GUEST POST: The Thanksgiving That Changed My Life

GUEST POST Written By Nicole Bade

God loves each of us as if there were only one of us.  ~ Augustine

Before meeting Jesus, I never felt that constant love that I desired. I had the love from my dad and from my family but I was still missing someone’s love.

I first felt the love that I was seeking was when I was living at the YWCA in 2011. There was a small group from Living Hope who was putting on a Thanksgiving dinner for the women living there.

I felt this unusual love from the moment I walked in the doors to that café. A young man offered to carry my drink to my table, and later his mother sat down and talked to me about God’s love. The more she told me about God’s love the more I wanted to know. When I got back to my room after dinner I started crying on the floor. I knew at that moment that it was God’s love that I was seeking.

Psalm 136:1-3 (MSG)
Thank God! He deserves your thanks. His love never quits. Thank the God of all gods, His love never quits. Thank the Lord of all lords.  His love never quits.

Now when I wake up in the morning, I feel love from two fathers – my dad here on earth and my Heavenly Father!

I am now connected in one of those same small groups at Living Hope, and I feel so much love from the women there. Whether it’s when we are together reading God’s Word, or if it’s a text or Facebook message, I feel their love wherever I go.

There are times when I start feeling down I that’s when I really feel my Heavenly Father’s love. I feel Him wrap His arms around me and tell me, “It’s okay my daughter. I love you and you are loved.” When I hear that and feel his hug, the problem that was getting me down seems to get smaller and smaller until it’s gone.

Psalm 147:3 says that God heals the broken hearted and binds up their wounds.

That’s what God did in my life. I don’t know where I would be today if it was not for God and his love.

Nicole Bade

Nicole Bade

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