Cindy Dennis

Executive Director

From Rejected to Accepted

For years I used to find it hard to believe anyone would want to be my friend. I was a loner and when school classmates tried to reach out to me, I would pull away because I

was convinced if they really got to know me, they would not like me and ultimately no longer want to be my friend. I decided I would rather be a loner than have to experience

that kind of rejection later.

When I was a pre-teen, I had an opportunity to spend the summer with my grandmother. During that visit, my Grandmother poured love and encouragement into my life. We spent a lot of time talking about life and about the Lord.

During one of our conversations she mentioned that Jesus loves me unconditionally and He wants to be my friend all the days of my life. I was intrigued and hungry to know more about this Jesus who loved me SO much, He willingly went to the cross to ensure I would be able to experience LIFE

and LOVE here on earth and eternally.

After I accepted Jesus as my Savior, I got to experience this powerful love for myself. With His love overflowing in my life, it began to change my life and my perspective. As

years progressed I began to embrace the reality that…

I am valuable and worth celebrating. (See Luke 12:24)

I am His jewel, His special possession, His peculiar treasure. (See Malachi 3:17)

I am well taken good care of. (See Philippians 4:19)

I am awesome and there are great possibilities ahead for my life. (See Ephesians 3:20).

God has invested Himself in me and given me talents and abilities to equip me to fulfill His amazing plan and purpose for my life. His love has shed in my heart (see Romans 5:5) and He has given me the love to overflow to those around me.

1 John 4:7 says it like this, “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is (springs) from God; and he who loves [his fellowmen] is begotten (born) of God and is coming

[progressively] to know and understand God [to perceive and recognize and get a better and clearer knowledge of Him].” AMPC

1 John 4:11-12 says, “My dear, dear friends, if God loved us like this, we certainly ought to love each other. No one has seen God, ever. But if we love one another, God dwells deeply within us, and his love becomes complete in us—perfect love!” MSG

This Valentine’s season, let us remember we are loved by God and let us not just say we love one another; let us show that truth by our actions. (See 1 John 3:18).