Understanding faith was a turning point for Lauren Quinn
One night, Lauren Quinn remembered her vivid fear of death.
“On this one particular night,” Lauren recalls, “they were preaching about Jesus’ life, death on a cross and His resurrection. Death had always been a big fear of mine ever since I knew about it. That night, after finding out how much Jesus loved me, and what He had done for me [dying to pay the penalty for sin], I just couldn’t live without Him any longer.
“My life back then was pretty much all about me, and glorifying myself. Even though I knew about Jesus, I didn’t have a full understanding of who He was,” Lauren says.
That night, Lauren sat down with a youth group leader and they talked about the perfect character of God. Lauren was confronted by her sin and understood for the first time that God’s forgiveness is a free gift. The Bible says, “By grace you have been saved, through faith — and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God” (Ephesians chapter 2:verse 8).
Lauren accepted Christ Jesus as Lord of her life.
A few weeks later, Lauren and her parents were baptised at their church. Learning to walk this ‘new life’ was not without its sacrifices. “Most of the people I used to call friends at school rejected me, and that was hard but I had the support of my parents, brother and a youth group leader guiding me through each step of the way,” Lauren says.
Lauren’s faith has grown as she has faced difficulties trusting God to help her through them — whether in her family, with her health or at school.
As she says, “There are always going to be trials and temptations in our lives, but, as I have learned, we have to look at the bigger picture as God does.”
A verse which helps Lauren through various things, including preparing for a recent mission trip, is Isaiah chapter 40, verse 31, “but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
“There have been troubles to overcome,” Lauren acknowledges, “but each time God keeps blessing me!”