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700 Club Interactive - March 31, 2017

Daughter of Candace Cameron Bure, Natasha Bure addresses living in the public eye, her faith, and living an authentic life despite challenges. Read Transcript


Andrew: SHE'S THE

DAUGHTER OF CANDACE

CAMERON BURE, AND MAY BE

BEST KNOWN AS A

YouTube CELEBRITY AND

CONTESTANT ON "THE VOICE."

NATASHA BURE JOINS US TO

TALK ABOUT HANDLING REAL

ISSUES, LIKE FAITH,

FRIENDS, AND BOYS.

ON TODAY'S "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE."

GOOD MORNING, AND WELCOME

TO THE SHOW.

WE ALL KNOW THE TEENAGED

YEARS CAN BE A DIFFICULT

AND CONFUSING TIME.

SOCIAL PRESSURES AND THE

DESIRE TO FIT IN OFTEN

CAUSE ANXIETY.

AND I GUESS THAT GOES FOR

ADULTS, TOO, AND SO A LIFE

OF AUTHENTICITY AND BEING

REAL IS ALWAYS THE BEST

WAY.

NATASHA BURE GREW UP AS

THE DAUGHTER OF CANDACE

CAMERON BURE, AND NHL

FORWARD VALERIE BURE.

SHE STARTED SINGING WHEN

SHE WAS 10 YEARS OLD.

SINCE THEN SHE HAS ADDED

MODELING, YouTube

CELEBRITY, AND CONTESTANT

ON "THE VOICE," TO HER

RESUME.

BUT SHE STILL DEALS WITH

TEENAGED ISSUES, LIKE

FRIENDS, BOYS, AND

STRUGGLING WITH HER FAITH.

HER BOOK, "LET'S BE REAL,"

FEATURES HER CANDID,

PERSONAL STORIES, SAYS HE

OFFERS ADVICE TO YOUNG

GIRLS ON HANDLING TOUGH

STUFF IN A HECTIC WORLD.

Andrew: NATASHA BURE

JOINS YOU NOW.

THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE.

THANKS FOR HAVING ME.

Andrew: IT IS SO

UNUSUAL FOR PEOPLE TO LOOK

AT YOU, YOUR DAD IS A

FAMOUS HOCKEY PLAYER AND

YOUR MOTHER IS A FAMOUS

ACTRESS, AND IT IS A VERY

UNUSUAL WAY TO GROW UP --

YES.

I CAN'T SAY IT WASN'T

DIFFERENT, BECAUSE IT

DEFINITELY WAS DIFFERENT,

BUT AT THE SAME TIME, I

GREWP IGREW UP IN A NORMAL

HOUSEHOLD, AND MY PARENTS

HAD RULES FOR US.

AND SO FOR THE MOST PART

OF GROWING UP, IT WAS

PRETTY NORMAL.

Andrew: WHEN YOU GUYS

WERE IN THE SPOTLIGHT, DID

YOU EVER WISH YOU COULD

HAVE YOUR FAMILY MORE TO

YOURSELF, INSTEAD OF

PEOPLE WHO WATCH YOUR DAD

AND MOM?

SOMETIMES I WISH MY

PARENTS WERE HOME WITH ME,

BUT AT THE SAME TIME, THEY

WORK SO HARD AND THEY'RE

SO PASSIONATE ABOUT

EVERYTHING THEY DO, SO I'M

A LITTLE PROUD OF IT.

Andrew: AND NOW

THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA, YOU

ACHIEVED NOTORIETY ON YOUR

OWN.

WHAT HAS THAT BEEN LIKE?

IT IS AMAZING TO TIEND FIND

MY NICHE AND THINGS I'M

PASSIONATE ABOUT, MUSIC,

MODELING, ACTING.

THEY WEREN'T ALWAYS A HUGE

INTEREST.

WHEN I WAS YOUNGER, I

WANTED TO BECOME A

PROFESSIONAL ATHLETE AND I

WANTED TO PLAY TENNIS.

WHEN I TURNED 10, I KIND

OF SWITCHED GEARS, AND I

FOUND IT IN MY OWN WAY.

IT WASN'T SOMETHING THAT

WAS EVER PUSHED ON ME OR

FORCED UPON ME.

WHICH IS NICE BECAUSE IT

WAS SOMETHING THAT CAME

FROM MY HEART AND

SOMETHING I WAS PASSIONATE

ABOUT.

Andrew: YOU MADE AN

INTERESTING DISCOVERY AT A

YOUNG AGE, YOU'RE 18 --

YES.

Andrew: THERE IS A

LOT OF PHONINESS OUT

THERE --THERE --

ABSOLUTELY.

