My Catholic Journey
Clothe yourself in your strength, O Zion;
Clothe yourself in your beautiful garments,
O Jerusalem, the holy city;
For the uncircumcised and the unclean
Will no longer come into you.
2Shake yourself from the dust, rise up,
O captive Jerusalem;
Loose yourself from the chains around your neck,
O captive daughter of Zion."
That scripture spoke to me. I felt God speaking. Directly to me. I just had a sense that God was doing something with me. I enjoyed in so much I decided to do another bible study there. But I thought that was it. Just a bible study. Nothing more nothing less. I did not think that God was using this bible study to lead me in the door of the Catholic church. A few months later my same friend told me that I should go to this course called the Encounter at the same Catholic church. I said that I would go. She really did not tell anymore than that about the course. But I was seeking God and I wanted to go. The course was ten weeks. In the middle of the course there is a retreat. I went to the retreat and it was such an awesome experience with the Holy Spirit. I had not experienced the Holy Spirit like this since I was teenager in the Assembly of God church. I had received the Baptism in the Holy Spirit when I was fourteen at the Assembly of God church. What I had experienced a teenager in the Assembly of God church was here at the Catholic church. So I thought that if this is the Holy Spirit working here this must be God working in the Catholic church. And one more thing struck me. At the Encounter retreat they celebrated mass but I could not receive communion because I was not Catholic. This made me sad. I remember tears welling up inside me. Tears of deep sadness that I could not receive. And I really did not understand this emotion I was starting to feel. It was almost like the Lord was sad. It overwhelmed me. So it got me thinking but I was still clueless as to what God was doing with me here in the Catholic Church. And I did not feel at this point that this is where God was going to lead me. And during this time I was also still attending my church. A couple of months later I felt God telling me to go through this course again. So went went through the entire course again. And I experienced God in a powerful again there. But still did not think God was going to lead me here. So I continued to attend my Church. And continued to do the things I felt God leading me to do. I was also going on medical mission trips to the Dominican Republic during this time also. I was just going wherever I felt God leading me. I was seeking Him and and wanted to know His will for my life. At this point I had been wondering why God had me at the Catholic Church. And at the last encounter someone asked me "You may want to ask God why He has you here at the Catholic Church" So that really made me think. And I started to ask God questions. I never got hit over the head with an answer from God about it. It was just a gut feeling in me that this is what God was wanting me to do. On July 14 TH 2009 God had given me a devotional that had really spoke to me. It was about going forward unafraid. So I felt God was telling me to go forward and not be afraid of what lies ahead. I also received a devotional about making a decision about something. It was on how God builds your Faith by making a decision. And I felt God was telling me to make a decision about the Catholic church. So I made the decision that day to convert to the Catholic Church in my heart. Now this was not an easy decision for me because my husband is still Protestant. And this meant me going in a different direction in a sense. But I felt that if this was God then He would work things out for us. A month after my decision I was told that RCIA classes were starting up in August. I did not realize that these classes were starting after I made my decision. So I started the classes. And I have not regretted my decision about this one bit. Even through all the struggles I have had with converting. Yes, I have had some personal struggles with converting that I won't discuss here but the cost is worth it to me. And God has been with me every step of the way. He has never left me alone.
Also during this time I was reading a lot books on the Catholic Faith. I read the Surprised by Truth series by Patrick Madrid. And Rome Sweet Rome by Scott Hahn. These two books really helped me. God was opening my eyes to the truth of the Catholic Faith. I just knew in my heart that this was where I was suppose to be. And I knew in my heart that what I was reading was true about the Catholic Church.