March 10

Juliane Poirier Community Corner, Lent 2019

     The account of Jesus’s baptism and following with the time in the wildernesses reminds me of my baptism.  I was stationed at a small post and, as the Lord would have it, I became close friends with Cindy (a sister in the Lord).  Well, our walk with Jesus reached the point that we both wanted to be baptized.  I don’t remember what day it was but we baptized each other in a creek by the chapel.  I didn’t see any doves but I felt like I had won the lottery.  A heavy burden was lifted off my back.

     This feeling lasted about a week.  Then I was tempted by the other soldiers to party, to smoke cigarettes and to do drugs.  I was able to resist the temptations with the help of God.  The temptations came to a climax when I was at my brother Dave’s house on a weekend pass.  I woke up at about 2:00 in the morning and I felt like something was choking me.  I couldn’t speak.  I was able to pray to Jesus for Satan to leave, reaffirming that Jesus is my Lord Savior.  The feeling of being choked was gone.  I believe that temptation helps build character and strengthens our walk with Jesus.

Prayer:  Lord, help us to remember you’re always, always there for us and that we just need to listen.

George Bertalotto

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