A genuine gratitude fills my heart, when I think of how the Lord saved me. I was “too young” by many standards. To know the wretchedness of your sin at an early age is a gift, an even greater gift is knowing that I could be saved from the broken, dirty, shameful life my sin brought.
My dad led a group of 4th and 5th graders through a discipleship class. With my mom in choir at the same time, as a 4 year old, I had the unexpected opportunity to attend with the “cool,” older kids. As my dad drew two separated cliffs, he described one as sinful, disobedient, and dirty and the other, perfect, loving, all-knowing and welcoming. I know I didn’t want to stay broken and sinful forever so I intently waited as my dad stated a solution for this gaping hole between me and God. The answer was Jesus. Jesus – a perfect sacrifice. God, in human form, who conquered life and death, offering a way to the beautiful, eternal “cliff” known as God. That day, at the end of a long hallway of classes in an old church in Union County – I asked Jesus to save me from my brokeness so that I might live with Him forever and ever.
I was later baptized and continued walking with the Lord. As the years have passed, God has graciously allowed me to depend on Him, in every waking moment. Through grief, anxiety, sin, and shame, God has so lovingly kept me in the palm of His righteous, right hand. Isaiah 41:10 says “fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
My desire to care for children and their families comes from the overwhelming thankfulness that God’s goodness, His faithfulness, and His salvation can be broken down so simply that even a child can recognize their need for a loving Savior.
From: Monroe, NC
Married to Quinn Medlin
UNC Charlotte – Bachelor in Elementary Education