Friday, August 12, 2011

more better...

Yesterday two things happened that caused my heart to overflow.

One...I received a message from someone that reads this blog and she was encouraged by my relationship with my Savior.  She said that I had a wonderful testimony.  Well, Satan jumped all over that.  "A testimony?  You don't have a testimony.  Your words are just jibberish."  That's what my head heard all day after I read her message. 

Two...I called my precious mama to check on Sweet Petite.  Gigi was in heaven yesterday loving on three of her four grandchildren.  She had my two nieces and Sweet Petite.  While we were talking, I heard Skylar Grace say, "I just wish my life were more better."  I snorted because I was laughing so loud.  Turns out, SG wished her life were "more better" because she was "super hungry."  And Gigi was not cooking the pizza fast enough for her was 10:45am. 

Here's where God revealed himself to me in these two events...

Anyone that knows Jesus as their personal Savior has a testimony.  Period.  End of story.  Take that, Satan!  I do have a testimony.  And Jesus has called me to share that testimony so that others could know Him.  And He calls you to share yours....if you don't believe me, go check out Matthew 28:19-20.

I grew up in a Christian home and accepted Jesus as my personal Savior when I was like 9 or 10.  And that's where my childhood walk stopped...I had salvation and that's about it.  I most certainly did not have personal relationship with Jesus.  And I definitely did not allow the Holy Spirit to guide me.  I followed the path of popularity and parties in high school...and I followed that path to Clemson and Tiger Town Tavern and the ESSO...and that path led me to appetizers and Happy Hour after college graduation...

Until one day when I was 25, I felt an emptiness...I felt an aching in my the words of SG, my heart was crying out, "I wish my life were more better."  In the months that followed, I chose to live out Romans 12:2...

Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God's will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. (NLT)

By choosing to change my behavior and striving to turn away from the ways of this world, I have lost some friends...but I have gained so much more.  The Lord has blessed me in abundance with new friends and a wonderful church family.  The emptiness that I once felt has been filled with the Holy Spirit.  And now my heart's desire has come life is "more better"!

May your heart be filled with Him and may the Holy Spirit guide you along your path.  May you find that your old self has died and your new self is alive and well with Jesus.  May your life be "more better" through a relationship with your Savior.

My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Galatians 2:20 (NLT)

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