From Knowing About God to Knowing Him... a Made New Story: “As a child, I had always known who God was and believed in Him. I grew up in the Church. But even though I “knew” who He was, I didn’t experience Him in a real way. It wasn’t until I was in 10th grade that I really felt His presence and love. I had been experiencing a lot of anger, resentment, and holding grudges. I didn’t want to forgive someone who had
Growing up, I always felt different...like something was missing. I felt like I was on the outside looking in... like I didn’t belong. That feeling continued throughout my life. I thought I had found the answer in drugs. I started using at a very young age of 12. By the time I was 19, I had tried just about every kind of drug. By the time I was 21, I was placed on probation for ten years.
I had a hole in my heart that couldn’t be filled. I never felt “good enough” for anyone, let alone God. All my life I had significant depression, anxiety, and very low self-esteem. I had a very misconstrued image of what love was. That really affected my marriage and relationships. Nothing ever seemed to work out, and people kept failing me. I suffered a lot of loss and hardships. I couldn’t figure out why. I was a good person, but I was never taught to live for God and not me.
Growing up in the church was instrumental for me in hearing about God and His love for me. Until high school, I can’t necessarily pinpoint an exact time or place where I gave my life to Jesus. However, there were several real and memorable encounters that moved me more into a deeper relationship with Him.
Going to church was a regular thing for me as a young kid. My parents are believers in Christ, and my dad was a minister in the Pentecostal denomination. I knew who Jesus was from a young age. I remember the first time I felt the Holy Spirit. I must've been about 6 or 7 years old, and I watched my dad give a trial sermon at our church. As he preached, Jesus came into my heart, and
God has given me life. I was dead to everything in my life other than my family, my wallet, and my wants. I never wanted to learn anything more than how to make more money and own more possessions. But today, all I want to know is how God wants me to live my life...
My early childhood was spent living in an alcoholic home. My mom worked in bars, and when my dad wasn’t working, he was drinking. I either wouldn’t know how they were going to be when they came home or I would have to spend the night somewhere else. When I stayed home, there was the possibility of seeing a drunken fight. At 10 years old, I moved into my uncle’s house where I started to
I was raised in an amazing home with parents who taught me about Jesus and how important He is to us. But at 15 I started to stray from the path, which lasted for many years. I only prayed when I needed something, like God was my own genie. As I got older, I started realizing how empty I was and that what I was doing was not going to make me happy. Making the same decisions over and over again would never fill the void in my heart. I was thirsty for something more, so I
I was raised in a religious family. Doing all the things religious children do, I had many questions that were left unanswered. I left the Church before I turned 20, feeling like I didn’t belong.
I attended several churches throughout my adult life, always looking for where I might be connected with God. When Overflow Church first opened their doors, I was there with my family hoping to find what I had
RON AND AMANDA BARRETT-
Transformation as a Family- A Made New Story: "During the last 3 years, our family has been remarkably transformed by the Grace of Jesus Christ. Our journey has taken us on a lot of unexpected turns along the way. However, we've come to experience God's goodness through it as we've learned to surrender to
By the Grace of God, I haven’t had a drink since August 12th, 2012. This is the longest I have been sober since I was 16 years old. Drinking wasn’t always ugliness. It became ugly when it was the only thing that mattered. I lost sight of everything that was important to me. Alcohol was blocking out my family, my friends and all my relationships. I had so much hate. No love could get in or out. The last straw in my drinking career was when
"No Matter How Old You Are"... a Made New Story:
"I was a lost person roaming around until my gram talked to me about Jesus. I had no clue who He really was until she explained to me who He is and why He is. She told me about going to church to worship Him for what He’s done. She inspired everyone in my family to come