I was born and raised into a Christian home. If the church doors were open, we were there as a family. The life I grew up to know was filled with more legalism than Jesus, thereby leaving me completely alone and a failure after a mistake I made at 13 years old. I felt my only option was suicide.
But God obviously had other plans…
Fast forward 13 years – husband, three small children and I had been growing closer and closer to God. Yet my foundation was truly shaken like never before! The life I had been raised to believe and trust crumbled into lies, deceit, and disbelief. I couldn’t bear the pain that was going on within our family. The deception that had taken root unknowingly for years until I had seen it with my own eyes and I could bear it no more! I gave up the desire to live completely. I felt our children would be better off without me in their lives. After being hospitalized for nearly a year, therapy and medicines from too many suicide attempts to even count, electroconvulsive therapy – I finally came to the end of myself and was awakened to Jesus Christ! He alone gave me a new life, hope for the first time ever!
The road ahead was NOT easy, but I was no longer alone! I realized how desperately I needed, craved time with God! I purposed each day to read His Word, get to know Him, pray, sing praises to Him, listen to His music, surround myself with like-minded people. I posted Scriptures in my car, at work, on the refrigerator, at the window over the kitchen sink, and on the bathroom mirror. I became a sponge soaking in all He had for me to learn and understand! I finally had the Best Friend I had always dreamed of my entire life!
You too can have the most amazing friend because –
The Bible is not a rule book that you have to obey to earn the love God has for you. The Bible is about God’s rescue mission! God created mankind to enjoy him. We think we don’t need God to enjoy life – so, we go our own way. But when we leave the God who is wise and perfect, light and love, and we are imperfect and not very wise, we sometimes choose hate and darkness. That is what defines our world because we think we can live without God. But God doesn’t leave us in that – He tries to rescue us from that! He made provision for our sinfulness, so He can be holy, just and yet a rescuer of those He loves – He sent His Son, Jesus!
“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”John 3:16-17 (emphasis added)
Through the resurrection God showed His power to deliver us from the wages of sin which is death. God hates sin! Yet He still loves us! It’s why He sent His Son to pay the penalty for our sins and open a door for us to have a relationship with Him! He wants you to know Him, so you can live life to the fullest now…not just for all eternity!
“But if we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.”1 John 1:9
“If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and by openly declaring your faith that you are saved.”Romans 10:9-10
My friend, if you decide to take this step in your life, it will be the most important decision you will ever make! For each day He will reveal more of Himself to you, drawing you ever closer, still nearer to Him. Bask in His presence, His goodness, His love, and His mercy, for He is a good, good Father!
“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”John 16:33
Restorative hope accepts the fact that it is through much tribulation that we pass through this life, embracing the fact that trials cannot destroy the hope He has given us! He promises to be with us every step of the way!
I made my decision over 20+ years ago and my life just continues to get better! I now have hope and joy! And I live each day with a renewed purpose! So can you…the choice is yours my friend.