Melissa Joan Hart was the latest guest on ABC’s podcast, Journeys of Faith with Paula Faris. Hart talked about her faith in God – how it’s grown over the past few years and how it affects her everyday life.
For years she really struggled to connect with faith and understand the Bible.
“I would try,” she told ABC’s Paula Faris. She even read Revelations by herself as a teen, but had a hard time understanding. “I was always trying to learn more about the Bible, but just couldn’t figure out how,” she said.
Hart was raised Catholic like most other families living on Long Island, New York. But when she and her Baptist-raised husband were looking for a faith community together in Los Angeles, they settled on a Presbyterian church.
When Hart started going to the church’s mom group, she noticed, “everybody knew the Bible so well. Everyone was quoting Bible passages, and I still to this day cannot retain Bible passages. I can memorize lines as a job,” but memorizing Bible verses felt impossible. “I felt really lost in that group,” she said.
Things changed when their family moved to Connecticut.
A friend invited her to the local Community Bible Study, “and that just changed everything,” she said. “We’ve been on this journey together here – the women in my neighborhood.”
Last year, Hart even gave Revelations another try when the group studied the book together. For her, walking with Jesus didn’t start with one “ah-ha” moment. It’s been more of a “continual growth of getting to know him by getting to know the Scripture better,” she said.
“It’s opened up my eyes to what God wants us to know, what Jesus came here for, what our purpose is,” Hart said.
Getting to know God and the Bible better affected things about her everyday life like moments when she feels scared at home alone in the dark. “When I’m afraid – when I’m walking the halls and you get that creepy feeling like goosebumps up your back,” she said she just proclaims Jesus name out loud in her home: “This is a Jesus home. Satan is not welcome here.”
Living out her faith in God showed her that “darkness is just the absence of light,” she said. “Without Jesus, you just have this darkness. Not having Jesus in your life just leaves this void.”
Hart talked not only about times when her faith seemed to soar, but also when it seemed to sink. Like when she was working on making the film, God’s Not Dead 2.“That was a real test,” she said.
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Source: Christian Headlines