Salvation Stories

Welcome to the Salvation Stories link-up! Our salvation is the greatest gift we have ever been given, and it's important to tell others about what the Lord has done for us!

If you want to read about why I decided to do this link-up you can see the post "Have You Shared Your Story?". If you decide to join us, just write a post about how you came to know the Lord and link it up below! See the post "Details (On The Link-Up)" for more information.

I'm so excited to hear everyone's testimonies! I'm going to start the ball rolling by sharing my own.


I was blessed to grow up in a Christian household. I don't remember a time when I didn't know about Jesus - my mom told me and my brother and sister, about Him as soon as we had the ability to understand her (actually even before we had the ability to understand her).

To be completely honest, I don't remember everything that went through my mind when I made the decision to follow Jesus, but I know I had alot of questions for my mom about Heaven, and Jesus, and when He was coming back. My mom wrote them down because she was amazed at how hard some of my questions were.

When I was almost four years old, I remember riding in the car with my mom on the way home from grocery shopping. My brother and sister were sleeping in the back seat. It must have been on my mind that day, because as we pulled in the driveway I remember asking her if we could pray so that I could ask Jesus into my heart.

She took me right in the house, and we knelt next to my parents bed. I wasn't sure what to say, and wanted my mom to pray for me at first, but she explained that I needed to talk to Jesus myself. She helped me, and I said the first real prayer I can remember - in that moment I became a follower of Jesus.

In the years that followed we continued going to Sunday school, church, and Bible studies. When I was nine years old my parent's started homeschooling us, and I think that decision on my mom and dad's part had important ramifications for my spiritual growth. During the years that I went to public school I was so concerned with what the other kids thought, but as we started homeschooling I remember becoming more conscious of what God thought, and I started wanting to please Him. I was baptized when I was about eight years old in a horse tank at our church, as a public declaration that I wanted to serve the Lord.

When I was ten years old I used my own money to buy my first devotional book, and I started doing daily devotions, which was a huge step in making my walk with the Lord a part of my daily life. My parents also sent us to a Christian camp every summer, and not only did it give me some great memories, but it was always a great spiritual "growth spurt" for me - I think it served to strengthen my resolve to make sure that my personal walk with the Lord remained strong the rest of the year. When I was twelve years old I renewed my commitment to follow the Lord for the rest of my life.

The high school years are often a time when you might expect that a person would rebel or turn their back on their faith for a while, or make some decisions that would affect their relationship with God. But nothing like that ever happened to me. Not that I didn't have my doubts at times, especially as I dug deeper into the Bible and different doctrines, but every time I had doubts or struggled with something I read, I went to the Lord with my doubts - and He always helped me find the answers, or at least gave me peace about the things I didn't understand.

Nothing dramatic happened after high school either. I spent a summer as a counselor at the same Christian camp I went to as a girl - that was definitely a summer of refining and spiritual growth for me as well, the same as when I went there as a camper only amplified.

I started college, met Derek. We got married. My next major trial was when we started trying for a baby, and had trouble. I asked the Lord so many "Why?" questions during that time, and I had some pretty dark days. But I never felt abandoned or forsaken. If anything the Lord used that trial to help me cling to Him more, which I think He does often with trials. And I just knew even on the worst days that He was there, helping me through. He gave me a peace about it when I didn't know what was going to happen, and eventually we were blessed with our sweet baby boy.

That brings us to now. The Lord continues to guide me and show me little things about Himself. He continues to reveal my sin to me, and helps me to improve in those areas. I'm looking forward to a lifetime of learning and growing with Him, and doing my best to serve Him where He leads me. And then there's an eternity with my Savior after that, which will be so much better than I can imagine. That's really what it's all about.

I used to struggle with thinking my testimony was so boring. It's much more interesting and very powerful to hear stories of God calling people out of deep sin or desperate situations.

But I realize now that those thoughts of thinking my testimony was boring were nothing less than a spiritual attack. My sin is no less serious, and my spiritual condition no less desperate than anyone else's.

I need a Savior just as much as every other person on the planet.

The story of how I came to know the Lord is not boring to Him. The angels still rejoiced over that lost little girl asking Jesus to come into her heart. This story is no less worthy of being told than the most dramatic salvation story you can think of, because it is still a story of how the Lord saved someone who was terribly lost.

For some reason, the Lord chose to place me in a Christian family and to draw me to Himself at a young age. I never had to walk through life without Him - I don't even remember the time before I knew Him. Accepting Him as my Savior is (as far as I can tell) my earliest memory. And through my whole life I've felt His presence and His hand guiding me.

The older I get, the more I realize what a blessing it is that I have the story that I do. The Lord spared me from the pain of experiencing the things the world has to offer before coming to know Him, He protected my heart and kept me close to His side, and we've had all these years of sweet fellowship together.

