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My name is Edna, and this is my story…

“FROM A MISGUIDED SEARCH FOR ACCEPTANCE TO THE TREASURE OF GOD’S ETERNAL LOVE”

I was born in Texas, the youngest of three girls until the age of 11, when my only brother was born. We were raised in the church, but there was something lacking in our home life. My father was unable to show affection or offer words of encouragement. My siblings and I hungered greatly for his love and affection, but for whatever reason, it was impossible for our father to say, “I love you.” The lack of my father’s love and affection caused me to struggle throughout my life with self-worth, and my fear of rejection tainted my perspective of God.

Being raised in church, I was baptized at the age of 6 out of fear of being forever separated from my parents, rather than from the understanding that I was a sinner in need of salvation. As a teenager and into young adulthood, God convicted me of my need for salvation. I tried to justify my relationship with God by claiming that I had already been saved, even though in my heart I knew this was not true. I finally made the decision to make my heart right with God and seek His forgiveness for my sins by accepting His offer of salvation through His Son Jesus Christ.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

I deeply wanted to feel deserving of God’s love, so I became very legalistic in how I lived the Christian life. I was trying to make myself acceptable before God by my own works, but the Bible says that “all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags” (Isaiah 64:6).

 
This mindset led me down a path of destruction. I fell into a situation that brought with it great temptation. I found myself going through a tremendous spiritual battle. Eventually, I gave in to this temptation, and I said to God, “I don’t care if it is wrong; it is what I want, and I am going to do it anyway.” I turned away from God.
 
I finally realized the depths to which I had fallen, while one day searching for medication to help me escape the conviction I was under. It was then that I confessed my sin before God and sought His forgiveness.
 
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all
unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)
 
Immediately, God delivered me and restored me back into a right relationship with Him. I realized God’s love for me was unconditional, unlike my earthly father. Throughout these many years, I have come to rest in the certainty of God’s love:
 
“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 creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39) FROM A MISGUIDED SEARCH FOR ACCEPTANCE TO THE TREASURE OF GOD’S ETERNAL LOVE… My name is Edna, and this is my story.

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Sunday Evening Worship 5:00 pm
Wednesday Bible Study 7:00 pm

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104 Eddie Ln (17.89 mi)
Newcastle, Oklahoma 73065