I’m home and I’m tired. But it’s a good tired. When you journey with God, life often feels as if you’re being carried along with the wind. It’s adventurous, mysterious, exciting, and sometimes tiresome. However, being wearied by the adventures of God is worth it!! It’s like holding tight to a fast moving train that weakness the body and steals your breath away, but boy, what a ride!!
I’ve just returned from Colorado where the Lord, once again, was faithful in every way! This trip fell on the heels of She Speaks, but the strength of the Lord– through your prayers– sustained me. Thank you!
I also want to thank each of you for your kind and encouraging words about my talk Sunday morning at She Speaks. I have, in turn, placed those comments before the Lord who is worthy of your praise. As I shared in my talk, it is only by His great mercy that you and I are even qualified to serve Him. With that being said…in our humanness, we often fail. But praise God for His grace and forgiveness.
I’d like to apologize for the quote I used in the close of my talk—which apparently came from a New Age author, Marianne Williamson. I had no clue or else I wouldn’t have used the quote. I do not, I repeat…I do not support or agree with any new age teachings or ideas.
I first heard this quote in the movie, “Lean On Me” in the 1980’s. Desiring to use the quote, I googled for the name of the author so that I could give credit where credit is due. That’s when I discovered it was written by Marianne Williamson. In my search, I did discover that some are not convinced that this quote originated with her. Since I couldn’t find the original author, I used her name—something I now regret doing. Whether she is the original author or not, doesn’t excuse the fact that I should have researched the person I was quoting from. Hopefully, you will learn from my mistake, and hopefully you will extend to me “grace, grace, grace.”
On a happier note, my daughter returned from youth camp a new creation in Christ!!
Peyton asked Jesus to be her Savior and Lord when she was six years old. As she grew, and began to understand in a deeper way what Christ had done for her, she has had doubts about her Salvation. I would tell her to listen to the leading of Holy Spirit—He would guide her. And that he did!!
Often times, we doubt our Salvation experience because, like Peyton, we didn’t fully understand at the time what it all meant—or we are not daily practicing and participating in our relationship with God. Having a passionate love relationship with God is no different than any other relationship we have. We must nurture it, spend time growing it, and getting to know our God or else we’ll grow lax.
At camp, Peyton felt the nudge of the Holy Spirit asking her to make certain her commitment to the Lord. She was baptized last night!
Her testimony is beautiful. I’ve asked her to share it with you. Peyton writes:
“I no longer feel unworthy. I no longer doubt! I will no longer live below the standard God has for me in friendships or dating. I see myself as a beautiful creation. The flaws that once plagued me are now viewed as unique designs—beauty marks given to me by my creator. For I am uniquely designed and gifted to live and bring glory to God. I understand that to keep my passion alive, I must meet with God daily, hide His word into my heart and obey it. Then, my life will be a success…for it will be a testimony to God’s goodness. ”
Well, I don’t know about you but I have snot hanging from my nose. Are tears good for the keyboard? All I know is the Lord has answered my prayer! “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.” (3 John 1;4).
While this is fresh on Peyton’s heart, I asked her to write to the “doubting Peyton” and to the “I’m not pretty, Peyton” and the “I feel so unworthy, Peyton” so when those lies come knocking on her hearts door, she will have an answer and be able to speak truth to herself. I would like to encourage you to do the same.
I know that you were encouraged and inspired at She Speaks. Take time to write down these truths. When doubt comes knocking, you’ll have something to return to. In your own words, you’ll find truth and confidence not to lose heart but to press on for the cause of Christ. It’s okay to stir yourself up in the Lord. David did. We can too.
Sweet blessings to each of you!