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JOURNEY OF FAITH AND LOVE
by Valerie Jean
JOURNEY OF FAITH AND LOVE|
I guess the best way to describe my spiritual journey is to give a little testimony. It all began on a very hot day in July 1953. The day was the hottest of summer, or so my mother told me on many occasions. It was Sunday, a perfect day for my birth.
I grew up in church but that does not mean I was a Christian it simply means I got a great foundation for my future life in Jesus Christ. I went to parochial school through eighth grade. My life between that time and April 22, 1980 were just passing time as I paid my dues in church.
The day I met my Savior was a day like none other. I was working on my Sunday school lesson and the Spirit nudged me with the last question. It was more than a nudging, it was convicting, but that is the office of the Holy Spirit to convict a person to true faith in Jesus Christ. The question was “If I had to die for my faith today, could I?” It was a true/false question. It was the fact I couldn’t answer true to that question that brought me face to face with my Lord Jesus Christ. The joy was immediate and fulfilling.
The journey began that day, and I’m still on that journey. Oh, I’ve wandered from the path on several occasions when my listening ear was paying more attention to my will instead of His, but overall it’s been a journey of faith and love like no other.
I’m a Christian, it doesn’t matter which church I go to as long as the Word is taught, and it is the infallible Word of God. I believe the Bible to be the inspired Word of God, and every word relevant for today as much as the day it was written. I believe in the gifts of the Holy Spirit as indicated in 1 Corinthians 12. I believe in the baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues. I believe in the rapture of the church, and that the day of Tribulation is closer than we might think, but we’ll know when it happens. I believe prayer changes things, so I have dedicated my life to making a difference through prayer.
I love God, I love reading His Word, which brings me close to Him, and I love to pray. I love being with other believer’s. I love praise and worship to my King and my Creator, and I love to listen to the Word being preached, or taught. Whatever will bring me close to the heart of God is what I’m after.
I can’t get enough of my Savior and my Lord, and I praise my God for the gift He gave me to write so I can continue His message through fictional stories or devotions that bring out the love of God through everyday situations. I am His and whatever medium He wants to use me in whether fiction, devotion, article, poetry, I will do my best for Him. This is a journey, and I’m taking it hand in hand with my Savior by my side.