Love one another as Jesus has loved us.

Getty Images Christopher Hope-Fitch Moment Select

Getty Images Christopher Hope-Fitch Moment Select

So many today are hopeless and desperate. To the outside world they appear to have it altogether. In reality a slow, agonizing death haunts their daily existence.

I like many of you were once counted among the terminal. Regardless of what I did, or how hard I tried. Nothing could quiet the emptiness shouting its name. Nothing that is until I had an up close and personal encounter with the Lord.

In June of 2000, my husband and I were visiting our oldest daughter in Houston, Texas. She shared with us how the church she was attending was changing her life. Begging us to go to church with her. Reluctantly I agreed.

As I walked through the doors love overwhelmed my heart. My heavenly Father was there with arms opened wide for His prodigal child. Lovingly welcoming me home.

That day I had an unforgettable encounter with the Lord. His presence captivated me. Touching the innermost parts of my being. Gently reassuring me I was safe and loved unconditionally.

Today my heart grieves for anyone who has never experienced the exquisite love that is Jesus.

Unquenchable love. Making a lifelong pursuit of Him irresistible.

Tender love. Healing the scars incurred on the battlefields in the war for my soul.

Empowering love. Gracing me to forgive those individuals who carved those scars on my soul, including me.

Encouraging love. Declaring my best days are yet to come.

Since that summer day my life has dramatically changed. My husband is no longer here to witness my personal transformation. He is with Christ experiencing first hand the majesty of God’s love.

As for me life is an adventure. Pursuing the dreams I long kept buried. Thinking less of the distant future and more about living each day with intentionality. Knowing that none of us are guaranteed a tomorrow.

When I think of the woman that stepped into that church years ago. Once again I am overcome by His love.

It was God’s unconditional love that began my transformational journey. A journey on which an insecure, introverted woman discovered her VOICE.

It is my prayer that you too discover your VOICE. You are too special to be an imitation of someone else!

Be a VOICE shouting in the silence. Lets love others!

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