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Your personal relationship with Jesus: Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. James 5:12

Divine Note #8– Feb. 23, 2009
I shared my love of Christ and how my entire life has changed at Celebration and paid tribute to three women who have helped me get closer to God. When I heard Joan Murray say that prayers go into eternity and that they are heard, my soul was touched and I remembered my grandmother. She would testify about how God changed her life and you can imagine my teenage embarrassment when she would talk about me! After my dad passed away, she often told the church family that she put us in the loving arms of Jesus.

God answered my grandmother’s prayers for me through righteous women who love God. Can you imagine if Fern had not encouraged me to do God’s work through Celebration (James 5:14)? What if Lorraine had not prayed a powerful prayer asking the Holy Spirit to help me share what I have been through, so that I might help others because it’s not about me (James 5:16)? My child, Jackie, loves God and is determined to do His will for her life. I give Him all credit for the beautiful person she is and for the bright future she has because He is first in her life. What a wonderful gift for a mother!

I never understood the power of testimony until today in our wonderful class. As I sat there listening to my dear Sisters talk about the things they are facing or have faced and how much they trust God, I realized what a huge gift my grandmother gave my family. She freely gave her testimony, so that others could see the transforming power of Christ. I’ve been able to share my story because I asked for the gift of Salvation and accepted
His grace and forgiveness. As the song goes, “I’ve been set free, my Lord my Savior has ransomed me!”

Your testimony is powerful and it impacts all of us. Each of us has a story to share, so we can be effective ambassadors for Christ. The message for you today is to be encouraged and to be obedient to God’s plan for your life, so we can be strengthened individually and as a church. Get serious about talking to Him and asking for salvation, for forgiveness, for mercy, for healing…for whatever it is that you need! You must obey Him and desire to get close to Him.

When you ask God to take control of your life, you will be in for an amazing ride. I’ll never forget Pastor Susan’s words, “You must be willing to let Him take the driver’s seat and the steering wheel.” It’s the hardest but most wonderful thing I ever did for my soul! Why don’t we all do it together?
Have week full of Big God Hugs! :)
Love,
Blanca

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