(By: Jennifer Zornes)

As children we think life is so hard, but it isn't until adulthood that we find out that the things of life get much harder. My name is Jennifer Zornes; I go by 'Jenny' to most people, though. I was raised in a little place called Greenup, KY. I had the most wonderful parents in the world, at least I think so anyway. Nothing could prepare me for what was to happen in my life. 


All throughout my childhood my parents took me and my three older sisters to church every Sunday like clockwork. It never failed - I would wake up early Sunday morning to the smell of biscuits and gravy. I would then have to go through the morning routine of bathing and getting dressed. At 9 o'clock it was out the door and off to the church. 

I believed in God and everything that the Bible said, or at least the ten commandments. I had listened to the preacher, most of the time. When I started getting a little older my dad started telling me that I needed to be saved, but I thought: I go to church and I do what I'm told, so what else am I supposed to do? 

My dad explained to me that I had to ask God into my heart and ask for forgiveness for everything in my life. I was scared out of my mind, but I did it. From that point on no matter what I did I thought that I was still saved. However, I had been hiding a secret. One that would change my life forever. I was a lesbian.   

When I was 15 years old I told my mother and father that I was homosexual. Oh my, the reaction I got. My parents were heartbroken. Understand, I would never do anything to make my parents upset with me. I loved them both so much. They had supported me in everything, but this was different. They, then, told me that homosexuality was a sin. I hadn't been told that before. Things like that was never talked about. I was so confused, and started to realize no matter how much church I had gone to, it didn't matter.  I wasn't going to heaven. I went on with my lifestyle anyway. 

I spent the next few years partying and doing things I had never done before. But, as I got older I felt that there was just something missing. I had no idea what it could be. I was in and out of relationships, thinking that maybe I just hadn't found the right person. But, I soon found out that wasn't the problem. 

I had just came out of a horrible relationship, so I decided to move in with my sister. I started going back to church and went back to the altar. That desire was still there though. Then, I got with my sister's best friend. I had been in love with her since I was a child. During this time I was still attending church and trying to hide my sexuality. Satan had a tight grip on me and he wasn't letting me go. I started to get another feeling that I had tried my whole life to ignore, I was supposed to be a man. So, I threw myself one step closer to the pits of Hell and went to a endocrinologist to start testosterone shots to alter my sex. During this I was still saved, or so I thought. 

A few weeks later my girlfriend, at the time, wanted me to go to her sister's church with her. So I did, thinking that I would go in and come out feeling the same way that I had always felt. When I walked into that church I felt the presence of God. The people were so friendly. You could just see that all of these people were filled with God's love. I felt like I could be myself around all of them. So I made that church my new home. A few weeks later revival started. I felt God knocking at my heart in a way I had never felt before. I went up to that altar and that's when I turned everything over to God. When I went back to my seat the pastor asked if anyone had a testimony, I stood up, not knowing what I was going to say. I opened my mouth and said,'I have been going to a doctor to change my gender, but I am not going to go through with it anymore.' I thought: What did I just say?  That was not what I wanted ... but I thought if it was God that wanted me to say that I would just see what He had in store for me. 

My ex-girlfriend and I decided that we could not be together any more sexually. We continued to live together, but as far as physical relationship, there was none. We knew that a sexual or lustful relationship would not be pleasing to God. When I gave it all over to God, that's when it happened. God called me out. He put a calling on my heart so strong I couldn't push it away. He was wanting me to minister to others. The fear was intense, but I knew that if anyone could bring me through it, it was Him. 

I kept praying and God give me a sign to let me know that is what He really wants from me. On one Wednesday, while at a bible study, they were talking about the fact that when God calls you to minister that's what you need to do. I felt a relief come across me. That was my conformation. 

A few months ago the pastor and his wife asked me if I would give my testimony at a Women's Ministry that we were having at the church. I told them that I felt God calling me to minister to others. It was like God was using this testimony to start off my ministry. I was so nervous, but I got up and gave my testimony. I looked around and almost every woman in the building was crying. It made me feel like my testimony was touching people.

Even though the things that misled my life may not be what has a hold on someone else's life, I still must let people know that the love of God can fix anything. By your testimony you will be known. God can help you overcome anything. A relationship with Jesus Christ is much more important than anything in this life!

Dear Reader - are you at peace with God?  If not, you can be. Do you know what awaits you when you die? You can have the assurance from God that heaven will be your home, if you would like to be certain. You can even have that assurance RIGHT NOW!  Either Jesus Christ died for your sins, or He didn't (He did!). Are you prepared to stand before God on the Judgment Day and tell Him that you didn't need the shed blood of Jesus Christ on the Cross to have your sins forgiven and get in right-standing with God? We plead with you...please don't make such a tragic mistake. 

To get to know God, to be at peace with God, to have your sins forgiven, to make certain heaven will be your home for eternity, to make certain that you are in right-standing with God right now ... please click here to help you understand the importance of being reconciled to God. What you do about being reconciled to God will determine where you will spend eternity, precious one. Your decision to be reconciled to God is the most important decision you'll ever make in this life, because in Christ, it is impossible to put a value on the worth of your soul in light of eternity.


JESUS DID IT! and...


Remember:  All that we do in this life comes back to our God-given purpose which is to serve and glorify God. The money and assets we accumulate, the fame and power we've attained or seek to attain - all of the things of this nature will one day pass away, but those lives of others we impact for Jesus Christ will last for eternity, and we will be rewarded for the part we helped play by impacting those lives ... for eternity.
(Matthew 6:19-21 is our assurance)