Raised in a Jewish home and not a strict Jewish home but simply known as “Jewish” apparently meant something in the Jewish community. I had cousins that grew up in homes where being Jewish meant something such as what they could eat and what they could not. OF course this is the biggest impact and memory of being Jewish was to me.
There were the big family holidays such as Passover and Yom Kippur….. always having something to do with food during or after. I did not realize the true meaning of Yom Kippur until much later. And that one fasted to atone for sins.
When I praise JESUS, my path was paved with difficulty because this is not what a Jewish girl did. I am not sure what my parents thought about JESUS himself as I was growing up but it was a name that the “gentiles” used and I remember a feeling that we were separated from the gentiles.
I also remember that it hurt my heart that we were “separated” form anyone. GOD puts JESUS in all of our hearts. It is what we do that matters. So, bring me to today where I gladly rejoice and praise HIM.
There is a saying that is used in the world of recovery from addictions: “Act as if”. The idea was that if you would “act as if” then your mind, body and spirit would follow.
I had to “act as if” for many years waning back and forth on the subject of JESUS. But by the grace of HIM, he held on to me because I “acted as if” because I wanted HIM so.
NOW, I AM HIS and I PRAISE his HOLY name that I am. We are released by HIM who died for us and removed our sins. And let me tell you, I battle everyday with sinning. We all do but GOD loved us so that he gave us his only begotten son. PRAISE GOD
PRAYER: Dear FATHER, Thank you for saving me and putting JESUS in my heart and soul so strong that even my background could not deny HIM. I pray for the reader and that they may know the release from bondage JESUS brings even for a JEWISH girl like me. AND thank you JESUS for giving me what I do not deserve!
I am Deni, short for Denise. I grew up in a Jewish home, in a Jewish neighborhood and a Jewish family. In 3rd grade we moved. We moved to a mostly non-Jewish area.... that is where JESUS found me. I say found me because I yet had not acknowledged it, but would find out later.......by grace, HE HELD ME ALL ALONG, just a lil Jewish girl from Philly.