Nineteen years ago tonight I made the best choice I had ever made in my life.
Nineteen years ago tonight I sat down in a gold 1960’s suede chair with ninety days sobriety . . . I was a thief, a liar, and a hoochie. I had been ignoring the call from the Lord for weeks. I kept putting Him off because I was trying to clean myself up and make myself better. I vividly remember saying many times, “Lord, If you will let me do ‘this’ before I surrender.”
But . . .
Nineteen years ago tonight, when I stood up out of that gold 1960’s suede chair, I was clean . . . forgiven . . . white as snow. I was no longer a drunk, a thief, a liar, or a hoochie. In fact, the Bible tells me in 2 Corinthians 5:17 that I became a new creation in Christ the moment I asked Jesus to come in to my heart and forgive me of my sins. . . . “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” I learned it is so much better to have to the Lord do the purifying than for me to try and do it myself.
Surrendering truly is freeing.
Nineteen years ago tonight I began learning about the consequences of past sin. I learned just because I surrendered my life to Christ doesn’t mean life was going to be hunky dory. But I also learned having Jesus with me to walk through the trials and consequences of bad choices was a heck of a lot better than living my life separated from Him.
There are several passages in scripture that have made an impact in my life that were heart changing, challenging, and comforting. One that describes every one of us, regardless of your past . . . whether you grew up in church your entire life and never thought of yourself as bad (cause you might be a good kid but you are still a sinner in need of a Savior, even if you are good) . . . or whether you were a drunk, an addict, or even a murderer . . . . the words from Titus 3:3-8. I personalized the scriptures as I do many times when the Lord is speaking to me. I highly recommend trying it . . . make them personal and intimate. “At one time
we Stacey was foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We She lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. BUT (that’s the turning point) when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us Stacey, not because of righteous things we she had done, but because of HIS mercy. He saved us her through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us Stacey generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we she might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.“
My hope is that you were able to read that passage and place your name right there. That you know that you know that you know that the Lord loves you, that He sent His son, Jesus, to die for you, and three days later He defeated death and that there is a time in your life that you asked Jesus to be your Lord and Savior. The scriptures say we are all sinners. Every one of us . . . even goodie goodies . . . without Jesus we are lost. Separated from God.
It is my heart’s desire for you to know the Lord. If you don’t know Him and would like to have that turning point in your life, please message me.
God loves you.
He knew you would be created long before you were even conceived.
He knows the number of hairs on your head.
He wants to be the healer of your broken heart.
He created you for a mighty purpose.
You are valuable.
You are loved.
You were made for more . . . .