Sunday, July 21, 2019

Forty Years: A Child of God

Yesterday, these two couldn't get enough of playing with and in the water at our house!

So that continued this morning until it was time to leave for church.

Don't you love how clever kids are at coming up with new ways to enjoy the simple pleasures of water?!

Speaking of water...and particularly its cleansing power...that reminds me of something!

Today is a very special day for me!

On July 21, 1979 - FORTY YEARS AGO! - the blood of Christ cleansed me of sin and I put my faith in Jesus Christ as my Savior! That day changed my entire life. It's like everything before that is in one book, and everything after that is in another!

I was sharing my testimony with someone the other day and told them, "From the moment that my eyes were opened to the cleansing power of Jesus' blood shed for me on the cross, and his resurrection that conquered sin and death and paid the price for my sin, I have never looked back! I have only and ever wanted to know, love and serve Him."

All that my heart was longing for began to be found that day when I gave my life to Jesus, and asked him to not only cleanse me from sin, but lead me from that point on. I'm still on that journey of finding out all the treasures to be found in life with Him...and what a great journey that has been.

Amazingly, this morning at church Dave preached on how to share the Gospel, telling the very same message I heard on this day forty years ago!

And again today, I got to share my testimony with someone else, as well as explain the Gospel to them.

It changed my life then; and it's still changing my life now!

We took this team out to lunch today after church; they're here from Christ Community Church in St. Charles, IL, for our church's outreach event this coming week called "Family Fest".

Beginning on Thursday in our town, we'll be providing space for our church community to interact with friends that we all are inviting to share in these days with us: through children's activities, games, interactive family times, and an evening program with practical talks (by Dave!) on parenting, marriage and conflict resolution, and movies for the kids while their parents are listening!

And of course, we'll be sharing the Gospel, like someone did with me forty years ago.

Oh how I pray that there will be some this week who will come to know Jesus as their Savior like I did all those years ago. I have never been the same since then, as His light overcame the darkness of sin in my life.

"Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God - children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God." John 1:12-13

THIS is exactly what happened to me forty years ago and I am forever grateful to have been called even since then, a child of God!

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