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April 25, 2006
LORI GOFORTH

WHAT JESUS MEANS TO ME

I was raised in a loving and stable home, but for some reason I always struggled with self esteem issues. Although my Mom was a Christian, having placed her faith in Christ, she had never been taught some of the important and essential truths about what being a Christian really means. Consequently, she was unable to share them with me. As a young girl, I attended a Methodist church, but during my teen years, I chose not to attend at all. My teenage years brought tremendous rebellion and I kept looking for love and acceptance in all the wrong places.

It wasn’t until after I was married that I began to acknowledge God’s presence and work in my life. Although I felt a tremendous sense of responsibility as a mother, I also felt that I finally had what I really wanted from life: love, acceptance, husband, kids, and a stable home.  In short, God was so good to me I could no longer deny Him.  Our family started visiting different churches and after just a couple of months, on February 10, 1985, I responded to an altar call (an invitation) to accept Christ as my Savior. I was 25 years old.

My life changed immediately. I realized that Jesus was the answer to all my searching so I determined to be the best Christian I could be. As I grew in my knowledge of the Lord, another problem developed – pride. Often I looked at other Christians with a judgmental attitude and God had to teach me, through my own personal trials and temptations, that “I” can’t do anything on my own.

God has taught me, through hardships and trials, that the same grace that saved me can keep me saved through the years. He used some serious family trials to get me to depend on Him and His Word. He has directed me to churches, Sunday School classes, and Bible studies that have taught me His truth and I know that He will continue His work in me until the day of Christ Jesus’ return.

Lori Goforth




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