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May 6, 2022

I Am Deeply Loved

"In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins." (1 John 4:10)

I know that I am deeply loved. God's love for me is so real, and has impacted my life so dramatically, I am compelled to talk about it. His love, mercy and grace have lifted me, healed me and forgiven me, and it with a grateful heart that I share my story with you. 

At the age of 19, right after I graduated, I became pregnant. Scared to death, I felt I couldn't share this with anybody - not even the father of the baby. Selfishly, thinking only of myself, I thought that this pregnancy would ruin my whole future. I finally confided in someone who helped me seek out an abortion clinic. I didn't think twice about my decision, and when it was finally over, I felt relieved. My life was all about me. I didn't even feel guilty from what I had just done.  

Things went on as normal, and I never dealt with it again. I went on to college, then met Randy and - boom - our crazy lifestyle began. Who had time to dwell on what I had done? God was there, though, and I didn't even know it. As I look back, I now realize that His hand of protection was with me even then. I could have died or been seriously damaged, yet He guarded me – He believed in me and had a purpose for my life.

I shared this dark secret with no one, and received no counsel. Satan led me to believe that God would never forgive this sin and that I could never be worthy of His love. Six years later, at age 25, I gave my life to Christ – but even then I doubted that He could truly love me because of what I had done. Although I knew about forgiveness, the enemy kept me from its freedom. The secret he and I had together – our “secret affair” - kept me from truly walking with the Lord. Satan had convinced me of the lie that I could not go to anyone to confess.

I’m here to tell you, my sisters, that 19 years later God finally got through to me. Through His laborers, God finally made me understand that I am forgiven and that He loves me unconditionally. That is why He sent His only son to die on the cross, for me. I am forgiven; in Christ I am worthy of His love. He reassured me that He “remembers my sin no more” and that He lives in me. When I accepted Him as my Savior, I became a new creation! My sins are GONE – even the sins of my youth - and I now live for Him.

I am not proud of that decision I made many years ago, but I am proud that I can now use this experience to glorify God and to share His power to heal and to love unconditionally. God is so good. In His amazing love, He has blessed me with 3 beautiful children, 1 of which is my stepdaughter. He has healed me physically, emotionally, and mentally. I give all the glory to God for who I am today - the daughter of a King! 

Prayer: My Father and my God, thank you for your love that reaches beyond all comprehension and thank you for your boundless forgiveness. May I ever live for you!

Suggested Reading: Colossians 1:22-23

Jeanie Velarde

Baseball Chapel
P.O. Box 10102
Largo, FL 33773

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