97952C73-176B-41E1-889C-DA96604810B9Alicia Wollmering

My Personal Testimony

"While my 5 siblings and I were attending catholic grade school for 8 years, my mom became a born again Christian. We started attending other church events where the gospel was shared. I was 12 years old when I responded to an altar call at a children's concert. With my 5 year old sister in hand, I went forward and asked Jesus into my heart.

I don’t think I understood everything that meant at the time but I did understand that spending eternity with God was something that happened because of God’s grace and my personal relationship with him, not through reciting prayers, going to church on certain days, or participating in man made traditions. I felt like I had a secret, for I knew I had encountered something most of my other classmates had not…Christ! He knew me and wanted me to know Him! I am thankful for coming to Christ at a young age. Having Him and His word to guide me through my teen and young adult years has been a blessing I do not deserve. Because of His goodness, I stepped out in obedience and made the decision to be baptized when I was 23 years old.

In the summer of 2020, not being able to control all of the moving parts in my life and in the lives of my family, I came to God one afternoon worn out and frustrated. God laid on my heart that day that I needed to start with myself. Sins like pride, doubt, idolatry, selfish ambition, a critical spirit and much, much more were weighing me down and permeating into my family. Psalm 51 became my prayer that day “Create in me a clean heart O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” God did just that! He returned my joy, set me on a firm foundation once again, and gave me the desire to walk closely with Him. We often think that we need to get our act together, but what I realized that day was that He wanted me to come to Him broken, with my heart and hands empty. Only then was He able to move in my life in a way that He knew best. How freeing to know that I do not have to follow rules, laws, or traditions to spend ETERNITY with Christ. I can just rest in Him, that gives me peace "

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