Songs of Salvation – Kristen Hogrefe

Posted November 4, 2018 by Phyllis Helton in Songs of Salvation / 1 Comment

Welcome to Songs of Salvation! Each Sunday I will feature a Christian author sharing a "Song of Salvation" to uplift and encourage believers and glorify God. 

And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death. Revelation 12:11 NLT


Authors, find out how to share your Song of Salvation here.

I am truly grateful for my godly heritage and growing up in a Christian home, though an imperfect one. Regardless, my family’s faith wasn’t enough. I needed to make it mine.

One Sunday, something the pastor said must have made sense to my five-year-old mind. After coming home from church, I crawled onto the couch next to my parents and told them I wanted to get saved. They led me in a simple prayer, and I asked Jesus to forgive my sins and come into my life. That day, I started my walk as God’s child, but like any new believer, I had much to learn (and for that matter, still do).

A crisis moment came shortly after I received my driver’s license. I was driving my brother and me to our young adult Wednesday church group when another car ran a red light and crashed into us. Although we walked away with only minor injuries, my car was totaled, and I was angry. Why would God let this happen to me? The ensuing drama (the other driver’s word versus mine) and the long phone calls with insurance agents were torture to my sixteen-year-old self.

But God had spared my life. The same day as my accident, another accident almost identical in nature resulted in the deaths of all drivers. Perhaps it was a wake-up call that life wasn’t about my plans. I needed to see it as a stewardship, a gift from God.

Looking back over college and the start of my career, I can see God’s hand opening and closing doors. Sometimes, I begged for a new opportunity or an answer to prayer, and God seemed stubbornly silent. Other times, His response felt as if He had opened the windows of heaven and poured down a blessing. What I’ve learned and continue to learn is that regardless of how or if God answers my prayer, He has my best interests at heart and I can trust Him.

One of my favorite verses is Isaiah 40:31 which says,

“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint” (KJV).

In my own strength, I get tired and weary. But when I wait upon the Lord, He provides the strength to run the path set before me.

No matter what you may be facing now, if you’re God’s child, you’re not alone. He can and will give you exactly what you need: His presence in every situation. Blessings to you!

 

About Kristen Hogrefe

Kristen Hogrefe is a life-long learner and award-winning author of young adult fiction. Her desire to think truthfully and live daringly inspires her real life and fictional adventures. She also has the heart of an educator and mentor. She teaches secondary language arts for Alpha Omega Academy, is a motivational speaker for graduations, and enjoys presenting at writer’s conferences. Currently, she serves as the president of an online writing chapter through Word Weavers International and teaches on the faculty of Serious Writer Academy. A Florida girl at heart, Kristen says yes to most activities involving sunshine.

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