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This Is My Story

March 1, 2005
Susan Shambley

I grew up in a very large and loving family, a middle child with five older and five younger brothers and sisters, and a wonderful church family surrounding me.  As a toddler I stood by the music director as he led the singing.  My mother taught Sunday school and my father was a deacon.  I knew my Bible stories as well as most children know their fairy tales, but I also knew that my stories were true.  I eagerly looked forward to Vacation Bible School every summer.

 By the time I was 13 or 14 years of age, I had been baptized and was playing the piano for our church, just as my older sister had done before me.  My whole social life was with my family and church friends.  At the age of 17, I married and eventually had three beautiful children of my own. Throughout all this time, I continued in my church activities. 

 We moved from Florida to Mississippi where I found such a sweet little church that was so much like my church back home. Yet, something was just not quite right in my life. By now I was in my late twenties and felt I had to do “something” to recapture the religious feelings that I thought I should have. So, I was re-baptized!  Well, that kept me contented for a number of years, but in the early part of 1999, the Holy Spirit began dealing with my heart. 

 You know, the devil wants us to be satisfied with doing the “church thing”, and he tries his best to keep us believing that everything is fine.  “After all,” he says, “aren’t you a Sunday school teacher? Don’t you sing in the choir? Don’t you get goose bumps when the preacher preaches? Yes, but somehow, these religious feelings were just not enough anymore.

 Finally, after fifty years of being surrounded by religion, on Father’s Day of 1999, I realized my real problem and surrendered to my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  The sweet Holy Spirit spoke to my heart that morning and revealed to me that I was as the tares Jesus spoke of in Matthew 13. I grew up in a field of wheat and looked every bit like the wheat, but I was not real. I realized that I had never committed my life to Jesus, or surrendered to His authority.  On that day, I gave my life fully to him.

 Boy, what a difference now! Those old Bible stories speak directly to my heart.  I will never have to doubt again. What I have now is far better than religious feelings.  Now I belong to Him.

Susan Shambley