FOR ME, I STARTED AT 15,

AND MY FOLLOWING HAS GROWN

SO MUCH SINCE I STARTED

IT.

I STARTED TO SEE THIS

TREND THAT WE ALL COMPARE

OURSELVES TO WHAT WE SEE

ON THE NEXT YouTube OR

INSTAGRAM.

AND YOU'RE ONLY SEEING A

SNIPPET OF SOMEBODY'S

LIFE.

AND PEOPLE WERE COMPARING

THEIR LIVES TO MINE,

SAYING YOU HAVE THE

PERFECT LIFE AND YOU SEEM

LIKE YOU HAVE IT FIGURED

OUT, AND I THINK, I DON'T

HAVE IT FIGURED OUT.

SO I WANTED TO NOT SET AN

EXAMPLE OF I HAVE THE

PERFECT LIFE, BUT, HEY, I

HAVE FLAWS AND I HAVE

THINGS I HAVE ISSUES WITH,

AND I WANT TO BE OPEN AND

HONEST ABOUT THOSE THINGS

AND SAY, SOCIAL MEDIA

ISN'T ALWAYS REAL.

Andrew: HELP ME.

I HAVE THREE CHILDREN.

FOR ME FAMILY WE'LL BE

ENTERING INTO THE SOCIAL

MEDIA REALM WITH THE KIDS.

I FEEL LIKE SOME PARENTS

OUT THERE ARE

OVERCAUTIOUS.

AND THEY'RE THINKING TOO

MUCH ABOUT THE DANGERS,

AND OTHER PARENTS ARE OUT

TO LUNCH, AND THEY DON'T

HAVE A CLUE WHAT IS GOING

ON OR A CLUE TECHNICALLY

HOW TO OPERATE ANYTHING.

WHAT DO YOU THINK PARENTS

OF TEENAGERS OR SOON TO BE

TEENS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT

THE POSSIBLE DANGERS OUT

THERE?

MY PARENTS WERE ALWAYS

VERY STRICT IN THAT THEY

HAD ALL OF MY PASSWORDS,

AND THEY HAD TO APPROVE

THE PHOTOS I POSTED.

Andrew: HOW DID YOU

FEEL ABOUT THAT?

AT FIRST I WAS UPSET.

I DIDN'T WANT MY PARENTS

TO HAVE FULL ACCESS, BUT

NOW THAT I'M OLDER AND I

KNOW THE KIND OF EXAMPLE I

WANT TO SET, I'M SO GLAD.

BECAUSE WHAT YOU PUT OUT

THERE CAN STAY OUT THERE

FOREVER.

SO I'M GLAD I HAD PARENTS

WHO WERE VERY FIRM AND

STRICT ABOUT THAT.

OBVIOUSLY, NOW I'M 18

YEARS OLD AND THEY'RE MUCH

MORE LENIENT, BUT I THINK

THAT IT IS PARENTS BE

CAUTIOUS WHEN TEENAGERS

ARE GOING AND STARTING

INTO THE SOCIAL MEDIA

WORLD BECAUSE IT CAN BE

SCARY.

AND I THINK THAT AT THE

SAME TIME, IT IS IMPORTANT

TO LET TEENAGERS KNOW

THAT, YOU KNOW, IT IS

THEIR LEARNING EXPERIENCE

AND IT IS FOR THEM TO FIND

OUT HOW THE WORLD WORKS AT

THE SAME TIME.

Andrew: SO HOW DO YOU

ENCOURAGE YOUR FOLLOWERS

AND YOUR FRIENDS TO STAY

REAL IN A CULTURE THAT

REALLY KIND OF FORCES

PEOPLE, OR SUGGESTS THEY

ADAPT TO WHAT SOMEONE ELSE

VIEWS AS POPULAR, ETC.?

FOR ME, I ALWAYS STRIVE

TO BE THE BEST VERSION OF

MYSELF THAT I CAN BE.

BEING AUTHENTIC IS TAKING

THE PARTS ABOUT NATASHA

THAT IS UNIQUE, THAT ARE

SPECIAL, THAT MAKE ME WHO

I AM, AND ENHANCING THEM

AND GROWING MYSELF INTO A

MORE INTELLIGENT WOMAN,

AND TO SOMEONE I WANT TO

BECOME, AND NOT LOOKING AT

THE PERSON NEXT TO ME AND

THINKING, I WISH I COULD

BE THEM.

OR I WANT TO STRIVE TO BE

JUST LIKE THEM.

BECAUSE YOU CAN NEVER BE

THE BEST SOMEBODY ELSE,

BUT YOU CAN BE THE BEST

YOU.

