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Amanda’s Story: Now Is My Time

By August 8, 2015 13 Comments

AMANDA'S STORY“Pastor Bob, if there is ever any way my story is able to help, I would love to save someone many unnecessary years of agony.”

Amanda knows agony.  Its a painful part of her past and a redemptive part of her future. Amanda explained to me why obeying Jesus and being baptized was so important to her. This was a determined and deeply emotional choice for her.

We talked on Thursday and she was baptized the following Sunday.

Amanda’s Story

Amanda’s story is what our invitation at North Pointe to “come as you are” is all about.

“I was raised in an abusive home by an alcoholic father and suffered abuse for many years from him. My teenage years were a mess of crystal meth, crime, rape, abusive relationships and abortion. I was a young single mom, with an addiction to Oxycontin and dillatas.  I was an escort/massage parlor worker for six years.

Most of my years have felt like I was selling my soul.

I accepted Jesus into my heart when I was a youth. My grandmother Priscilla influenced my decision for Jesus. She had that good influence on all of her grandchildren.

From Light to Darkness to Light

Since doing so I’ve spent many years straying away. I’ve lived in a dark, broken, empty place – consumed by guilt, shame and anger.  There are so many things that I’ve done that are just plain wrong, bad and awful.

I would like to believe that my life has not been what it has for nothing. I know trying to get people to go straight and transform their life and believe in something they cannot see is a task and a half.

For the first time in my life now, coming to church with my husband and my children, I am at a place where I see this beautiful light. I feel forgiveness. I feel loved. I’m feeling compassion for people.

Why Baptism?

Why do I want to be baptized? Because I know now is my time. I am now ready to let God know I love him as much as He has loved me during everything.

My guilt is gone; my shame is gone; everything is just gone and it’s getting better. I really want to keep going with faith.

Changes in my life? My husband and my children are now coming to church. I am attending church with my other family members. It has brought us closer together. We’re praying at night. My children are learning the great things of God.

My life, just since coming to North Pointe, has become such a beautiful thing. I am where I need to be.

I am where all of these years my heart has longed to be.

So today I’m going to be baptized because now is my time.”

Hear Amanda share her story of God’s love, 2nd chances and grace.

Believer’s Baptism

Believer’s baptisms at North Pointe are front-and-center, public celebrations and Amanda’s was exactly that!

We call them “believer’s baptisms” because they’re a declaration of belief that Jesus died and was raised from the dead.

Those being baptized are saying, “I believe what Jesus did applies to me.  I am identifying with Jesus in his death and resurrection as my Savior and God. I’m going to follow Jesus.”

APPLICATION: Is this your time now to be baptized? Have you believed on Jesus? Connect with me using the info below or call me at 780-452-5569 ext 229.

Vulnerability14 QUOTES VULNERABILITY

Amanda sharing her story is the epitome of vulnerability. Its in being vulnerable that we are strongest. Read “14 Freeing Quotes About Vulnerability”

Please leave a comment for Amanda below. Thank you.


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Bob Jones

Author Bob Jones

Pastor at North Pointe Community Church for 25 years. Happily married to Jocelyn for 36 years. We have two adult sons, Cory and his wife Lynsey and their son Vinnie; Jean Marc and his wife Angie and their three gorgeous daughters, Quinn, Lena and Annora. I love being a pastor and inspiring faith in Jesus through communicating, blogging, counseling and coaching. I enjoy running, reading, writing and ball hockey. Fan of the Esks and Pats. Follow me on Twitter @bobjones49ers

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Join the discussion 13 Comments

  • Carole Schlachta says:

    Amanda, May God show you how much He loves you through others. You are a new child in Jesus. Share you story with others that are going through the same situation. You touched my heart. God will raise you and your family up in His Glorious name and love.

  • Tammy says:

    Beautiful, what a testimony. Made my eyes leak. What a blessing, how wonderful, thank-you for sharing 🙂

  • bob jones says:

    Thanks for commenting Tammy. Great to hear fro you. Amanda is a blessing.

  • bob jones says:

    Thanks Carole for your encouragement to Amanda. I’ll make sure she sees it.

  • Gary Myers says:

    What a great testimony! God really does make ‘all things new’. Bless you, Amanda, for sharing so candidly. May the Lord keep a horde of angels around you and your family.

  • bob jones says:

    Great prayer for Amanda, Gary! You know the courage it takes to be vulnerable. Pls share her story.

  • Janet Kelly says:

    Amanda’s testimonial is amazing! What a great inspiration for people struggling with their own demons. Thank you for sharing.

  • adena lowry says:

    Thank you Amanda for sharing your story. I too grew up in a violent home with an abusive father. It’s always a constant struggle to have a relationship with him but I know it’s what God would have me do. I was encouraged when you said that your parents are coming to church too. I pray that one day God would get ahold of their hearts too. It’s so amazing to see the hope and excitement you have for the things of God. What a blessing.

  • bob jones says:

    Thanks Janet. North Pointe is a place where people can “come as they are” but not have to remain as they are.

  • bob jones says:

    Thanks for commenting Adena and sharing a bit of your own story. Amanda’s mom and step-father attend North Pointe. Both are strong believers and have been at North Pointe for almost 8 years.

  • Amanda says:

    Thank you for your kind words while I continue to go through this AMAZINGLY BEAUTIFUL transformation! Giving my heart to my Lord sure has got me walking with my chin up a little more higher each and everyday and a smile that feels good!!

  • bob jones says:

    Thanks again for sharing your story Amanda. For each one who comments there are probably 50-75 readers who do not. I know over 250 have already viewed your post.

  • Gary Myers says:

    posted to Save a Child yesterday

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