VV Baptism Testimonies

Erica Richling

I have known about God and Jesus since as far back as I can remember.  I had a very formal "relationship" with Jesus in that, I knew he was the Son of God, knew he died for our sins and that I had to do certain things in order to be good enough to go to heaven when I died. I prayed the prayers I was taught and went to church some Sundays but mostly just on Christmas or Easter.  Up until the age of 31, I was what I thought was a good Christian.  My faith in Him got me through the toughest time of my life up until the point that I got divorced.  I knew Jesus in my mind, but I longed for something more, a deeper connection. I was invited to attend High Desert Church by my sister-in-law and I decided to go ahead and attend a service. Looking back on that day I can remember how something moved inside of me, I cried listening to the worship songs. I felt as if Pastor Tom was telling the message of that day straight to me, it was everything I had been wanting, actually needing to hear. My husband and I had been having major issues in our fairly new marriage (my 2nd and current marriage).  My heart was looking for answers on what to do or where to go. After that service, I started attending every Saturday evening and started bringing my children to the children's ministry programs.  Eventually my husband started attending service with me.  I loved hearing the message week after week and would always walk away feeling so inspired in my faith. I found this new perspective that I could have a personal relationship with Jesus.  There was no mediator needed or steps I had to take in order to be good enough for Him.  I don't remember the exact date but I do know it was in the summer of 2010 at a Saturday night service that I was at, alone that I decided to take that next step and fully embrace Jesus by circling the box on the welcome form and praying the A, B, C's. Since that night my life hasn't gotten any easier but through everything I know that since I accepted Jesus into my heart and not just my head, I can get through it with Him.