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In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Race the Clock.”

Daily Prompt: Here’s the title of your post: “An Offer I Couldn’t Refuse.” Set a timer for ten minutes, and write it. Go!

As I sat in a small coffee shop called Journey Cafe’, working on my latest novel, I began to listen to the people around me. I was a Buddhist at the time but often felt something was missing from my life. I was often lonely and very much a recluse inside my own head.  So, when I heard those around me talking about the fulfillment in their lives, love, peace, and understanding. I was hooked. I returned to the cafe day after day to work on my book but to mostly listen.  After an uncertain amount of time had passed, I began to question the owner about his Christian beliefs. I was relentless in my pursuit to see if he actually lived what he was speaking of.  This is how I was introduced to the Living God, Jesus Christ. It seemed I couldn’t get enough of hearing about Him. I wanted more and more glimpses of this joy that those around me were speaking of. I didn’t yet have it myself or even know that it was possible for me.  I know now that I was being pursued by God. The prompting of the Holy Spirit had entered into my heart.  I simply could not get enough.

Finally, one day, I said, “That is what I want! I want to feel that joy,”

It was then that the offer came that I couldn’t turn down. Would you like to pray with us and meet Jesus.  I said that I did and Rick Merling and Cindy Bolf lead me in the life giving prayer to accept Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior and ask Him into my life.  Little did I know my whole life was about to change.

From that moment on I was overtaken by the Holy Spirit. I grew in faith at an astounding pace. My thirst and hunger for the Lord and His word and promise was never sated it only grew and grew.  A short while later I was baptized and met the next person who would change my life forever, Joyce Waite, a Christian councilor.

I had been going to church at Christ Vineyard, in Owosso, for a few months and would ask a lot of questions. Many of them were a round about way to escape the darkness I had inside myself.  You see, my past life left me feeling very lost, very alone, and very broken. Joyce, through the power of the Holy Spirit, picked up on this and one day as I was leaving church, offered me counseling. After considering it for a week or so I accepted the offer I couldn’t refuse.  She walked me through, very patiently, some very dark memories. I can’t say that it was ever easy, because it wasn’t. What it was though, was a journey of healing, of finding God in the most unlikely of places, and most importantly it was a journey toward freedom.

I can honestly say, that I would not be where I am today, if I had not accepted the offers I couldn’t refuse. I walked into the life and light of Jesus and out of the inner darkness.  I am made whole through Jesus Christ and I am ever thankful to Rick and Cindy who first introduced me to a life with Christ and Joyce who showed me the way out of my inner hell.