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Your personal relationship with Jesus: He meets you where you are - Luke 11:9-10

Divine Note #3 – January 19, 2009

Since I wrote the Top 12 Tips last week about the things I am doing to get close to Jesus, I’ve had a huge revelation. He inspired them for me, so that I could move to the next step in my relationship with him! I am a visual learner, so I had to see the message on paper before I understood it! As I seek more of his grace, goodness and joy, he gives me more. As I surrender my will, the Holy Spirit moves in my life. He can do the same for you, when you are ready to accept it.

A great way to begin your journey in 2009 is by asking God for the free gift of salvation (Romans 10:13). Here’s a sample prayer that I use from one of my favorite pastors, Dr. Charles Stanley.

Father God,
I know I need you but can never get to you on my own. I receive your son Jesus as my personal savior. I believe he took all my sins onto himself when he died on the cross, conquering death for my sake and giving me access to you. Thank you for forgiving me and for sending the Holy Spirit to transform my life.

Once you ask for God’s saving grace, your life will never be the same. A word of caution, you will probably not hear a choir singing Hallelujah! Instead, you will be establishing a relationship and we all know that it takes time, love and patience. My Jesus journey has taken amazing twists and turns. But the best thing I ever did was join a Bible-based church, take group Bible studies and attend a great Sunday school class.

Other women who are in different stages of their walk can nurture and share in your spiritual walk. The Lord has put it in my heart to share my journey, so I can encourage you to take your next steps. If you are further along in your faith walk, tell us what you do to maintain the closeness over time -- we all need the benefit of your experience. Together we can encourage each other to fulfill our divine missions.

Have a week full of big God Hugs,
Blanca

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