One life-changing moment with Jesus can change the trajectory of a life!

Don’t miss an opportunity to share Jesus with someone this weekend it could change someone’s life!Image

Good Friday was a game changer for me! It was 1996 and I was arrested and sitting in the back of a police car. True Story! I was having a conversation with the officer as he was taking me to the station. I said, “Officer do you think God could be trying to get my attention”? The officer replied, “I don’t know maybe.” I then sat back in that police car singing Alanis Morissette, “Isn’t it Ironic Don’t You Think”. Hey, Don’t judge it was 1996.

I was released that night but the next day I had to face my mom (I was only 17). Needless to say we fought like crazy and I told her how much I hated my life, myself, and I knew something needed to change. I just didn’t know how to change it.

I thought about killing myself, I can’t even tell you how may people told me my life was worthless and no one cared for me. I felt I had no purpose and that my life was nothing but a tragedy. Everyone told my mom to give up on me, I’m so thankful she didn’t. She always prayed for me.

A few weeks prior to my “Good Friday” experience someone had invited me to a church, I told my mom maybe we should TRY church and see if God could do something! I always thought God was real I just wasn’t sure He cared about my life or me. We never went on Easter, but two weeks after Easter we visited a church. It was there that I had an encounter with God that changed my entire life. That Sunday morning I gave my life to Jesus. Two things that brought me to that place, one someone prayed for me, and two someone asked me to visit their church. My life was forever changed, and not just mine, but other people who I have now lead to the Lord.

Invite someone to church this week. Please Don’t give up praying for your kids. Don’t count someone out because they seem “too far-gone”. I am living proof that one life-changing moment with Jesus can change the trajectory of a life. Since 1996 I have gone to bible college, spent a month in Peru, did missions work in Mexico, worked and traveled all over America setting up conferences for an international ministry. I was a pastor at a church and now with my awesome husband we are embarking on planting a new life-giving church in Missouri.

Never give up on people. Please invite someone this Easter to church. That seemingly small invite could change everything.


PS. —A Special thank you to my mom, Marilyn Purdy. Thank you for praying for me, and never giving up on me. Thank you Trisha H. for inviting me to your church that day. My life has never been the same. Thank you for all the people that shared Jesus with me. I might have blown you off but the seeds you sowed were not wasted. Thank you!


18 thoughts on “One life-changing moment with Jesus can change the trajectory of a life!

  1. Tara, this is such a moving story!!! I’m so happy you went to church and found God’s love. What a difference you’ve been making in this world since that day!

  2. I can tell you I never once thought you were worthless and I never grew tired of sticking up for you. You were always a great friend and left me with many great memories. Sadly, at 17 I had no one praying for me, no one asking me to church, and no one caring where I was. It took me a whole lot longer and a lot more searching before realizing that yes, God did care about me. People should never underestimate someone because of their age, their history, or even if they seem as though they have things together. Thank you for sharing!

    • Thank you Mellissa! You were always a great friend! You are right no one should underestimate someone because of their age are history! Thanks for reading and taking time to comment.

  3. Thank you for sharing this Tara! I remember that girl and what a difference God has made in your life and in your heart since then. I’m so glad that God brought you thru all of that and has helped you to be the person you are today. You have touched many more people than you realize. I love you Tara and I’m very proud to call you my daughter-in-law.

  4. LOVE YOU TARA… You are changing the World !! Our Pastor always end our church services with this
    ” Lord lay some soul upon me heart and love that soul through me,
    and may I do my part to win that soul for thee,
    and when I enter the city and the saved all around me appear,
    I hope to hear someone say, It was you who invited me here.”

  5. Thank God for his grace and for people that love us enough to pray for us and invite us to church. This is a great testimony and may the Lord bless you and your husband in your new assignment!

  6. Tara, thank you for sharing. we were on the wrong road together…all of the irresponsible decisions we made…we should have known god had something better in store for us the day we hit the telephone pole! it was 1996 when I woke up one morning and had enough of the rebellious life and I went to job corp. it changed my life along with church and a lot of help from my family. I am so glad we both have come so far…we got their with love, faith, and hope!

    • Thanks for reading my blog! I completely forgot about the telephone pole that was crazy! Glad we were all ok! Glad you are doing awesome too! Thankful God is full of grace and mercy cause we we were crazy! 1996 was a life-changing year!

  7. I don’t know you personally. However, I do know you. You were my best friend, my sister, my brother, my school mate, the cool kid on the bus who stood up for the underdog. The girl that liked to party, liked to fit in, wished she knew her direction, wished she could get out, wished she just knew. You were me. You were most of us and You were lost. Funny thing happens to a person when they find God. They realize that they do have a purpose, a value, a belonging, and they have a person who loves them unconditionally regardless of their faults. Your calling and change of life is a testimony to the love our Lord gives freely to everyone who seeks him. Thank you for the courage to share your life changing moments…..”I’ve got one hand in my pocket- and the other one is giving you a high five”

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