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

I'm Forever Grateful To Thee

By: Erlinda Mejia-Olson

PHILIPPIANS 4:4 ~ "Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!"

LORD Jesus, words are not enough to describe how truly grateful I am to Thee. The beauty of Thy Cross has demonstrated Your great love for an insignificant worm like me. On this day, You breathe life in me so I can see the world at the first crack of dawn—so You can fulfill Your plans and purpose for my life—You have searched me in my mother's womb ... You know me—inside and out!  You have numbered the strands of my hairs like You have numbered Your stars in the Heaven! Thank You LORD, for allowing me to live for another day so I can celebrate the enormity of Your beauty through all the people You have brought into my life ... through the talents and skills You have richly blessed me ... in the beauty of Your amazing creations which I adore so much as I stare at them with great awe and reverence to You! Thank You, for the life I am breathing in through Your precious Son Jesus Christ.  On this special day You have made for me, I humbly ask Thee that You will bless me with wisdom as many as the sand on the seashore, that salvation will come to the lives of my unsaved loved ones, friends, and even to those people who dislike, despise or spitefully use me. The very core of my heart beats for You, my loving Savior. I give You back all the glory and honor! My soul belongs to You forever! You are my All in All. I'm forever grateful to Thee!