Today’s story was submitted by Mandy Pugh. Read her story below to see how God revealed He had a greater plan for her life.
As a teenager, I can remember so many times talking to God and asking him into my heart but never taking that next step to salvation. There was still something holding me back. I truly believe God places people in your life for a reason. My high school sweetheart’s family were devout Christians. They will never truly know the impact they had on my life. Even though it wasn’t exactly for the right reasons, I started attending church with them. I knew God was working in my life. On July 31, 1998, God gave me a second chance at life. I was in a horrible vehicle accident. For three days, I was in a medical induced coma due to the brain injury I sustained. I walked away from the accident with a major concussion and minor scraps and bruises. Many people would say I am lucky to be here today due to the fact I was wearing my seat belt that morning. I know in my heart it wasn’t by chance or luck that I was given another chance at life. God had other plans for me. After the accident, something inside of me changed. I wanted to savor every moment in my life but still I hesitated. I want to think that I had to completely hit my lowest for me to see how much I needed God in my life.
I remember sitting in the pew at Porter Springs Baptist Church and I knew in my heart it was time. I had waited too long and God had a purpose for my life even though I still wasn’t quiet sure what that was at the time. I was baptized in April 2002. Almost a year and a half later, I married my best friend. Life was great. I gave birth to our first daughter in April of 2006 and the second just sixteen months later. Family has always been important to me. My family was shaken in 2008 when circumstances sent my father away for almost a year. Being a “daddy’s girl”, I couldn’t wrap my mind around it all. I was crushed and questioned why. As we communicated, he would tell me that he was reading his Bible daily and knew God would get us through it. Here I was questioning God and turning my back on Him when He was the one person I needed to be turning to. I had to get down on my knees and beg God for forgiveness.
Proverbs 3:4-5 “Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” This verse has such a powerful meaning. We can’t lose sight of God in our times of trouble but, instead, we must turn to Him. Give praise to Him and trust in the plan He has for your life. I am blessed to say that I am a born again Christian. A year ago, God laid it on my heart to take the role as Team Leader for Children’s Ministry at my church. What a blessing it is watching children come to know and trust in Jesus Christ. God is working in my life daily and can’t wait to see what else he has planned for me. What a blessing it is to know Him!… and an even greater blessing every day to know Him more.
Has God revealed a different plan to you, other than your own? How does trusting in God’s plan for your life rather than leaning on your own understanding influence your daily decisions? How have you experienced this in your life? We’d love to hear your thoughts, leave your comment in the section below! You can also SHARE YOUR STORY here!
#IKnowHim story submitted by Mandy Pugh