It’s customary for Christian writers of new commentaries to share with readers the source of their inspiration, how their Christian journey began, and who they are as a Christian writer. I’m blessed, because for me—all three are one and the same.
I’m inspired by the hope I found as a troubled teenager, in Ardmore, Oklahoma, searching for help to end my battle with alcoholism. My senior year in high school started out dark and confusing, because I realized my life was in a mess. Hanging with an older “gangster” crowd no longer had answers for me. I needed help.
My Christian journey began with me finding that hope during Christmas holidays, when I decided that I would sit on my sister’s sofa—until I found an answer on how not to be a teen-alcoholic. I started on Monday. And on Friday, one of my “thug” friends, as my family called them, knocked on the door.
He was a heroin addict, but he began to tell me, “Clara, I found what you’re looking for. I’ve been clean for two months. You’re looking for the Lord.” When he invited me to church, I went and gave my heart and life to the Lord.
It was a good decision for me. I graduated valedictorian of my senior class at Graham High School. I was not a teen-alcoholic.
And now, as a Christian writer, a part of me will always be that seventeen-year-old girl, finding an answer. An answer of hope and help—through the Lord’s saving grace. This is where it all began for me. The message I write is a simple one: Hope and help through Christ.
Matthew 11:28-30 KJV:
28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
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