For as far back as I can remember, I've loved Jesus. My parents taught me well. We were at the church when the doors were open, investing ourselves in fellowship and community. There was no question about Jesus being the most important thing in their lives, so He was in mine as well.
There have been significant times in my life where I've taken a deeper step, intentionally saying that Jesus is my best friend, my Savior, my Lord, my everything. Growing up is like that. We accept the faith of our parents, but we have to make it our own as well.
There have been times when I've seen Jesus move. Times when I've felt His presence, felt His peace surrounding me, and felt His direction in my life.
Believing in Him is like breathing to me. Because of Him, I know what true love is (1 Corinthians 13). Because of Him, I have no fear of death, because I know that I'll spend eternity in heaven with Him, not from anything I did, no, I couldn't make it to heaven on my own, but because of the price HE paid by dying on the cross for my sins. I'm not worthy of this love. In my own merit I'm not worthy of salvation.
It's a gift. One I've accepted. One you can as well.
Because of Him, I can face times of deployment. Times when my husband fights far away and I sit in a dark house, with only a baby for company. These times could be the loneliest of my life, if they weren't for God's peace, joy and love. He fills this house, reminding me that I'm never truly alone with Him by my side.
Have you ever felt unloved? Unworthy? Full of grief? Full of loneliness? Accept His free gift of love this Easter. You won't be disappointed.