Easter represents many things to me: salvation, victory, grace…., but it also serves as a reminder of life change. Six years ago, I wasn’t in the best place. Life was good, don’t get me wrong, but there was something missing. I was raised in the church and my family had attended the same church for almost 20 years. When I was in my early twenties, I was far from God. I had stopped going to church. I didn’t have time. I was having too much fun on the weekends staying out late, waking up late and of course embracing and loving my new independence.
After my life started to settle, I married my husband at age 24, began a new and blended family and was living a dream life. Somewhere along the road, I realized marriage is hard, raising children is hard and the struggles of adult life began to hit. It was around 2012 when I was hit in the heart with the realization that my daughter had no idea who Jesus was. It pained me. So, I gathered my family and made it to church occasionally. And then life hit, and it hit hard. My husband and I found ourselves celebrating our third wedding anniversary in Houston, Texas and on a whim, my husband suggested we attend Lakewood Church that Sunday. I had always been a fan of Joel Osteen who pastors this church, read his books and watched the Sunday service on TV when we couldn’t find the energy to make it to church. I remember walking in the doors of that church, and everyone was so nice. I was taken aback and before I had heard a song or a sermon, I could feel my heart and eyes swell. Holding back the tears, I sat in front of the church with my husband next to me. The music, the message, it was just what I needed to hear. And then, there was an alter call for prayer requests. There wasn’t any hesitation. It was as if my body knew I needed prayer. So, we walked up, hand in hand and asked for prayer for our marriage, our family and our future. I remember I couldn’t even talk, the floodgates of tears just rolled down my face. My heart longed for the relationship I left on the back burner and instantly, my heart was filled with the love I so desperately looked for in the wrong places,things and people.
After that experience, we made church more of a priority. Simultaneously, my brother was in and out of the hospital and our family needed God to intervene or we would lose him. As hard as that time was, God carried my family and I through. We ended up losing my brother on January 13, 2013. I always say, with all due respect, January 13th was the moment, as devastating as it was, that changed the trajectory of many of our lives. I didn’t turn away from God, I held on even tighter. We began looking for a new church closer to home because the one we were attending was over 40 minutes away. I remember my best friend had invited me to a church called Fellowship Church, but you know, I never had the time, so I brushed her off. I reached out to her and let her know I was finally taking her up on her invitation and I would be there the next Sunday. It just so happened to be Easter Sunday.
I walked in through those doors and I remember feeling the same way I felt that day at Lakewood. So many smiling and familiar faces. I had found my home. Six years later, we still feel so passionately about our church. It is where our lives changed for the good. Our children were baptized there and so were my family and friends. We started to invest in the church financially and through serving and the foundation it created was so deep that nothing can uproot us or sway us.
I share all of this to say, it all started with one invitation. Everything else snowballed from there (in a good way). Everything I’ve learned about rest, family, finances, serving, sharing, sowing, discipline, consistency, character, etc has been a result of Fellowship Church’s messages. It is where my heart began to dream and I was surrounded by people who have uplifted and encouraged me along the way. I want to personally invite you to my home church Fellowship Church this Easter. Life change can happen for you too! We have one church with many locations including Dallas, Fort Worth, Grapevine, Frisco and in other states such as Florida and Oklahoma. You can even catch messages online at www.fellowshipchurch.com.
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