Wednesday, August 10, 2011

AUGUST 10

You know how people say things like...

Yesterday was a day I will never forget. Everything was going along fine and then Wham...everything in my life went crazy. My whole day just turned upside down!
Or maybe they say something like...Everything has been going good and then my whole day just took a turn for the worst! Then they go on to tell you the horrible thing that just happened to them.
Well, I have a story something like that.

Four years ago today...August 10,2007...my whole life was already crazy and upside down! It wasn't going along fine and it just didn't take a turn for the worst. In my mind...my life was already pointless. It had been that way for as long as I could remember. So, sometime between midnight and 6am I came up with a plan to see if I could change my life...or so I thought then it was "my" plan. I know now it wasn't. I believe that everything that happened that whole week was because God had planned it. He had a plan for my life whether I had believed He cared or not.

Jeremiah 29:11

New Living Translation
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

So I went to work the morning of the 10th. When I got off I set "my" plan into motion. My plan was to go and talk to someone just to see if there might be a chance that God cared about me at all. I really believed that He didn't. I thought that when I was a kid God had decided He didn't want me and that the devil could have me. But, for some reason that I didn't understand then...I went to someone I kind of knew and started talking to them more than I had ever talked before. I remember having a hard time breathing and thinking I wasn't going to live through it and thinking I was just going to be sick! It was one of the hardest things I had ever done and yet, I had to do it! That's when my whole life...not just day...begin to turn upside down! 

On August 10, 2007 I prayed the prayer and asked Jesus to forgive me and come into my life. There was no big, instant change in my life that I could feel. I didn't immediately become ecstatically happy or feel like a tremendous weight had been lifted. In fact, at first I wasn't really sure if the prayer had "worked" at all. I do remember being able to breathe normally again though and the sick feeling leaving. I was happy about that! LOL 

Since that day it has been quite a journey. The Lord has done many, many things for me. Changed me in ways I never thought possible. He has really done what I consider to be miracles in my life! He has done many healings in my mind and in my body. But most of all...HE has been, and still is, healing the holes in my soul. I can never thank HIM enough for all that HE has done for me!! 

The reason that I am writing this post today is to just say thank You. Thank YOU JESUS for coming into my life. For saving me and giving me a new life. For giving me hope when I was most hopeless! For giving me strength when I need it. For helping me to just get through one more day...more times than I care to remember! For loving me when I couldn't even like myself! For putting amazing people in my life that actually care whether I'm here or not and talk to me and pray with me when I need them to.  Thank you JESUS for being LORD of my life!!

I really like the 18th Psalm. Here is just a portion of it...

1 I love you, Lord;
      you are my strength.
 2 The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior;
      my God is my rock, in whom I find protection.
   He is my shield, the power that saves me,
      and my place of safety.
 3 I called on the Lord, who is worthy of praise,
      and he saved me from my enemies.
 4 The ropes of death entangled me;
      floods of destruction swept over me.
 5 The grave wrapped its ropes around me;
      death laid a trap in my path.
 6 But in my distress I cried out to the Lord;
      yes, I prayed to my God for help.
   He heard me from his sanctuary;
      my cry to him reached his ears.

16 He reached down from heaven and rescued me;
      he drew me out of deep waters.

10 comments:

Pam said...

Beautiful, Chelle! Thank you so much for sharing your spiritual journey with us. God is so good! All the time!
Pam at 2 encourage

My daily walk in His grace! said...

Hi Chelle - Its so good that you remember your bornagainnaversay (awesome word?). I've been a Christian since I was 14 and now as an adult all the things that happen along the way, I don't even want to imagine any of that without Christ. God is good - all the time.
God bless
Tracy
PS: Thanks for grabbing my button, I'm very chuffed! (grinning like a child i tell you!)

Lisa said...

Amen! God reached down and saved me. Thanks for sharing your journey with us, Chelle. Many blessings!

Kristin Bridgman said...

I'm rejoicing with you for August 10, 2007, happy belated spiritual birthday!!!

I love hearing people's testimonies, thank you for sharing yours!

I'd like to hear how things are going, winter will be just around the corner before we know it :)

Stella said...

Thank you for sharing, Chelle! God bless you always! He is indeed always good, even when we don't understand the plan.

Reformed rebel said...

Hi Pam and Tracy~I thought it was great that you both said...God is good, all the time! He really is!

Pam~Imagine my surprise when I saw the e-mail from you saying you were featuring my blog next week! I'm honored. I'm also thankful that God is faithful because without His help I couldn't write anything!

Tracy~It's awesome you were a Christian at 14! Life is sooo much easier with HIM!

Lisa~always great to hear from you. Thanks for always coming by and encouraging!

Kristin~Thank you! I will talk to you soon.

Stella~Thank you...God bless you too!

God is good all the time!! Praise HIM!!

Desiray said...

Amazing testimony of The Mercies of God..thanks for sharing your journey and that day really was the best day of your life...so often we think we are to feel certain emotions but with God He does not work on how we feel for He works right on the inside of us first. Praise God for a day I know you will never forget..amen

Never Forsaken said...

I thank God you decided to change your life and I thank God He changed your heart. You are a strong woman of God who is a blessing to others, myself included!

Child of God said...

Hi Chelle,
Isn't it cool how God works? I love reading testimonies and then looking at my life. The Spirit is there moving and changing us. It is when we come to God with all of our baggage and say, "Here I am LORD, all of me please come into my life and change me". He comes is and soon the baggage drops away and we change into the person He created us to be.

I am so glad to have met you!
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PJ said...

Beautiful testimony Chelle! Can you imagine how much better everyone would be and feel if they would allow God to take control of their lives? I know we all like to say "God is in control", but when it comes down to it, He is only in control if WE ALLOW Him to be. I say this because He is not forceful. He is a gentleman. He waits to be invited in. So many people don't understand that. They want to "blame" God when things go wrong, and "take credit themselves when things go right. How then is God in control? Anyway, I loved your post. Every time I pray I always thank God for being my "rock and my refuge". I couldn't make it without Him.

Thank you for coming by and commenting on my blog. I love talking about the Fruit of the Spirit. I guess because I have so much work to do developing them better into my life (and attitude) that the more I talk about them< I will be reminded to work on them. (Like patience for one). LOL!

God Bless,
PJ