My Salvaged Story
It was 39 years ago that I met the man who would two years later become my husband. We started our marriage 37 years ago and had amazing plans for our lives! His dream was to be an attorney in downtown Seattle. Mine was to have my own hair salon. We both wanted nice cars, a nice home, and all the stuff that went with all this! After six years of marriage we had accomplished our dream, which was pretty good considering the first five years he was in school. We worked very hard long hours to attain our dreams. Unfortunately, we spent so much time working and chasing our dreams that we had put little time into our marriage. After six years of being together we hardly knew each other. On our sixth wedding anniversary we went out for dinner at a nice French restaurant and calmly decided that we would end our marriage. We were not happy and as all the magazines told us, we must have married the wrong person. So after splitting our belongings over dinner, we reached a stalemate. Neither of us wanted the house payment! Now I thank God for that house payment. That night, after the anniversary dinner, bitter and tired we went home to all our lovely belongings and were unhappy. All we had thought would bring happiness and fulfillment had failed us. There seemed to be no hope. Early the next morning my husband woke me up and asked me if I would consider going to church with him. The last time I had been in church was the day we got married. I did not believe there was a God. I thought each of us needed to work hard and create our destiny. However, I said I would go because if I didn’t, he would be able to say the divorce was my fault because I hadn’t been willing to try everything. So in a short time we set out for a church that a man had invited him to earlier that week. This gentleman had invited him to lunch and talked to him about Jesus. My husband said he wasn't interested but did remember the name of the church.
When we arrived at the church it was full of happy people carrying big books. The man who invited my husband was in the foyer and was one of the first people we saw. We sat in church with him and his family. I was bitter and angry at my husband as we sat there. I sat in this large auditorium with probably 1500 people and wondered how I had gotten to such a broken place in my marriage. That day the pastor spoke on God’s plan for the family. He taught about what the plan looked like and how God’s Word, The Bible(that big book), gave the truth of what it is to be a family. Then he talked about how no matter how hard each of us try we will not do everything perfectly. We will fall short, or sin as the Bible called it. That would be depressing, except for then he read from the Bible Gods remedy for sin. He told us that Jesus had died a sacrificial death on the cross to take the punishment for my sin and the whole world’s sin. After this, Jesus was buried and then three days later He was resurrected. By believing by Faith the Jesus had died for my sin, I could have my sins forgiven and be made right with God. I could live in heaven with him when I died. After years of trying to control my life and making it a mess with my own selfishness I heard for the first time that I didn’t have it altogether. I knew in my heart that it was true. That my marriage was in trouble not because of my husband, but because of me and my own selfish actions. So that very day I surrendered my life to Jesus, asked him to forgive my sins and make me one of his children. My husband did the same thing too! We both turned from ourselves to God that day. Believing in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior salvaged our marriage.
Today it is not the stuff we have that is important to us anymore. It is the joy we have in having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Now, 37 years later we have a beautiful family of four sons, two daughter-in-love’s, and one adorable grandson. How different our lives would be had I not gone to church that morning!
Maybe you are at a point in life where your dreams have not gone as planned. Like me, you might have tried to control everything to make your life be the fairy tale you desired and found that you are unhappy instead. Below I have left you everything you need to begin that walk towards God and be Salvaged by Him. He makes everything beautiful in its’ time. He can change your life and give you hope. You too, can be Salvaged for Good.
Get your Bible out or read it on-line!
Romans 3:23-“All have sinned.”
Romans 6:23-“The wages of sin is death.”
John 3:3- “Unless someone is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
John 14:6-“I am the Way”
Romans 10:9-11-“If you confess with your mouth and believe in your heart that Jesus raised from the dead you will be saved.”
2 Corinthians 5:15-“Those who live should no longer live for themselves.”
Revelation 3:20-“I stand at the door and knock”
Answer these questions:
1. Are you a sinner?
2. Do you want forgiveness of your sins?
3. Do you believe Jesus died on the cross for you and rose again?
4. Are you willing to surrender your life to Christ?
5. Are you ready to invite Jesus into your life and ask Him to be your Lord and Savior?
Pray a Prayer from the Heart:
Heavenly Father, I have sinned against you. I want forgiveness of all my sins. I believe Jesus died on the cross for me and rose again. Father, I give You my life to do with as You wish. I want Jesus Christ to come into my life and into my heart. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen
If you prayed this prayer e-mail me so I can welcome you into the Family of God!