Before we get started here I want to tell you about a give-away. For any of you that know a sweet little girl that likes to play pretty dress up, Lola Tutu is giving away one of her adorable little tutus. I had to enter to try to win one for my grandaughters to fight over. ;D
If you're new to my blog and missed Part 1 and Part 2 of this story, just click on the links to go read them and come back here for Part 3. We will wait for you. ............. I'm gonna go grab a cup of coffee, the rest of you holler at me if they get back before I do. ........................... Ok, are we all here now? Let's go.
When we left off God had just told me to do what I knew to be right. This in itself shows what a Loving and Merciful God we have. He knew where I was in life and how skewed my thinking was. I was still quite influenced by peers and culture. God chose not to remove me from the path I was on, but instead He walked with me and ultimately carved a new direction from it.
Fast forward to 1990 and Desert Storm, the Gulf War. When we got involved in this war I began thinking about end times. In my childhood, I had two aunts who became Jehovah's Witnesses and spent two weeks teaching me all about armagedon. So even though I still had not read the Bible since my failed attempt, I did know that the world was going to come to an end. I still had that same King James Verion Bible that I couldn't understand the last time I attempted to read it but I got it out and once again began reading.
"The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass..."
That's right. This time I began in Revelation. That is, after all, where the Bible talks about the end times. So I read through Revelation, and read it again, and read it again, and ... well, you get the idea. Then I began to notice there were references to Daniel and Isaiah, and I thought "Hey, those are in the Bible! I'll go see if I can find where it says that." I bought an atlas to compare to the map in the back of my Bible and without even realizing it, I was searching the Scriptures for answers. I also found that this time, I could understand the Bible.
After reading Revelation so many times that I just about had it memorized (no lie), I decided to read the New Testament. By this time I had learned that the Old Testament was prior to Jesus' life and the New Testament was from His birth and later. So I read through the New Testament again, and again, and again. I read every second I had. I couldn't wait to get home from work so that I could read my Bible. I didn't know it at the time, but the Holy Spirit was working in my heart. Then one day after reading, I sat down on the floor in my living room and told God that all I wanted to do was live my life to please Him.
We have an absolutely Amazing God. There is nothing He cannot accomplish. No one He doesn't know. No one He can't reach. And He seeks us with His undivided attention even when we don't realize it. I'm not sure why He prompted me to write about this, but I hope He speaks to someone though this. He has spoken to me again as I've brought all these things up to the forefront of my mind.
Lord thank you for drawing me, for teaching me, and for giving me understanding. You stayed with me throughout my rebellious years and guided me straight into your Loving Arms. You have been faithful even when I have been unfaithful. I recommit myself to you my God. I want nothing more than to live my life to please you. Even this, I know I can only do by your Power. Help me to Live for You and You Alone. In Christ ~ Amen
"Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God." Corrie ten Boom