There is nothing more beautiful than knowing that God is real, and that we have 


the privilege of developing intimacy... a personal relationship with God... the One 


Who created the universe and knows every intricacy of our entire existence!

We were made for a relationship with God.


We were made as relational beings. Our primary purpose is to know God and 


have a personal relationship with God. Once we understand how much God 


desires a relationship with us, we should humbly recognize how much we truly 


need God. Recognizing our need is the first key to a fruitful relationship with God.

God is near, so God can be known.

We believe within each of us is the Fountain of all good. God is within every one 


of us. God is ever-present and dwells within us and makes Himself known to 


the innermost heart of man that longs to know Him. 



We Believe, God is the incredible personal journey the soul senses and yearns 

to embark upon! The longing for God resides within each of our hearts.


We firmly believe we shall find God within ourselves when we turn and seek 


God... within ourselves. 



May we seek the Oneness within.


In keeping with Scripture, as we pray to God, read and meditate on God's Word, in 


an effort to get to draw nearer and know God better, we quickly come to realize... 


our supreme need to know God and seek the experience of God's presence. 


God's love for us is better than the best this life can 


ever be!


As we, personally, encounter God's tender, personal, and incomprehensible way, 


as a totally loving Father, we come to realize voids being filled with all the love 


we could ever need.

According to Scripture, God is interested in humanity and has always desired to be 


close to us and have a personal relationship with us. God loves us and He only 


wants us to love Him back and be included in our daily lives. God desires to have 


a special, deep, personal, and eternal relationship with us and has planned a way to 


make this relationship available to each and every one of us.



The more we are aware of God's work in our lives, the more we marvel at the 


innumerable gifts and immeasurable graces He showers on us. It doesn't matter 


how badly we have stumbled, faltered, blundered, and mishandled life... God's 


love can still reach, change, and save us. We are God's offspring. For in God we 


live, move, and have our being. 



God views us as His cherished treasure! 


If we exist, we have value and worth and are beautiful to God. The worst person 


we could imagine can receive God's forgiveness by humbly asking for it. That's 


why God sent Jesus. 

This life is not found in parading around trying to be seen as holier than Thou... it 


is found in surrendering all and following Him Who gave up everything for us. 


God will not abandon His people... even at our weakest, darkest, and worst. 


God does not want us to be afraid, nervous, worried or imprisoned by our 


past. Sometimes, God will allow us to have a breakdown in order to have a 


breakthrough.



God wants us to be equipped and confident in knowing that His tender mercies, 


amazing grace, and forgiveness can take away the agonizing burdens of our 


shame, guilt, condemning thoughts, and fears. 



God, in His loving-kindness has bottled every tear we have ever shed. He has seen 


every need. He has known our every thought, and He loves us! There is no such 


thing as a person God no longer wants or can use. God can still bring us through 


and out of the wilderness of defeat and use any of us for His glory, despite our past 


mistakes. Understanding this can rid us of fears and feelings of inadequacy.


God is able to work through every expression of genuine faith, from the strongest 


and purest... to the weakest and worst.



No matter how deep the stain of our sins, God can 


remove it. 



I have been intentional about connecting with God and availing myself of every 


opportunity to respond to God's outreached hand. Unfortunately, many allow 


themselves to get so caught up with philosophies, traditions, and rituals they miss 


the deep and personal relationship... the supernatural work of God. 



I believe getting closer to God takes an intentional investment of quality time with 


God... talking to God... getting to know Who God is, listening to God... getting to 


know what God desires, obeying God, praying to God without ceasing, serving 


God, knowing God through His Word and applying that knowledge, being all that 


God created us to be, recognizing our value as God's creation endowed with a 


God-given purpose, sharing our faith and what we have witnessed, and loving and 


wanting God more than we love or want anything. I believe, these are the things, 


when cultivated, will help us grow spiritually, will fill the voids of the longing 


heart, help us better understand our past, will add true joy to life, and inspire us to 


boldly press on to the future.



It's impossible to find words to adequately express my awe, amazement, humility, 


overwhelming sense of gratitude, and wonder of God... Who is the soul of every 


living thing that lives, moves, and exists... Whose hand and Will created all. 


