I am blessed. I want everyone who reads my devotion today to know that God has been very good to me. I say this despite the very difficult life I’ve led. I was born to an addicted mother and was taken into foster care by the time I was six months old. I was raised by foster parents who largely viewed me as a burden. I was mistreated so much that when I was nine years old I tried to take my own life. (I did not know until I was 16 that I am loved with an everlasting love by God the Father through Jesus Christ.) I left my foster parents’ home when I was 17 to join the Marines. I married my wonderful husband when I was 18 and with the Lord, we built a life together and raised a family. As you read in today’s devotion, my life has continued to be challenging, but I have not faced those challenges alone. The Lord was with me, each and every day and made life very sweet.
These days my husband and I have retired to central Florida and like the rest of the world, we are learning to live in the midst of a global pandemic. We stay in touch with our youngest son and his family (including two of our four grandchildren) and our oldest daughter through the miracles of video chatting and cellphones. We have a good church, supportive friends, a roof over our heads, and food in the cupboards. But best of all, we have the Lord Jesus Christ in our hearts and lives. Jesus doesn’t make life perfect, he makes it possible for us to triumph through the trials.
I wrote a book about how the Lord ministered to me after the death of our 14 year old son. You can lean more about it or order it here.
I pray the Lord will bless each and every one of us with hope, joy, and peace.
I could not have found The Upper Room Moments of Prayer (on Facebook Live) sooner. For it is during these moments of centering spiritual practices, meditating on the words of scripture, praying with and for the world, that I find moments of transcendence, hear whispers of peace and hope, see glimpses of truth and justice, behold visions of love and beauty amid all the stark realities that are around me.”