I was raised by Christian parents, and my father was the preacher in our evangelical gospel hall. I won't depend on any head knowledge in any of this. I will always refer to what the author said. Matthew 19:14 Jesus said "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these." From the tender age of six I asked the Lord Jesus to come into my heart and I firmly believe he did.
By the age of 16 the world looked so alluring, and I wanted to see what it had to offer. It offered a world fuelled by alcohol, mind altering drugs, and jumping from one relationship to the next with men. By the age of 25 I was living with my partner and pregnant with our son. I did go on to marry him after the birth of our son. It was in 1998 when a gospel tract came through the door. I generally threw them in the bin. On this day, I sat down to read it. It was the parable of the Prodigal son Luke 15:11-32. That was me. I had wandered away from the Father and spent my wealth in wild living. The word that day couldn't have been any louder or clearer for me. I got on my knees and invited Jesus to take control of my life and forgive me for how much I had sinned against him. By this stage, I also had an ongoing bowel illness. Immediately after I asked Jesus to take control of my life the bowel illness left. I went to pick up my son from school feeling totally elated by what had just happened. The usual sea of faces walked past me. I had only ever exchanged a quick "hello" with these people. On this particular day, when two of the mothers walked past me, I got a very distinct thought in my head - They are Christians. I truly queried my own sanity, but decided to ask them. They confirmed they were and asked me how I knew. I had no idea. As I got to know the Bible better, God's word confirmed for me what had happened that day. Romans 8:16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God.
For anyone reading this that isn't saved, God is patiently waiting on you. It's not God's will that any should perish, but whosoever believeth in him should have everlasting life (John 3:16). For any prodigal sons/daughters, he is waiting with outstretched arms waiting for you to return and will run out to greet you. I have had trials on my walk. I have lost loved ones. I suffer from chronic pain caused by an accident seven years ago. I have seen videos of Christians beheaded because they would not renounce their faith in Jesus Christ. Again I turn to the Authors word - John 16:33 I have told you these things, so that you may have peace. In this World you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the World.
I leave you with my favourite verse which my late parents wrote inside the cover of my Bible - Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all you heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. I pray you all come to know my Saviour the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. Pam.