Carol’s Conversion

How I Became a Christian

Many people have clear memories and a specific date of when they said “yes” to Jesus’ invitation to follow Him. Mine are indistinct. Sawdust covered the floor of a revival tent. The back of the chair in front of me obscured my vision of the stage. But what I do remember clearly is that I knew in my heart that I needed and wanted Jesus in my life. I walked to the front of the tent at the end of the meeting and prayed He would come into my young heart. I was about five years old. Some people might wonder about the validity of a choice made by an immature little one. But the ensuing years have proved the genuineness of my decision. Jesus did come into my heart and has loved and kept me through all these years. I wonder how I would have survived some of them apart from His love, protection and strength. I hope you can say you know this Jesus too and that He lives in your heart. It’s so simple to receive Him that even children understand what to do when He opens up His arms and calls them for an eternal hug.

Songs I sang as a child

Jesus loves me! This I know, For the Bible Tells me so.

Little ones to Him belong;

They are weak

But He is strong.

—Anna B. Warner, 1860

Jesus loves the little children,

All the children of the world.

Red and yellow, black and white,

All are precious in His sight,

Jesus loves the little children of the world.

C. Herbert Woolston

The B-I-B-L-E.

Yes, that’s the book for me;

I stand alone on the Word of God,

The B-I-B-L-E.


When He cometh, when He cometh

To make up His jewels,

All His jewels, precious jewels,

His loved and His own.

Like the stars of the morning,

His brightness adorning,

They shall shine in their beauty,

Bright gems for His crown.

He will gather, He will gather

The gems for His kingdom;

All the pure ones, all the bright ones,

His loved and His own.

Little children, little children,

Who love their Redeemer,

Are the jewels, precious jewels,

His loved and His own.

William O. Cushing (1856)