I came across this pic somewhere on Facebook a while ago and saved it to my phone. I don’t remember who posted it, so I’m unable to give credit where credit is due!
I haven’t blogged in a while, the reason being is that my writing has to come to me by way of the Holy Spirit. There have been many times when I’ve sat down at my computer thinking, “Today’s a great day for a blog post”, and then I sit there…and sit…and sit, and I resign myself to the fact that, “I’ve got nothin’!” When I recently poured over my previous blog posts, I realized that with each of them I was “moved” to write them. A theme, phrase or word would be rolling around in my head (or maybe it was my heart), and as soon as I’d sit down to write, the words flowed effortlessly and that’s when I realized that they weren’t even my own. Okay…maybe a few.
Prior to beginning my Christian walk (three years ago this month), I knew ABOUT God, but I didn’t KNOW Him. I knew He existed – I never doubted that for one second – but what I did doubt was that I was important to Him, nor did I understand the unfathomable and eternal depths to which He loves me. Let’s face it, I was a more-than-middle-aged woman, banging around on a Harley with a mouth that would make a longshoreman blush. I wasn’t a “bad” person, but I was so far from God that I just figured that it was too late for me. Too late for me to truly know the forgiveness and love of Jesus, too late for me to have a brand new start. I was so ill-informed.
I gave my life to Christ the same day I walked into Granite United Church. There, the Holy Spirit and I were formally introduced when I closed my eyes and prayed for Jesus to forgive me of my sins and to be my Lord and Savior. I was forgiven, I was saved and I became a child of God, just as is promised in John 1:12 ~ “But to all who believed Him and accepted Him, He gave the right to become children of God.” (NLT) What an AH-MAZING GIFT! It still blows my mind that with that one decision to cross the line of faith, I had a brand new life in Him!
As I eagerly delved into my new life, which of course included reading the bible, I felt somewhat hesitant, intimidated, unsure if I would truly absorb His Word and be able to apply it to my life. I mean the “old me” was lingering around (thus, the feelings of unworthiness and self-doubt were gnawing at me), but thankfully the “new me” began to feel empowered and confident. I was blessed to participate in a weekly women’s bible study, the teacher of which I will never be able to thank enough for her guidance, friendship and mentorship. If someone would have told me a few years ago that I would become a Born-Again Christian, that I would put Jesus first in my life, watch Him move mountains that I was convinced would NEVER move, and that I would think the bible is the coolest book EVER, I would’ve rolled my eyes into the back of my skull and I shudder to think of what would’ve come out of my mouth! :::Whoops!:::
But here I am…living a new life…a life filled with joy, peace, love and HOPE!
God loves you, whether you like it or not….and I LOVE how He loves me!
“I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself.” ~ Jeremiah 31:3 (NLT)
#LetLoveLeadTheWay – TP
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