“Praise the LORD, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the LORD, my soul, and forget not all his benefits—who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
The LORD works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed…
The LORD is compassionate and gracious; slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us” (Psalm 103:1-12, NIV).
Twenty-one years ago I was a single mother, lost and alone, drowning my tears and fears in alcohol. I had no direction, no hope, and literally wanted to die. My beliefs concerning God led me to think that because of my sins, I was condemned in God’s eyes, relegated to a life of sadness and misery in this life; condemned to hell in the next.
My sister lent me a book that introduced me to the Living Jesus, Who came and literally spoke to me one night. I can still hear His voice telling me how much He loved me; that I was light and had a future in Him. I actually wrote down the words He said as He was speaking. I shed tears of wonder and relief that there really was a reason to have hope; that my past did not have to dictate my future. I had always craved unconditional love but didn’t believe it really existed.
No part of my life today resembles the life sentence I was living out 21 years ago. I have spent every moment since that metamorphic night dying to self so that I may be reborn in righteousness; devoting myself to the living truth as found in the Word. My greatest desire is to live in such a way that my family and whoever else I can reach may know what I never knew before–Living Hope, the Truth, the Life, and the Way. Jesus’s words literally saved my life.
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7, NIV).