Welcome to INTO THE LIGHT Journal! This journal is NOT about me but about the GREAT Savior, the LORD JESUS CHRIST and ALL that He has done for me (and NOT what I have done)—who saved and changed(inside-out) a great sinner like me. I don't claim that I know everything about life. But one thing I am certain, that apart from the love and mercies of Christ—I AM NOTHING. "... God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world."(Galatians 6:14). I’m attesting the words of Charles Spurgeon: "My hope lives not because I am not a sinner but because I am a sinner for whom Christ died; I don’t trust that I am holy but that, being unholy, He is my righteousness. I don't have to be rich, but I must be pure. My faith doesn’t rest upon what I am, or shall be, or feel, or know, but in what Christ IS and what He has done for me. The love of Jesus is the source of salvation. He loves, He looks, He touches us, and we live!" Christ said, "I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing."(John 15:5). For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen. (Romans 10:36)

Journaling in Christ's throne of grace,

Erlinda Mejia Olson, BSN, RN

The Gift of Friendship

CHRIST is the greatest GIFT, I can give to all my friends. He is the perfect bridge that never breaks nor bends. Real friendship goes beyond Facebook or any other social networking available out there. It is not measured by quantity, but by quality. And the quality, is not even always measured by how long you have known the person - but how much that person has made a difference to your life.

People will come and go, but the memories of a good friendship, lives on. This is my definition of a real FRIENDSHIP.

We both know my friend that the life we share on this world is just passing through. The physical bond of friendship will eventually die as we part ways through death. But then, if you are SAVED today, then you and I will be friends forever in the throne of Christ in Heaven - the one that knows no death.

Can we be friends for life?  This is my hope and prayer.

“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 created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39).