Easter is about second chances. And then some.

I have a friend who reminds me of God’s Grace. And then some.

She grew up during the sexual revolution and lived life always wanting people to accept her. Life was a party on the outside, but her heart was full of fear on the inside. The fear of what people thought of her, the fear of being alone, the fear of not having enough, the fear that people would only love her for what she did for them.

It led to some very destructive behaviors. And then some.

Excessive partying, many relationships, several abortions and a broken marriage defined her life. Her thirties and forties were a blur of depression and despair. She felt unworthy of anyone’s love and hated herself for all the mistakes of her past: broken relationships, a failed marriage, and an inability to have kids.

She was alone, defeated, full of shame, an empty shell living out the rest of her life.

And then she discovered Grace and it changed everything. And then some.

She discovered a Savior who said, “It is finished!” “Your sins are paid for.” “Your mistakes are remembered no more.” “You are loved.” “You are accepted.” “You are precious.” “You are my child.”  “I’ve got some plans for you.”  “I’m so crazy about you!”

She heard the words of the prophet Joel, “I, the LORD your God, will make up for the losses caused by those swarms and swarms of locusts.”

My friend’s life, a barren one, has been restored. And then some!

She travels the world on behalf of children who live in poverty stricken places. She does this while running her own company. She sponsors 30 children through Compassion International. She went from not having any children to having 30 children! She has literally saved these children from poverty, HIV, malaria and for many of them death.

She has also introduced them to the love and grace of Jesus.

She is one of the most joyous, passionate and purpose driven people I know. God has restored her years, healed her heart and renewed her sense of grand purpose. And then some!

That is what Easter is all about. And then some.

4 thoughts on “Easter is about second chances. And then some.

  1. Tears are streaming down my face. I can relate. God’s grace is so amazing. He gives us all second chances. Thank you for sharing this story!

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