I enjoy hearing testimonies of the Follower’s of Christ…how they have accepted Jesus as their Savior and their journey afterward. Their life with Christ, is a choice, a decision, to step forward, to move toward Jesus, and follow Him. When I listen to their testimonies, I am in awe. I am inspired, curious.
“For I am confident of this very thing that He who begun a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”
Phil 1:6 (NASB)
Here is my story…
I became a Follower of Christ at the age of 17. Being of the Catholic faith, I knew the story of Jesus and believed it. But, I wanted the relationship. I wanted the unconditional love. I wanted my name in the “Book of Life.” And I wanted to share Jesus with others. There were no supernatural encounters, no major behaviors that were overcome, and no major revelations. There was just a quiet belief. I heard Him calling to me…telling me that He loves me and would always be with me. One day I made a choice. I got out of my seat and I responded to an altar call.
After I responded to that altar call, life didn’t become easier…due to wrong choices. I still harbored fear. I worried about people’s opinions.
“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love.”
1 John 4:18 (NASB)
I did not quite understand this verse. I loved people, but I also knew I feared man’s opinion, responses, punishment. Fear makes you act and speak out of character.
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
1 John 1:9 (NASB)
I wasn’t prideful, I wanted a life with Jesus. I didn’t want to feel separated from Him, so I asked for forgiveness and stayed connected to a church family. I drew closer to God and He drew closer to me. I was learning more and more about God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. I desired the gifts. I spoke in tongues and I believed that healing was still available for the sick and dying. There were sorrows. I had marital troubles and I lost a child to SIDS, I can still remember being at the hospital waiting for my Pastor to arrive to lay hands on my son, so God would heal him. It didn’t happen, but the Holy Spirit was there with me.
“The LORD is near to the brokenhearted And saves those who are crushed in spirit.”
Psalm 34:18 (NASB)
I was still able to find joy and beauty in life. I found a job that brought out skills that I didn’t know that I had. God blessed me with three children. My children and I were part of a church community. I had my eyes on God.
My marriage eventually ended in divorce. It caused a change in my life. I went from being a stay-at-home mom to a working-career mom. I got remarried. My new life brought blessings, but each day I moved more toward the world. I stopped pursuing God…going to church, reading the Word.
BUT God. He remained faithful to me. I heard Him calling to me. I would talk with Him. There were things I did not understand. He was there whispering softly to my heart for He knew that I was tired of this world, hurt, angry. I wanted God and His goodness. I wanted to be the person that He made me to be. He told me that I could. What I needed to do. What He would do. I made a choice, I chose God, Jesus, Holy Spirit.
There have been hard times, sad times, confusing times, but there are also joyful times, peaceful times, victorious times. Times spent in His glory where I cannot help but weep because of His faithfulness to me. I see the blessings: He took me out of poverty, provided a home for me, a husband who loves me. a blended family of six, nine precious grandchildren, extended family, friends, a church family, a career, travel, and my health. He remains faithful to me and loves me.
Holy Spirit speaks to my heart about my purpose…
“to love the Lord with all my heart, with all my soul, and with all my mind.”
Matthew 22:37 (NASB)
I hear Him calling and my choice will be to follow Him.
[Dear Reader, do you hear him calling? Jesus is near and pursuing you. Is it time for you to make a choice? He will meet you there.]
Pursued by God,
Theresa Doran is a worshipper and daughter of the KING. A California girl by birth, she was born and raised in Orange County, California. Theresa currently lives in Murrieta, CA. She is a working mom, mother of three girls and three boys, grandmother to three grandsons and five granddaughters (plus one on the way) and a wife of almost twenty years to a fun-loving man.
Theresa is a quiet lover of God and his creations…. people, animals, the beautiful places to visit, colors, rainy days, the beauty of the different seasons, and the ocean – especially the ocean. She loves new adventures. Theresa has quite the bucket list: visiting Alaska, Ireland, New York, yachting and participating in a 5K run, just to name a few.
Theresa is also on a journey to have a healthy and strong body, soul, and spirit for God. Why? To live the life He has provided to the fullest.
Theresa accepted Jesus in 1979 and was baptized in the ocean at Corona Del Mar (again, the ocean). But that wasn’t her first experiences with the Lord. As a child she would flip through the bible looking for that one special scripture that would speak to her heart. When she first heard she could have more of Jesus, she was ready. Unfortunately, these things did not stop her from taking some wrong turns in life. But, God is ever faithful. He is a pursuer of hearts, and she knew that one day she would return to Him and never turn back. And that is just what she has done.
Theresa holds onto these words written in the Bible; “I am here today loving God and believing that anything is possible through Him.” Mark 9:23 (NLT). Her passion is to use God’s gifts to glorify Him and be a conduit of His love and healing grace.