This month, I celebrate my “Jesus Birthday,” 35 years of being born again.
I was raised by my parents in the Catholic Church, where I received my spiritual foundation, believing in the Trinity – God the Father, Jesus the Son and the Holy Spirit.
When I was around 11 years old, my dad divorced my mom, along with the five of us children. This experience rocked my identity and my faith. I went through painful brokenness, and I turned to some unhealthy things to ease my pain. I also made some bad decisions, several that I still regret to this day.
In my early 20s, I first heard of the concept of having a personal relationship with God through a boyfriend, with whom I had made a lifelong commitment – or so I thought. When that relationship ended, I was deeply wounded, not realizing at that time that my pain was compounded by the pain that I still carried from when my dad had left us.
Then, along came a young lady named Grace, divinely as it turns out. She comforted me in my pain, and she shared about what it means to have a personal relationship with God. At her encouraging, I attended a women’s Bible study with her, though quite reluctantly. At the first gathering, I read in the Bible the verse in Galatians 2:20, and I learned that Jesus died for me personally, to forgive me for my sins and to show me how much God loves me, just as I am. And I learned that by believing in Jesus, I was crucifying my old self (of walking in sin) and putting on my new self (of walking in Jesus’ love). I was born again, made alive in Christ. A wonderful joy filled me, as well as profound peace.
Ever since that day, Oct. 17, 1984, I have been on a journey of healing. I was able to forgive my dad years ago. And I could see how my mom, who stayed devoted to raising us five children, taught me unconditional love, the kind of love that God has for us.
I also learned that in the relationship that I had thought would last forever, we were not equally yoked. While I have continued to make mistakes in life, I have been able to understand more about my spiritual identity, and I have learned about how God wants to heal our brokenness, how He suffered to bring us healing and deliverance.
My spiritual journey has led me to now help bring healing to others. For more than 15 years, I have been praying for healing for other people. I’ve seen how Jesus brings us healing, how the words in the Bible have power and how the love of our Heavenly Father, through Jesus’ sacrifice, brings healing in our hearts, minds, bodies, souls.
In September 2013, we opened the InSpirit Praise & Prayer Healing Rooms in Los Altos, hosted by Union Presbyterian Church. We’ve seen God’s healing love touch many lives over the years. And, I continue to grow in my faith journey as God allows me to be an instrument of His healing.