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Topic: GENEROUS (10/31/19)
TITLE: "All to Him I Freely Give"
By Donna Martelli
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My adolescent heart proved that it had no depth when I fell in love with a man who had no need for Jesus, and I did not give Him another thought. I anticipated that life with my prince charming husband was going to be perfect: I would have 2.5 kids and live in a lovely house surrounded by a white picket fence, and we would live happily ever after. Instead, four years later I found myself divorced with two small children and a hard way to go. Disillusioned and confused, I entered the most sinful phase of my life and continued therein until I had used up all of my options. Then I remembered those words from childhood, all to Him I freely give.
Certainly, I had not given all to Him. I always said that I believed in God, but I had kept some things back for myself starting with the pink patent leather shoes. In my teens I wanted Him to help me with my plans. I was angry when He did not. My life was upside down and backwards, headed for destruction. But those words, all to Him I freely give were planted into my DNA and would not leave me alone. After trying everything else first, I told Jesus that He could have me, if He still wanted me.
Take me, He did, and He flooded my life with extravagant, unselfish and magnanimous love that could not be found anywhere else but in Him. His generous, unconditional love gave me life. He forgave all my sin and healed all my diseases. He is all that I will ever need or want: all to Him I freely give!
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