Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28
I love to hear people tell how Jesus changed their life. Jesus takes our troubles and turns them into blessings. Allie McClain struggled with depression as she hurt others with her selfish choices. Then, a crisis pregnancy turned Allie back to God. Jesus welcomed Allie home through her family and the people of Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church. Allie shared her story with the world on Youtube with a video testimony (view her video here). Allie went the extra mile and wrote out her story, which I would like to share with you in this blog:
I'd say a few years back, I was very, very far from where I should've been. I was living in Nashville trying to finish school. I was in and out of therapy. Taylor (who is now my husband) and I were on and off. I barely graduated...
I was far away from my family, my church, my God. And I didn't have a lot of friends.
I became depressed, continually hurt others just because I was hurting so badly, and I didn't know how to get through it any other way.
One day, I was watching the light fountains that were synchronized with the nativity story at the Opry Land Hotel when my dad called and said, "I think God is tired of you putting all your faith in a man instead of Him." I decided he was right, but I didn't listen.
I finished school and came home. I hadn't changed much. I still only thought of myself. Then, Taylor came home too. We were so troublesome together. We had so many problems. Finally, I really started praying and a few months later, I was pregnant.
Taylor was scared, so he decided it wasn't for him. For 2 weeks before I told my parents, I was scared too. I contemplated adoption, because I didn't think I was worthy. I had plenty of excuses too. I was mean, selfish, I always hurt others, and I wasn't married.
I asked God to change mine and Taylor's life no matter what the outcome. I expected punishment, but I received grace. I received a miracle.
The whole week after I told Mom and Dad, Taylor still wasn't in the picture and I remembered what my dad told me about my faith in God. No matter the pain I felt, I decided to really trust God. When I did, I found peace.
I think throughout a small amount of time Taylor saw the changes I had made in my life and I think he wanted that too. Taylor told me the other day that he fell in love with me all over again.
Before I came back to church, I was so nervous. Before all of PGUMC knew, I was hoping they'd just think I was putting on weight. But when word got out, they hugged me, congratulated me, and acted as if I'd done nothing wrong. To me, I believed God was changing my life with this special child, and I had several people from this church tell me they also thought it was true.
My son is now almost 2 years old and Taylor and I have been married for almost 2 years.
My favorite saying now is, "Don't tell God you have a big problem. Tell your problem you have a big God."
Why be part of PGUMC? No church is perfect, nor can you put all your faith in one. But this church will accept you, your mistakes, and will extend the grace and love that many of us experience here. And PGUMC will continue to support you in your growth. They will hear your honesty and let you know how proud of you they are. I'm still being told that. The members here speak so highly of me to my mom and dad. And not only does it touch me, but being a parent myself, I can only imagine how good it makes my parents feel. Thanks PGUMC for showing me a little bit of what that feels like.
Allie, Taylor, and their son, Boone
boon (noun) - a blessing; a thing that is helpful or beneficial.
Watch Allie's testimony here
Watch Allie's testimony here