Tuesday, May 8, 2012

My Journey to Jesus.

Today marks Day 1 of 
Aunie's Unplugged Oklahoma Week.
That's right.
I'm on vacation AGAIN. 
In Oklahoma.
For my best friend's wedding.
No big.

This is my heads up for you that I will probably not be answering emails this week.
Just sayin'.

So since I'm currently en route to Oklahoma,
I thought I'd share a little guest post I did over on Run Faster Mommy about my Journey to Jesus.
I know I've shared it before... but this one is a little more detailed.
I hope you enjoy it! 


My name is Annelise and I blog at Aunie Sauce.
My nickname is Aunie... like ah-nee.
I'm a 20-something brand new Christian,
a mother to a bearded dragon
an official NON-DIY'er, 
probably the worst cook I know,
and I blog about life, style, and my saucy self.


When Michelle asked me to guest post on her blog,
she asked me to be very "me" and to tell the story about how I became a Christian.
I apologize to you and her... because this post, while about my journey to Christianity, it not so very "me."
Because the truth is, it's kind of a dark story (though I won't go into the dirty details).
It's definitely not the bubbly, peppy kind of story I usually like to tell.
But you know what?
It's real. It's me. And it shows that we ALL have times when we need help.

I used to think I was a pretty simple girl
And then I began blogging...
and realized that my voice is a lot saucier than I could have ever imagined.
One thing, though, was I realized that I was so alone.
No matter how wonderful my family is, how many blog followers I have,
or the girls who make up my closest group of friends,
I still felt alone.

I've had a rough last year.
I went through high highs, and desperately low lows.
Through it all, I only had myself.
I blamed myself.
It was really hard.

In March, I was invited to a local church in my town in Idaho.
I was told for years by someone I respected that people who went to church were
I was told that evolution was the way it happened.
I was told there was no God.
So, when I was invited to church, I didn't really think anything could come of it.
I really just went to support my boyfriend, Daniel.
The date was March 18th.
I never knew that date would change my life.

I summoned my strength and went to church with Daniel on that brisk morning.
As we entered the sanctuary, people were worshiping.
They were dancing, singing, waving their hands in the air.
I thought they were all insane.
After about 20 minutes of this worshiping, the pastor came forward to speak for a moment.
It was mostly a service of testimonials from others who had just attended the church's annual Encounter.
I was blown away with the effect that their testimonies had on me.
Each person had a story.
Each person had their own struggles.
Each person had been saved.
As I listened to each person speak, I began to sob.
I didn't know why at the time, but now I know it was the Holy Spirit.
After about an hour of testimonies, a group from the Worship Team performed a skit.
The skit? Everything by Lifehouse.

Holy. Moly.
I couldn't believe it.
That skit was the story of my life.
The temptations-- the suave man, money, addiction, the need to fit in to society's "image", and self-destructive behaviors...
I had experienced each and every one of them.
That skit awoke something in me--
The need to open my heart to Jesus.
I was sobbing.
For all to see. 
And I didn't care.

The pastor said at that moment, "If there is anyone here who does not know Jesus, please, please come forward and open your heart to Him."

And that's just what I did. 
I was surrounded by some good friends, new and old.
My boyfriend Daniel was right by my side. 
We all cried together as I accepted Jesus into my life.

And that was the day my life changed forever.
My "birthday."
I haven't looked back since.
I've been on a learning, worshiping, crazy journey ever since. 

What I've learned so far?
Jesus is love.
Love. Love. Love.
I have NEVER felt so much love. 
I know that religion means something different for everyone, 
but one thing is true...
God is real.
Jesus died for YOU. 
There IS salvation in Him.

I really appreciate you taking a moment to learn a little more about me and my new-found faith.
No matter what you believe, we are all brothers and sisters.
Please come say hi to me at my blog if you have a moment.
I'd love to meet you! 
And, on my exit, I thought I'd share this little poem I wrote a couple weeks ago...



Sarah said...

This is absolutely beautiful!!!!! Brings tears to my eyes!! When I was younger, I used to be afraid of that skit. It made be scared, but now It's so beautiful. It really speaks to me!!

God bless & Lots of Love,

Allyson McGuire said...

This is an incredible testimony! Also (totally unrelated), I love those pants you're wearing in that picture!

Katlyn Larson said...

Thanks so much for sharing this! I seriously started crying when I watched that skit even though I have seen it before.

I just realized how lost I have gotten in these past couple of years and I guess it's just really hard to think about that.

Well now I feel weird for saying this in a comment. But thanks you! xo

Lindsay @ Trial By Sapphire said...

I remember reading this the first time, and it's just as beautiful the second time around!

Pamela said...

This is simply amazing. Beautiful. The skit, wow. Gave me chills & brought tears to my eyes. Love your testimony! Thank you so much for sharing!

Lesley said...

Oh, what a lovely post! I feel blessed to have read it and had my heart touched so deeply! Blessings to you, doll! ♥

Unpublished Life said...

Such a beautifully, honest post Aunie!

Congratulations and your poem is beautiful and so poignant and cuts to the heart of what I believe.

Jesus is LOVE!!


Michelle @ The Goodnight Girl said...

I loved being able to feature this on my blog. Thanks for sharing again! :)

Becca said...

Thanks for sharing! I'm glad you went to church that Sunday. :)

Nice poem!

Kerrie Williams said...

I'm just so so happy for you Aunie! (today is my life on a mission linkup again and you should totally link up btw!) That video was incredible. I've seen that skit in real life before but that group really outdid themselves. Thanks for sharing this amazing story :)

Tiffany said...

You have an amazing story that brought tears to my eyes. What an incredible thing to share with everyone.

Katelyn said...

I literally was crying by the end of this post. It seriously warms my soul to know I will see you in Heaven and that you have accepted God. He truly is love. This was so beautiful and I cannot wait to see what else God has in store for you, Aunie.

- Katelyn

Lisa @ MMT said...

This video brought me to tears. Like you, it is exactly how I feel right now. The temptations of the world can be overpowering and stressful. I've begun to open my heart to God. I've started to read the bible and we have started going to church. I think that is why this video was to powerful to me.
Your faith amazes me and I am so glad you shared your story. Thank you

Unknown said...

Praise GOD!!!!!! Holy crap Aunie I'm so glad you shared your salvation story. Praise Him praise Him praise Him!!!!!!!! I'm so encouraged and excited about this. Wow. xoxo

Stephine said...

Ahhhh... totally did not expect to cry watching that. I feel like that girl is ME. I just... I have such a hard time believing in something I can't see. But every day I feel a little more like I should, like it's what I need. I can't explain it.. *goes to watch video again*

Desiree said...

this brought mega tears to my eyes.. so much like me.

love ya! <3

Jennifer M. said...

This is truly beautiful! Thank you for sharing your story!

Anonymous said...

"I was told that evolution was the way it happened."
evolution is the way it happened.

Elisha said...


p.s. caaan I call you annie? ;) looll.

Amy said...

So is your boy friend Christian too?

Kaity B. said...

That Lifehouse skit gets me every time! I love your honesty and your authenticity.

Chelsea said...

I am just now seeing this video and, like you, found myself sobbing. Thank you so much for sharing this and for sharing your beautiful story. I have seen some dark paths in my life as well and know God is the one constant in this life to help us through all the bad and lead us to the good. So happy for you :)