Cassie’s Faith Story
From the very beginning, God marked me as His own. I grew up in a moral home, though not decidedly Christian; we went to VBS and sometimes church because it was the “right” thing to do. However, I remember having a deep love for God long before I actually asked Christ to be Lord over my life. As a young adult I used to feel kind of guilty when listening to the testimonies of others, simply because so many had earth-shaking experiences that I thought mine wasn’t worth sharing. I am so thankful now though because I truly believe I would be up a creek without a paddle had God not gotten to me early on and I know there are many others who have had similar testimonies to mine.
When I was about 10 years old my parents and I attended a church performance in Mobile, Alabama called “Heaven’s Gates and Hell’s Flames”. It was powerful and pretty much what you would expect. I saw actors portray the lives of different people on track for different locations and for the first time I saw a “good person” not be on track for Heaven. This confused me because I was a sold-out good girl from the beginning. The worst thing I ever really did growing up was cop an attitude with my parents and I took pride in being dependable, responsible, and very mature for my age. However, it was explained to me through that performance that how you acted really had no bearing on your final destination… it was a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. I knew I loved God and I knew I believed with my whole heart, but I also knew that I needed to make absolutely sure where I was going to be in the end. My parents apparently felt the same and, together, all three of us walked that aisle at the end of the show and gave our hearts to Jesus. I knew it was real for me because, at that moment, I was going down there whether my parents had stood up with me or not; I was not going to let something that important go undecided or unfinished.
From then on, as with most people, it has been a roller coaster of a growth process. I knew I was saved as a child but it wasn’t really until I was going into my freshman year of high school that I started to understand what living for God really meant. I rededicated my life to Him at that point and the rest is Divine history. I’ve had deep pit as well as mountaintop experiences since then but my faith is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness. I am completely in love with my Savior and want nothing more than to be in the center of His will, doing His work. My desire in life is to get to the end and have others say of me, “she was a woman after God’s own heart” and to hear my Abba say, “well done baby girl”. To God be the glory.