As for me, apart from God my life would have ceased to be, years ago. Life as we 


once knew it is never the same once God miraculously and ever so faithfully 


molds, shapes, and develops us to reflect the kingdom of God in our witness to the 


world. 



God has taken me on a journey of faith... not based on experience or through 


reason, but a journey that is anchored in Christ and on Scriptural facts. This 


journey is blessing me with spiritual knowledge and insight which is enabling me 


to learn how to walk the right path towards life's ultimate achievement of 


understanding more fully what a personal relationship with God looks and feels 


like. 



God, in His loving kindness has been good to me. I stand amazed, humbled, and 


grateful when I reflect on all that God has done for me. My life is essentially being 


transformed. I have been an eyewitness of God's power and grace seeing me 


through this cold dark world. The many times I have felt kicked and drained... 


God has been my Comforter, a faithful and loving Way-maker, Chain-breaker, and 


the Source of all goodness. God has tenderly led me through and out of many 


storms in life and placed me where I needed to be... just as a Good Shepherd 


would a lamb. 



Where I have shortcomings and weaknesses... God is providing super-abounding 


grace... a place of freedom, provision, and break-throughs.


My life bears out this truth that when we leave everything in God's hands we can 


eventually see God's hands in everything. I have witnessed this truth work itself 


out over the years. When we put things in God's hands we can enter into His rest, 


live in His peace, receive His joy and witness God prevailing, conquering, 


overcoming, and victoriously triumphing over things both inside of us and outside 


of us.  



When God takes pleasure in anyone's way, He causes their enemies to make peace 


with them.


(Proverbs. 16:7)


While I still have a very long way to go... I would love to share with you some of 


what I have experienced, learned, and am learning about surrendering to God's 


Will and developing a personal relationship with God.



There is nothing more beautiful than knowing that God is real, and that we have 


the privilege of developing intimacy... a personal relationship with God... the One 


Who created the universe and knows every intricacy of our entire existence!


God knows our frame; He is mindful that we are but dust 


(Psalm 103:14).


 

The Scriptures are very clear: 


We are ever in God's presence. All our thoughts, feelings, and acts are open to 


God's view. Regardless of where we have been, what we have done, how many 


failures we may be surrounded by, how successful or unsuccessful we are or have 


been, how deep the hurts and struggles, despite how sophisticated, religious, smart 


or broken we may be... no matter what we have done in the past... God loves 


us and is under no illusion about who we are, where we have been, what we have 


done or acquired.



"There is none righteous, no not one" 


(Romans 3:10)


Yes, we are all flawed, frail, and sinful. We all have sinned and cannot undo what 


we have done. We have all done, thought, or said unrighteous things, which the 


Bible calls sin. The fallen man is a sinner by birth and by choice. 


God knows we do not suddenly become perfect or capable of perfection in this 


life. 


If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us 


(1 John 1:8).


According to Scripture, 


"All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" 


(Romans 3:23). 


We have no obligations whatsoever to our old sinful lower nature to do what it 


begs us to do... to do what we know is wrong. So let us withdraw from punishing 


ourselves and telling ourselves how inadequate we are and how awfully we've 


failed. If we really did  stumble, falter, blunder, or mishandle the assignment God 


gave us, let us repent and ask God to forgive us in spite of ourselves. May we ask 


God to forgive us for the times we have placed limitations on His ability to bless 


us because we thought we were not good enough. 



According to 1John 1:9, 


" If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse 


us from all unrighteousness."



Let us be clear... God's favor and righteousness is not of ourselves... neither is it a 


result of works that we might have a relationship with God. None of us have an 


ounce of power on our own to "Be like Jesus." 



It is only "Jesus in us" which produces a 


Christ-like life. 



A Christ-like life begins to happen the moment a person is transformed. We 


spiritually die to the "Self", so that we are no longer trying to arrange the universe 


around our own plans, but we are surrendered to be used of God and God's plans 


and purposes in the world and for the world. In other words, Jesus becomes the 


King of our hearts and life.