Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost but now am found. I was blind, but now, I see. I really do.
I’ve had an awakening in recent weeks. I’ve always been a Christian but have struggled at times with my walk with Him. I’ve been through many trials and tribulations over the past few months, but each ordeal has drawn me closer to Him.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; and lean not unto your own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6
‘Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus and to take him at His word. I will simply trust and obey. There’s no other way to be happy in Jesus but to trust and obey.
Prayer, God’s love, and the love and support of family and friends have brought me a long way. I grew up in a small country church in Tallapoosa County. My extended family made up most of the congregation. The memories I have singing those old southern gospel hymns are priceless. The memories I have with my mother, brother, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins are precious.
Precious memories how they linger/ How they ever flood my soul
In the stillness, of the midnight/ Precious sacred scenes unfold
Prayer has been crucial in helping me overcome adversity throughout my life. I hate to think where I’d be without it. Jesus walks with me and talks with me along life’s narrow way. He walks with me and talks with me and tells me I am His own. Oh how I love Jesus, because he first loved me. He’s our Savior, our father, and our friend.
What a friend we have in Jesus/ All our sins and griefs to bear
What a privilege to carry/ Everything to God in prayer
Oh what peace we often forfeit/ Oh what needless pain we bear
All because we do not carry/ Everything to God in prayer
What do I have I to dread, what have I to fear? I have blessed peace with my Lord so near. All I have to do is lean on His everlasting arms. There is wonderful power in the blood, and there’s blessed assurance in prayer.
In seasons of distress and grief/ My soul has often found relief
And oft escaped the tempter’s snare/ By Thy return, sweet hour of prayer
Love lifted me. The love of my Savior, family, and friends lifted me. When nothing else could help, love lifted me. Oh how I love Jesus because he first loved me.
Life gets hard sometimes but is much easier to navigate when you turn your eyes upon Jesus and look full in His wonderful face. That’s when the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace. Love, trust, and obey, for there really is no other way. Wherever He leads I’ll go, I’ll follow my Christ who loves me so.
He has promised me unconditional love and eternal salvation but that’s not all, and as long as I continue standing on those promises I cannot fall. I won’t be here forever and when this life is over, I’ll fly away. I’ll fly away to a home on God’s celestial shore, and when the roll is called up yonder, mark my words, I’ll be there. We all can get to heaven, and what a day of rejoicing that will be! When we all see Jesus, we’ll sing and shout the victory!
I know there are those who do not believe, but my faith says otherwise. You ask me how I know He lives. Well, He lives within my heart. Amazing grace, how great thou art.
Jody Fuller is a comic, speaker, writer and soldier with three tours of duty in Iraq. He is also a lifetime stutterer. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, please visit www.jodyfuller.com.