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They’ve never left me alone

2 Corinthians 5:17 ”So then, if anyone is in Christ, that person is part of the new creation. The old things have gone away, and look, new things have arrived!”

Isaiah 1:18 “Come now, and let’s settle this, says the Lord. Though your sins are like scarlet, they will be white as snow. If they are red as crimson, they will become like wool.”

I thank God for having met my mother-in-law; through her I’ve heard the Word of God. I regret not having accepted Jesus 20 years ago. I couldn’t understand, I was a conservative Catholic. In the first years my mother-in-law was very concerned about me, I used to rise up against her. Her faith and resolution and patience were great, just like God was patient towards me. My heart was weak; now I know I needed Jesus. I kept distance from my parents-in-law which were believers and I divorced from my husband. Despite all this mess, they’ve never left me alone, they’ve always kept me in their prayers, my kids prayed that our family could be reunited and their prayers have been granted. My husband and I got remarried; it seemed like a miracle to me. So I began to attend the gatherings. My sister-in-law was very important for me in my path. She had always something good to tell me and answers to my questions. The Lord blessed my sister-in-law. The first time I’ve been to a family convention I felt something in my heart, but I still wasn’t ready. I was expecting my last child and I wondered: “What shall I do? Shall I have him baptized? My two elder sons had been baptized, they had the 1st communion, the confirmation… which guilt has my baby?”. This way the devil won again, but the Lord made another way, He knew my weak point. God took my son Daniele to be His servant. He used to go to the meetings and a year later he converted himself. I was very confused, I couldn’t understand how he could have changed so quickly. Daniele read the Bible and he prayed out loudsitting down at the table. I was worried, as usual, and I told him not to pray in the presence of our relatives, friends, because I didn’t wanted him to suffer but he answered: “Don’t worry mom. I don’t care of what they say or think of me”. One day, among the tears, I told my aunt that I had lost my son. “What’s going to happen now?” I thought. He couldn’t have fun and do other things anymore. She cried for joy and said: “Don’t you understand? The Lord has won and your son has God’s blessing; the Lord has taken him as an instrument…”. It was true. My son had not my approval, he made me feel bad, but meantime he had grown in faith and he had been baptized. I wondered: “Why it’s not happening to me too?!” My sister-in-law explained me I had to pray with all my strength and accept Jesus in my heart as my personal Savior and told me to read the Bible. So the morning of November 26th ,2000 I felt different and this made me curious. Reading the Bible I found something!!! After reading some chapters, I was touched by 2 verses: 2 Corinthians 5:17 and Isaiah 1:18. I could have never imagined the Lord would have forgiven all my sins, because they were huge and I thought I had no right to forgiveness. But those two verses cleared my mind. I was excited and joyful. Since that day, I read the Bible and I want to grow in faith and serve the Lord. I pray for my son Manuele, that he could someday accept the Lord like me. Now I am a believer, a child of God. Thank you for reading!

 

God bless you all!

 Renata D.
 

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