I was born into sin just like everyone else, but by God’s mercy and grace He placed me in a wonderful family that allowed me to have the testimony I have!

My dad was raised in a Pentecostal church and my mom was part of a Methodist church before they were married. My father and mother began going to the church I was raised in when I was about five years old. During my childhood years, I remember going to vacation bible school most of my summer while I was out of school. It didn’t matter if the church was Baptist, Methodist, or Seventh Day Adventist, I loved vacation bible school. This, along with a family vacation for a week during the summer, was what my summers consisted of. The Word of God was instilled in me from my youth, and I am still learning from His Word!

Growing up to pre-teen years, I moved from bible schools to youth camps. For the most part, I was the only young person in my church that went to youth camp. This didn’t bother me, for you see I am a lot like my dad and hardly ever meet a stranger. From the age of 12 until I graduated high school, I attended the same youth camp. In fact, my kids now attend this camp, and I am now 38 years old! I made friends during this time that I still consider to be friends today.

During my teenage years, of course I made mistakes. I have never tasted alcohol, tried drugs, smoked, partied on weekends, but I still was tempted with other things and even fell at times! Even through the mistakes, I knew what had been instilled in me through the teaching of God’s Word and the example that my mom and dad had given me. Please don’t misunderstand me and think I feel like I lead the “perfect life” as a teenager. I failed many times and had to ask for forgiveness for different things, but I never ventured very far away from my upbringing.

There were many things I learned in life because my mom and dad didn’t hide me from ” the issues” of church and life, and I feel this has made me to become the woman I am today. I have been married for 17 years to a great man that loves God and others, and we have three wonderful kids. We attend a Pentecostal church where my husband was raised from his childhood. It amazes me at times when I sit and think just how good God has been to me; to place me in the family he did, and then join me with a man that had the same beliefs I was raised with!

As I write this, I think of those that may not have been raised in church. I would never want to make someone feel like they are lesser because of that. For the Word of God tells us in Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” We are all born into sin and all need a Savior. But I am also reminded, now that I have kids, that the bible also says in Proverbs 22:6 ” Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” I do believe the reason why I have the faith and understanding that I do today is because of the family and church that God so graciously placed me in.

I could go on and on about miracles, divine deliverances, and personal experiences I have had during my life, but as I end I would like to remind you that you are loved, no matter what your background is. You may have tried a lot of things to find happiness and those things have failed you. But I am a living testimony that if you will just remember your roots, you can live a life for God and he can and will use you wherever you are.


Bridgett Henson

I am a sinner saved by amazing grace. I use both written and spoken words to help kindred souls see their own beauty through God's eyes in hope that they will accept their Happily Ever After as provided by Jesus Christ. I've authored 3 books in The Whatever Series, and am a book coach with Empowered Publications.


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