Andrew: ONE THING

THAT REALLY SHINES THROUGH

IN YOUR BOOK, ESPECIALLY

THE LAST THIRD OF THE

BOOK, WHICH IS REALLY

DEVOTED TO YOUR FAITH.

ABSOLUTELY.

Andrew: IT SEEMS LIKE

YOU TRY TO IDENTIFY

YOURSELF IN WHO GOD SAYS

YOU ARE?

YEAH.

FAITH HAS BEEN A HUGE PART

OF MY LIFE SINCE I WAS

REALLY LITTLE.

I GREW UP IN A CHRISTIAN

HOME AND WAS RAISED TO

HAVE A RELATIONSHIP WITH

GOD.

WHEN I WAS A LITTLE OLDER,

I THINK I HAD TO TAKE

OWNERSHIP OF MY

RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD, AND

THAT WASN'T ALWAYS EASY.

THAT WAS A TIME IN MY LIFE

WHERE I DEFINITELY

STRUGGLED.

AND I STILL STRUGGLE

TODAY.

I'M NOT GOING TO SAY IT IS

SMOOTH SAILING FOR THE

REST OF MY LIFE --

Andrew: PARTICULARLY

IN YOUR NINTH GRADE YEAR,

IT WAS A TOUGH SEASON FOR

YOU?

YEAH.

I WASN'T BUBBLY, I WASN'T

HAPPY.

I DIDN'T REALLY KNOW WHERE

I STOOD IN MY RELATIONSHIP

WITH GOD --

Andrew: AND YOUR

PARENTS NOTICED?

ABSOLUTELY.

IT WAS APPARENT TO A LOT

OF PEOPLE.

I WASN'T IN THE WORD, I

WASN'T PRAYING, AND I

WASN'T WHO I WANT TO BE.

AND FOR ME TO PRETEND THAT

THAT DIDN'T HAPPEN ISN'T

BENEFICIAL FOR ANY REASON.

I THINK, IF ANYTHING, I

WOULD WANT TO USE THAT

EXPERIENCE, KNOWING THAT

I'VE GROWN OUT OF THAT AND

I HAVE SUCH A STRONG

RELATIONSHIP WITH MY FAITH

TO TELL OTHER GIRLS THAT

IT IS OKAY IF THERE ARE

BUMPS IN THE ROAD.

Andrew: WHAT CHANGED

FOR YOU?

YOU WERE IN THAT SEASON OF

STRUGGLE -- WHAT KIND OF

TURNED IT AROUND?

I TOOK SOME TIME AWAY,

BEING WITH MY FAMILY, AND

THIS HAPPENED TOWARDS THE

END OF NINTH GRADE, AND SO

IT WAS GOING INTO SUMMER.

AND THERE WAS THIS

CHRISTIAN SPORTS CAMP THAT

A LOT OF MY PARENTS'

FRIENDS SEND THEIR KIDS

TO.

AND SO THEY SAID, MAYBE IT

IS A GOOD IDEA FOR YOU TO

JUST GO AND BE BY YOURSELF

AND JUST LIVE A FUN

SUMMER.

WE DON'T WANT THE STRESS

OF YOU BEING AROUND US.

AND THERE WAS A LOT OF

TENSION AT HOME.

SO I WAS REALLY, YOU KNOW,

KIND OF EAGER TO GET AWAY

FROM THEM.

SO I WENT TO CAMP AND

REALLY WORKED ON MY

RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD AND

FOUND SOME REALLY GREAT

INFLUENCES AND FRIENDS AND

PEOPLE WHO POURED INTO ME

AND ENCOURAGED ME.

AND FROM THERE I JUST SAW

HOW DRASTICALLY MY LIFE

CHANGED.

Andrew: IT COULD BE A

TOUGH ADJUSTMENT, A FEW

WEEKS AFTER GETTING HOME,

TO TRY TO KEEP THAT WALK

GOING CAN BE CHALLENGING?

ABSOLUTELY.

WE HAVE THIS TERM AT CAMP

CALLED "THE CAMP HIGH,"

WHERE YOU'RE SO ENCOURAGED

BY THE PEOPLE AROUND YOU,

AND YOU COME BACK, AND IT

COULD SOMETIMES BE

DIFFICULT TO ADJUST TO

BEING IN A VERY DIFFERENT

CIRCUMSTANCE AND YOU HAVE

TO DEFEND YOUR FAITH, AND

THAT CAN BE DIFFICULT.

ESPECIALLY FOR ME BEING IN

L.A., THAT IS DEFINITELY

DIFFICULT BECAUSE I'M NOT

ALWAYS SURROUNDED BY

PEOPLE WHO HAVE A FAITH

AND RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.

