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’m pretty sure I was born with a story in my heart.
Or at least that’s what my parents seem to think because from as early as I can remember, I was telling, drawing, and writing stories.
I like to say, now, that it’s just a byproduct of being a child of the Grand Storyteller…and the granddaughter to an Appalachian one.
Some people have a specific time in their l ives when they realize their souls changed from death to life in Christ, but, I’m thankful to say, that I don’t have a strong memory of ever being ‘without’ Jesus. I came to understand him as Savior when I was about six years old and was raised in a big, loud, amazing Appalachian family who slathered me with God’s love, good southern food, and a whole lot of advice.
Within any life, no matter how sweet, there are struggles. Brokenness happened. Change.
When I was about nineteen, I came to a deeper understanding of the faith I’d grown to know. A sweeter love of a faithful Father and a greater gratitude for His gift of redemption through Christ. Sure, life’s had its ups and downs since I was 6 or 19, but the beauty of God’s love is its all about HIM holding us, not us trying to prove we’ve got it all together for His love.
In joys as well as trials, there’s beautiful knowledge in the fact that God is… That’s the core. He is. A healer, savior, redeemer, lover, faith-giver…He is the seed from which we get our definitions of love, hope, creativity, imagination, joy…everything. And then, out of his kindness, he lets me be a vessel and a co-journeyer on this life with him.
So…I guess, in truth, I WAS born with a story in my heart – a story God’s been telling of His love through the life He’s given me to live.
And I’m so thankful, despite my failings or successes, He is the author and finisher, so I know I’m in great hands.