© 2020 HOLDING HOPE
I will never forget the moment my baby Jessica was placed in my arms. The overwhelming love I felt as tears rolled down my cheeks is indescribable. I will never forget my husband's words as his own tears fell~ "now I truly know how much my Heavenly Father loves me." God let our hearts see how much He loved us. I would give my life for my children. My love for them is fierce and if I am capable of that kind of love, the love of God is greater than our human hearts can imagine. When I was in the 6th grade my parents were having a lot of marital problems. One day my mom showed up at my school with all our belongings, picked up my brothers and I and we left my dad and our home without even a goodbye. Eventually my parents decided to try again and realized being in church would help. We began going to a non denominational church and it was here that I learned of God's amazing gift. I learned that I couldn't go to heaven when I died just by being good or by going to any specific church. I learned there was nothing I could do in my own strength to go to heaven because if there was, Christ would not have had to die on the cross for my sins. It was only because of Gods grace, mercy and love in sending His only Son to die for me. It was the greatest gift and it was mine to accept. I realized my sinful heart separated me from God but that all I needed to do was ask His forgiveness. God didn't want me to join a church or give more money or be a better person. He only wanted my repentant heart. I gave my heart to Him and I have not had one day that I have regretted it. More than any other words I could ever post to give comfort, hope or encouragement, these are the most important for you to know. God wants you to have a home in heaven someday. God wants you to receive His precious gift of salvation. If you never have, let today be that day and if you have already~whether it was yesterday or 39+ years ago like me~ don't ever forget that day you met Him, sing of His grace that's still amazing and shout like you've heard it for the first time.