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I remember kneeling out in the woods when I was 17 years old.  I came to a place in my life where I recognized that God loved me, and that my sins were driving a wedge between me and a loving God.  I recognized that God loves me, but that he hates my sin.  The only way to be forgiven for my sins was to cry out to HIM, and ask him to forgive me and to enter into my heart.  I will never forget that day for as long as I live. 

My childhood sucked.  There is no other way to put it.  Children were to be seen but not heard.  We did not dare to make a sound, and we were not allowed to be like other normal kids, who could run about and make noise.  When I turned 18, I rebelled and left home several times.  The last time I left, I was told that I would not be allowed to return.  I packed up what little I could call my own, and headed from a small town in Quinlan Texas to a huge metropolis called Houston Texas. 

What I did not understand was that the troubles I had in Quinlan, would pack up and follow me to Houston.  Yes, I had a new place to live in and new opportunities, but my heart still had that old emotional baggage. I spent several years in "Burger King" land, having everything my way.  One day I came to the end of my road, and God got my attention.  It took 45 days at a street rescue mission, and sleeping on the streets of Houston, to get my attention.  All of the gory details of that experience are in my personal testimony, but I wont share that here.  Needless to say, God got my attention.   I came to the realization that there is far more to life as a Christian than having a fire insurance card.  My admit one to heaven card was not a permit to live the "Burger King" life.  I had to learn the hard way that I could not always have it "My way". 

I learned that my name was written in the lambs book of life.  I learned that God paid the ultimate sacrifice, so that I might be forgiven of all my sins.  I learned that God has a purpose for my life.  I learned that HE wanted to fulfill HIS purposes through me.  I learned that I had to get out of the way, and allow God to do a work in my heart.  I learned that I was not quite as smart as I thought I was.  I learned that parents were not the idiots I thought they were.  I learned that God is capable of healing my emotional wounds, and scars.  I learned that life as a Christian is more than an adventure.  I learned and am still learning how awesome a relationship with God is. 

There is no greater challenge, than to give your life to Christ, and to live moment by moment , day by day living for Jesus.  The world we live in is not very conducive to having a Christ view.  There are many world views out there, that are competing for our attention and approval.  If we are not careful those distractions will draw us away from God’s purposes for our lives.  The word says that there are many false prophets and teachers that will proclaim that they are from God.  The only way we can know, who is of God, is to know God, and know what His voice sounds like.  We can not do that without reading the word of God, praying, going to church and having fellowship with the body of Christ.  

Be encouraged and be of sound mind and faith.  Know that no matter who you are or what you have done, God still loves you.  All you have to do is cry out to HIM, and run into his arms.  God is big enough to handle our worst.  God is faithful to keep his promises written in His word.  He says he will never leave us or forsake us. He promises to pick us up, wash us off and put our feet on a new path.  He promises to give us abundant life. 

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