March 15, 2010

The Week in Words - Birthday Edition

http://breathoflifeministries.blogspot.com/2010/01/announcing-week-in-words.html


Today is my birthday. My sister-in-law sent me a "Happy 21st Birthday" text this morning, and it hit me that 21 was half a lifetime ago. Yes, I'm 42 today. It sounds strange to hear those words coming from my mouth (or, in this case, my fingers). When I was 21, I pictured my life at 42 much differently. And I'm thankful - so thankful - that my plans didn't prevail.

I started this day like any other, alone with my Jesus. But today was different, powerful. My very own birthday gift from my Abba. He used my Bible reading in Numbers (I'm a little behind) and my study of Hebrews to speak into my soul:

But my servant Caleb, because he has a different spirit and has followed me fully, I will bring into the land into which he went, and his descendants shall possess it. - Numbers 14:24 (ESV)

Oh! I want to have a different spirit! I want to follow God fully! I want to enter the Promised Land that He has for me, so that CJ and her children will possess it. I want it to be said of me that I was faithful.

After I prayed for these things, I went on to my study of Hebrews. And what did I find there?

What kind of faith is necessary to have real rest in this life? Faith that trusts God wholeheartedly with our lives, faith that leaves behind the desert existence of expecting this world to meet our needs, faith that moves forward with God into the life He is holding out for us.

Suddenly it hit me that I've been living in the desert, only I didn't see it. I thought I was in the Promised Land because it looked pretty good. The security, the affirmations, the stuff...all a deceptively beautiful mirage; something I wanted so badly that I imagined it for myself. But today, Jesus calls me to live differently and to be different, to quit building castles out of desert sand, to refuse to settle for a mirage because He wants to deliver the real thing. 

It's the best birthday gift I've ever received.

I'm glad you stopped by to share my birthday with me! What words spoke to you this week? Share the direct link below.







10 comments:

morninglight mama said...

Happy, happy 21st times two! I hope you have peace and joy today!!

Joanne (The Simple Wife) said...

Happy birthday!

Loved reading about your quiet time today. I had one of those too--one that felt like a birthday gift from God. And it included some desert thoughts too. Hmm...!

Isaiah 43. He loves me. Period.

Wishing you a terrific day, friend!

J.

Carrie said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MELISSA!!!!!!!!!!!!

Blessings of life, wisdom and peace be yours this year.

Hope you have an AWESOME day!

Lisa writes... said...

Happy, happy birthday!!!

Barbara H. said...

A very happy birthday to you! I am 52, and I can tell you the 40s weren't bad at all. :-)

It's so wonderful when the Lord speaks to us in a direct and special way through His Word.

Alana said...

First of all, Happy Birthday, friend!!

Second of all, thanks so much for sharing this with me today...

"What kind of faith is necessary to have real rest in this life? Faith that trusts God wholeheartedly with our lives, faith that leaves behind the desert existence of expecting this world to meet our needs, faith that moves forward with God into the life He is holding out for us."
-Nancy Guthrie

I had to read it a few times it was so good and so RELEVANT to my life right now. Wow.

Susanne said...

A very happy birthday!

I love your quotes and they are speaking to me at this time in my life too! Don't you love when God does that?!

jenmom said...

Happy Birthday! Praying God blesses your socks off today!!!

Having a giveaway of some Phil Vischer videos on my blog. Please send anyone you know with young children my way!

Thanks!

Sandi said...

. . .just think this is your very FIRST time to be 42! What an adventure.

Hope you have a super-fabulous-can't-believe-God-loves-me-THIS-much-it's-a-miracle kind of birthday!

Jillian, Inc said...

Happy birthday sweet friend!