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To Be Alive.

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.~Ephesians 2:10

I celebrated my birthday recently. I’m not going to tell you how old I am…Most people are shocked at my age anyway, since youthful genes run in my family. Additionally, I’m quite petite. Put simply, the number doesn’t matter. These days, I’m pondering life and the lessons I’ve gained more than before.

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Photo by Janko Ferlič on Unsplash

I no longer put societal expectations about age and the timeline for God’s plan for my life together. God has given us each a different story to write. It’s refreshing that none of us is exactly the same. We can always learn from one another and the different ways that God works in each our lives. It can be difficult to understand why the Father gifts one person in a certain way and not another person, but He is sovereign. Only He knows why, as tough as that can be for us to swallow.

In the past year, I had many opportunities to actually “walk in faith.” By the world’s standards, I went about a lot of things in a way that isn’t normally recommended. I think some people think I’m crazy for the peace I’ve gained from Christ about certain areas of my life. But you know what? We serve a faithful, all-powerful God. He has never let me down, and I know that same faithfulness will continue this year and forever.

I am astounded when I think upon the gift of life. Earthly life is definitely not perfect and there are always struggles of various types. Yet when I ponder that this life is a gift, and I could have never existed at all, or even not been given the chance to live…It puts it into a whole new perspective! What a tremendous gift, to live, learn, and love.

I was an idea of the God of the universe! So were you, and every other person in existence at any time. I don’t think our minds can fully comprehend it. What is also profound is that each of us were created for a specific & unique purpose!

I can’t wait to grow closer to Jesus Christ during this next year of my life and to see how He leads me further into the purpose I was created for…

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Photo by Rob Bye on Unsplash
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Happy Birthday, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr!

Today in the USA, we celebrate the birthday of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He was a great man who trumpeted equality in a time when blatant and unashamed inequality reigned. Ultimately, he paid the price for fighting with his life. Still today, his legacy echoes on and encourages us, as we continue to press for true equality for all races. There is still a long, long way to go. Thanks to Martin Luther King Jr.’s example, we can be strong and continue dreaming and working for equality and peace between all races and people.

Check out my thoughts from last year on MLK Jr. and how the way he lived his life can relate to our lives.

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Photo by Jerónimo Bernot on Unsplash

Happy Pentecost!

Happy Pentecost, friends! Today we celebrate the birthday of the Church! I hope today you feel & know the truth of the Holy Spirit at work in your life, and in the world! Jesus promised not to leave us orphans, and sent us the Holy Spirit, that we can call on at any time! Holy Spirit, come upon us!

“When Pentecost day came round, they had all met together, when suddenly there came from heaven a sound as of a violent wind which filled the entire house in which they were sitting; and there appeared to them tongues as of fire; these separated and came to rest on the head of each of them. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak different languages as the Spirit gave them power to express themselves.” Acts 2:1-4

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I found this prayer, attributed to St. Augustine, here.

“Breathe into me, Holy Spirit,
that my thoughts may all be holy.

Move in me, Holy Spirit,
that my work, too, may be holy.

Attract my heart, Holy Spirit,
that I may love only what is holy.

Strengthen me, Holy Spirit,
that I may defend all that is holy.

Protect me, Holy Spirit,
that I may always be holy.”

Have a blessed Pentecost!