Sunday, August 13, 2023

If Only . . . by BJ Bassett #Devotional


If Only . . .

He’ll forgive our sins and purge us of all wrongdoing. 1 John 1:9 MSG

When we are burdened by guilt, many of us go through “If only . . .”

If only I had been nicer to her. If only I hadn’t said those mean things. If only I hadn’t driven drunk. If only I hadn’t aborted my baby all those years ago. If only I could tell someone my secret. If only . . .

After a loved one is gone, there isn’t much we can do to change the situation. That’s why having good relationships before our loved ones pass away is so important. After they’re gone, it’s too late.

If you feel guilty and are sorry for your sins, go to the only perfect Judge. Confess your sins, and seek and receive His forgiveness. He wipes the slate clean by what He did on the cross so that we can be forgiven for past, present, and future sins. Our guilt is washed away.

My sins are washed away. Thank You, Lord, for the huge price You paid for me in sacrificing Your only Son. In the name of Jesus. Amen.

B. J. Bassett encourages others as an author, teacher and speaker. Her books include a contemporary novel, Gillian’s Heart; a historical novel Lily; Sweet Charity; A Touch of Grace—The G.R.A.C.E. Ministries Story; and coauthor of a children’s devotional My Time with God, Focus on the Family, Heritage Builders, with over 55,000 copies sold.


As a contributing writer, publications consist of Writer’s Handbook 2000, The Writer, and The Focus on the Family Guide to Growing a Healthy Home, Wolgemuth& Hyatt, Publishers, Inc.—consistently on Bookstore Journal’s Best-selling Christian Books List from November 1990 - February 1991, and voted the 10 Best Books for 1990 by Today’s Christian Woman.


Magazines, devotional booklets, curriculum and newspaper publishers include Focus on the Family, Woman’s World, The Quiet Hour, Pathways to God, Devotions, Harcourt Brace, WordAction, Gospel Publishing and Times Standard (newspaper).


She teaches writing workshops at Umpqua Community College, Roseburg, OR and at writer’s conferences. As a speaker for Stonecroft Ministries, she tells her story of rejection and acceptance, not only in life, but as a writer as well. She also offers book talks, including discussion questions and shares the journey -- from the seed of an idea to a published book.


Memberships: ACFW and Oregon Christian Writers (OCW).


She enjoys reading, jigsaw puzzles, knitting, munching warm scones oozing with butter and strawberry jam and sipping earl grey tea.




1 comment:

BJ Bassett said...

Laura, thank you for blessing me over and over again.

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