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Last edited: Sunday, May 20, 2012
Posted: Thursday, March 03, 2011

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     What do you do...when after many years of living a terrible life day, you wake up? You wake up, look around and you...survey...all the damage that your selfishness has caused. What do you do? 

      How do you deal with the weight of the guilt...when you're a mother of four and you come to the realization that all of your children have been adversely effected, in some way or another, by your actions?

      I cannot speak for others, but I can share with you what I did. I turned 'completely' to God. It is important for you to note that I used the term 'completely' because that is what it took...for me. Nothing else but my total 'surrender of all' to Him would do. I turned to my Deliverer with my whole heart, my whole soul, my whole body and my whole mind. And I didn't waste the time nor the effort in making excuses or...trying to 'point' a finger of guilt at others. I could have, but my 'repentance' was not about 'others' repentance was about 'me'. Yes, me...taking the responsibility for the wrong things I had done.

     I confessed my shortcomings...all of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Sure, He already knew them, but I wanted Him to know that now, I was willing to accept the blame for them. I was aware of how filthy my living had been and I 'begged' Him to forgive me. I pleaded with Him to clean me up and to strengthen me so that I could at least 'try' to live a life that was pleasing to Him. I told Him how much I needed Him, not just for that time, but  for all the days of my life...I needed Him. I asked Him to teach me how to love and trust teach me how to worship teach me how to praise Him and to teach to pray.  He did...and He still does and...I am still learning. was the foot of Calvary's Cross that I was washed and set free of the heavy burden of guilt and shame. I once was so blind, but Jesus Christ restored my sight. I no longer belonged to satan...I was a new creature. I promised God that I would 'never' turn back...and only because He walks with me, daily, I have not.

      And what about my children?There is not a day that goes by that I do not pray for their Salvation.  What God has done for me...I believe He will also do for them. Why do I believe this? Because...The Word of God tells me that God is no respecter of persons...which means...He loves everyone children included. The Word also says that He is not willing that any should be lost, but that all should come to repentance...which means...what He's done for me, He'll do for them. The Word of God assures me that the prayers of a righteous man...availeth much...which means...if I stay with Christ and pray, with faith believing, He will answer my prayers.    

      So...the bottom line is this; if you're looking for relief from that heavy load that you may be toting...I highly recommend...God. In spite of the many other choices I could have made, I chose Jesus...and I have never, ever regretted it.


Jam 5:16, 1Jhn 1:9, 2Pet 3:9, Phil 3:13-14, Act 10:34

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Reviewed by Connie Faust 6/19/2011
How wonderful, Joyce! How passionate and humble was your surrender to God. Truly, He wants all, and as the Bible says, He wants to be All and in all. I love the way it was put in "Evangelism Explosion" years ago: "Salvation is transferring our trust from ourselves to Jesus Christ."
As for the children, I was so comforted from knowing that God loves my children even more than I do--He weeps for them with more compassion than I do. I walked a long and heartbreaking path while praying for them, the ones who chose to turn from God. But I kept praying, and trusting God to act, and He kept lifting me up and giving me His Word to revive my spirit. Today I will pray for your children, because I am your sister and I cry with you for them.
His compassions never fail. They are new every morning.
In the bonds of the family of Christ,
Reviewed by Ann Marquette 3/13/2011
Thank you for sharing Joyce. Well written.
And your experience is a lesson for all of us.
You ARE an inspiration.
love and blessings,
Reviewed by Marcia Miller-Twiford 3/4/2011
A strong well written article Joyce.
Reviewed by Lew Duffey 3/4/2011
Sure, He already knew them, but I wanted Him to know that now, I was willing to accept the blame for them. Joyce, this is the first and most important step in repentance. Sure he knows and he needs to know that now you know. Many people go through life without figuring that out. This was a wonderful witness you wrote.
God bless,
Reviewed by TONY NERONE 3/4/2011
Right on Joyce. Excellent article. Words of advice Dear Friend, there is not as much traffic in the Article section. Some authors use poetry even if it is not. Also facebook is a perfect avenue for this article.
LOVE and Peace
Reviewed by Paul Berube 3/4/2011
Amen, Joyce. A wonderfully written piece full of honesty and inspiration. Well done.
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 3/3/2011
Thank you for sharing this honest and real testimonial, Joyce. Love and blessings to you,


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