I’ll start this off my saying to my great-niece, Brittny … “Tag, I’m it!” LOL! She knows what I mean! Love you, BK!
51 years since the day that I was born. I must testify that it has been an amazing and wonderful thing to walk with Him; to talk with Him; to tell Him that I am His own! The joy we share as we tarry there (in His presence) non other has ever known! (Do any of you know this hymn? )
I woke up knowing what God is expecting from me and knowing that He will strengthen me and guide me to get it done because it is for the sake of His glory! Knowing that my life has Kingdom purpose just blows my mind!
Many times any of us can feel that we are not worthy to do what God wants done. But He doesn’t call us to do anything because we are worthy, but because it is His plan! The deal is that Our Father has created each one of us anew as the Holy Spirit within us moved us to believe in Christ! Amazing! Our Salvation then moves our hearts to want to serve Him with every gift and talent that Our Creator has given us! Amazing! Our lives are a free gift from the Most High God. Our lives are moved by His power. Our life purpose; our calling; our passion …. all of these things are for the sake of His Kingdom .. not for the sake of our own glory.
My brother-in-law, Dr. Reginald W. DeVaughn Sr., preached an amazing message on New Years Eve. He made it very clear that when we say that we want to be successful we cannot be misled to believe that that means we’ve made lots of money, received lots of praise from some man, or even that we live or drive something better than others. We must understand that being successful means that we have given the lives that He has given us Back To Him!
Each year is a huge blessing to me! I get so excited just to think about the fact the The Lord, Himself, created me. I wake up on my birthday and am overjoyed that The Creator of the Universe, formed me specially! (2 Corinthians 5: 17) I get excited further when I reflect on the fact that the reason I am in Christ Jesus, is not because of my ability to believe … but because of God’s power and His plan to redeem me.
Thank You, God, for allowing me to survive another year and to dwell on this earth for 51 years! Thank you for making me sure that I was to live a life of full time ministry, even when I had other plans! Thank you for my husband who has been with me for more than 1/2 of my life! Thank you for blessing me with a ministry partner, Lloyd Chinn, who is also my Christian life partner. Thank You for creating me as a woman. Thank You for allowing your Holy Spirit to move in my heart and lead me to Jesus Christ. Thank You for moving my heart to submit and to serve you for the rest of my life! Lord, I’m having a Happy Birthday … because You love me; You walk with me; You talk with me; You tell me that I am Your own!
God has made us what we are. In Christ Jesus, God made us new people so that we would spend our lives doing the good things he had already planned for us to do.Ephesians 2: 10