My name is J. Nathaniel Blizzard, allow me to tell you a little bit about myself. I am married to a wonderful woman, my wife Rashidah. I am also a father to some pretty cool kids…if I do say so myself.
I work as a minister to young adults and a pastoral counselor at Point Harbor Community Church in Chesapeake, VA. In addition, I oversee all of the First Impressions teams at our church; the teams responsible for making sure our guests feel welcomed and have an easy time getting connected. I am also a college student, pursing a Master’s degree in Marriage, Couples, & Family Therapy at Regent University.
I became a Christian at the age of 9, on October 21, 1986. My mother and I did a weekly Bible study in our apartment, and on that particular night, we were talking about Jesus and why He came down from heaven to earth. I prayed with her in our living room that evening. I first felt the call to ministry at the age of 15, while attending a church in Texas. At the age of 17, this call was affirmed for me as the pastor of our church laid his hands on me and began praying about the ministry that God was giving me.
I was excited and ready to get to work. I enrolled in a Bible college and began studying, but then, in 1997, my life took a turn for the worse. The Bible college dissolved and I moved to Maryland. While in Maryland, I got caught up in some things that I knew I had no business being involved in. I found myself far from God, the church, and ministry. For a little over 6 years, I couldn’t even walk through the doors of a church because of the guilt and shame that had built up over the years. I believed in my heart that I had forfeited my call to ministry.
I felt the conviction of the Holy Spirit throughout that time and found myself stuck in a battle between rededicating my life to God and pursuing the sins that had me trapped. It was in 2003 that God said enough is enough. I couldn’t run anymore! Much like the prodigal son, God wanted me to come home. It took some time, but the Holy Spirit began to clean me up, to rebuild me…to restore me. Romans 11:29 says that the gifts and calling of God are irrevocable. I found this to be true in my life. I had not forfeited my calling, God had a plan for everything to work in His timing. God has been able to use many of the experiences from the time I spent running from Him as a means of ministering to others through me. He has also used those experiences to show me my weaknesses and teach me to rely solely on Him.
Be encouraged, God has a plan and a purpose for you! If you are a believer, your salvation is a gift, and you have been created in Christ Jesus for good works. God has a plan and He is in control!
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