When I first sat down to create this blog, I had in mind that I would have mountains of things to say, and could “produce” a post every week, at least, that would touch the hearts of men and women and win them to Jesus in droves. However, reality quickly set in and I realized that not only did the droves not show up, at least not yet, and my creative ability was not as creative as I had hoped, nor were my lofty goals of at least one post per week not coming about, I was left thinking that I would merely share my thoughts one at a time, once in awhile, and maybe, just maybe, one or two people would be blessed by whatever I felt led to share.
Of course, this whole venture was based on the Lord and how, over many years, He has helped me to have confidence in Him so, He is in charge and I am following as He leads, to the best of my ability. Come to think of it, tomorrow, August 27th, 2014, will be my 46th birthday in the Lord. On this same date in 1968, coming home from my first introduction to a Bible Study/prayer meeting, I was introduced to Jesus Christ, Savior of the World, the Creator and Keeper of my life.
It was a simple, loving group of intelligent and talented college students mostly. We met in a home on a Tuesday night for about two to three hours where we sang, shared prayer requests, and learned about Deuteronomy 18. For those who are not familiar with this passage from Scripture, it has to do with God’s perspective on astrology, mediums, the occult in general. I remembered this Bible study distinctly because for several years, I had fancied myself as having somewhat of a clairvoyant gift, and had been fascinated by this subject and anything that was “stranger than science” for some time.
For a first time Bible study goer, this study couldn’t have been better designed for me if I had designed it myself. There was much very interesting discussion with lots of other scriptural references, but the gist of the whole study was that God has a very strong displeasure for the whole subject of the occult and considers it an abomination. I have to say, I was a bit stunned because I was not expecting this. I was under the impression these were gifts from the Lord and was to find out that they are merely forgeries to God’s true gifts from 1 Corinthians 12-14. Fortunately for me, my whole motivation in life is to honor and please the Lord, so once I heard the Truth in the Word of God (which I never would have found on my own I suspect), I was willing and eager to give it up immediately. Ok, so now what do I do?
On the way home from the meeting, my soon-to-become-mama-in-the-Lord, Lynda, shared the basics of what Jesus did for me and how I could know Him personally. Although I had been in a Methodist church for years with my parents, I never heard the Truth shared with such simplicity. Being the shy person that I am, scaredy cat actually, I declined her generous offer to pray with me right there in her car, but once inside my home it all came out in a two word prayer, “God help!”
Certainly not pretentious, wordy, or full of embellishments, but it did the trick! I didn’t feel any differently exactly, but I knew that I had touched the Throne and had been heard by Somebody. As the days, months, and years progressed, I learned more and more about this Jesus and what He did for me that night.
I’m sure there are many of you out there who don’t know Jesus, other than hearing His Name as a swear word, or worse, but I can attest firsthand that He is real, He is loving, kind, gracious, ever present, and is the only source of Hope and Peace in this world. He is Healing, Mercy, Provision, and so much
more. If you need any of these things, reach out to Him. He’s already reached out to you from the Cross.
As always, if I can be of any help to direct you to Him, please don’t hesitate to ask. It would be my honor and privilege.