Chapter 1 - Searching

    Hi! Welcome back to your incredible journey of healing, brought to you through Jesus Christ.

          Let us give God all the glory and praise that is due Him.

          This chapter is titled "Searching," and if you are completely honest with yourself, you are searching for something; otherwise, you would not have chosen this journey.

          But in order to find what you are searching for, you must believe in, and completely accept Christ as your personal Lord and Savior.

          If you are already a child of God, this journey will help you grow spiritually and you will find your healing through Christ.

          But, if you have never asked God to be your personal Savior, and you are willing to open your heart to Jesus, take this wonderful opportunity set before you and pray this prayer with me, and believe it in your heart:

          Dear God, I know I am a sinner.  I believe You were born of a virgin and died on the cross at Calvary, and Your precious blood was shed to cover all of my sins. I believe on the third day You rose from the grave and ascended into Heaven. I pray now that You will forgive me of my sins and make me whole. I believe in my heart and confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord. Thank you Father for forgiving me of my sins and sealing me with the Holy Spirit. I know that I am forgiven, and my name has been written in the Lamb’s book of life. My salvation is complete in You. Amen.

          If you just accepted Christ, the next step is to attend church and grow spiritually.  Please share your decision with a Pastor, friend, or family member that already belongs to the family of Christ, and make arrangements for your public confession of your faith through baptism.

          Now that you are spiritually equipped, it is time to begin seeing with spiritual eyes and hearing with spiritual ears.

          As you embark on your personal Journey of Courage, the first question you must ask yourself is this:  What am I searching for?

 Are you searching for love, for peace?

 Are you searching to end your shame?

Are you searching to end your strife?

          As you work through Chapter 1, open your heart to God and share it with Him.

          Once you have figured out what you are searching for, meet me in Chapter 2, "Reflections," and we, along with Christ, will continue your personal journey of healing.

          Until then, "may the footsteps along your journey of life always lead you to God."