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My Living Letter

Name:
Jennifer Richey

Occupation:
Branch Manager – Banking

Favorite Verse:
Then I heard the Lord asking, “Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?” I said, “Here I am. Send me.” – Isaiah 6:8

Why this verse is important to Jennifer:
In Isaiah 6, the prophet Isaiah has a conversation with The Lord telling him in verses 5, 6, and 7, then I said, “It’s all over! I am doomed, for I am a sinful man. I have filthy lips, and I live among a people with filthy lips. Yet I have seen the King, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.” Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a burning coal he had taken from the altar with a pair of tongs. He touched my lips with it and said, “See, this coal has touched your lips. Now your guilt is removed, and your sins are forgiven.” It follows up with my favorite verse in the bible, Isaiah 6:8 Then I heard the Lord asking, “Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?”I said, “Here I am. Send me.”

This is my life. Before I encountered my savior, I was stuck in a sinful life of alcohol, parties, some drugs, sex outside of the covenant of marriage, you name it. I probably did it. Eight years ago, I was diagnosed with cancer and that changed everything and gave me a whole new perspective on life. The Lord pursued me with everything He had, just like he did with Isaiah because I was at one of my lowest points. When you’re at rock bottom, you can only look up and that’s what I did. He took me in His arms, forgave all of my sins, and I was made clean and washed new. Did I deserve it? No. Did he give it freely? Yes. Have I sinned since? You bet. My biggest life struggles have come within the last few years. I got a divorce from my husband and my father passed away (from years of alcohol abuse) all within a year from each other. I walked in a very, very dark place. My temptation was to turn to what I knew best to mask the pain, alcohol. Instead, I turned to God. I submersed myself in the word and surrendered all to Him. He was faithful to me every step of the way, even when I didn’t think He was listening. My pain is serving a purpose, His purpose. Looking back I see the trials and tribulations that have occurred in my life have brought me full circle. He is setting my feet. A place where my story is going to be key in helping a lot of people, a place of peace, a place of eagerness to do His work, a place of favor and wonderment of what He plans to do next. A place where The Lord is asking,”Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?” And I say, “Here I am. Send me.” I’m ready Father. Let’s do this.

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5 Responses to “My Living Letter”

  1. mac

    Inspiring Jennifer.
    I have a new “Favorite Bible Verse”.
    Your story is a blessing to all who hear you share.

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  2. Debbie

    Thank you for sharing your powerful story with us. You could have allowed your circumstances to overwhelm you but instead you sought out God for strength.
    Atta girl!
    Debbie

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