Thursday, August 25, 2011

Happiest Night

LV and I had tucked the children into bed and were once again reading the Bible. It got late and we laid it aside to try and get some sleep ourselves. But instead of falling asleep we talked. We discussed what we had been reading, discussed our life up until this point, we had never done anything we considered to be wicked or particularly sinful but somehow that night we could draw no comfort from that.

The longer we talked the more serious things looked.Almost as if layers of curtains were being pulled back and we could really see ourselves. It wasn't pretty and we knew without a shadow of a doubt that we were not good enough on our own to get to heaven. To fully realize that was the most terrifying feeling ever. We had to do something.

We got out of bed and cried out to Jesus to save us. That we were done trying to be good on our own and really really needed him. The peace that washed over us then I really can't describe. I had never felt so light and carefree in my life. It was as if giant burdens had been lifted and we knew without a shadow of a doubt this was real. Jesus had really saved us.

The rest of the night sleep was not on our minds. The joy we felt was much too deep and profound to be sleepy and we talked, praised, and tried to refrain from singing since we didn't want to wake the children. I couldn't wait until the next morning to call my Mom to tell her about our good news. The feeling of being forgiven that we had anticipated at baptism had finally swept over us and I knew she would be thrilled for us.

30 comments:

TanasiGirl said...

That is a GREAT testimony! If only everyone could know that feeling, surely they wouldn't be so quick to reject the Christian life.

Donna said...

This brought me goose-bumps, as any story of becoming born again does. I'm so glad I can call you sister!

Magnolia Tea said...

I'm so glad for you! Thank the Lord! Thank the Lord! You know, your experience sounds like a text we even might read from the Bible. Would that everyone had the same.

Cheryl said...

What a testimony! I am so thankful we are saved by GRACE.

Laura said...

Beautiful! Praise God for His Grace on us! I loved hearing your testimony. Thank you for sharing it! How beautiful that you had to refrain from singing praises... your joy was complete!! :)

Donna said...

Accepting Christ as your personal savior!

Blessing!

Peg said...

Hallelujah! What a wonderful time for you!

quintuplicatemom said...

What a fantastic account! I especially like the thought that you did this together.

Sarah Forgrave said...

Wow, I've been away from blogging for a while, but I'm so glad I came back to read THIS post! Now I'm anxious to go back and fill in the blanks. :)

What a wonderful story!

LDH said...

A most precious and joyous moment!

Elizabethd said...

That is such a lovely testimony, it does indeed bring shivers down the spine.
I now wonder how your mother felt.

Knitwit said...

What a wonderful night! There's nothing like the feeling of knowing what your Savior has done for you.

Why do I get the feeling that the ax is about to fall?

Mikailah said...

That is amazing... such a wonderful testimony! Thank you for sharing!

Kathleen said...

Thank you for your testimony! It's wonderful to know that you and LV met the Lord together~
I LOVE the stories of the moment of salvation in people's lives.
And I completely understand that peace and knowledge of God's immediate work! When I got saved, a crowd of people were laying hands on me and praying (I'd asked the to) and while they were praying, I was inviting Him into my life. When they were finished, I felt as if someone had wrung out a big towel over me,from head to toe! I had to feel my skin to be sure! (I was not wet...I just felt as if I'd been bathed) I was! Washed clean, by the blood of the Lamb! Praise God!

Violet said...

What a wonderful testimony of the sufficiency and power of His Word to draw you to Himself!

Nancy said...

Wow. How wonderful! It brings me such joy to read it!

Linda from KY said...

What a joy to read about how Jesus saved you! It reminded me of the time when I realized my need for a Savior and cried out to Jesus. How sweet it is to trust in Jesus!

Toriz said...

How wonderful for you! :)

The imPerfect Housewife said...

"Thy will be done" were words that changed my life. ♥

Mrs. J. and Miss J. said...

The angels were singing in heaven, even if you could not sing that night. Such a testimony always brings me back to the night I came to the Lord and the unbelievable joy and peace. As you said it was like a veil was lifted from my eyes and my heart. Cannot wait to hear more.

Peggy said...

I knew it was just a matter of time! God's grace!! Now, you tell your parents......

Yesterday's Farm said...

Praise God!! I loved your sweet and from your heart pure testimony! I am very happy for the both of you!! Many blessings though your Christian walk with our Heavenly Father. God Bless, Laura at Ky Yesterday's Farm

Grammy Blick said...

Praise God for our salvation!! No one can understand until they, too, have experienced it. We speak of it, we call people to it, we write blogs about it, we encourage Bible reading for it -- and receive such blessings when we hear someone has found it. It's a blessing just to know we'll see each other in eternity.

bristowmom said...

To experience that joy and peace simultaneously with your husband must have been awesome!

The Johnson Family Adventures said...

I have been following your story for a long time now--I think it was around the time you started your blog! I have been eagerly waiting for this post! Praise the Lord for salvation through Jesus!

Aliene said...

Just a little taste of what heaven will be. Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine. Oh, what a taste of glory Divine. That is the song that came to mind when I read your blog. May the Lord's richest blessings be with you both.

Joyce said...

With God's angels in heaven, I too rejoice and welcome you both to God's Kingdom. Hallelujah praise God forevermore for our Salvation. May all your days be filled with wisdom and guidance from the Holy Spirit. May you be lead by your Master on your journey and down the pathways of kindness and goodness out into the fields so white with plentiful harvest. May God bless you richly and may the blessing forever flow from you like and endless river.

Jules said...

Praise the Lord! What an awesome testimony! It proves that no one goes unnoticed to God. He does use His Holy Spirit to witness to us and to whisper that sweet peace, through His salvation to each of us.

Michele said...

I loved reading your recent posts about your Salvation. The true "power" of the Lord is amazing!

Becca said...

Wonderful to read your salvation story, Mary Ann.

Some come gradually to faith. Some come after a season of suffering. Some come suddenly out of the blue. Some come kicking & screaming. And some come gently & profoundly.

But, come to Jesus, they all do. May all of our friends, family & acquaintances do likewise.