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God is amazing, He’s good, and He’s always on time. The more trials we experience, the more testimonies we can attest to. I am a living witness to God’s grace and His hand in my life but it took me 34 years to appreciate just how good He really is. I’ve experienced many heartaches including financial distress, illness, divorce, loneliness, addiction, homelessness, abuse, rejection, abandonment and so much more yet I am still standing. I’m still here because “…The Lord will never leave you or forsake you…” (Deuteronomy 31:8) He keeps His promises at all times and He always takes care of His children.
God gave me so many chances to get my life together. He opened my eyes and showed me how sinful my decisions I made in life were and I finally repented and started living for Him. Previously I would sin, ask God to forgive me, live righteously for a few months, then backslide and repeat the cycle all over again. Until one day He showed me the sinful things I used to do for entertainment weren’t enjoyable anymore, I was disappointing Him, and I was being a hypocrite. I’m so glad and grateful He showed me the truth and I was finally receptive to receive it. The truth is the evil things of this world offer short term gain and long term pain. God is the center of my joy and the center of joy for all who follow Him. There is no vacation, no car, no food, or anything else that can compare to the joy that comes with living a Christ-centered life. The Bible blesses us as well by giving us spiritual insight and wisdom to live our best lives this side of Heaven.
Following Christ puts me in a better mood, makes me want to be a positive person, more loving to others, and more forgiving. I am so grateful that “…The Lord is patient with you not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9) The joys of living a Christian life are limitless just like His love.