The Bible is my road map, my guide through the highways and byways of life.
I'd be lost without it, really lost.
Left to my own inclinations you'd see no evidence of Jesus in my life, only a thoughtless woman who seeks after her own desires with little concern for others. That may sound harsh, but I know who I was before I met Jesus Christ, and I am still reaping a sour harvest of decisions made back then when I scarcely gave thought to God or eternity.
But He is faithful. He is good. He is forgiving.
And He called me to be His child many times, never giving up on my lukewarm indifference, but patiently calling until one day I heard and I listened.
On the night I accepted Christ as my Saviour my silent prayer at the altar was to have God give me a Bible of my very own. I so desperately wanted to know Him, to learn all about Jesus - not just the baby in the manger and the one who fed the five thousand, but the Son of God who believed I was worth dying for.
A woman was standing behind me, praying whilst I knelt broken and weeping on the concrete floor of the newly built church.
I can still remember the soft jingle of tiny bells she wore on a bracelet.
Unable to speak audibly, my heart did all the talking and I cried out to God for a Bible.
Getting up from the floor this lovely young woman grasped my arm, hugged me tight, and walked me back down the aisle. Just as we neared the foyer she stopped suddenly and said, "You want a Bible! God wants me to give you a Bible! Wait right here."
Away she went, disappearing into the congregation, and I started crying all over again...but all the while I was crying my face was beaming with a smile so wide I thought people would think I was nuts. But I didn't care.
I'd asked HIM for something, something that mattered deeply to me, and He'd heard.
A few minutes later Terasa returned, a white Bible in her hand. "This is yours, from Jesus."
Friends, I have never looked back. Twenty five years ago Jesus captured my heart and I've never had it broken, not by Him.
His Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path - always, every day, never failing.
Want to know Him?
Ask God for a Bible.
Bless you heaps,
PS: That woman? Two years later she became my sister in law. I was extra blessed!