I became a Christian in May 2004. I remember reading a children's bible cover to cover a few times as a young girl and from January 2004 I started reading the "grown-up" version, a Gideon's New Testament I had received in secondary school. Two scriptures that the Lord (Adonai) first laid on my heart were:
"Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." Proverbs 3:5-6
"Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance." 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
These verses gave me such comfort and over the next few months I continued reading the bible and through its words I heard the gospel for the first time, that Jesus Christ had paid for my sins on the cross and by believing and trusting in Him I could be saved. "If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." Romans 10:9 This is a promise from God to us and He will never renege on a promise. A weight lifted off my shoulders the night I asked Him to forgive me and be my Lord and Saviour. I slept soundly that night, safe in the knowledge that I was now His.
I thought I knew a lot about God, but nobody had ever told me that I could know Him.
If you, dear reader, do not yet know God and the peace and joy that comes from knowing Him, then I pray that your spiritual ears would be opened and that you would be born-again (spiritually) into a relationship with Him, adopted into His family.
If you do know Him then I pray that you would continue to fall deeper and deeper in love with Jesus, our redeemer, the lover of our souls.