Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible (and my parents and my grandparents, and my church, and my community) taught me so!

I may be one of the luckiest people on Earth. You see, I am the daughter of the daughter of a preacher man. Therefore, I know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that I am a child of God. That’s just how it is. I have known that for as long as I have been able to know anything. The village who raised me made that perfectly clear!

Growing up, I always heard about people experiencing life-changing conversions, and I sometimes wondered when mine was going to happen, kind of like wondering when you’re going to start your period or get boobs. But the problem was, I already knew in my heart what others’ cataclysmic events led them to know. I sometimes pondered whether I was supposed to go rogue, perhaps dabble in a bit of mischief, so that I, too, could experience conversion and become a child of God.

My grandmother would laugh at me. “Peggy, you are a child of God. Why get in the car and start driving when you’re already there?”

Then, one of my friends would say, “You can’t be a Christian if you don’t accept Christ as your personal savior.”

But I did accept Christ as my personal savior. Since I couldn’t name the moment that the thought formulated in my head, I would get confused. Am I “saved?” Am I “not saved?”   

It’s like someone asking, “When was the first time you took a breath?” You can’t remember your first breath, but you know you did it because you’re still alive. Breathing is something you know you do. Your parents tell you that you breathe. Your church tells you that you breathe. The doctor tells you that you breathe. The Bible tells you that you breathe. And you know, deep inside, that you breathe.

See why I’m so lucky? I have gotten to live sixty-four years secure in the knowledge that God loves me. Thank God for the village that was my family, my church, and my community!

Please don’t think I’m saying I’ve always been good. Quite the contrary! Life has not always been kind, and I’ve struggled with staying faithful in my walk with God just like everyone else. But every step of the journey, I have known, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that I am a child of God.

You know why I’m so sure? Because God’s still working on me. Every day, I see proof that I’m a work in progress; and every day, God reveals many ways in which I am being led, molded, forgiven, and honed into something better than I was the day before.

And every once in a while, God drops me into the middle of something sacred, something like City Lights, where I’m surrounded by women like yourself, who love and are loved by God. Yes, Jesus loves me, this I know!

 

“So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith.”  Galatians 3:26 (NIV)

 

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Hope you can join us on September 29th for our next event, Women’s City Prayer Breakfast, featuring New York Times best selling author and Proverbs 31 Ministries President, Lysa TerKeurst.  Click here for more information.

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