By Tianna Chapman
When I said yes to Jesus just four years ago, I did not see me moving to a foreign country and living in a mudhouse. When I stepped out in faith moving to Houston, I never expected to leave my new life of freedom, fun, and comfort. When I pursued Jesus with everything I had saying, "At all costs, I am in! Wreck my life for your glory!" I knew He was calling me to more. I waited for the word that He spoke to me and the deep love He grew in me for a year and a half.
Then the time came for me to go.
As I walked away from my friends that are family and a life I loved in Houston to jump on a plane to move my entire life across the ocean with tons of tears and a heart aching, I cried tears of gratefulness. The enemy took much from me as I lived twenty-four years without knowing Jesus. A life filled with much hurt, brokeness, longing for love and acceptance.
BUT GOD restored, redeemed and gave me abundant life! He gave me freedom in Him, a deep love from Him and even allowed me to SEE love through people who genuinely love me! He took me from a life that felt like a life sentence of no worth and deep wounds to freedom, joy, peace, love and LIFE!
I rejoice for the life He saved me from and now rejoice for the life He is calling me to. I get to live among the South Sudanese, a people group I would've never met if I never met Jesus. I get to love the people that He loves. I get to watch the South Sudanese walk into freedom, joy, peace, love, and life!
Looking back I would not change one thing, for my life is to give Him glory. As I look ahead with such joy, anticipation, and excitement, I still say, "Wreck my life for your glory!"
Psalm 143:5-6: "I remember the days of old; I meditate on all that you have done; I ponder the work of your hands. I stretch out my hands to you; my soul thirsts for you like a parched land."