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LeNissa Rivera

His Grace was Greater!

I grew up in a Christian home so I always knew who Jesus was. I participated in every program possible and thought my life was just fine. Being in the music programs seemed to be my focus. I loved band and singing and felt the most fulfilled when I was in those groups. I asked the Lord into my life for the very first time when I was six years old. It wasn’t until I was fourteen that I truly felt His presence in my life. I was working at camp at the time and remember feeling brand new; a changed person altogether. I knew that Christ had entered my heart and was excited to live for Him.

I continued going regularly to the corps until I went to college. And it was there that I was exposed to a life that I was not used to. I left after a year and moved back home. A few years later, I got married and had two beautiful children. But there were fundamental differences in our marriage, and unforeseen circumstances led to our separation and eventual divorce. I felt like a failure. I was once this role model Salvationist and now I had hit rock bottom.

It wasn’t until I finally reexamined my life and realized what was missing – and that was a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. I finally stopped doing what I wanted and started living my life for Him. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” My life isn’t perfect, but I know that God will never leave my side. My sins and mistakes may have been great, but His grace was greater!!