Mathew 6:33 says: “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness” and so I did….
Flashback: A Glance in the Past Imagine life filled with sadness but no way to find true joy. The kind of life where you’re constantly looking to feel accepted, loved, and cherished. After trying to find this through relationships, friendships, material possessions, and places in this world, you find yourself coming up completely short and more empty than before. I can recall standing outside of a night club wondering where I went wrong. I didn’t understand why I didn’t feel loved or accepted. How do you trade sadness for joy, despair for hope, not loving yourself for loving who God made you to be? How do you overcome uncertainties about life for confidence in your future? These are some of the questions that I quietly asked myself in the past. My prayer is that after reading this post, you will find the answers that you’ve been looking for, real answers on of how one decision can change your life forever.
Goodbye Past On December 31, 2012, I made the ultimate life changing decision, the biggest that I have ever made. I was finally done with living solely for this world. At this point in my life I was completely desperate for Jesus. I knew that Jesus was the only cure for all that I experienced. I needed to get rid of all the baggage, pain, guilt, shame, and wrong thinking. Growing up in church, I received Jesus, but I didn’t know how to fully surrender my life to Him. As I mention in the post: “Letting Go of Your Past” (letting-go-of-the-past.html), there must be a decision made to let go of your past decisions in order to create and experience a more positive life. When I came to this point of desperation, I knew exactly where to go to experience real love. Ladies, I had a moment of truth with myself, and I realized how much I needed my Lord and Savior. He happens to be Jesus, the only one who can take away one's pain. Truth is, there comes a time in your life where you realize that this world cannot offer you happiness, fulfillment, love, and true joy. Dear ones, what do you think is holding you back from fully surrendering your life to Jesus?
Beauty for Ashes Isaiah 61:3 says: “He will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair” This verse is so amazing because it reminds me of where I was at that time in my life and it's exactly what I needed-- beauty for my pain. The moment I realized this was the same moment that I began walking into a new level of freedom. I soon realized that I didn't have to be the perfect person to be loved and accepted by God. Instead I just had to receive the love that God had for me. Are you in a place where your just at crossroads, not knowing what route to take? I encourage you to take a step towards Jesus. This amazing God that I speak about sent His son Jesus to this Earth to lay his life down on a cross for all our sins. You see, when I look at the cross I see the hurt, shame, guilt, sex before marriage, drinking, partying, lying, cheating, and any other sin or bad decision that I committed, yet Jesus took the penalty. To be honest, I can't name one person who would be able to take on every sin that I committed and lay their life down for me. Let alone have the power to forgive all my sins like Jesus did.
A Moment of Truth Disclaimer: As long I'm on this Earth I understand that I will never be perfect. I also understand that I will never make a mistake or fall short. Knowing this, I am desperate for Jesus, desperate for His love. Maybe you're in the place where I was and you're completely desperate to change your life around. Or maybe you're completely unsure and timid and have never heard of Jesus. Wherever you are in your walk I want you to know that it doesn't matter. What matters most is that you accept the love that God would like you to receive. I want you to know that God loves you. He loves you so much that He created you in this world for a purpose. He has a plan for you. Ask yourself: What is stopping me today from taking a step towards Jesus?
“I know the plans that I have for you, plans to prosper you and to bring you to an expected end” Jeremiah 29:11