Out of the Mud and Mire

Out of the Mud and Mire

Mud. A literal mud pit.  A very large and deep mud pit. Filled with thick, oozy, gooey, grainy mud. When I was in junior high my new friends and I played volleyball, football with a watermelon, and just goofed around in this mud pit for hours.

“The Mud Bowl” had become an annual summer tradition in the youth group I started attending.  A gentleman from the church tilled up a portion of his yard and soaked it for days so that we could have a blast playing in the mud. Then we attempted to clean off with hoses, sprinklers, and of course, a Slip and Slide.

Later that night we came into the man’s unfinished basement to hear our youth pastor share from God’s word. In that moment, I heard something I had never had heard before.

Despite going to church almost every Sunday and doing all the “right things,” it was the first time I had ever heard that God desired a relationship with me.

That he wanted to be my friend.

And that he wanted this so badly that he sent his one and only beloved son Jesus to die for me on a cross.

To pay the price for my sins that I could be in relationship with him, a compassionate and holy God.

I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth a hymn of praise to our God.

Psalm 40:1-4

That night I asked Jesus to be the Savior of my sins and the Leader of my life. It is the most important decision I have made. God literally lifted me out of a pit, and graciously washed the mud of death, defeat, and a disconnection with him off me. In its place, he gave me eternal life, spiritual victory, and the peace of his presence.

If you find yourself in a pit and need the saving hand of Jesus to lift you out. Please join me in prayer. Then get connected with other believers in a local church to help as you walk forward in this amazing journey with Jesus.

Dear Father, I believe that you sent your son Jesus to die on the cross for my sins. I ask him to be my savior. I believe that he gave his life up so that I may have life with you . I ask you to be the leader of this one life I have with you. I receive your forgiveness and thank you for the gracious gift you’ve given me. Set my feet upon a rock and put a new song in my mouth. Thank you that now I can call you Father and that I am your son or daughter. In Jesus Name, Amen.

About Erin Nicole Thompson

Erin Nicole Thompson is a fun-loving and authentic momma to 4 littles, wife of a ruggedly handsome Pastor, and as she likes to think, the CEO of her home operations. She delights in worship, cooking with good music, the sweet faces of her sleeping children, adult conversations, and some quiet time at Starbucks. She loves to serve alongside, encourage, and equip young and seasoned women. Erin is grateful to be part of what God is doing at The Chapel, a multi-campus church in Northern Chicago-land where her husband, Dave, pastors the Lake Zurich Campus. Presently, she lives to dream and follow God as he writes her story.