Having a child-like faith, not a childish one

Carol Matonsi
Carol Matonsi says God provided her with the money she needed for a cancer operation.

Being a child is about innocence, having a simple faith and seeing the world in a wondrous way. Carol Matonsi says she will always be a child even though she is 50 years old. But how?

Carol grew up in a Christian family but says she did not understand what it meant to be a child of God until she was 20.

She lived life her own way and says she often struggled with unforgiveness and a short temper.

However, things changed as she matured and realised that God was wanting her to live for Him instead of herself.

"I realised not being a committed Christian was like running away from my Heavenly Father," Carol explains.

As Romans chapter 8 verse 14 says: "For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God."

Carol realised to be a true child of God she needed to allow the Holy Spirit into her life to guide her in making the right decisions in life.

"The turning point came at an Easter celebration," she says.

It was upon reflecting on God's love for her in sending His only Son to die on the cross in place of her sins, that she knew she needed to make Jesus Christ her personal Lord and Saviour.

And she has never regretted that decision.

"I don't fear anymore. I have the confidence that God is with me all the time," she says joyfully.

"I know I am a Christian because God has done a lot in my life. He protects me and rescues me and guides me."

Carol says her Heavenly Father also provides for her when she is in need.

"In February I was diagnosed with cancer and needed a lot of money for an operation. God miraculously provided," she testifies.

Things may not always be perfect in life but Carol says she holds on to encouraging verses that remind her that God is a good Father.

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future," she recites from Jeremiah chapter 29 verse 11.

"Without God we are nothing. He is the author and finisher of everything."

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