Morning Splendor

Yesterday, I hosted our women’s weekly luncheon at my home.  Throughout the summer we are sharing our personal stories and testimonies with one another, creating both an opportunity for us to get to know one another better, while glorifying the Lord.

I began my story by sharing Psalm 34:1-4, I will praise the LORD at all times. I will constantly speak His praises. I will boast only in the LORD; let all who are helpless take heart. Come, let us tell of the LORD’s greatness; let us exalt His name together. I prayed to the LORD, and He answered me. He freed me from all my fears.

You see, God has been so good to me!  My life was not always so blessed, but in His faithfulness, He led me out of the miry clay and set my feet upon a rock (Jesus), and not only delivered me from all my fears, but poured out immeasurably His unfailing love, mercy and favor upon my broken heart.

At a writing conference a few years ago, the speaker asked us to try to sum up our life legacy in 6-8 words.  Immediately these six profound words came flowing from  my spirit: Was lost, now found and loved.  And that really says it all!

As a child I was lost, as a young adult the Spirit found me, and as a middle-aged adult, I truly began to experience His all-encompassing, undeserved, amazing LOVE! To know He loves me and created me for Himself has transformed my life. As I have gotten older, I have began to grow in His love, bearing the fruit of Kingdom living. 

Yesterday, while looking back and sharing the process, I once more realized just how thankful I was for all the incredible times He has intervened and blessed my life.  He had delivered, healed, restored, renewed and inspired me over and over and over!

But with all that said, I also realized I was a willing and proactive recipient.  As Henry Blackabee says, I chose to join God in His work. He wills and works according to His purpose, but because of our free will, we can daily chose whether to join Him or not.

In closing, I encourage you in two things: First of all to spend some quality quiet time reflecting and looking back upon your life for the many blessings the Lord has bestowed on you.  And secondly, to recommit your life to follow hard after Him. As Proverbs 4:18 says, But the good man walks along in the ever-brightening light of God’s favor; the dawn gives way to morning splendor. 

May the Presence of the Lord be a light unto your path, creating morning splendor in all your do!

-The Quilted Poetess

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