Wednesday, October 22, 2008

There's a new name written down in Glory...

...and it's CAITLIN'S name! Last night at our Drake Bible Study, something was different! When we would discuss the passage, interactions and questions were different. As the night wrapped up, Cody had a chance to ask Caitlin aside from everyone else if she had been thinking about accepting Christ as her Savior. She just totally lit up and got all was the coolest thing! I was a total wash of trying not to cry, smile, and laugh all at the same time as she shared what had happened over the last couple of weeks.
Caitlin had been coming to our Bible Study and doing a study on Thursday nights of Stranger on the Road to Emmaus. She said one week she just studied and read and prayed about if "this" was something she was going to do or not. One night, she sat down and told God that she did believe He sent Christ to be her Savior and that Christ had died for her sins. Caitlin said she instantly felt different and was so excited.
Of course, we asked why she didn't say anything sooner. Her explanation was that she felt so unknowledgeable about the Bible that she thought "believers" would be offended that she was calling herself a "believer" without knowing more. Then on that Sunday, Pastor Trent had shared how he led Sophie to Christ, so she thought maybe she needed to meet with someone to make it count. It all came out really funny and light-hearted as we told her that how she did it was perfect and not one person would be offended at her lack of knowledge. Truthfully, I think she's far beyond some aged believers!
So...the reason for her turmoiled look last week = awesome! She told her boyfriend that she was totally serious about growing in her relationship with God and she was looking for someone that would lead and teach her about Christ in their relationship. Then she said an amazing quote: I want to be a woman that can only be found when the man is finding Christ first. Their relationship is a little on "hold" while this is all explored by David. Pray that we can reach out to him, too!
Well, that was our Tuesday night! We didn't get home until almost 11:00 pm. My parents were waiting up...which is quite amazing for these 10:05 to bedders. When we walked in the door, my mom burst, "Well, did she accept Christ or not?!?" It was really fun to retell what had happened and know that my parents had been sitting on that couch praying all night!
When you see Caitlin, give her a big grin! I think she's found life abundant in Christ! I can't wait to encourage her as my sister in Christ! Pray that God would fill the longing for family that she has had with her new relationship with Christ and her new family in Christ!


une autre mère said...

Yay! That's so awesome! Thanks for sharing this story.

Natural Mamma said...

Praise God!! That is an awesome testimony of how the Holy Spirit works on people's hearts and changes them instantly. Thanks for sharing, Londa!!

peter marie said...

That's so exciting!! I hope we get to meet her sometime. I'll be praying for her!

Following The Fosters said...

wow thats really cool. i dont know who she is but im really excited to hear this story! thanks for sharing it!