Linking Up with Crystal and all the girls at Behind The Scenes
Yes...it is my birthday. And how amazing God is to let it fall on a Tuesday so I get to share with you today ;) Two years ago, 39 found me literally walking into something life changing. I had NO IDEA what God was about to do. Shake up my whole world, change me forever and call me into something I could have never dreamed. And ALL of it has required a whole lot of pain and stripping away and hard work. Two. Whole. Years. I was scared, unsure of myself, who I was and what in the world I was even doing here. Everything was falling apart. But there was something that day He began in me....and here I am. I'm walking into something again I can't even imagine. I can feel it in my bones. Just like I felt the destruction that was coming....I FEEL the restoration that He is bringing. He began it with my physical on my 39th birthday. I couldn't even run the warm up lap when I started my outdoor boot camp. Today finds me training for my first half marathon! As I ran this morning I thanked Him for this body, for the strength He has brought to me through much hard work, sacrifice and tears. It parallels what I have gone through in the spiritual. In all this I have learned that it's just not about me. It's about what He wants to do in me and then through this thing He has called me to. For my good, but also for the good of others. To take my big ol' mess and make something pretty awesome.
He has brought me into this AMAZING family. My two sisters. Not born of my blood, but much more. His blood. Bought and paid for, all three of us, with His sacrifice. He placed me in a family when He pulled me out of the pit. He placed me in unconditional love. So today finds me hopeful, stronger, more sensitive to Him and so very ready for this new He is walking me into. Never alone, not even for a moment. Thankful.
New Living Translation (NLT)
20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people