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Sarah Mae has a past that would be her present if it weren’t for Jesus. A blogger, author, and co-author of Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe, she’s currently writing The Complicated Heart, a book for broken-hearted lovers of Jesus. Learn more at @thecomplicatedheart on Instagram or...

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  1. This is wonderful. I too am a first generation Christian and like you, even though I had no background in being raised as a Christian, when He came, I knew Him. I feel so blessed that I get to pass on this legacy to those around me.

  2. What a beautiful post and now I know what I am – a First Generation Christian.
    The only sad part, for me, is that my daughter has so far been unable to feel Jesus in her life. She is grown up now and living a lifestyle that, while relatively normal for non-Christian girls her age, is one that is not bringing her joy.
    Please pray for her.

  3. What a powerful piece of honesty. It reminds me of the endless pursuit of this Jesus on behalf of His kids. It reminds me of His gentle whispers undergirding the loud noise that so often is our lives.
    Thank you for choosing to pass on to future generations what was not passed on to you. And for using your voice and your writing to encourage other women to do the same.
    From over the ocean, thank you.

  4. This is a wonderful wonderful post. It speaks to my soul. I became a Christian about 8 years ago, but we moved about 3 years ago and I’ve struggled with finding a church home here. I almost feel like I’m lost all over again. Thank you for speaking to my heart.

  5. Even when you are raised in a Christian home, you still have to walk your own journey…so many people are still on the ‘first page’ and they are not first generation Christians!!
    The ‘knowing’ is the most important part and the rest just makes it all the sweeter!!
    Thanks for being a confirmation to the messages I have been receiving!!

  6. i am also a first generation believer. it is an interesting and blessed road to walk. thanks for your viewpoint, as always!

  7. Oh, what a testimony! Came over from Bar’s “A Freshly Brewed Life” and so glad I did. Blessings to another “sister in Christ.”

  8. This is beautiful, Sarah Mae. I, too, am a first generation Christian. I have since had the privilege of bringing my mom to Christ, along with my children. Perhaps we are part of the sandwich generation of the Jesus-kind.

  9. Thanks so much for this post. It sounds exactly like my & my story. My parents were not Christians but I did have a child bible… that I would open & try to read every night. I would ask my mom to read with me, but she wouldn’t. And I knew. My whole life I knew. It wasn’t until I was 30 that I finally found HIM.
    Thanks again for this post 🙂

  10. What a beautiful testimony that is so encouraging! He loved you before you even knew His Name. Look at what He started with you. Now your family will be impacted for eternity.
    Blessings and love,
    Debbie

  11. *tears running down my face* Isn’t he so beautiful, so awesome. Powerful words. May the Lord continue to bless you an guide you.
    your sister in Christ

  12. Im a new christian and have come across a lot of hassle from my family. I know the Lord is with us and holding us close. Taking courage from this post, thank you xxx

  13. Thank you for sharing this Sarah Mae. Since I first found your blog, shortly after you began it. I always felt There was a kindred spirit there for me. When you write your heart in words, I see a reflection of personal thought,in many. I too am a first Generation Christian. Now a wife of a honorable man and mother to 3 children. A teen and two younger ones. I am pondering how not to get them sticky with my inner mess. I want them to truely know the Lord. Oh! The inner war with self, yet the passion and fire that Christ fills me with is greater. I have been praying that God fill my passion cup to do His Good will while “Today is called today” because being luke warm only fills me with more of self and less of Him, I get lost in my desires to follow, I flonder. The days are swift. I too must review the call He spoke in my youth, when I grew up in a non-christian home. I heard Him, He spoke to me, although I did not know what to do…He showed me along the way and has loving placed His finger prints in my daily life. Reviewing that fills the soul with His faithfulness and the passion I need to pursue His goodness. Thank you for turning my heart to look at that list of love.Smiles, Angelia in TX