Christmastime always causes me to close my eyes and bow my head in reverence to all that the Baby Jesus has given me… life, love and the most exquisite gift of all, salvation! It was during one of those sacred moments that I began to think about the first time I totally trusted the Lord with my life; the absolute first time I remember coming to the end of myself! I had run full out and headfirst into a wall that was so high, so wide, that “I” could not get over, under, or around it! All I could do was look up! And that’s when my young eyes saw Christ as “the way, the truth, and the light!”
I was fifteen years old, pregnant, unmarried and unwilling to crawl up on an abortionist’s table. I knew full well, even at that tender age, that I could not live with myself if I had an abortion! I remember asking God to show me what to do, how to take care of my baby and then I promised I would teach my child all about Jesus. Now, I wasn’t the Virgin Mary or not even Samuel’s mother. Nevertheless, I knew that the child I was carrying was special and God had a plan for his life and that his life would matter. Even this year, the stories of Jesus encircle my life and cause me to reflect on the goodness of God.
I can’t even imagine what my life would have been like if I had not given birth to my first child. In many ways, he has always helped me to always make good choices. My decisions were based upon my baby, me, and my marriage. I could not be selfish or self -centered. I was a high school student, a Mom, and a wife. Very little else was a consideration. While others were partying and learning how to date, I was being the best Mom, wife, and student I could be.
So, I’ve always thought of my young pregnancy as a sort of opposite parity to the birth of Christ, with the similarity being that both boys were true men of God. And that brings me to what it means to be true to God… always!
I shared with you before that God will take you wherever He needs to, to get you where He wants you to be! I believe that becoming a young mother protected me from a lot of stuff. Experimentation with drugs and multiple boyfriends that troubled others my age were not my problems. And looking back, I knew then and held tight to God’s promises that He will never leave nor forsake me. He didn’t then and he never has! Read these scriptures and allow them to seep deeply into your heart and soul!
Deuteronomy 31:8 “It is the Lord who goes before you. He will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.
Hebrews 13:5 “Keep your lives free from the love of money, and you will be content with what you have, for He has said, “I will never leave you or forsake you.”
Hebrews 4:6 “ Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in a time of need.”
My life was placed on a different course. Surely not one that I chose, but, nevertheless, I was in desperate need and I looked to Jesus – there was no place else to go! I had accepted Jesus into my life at the tender age of fourteen and now, at the age of sixteen, I looked full into His marvelous face- trusting and believing He would bring me through.
I was true to my word; my baby was dedicated when he was six weeks old. And, by the age of four Todd was manifesting God’s mark on his life, he was drawn to the older folks in our neighborhood. He would ask me to prepare lunch for them, then, he would peddle the sandwiches, on his trike to have lunch with them several times a week. This type of caring for others was the hallmark of his life. As a teen, he accepted Christ and announced he wanted to be a youth pastor. He was very active in Fellowship of Athletes for Christ and spearheaded the first-ever rally at the school, where many kids accepted Christ!
Jesus took what seemed like an impossible situation and turned it into an all-out demonstration of His mercy and grace! WILL HE, WON’T HE DO IT!!! Todd continued his life and love for Christ and achieved his Masters in Divinity.
So, as you take the bulbs off the tree, eat the last of the cookies and prepare to usher in another New Year…stop… and reflect.
There is a myriad of pacts and promises, the Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts have a twelve-point pledge. We pledge to fraternities and sororities, we are sworn into offices, and we take marriage vows.
But, the one true and most important promise is the one we have with God!
His promises are true… are yours?
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