In the past couple of days I have gotten to meet with and catch up with someone who I haven’t had the pleasure of connecting with on a regular basis and what a gift that person was!
I was given the opportunity to look back and remember and reflect on decisions I made and how God showed up for me in the last several months and it was nothing short of amazing!
While there were some incredibly difficult things going on for me personally, I can’t help but look back with sheer delight as I see the incredible gifts that are bestowed on me!
I got these huge gifts poured out on me. Being able to spend time with and be loved on in Seattle with the only example I knew of a loving family…beyond words amazing!
1 John 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.
Redemption Immersion…oh my gosh…so much to be thankful for here. Relationally, God just blew every expectation of mine completely out of the water! I got to know people who I have looked up to and encouraged me in a much more deep and intimate way—I got to meet and be loved on by some incredible ladies who quickly found a special place in my heart and life. I was gifted this extraordinary friendship that amazes me and ushers me into a place of recognizing the sweet love of my Jesus every time we talk/text/or are together! Showing me and allowing me the freedom to be me–the unfiltered, raw and skipping-after-God–me! The relationship with my daughter changed direction as I let go of my own expectations of what she should be doing and what it should look like—and instead gave her room to be who God made her to be…
Priceless mentor training—wow—Priceless…I was encouraged to do and share things that completely terrified me and yet God held me, protected me and faithfully brought me through. I was completely covered by Him in such a tangible way. Sometimes through people, sometimes by the gift of overwhelming peace when I was so darn scared, sometimes with an undeniable sureness of my next step…though always knowing God was helping me.
Its crazy cool!
Proverbs 17:17 A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
There has been a theme of deep intimacy and godly relationship as I get to show up and be just me—a place where each person is respected and honored. Where love and grace balance truth and challenge. When I can be the goofy, not-put-together, reflective me…and still be loved.
What a gift! I have an incredible life to be thankful for and initial my response (though completely subdued compared to the major fireworks display going off in my head) is to sit in a place of wide-eyed amazement and know time after time that here is place where God showed up for me!