I was 8 years old and attending a summer Vacation Bible School in a small town in South Alabama.
My parents didn't attend church regularly but like all parents they welcomed the break from the kids that Vacation Bible School offered. I remember talking to the Pastor and him asking me if I thought it would be ok with my parents for me to be baptized and said I would have to get permission. So I went home and told my mother I had accepted Jesus as my Savior and would like to know if I could get baptized the following Sunday. Of course she said it was OK and that was my first experience with "Being Saved."
Fast forward 47 years and just last year in August of 2019 I went through an experience where I would soon realize that God had "chosen me" and decided it was time to put me through the " Refiner's Fire" and cleanse me of all my dirty chaff and get me on his path instead of my own path. I can say now that the last year in the "Fire" was the toughest, most rewarding thing that has ever happened to me. Yes, harder than 2 divorces and harder than 3 C-sections, but more rewarding than all those too. God has taught and is still teaching me so much through this process that I feel I must share with all that will listen.
I never realized how great it truly is to have a up close, intimate relationship with him.
Please feel free to share your experience here of when you knew God had chosen you as one of his adopted children.