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

A Prayer For Thanksgiving and Deliverance

Dear Heavenly Father, our hearts have been humbled by Your loving kindness, mercies, and goodness to us. Thank you, Father, for listening ... for answering our prayers according to Your perfect will. Thank you that we can come to You in whatever circumstances we are facing in our lives ... even in our times of solitude we never walk alone for You always make Your presence known. Father, the journey is long, and along our paths are inevitable obstacles which are beyond reproach ... beyond human strength ... beyond human understanding,  but we seek not, Father,  the things of this world, but the things which are above. We know,  it won't be that easy, but we fix our eyes to Your Son Jesus, our great Savior, Lord, and Friend, our Blessed Hope and Assurance ... our All in All. Deliver us from the darts of Satan's tempations of despair, hopelessness and discouragement. Give us the wisdom and strength to overcome the world and its tribulations ... help us to be of good cheer ... of good courage, like the Lord Jesus did. Never take us out of Your sight. Grant us Your undying joy and peace as we seek for a real fresh start. All these things I humbly pray for Your greater glory and honor in the precious name of our blessed Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, Amen.

"I will love You, O LORD, my strength.
 The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer;
         My God, my strength, in whom I will trust;
         My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
 I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised;
         So shall I be saved from my enemies.
The pangs of death surrounded me,
         And the floods of ungodliness made me afraid.
 The sorrows of Sheol surrounded me;
         The snares of death confronted me.
 In my distress I called upon the LORD,
         And cried out to my God;
         He heard my voice from His temple,
         And my cry came before Him, even to His ears."
(Psalm 18:1-6)