ON THE JOURNEY

MICHAEL DUVAL, CO-PASTOR

Here are life-change stories shared by two people who have committed their lives to Jesus and were baptized this month to show it:

 

My Story

Before I trusted Jesus, the greatest battle I felt like I was facing alone was anxiety and depression.  These toxic feelings have a way of over-riding my rational thought process and placing me in a dark hole that’s hard to get out of.  I always felt negative and complained about everything.  It was toxic not only to myself, but to others around me.  I did not want to be that person anymore.  I decided I wanted to be a Godly woman.  I wanted people to see and hear God working through me.

 

Since building my relationship with Jesus, I know I am not alone, and His presence floods my heart.  I feel like a stronger person—mentally, spiritually, emotionally.  I believe I have become a better person by trying to rid myself of those toxic, negative thoughts and negative energy.  I have tried to be the light for others, just as Jesus would want us to be.  I feel so much stronger in my faith and so much closer to God.  I am a daughter of the King, and that makes me royalty.  Nothing is better than that!

 

My Story

Before I trusted Jesus, my life was crazy and hectic.  I grew up in church, but when I graduated high school, and I moved out on my own, I started to distance myself and stopped going to church all together.  I was not following Jesus the way that I knew I was supposed to.  I felt like I didn’t have a purpose and that I didn’t know what I was supposed to be doing.  I’d pray and talk about my faith, but I still wouldn’t go to church and still didn’t feel like I belonged anywhere.  I started going to Journey with one of my friends and immediately fell in love with everyone and the style of the worship and teachings on Sunday mornings.

 

I recently got out of a 7-year relationship, one where I thought he was the person I was meant to be with.  It hit me really hard when we broke up.  I immediately turned to the Lord and prayed and asked him to help me.  I was the type of person who was very co-dependent on my significant other, and I was afraid of being alone.  I hated that I was so co-dependent on that person because when we broke up, I felt so alone.  At the lowest time in my life, the Lord was there to pick up the pieces and put me back together, and he’s shown me who my true friends are and has shown me what I need to do in order to be a friend to those that have helped me through the toughest time.  It’s only been two months, but I am happy.  I am so genuinely happy because the Lord has shown me he is really there in my darkest times and that he is always there to listen and to help me get through each day. I would not be here today or be as happy as I am if it weren’t for him.  There is no doubt in my mind that I am getting through everything that has and is continuing to happen in my life if it weren’t for how great of a God he is.  I have learned to trust him in the good and the bad times, and I cannot wait to continue to turn to him in my darkest and in my greatest moments.

 

Since deciding to trust in Jesus, I feel so alive, and even though I don’t feel like I have a specific purpose yet or an idea as to what I’m supposed to do, I feel as though I am on the right path.  I have found a great church and have made some amazing new friends who have helped me stay on track with the path that I feel like I am supposed to be on.  I am more comfortable now with my faith and expressing my faith than I was before.  I am so excited to see where this new journey takes me, following his path and continuing to broaden my knowledge on who he is and his word.