It is hard to believe that one full year passed since I celebrated my last birthday. Time goes by so quickly!
For all the years that I have spent on this earth so far, I consider each one a blessing and I could not have asked for more.
I am overwhelmed with joy to the point that I am in tears. So much has transpired. I have been on the mountain tops and I have been in deep, dark valleys. I have even been in scorching, hot water at times.
But what I cherish the most about all these years are my valley experiences that have taught me about life and a little about myself, of who I am and the reason for my creation and for my existence.
If you are surprised that I said I learned a little about myself, I am just as surprised as you are. The truth is, I should have learned much more but I did not and still find myself making mistakes, some repeated ones and also some new ones.
Another reality is that some of us are slow learners so it takes a few times for the teacher to teach the lesson until the student gets it. 🙂 All this must take place before moving on to something new.
Nevertheless, I am happy to be sharing this moment with you. I am happy to be celebrating my birthday today January 19th, 2015 in this virtual ballroom called EMB (Empowerment Moments Blog)
I thank God for His goodness, loving-kindness, grace and His mercy. Above all I thank God for His un-conditional love – His love that never causes me to feel ashamed, to feel less than or insignificant.
Each day I am determined to push harder, to aim higher, and to dream the impossible dreams and hope and pray for His favor to bring my dreams to reality.
I am dedicated to the call that is upon my life. I will continue to push through my pain and make it the voice through which love speaks to touch the hurting, wounded and lost souls.
I want you to know that you are not alone. I have been at that place of disappointment, hurt, pain and brokeness where you are right now. The same God who brought me out will bring you out of the darkness into His glorious new light and life.
So instead of saying happy birthday to Yvonne, I say happy birthday to you in advance when you experience first-hand your new birth in Christ. God loves you and wants what is best for you!