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I disobeyed (Manuela Terrasi)

My name is Manuela, I’m 26, married and have a daughter. I was raised in a family of believers; what privilege and gift from the Lord! I often think about the nights we spent together, in which we used to pray and sing to the Lord. I remember those moments with joy. So (I don’t know exactly what my age was, but I was very young), I felt in my little heart the need to be forgiven by the Lord, so I prayed briefly. Meantime, I grew up and at the age of 15 I began to work. This meant I used to spend much more time outside than I did at home. When I was 16, I met my husband Michele. He was not a believer and consequentially my life set the wrong course. I started to disobey the Lord and my parents, which scolded me, telling me I wasn’t doing the right thing and that God in the first place wouldn’t have approved it. I didn’t care, because I was lost in my feelings and I had no intention to leave Michele. I thought I had everything having him. Today I know for sure that’s not true; only God is the true joy. The Lord didn’t forsake me. I don’t remember the exact year it happened, I think it probably was in 2003, I took part to a convention. One night we were all gathered and two people (Americo O. and Emanuele D.) beganto ask us questions, talking about the Lord. I wasn’t out to listen to them, because I had a guilty conscience, after all. I just wanted to get out of there, but there was something that kept me there that night: it was the Lord! At the end of the meeting, we all bent on our knees before God and that night I asked the Lord to forgive all my sins, and I prayed Him to guide my life from that moment on. After that convention, I read the Bible every day, but how could I refuse to do the things I’d always been doing? I faced highs and lows, I made many mistakes, but the Lord has forgiven me. He guided me and gave me the strength to ride it all out. I thank Him because He’s never left me alone, but He left the ninety-ninesheep to come and take me back to Him! God never changes. It’s written:  Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8).I want the world to know that Jesus Christ is my personal Savior and Lord and that I want to spend the rest of my life with Him.

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