(Thanks to my cousin for doctoring up our pic a little.)
It's cold. Cold for SC. Cold for me. I can put up with the hottest weather. Even super hot. But cold? I'm a bit of a baby.
With the weather so cold this week, they are being creative. Playing 'jungle girl' and making a huge art mess in the dining room. I've run away to the office to sit and blog....
And share something I've never blogged about before.
Me. The OLD me.
The PRE-Jesus Jennie.
Ever wondered WHY I love Jesus so much? ...
I recently spoke at a Holiday Women's event at a church in town. There were several hundred ladies there. What an awesome opportunity to share the love of Christ.
(On the chalkboard in my bedroom.)
I wrote for weeks reliving those days before I knew Jesus. I have shared my testimony, the story of how God pursued me, so many times over the years, on stages and one on one. But for this, I went back and wrote it again. There were things I shared that I have never shared publicly and things that I typically share, that I left out.
I curled my hair, walked on the stage and spilled my heart and life out to them. And they listened intently. With open hearts.
Gen 50:20 'You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.'
If you have a critical spirit. Stop now. Let me just tell you, I was a MESS. If you think that who I WAS is WHO I AM. Read on. I have been REDEEMED. I have been set free. By the King of kings. Friends have come to me and said, 'Jennie I was blown away. I never knew. I had no idea you were such a mess.'
1 But now, this is what the LORD says-- he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: "Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. 2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. 3 For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.'
I went on my last FIRST date on January 22, 1997. David Brian Edwards was beautiful. He stood out from the rest in stature and character. A natural born leader. And smart. Funny. Loving. Strong. Crazy handsome. I knew immediately, he was my husband. Sometimes we'd go to church together. But mostly we didn't. He was as lost and ensnared by sin as I was.
Brian had been alone in a city where he knew no one. He was pulled away from all distractions by the King of the universe, so that the King could teach Brian about himself. In a few short months, Brian had read the entire bible. That year, Brian committed his life to the Lord. He knew from reading the bible that we were living in sin. He knew he was to flee from sin. He entered into a relationship with Jesus and immediately began leading me. Girls if you are here and you are not married yet. I'm gonna tell you a sure fire way to know if your boyfriend is the one.
If that is the case. FLEE. Don't listen to me. The bible says it.
There they were. For sale. Shakled. Bruised. Hungry. Hurting. Shamed. Heads hanging low.
'Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.' Isa 1:18
She's right. He did it for me. And I'm watching as He does it for her.
But my prayer is that you will place your faith in CHRIST. Allow Him to do for you what He did for me. RESCUE you from darkness. Rescue you from yourself.
He already knows all your funky stuff. The things that you think no one knows about. HE KNOWS. And He desires to forgive you. He desires to love you. To protect you. To forgive you and to SET YOU FREE from all of it.
He set the captives free. And redeems even the messiest lives. He is the writer of the best love stories. Trust me. (See above) :)
(firstname.lastname@example.org if you need to talk.)