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February 20, 2008
MARIA SOLOMON

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This Is My Story

 

I felt hopeless, unforgiveable, unlovable, defeated, the exception to God’s promise. 

For so many years I had these feelings.  I believed that Christ died on the cross to save me from my sins but I always felt that I was the exception to His forgiveness.  I was saved when I was 13 and baptized in Runnelstown, MS .  I was raised in a Christian home with wonderful parents who loved me but I just couldn’t grasp that I could be loved unconditionally by anyone, including God. 

 

My husband and I, along with our 9 month old daughter, moved from CA to Ocean Springs in October 2005 due to my father’s illness.  I felt so empty and lost and I knew that we needed to find a church. I felt that God was present in my life but He was just so distant.  We really didn’t know where to begin our search so I went to the Southern Baptist Convention website and printed a list of churches in the area.  On the evening of January 1, 2006 we decided to begin our search.  We began at the top of our alphabetical list and found that our first church was closed for the evening service due to it being New Years Day.  So we drove, searching for our second church on our list but couldn’t find it.   We had passed by Woodhaven Baptist Church two times and saw that it was open.  We decided to give this church a try, bypassing all the other churches on our list.  On that evening, my life was changed.

 

Looking back on that day, it was as if God handed a list to Bro. Sam of everything that I needed to hear.  On that night, Bro. Sam preached a message of “Which Path Are You On”.  That message really hit home with me and I knew that I was on the wrong path.  My husband and I felt that we had found our church home based on that one message and the warm welcome that we received that night.  Since then, God has slowly moved down that list with the help of Bro. Sam and with the help of other church members to cover each area of weakness that I have had in my walk with Christ. 

 

Over these past 2 years, I have had a lot of heartache.  I lost my father to cancer, my husband deployed to Iraq , and I miscarried a child, all of which were almost too much to bear.  However, God was right there by my side to help me through it.  It has been a slow process but God used these experiences to change my mindset about His love for me.  During one of the women’s bible studies, Discerning the Voice of God, His Word was finally driven home.  It was as if God flipped on a switch in my heart and I knew that I was forgiven!  I realized that Satan had made me feel unforgiveable by continuing to bring up sins from my past.  Because of this, I was not allowing myself to experience the fullness of God’s love.  God is a package deal!  You can not experience all He has to offer if you do not believe that He will forgive you!  

 

Now I am hopeful, forgiven, loved, victorious, and a child of God! 

 

I have finally accepted that God’s love is unconditional and that I am free!!  I am free from the bondage of sin and I have an inner peace that I have never felt before!  I desire to NEVER return to the lonely place that once consumed my life.  I desire to seek God on a daily basis; I want Him to be the Lord of my life forever!  I know that I must continue to pray, study, and fellowship or I will be susceptible to Satan’s deceitful attacks.  I can not put into words how thankful I am for God’s work in my life.  I am so thankful for Bro. Sam’s obedience when he prepares the messages for us each Sunday.  I am so thankful for the wonderful church family that I have and for the friends that I have made here.  God is alive and working in Woodhaven Baptist Church and because of this, I am free!  Now, as the military takes us to other places, I will take all of this with me.  I can’t help but tell others of how He has changed me and I pray that everyone finds this new found peace that God has given me.  There is no greater feeling!

 

 




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