I have no memory of when I first realized how much Jesus loves me, or when I confessed my need for Him and accepted His forgiveness. But I do remember being told when I was twelve that just five minutes a day spent with Jesus could change my life–and so it has.
Just two years later, my best friend at the time decided not to talk to me anymore, and clinging-to-a-fledgling-faith became my teenage story. Truth be told, I still cling to Him, especially when floods come and near-tragedies strike that become the stories I’ll tell my grandchildren.
Since then, my faith journey has been one spent sometimes in safety and sometimes (way) outside my comfort zone. I once journeyed 3,000 miles to tell people about this Savior I know. The very next summer, I forgot courage, but found it again.
So I stayed home and wrote a letter to the ones who went on a mission trip. Because when I write, I know He’s near. In fact, my very first published post on the web was a devotional on a community faith blog for which I’ve since become a staff writer.
There my faith journey is chronicled through the times when Scripture surprises me and what a trip to Walmart taught me about love. I even talk about how flowers have influenced my faith there and how to find an escape hatch for the lies that threaten the core of who I am: a girl who is loved.
If you’re looking to learn more about this Savior of mine, I invite you to email me. If you already know Him, perhaps you will check out more of my devotionals, like where I outline how I pray for other people, how I learned to accept grace, and how I followed one of the (many) dreams He gave me.
I’ve even written about the lie church hoppers believe, because I am passionate about gathering together and baking cookies. In fact, here’s the most important thing I’ve learned about friendship.
It’s not easy, following this Jesus. Sometimes I get off course and must turn around, but He’s always available to provide direction. There are still broken-hearted days and I cry on Christmas. But I am the hard is always worth it.