I had an experience that would make some Christians rejoice, and yet with my overwhelming sense of protocol and proper decorum, I allowed my worldly pride and guilt to steal the joy of being chosen. What would people say? How could I explain this when I do not even understand what happened? This was not how I would have planned an experience like this, so I dismissed it like Hosea’s promiscuous wife. I made pride my god, pride in what I had accomplished, pride in my family. I was very prideful and full of guilt and shame. The Love of God set me free. His Love can do that for you as well if you allow Him in. And just like in Hosea, God continually pursued me until I finally understood Hosea chapter 14: 9 “Who is wise? Let them realize these things. Who is discerning? Let them understand. The ways of the Lord are right; the righteous walk in them, but the rebellious stumble in them.” My unbelievably valuable lesson is the Lord’s protocol, and mine are vastly different. His patience is unwavering. His grace is boundless. And I am profoundly grateful. Whenever I complete a Sunday blog, it is by His grace. I now realize that my entire life is by His grace and love for me. His grace carries me in the challenging and successful moments of life. His grace and love make it possible for me to forgive and open my heart to love again. His grace healed and saved me; it allowed me the opportunity to see things from a Godly perspective. My life has not always been the way I wished, but I can honestly say in this stage of my life that choosing Christ is one of the best decisions I have ever made. It reminds me of the widow in 1 King 17:12-16 “As surely as the Lord your God lives, she replied I don’t have any bread-only a handful of flour in a jar and a little olive oil in a jug. I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son, that we may eat it and die. Elijah said to her, do not be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first, make a small loaf of bread for me and from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son. For this is what the Lord the God of Israel, says: The jar of flour will not be used up, and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the Lord sends rain on the land. She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So, there was food every day for Elijah and the woman and her family. For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of the oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the Lord spoken by Elijah.” I was ready to lay down and die because my circumstances were so overwhelming, I believed there was no other way out. But God stepped in and said to me, if you would hold on today, I will make sure that your jar and jug does not run out until I send the rain. And I am here to testify that He has kept His promise to me. And I assure you that if you trust Him, he will keep His promise to you as well. The widow, you and I will all stand and to give witness about the love and grace of the one true living God.