Abused, alone, scared, and empty. All of these things were me, before I met Jesus Christ. I grew up in a very abusive family. There was no kindness, love, or acceptance in my family. I was left to my own devices and made all of my own choices on a daily basis. Apart from The Salvation Army, there was no good thing in my life. After years of abuse, I was placed in foster care and remained there for a year and a half. However, in 1993 I was adopted by a family that loved me and loved Jesus. I was happy, safe, content, and yet, still empty. Something was missing in my life. The loneliness and emptiness consumed me. One thing kept me going: school. I went to a Christian school.
At my school they had a weekly chapel service. One week, during that chapel service, everything changed for me. I remember the speaker talking about almost having a relationship with Jesus, or having a complete and total relationship with Him. I had tried almost having a relationship with Jesus for a long time. I realized that the emptiness I felt was because there was an empty space in my life that was reserved for, and could only be filled by Jesus. During that chapel service, I knelt at the altar and asked Jesus to fill that space. I never wanted to feel incomplete or alone again. Immediately after I asked Jesus to fill that space, I felt whole and complete.
Since that day, Jesus has been very real and present in my life. I know that I am never alone. He has changed me from the inside out. I am not the same person I was before I met Him. He guides every choice that I make. He has taken me on many different adventures and has shown me a life that is full of potential and promise. Jesus really did change everything. I have a purpose for living and a reason to roll out of bed in the morning. He has given me a deep love for people and a desire to serve people with my whole life. Isaiah 43:1 says “I have redeemed you, called you by name, and you are mine.” God speaks this promise to my heart every day. Every day is new and I am excited now to see what each new day brings. With God as the lead, I am confident that all things are possible (Matthew 19:26), and that as Ephesians 3:20 promises: He will do more, through me, than I can ever ask or imagine.