Dear Jesus, You have always been close to me.
I can remember as far back as six or seven years old. I used to talk to You about my needs and wants and for my family. Because of my earaches being so painful, I probably relied on You more than some children that young.
(But by the time I was nine, I definitely knew You. I knew You loved me. I knew You would protect me and be with me all the time. I knew You gave me a guardian angel to watch over me. I felt so close to You. Without realizing it, You were paramount in my daily life).
(I would visit You, Jesus, in church for a few minutes at recess in-between playing. I would visit You in church before going home after brownies, girl-scouts, and volleyball practice. I just longed to be in Your Presence. You made me feel so loved and I wanted to show You how much I loved You. That’s why I would go to Mass almost every morning in the summer. I just longed to be with You receiving Your Love and giving my love to You).
(Thank You, dear Jesus, for allowing me to experience this relationship all my life. You know, of course, it had nothing to do with my being good because I wasn’t. I was a handful! I got into miner trouble very often. Back then, before I was a Born Again Believer, I went to confession every week with quite a list. My sweet Jesus always forgave me though).
(Since then, I have learned that Jesus actually forgave my sins 2,000 years ago when He gave His Life for my Salvation. I have learned that all I need do NOW is turn my life over to Him, express my deep sorrow for my sins, and ask dear Jesus to come into my heart. I need only express that I TRUST HIM for my SALVATION and ETERNAL LIFE with Him in Heaven).
(This road going forward since I did this has been paved with the gold of a relationship with Jesus that is phenomenal. I thought I was close to Him before, but NOW! Now it is like being in the same room, sitting and talking, learning, giving and receiving. The Holy Spirit came into my heart at the moment I gave my life to Jesus. This is when the flame I had burning for His Presence became a FIRE).
(I began reading the Bible, learning more about Him. I thought I knew Him completely before, but I didn’t. This LIGHT that I received is new. This LIGHT is filling me with Joy and Peace. I never want to be without the LIGHT, LOVE, and PEACE from my Lord and Savior. By spending time each day, reading the Bible and really paying attention to what the Holy Spirit is showing me, I have been able to grow deeper and deeper in love with my Father, my brother Jesus, and the precious Holy Spirit living in my heart).
(There is no comparison to living a life full of the three persons of the Trinity. Blessings abound, wisdom is freely given, power in Jesus’ Name and from the Holy Spirit avails us protection against the enemy—Satan. Why would anyone want to live any other way?).
Why would anyone want to live any other way?