Andrew: THE BOOK

GIVES A SNEAK PEEK, I LOVE

HOW YOU MADE A SPECIAL

POINT IN YOUR PARENTS'

HOUSEHOLD, ABSOLUTELY NO

PROFANITY.

NO, NO PROFANITY.

IT IS A VERY STRICT RULE

SINCE I WAS VERY LITTLE.

Andrew: I APPRECIATE

YOU SHARING WITH US.

YES.

Andrew: I WOULD

ENCOURAGE ANYONE WHO IS

THE PARENT OF A TEEN,

NATASHA'S BOOK IS CALLED

"LIVING LIFE REAL."

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR

BEING WITH US.

THANKS FOR HAVING ME.

Andrew: UP NEXT, HE

WAS BORN WITH A ONE IN A

MILLION HEART DEFECT,

LEAVING HIS PARENTS

SEARCHING FOR ANSWERS.

WHAT COULD I HAVE DONE

DIFFERENTLY?

HOW COULD I HAVE CAUSED

THIS?

IS IT SOMETHING IN OUR

ENVIRONMENT THAT COULD

HAVE CAUSED IT?

Andrew: DON'T MISS

THIS MIRACULOUS STORY.

THAT'S WHEN WE RETURN.

Andrew: ANDREW

TURNBULL HADN'T EVEN BEEN

BORN, AND YET HIS CHANCE

AT LIVING WAS NOT GOOD.

HE HAD ONE LUNG, AND HIS

HEART WAS ON THE WRONG

SIDE OF HIS BODY.

AT BEST, THIS PROGNOSIS

WAS GRIM.

TAKE A LOOK.

WE WERE DEFINITELY

EXCITED.

IT WAS GOING TO BE OUR

SECOND CHILD.

IT WAS GOING TO BE VERY

FUN AND INTERESTING TO ADD

A SON TO THE MIX.

Reporter: ON

APRIL 8th, 2006, DOUG

AND AUDREY WELCOMED THEIR

FIRST SON, ANDREW, INTO

THE WORLD.

IT IS HARD TO DESCRIBE.

IT'S YOU'V EUPHORIA, A PEACE AND

COMFORT.

A GREAT, GREAT EXCITEMENT.

Andrew: SINCE AUDREY

HAD A C-SECTION, SHE WAS

STILL LYING ON THE TABLE

WHEN THE NURSES TOOK THE

BABY ASIDE.

AFTER A FEW MINUTES, SHE

REALIZED SHE HADN'T HEARD

HIM CRY.

IT TOOK A WHILE FOR THE

CRY TO COME.

BUT WHEN HE DID MAKE HIS

FIRST CRY, IT WAS ACTUALLY

A MUFFLED CRY.

I EVEN SAID, WOW, HIS CRY

SOUNDS REALLY FUNNY.

Andrew: NURSES NOTED

THAT THE NEWBORN'S SKIN

WASN'T TURNING PINK.

THEY PUT HIM IN AN

INCUBATOR, HOPING IT WOULD

HELP.

THEY ACTUALLY WHEELED

HIM IN THE INCUBATOR TO

ME.

IT WAS JUST LIKE A LITTLE

HOOD OVER HIS HEAD, SO I

COULD AT LEAST SEE HIM.

BUT THEY ONLY LET HIM STAY

AT MY SIDE FOR AT LEAST A

MINUTE OR LESS.

THEY THEN DECIDED WE

NEED TO GET HIM DOWN TO

THE NIC "U".

Andrew: DOCTORS AT

WOMEN'S HOSPITAL AT TEXAS

ADMITTED HIM TO THE NEO

NATNEONATAL CARE UNITE.

X-RAYS SHOWED HIS HEART

WAS ON THE WRONG SIDE OF

HIS BODY, AND THERE WAS

EXTREME PRESSURE IN HIS

LUNGS, PREVENTING HIS BODY

TO GET THE OXYGEN HE

NEEDED.

IT IS HARD TO WRAP YOUR

MIND AROUND THE REAL DEPTH

AND COMPLEXITY OF THE

ACTUALLY PROBLEMS HE HAD.

Andrew: THE NEXT

TODAY, HE WAS DIAGNOSED

WITH SIMATAR SYNDROME, A

RARE SYNDROME WHERE MAJOR

ORGANS ARE DISPLACED.

HE HAD TWO VEINS GOING

INTO THE WRONG SIDE OF HIS

HEART, LIMITING THE

OXYGEN.

YOU COULD HAVE ORGAN

FAILURE, ANY ORGAN, THE

KIDNEYS, THE BRAIN -- ANY

ORGAN COULD BE AFFECTED AS

A RESULT OF THAT.

