Let Me Set The Stage

It was August 31st, 2013. Let me just set the stage . . .

I had gone out for a typical night of fun. Ugh – Dressed in my favorite leopard blouse and black skirt. I actually had mid-length hair at the time … I thought I was rockin’ it. I was really enjoying this season of my life – I had good friends, I was having a great time, and really living for me for once.

I had spent the seven years prior wrapped up in a terrible, abusive, and highly restrictive relationship. My clothes had to be approved of, I was not allowed to cut my hair, spend money, visit friends – even seeing family was an issue. Or, my personal favorite – I could see them and then get punished for it later – moving on

That night I went out and drank WAY too much. I’m one that can handle myself pretty well. Sadly, at the time I was spending my downtime on Friday evenings when I had to work going through a 5th of alcohol on my own with a giant pizza and a pack of smokes – I was just “LIVIN’ MY BEST LIFE”.

But – that night, thankfully having a very good friend with me. After a long night, I just remember seeing the dark pavement and throwing up blood. Seeing a taxi – no one would take me home though because of the state I was in. Her seventeen-year-old daughter came to pick us up, to the best of my recollection. Next thing I vaguely remember being stripped and showered in her bathroom, robbed up, and given a nice place to sleep on her bedroom floor. I was clothed, cared for, had a pillow, warm blanket, and roof over my head. – GRACE. Abundant Grace!

Y’all I was so steeped in my sin. I was not livin’ the life that Christ called me to live. I was “going to church” when I pleased. I checked in and checked out … made sure to make sure everyone knew I was there when I was there. I was not in the Word of God – I was cherry-picking my way through life based on scriptures that made me feel good at the time.

I needed THIS night to change my life! Did I need to sin? Absolutely not! BUT – I needed God to intervene the way He did when He did and how He did.

I wrote the statement above on September 3rd, 2013. That night I went to a Bible study. After months of being invited to this same Bible study and me blowing them off- I finally went, because selfishly – I was done with the world. FINALLY – I surrendered. I divulged every wicked thing I had done. I was over it. I was so tired of that life. I was so mortified with how I had allowed my vile nature to take hold of my heart, mind, and soul. I was deeply grieved, I repented, I turned away from it all.

God predestined me for His plan and purpose, I knew it at that moment that I had to surrender it all at His feet and stop wrestling with the strongholds in my life at that current time.

On September 8th, 2013 I was re-baptized. I was once baptized when I was ten or eleven because my parents, with very good intentions, had me baptized. As an adult, I desired to make the commitment to Jesus Christ, publically for everyone to see so that I may be held accountable for my relationship with the Lord and any sins that I would commit moving forward.

Sanctification

Regeneration

Commitment

Proclamation

I was supposed to be baptized in the river the weekend I went out to have my little night on the town … well, that would have been pretty in the Bend, Oregon sun, and beautiful park setting. I’m sure the pictures would have turned out fantastic too! Instead, I was humbly baptized in a beautiful, small silver horse trough. Inside the building of a small and very unique church.

In that trough, I can only explain it like this – I was sitting there expecting nothing. More of just the same really. I remember praying and being prayed over. Proclaiming that I would forever live for Christ and I was sincere about what I meant. I was so hungry for more of Him and I wanted everyone to know that I was serious about what was about to happen – I was entering into a public promise before Christ and everyone that I would forever be held accountable to living as a follower of Jesus.

And then it happened – I went under and came up again. The feelings welled up inside of me. I had never felt that way before! Something was completely different. Pure relief! The old woman was gone !! I was a new woman in Christ, I was no longer bound to the bondage, sin, and everything that strapped me to the life that was keeping me from pursuing Him freely. After coming out of the water I intimately remember feeling FREE!

“And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” ‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭6:11‬

On November 3rd, 2013 – Matt entered the scene 2 months later. And here we are … married.

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Terah Nichole

I am passionately pursuing the Lord & write about what reflects Jesus Christ, the Word of God and our faith. Be encouraged to proclaim the pure Gospel of Christ in your daily life also.

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