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The Gift of Salvation - Patelyn's Story

by Patelyn Crawford

I didn't grow up in a religious family until I met my foster family. I saw the way my foster parents lived in a Christ-like way and had a Christ-centered marriage. It made me interested in living a life where I wasn’t constantly stressed and overwhelmed. I wanted to live a life where I didn’t feel bad about who I was or what I had done, nor did I want to beat myself up internally for the guilt I had from these things. I began attending church regularly because I wanted to know Jesus better, and I wanted him to be a bigger part of my life.  

When I came to church one morning, the sermon really spoke to me. I told God I was tired of living a life of sin and not being content in life. As I surrendered and poured everything out to God, a feeling of his love came over me, and a change took place in my heart. I accepted the gift of salvation through the cross and resurrection. I now wake up every morning ready to start my day and serve him. I want to share the Gospel with other kids who are going through hard times in school like I was.

I’m ready to put my past behind me, be slow to anger, and be more honest. I want to strive to learn new things and grow closer to my heavenly Father. This has been the best choice I have ever made and something I can’t wait to grow up into. I want to grow and share my faith story and encourage others to find theirs.

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