Chapter Two - Defining Moments

you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, "This is the way; walk in it" (Is 30:20-21). We compartmentalize our thoughts and feelings about what happens, and like a broken toy put on a shelf to fix later, we hide our emotions. Those events represent the defining moments which reveal our purpose.

Rachel had a defining moment when she chose to recommit herself to the Lord. When she was eight years old, she asked Jesus into her heart and loved going to Sunday school even though her family did not. Her mom sent her anyway, and Jesus filled her heart with His love.

He gave her the motivation she needed to do well in school even through the pain of her parents’ divorce. When the unconscionable happened, her father was murdered; it was more than Rachel could bear. How could Jesus love her and let this happen?

The seed of hatred seemed to grow in every aspect of Rachel’s life. Her job, friends, family, living conditions—everything got worse. She was sitting on the floor, broken and in the darkest mire of her life, when she cried out to Him. “Jesus! Jesus!” she begged. “I can’t take it anymore. I can’t stand it. Take me. Take all of me, and make me Yours! I need You to change everything—job, home, friends… everything!”

In that moment Rachel felt a calming presence she had not experienced in years. The tornado that ripped through her soul was replaced by the healing of the Holy Spirit, slowly setting her free forever. When Rachel calls me, I listen. God meant for Rachel and me to be friends.

LORD, you establish peace for us; all that we have accomplished you have done for us. O LORD, our God, other lords besides you have ruled over us, but your name alone do we honor. They are now dead, they live no more; those departed spirits do not rise. You

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