Haelie Loved Jesus, Left Jesus and Now Lives for Jesus
Born and raised in the Bible Belt. Yep, that’s me.
In church every time the doors were open for most of my life and even baptized three, count them—THREE—times. (That’s a long story, but I guess third time’s a charm for me.)
Worked in the church nursery. Worked as the church receptionist. Taught Sunday School. Had a front-row, behind-the-scenes view of major church turmoil.
BAM! Disillusionment, burnout, plus extreme college-related stress.
That’s a very abbreviated summary of my life up to the point at which I decided it was my turn to live for me. Maybe you can relate, maybe not. I know there are many who can.
Fast-forward a few years after much living for self, running from and ignoring God. Life seemed fun and slightly fulfilling for a while. That is, until I began to reap the fruit of some of those wild oats I had sown. It started out seeming manageable, like I still had it all under control. From the outside my life appeared good, normal, and even pretty upstanding. But on the inside I was growing more and more aware of how little control I had on my life and how unhappy with my choices I really was. But—my pride would not let me admit my mistakes and true life situation.
My pride would not let me admit it, but my God would not let me stay in it.
Once I found myself figuratively flat on my back with no strength of my own, no sense of hope nor peace, knowing I fully deserved whatever unfortunate consequences came my way—that’s when my Jesus reminded me of Who He is in my life and of what He has done for me, once for all.
- He reminded me of His forgiveness which I had received so many years ago which still covered my sins and mistakes even through my rebellion.
- He reminded me that it is His strength in me and His unexplainable peace which brings me the hope that only He can give.
- He reminded me that I was never meant to do this life alone, but only through His power in me.
- He reminded me that I had been reconciled to Him one forever time so many years ago.
Because of Jesus, I live.
Because of Jesus, you can, too.
Haelie is a follower of Christ, wife, mother of a six-year-old son, and a full-time Nurse Informaticist by profession. Her personal blog is To Not Decide…Is To Decide and you can also find her on Twitter. Her life mission is to be a voice, both written and audible, that unapologetically points to Christ and His sovereignly redemptive love and forgiveness.
Read more inspiring Because of Jesus personal accounts here:
Angie Risks Loving Others,
Someone Knocked on Louanne’s Door,
Shawn is not Afraid, Julie is Alive,
Sundi Jo’s Gains & Losses,
Abby’s Healing in Still Moments
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.