Talking to people about Jesus. I figured, hey this will be a breeze! Not so much. I know myself that He is my Savior. He died so I can live. Trying to nail that into others brains, however, is one of the most challenging yet amazing things I have ever attempted to do.
“You just have to plant the seed” is what my boyfriend says (the same man who helps me every day grow closer to Christ as he has since the day I met him!). And he’s right. But Im so gosh darn stubborn that I want to be the one to tell everyone what Jesus has done for them, and that they need to accept him as their Savior!! But when I plant the seed, the Holy Spirit will do the rest of the work.
Earlier today I tried to save a water bug. I said “Im just trying to save you, but you’re being stubborn and you won’t listen to me!” And that’s how I feel Jesus looks at the millions of people who don’t believe. I want to help them. I need to help them.
I want to see all of us in Heaven when the time comes. It breaks my heart that 9 out of the 10 people ill ask will say that they have no interest in believing that Jesus is their Savior.
Friends, I need your help. Please PLEASE help me spread the word of Jesus. Please grow stronger in your faith. Please pray every chance you get. Please trust in Him to guide you.
When you pray, what do you pray about? Do you pray every night, every morning, or when you’re going through a rough time?
I have a routine prayer that I like to stick to every night. It usually goes like this:
"Lord, please protect my family, friends, and myself tonight. Please watch over us, keep us safe and healthy, and away from all evil and danger. Thank you for an amazing day today. Please forgive us for our sins, Lord. Thank you. Amen."
I’d like to think that that can be what cuts it when it comes to talking to Him, but personally for me, it’s not. If I want to become closer to Jesus, I feel like I will need to set myself away from everything and say more than just a routine prayer to Him.
A couple of weeks ago, I had done something that I hadn’t in a long time. I knelt beside my bed, and prayed. I didn’t know what to pray about, so I thought….and I thought. But once my random thoughts started pouring into praise, I had just stopped thinking. I did most of my praying that night thanking the Lord for dying for my sins. As I was knelt there, thanking Him, I felt like I had lost a connection with this world. I just remember not paying attention to the things around me, because I was so drawn in to praying.
The awesome thing is: you can pray anywhere, anytime, and however you want. You don’t have to be in your room knelt beside your bed like I was. I heard an amazing story of a man who was cutting his grass and all he said was “It’s me, what do you want to talk about?” He said that he lost so much track of time, that his lawn was completely cut when his conversation with God was over. The point of this story- God know’s exactly what you need, even if you don’t. (Matthew 6:8- Your Father who knows what you need before you ask)
As strong as I have been trying to grow in my faith recently, it is hard for me to comprehend why I would have allowed myself to be away from my Saviour, Jesus Christ for 7 years.
I had gone to Florida on vacation with my parents- to visit my grandparents- when I was 8 years old (I believe). My grandparents had recently moved down there at this time, and it was the first time we were going to visit them in their new house.
During that week, I had bought a cross necklace (I think that it was the first one I had ever worn). And at the time I didn’t know the exact meaning of the cross, I just knew that when I had it with me, I felt safe.
I remember the Wednesday morning of our vacation almost too clearly. My mom and I were in the condo, and my dad had taken a walk on the beach. His cell phone had rang, and I picked it up. My aunt was on the other side of the phone, and in a panic had told me to give the phone to my mom. I could feel my heart beating through my chest- just the look on my moms face, and the tone in her voice, told me that something just wasn’t right…my grandma was puking up blood.
[She had a pacemaker. The weird thing is, she had just gotten off the phone with my mom earlier that morning and told her that she had a doctors appointment later on that day. My grandpa had told my aunt that she had puked blood, then came out and said “Ed” to him as he was mowing the lawn. But by time he had gotten inside, he knew it was too late. He called the ambulance, but she was already gone.]
On the way to the hospital, I was sitting in the back of the car squeezing the cross necklace I had gotten- praying that God would cure my grandma. We dropped my mom off into the emergency room, then my dad and I followed in a few minutes after. When I walked into the room the nurse had led us to- there laid my mom on the floor crying. I remember my dad sitting in a chair shaking his head talking about how great of a lady my grandma was. I was in disbelief, and truthfully it hadn’t hit me that she was gone until I had come home a few weeks after.
I had gotten so angry at God for putting my family through that pain especially when I was praying my heart out to Him. (2 Corinthians 12:7-10, God will not give you what you want when He has something better in mind) Now I believe that God had taken my grandma out of her suffering…but at the time I believed that God couldn’t have been real, because if He were, He would have answered my prayers. And He did, it just wasn’t the answer I had wanted. I thought that since she had died, that there wasn’t a God looking out for her.
My faith was shaky growing up because of that. Then a miracle had happened, and I was completely blessed to have my boyfriend, my best friend, and their family brought into my life. They had helped Jesus become apart of me again. I truly believe that they are the biggest blessing I have ever received; because I don’t know where I would be without Jesus, and thanks to them, I had been saved. Even though I had turned my back on Him for many years growing up, He forgave me and all of my sins and made me new. (Revelation 21:5, Behold, I make all things new) (Ephesians 1:7-In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.)