HE WAS IN THE GROUP OF

BABIES THAT HAD THE

HIGHEST MORTALITY

MORBIDITY, AT RISK FOR NOT

SURVIVING.

WE HAD THIS FEELING OF

SPIRALLING, LIKE THE DRAIN

THAT SPIRALS.

Andrew: OVER THE NEXT

TWO DAYS, ANDREW'S OXYGEN

LEVELS CONTINUED TO DROP.

AT THAT PARTICULARLY

TIME, WE WERE DOING THE

MAXIMUM THERAPY WE COULD

GIVE TO ANDREW.

AND WE KNEW IN ORDER TO DO

MORE, WE NEEDED TO DO A

CARDIAC CATH OR AN M.R.I.,

BUT ANDREW WAS SO SICK, WE

KNEW WE COULDN'T MOVE HIM

TO DO THE TESTS THAT WE

NEEDED TO DO.

ONE OF THE SURGEONS AT

ONE POINT SAID, WE DON'T

HAVE A GAME PLAN.

SO TO TAKE HIM TO AN

OPERATING ROOM WITHOUT

KNOWING HOW HE IS WIRED,

WE MAY LOSE HIM ON THE

TABLE BECAUSE WE JUST

DON'T KNOW WHAT WE'RE

DEALING WITH.

Andrew: AUDREY TRIED

TO MAKE SENSE OF WHAT WAS

HAPPENING.

WHAT COULD I HAVE DONE

DIFFERENTLY?

HOW COULD I HAVE CAUSED

THIS?

IS IT SOMETHING IN OUR

ENVIRONMENT THAT CAUSED

IT?

AND YOUR MIND STARTS TO

RACE ON THE WHAT-IF

SCENARIOS.

IT IS SCARY.

THE UNKNOWN IS VERY SCARY.

Andrew: DOUG AND

AUDREY HELD ON BY FAITH

AND ASKED FRIENDS AND

RELATIVES TO PRAY.

WE HAD PEOPLE FROM ALL

OVER THE UNITED STATES

THAT WERE ABLE TO CALL

ACROSS PRAYER CHAINS, AND

CHURCHES ACROSS ALL

DENOMINATIONS.

AND WHEN YOU REALIZE THAT

THERE IS NOTHING THAT YOU

CAN PHYSICALLY DO FOR HIM

BUT PRAY, THEN THAT'S ALL

WE HAVE TO DO.

Andrew: FOUR DAYS

AFTER ANDREW WAS BORN,

AUDREY AND DOUG RECEIVED

THE NEWS THEY FEARED MOST.

THE DOCTOR CAME OUT

WITH TEARS STREAMING DOWN

HER FACE, AND SAID, HE IS

JUST NOT GOING TO MAKE IT

THROUGH THE DAY.

SO...SHE SAID, CALL

WHOEVER YOU WANT, FAMILY,

BUT HE PROBABLY WILL NOT

MAKE IT THROUGH THE DAY.

SO THAT'S WHEN IT HITS YOU

AS A DAD.

ALL I COULD DO WAS

INTERNALLY PRAY.

PRAY FOR MY OWN STRENGTH.

PRAY FOR WISDOM AND PRAY

FOR GUIDANCE.

Andrew: THEN DURING

THE NIGHT, ANDREW'S OXYGEN

LEVELS BEGAN TO STABILIZE.

HE BEGAN TO GRADUALLY

IMPROVE, WITHOUT US

CHANGING ANYTHING, AND

CERTAINLY WITHOUT SURGERY.

Andrew: THE

IMPROVEMENT WAS SO

DRASTIC, DOCTORS WERE ABLE

TO WEAN HIM OFF OF

MEDICATIONS AND MACHINES.

YOU DON'T EVEN KNOW

WHAT TO DO AFTER YOU'VE

HEARD THE EXCITING NEWS

THAT HE HAS A PROBABILITY

NOW OF MAKING IT.

Andrew: ANDREW'S

M.R.I. SHOWED THAT HIS

VITAL ORGANS HAD NOT BEEN

DAMAGED.

AFTER SIX WEEKS IN THE

HOSPITAL, HE WENT HOME.

TODAY ANDREW IS A HEALTHY,

ACTIVE 11-YEAR-OLD.

WHILE HIS DOCTORS STILL

KEEP AN EYE ON HIM, HE HAS

HAD NO RESIDUAL PROBLEMS.

I WOULD CONSIDER

ANDREW'S RECOVERY AN

AWESOME BLESSING.

ALL YOU CAN SAY IS

THANK YOU, LORD.

THANK YOU, LORD.

