Luke 15:7 “In the same way, I tell you there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety- nine righteous ones who do not need to repent”
And with that key verse, I introduce this blog. One that has truly been long in the making, one I dare say I may have avoided or unintentionally dragged my feet on for quite a while but will not run from any longer, it is indeed better to obey than to sacrifice after all.
I write these words in obedience, not only for myself but for that ONE. The young lady struggling to find herself in a world which has so many contrasting views. The one young adult who may have knowingly or unknowingly veered off the right path, for the shunned, the scorned, the confused, the ‘unloved’, the desperately lost, the one who has been living off peoples’ opinions and wants to do better, and for someone not listed here but who will eventually find this useful.
Isaiah 43:6 – “We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all”.
In a world full of distractions and easy opinions, it is easy to find ourselves chasing after whichever seems ‘cool’ at the time, without realizing how wrong it may be and to what end it is leading us. As one who has been at one long point in my life given to other people’s opinions on how to live life, I can identify with most people who may be stuck in such a situation as well. The good news is, there is more! There is better! There is a better way to live life and believe it or not, it has little to nothing to do with the opinions of others and EVERYTHING to do with the maker of your very life.
The raw truth is that we were made by a creator, a Father who longs to relate to us, and He doesn’t leave us fumbling around on earth, He has given us His word to guide our every step so we don’t end up walking into ditches and hurting ourselves over and over again.
For so long, I tried to do things MY way. I listened to the Word, but it wasn’t deeply rooted in me, it wasn’t as much a part of my life as it should have been. I went through completely avoidable situations, painful and destructive places I wouldn’t have had to go through, had the Word been deeply rooted in me. You don’t have to go through these either. Walk through my stories, some are inspired, some are real situations that happened, but all of them have real experiences in there you can draw on for every phase and strengthen yourself in the knowledge of our everlasting loving Father. Don’t walk alone, God longs to walk with you, to lead you, to direct you, to listen to you and to speak to you.
So, lean in, read the stories, share where they resonate with you, invite your sisters to read and let the Lord guide you in applying to your own circumstances. I pray that that ONE will find this, and will grow through this, will find out who the Father made her to be and will start living her best life out.
It is for you, The ONE. The one He leaves the 99 for, the one heaven rejoices over, the one He died for, the one He longs to live in, the one He’s waiting to welcome Home at the end of this journey.
1 Peter 2:25 – “For you were like sheep going astray, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.” It’s never too late and in fact, even better, it is better now than later. Heaven waits to rejoice over you. Welcome to the ‘Joy Over One’ blog, whether you are visiting or are a regular in the making, I pray you find something that inspires you and teaches you to live the life you have been called to. Walk with me through my life and stories, you don’t have to take the same wrong steps. It’s good to have you here.
post-song: Reckless Love by Cory Asbury
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