Friday, March 30, 2007

Friday's Quote to Ponder

"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast."
~The apostle Paul, to the Ephesians (Ephesians 2:8-9)

Yesterday I forgot to record the most important anniversary of my life. March 29, 1989--the day I was saved. I was 12, attending a spring revival at Beckham Ridge Separate Baptist Church with friends. It was a Tuesday night and I had had the "urging", the conviction placed in my heart to come to Jesus, for a while. That night, I came to the altar and accepted Jesus as my Savior. The next weekend, I was baptized in a creek in the area. I remember how the water felt as I stepped in--really cold! But as the pastor prayed and dunked me under, I remember the water was suddenly deliciously warm, like a calm bath. I was wrapped up in some handmade quilts and from there, my walk with Christ began.

It hasn't been perfect--oh, no. I forgot my way many times, followed my own agenda through most of my teen and college years, not really experiencing spirituality. Then, Sept 11, 2001 happened. I was about 7 months pregnant with our first daughter, working in a neurosurgery lab at the University of Louisville. I realized how short life is, and that my child deserved to be brought up in a good Christian home, so she would have an even better chance of coming to Jesus than I had. That's when I really made the commitment to live for Jesus, to worship, to study, to pray. I certainly have not been perfect since then, but I knew I had been "saved by grace--not by works". Nothing I can do can make me perfect or deserving of God's love, but He gave it anyway, and every day I know in my heart that I am His, and I want to raise my daughters in the hopes that they will feel the same way.

This morning, we listened to some praise music on my laptop while I made homemade waffles. We ate them fresh off the waffle iron. Megan and I both ate 4 and Zoe had 3. I think today started off just right! Waffles are good for the soul :)

4 comments:

gchyayles said...

Such a wonderful reminder of the fact that it is nothing we did, could do, or will do that could take or give us salvation except the belief that it is a gift from God and what a wonderful gift it is too! Thanks for sharing your story and reminding us of this spiritual truth. Blessings!

Misty said...

Thanks for the lovely comment! Hope you have a great weekend!

Joni Ruhs said...

That's an excellent anniversary to remember and reflect. I think we all journey through our relationship with Christ. I used to think we arrived at the moment we accepted his gift. Yeah, no. We move and grow and stumble and get up and move some more. Enjoy the ride!

Maggie said...

Happy Birthday!

I wish you many more waffle days!