I DO BELIEVE ANDREW'S

MIRACLE IS AN ACT OF GOD

BECAUSE THERE WAS NO OTHER

WAY HE WOULD HAVE

SURVIVED.

Andrew: WE CELEBRATE

WHAT HAPPENED IN ANDREW'S

LIFE AND HIS HEALING.

BUT PERHAPS YOU'RE AT A

POINT RIGHT NOW WHERE THAT

PRESSURE FAMILY WAS, WHERE

THEY SAID, ALL WE CAN DO

IS PRAY.

THEY WERE TOLD THAT

PRECIOUS BOY MAY NOT MAKE

IT THROUGH THE DAY.

I REMEMBER SEEING MY SON

IN THE NIC-U, AND THOSE

ARE HARD, HARD MOMENTS.

FOR ME, I REFLECT ON THAT,

AND I SEE THAT WAS A WEEK

I WAS REALLY ABLE TO LOVE

THE LORD MY GOD WITH ALL

OF MY HEART, SOUL, MIND,

AND STRENGTH.

THAT SCRIPTURE CAME ALIVE

TO ME IN THE TOUGHEST

SEASON OF MY LIFE BECAUSE

GOD DID REVEAL HIMSELF IN

SOME VERY, VERY POWERFUL

WAYS.

AND IF YOU'RE IN A SEASON

LIKE THAT WITH STRUGGLE,

IT IS MY PRIVILEGE TO PRAY

WITH YOU NOW.

AND IF YOU'VE OVERCOME

SOMETHING RECENTLY IN YOUR

LIFE, PRAY WITH ME FOR

THOSE WHO ARE STRUGGLING.

LET'S JOIN TOGETHER IN

PRAYER FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE

HURTING.

FATHER GOD, WE SEE YOUR

MIRACULOUS POWER.

WE SEE YOUR POWER TO HEAL.

WE SEE YOUR LOVE, FATHER

GOD.

BUT MANY IN THIS AUDIENCE

ARE IN A SEASON WHERE THEY

FEEL THEY'RE IN THE

DESERT.

WHETHER IT IS PHYSICAL

HEALING FOR THEMSELVES OR

A LOVED ONE.

WHETHER IT IS SALVATION

FOR SOMEONE THEY'RE

PRAYING FOR, WHETHER IT IS

JUST A SPIRIT OF FEAR AND

ANXIETY, WHETHER IT IS

FINANCIAL RUIN AND THEY'RE

DESPERATE, LORD, YOU KNOW

THE CRIES OF OUR HEART.

YOU KNOW THE CRIES OF OUR

HEART.

AND, LORD, I PRAY NOW FOR

MEMBERS OF THE AUDIENCE

WHO DESPERATELY NEED A

TOUCH FROM YOU.

I'M HERE TO REMIND THEM

THAT YOU ARE FAITHFUL AND

YOU ARE GOOD.

AND THAT YOU LOVE US, NO

MATTER WHAT WE'VE DONE OR

WHAT OUR CIRCUMSTANCES

ARE.

LORD, IF OUR CIRCUMSTANCES

ARE TRYING RIGHT NOW, I

PRAY YOU WILL REVEAL

YOURSELF TO THOSE WHO NEED

TO SEE YOUR GOODNESS, WHO

USED TO KNOW IT AND NOW

ARE SAYING, LORD, WHERE

ARE YOU?

FATHER, LET THIS MOMENT

RIGHT NOW REMIND THEM OF

YOUR GOODNESS, YOUR LOVE,

AND YOUR MERCY, AND THAT

YOU WILL NEVER LEAVE US

NOR FORSAKE US.

FATHER GOD, I PRAY FOR

ANSWERED PRAYER.

YOU HEAR THE CRIES OF THE

AUDIENCE, LORD GOD.

I PRAY, LORD, YOU WILL

REVEAL YOURSELF IN THE

NAME OF JESUS.

IF YOU NEED FURTHER

PRAYER, GIVE US A CALL:

1-800-700-7000.

> COMING UP, A PIVOTAL

POINT IN A BOY'S LIFE.

I CAME HOME AND ALL OF

MY DAD'S CLOTHES WERE

STACKED UP ON THE COUCH.

I REMEMBER MY MOTHER

TELLING ME MY DAD WASN'T

GOING TO LIVE IN OUR HOUSE

ANYMORE.

Andrew: A VERY

POWERFUL DAY, AND HOW THAT

DAY WOULD SEND HIM ON A

DOWNWARD SPIRAL, AND WHAT

IT WOULD TAKE TO BRING HIM

BACK.

DON'T GO AWAY.

Andrew: HAVE YOU EVER

RECEIVED A GIFT AND

WONDERED, WHAT AM I GOING

TO DO WITH THIS?

