Today is a very special day. Our daughter Noelle accepted Jesus as her personal Savior 7 years ago today. What a blessing! Of all the things I'm thankful for, the salvation of my children are at the top of the list. What a serious thing this is. I don't think we as parents can even fathom the seriousness of this great decision in their lives. It's the difference in Heaven and Hell. We are so guilty of putting such emphasis on other things whether it be education, material things, popularity, etc., sometimes we put such little emphasis on the most important decision any of us will ever make. My children can't get to heaven on my salvation; it's a personal thing. Jesus is a personal savior. He doesn't call us as a family, he calls us individually. I think I've said before in a post, but it stands true today: I would have rather never given birth to my wonderful children than for them to die without Christ. I have asked God for a lot of things, but nothing more important or urgent than for the salvation of my children. God didn't force His great gift upon them, but through His Gospel message, He convicted their hearts and helped them to see their need for a Savior. Ephesians 2:8 & 9 says this: For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.
My words are so inadequate when I try to thank God for His gift. I am soooo glad that His salvation is based upon His love and what Christ did for us on Calvary, and not based upon anything I do. I fail miserably every day. What peace I have when I realize that my salvation is dependent upon Him, the perfect one. Thank you Lord for saving Noelle. Because of Your grace and mercy, she and I will spend eternity with You. Happy 'Saved By Grace' birthday Noelle.