From Unbeliever to Believer: My Son's Acceptance of Christ!
9 months ago I shared that my son doesn't believe in God. You can read it about HERE.
Often tortured while envisioning Judgment Day, with my son on the side of eternal condemnation, I have begged Jesus to do whatever it takes to bring my son to his knees.
I don't need my kids happy. I need my kids saved.
As a mother, my greatest fear is any of my children being in hell forever.
Yesterday morning, I was on my knees praying. Sometimes the repetition of praying the same requests can become robotic, so I pause and picture the face of Jesus, remembering the power of talking to the Ruler of the universe.
"Lord, I ask that you cause the scales from his eyes to fall. I ask that you help him see he needs a Savior because he is a sinner," was part of my prayer.
Unrelated, I then felt impressed upon me to pray for my family's safety and protection, more than usual. Hours later, Jason shared how he was spared from a massive car accident as he fishtailed on the road because of another driver. God, thank You!
Thousands of prayers have been lifted for my unbelieving son over the past seven years. People who have never met my son in person have talked to the Father about him. If you are one of them, thank you!
The body of Christ exists and the prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective (James 5:16).
Yesterday afternoon, MY SON PAUL ACCEPTED JESUS CHRIST AS HIS SAVIOR!
My son Paul is also now a brother in Christ! HE BELIEVES!
Nothing is too hard for the Lord! Thank You, Jesus, for the gift of salvation! Thank You, Lord, for lifting him from the slimy pit of despair and destruction and setting his feet on the Rock (Psalm 40:2). Our prayers have been answered! My son is set free indeed (John 8:36)!
I am forever grateful for his friend, Eli, at work who has been sharing Christ with Paul. He told Paul he felt impressed to tell him that his time is limited, which made my son think differently. Paul later was sitting in his car and began crying. I smile as I picture the moment the Holy Spirit pierced the darkness!
As Paul and I talked on the phone about him accepting Christ, I was stunned, and kept asking, "Is this real? Are you for real?" I cried in a crowd as others looked at this woman on the bleachers who surely must have received terrible news. This is actually the greatest day on earth!
"There is more joy in heaven over one lost sinner who repents and returns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven't strayed away!" Luke 15:7
MY SON BELIEVES IN GOD!!!
Telling my twins at halftime (because I could not possibly wait to share the good news) left Andrew stunned, asking, "Wait, what?!" Josh dropped to his knees on the basketball court, sobbing. Brad texted that he was bawling outside of class, and then told the class of his brother's salvation. The sweet school principal ran over to me with concern that became joy and she immediately prayed for him.
Minutes later, as I ran to Jason, with tears flowing, I apparently could only say, "Paul" and then I sobbed. He feared the worst and became like a statue. "Paul accepted Christ!" He was blissfully blindsided as he kept repeating, "What? What?" He later said, "Well, in a way, Paul did die. It was a spiritual death, a funeral. And NOW he is truly ALIVE!"
Paul shared he feels a calmness now. Our family of six prayed together last night (with Brad on speaker) for his faith to grow and for his journey to glorify Christ. We thanked Him repeatedly for being sovereign and loving.
God, be glorified.
God, be magnified.
God, be praised.
My son was lost, but now is found, just like Luke 15 says!
The Lord chartered Paul's course to pursue real estate so that this coworker could witness. God was working in advance, knowing that my son's first day of REAL LIFE would be November 14, 2023.
Friend, I know you have loved ones in darkness who don't know the goodness of God. YET.
May we stay prayerful to the One whose arms are not too short to save! May we stay in surrender to His perfect plan to give a hope and a future! May destinies be reversed, just as on the road to Damascus! The Holy Spirit is real and active - do not grow weary!
"I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth." - 3 John 1:4
Last night I couldn't wait to get alone with God, with my face on the floor, tears falling on the carpet, as I repeatedly praised God for saving my son. I wept as I thanked Him for answering my deepest prayers and defeating my biggest fears. All of my children are now followers of Jesus, and there is nothing else I need.
This morning I was on my knees again in prayer time. Tears continued flowing as I thanked God for being all-powerful and infinitely loving. For the first time in years, Paul was not on my list of loved ones who need Jesus. Now I pray for him to "grow in the grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be glory both now and forever." (2 Peter 3:18)