THAT'S WHAT HAPPENED TO

NATE, ALTHOUGH HE REALIZED

THE VALUE OF THE GIFT HE

HAD BEEN GIVEN MANY YEARS

LATER.

I HAD THIS ONGOING JOKE

I TELL MY FRIENDS, HAS

ANYONE EVER TOLD YOU GOD

IS ALWAYS THERE BESIDE

YOU, BEHIND YOU?

AND THE KIDS WOULD SAY,

YEAH.

AND I WOULD PUNCH THE AIR.

BECAUSE HE WAS CLOSE

ENOUGH, HE WAS CLOSE

ENOUGH TO BE MAD AT IT.

I SHOULD BE MAD IT HIM,

WHAT HAPPENED TO ME.

I HAD WHAT I THOUGHT WAS A

PERFECT LIFE.

MY DAD WAS A BARBER, AND

MY MOM WAS A NURSE.

THERE WAS FIGHTING HERE,

BUT TO ME, AS A

10-YEAR-OLD, IT SEEMED

LIKE A REGULAR FAMILY.

ONE DAY I CAME HOME, AND

ALL OF MY DAD'S CLOTHES

WERE STACKED UP ON THE

COUCH.

I REMEMBER MY MOTHER

TELLING ME OUR DAD WASN'T

GOING TO LIVE IN OUR HOUSE

ANYMORE.

COULD I HAVE DONE ANYTHING

DIFFERENTLY TO MAKE THIS

NOT HAVE HAPPENED?

WHAT IS IT ABOUT ME THAT

WOULD MAKE HIM WANT TO GO?

I STARTED TO BE ANYBODY

THAT I NEEDED TO BE TO BE

LIKED.

EVERYTHING MY FRIENDS

NEEDED ME TO BE, AND

EVERYTHING TEACHERS NEEDED

ME TO BE AND COACHES

NEEDED ME TO BE AND MY MOM

NEEDED ME TO BE -- MAKE

SURE PEOPLE HAVE A GREAT

TIME WHEN THEY'RE AROUND

YOU BECAUSE NOBODY CAN

DISAPPROVE, NOBODY CANNOT

LIKE ME BECAUSE NOBODY CAN

LEAVE ANYMORE.

MY GRANDFATHER GAVE ME A

BIBLE FOR HIGH SCHOOL

GRADUATION.

AND IT WAS IN A BOX, IN

PLASTIC.

AND AT THE TIME I WONDERED

WHY.

WHAT WAS I GOING TO DO

WITH THAT?

SO I PUT IT AWAY, AND

CARRIED IT WITH MY STUFF.

ANYTHING THAT FELT LIKE

FAMILY AGAIN, THAT WAS

STUFF I WAS KEEPING

BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT I

DESPERATELY WANTED.

I WANTED A WIFE.

I WANTED KIDS.

BUT THE FEAR WAS THAT I

WASN'T A PERSON THAT COULD

DO THAT.

I WASN'T WORTH THAT.

DON'T ALLOW YOURSELF TO

EVEN DREAM THOSE THINGS

BECAUSE YOU CAN'T HAVE

THEM.

I MADE A PROMISE TO

MYSELF, I WAS NOT GOING TO

DO THAT.

I WAS GOING TO BE RICH.

AND I WAS GOING TO BE

WILD.

AND I WAS GOING TO LIVE IN

ADVENTURE.

AND FAMILY WASN'T GOING TO

BE PART OF THAT.

HEADING TO COLLEGE IS ALL

ABOUT THRILL-SEEKING,

EXTREME PARTYING, AND

DEATH-DEFYING ADVENTURE,

ANYTHING THAT WOULD MAKE

ME HAPPY AGAIN.

I GOT GREAT NEW JOBS THAT

FELT LIKE THEY WERE GOING

TO BE THE THING THAT I

NEEDED.

BUT IT WASN'T EVER THIS IS

IT.

WE'RE INTO THE LATE

'90s, WITH THE TECH

BOOM, AND I WAS INVESTING

IN THE STOCK MARKET.

I WAS STARTING TO HAVE

LITERALLY HUNDREDS OF

THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS IN AN

ACCOUNT, THAT COULD FEEL

LIKE I HAD SOMETHING, AND

IT DIDN'T WORK.

THERE I WAS LITERALLY NO

JOY IN IT.

ALL I THOUGHT ABOUT WAS

LOSING IT, WHICH BROUGHT

UP ALL OF THE FEAR I HAD

ABOUT LOSING MY DAD AND

LOSING THE PEOPLE AROUND

ME AND LOSING THE SENSE OF

MYSELF.

