Thank you for stopping by to read my blog and devotions. I pray you will find a word or two that encourages. That is my goal here--that you be encouraged to live abundantly and know that you are loved by God, and by me.
Personally, I spent over four decades not believing I was loved or lovable. A string events in my childhood left me believing that I was unloved and unlovable. God has shown me otherwise. I hope that by sharing my story from the beginning to the end, you can believe that truth, too.
I became a Christian when I was a little girl, about ten years old. I remember wearing black patent shoes and ruffled white socks on the day I accepted Jesus. No other detail of that day is as clear, probably because I couldn't look up. I was brokenhearted over my sin even as a child. That's the last encounter I shared with Jesus for a long time.
As I mentioned, before I was a teenager, I suffered a series of traumas that I am still dealing with today. My teenage and twenties years were a blur of wrong choices made hoping to find love and acceptance that I desperately wanted. I didn't. I only found despair. Eventually, I found myself in the midst of a self-destructive addiction doing things I never imagined I would do. I lost everything. And then Jesus, as Psalm 40:2 says, pulled me from the miry pit. During the next decade, Jesus restored me. He gave me a new heart, a new vision, and a story of redemption.
Today, my husband of more than twenty years and I live in southern Arkansas. We have four sons between the two of us, two beautiful daughters-in-law and a precious granddaughter. And I can't forget to mention we also live with six rescue dogs, my fur babies.
God has delivered me a long way from my addiction days, I suspect for such a time as this, to share how He works every day in my life and yours, too, to remind you how He loves us, and how He teaches and encourages through ordinary occasions. Praying today you will live abundantly as loved daughter of the One True God.
Thank you again for stopping by my blog.