Sure, I have my times "in the valley", and I struggle with sin. But He has always been there to correct me when I'm wrong and keep me on the "narrow path".

As I look back on my life up to now, I wouldn't trade my personal story of redemption for a more dramatic or exciting testimony. It's been a gift, a most precious gift, to have Him leading me through everything I've had to walk through this far, and I know He'll continue with me through whatever trials or blessings life has in store for me.

I couldn't change that for the world.


If you are interested in learning more about Jesus or having a personal relationship with Him too, or if you have any questions for me, please e-mail me! I will do my best to answer any questions you have, or I'll do my best to find the answers if I don't know. You can also check out the "What I Believe" tab above for more information.


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CourtneyKeb said...

You do have an incredibly blessed story, and you write it so beautifully.

I'm so happy I found your blog. I hardly even ever read blogs anymore, and I have no idea how I ended up here, but thank you.
For being inspirational, and challenging me and others to share the absolute delight and highlight of our lives.


Jessica said...

Our testimonies are very similar! Thanks for hosting this link-up, I really enjoyed being able to share my testimony.

LeAnna said...

Loved reading this! Your experience sounds similar to mine. I love that you mentioned how your testimony is not boring to God. I can remember feeling like I didn't have a "real" testimony as a teenager. I really want to find some time to write down my testimony this week and link up with you!

Sarah said...

Thank you for coordinating this and for sharing your story! You are right, it was a precious gift that He gave you! If everyone's story were the same, unbelievers would not be able to relate in individual ways necessary to help them see the change that can be made in their lives. God bless!

Anne said...

I love your story! And you're right, it is such a blessing that you didn't have to experience the pain that lots of people do before they meet Christ. I think we tend to glamorize crazy stories, and they should be celebrated, but we also need to praise God when He is gracious enough to reveal Himself to us before we do stupid things!

Natalie said...

Thanks again for hosting this Callie!
What a wonderful story! I remember one time a few years back one of our pastor's daughter's said the same thing-that her testimony was 'boring', she always knew and followed the Lord and so many of us told her what we would have given to have a boring testimony and not have had to stumble in the ways that we did! You are so blessed! And like you said-no one sin is worse than another-we are all in desperate need of a Savior. We pray for Callyn every day that she will come to know Him at a young age so that she too can walk with Him by her side her whole life. What a wonderful first memory for you to have!

Natalie said...

p.s. it's really encouraging to me that homeschooling helped you in your walk! We are planning to homeschool and that is the biggest reason alone-so I'm glad to hear it from someone who actually experienced it!

Ria @ Life as a Wife! said...

Totally missed this but what a cool, cool thing you are doing Callie. God is so amazing and uses our stories to reach people. I love the bible verse that says... The Testimony of the LORD is SURE! That's so reassuring, that even if our story doesn't "seem" elaborate or "good" God can use it because it is SURE and truth! Bless you!!

Amanda said...

this is such a beautiful testimony!!! it is so neat that you have known the Lord for so long...and just keep growing in Him. that is truly special and not boring at all! thanks for doing the link up. i'm glad i got to share mine!

Unknown said...

This was such a great idea Callie, thank you SO much for sharing, and leading this :)

Melanie said...

Loved reading your story! I especially like how you added that your story isn't boring..because it definately isn't. Anyone who can share their story of how they came to know God is a story worth matter what!

Nicole said...

I love this. You're so right... you've been spared so much heartache... thank God. Your story is so sweet and is what I pray for my children... that they have a "boring testimony". LOL.

Melissa said...

Love your story! And i agree! My testimony is more about how God turned my sorrow to joy... I too asked him into my life at a very young age, and i never really strayed from that.

I just got home after a long day (Granny-in-law's funeral today). Will try to write mine soon!

Katie said...

I loved reading this :)

I'm working on mine right now (a little late, but such is my life right now!) and it should be up in the next hour or so. I'll link it over here as well. Thanks so much for hosting this!

Amber said...

Hey! I linked up. My post is about 3 years old. I wanted to do an updated one this week but just didn't get a chance. I'll try to get to it this weekend. But at least I've the older version for now :)

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this link up. I have blogged about a lot of stuff, but never have I thought to blog about my testimony. This was such a great idea! It's late where I'm at and I just finished writing... When I get time, I can't wait to go through and read each of your testimonies! May this link up bless many, and glorify Jesus! :0)

Anonymous said...

PS: Your testimony is beautiful. :0)

Andee Flynn said...

Just found your blog. So glad I did! I love your story of how you met Jesus, and how that day was your first memory. What an awesome blessing to have the testimony you have and not have had to go through some of the things that others did before finding Him {I'm one of those with the rockier road before Jesus}
The good news is that He came for us all!
I am soooo encouraged by your blog. My hubby & I have been trying to conceive for just over a year now. We are trusting in Him and counting it all joy.
Thanks for being so open & honest about your experiences & challenges.
PS I'm your newest follower

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