Hello loves! Greetings are coming in as I celebrate another year of life and I am truly humbled by the heartfelt words and sincere love I am getting. Please, please know I appreciate each and everyone of you who took the time to remember my day in whatever way!! My heart is already overflowing with love and there are still a couple more hours left of today!
I am writing this though not just to thank you but also to share something with you, and it is something I hope you get to read. (Cue in the birthday card – please read it as your gift to me!)
Last night as I blew my candles to delicious cakes (!!!) there were two prayers in my head and contrary to popular practice I’m going to divulge it, because the LORD has already started answering them (and when this happens it is so we can share His work and encourage others with His faithfulness). My prayers are 1) for more of the LORD in my life, and 2) for all my loved ones to encounter Jesus Christ in a personal way and be transformed by His love.
You may or may not have read the posts I’ve been writing about this topic the last couple of years, but when and if you ever read it please keep this in mind: I am writing NOT about religion, (I would be the first to run away upon the thought, nearly 4 years back), but about a person — and I write not to get you converted nor sell a “church”, but with an intense desire for you to learn and experience as well the TRUTH that I know, and the amazing joy and transformation I have been experiencing these last couple of years. Through encountering the LORD my purpose, perspective, and meaning of life has changed; and the joy that I have does not disappear in the most trying of times. My first prayer is for more of this in my life, and my second prayer is for all of you to get to experience it too because there is ABSOLUTELY nothing like it. There is no better place to be than in a personal relationship with our Creator, walking in His will.
When I woke up this morning my daily quiet time (Bible-reading) chapter was Psalm 37. It’s a pretty long Psalm (which I hope you get to read in full) but in it is one of the most familiar (and sometimes misconstrued) verses in the Bible: “Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4
What an amazing LORD I have, for me to ask for more of His presence in my life and for Him to immediately answer how to have it! Psalm 37 is an instruction Psalm, and in it we are taught how to live our lives — to take DELIGHT in Him. Not to be forced, or to seek so we may get what we want — but to delight in Him — in who He is, His ways, what He has done, and what He has promised to do — that He may transform our hearts as to align our desires with His. It is this beautiful process that leads us to the most amazing path we cannot conjure up by ourselves.
In some of the greetings today and last night which I have read through, people encouraged me for what I do and say, and that I continue to inspire — honestly music to my ears, but also, truthfully undeserved because this is not of my own accord. The fact is, I’m running on pure grace.
Preceding the famous verse above is this one: “Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.” Psalm 37:3 says we trust in the LORD first, everything else follows. All that I have the privilege to do is out of the work that Christ has done and is doing in my life. I do good not out of obligation, nor to balance out the bad things I do, but out of an overflow of the love He unceasingly gives upon me. And anyone who receives that love is empowered and sustained to pass it on.
Why am I telling you of all these things? Why even bother praying those prayers? Because I have been blessed to be surrounded by amazing people in my life. And the only blessing I can give back is to tell you of a transformation that has happened and continues to happen to me, in the hope that you allow it to happen to you too.
That is why my prayer is for you to come to Him. Not to a religion, to a person. This faith is not something made up, the LORD is waiting to show that Himself to you. And the best news? We need not clean our acts up before we come to Him. He will be the one to clean as we experience Him. You want to know how I know? I was neck-deep in dirt when I did. The transformation? Doing good? Having joy? Being able to inspire people? I never really planned all of it. All I did was ask God if He was real and to show me a better way if He was, when I was in search of a tinge of hope when I thought it was all lost. Who I am and all that I am blessed to have, do, and experience today is a byproduct of His grace. It is the best birthday gift I have gotten, and will ever get. My prayer is for you to receive that gift too.
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