My life before Christ wasn’t awful, but I wasn’t the best person I knew I could be. I would hold terrible grudges and forgiving others was non-existent for me. I also lost all faith in myself and my abilities as a person. I felt like I would never reach any of my goals that I have set for myself and almost completely gave up. I felt as if no one else cared about me then I shouldn’t care about myself either. What led me back to Christ were the Tuesday Bible discussions with Pastor Kent before we started work. He was someone that listened and taught me how to pray. He had so much patience even though sometimes Though I didn’t have faith in myself, he had so much patience with me and continued to encourage me. I felt that if someone who hasn’t even known me that long could believe in me then I could believe in myself.
I truly believe that God wanted me to meet Kent and he was meant to help me rebuild a relationship with Christ. It took a lot for me to get to where I am now from where I was last year. Currently, I pray almost every day. Whether it’s praying for others or just for some strength and encouragement for my upcoming day, prayer has become a normal part of my day. I have a more positive outlook and no longer feel bad about myself. I have also begun to let go of the unforgiveness that was holding me captive. When I want to hold a grudge, I immediately pray and forgive. It makes me feel better but it also makes it easier to go to them and share openly and candidly about it so we can move forward.
I know I don’t come to church as often as I should but I do know that Journey Church has played a big part in who I am today. When I do attend the services, I always feel like God is speaking just to me to help me understand or solve a situation that I’m going through. It’s a great feeling coming into a place where people are quick to greet you with a smile and welcome you so sincerely. I know they are happy to see my face. My words of advice would be if in doubt, feeling bad or sad, or just having a wonderful day always pray about it. Journey church has taught me a lot about praying and how it not only heals the mind but the soul as well. Thank you Journey Church and especially Pastor Kent for always just being there for me it means so much more than you know.
Sabrina M. Johnson