college graduate, a wife and a mommy. My "identity" has changed a lot since the last time I was here at Fall Creek Falls.

One day, I might gain the courage to blog in detail about my testimony and how the Lord is the redeemer of all things. But for today, I will keep it short and to the point. Ten years ago I sat down in a chair in the meeting room at group lodge 1 at Fall Creek Falls. My friend Shane Carmichael was sharing a bit of his testimony. It was like the Lord was speaking directly to me in that very moment. I stood up from that chair a very changed young women.

"Long my imprisoned spirit lay,
Fast bound in sin and nature’s night;
Thine eye diffused a quickening ray—
I woke, the dungeon flamed with light;
My chains fell off, my heart was free,
I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.
My chains fell off, my heart was free,
I rose, went forth, and followed Thee."

I had no understanding of the impact that moment would have on the rest of my life. I was full of pain and so much anger at how my life was turning out. I stood from that chair full of the joy of Christ and a hope in my future with him. Like I said, one day I might blog all about how deeply the Lord saved me from my life of anger motivated sin. 

 I am a child of God, born a sinner but saved by grace thru faith.

 This is my husband Craig, our daughter Lindley Belle and myself. Standing in the very spot where my chair sat 10 years ago. I have spent the last week listening to my husband preach the gospel in the very same room where the gospel changed my life. Returning to this place with my husband who loves me with a Christ like love and our daughter who we are raising in the admiration of the Lord...well there are just no words to express the joy in my heart. 10 years prior the Lord shinned his light down on me in that room and I'm sure he just couldn't wait for me to find out all the things he had planned for those 10 years!


Katie Anderson said...

Beautiful moving testimony! Thanks for sharing!