“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
HELLO AND WELCOME to my blog (https://wardswords26.wordpress.com). This forum is designed as inspirational grounding for those seeking guidance in their struggle through life’s challenges.
I am not a pastor — but a retired journalist and author with a recent passion for the Lord and His message of redemption. It is my prayer that the Lord will use this forum to help others find direction and purpose through His written word.
The blog, itself, is an article of faith as well as an experiment. Expect some rough seas to begin with. That’s the experiment part. The faith part is the fact that the blog exists at all. The thrill of working on each installment, getting in touch with the Creator of the universe through prayer and Bible reading, is amazing. Sharing the experience with you, my readers and collaborators, completes the circle.
The format was influenced by a year-long theology course I took through the Evangelical Free Church. Readers are encouraged to respond to posts with their own testimony or favored Bible verse or life experience. As readership grows, the blog will need to grow. Who knows what the Lord has planned?
A BRIEF WORD about my conversion. I made my proclamation of faith in November 2010, when I realized with a deep conviction that I wanted Jesus in my heart. I knew He was—and is—Truth. Five months later, He graced me with Pentecost at a church retreat, when I held a wooden cross bearing the stenciled words “Prevenient Grace.”
The words mean that God has done all of the work for salvation and all I have to do is believe. The cross vibrated in my hand. I felt the Lord telling me to “go” — one of the devotions in this blog — and spread His message.
Frankly, I am a poor messenger for the Gospel. That’s okay because He works through me and despite me. He will not be stopped. I just feel so grateful that He wants to use me. He and I both know He can get the job done better himself, but what a privilege that He chooses to work through us, His creation!