New Life North has been my home church for 8 years. I came to NLN at a very dark time in my life. I felt like everything was falling apart, I felt like I didn't want to be bothered with anyone, I had issues with family, I was between jobs, I was raising three children alone I knew there was something better out here for me, I knew this was not as good as it gets, I just didnt know what. There was a tugging on my heart for something more and it was then that God moved me to attend a service at NLN. It was July 2011, my sister and I had a huge argument the weekend before and life seemed so crummy however she suggested we came as she attended the Sunday before and felt different. My youngest daughter cried and carried on because she wanted to be back in a church so reluctantly, on my part we went. I was full of hesitation because “I was far from perfect and had no business in a church amongst the Saints”. This is the foolishness I was telling myself! Pastor B was singing “I am on the Battlefield for my Lord” the spirit of fear and humiliation kicked all in my behind because I knew we were late and I still had no business being there but, we entered the church. It was definitely different; we were instantly greeted with LOVE, the peace of our Savior was all over me, my heart was filled with joy. Only God knew what I needed and when I needed it and today I am beyond grateful!
I’m still not where I strive to be but PRAISE GOD!!! I’m not where I once was.
There are NO more excuses…
God never once said troubles wont come but He did say it wont last always. He never said we wont cry out but what He did say was He will wipe our tears and He will be near to the broken hearted and crushed in spirit, He never promised this journey would be easy but He promises to walk with us and never leave us nor forsake us, He never said the church would be full of perfect Saints but if you are in Him and He is in us, he sees perfectness. He will be a friend to the friendless, He is our Father whom is in Heaven, He is our way maker, Our Prince of Peace our Healer, the Alpha and the Omega, the King of Kings, the All mighty God with us.
So, if there is one thing I could tell my younger self … Don't wait until your life “seems” perfect, none of us are and life will never be. We all sin and fall short of the Glory of God that's why we need each other and most of all we need Him. Tomorrow may be to late, if He’s laid it on your heart and you know there is something better out here for you as I did, come visit NLN. I promise it will be a life changing experience if you are willing to open your heart and believe it.