Dallas & BECCA terry
I was lost, but I never felt that way until I came to Anthem. That's when I realized something was missing in my life. I was consumed with things that should not have consumed me. Playing and watching sports were my main focus and Jesus had no part in my life.
Prior to coming to Anthem, my family and I were not going to church regularly (in the past several years we would only sometimes go on Christmas and Easter). I knew that I wanted my family to know and love God and have a faith that could get them through the toughest times in this temporary home, but I did not know how to get there. I knew I yearned for a relationship with God but it wasn't to be found on the path I was on. I needed rescued in more ways than one.
We found Anthem because our neighbor did not want to go to this new church alone, so she recruited us to go along.
I am not going to lie, it was a bit odd going to church in the same location where I had attended my senior prom, but everything quickly changed. I cried throughout the entire service. I felt like such a goober.
“What was going on with me?” “Why was I such a wreck?” “Who cries in church!?”
Oh how ignorant I was. God was working on my heart through the message and the worship songs stuck with me the rest of the week. By the end of the service, I was compelled to turn in the Connect Card. I didn't know what I was getting myself into or what God was doing to do inside me, but we got a call the next day inviting us to connection group.
We joined a connection group that first service and have been coming ever since. I accepted Christ as my Savior after Travis and Stan laid out the gospel for me several times. One day it just clicked and I realized I'd been living all wrong. I realized that the thing I was missing was Jesus. I decided then to give my life up to God and followed that by getting baptized at Anthem. Taking that step of obedience was very refreshing. It kind of marked a new day in my life.
By October, I knew I loved God and wanted to obey Him. Something had changed so drastically inside me that I could see it affecting my day-to-day interactions with others and my everyday life. I had found my rescuer in Jesus. He would always be with me guiding my heart. The decisions my husband and I were making about our relationship, finances, parenting, etc... had changed. We changed our focus from earthly things to serving God. We still struggle with desires of this world but are so encouraged in knowing we have a future with God.
The changes have been dramatic. We're raising our kids differently - teaching them the gospel and disciplining them. We treat our finances different - treating money the way God intended. We're look forward to continuing our journey with God and getting to know Him further. And we're excited to see the people that He will bring into our lives with whom we can share God’s love and His desire for us to love one another.
Photo Credit: Hassemer House Photography