August 2021 MAP Update
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Growing up, I was told about God and the life of Jesus Christ, but I didn’t take the time to study the Bible a whole lot for myself.
I have always desired a close relationship with God, but allowed life to make me too busy. Everyday obstacles and struggles seemed overwhelming, and many times, I would turn to alcohol.
This past years’ Good Friday and Easter services really gave me the desire to make God the center of my life. Yet, life again presented another big obstacle. However, God put it in my heart to focus on Him this time and not to turn to alcohol. Matthew 11:28-30 stuck out to me through this time:
“Come to me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
The day that I gave my life to God, I instantly felt the weight that I was dragging along being lifted off of my shoulders. I decided to become baptized today because Jesus Christ was perfect, and He showed us by example to do so.
Before I left the Amish, I was so depressed that most days, all I did was get out of bed, go to work, come home, and go to sleep. I had no desire to socialize with anyone and did not want to cause conflict between my parents, so I spent most of my time in my room sleeping and reading. I found myself working more and more until I became sick from stress and some other things that were happening. God seemed big and scary to me.
I spent close to a year trying to regain my health and search for answers. In the process, I met a lot of interesting people and found someone that had researched the Bible in depth and was not scared to call me out on some of the things that I believed. He always did it in a nice way. Nevertheless, it started to get the wheels rolling in my head and got me to do research on my own instead of blindly following traditions and what I had been taught as a young child.
In May of 2020, things started to get heated in my family. My mother was talking about leaving my father because he would choose to talk to me instead of her. It did not seem to matter how many times I asked him to go to my mom to tell her things instead of coming to me. This continued until the day that my mom blamed me for creating the marriage problems between her and my father. Unbeknownst to my mother, my father had sexually abused me when I was nine and ten years old.
Through all the times of changes and trials in trying to figure out how to live in the English world on my own, this verse continuously popped up, and I believe it has been my saving grace: “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not on thine own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5). I saw my need for salvation through Bible studies and through watching my parents live without it.
I decided to get baptized today because the Bible says it is necessary. God has placed a longing in my heart to commit to and follow Him in every way. I desire to be a shining light for God.
— Rosella Graber