When I was 17 years old, my life changed. I did not realize how much it would be changed until 36 years later. I studied many spiritual beliefs. My mother always encouraged that in us. I grew up Jewish and was bat mitzva’d; but not for the right reason. I was promised an elaborate party; seemed like a good enough reason to me. In the interim, I had to go to Hebrew school. I learned about Abraham, Moses, Isaac and Joseph. At the time they all seemed liked disconnected stories. Now they do not.
My point in recanting my background is this. JESUS was there all the time. GOD knew I was going to end up here, where I am today. My life has had its share of hardships, more or less than others. More importantly, I have come through them all. Where my own strength seemed to have failed me, the hand of GOD was there rescuing me through people, circumstances, supernatural occurrences; but saving me nonetheless.
I almost died having my first child. By all facts the doctors had; they gave up on me. My daughter's father was instructed to contact my parents to come to Virginia where I was because it did not look like I was going to make it. I did. I made it. By the grace of GOD I made it on to have 3 more daughters. Of course, that was GOD’s plan. HE knew.
There are countless stories and testimonies I have during and throughout my life where not by luck but by GOD’s hand I was saved from what could have been disastrous circumstances. Those are the ones I know about. There are countless others most likely that I did not even realize. But HE knew.
I went through periods of time where I cried out “OH LORD” and there were times in my life where I barely gave HIM a nudge. HE stayed with me, HE did not forsake me. HE loved me in spite.
Have you ever been ignored by someone you love? It feels awful!!! GOD is ignored all the time but yet HE does not let us go. Not only that, HE already knows…. HE knows we are going to slide along… whistling – not praying, worshiping, or keeping our eyes on HIM. HE knows that when life goes topsy turvy, WE will run to HIM. HE doesn't snub us and think to HIMSELF, “oh now you need me”. Nope, we opens his arms wide, and accepts us back in and holds us even tighter.
Thank YOU JESUS, that through trials I come out ALWAYS okay! And usually much smarter than when I went in. THANK YOU JESUS that I learn to keep my eyes MORE on YOU and less on me.
I cannot say any more now….. My heart is overflowing with just “THANK YOU JESUS”
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.