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#Repost: And Blessed Is She Who Still Believes At 38

***This is an updated repost of my blog post from December 29, 2016.

Guess what ya’ll? Tomorrow is my birthday!

birthday

I can’t believe I am 38! When I wrote this post 3 years ago, I was a few years younger, and less wise. A lot has happened and changed in these last 1,095 days. I moved to the great state of Texas. I became an author and published my first devotional for Lady In Waiting 222. I finally paid off my undergraduate loans. I started seeing a therapist (for positive reasons!). I created Christ, Coffee & Conversations, a local and mobile supportive community of women who are actively walking together in life while waiting. I have learned so much from the Lord and life experiences in these last 3 years. While a lot has changed, the one thing that hasn’t is that I am still blessed because I still believe at 38.

And blessed…is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of the things that were spoken to her from the Lord.

Luke 1:45, AMPC

I still believe that I will be married one day to my purpose mate and have a family of my own. I still believe I will be debt free by December 20, 2021 (or sooner). I still believe that I will be in full time business, traveling the world using the gifts God has given me to advance His Kingdom and for His glory.

My life isn’t necessarily what I expected or planned. It has thrown me a few curves balls and I have had to walk through some very difficult and painful seasons. I’ve had to mourn some losses, including the loss of my father a little over 1 month ago, who was the first man I ever loved. Some of my prayers have not yet been answered, but…

I am grateful. Grateful that not only have I lived to see another year, but I am also blessed to see a new year, and still believe every word God has ever spoken to me. You may be wondering what I mean by a new year. Well, unlike others who celebrate the new year on January 1, 2020, when the calendar officially changes and we enter a new decade, my new year starts tomorrow, on my birthday.

In this new year of my life, I am truly counting my blessings and naming them one by one. I am blessed beyond measure and truly undeserving. Let me be completely clear: my blessings are NOT contingent on or because of what I have done or achieved in these last 3 years. It’s because I am eternally loved by the One who gave His life for me. The issue of my value was settled once and for all on the Cross. I am blessed because the Lord’s Word, that which He has spoken to me is sent out:

…and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all [He] want[s] it to, and it will prosper everywhere [He] send[s] it.

Isaiah 55:11, NLT

I am blessed because I still choose to believe at 38. I haven’t allowed the things I have been waiting on to hinder me from becoming God’s best right NOW, in every area of my life. I choose to believe, just like Mary, who was an engaged virgin that was told she would be giving birth to a miracle, the Savior of our world.

That very environment would be tough for the average person to believe. I mean, let’s think about it. What if someone came to you and told you she was going to give birth to a baby, but was still claiming to be a virgin? You probably would be thinking, “Girl, stop playing.  That’s not possible.” It’s downright crazy, right? Yet, Mary still believed.

Are you crazy enough to continue to believe Him and what He has spoken in and to you, even though you have yet to see a fulfillment of it manifested in the natural? What about the things you have been waiting for? Will you still believe that He can do it?

May you realize today and remember this one truth, every day of your life:

You are already blessed, not because of what you have or what you have done/do, but simply because you believe in the God who has spoken to you.

Let’s wait with anticipation for the fulfillment of what has been spoken to us by the Lord.

Let’s walk into our new year and new decade with full confidence in the One whose Word does not return to Him void.

Let’s continue to worship the One who is still sovereign and so truly desires to give us the things we have been waiting for… and even better!

Merry Christmas!

Then the Lord God made a woman

Genesis 2:22, NLT

Scripture references: The Holy Bible (NLT, AMPC)

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