Anna D.

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough troubles of its own. God uses everything. (Matthew 6:34)

I grew up in a perpetual cycle of chaos which caused me to remain in a state of high mental anxiety and to expect that nothing good would ever last long. The “other shoe” would surely drop at any moment; so experiencing a relaxed state of mind was simply not achievable until I found Jesus. I was raised in a loving, multi-dysfunctional family whose coping skills included screaming, laughter, alcoholism, drugs, depression, anxiety and deceitfulness. Please understand me; these are wonderful, caring, very loving crazy people. Our kind of normal was to become completely consumed, if not responsible for, each others’ problems. A frenzy of phone calls among one another to analyze, diagnose and solve the problem would leave me physically and mentally exhausted to the point of depression.

I grew up in a perpetual cycle of chaos which prepared me to remain in a state of high mental anxiety.

I knew there had to be a better way to live and was already searching for something when I first came to church on Easter Sunday in 1998. My husband, daughter and I continued to come to church each Sunday, yet my depression only deepened. I remember lying on the couch and crying out to Jesus to please help me find a way out. I knew I had to tell my husband that things were out of control, and that I was afraid I might be going crazy. I thought he would be shocked by this news; denial is a blissful place, folks. I finally broke down crying to him that I did not want to feel this way any longer, and that I needed professional help. My husband held me gently and said “Do whatever you need to do to get better.”

Just then the doorbell rang and the pastor of my new church was standing there. What a surprise. We both stood there staring at him as if he were a ghost. Suddenly, I threw my arms around him and yelled “I can’t believe you are here at this moment!” He sat with us and listened quietly as we shared with him my recent struggle with depression and asked him if I should seek counseling. He then stated,” Well I don’t know about that, but on Tuesday night we have a Bible study. Why don’t you come and just listen.” And so I did, and for the first few weeks I said nothing, I listened. It was during that time I was led to a wonderful counselor who gave me critical coping skills and I began to set limits with the incoming from my family. I continued to go to Bible study and slowly became an active member of the group.

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough troubles of its own.” ~Matthew 6:34

 I will always remember the night I came across the passage in Matthew 6:34: “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough troubles of its own.” Imagine my excitement and, oh, the blessed relief. I really do not have to worry about tomorrow! Jesus has it covered! It dawned on me that if Jesus has tomorrow covered then he has today taken care of as well. The light bulb continued to brighten as I realized that if I can trust Jesus with tomorrow, I can trust him with everything. I can tell you from that time on my faith and love in Jesus Christ continued to grow, and I began to tell everyone I knew the exciting news about how Jesus’ love had changed my life. He had answered my cry for help and picked me up from the lowest point of my life.

The more I loved Jesus the more He revealed His love for me. I was able to recognize all the pieces he had put in place to bring me to Him. The goodness, the steadfast love of my husband, the struggle with depression, and finding my new church family were all thanks to my love of Jesus and His love for me. I love Jesus for helping me achieve a life I only imagined in my dreams. Jesus granted me freedom, and He released me from the chains of uncertainty I had been carrying my whole life. He gives me the peace that passes all understanding, and I know and feel that he is with me always.

I love Jesus for using every part of me to bring me closer to Him, for not giving up on me, and for His great, great love for me.

More Faith Stories

There are people who sometimes have a stomachache and think it's cancer, they think it is a terminal illness. Sometimes people think there is no solution, but it is only a stomach discomfort. It's something bad that you ate that upset your stomach. It is that people that are losing their faith. They get concerned about so many things. They wake up and see the car with a flat tire, and it is a bad day.

There are more important things we need to learn. We need to seek the Lord, because time is short, time goes by quickly. I've got three children: my first daughter is 25 years old. My son is 21 and my other daughter is 16. I mean, time goes by fast.

This means this is an opportunity for you to devote your heart to Jesus Christ, so that He can save you, so that He can be your guide, so that He can be your path, so that He can be everything in your life. Listen to this message, share it with your family. If you do not have a family do not think you are alone. God is with you wherever you are. God will be with you come what may.

Now, what happened with COVID two years ago was unbelievable. God put us to the test. Many people died, and that's something that's coming ahead. There will be more illnesses, there will be more regulations. But if we keep our faith in God, if we continue to trust in God, He will give us the peace we need, the peace the world needs.

Sometimes in the community, there are a lot of people who are watching their backs. For their own protection they hire bodyguards that watch over them night and day because they feel insecure. But we have God to protect us. Day after day, God protects us. God takes care of us. God gives us strength.

