Welcome

I was baptized at age 9 in my home church in a small Texas town. This was an exciting time for me and church activities became my primary social outlet. I soon became religious but I did not build a relationship with Jesus. My childhood was filled with insecurities that resulted in trying to please others to gain their acceptance.

As an adult, I continued to struggle with poor self-esteem issues, loneliness, frustration, insecurity, pleasing others, and hiding in my work. The more I struggled, the more I needed to control everything around me and the more I hid the “real me” from others. The emotional baggage of growing up in an alcoholic home, the loneliness, and the insecurity gained as a child, were only compounded within me as I struggled with these adult issues. After my divorce, the negative emotions of my past were compounded with the unexpected death of my grandmother and Mom’s terminal illness. Once again, I “hardened my heart” and pretended to be “strong” as I began to live from one emotional catastrophe to another, pretending to be happy.

In early, 1998, as my secretary began to pray with me each day in my office, I began to feel God’s peace, and it was through those prayers, as well as her friendship, that I gained the strength to endure Mom’s illness and her death.  In the fall of 1999, at a Christian women’s conference, I learned that a relationship with Christ is so much more than just accepting Jesus as Lord and receiving the Holy Spirit.  That October day in 1999, I asked God to take total control of my life and to teach me His ways through the Holy Spirit.  Since that day, I have found all the things that I had spent my life seeking – unfailing love, unconditional acceptance, security, a sense of freedom and my purpose in this life.

As I have learned to walk in faith with the Holy Spirit each day, God has given me confidence to face life trials. He has freed me from the need to seek approval from others, and the need to control all the details of my life. He has assured me that His love is complete, secure and unconditional. He has filled my loneliness with His presence and shown me that I can trust Him to care for me in all things and at all times. He has shown me the power of prayer in my life and in the lives of those I love. Although, I sometimes fall, He is always there to comfort me when I turn to Him.

“For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us (ME) from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  Romans 8:38-39

And what did the new way of life cost?

It is God’s free gift to me.  It cost me nothing but it cost Jesus His life.

“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.”  Ephesians 2:8-9

I am excited about what God has done, and is doing, in my life.  He is my very best friend and I have found true happiness and the “peace that passeth all understanding” for the first time in my life. Jesus wants to be your best friend.

If I can help you come to know Him better, please call on me.

(Written in Summer 2003)

Today, 2012, I am happily married and the mother of 6 wonderful children (daughter, son-in-love, son, 2 step-sons and a daughter-in-love) and 4 beautiful grandchildren.  God has restored and blessed my life.

Welcome to faithfulnibbles.  I hope that you will enjoy your stay here and that you might find a spiritual nibble that will help you on your own spiritual journey.

May God bless you,

Marilyn

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21 thoughts on “Welcome

  1. Thanks, Marilyn, for these words of encouragement – and thanks for liking he post on Worship in the Fulfil Your Vows series at my blog, Learning From God’s Word. God bless you and make you a blessing to many.

  2. I really like what you are doing with your blog! Thanks for all the faithfulnibbles that you have posted. Simple is best, especially for reflection which is something I often enjoy. May God bless you, your family and your blog!!

  3. What a blessed testimony you have shared about yourself and the Lord. Just reading it I sensed that crying out to Him, You know when I listen to people give their testimonies I am always amazed at how they cry out to God. I remember my own testimony of how I too cried out to God. It really touches the heart and causes others to ask what must I do to be saved. God bless you on this journey.

    • Thank you Desiray. God created us with an emptiness, a void that can only be filled through the acceptance of His Son Jesus as Savior from our sins. In our human ways we think we are self-sufficient but life will inevitably show us – whether we are willing to admit it or not – that we cannot go through life alone. We were created for fellowship with God The Father. Once we acknowledge His Truth, we not only call out to Him – we SHOUT FOR JOY and hunger to be with Him for His Peace is a Peace that passeth all understanding.

      May God bless and keep you in your own spiritual walk with Him.

      • Thank you my friend those words you shared are so very true we don’t have a life without Jesus and like you said we go around thinking that we do have life, many won’t admit that they need Him. But like I say one day you will call upon Him that is for sure. GOD bless you as you walk on this journey set before us.

  4. Thank you so much for your efforts in writing this Blog. I myself and exploring a new journey of walking daily with him. I started a blog about it as well. It was through writing and seeking others that were of like mind that I came across your work. Please continue your good work!

    In Nis name.

    • Thank your for stopping by my blog. Please feel free to come again. 🙂 Are you also blogging on WordPress.com or are you using another site. Walking daily with Jesus is the best decision, 2nd only to the decision to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior, that any person can make. Praying for your continued walk, growth and future writings to share the gospel. In His Service

      • Thanks so much for your response. I am using wordpress.com. I am new to blogging, and I am very impressed with the versatility.

        In November the Lord put it on my heart to get healthy and walk with him. Since then I’ve lost 45 pounds and am discovering so much that God has had prepared for me.

        I am normally a very serious and detailed person. This experience has me overwhelmed. So much so that I needed to write about it.

        I added a plugin called Zemanta which helped me find your blog post when I was writing. I am so glad it did. I have been very encouraged to continue this journey by reading your blog.

        If there is anything I can do to be of help to you please let me know. Having a fellow Christian sharing his Work in their lives is great.

        In His service,
        Steve

    • Thank you for your kind words and for stopping by my blog. Unfortunately, I have had limited time to post recently, however, am looking forward to many new opportunities to share what God places on my heart in the days and weeks ahead. I hope you will come visit often.

      In Christ,
      Marilyn

  5. Hello! I look forward to really diving into your blog. Also, thank you for following my blog at Faith1st Ministry. I hope it has and will continue to be a major blessing in your life. May God richly bless you as you continue to write and blog. Please continue with us on this journey and remember to have Faith 1st. — Sebastian

    • Sebastian,

      I look forward to spreading a lot more time on your blog, I was tired and read for bed when I stopped by last night. Thank you also for following my blot as well and for your uplifting comments. May God continue to bless your ministry and your blogging. May souls be saved and lives changed forever!
      Marilyn

  6. This is truly beautiful. What a powerful testimony! I’m so glad I came across your blog. I love that you’re living in the Spirit and not in the flesh. As a teenager, I have to make that choice a LOT because people always expect me to just act on impulse. I’m glad I found you!
    God bless!
    -Faith

  7. 2 Corinthians 1:3 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;
    4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

    I live to comfort believers and non believers, but mostly I seek to comfort GOD.

    John 6:44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.

    I also pray that Papa, our loving Father will draw everyone on the bus to Jesus.

  8. This is a beautiful testimony of God’s faithfulness of how He is patient and longs to be gracious and compassionate to us…soooo beautiful! I love how you desire to walk in the power of God’s Holy Spirit and deny the flesh…no powerless religion—I’m there with you. Thankful I found you 😉 to God be the glory!

  9. Praise God for where you’ve been and thank Him for where you are going. Right now, continue resting in His peace and joy and know He is more pleased having you as one of His kids than you are with all of yours. Thank you for including us in your addresses. Love in Jesus, Sandee and Mike McMahon…
    PS–I tried to call GG and her phone is disconnected. May I have her new #, please?

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