THE BREAKING POINT FOR ME

WAS COMING HOME TO MY

MOM'S HOUSE TO STAY WITH

HER, AND MY LIFE BEING SO

OUT OF CONTROL SHE SAID I

COULDN'T STAY THERE

ANYMORE.

THAT STARTED THE REAL

QUESTIONS.

THAT STARTED THE REAL

QUESTIONS IN MY LIFE:

WHERE AM I GOING?

WHERE IS THIS ALL TAKING

ME?

I REMEMBER A FRIEND OF

MINE AT WORK AT THAT POINT

SAYING, WHY DON'T YOU COME

TO CHURCH WITH ME.

AND CHURCH HAD NEVER BEEN

AN ANSWER.

BUT I THINK IN MY

BROKENNESS, I SAID, I'LL

GO.

THE GUY SPEAKING ACTUALLY

HAD STUFF TO SAY ABOUT MY

LIFE.

HE SAID, YOU CAN'T BE A

HUSBAND THE DAY YOU GET

MARRIED, YOU CAN'T BE A

FATHER THE DAY THAT YOU

HAVE A BABY -- IT'S GOT TO

START BEFORE THEN.

THAT SPOKE TO ME.

I STARTED TO THINK, WHAT

WOULD MY LIFE LOOK LIKE

NOW TO START PREPARING FOR

THAT?

WHAT I'M DOING RIGHT NOW

DOES NOT LEAD TO ANY OF

THAT.

BUT I THOUGHT THERE WAS A

CHANCE.

I FELT HOPE.

I FELT LIKE I COULD BE

MORE THAN ME OR MORE THAN

WHO I WAS.

COULD I?

WOW.

COULD I GET MARRIED?

GOD, COULD YOU HEAL ME

ENOUGH?

A FRIEND OF MINE TOOK ME

OUT TO LUNCH ONE DAY AND

SAID, I SEE YOU AT CHURCH

ALL THE TIME.

HAVE YOU EVER GIVEN YOUR

LIFE TO JESUS?

AND I SAID, NO, DO I NEED

TO?

AND HE SAID, YOU SHOULD

AND YOU CAN.

LET'S DO IT RIGHT NOW IN

THIS RESTAURANT.

I LEFT THAT RESTAURANT,

AND ALL I COULD THINK OF

WAS, DO I STILL HAVE THE

BIBLE MY GRANDPA HAD GIVEN

TO ME AT GRADUATION.

I'VE BEEN CARRYING IT

AROUND FOR YEARS.

DO I STILL HAVE IT?

I DROVE HOME AS FAST AS I

COULD ON MY MOTORCYCLE,

FOUND IT, OPENED UP THE

PACKAGE, AND IT WAS STILL

WRAPPED IN THE PLASTIC

SEAL.

I STARTED READING IT.

I COULDN'T BELIEVE IT

SPOKE TO MY LIFE, RIGHT

WHERE I WAS AT.

IT WAS THOSE MOMENTS THAT

IT WAS GOD AND I, AND HE

WAS SAYING, I'VE GOT YOU.

YOU DON'T NEED ALL THAT.

YOU DON'T NEED ANYTHING

BUT ME.

I REALIZED, I THINK GOD

REALLY DOES LOVE ME.

I HAVE HOPE IN HIM.

AND I CAN TRUST HIM.

I HAVE A FAMILY OF MY OWN.

I'VE SEEN OVER AND OVER

AGAIN THAT I CAN TRUST

HIM, THAT HE IS A GOOD

FATHER.

THAT HE ALWAYS WAS MY

FATHER.

I WAS MAD AT HIM FOR A

LONG TIME, LEFT HIM FOR A

LONG TIME, ABANDONED HIM

FOR A LONG TIME, DIDN'T

THINK OF HIM FOR YEARS.

AND YET WHEN I FINALLY

WANTED HIM, NEEDED HIM,

TURNED TO HIM, HE WAS

RIGHT THERE.

Andrew: NATE MADE A

GREAT DISCOVERY, THAT THE

LORD INDEED LOVE HIM.

WE LEAVE YOU TODAY WITH

ISAIAH 43: 2: "WHEN YOU

PASS THROUGH THE WATERS, I

WILL BE WITH YOU.

AND THROUGH THE RIVERS,

THEY SHALL NOT OVERWHELM

YOU.

WHEN YOU WALK THROUGH THE

FIRE, YOU SHALL NOT BE

BURNED, AND THE FLAME

SHALL NOT CONSUME YOU."

THANKS SO MUCH FOR BEING

WITH US TODAY.

UNTIL NEXT TIME, I'M

ANDREW KNOX, AND WE WILL

SEE YOU TOMORROW ON "700

CLUB INTERACTIVE."

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