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The Story of How My Mother Came to Faith

January 26th, 2012 Posted in sermons
Though she was raised in a Christian home, my mother rebelled against God for most of her life. And whenever we got into any serious discussion about life or its meaning or the afterlife or God, she would always say, “I don’t want to talk about it.”One day, she was very ill, and I felt especially impressed to go and have a conversation with her. So I went to see her. I said, “I want to talk to you about your soul, and I want to talk to you about the meaning of life and what happens after we die.”

And she replied, “I don’t want to talk about it.”

“Today we are going to talk about it,” I said. And we talked. The result of that conversation was that she made a recommitment to the Lord. She died a month later. I am so glad we had that conversation, although it was not an easy one to have.

A few years passed, and I got word that her husband Bill was very ill, and I was asked to go see him. I was getting ready to leave for a speaking engagement, so I planned to visit him the next day. But again, I felt impressed by the Lord to go see him right away. We had a candid discussion, and I once again presented the gospel. Bill said he wanted to put his faith in Christ, so we prayed together as he committed his life to Him. I caught my plane, and when I landed, I received a text that Bill had died.

I know it is awkward and difficult to broach these subjects with unbelievers—especially family members. But you have to do what is right. And you will be glad you did.

For He says: “In an acceptable time I have heard you, and in the day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.
— 2 Corinthians 6:2
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5 Responses to “The Story of How My Mother Came to Faith”

  1. Heidi Conde says:

    2 years ago i surrendered my life to Christ and then began praying for my family. I stand on gods word that i will have my household. Ive been praying everyday for my family to know Christ and that they would see him through me. My husband neal and I visited my home town of S.L.C. utah for Christmas in 2012 and i lead my mother to Christ. it was all I wanted for Christmas and Im so grateful for my Lord and Savior. Thank you for your testimony

  2. Susan says:

    Pastor Greg, I do believe your story is such an encouragement to many, but I know it is one for me & I pray it will be for my husband. His mom says the exact same thing when my husband tries to talk to her about her life & Christ’s role in it. The response is either “I don’t want to talk about it” or “I have to go.” I believe your story will shed light on a place that my husband maybe thought he could never step foot on. Thank you for your service & for reaching so many in the name of Christ Jesus.

  3. George says:

    Thank you for sharing your struggles with your love ones, I have grown kids of my own 25,24,and 20 living with me due to life circumstances,I also obsess at times praying that they find their way to GOD. Lately I am realizing that I need to practice what I am telling them and not take away what GOD has given us all ” free will” and let GOD work thru them, keep praying and above all love them while they go thru this and be that example that GOD wants me to be. Pray for our youth.

  4. Sharon says:

    The main story of your Mother is to never give up. @Sherry. I can relate, my 3 grown children are not walking with God yet, but they will be. My crying comes from my daughter not letting me see my grandchildren andy longer, ages 14, 10, and 8. Yet, I walked it one through the sinners prayer and they love God, praise his name He knew this time was coming. I plead the blodd of jesus over them daily and thank Him for their salvation and protection. It is hard not to try and carry it, but if we do it will eventually make our walk with the Lord fruitless and powerless. Without faith it is impossible to please God. Faith honors God, and God always honors Faith. So, hang in there Sherry and “cast your cares”. Your sister in Christ.

  5. Sherry says:

    Thank you for sharing your story about your mom. It is so hard to watch those we love run from God making horrible decisions and ruining this precious gift of life God has given them. I am going through this w/my son & I have allowed it to contribute to my own depression. I obsess over him coming to Christ, waking up multiple times in the middle of the night and praying for him & crying on my way to and from work every day because he has not come to Christ yet. I realized from your story that I have to give it over to God, still do my part & plant & water seeds but He will bring Him to Christ in His own perfect timing.

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