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

Finding Love On The Internet

By: Erlinda Mejia-Olson

PROVERBS 3:5-6 ~ "Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your path."

In this new era of high technology, it's not surprising to see that technology has even changed how some people fall in love. Although some people still find true love the old-fashion way, but it's undeniable that many today are using the internet - high-speed DSL, Wi-Fi, chat rooms ... a world of potential for bloggers and IMers alike, to find love. Every day, there are many "love-seekers" testing the waters of online dating, looking for new schools of fish in the proverbial sea. The risks are high, but when approached with utmost caution, cyberdating can be a great experience.

To avoid "sharks",  I'd like to share these helpful tips for all the singles out there:  (a) use an email address without your name in it; (b) ask questions-don't be naive; (c) conceal personal information until trust is established but not to the point where you become pretentious and paranoid; (d) when meeting face to face: inform your loved ones who you're going to meet and where you're going, much better if you go with a group date, stick to public places, be sober-be a good listener-be calmed, be level-headed, and carry your mobile phone with you if possible avoid texting infront of this person unless it's an emergency; (e) always put your safety first; and (f) don't forget to pray every step of the way!