Please welcome Sarah for this week’s Salvation Stories Saturday! Sarah’s story gives me such hope as a mother. I am thankful her mother was obedient to God’s leading. I pray that I will be as well!
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Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3:3
I grew up in Christian home from day one. I knew that I needed Christ as my personal Savior; I knew I was a sinner, and all that. I believed or thought I was saved.
When I was 9 or 10 I remember I would hear voices. Very odd voices; I tried to make them out, tried to understand what was being said. I remember it bothered me a lot. Sometimes I would put my hands over my ears to just make it stop. It was like a bunch of voices in a weird language, I never could make it out. As time went on I would just remain silent and REALLY try to listen. I believe in time I may have understood them. Scary to think, it reminds be of the book, The Beautiful Side of Evil by Johanna Michaelson.
I also had a lot of nightmares. Images would appear in the window a lot too. I know a lot of children have nightmares and see things, but I really believed they were there. It was different, I would REALLY see something. The presence of whatever it was, was very intense.
I used to have this one dream where I was in my house (the one I lived at when I was 10), and there was a girl there. She looked just like me, except she had tinted red eyes, was shadowy in appearance. She would chase me all over our house. She never seemed to catch me, but I was always running in total fear during each dream.
One day when my mom and I were doing school (I was home schooled), I was acting up as usual. I was a strong willed child.
My mom told me later, that she was praying “Oh Lord, help me. Why do I have to go through this EVERY year with her? Give me strength.” She then heard the Lord say to her, “Ask Sarah if she is saved.” My mom was taken off guard,as this had nothing to do with me being defiant. She obeyed and asked me if I was saved. I said I was not sure, that I thought I was. She asked me if I wanted to be saved, born again, and I said yes. She then said well then let’s make sure.
So we went and sat on the bathroom floor in the house (no idea why in there ), and we prayed. It was very odd, because at 10 years old I cried after I prayed. I didn’t realize all that had happened, but I knew then I was saved, born again. Peace was there, and it was something I couldn’t explain.
A few days went by and I realized I couldn’t hear those annoying voices anymore. It was a miracle really. I was so overjoyed! Soon, I had that one dream about the shadowy girl again. She began to chase me as she always had done. I remember standing the kitchen in the dream. She was chasing me around the middle table, and I stopped running. She stared at me like “what are you doing?” I thought about Jesus as my Savior, and the power in His name, and how He is with me now, and the Holy Spirit is in me. So I looked at her, and said “In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, leave me alone” In a split second she was gone, poof!
I NEVER had that dream again! I did not see scary things around the house anymore, or have nightmares all the time.
When I look back at that, I stand in awe. I am thankful beyond words that Jesus prompted my mother to make sure I was saved.
I am truly born again, and this time I am sure of it.
Sarah is the mother of 2 adorable young boys both under 4 years old, with a third one due in March 2013. Married to her best friend, living a simple life in Kansas. A place she never dreamed she would enjoy living. She has been walking with the Lord Jesus for about 21 years. He is part of her life, He is the meaning, the joy, the only reason she can get up each morning and keep going in this crazy world. She is the owner of the blog Sarah: Simply Me. It’s filled with tips/ideas, recipes, her life, reviews and more.