"I didn't die. I lived! And now I'm telling the world what God did. God tested me, he pushed me hard, but he didn't hand me over to Death." - The Message; Psalm 118: 17-18
You know, it takes a life changing moment to really open your eyes to God and all His greatness. Last October I was in a car accident that, if I weren't buckled up, or God sitting shot-gun, would have killed me instead of shattering my ankle, and what's even worse, I didn't even see His Light even then. I was grateful that I was alive, but it was one of the last nights of Chapel on campus that I saw the scripture above marked by a random business card placed within my Bible pages.
All my life, I had lied to myself, family, friends, saying I was a Christian. I had gone to church, not every week, but enough to make appearances. I was even baptised on my 12th birthday. Well, I didn't lie, persay, but I esaggerated. I did believe that, through Jesus, I would go to Heaven, but I wasn't the Christian that I should have been. The kind of Christian I'm becoming by opening my heart to the Truth that is my Lord and His Son.
I admit, I've made some wrong choices in my life: who I hung out with, who I dated, and which paths to follow, and thankfully, I've hit this spot in my life where I want to become someone who will one day walk with the Lord. I now see the light that is my Savior, and I'm following closely so I don't get lost again.
I'm still not a perfect person, in fact no one is, but I finally feel His presence in my heart that was once empty; the above scripture opened my mind, and heart, that God is there for me, and He has saved me to do His will in the path that He has carved for me. And I am forever in awe of why He would want to save my life with the way I had treated Him before. I questioned Him, fought Him, and shamefully I hated Him after my grandfather died. But he still spared me to do His will as I go through this life.
Thankfully, my eyes are open to His greatness, and my heart it so full with His love that just needs to be spread to others. I've been given a new lease on life, and a new role for God, and I couldn't be happier.
(Sorry for the randomness...I just needed to express myself. I guess this is a Testimony of sorts).
"Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? . . . For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, not any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8: 35, 38-39
Just a little reminder that even when you're in a situation where you feel like you're alienated from God, NOTHING can separate you from His love! Hope your summer's been amazing so far!
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Around this time last year, I was having a difficult time adjusting to a new environment. I had just transferred to a new school, and for the first time I was living away from home, on a campus full of mostly strangers. At my university, everything happens in the fall. Fall is football season, an influx of new freshmen and transfers, and a time where new friends are made. However, spring semester tends to be a time where everyone goes home almost every weekend, which made it hard for me to find friends. And it didn’t help that the people I did know seemed more interested in maintaining their old friendships than building a stronger friendship with me. In the depths of loneliness, I realized that I hadn’t done my quiet time in a while and I decided to go ahead and do it. I found my copy of My Utmost for His Highest, a devotional by Oswald Chambers, and opened to the date, April 22. In this short devotional was a snippet of a verse, and I looked up the whole thing. This is what I found.
2 Timothy 4:16-18, NIV
“16 At my first defense, no one came to my support, but everyone deserted me. May it not be held against them. 17 But the LORD stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. And I was delivered from the lion’s mouth. 18 The LORD will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”
In that moment, I remembered that I have a God who can bring me what no one else can: peace. And for His peace, I am always grateful.
I was just thinking about how “everyone” seems to know the first words in the Bible, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1, NIV) However, people tend to avoid the book of Revelation in general, and I wondered what the last verse in the Bible is. So I looked it up: “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.” (Revelation 22:21, NIV) I just thought it was so beautiful that the last words God had for us in His amazing book was a proclamation of grace, though His son.
This is a time of the school year where we start to get bogged down with work, but can see a mini light at the end of the tunnel in the form of spring break! I just wanted to encourage all of you too keep up all of your hard work and enthusiasm for the Lord. And keep in mind that God’s grace, is indeed sufficient.
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- Music:Beauty from Pain - Superchick
Hundreds come from everywhere
Just to see Your face and touch the healer's hem
Desperate, I push through the crowd
If I could touch your clothes
I could feel your power
Come my way
And notice me
Just to ease my pain
Just to know Your name
Come my way
I'm out of touch
I'm out of reach
I've got the faith to believe
Am I out of touch or out of reach
What would it take for You to walk towards me
I'm out of touch, out of reach
But I'm running towards You and it's all I believe
Come my way
Just a touch
- Music:Skillet - Come My Way