Chelsea’s story

When someone grows up without Sunday school, without a bible, without a Christian influence in sight, how is it that I now know God?

“…I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” The Bible, Book of John 10 v10.

God can call us when we least expect it, when we least know Him. This was my calling.

At 22 years of age, I was living a single Newquay life (for those who know what this means), young and free, but the reality was that I was living with an emptiness inside, trying everything I knew to make myself feel whole and at peace, but nothing worked. Sadly, I was just coming to accept that this was all life had for me. I thought “life just has to change, but how?”

I woke on an October Sunday morning, I remember it like yesterday, the pull of the spirit drawing me to go to church for the first time in my life, it was a bizarre feeling at the time. I wouldn’t just get up and go as that was all a bit alien to me, but my house mate attended, and that day I probed her for answers to God and Bible related questions. The following Sunday I attended church, and from that day have never looked back.

Becoming a Christian was a no brainer, I saw and felt the wholeness, peace, love and more, just by knowing Jesus through the Bible, and through the smiles and conversations of the people at church. But the battle of the mind and heart, to shift the years of habits, denials, sins, and to learn to soften my heart to the things of God was all a challenge, but I can honestly say I love what God has done in my life, as soon as I turned to Him it all changed for the good. Being involved in an active, Jesus centred church looking out for your well-being as a Christian has been super important, you can’t easily do it alone, most especially in the crazy world we live in, that is why church exists.

The scriptures talk of a renewing of the mind, and believe me it’s true. God has made me whole; He has given me a peace and love I have never known in my life. My search for wholeness stopped at Him and I love every day for it. I am now 28 as I write this and can only hope that when I am 98 I still feel the same and more about God and all He does in my life.

Glory be to God who saved me from myself and the things of this world.

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” The Bible, Book of Romans 12 v2.