Post your stories of conversion here. The seer Ivan says that conversion is a lifelong process.

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By joyful_1
#105672
I've always been devout and attend Mass regularly. I don't remember ever a time in my life when I didn't feel God's presence in my life. Early in my marriage, my husband and I would attend Marian conferences when they were held near Chicago. We also were members of a Medjugorje prayer group in our church and eventually took it over when the main person moved out of town. I have four brothers and four sisters in my family who, at the time, were very far from God. They lived with their boyfriends/girlfriends, weren't attending church, some alcoholics living an undesirable life. In the 1990's, we attended a Marian conference in Notre Dame, Indiana. While there, I spent time in prayer at the Grotto. I told God, "Here I am Lord, what is it that you want from me?". After prayers, I went back into the conference to pray the rosary. We were asked to spend time thanking Mary for being with us and for praying for us. During this time, I also prayed for my brothers and sisters who had fallen away from Christ. Then instantly, I fell into what was similiar of a tunnel...and in my heart, not my ears, I heard a voice say, "Your family will attend the next Marian Conference"....I questioned the voice, saying, "How can this be? They are so far from Christ!" The voice said to me, "Through you, they will come...." Then all of a sudden, I was aware of my surroundings and I looked to my husband and asked him if he heard anything. He said, "no". Then I explained what happened. My parents were also at this conference but sitting with their group of friends in another section. I ran to them to tell them the good news! But I was crying and asked my dad how I can do this because my family and I hardly talked to each other. Dad suggested we all pray & fast for a few weeks. When I was ready, we called a family meeting. I explained to my family my love of the Lord. I told them of Medjugorje, which they knew through my parents, but didn't believe at the time and they often mocked them. I spoke of the love God has for them and begged them to please consider their lives to live them better for God. I invited them to come to the next conference, which was in Rosemont, IL. God gave me the means to pay for all of them to attend this conference. 8 out of 9 of my brothers & sisters came. My youngest sister did not come because it was the same weekend as her 21st birthday and she had other plans. The siblings that came really enjoyed the weekend. Since then, My brothers went to confession for the first time in 10 yrs. One brother who had an ailing back was healed during the Eucharistic Adoration Procession, My brother who was healed from his back returned home and eventually married his girlfriend whom he lived with for 13 yrs and also baptised his kids. My sisters became Eucharistic ministers, lectors, and volunteers in the church, my younger brother joined Knights of Columbus, visited the shut-ins with Communion, the list goes on and on....Many years have passed now and most are still very involved in church. Though some still battle alcoholism, they still attend church despite this affliction. My brother who had married, ended up in divorse, because this marriage was not of God's plan. He remains single today but is active in his church. I no longer am part of the Medjugorje Prayer group because I had relocated, raised kids, and had many things happen over the years. Today, I'm still very involved in my church as a 1st grade Sunday school teacher, and volunteer for fun night and movie night with our church youth. My husband and I made a Cursillo two yrs ago and we are active in this. My 18 yr old daughter is a 5th grade teacher assistant and my 12 yr old daughter and 10 yr old son both altar serve during Mass. My husband taught Confirmation class last year. We all serve God in one way or another. I am still a source of encouragement for our families and I pray every day that God will reveal His will in my life. I pray I am able to resist temptation and not cloud my life with things that get in my way of serving God. I also pray for the world in the same way. God bless you all.
By Steven
#105675
joyful_1, thank you for your beautiful testimony. You said you are no longer a part of a Medjugorje Prayer Group because you relocated. I think you just joined another Medjugorje Prayer Group when you came here. Welcome to The Medjugorje Forum.

Steven
By Medjugorje18.3.05
#105676
Thank you for sharing you story, It's so beautiful.
welcome to the forum Joyful_1.
please pray for me that God will give me the Grace so that I will have the strengths and fait like you. You and your family will be in my prayers.

God Bless

roonie
By joyful_1
#105693
Thanks for your nice reply's. God has a way of bringing us full circle. Many things have happened in our lives since that day I received the joyful message regarding my family. When we relocated (back to our home-town), we lived there 8 years & raised our three children. We were active in church there teaching and attending other groups, but my heart ached for my friends from which we moved. God knew our hearts desire. In a series of events, (the steel mill closing which left my husband without a job) God opened doors for my husband to attend college for free to get his Associates & then Bachelor's degree in Electronics Engineering in less than two years at a trade school. We downsized from a 2400 sq ft home to a 900 sq ft home and ate from food pantry's during this time to sacrifice so my husband could go to school. I had to go back to work outside of the home to get insurance. We had faith that we would be taken care of and new our situation was only temporary. We prayed alot too. God now has relocated us back to our home-away-from-home - - even back to the SAME neighborhood we lived in once before and we are now with our old church family like nothing had ever changed. The medjugorje prayer group continues to meet each week but during the day when I am working. Interestingly enough, it's been meeting now for approximately 18 years!! With many of the same people. Some have passed away...but the core is still there praying strong! My husband and I made a Cursillo two years ago. We both now have a group of prayer friends who meet on Tuesday nights to pray, encourage and seek ways to show people Christ in their lives. We laugh together, cry together, and we do volunteer work together both in and out of church. My group even meets on Saturday mornings for breakfast! The point is, when you have God in your life, you have JOY. If we become laZy, we will feel like God is far away. But remember, it wasn't God who moved......:) He is always here listening for us to speak to Him. Here I am Lord, do with me what you will......!
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By missy
#105694
Welcome!! You do have a lovely story with true words of wisdom!! Thank you!! :D
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By OHLisa
#105697
Welcome to the forum! That was an Awesome testimony! Thanks for sharing!
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By starbright
#105750
What a story! Thanks for sharing, and welcome here.
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By Tiree
#105925
Thanks for sharing your special experience!!
By Light
#105980
joyful-1

It's very inspirational to read your story of conversion. God is doing awesome things through you and your husband.

Thanks again!

God Bless
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By Hopper
#106120
Great story Joyful!!!

Hopper :D
By kim52
#106283
Thank you for sharing your journey. It has strenthen me to hear yours. The Lord is so good! I love hearing from my christian friends online.
your prayers are needed

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