I strongly encourage you, I dare you to seek the Lord. This Why I Love Jesus ministry goes across the globe spreading the word of God, telling the world Jesus Christ is real, He is not dead.

There have been many stories in this world which were looking forward to changing history, but we have this story of faith that we believe, come what may, the Lord will be with us.

So if you have relatives, share this experience with them: brothers, sisters, parents. If your family has never been in contact with Jesus, now is the time for you to tell them to embrace Him, to embrace God. Tell them about the story in the Bible that says there is a man in hell, being burned there, and he would like to have a chance of getting out of there. But unfortunately, he has already lost the opportunity. In other words, there is no way he could leave hell.

And you who are there watching this testimony, this word of the Lord, this is the opportunity that you get. Maybe we don't wake up tomorrow; we don't know what will happen tomorrow.

This is the moment for you to say, "Lord, forgive me. I have failed a lot; I've failed in several things, but I want You to be my Savior, I want You to be my shield, I want You to be my strength, I want You to be everything in my life."

Make your decision. Sometimes in day-to-day life, we make decisions, many of them, but this is the most important decision you should make in your life. That is to devote your life to Jesus Christ, commend your life to Jesus Christ, so that He can be everything in your life. May He be your peace, your strength.

At times, people have enough money in the bank and think with that they will change the world, think that will be their protection. But money is only an ordinary piece of paper. In the end, the paper will run out, the money will run out, but treasures we did will remain when we're in heaven.

So let's make this an invitation. Let's hope this message will reach someone in need of it. So you who are out there, this message is meant for you.

My stepfather was an alcoholic, and we had a difficult life. But God changed us. When I began going to this church in 2000, God changed me. God changes you, and God wants to do great things with your life.

So, I mean, maybe you are also having a hard time with an alcoholic father, an alcoholic mother. Let me tell you, I had bad thoughts in my head about finishing him, killing him, destroying him, so that it all would end. But when I got to the feet of Jesus, when I started going to church, God made changes in me. God makes changes in you. God changes your mind.

When God entered into my life, and I looked at my stepfather again, I saw him in a different way. I held a grudge inside my heart, but nevertheless, God was working on me. God worked on me and gave me peace. I was smart enough not to commit a crime. God showed me the way I should live.

In addition to being at peace with God, He gives you intelligence. God gives you wisdom to be on the side of right every day in our lives.

So, this is an invitation, whether you're a woman, or man, or youth. Young people sometimes make decisions which scar their lives forever. To put it another way, if you are young, make your decision to accept Jesus: don't wait until tomorrow and say, "No, I'd better wait before accepting Jesus Christ, before accepting God in my heart. I've still got a long way to go. I want to live my life, and I want to do things. When I'm older, I'll see whether I change." But we don't know what happens tomorrow, so you should make up your mind today.

I've had some friends who made their decisions too late. I had a friend who said he was going to drink his life away. He was going to drink, that's what he was going to do. He was going to do drugs, to live a totally careless life. He thought he was being cleverer than God. But he wasn't, nobody is smarter than God. At the end of his life he was going to seek God's forgiveness.

Had God been given the opportunity, He would have forgiven him, He would have indeed. But my friend didn't take the trouble to get to that point. He was doing his drugs, drinking and whatnot. Then he grabbed a gun and shot himself in the head.

I mean, we don't know what was the last moment in his life, whether he asked forgiveness or not. We only had the word he killed himself by putting a bullet in his head. Odds are he didn't have the opportunity of begging God's forgiveness, and he lost his life. Or better expressed, do not let the enemy fool you. The enemy hampers your life.

That means to move on and accept Jesus Christ. He is going to give the answers. He is going to give you the peace you need. That's my testimony, and I know this is on behalf of God, so people would turn to Him.

People get lost, people haven't wanted to recognize their faults. God has a plan for your life. That means if He gave you this plan, accept it, accept it. We have free will, people make their own decisions. God has already chosen some individuals. God has predestined people. Whether you are predestined or exercising your free will, make your decision and follow Jesus Christ.

Your life will change, He is going to transform it, and He is going to help you in every way, be it economic, social, psychological, whatever you need, God is going to help you.

Thank you for your time, thank you for this opportunity that God gave me to share my faith. I come from Houston, Texas, but I've been working here in Delaware, and this is an opportunity God has granted me to share good news and continue to spread good news. We're the ambassadors of the word of God. So thank you for this opportunity, and let's move forward with this testimony which is for the benefit of society.

Barb Lambert

Barb Lambert

I wasn’t raised in a church; so I knew nothing about Jesus or God. I did go to Vacation Bible School in the summers and heard and loved the song, “This Little Light of Mine.”