Because of Jesus: Tracee’s Hope
Welcome to Week 2 of the Because of Jesus blog series.
Who do you see in your mind’s eye when you hear the name of Jesus? Do you see the cross? Do you see perfection? Do you see kindness? Do you see hope? Do you feel confused? Afraid? Unworthy?
What we believe about Jesus is very important to how we respond to the gospel of grace. This series is designed to help us “SEE” His love revealed in the lives of others. In today’s “Because of Jesus” post, Tracee Persiko tells how her life is different because of Him and His love for her.
No one really anticipates when life takes a turn for the “forever different.” No one necessarily sees it coming.
No one intentionally invites pain and the wounds that take a life time of grief to process through.
But it happens.
This night was just like any other. Routines were in place. My day started out “normally,” but ended forever changing me. Words of my father’s confessed affair came in slow motion as the mushroom cloud of my life went up that September night 15 years ago.
Not a life change I was anticipating. Definitely not a forever different I was wanting.
Ironically, I had just given my life to Christ a few weeks before at a Young Life weekend retreat. I was now facing the reality of sin and forgiveness in ways I never prepared for.
I sit here shaking my head at his goodness. I can honestly say that God became the only sure thing in my life. He was/is the only constant and one worthy of my trust.
It is really hard to see sin. It is even harder to feel the deep effects of sin. I have learned that we are all fully capable of deep sin, but so glad that Jesus provides and alternative way.
My father made a decision that forever affected my life. So did Jesus. He made a decision to die for me that forever affected my eternity. Because of Jesus, I am eternally grateful for someone who provided a way for me to really know different. I have a real healer for my deep pain.
Without God, we have no way of knowing a different life, or life at all. This truth deserves all of me.
Because of Jesus, how is your life different?
Tracee is a speaker and writer with a master’s in Professional Counseling. She cares deeply about the heart and story of other people. When it comes to areas of passion, Tracee enjoys speaking on topics including: leadership development, cultivating character, second mile living, identity in Christ, and carrying the weight of your influence well. Her heart is all about empowering others to believe different and live different.
About Jennifer O. White
I'm a simple wife who has discovered God's amazing gift of prayer. Here at Prayerfully Speaking I share my journey of unwrapping this gift. God invites us to ask Him, but His enemy works diligently to keep that from happening. I hope to offer you encouragement to believe God is ready to pour more into your life than you've ever imaged.