My Dreams Weren't Supposed to Fail ...
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One night in September of ‘98, as I laid in bed trying to fall asleep, I experienced hopelessness and grief to a degree I couldn’t bear! Years of circumstances had caught up with me and all of my failures weighed heavy on my mind and wracked my body with stress!
My failures ...
First and most hurtful was my rocky childhood of not getting along with my family and how it continued to be strained throughout all of my adult life. Secondly there was my failed Hollywood acting dream and with that gone, and me back in my hometown again, I had no hope for an exciting future. There was the downward spiraling experience of becoming a New Ager while out in L.A. and how it messed up my mind and brought a darkness to my life that I couldn’t shake, even after leaving its false teachings.
There was my divorce ten years back that had broken my heart and turned me sour against love; followed by a string of live-in boyfriends that were not much better to me than my husband. There was the abortion I had in my early 20’s that now caused me guilt and sorrow over what I had done to my baby. There was the fact that I didn’t want anything in life that hadn’t already rejected me and in some cases rejected me many times over.
A desperate prayer ...
With every area of my life feeling ruined, I prayed an extra prayer that night because I didn’t know what else to do. I prayed a prayer of desperation: “God please help me, you just have to help me, I can’t take this stress anymore, everything always turns out so horrible and I have no hope left.” The very second I finished my pleading prayer, these words came into my mind: “I will take the spirit of trouble from you, but you must put me first in your life.” I wasn’t sure who said these words to me until a wave of peace swept over my body and completely delivered me from the stress that had been consuming me! Then immediately after that, I felt love, pure love, come pouring into my soul! In that second, I knew it was Jesus! It was Jesus who had heard my desperate prayer and He was answering it! You see I had grown up on Bible stories and had been taught about the love and miracles of Jesus!
There was one more thing Jesus conveyed to me as I lay basking in His amazing love and that was that the Bible is 100% true! As soon as Jesus revealed this to me, I felt convicted and knew that my life had gone repeatedly wrong because I had never read or obeyed the Bible. The next morning I awoke with a joy and hope that I had never had before and I immediately told God that He would be #1 in my life because I wanted keep what I had been given—a new lease on life!
A new beginning ...
Do you need a new beginning? Are you tired of battling the world all by yourself and failing? Jesus is waiting for you to call out to Him so He can take the world’s burdens off of you and make all things new. He died on the Cross of Calvary for you, to pay for your sins and to make peace between you and God. You see, sin keeps mankind separate from God because God is too Holy to allow sin near Him. The Bible says in Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” So mankind needed a Savior, someone who could meet God’s requirement of perfection and also reach down to us. Jesus fulfilled that because He is God and He became a man. The Bible says: “For He [God] made Him [Jesus] who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21). And John 1:12 says: “But as many as received Him [Jesus], to them He gave the right to become children of God.”
Take this moment and tell Jesus that you believe He died on the cross for you and ask Him to forgive you of your sins. Make Him your Lord and Savior and begin to follow Him by reading the Bible and obeying it. Jesus won’t abuse you like others have; He will lead you gently, protect you and bring you to a good place in this life and after. Put your faith in Him today and you will spend eternity in heaven with God!
Jesus says, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6).
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.