What inspires you? What makes you want to live better or maybe even live your best? We all have something, someone, or some way that inspires us. Mine comes from God, His Word, through His son, Jesus, and with the guidance of His Holy Spirit. Without these I would have no inspiration, motivation, or anything to make me want to live “better” or “best.” So when I saw a fellow group member share about the upcoming book, 365 Soulful Messages: The Right Guidance at the Right Time, and the opportunity to be a contributor, how could I pass sharing what inspires my soul and helps me try to live the “best” I can be.
I didn’t always have this inspiration, though, and there was a time when I felt no one cared or even noticed how I was living. So I got into the wrong habits and the wrong lifestyle, all by eleven years old. I was living in a totally immoral and abusive atmosphere and on one particularly abusive day, I found myself sitting in the bathtub crying. I’d go down in the water with the washcloth over my mouth to quieten my sobs so no one would hear me and come up only when I needed to breathe. I began to pray. I had grown up until I was nine being taught about prayer but this time my prayer was different.
I went under the water the first time and prayed through pain, physical and emotional. The second time I prayed through despair, heartache, and brokenness. I was praying through complete confusion. The third time I went under the water I prayed for Jesus, for forgiveness of my sins, and even at eleven I already had some major sins. That third time under the water changed everything for me!
When I came up from under the water I felt a peace like I’d never known before! I felt calm, joyful! I knew everything would be ok. I knew I was not alone. The physical pain was not to stop but the emotions I felt along with it were of blissfulness and privilege knowing I was feeling a small fraction of what Jesus felt when He hung on the cross for me and you.
1 Peter 3:18 says, “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit.” Jesus suffered for us all. I would feel His pain and suffering and I would also feel the loving guidance and deliverance of His Holy Spirit.
And just like on that day, He still inspires me! I know whatever I went through then, whatever I go through now, and whatever is in the future, I have a great God that will see me through and be with me. He will give me His peace and joy and I know on Him I can trust.
So I share all I’ve come to know and experience since that moment at eleven years old and before. Three of my stories are in 365 Soulful Messages: The Right Guidance at the Right Time, at www.JodiChapman.com/365SoulfulMessages . I hope you’ll read my stories and the rest by so many amazing authors. It will definitely be an inspiration for your soul!