Death’s fear lost its grip

Understanding faith was a turning point for Lauren Quinn

Lauren Quinn
Lauren’s faith has grown.
Photo by Talitha Jade Photography

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!”

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