A garland of grace and a crown of beauty. -Proverbs 4:9
Going into this next season , God stirred an excitement in me for the beauty of what He has prepared. Not a starting over, but a growth from grace to grace; a going further into the Promised Land and fulfilling our destiny.
I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, a lover of God, and a partner with His Holy Spirit. I am honored to be the wife of the most handsome, wonderful man. We met our senior year of high school and I knew before we even started dating he was the one God chose for me.
We have two beautiful daughters that are 2 years, 11 months apart in age and they are the absolute best of friends. I practiced dental hygiene for over 13 years and loved every minute of it. Every patient and work relationship blessed me over the years. Recently, the Lord shifted my profession to writing and teaching home school to our daughters.
God is the most amazing creator isn’t He?! He invents and designs in the most beautiful ways, ways that are greater than we could ask, think, or imagine. He gives us beauty in the world’s ugly. He gives us victory in the world’s defeat. He gives us hope in the world’s despair. He gives us joy in the world’s sorrow. Just as His word says: HE crowns US with HIS everlasting joy. He was specific with going into this season with that as my “label”—who I am, and who you all are.
I love how God speaks to us in and through his word. He leads us in the plans and paths He has for us. Too often we stop along the way. The journey gets too hard, too uncertain, or even just too comfortable and distracting. The enemy is a master at planning how to steal from us, destroy our lives, and kill our futures, but God! God never leaves you behind. He is your biggest fan, actually He is your biggest lover.
He knows who He created you to be. He knows the gifts He placed inside of you. He not only believes in you, but He has given you His own glory/ His anointing to carry out the vision He gives you. When you find yourself down and stagnant, look in front of you and follow where He wants to lead you.
The visions He has given me over the last decade, He has re-awakened in me. I have always loved writing- it has always been one of my biggest passions. It was always my favorite subject in school and I had to make the decision of what career God was leading me to in college. He directed me to dental hygiene and I know it was perfect for that chapter of life. I wouldn’t trade a single day of it, but I am beyond excited for this next chapter!
When I first began seriously writing again, I closed my eyes and I began praying over what was to come from it and from there I wrote my prayers. He completely directed my writing, as He always does and continues to do. Everytime, I sit down to write, He amazes me at what gets written- I am just His bridge for His pen to paper—-well the good stuff anyway.
Even the wilderness and desert will be glad in those days. The wasteland will rejoice and blossom with spring crocuses. Yes, there will be an abundance of flowers and singing and joy! The deserts will become as green as the mountains of Lebanon, as lovely as Mount Carmel or the plain of Sharon. There the Lord will display His Glory with the splendor of our God. With this news, strengthen those who have tired hands and encourage those who have weak knees. Say to those with fearful hearts, “ Be strong and do not fear [take heart], for your God is coming to destroy your enemies. He is coming to save you.” And when He comes, He will open the eyes of the blind, and unplug the ears of the deaf. The lame will leap like a deer, and those who cannot speak will sing for joy! Springs will gush forth in the wilderness, and streams will water the wasteland. The parched ground will become a pool, and springs of water will satisfy the thirsty land. Marsh grass and reeds and rushes will flourish where desert jackels once lived. And a great road will go through that once deserted land. It will be named the Highway of Holiness. Evil-minded people will never travel on it. It will be only for those who walk in God’s ways; fools will never walk there. Lions will not lurk along its course, nor any other ferocious beasts. There will be no other dangers. Only the redeemed will walk on it. Those who have been ransomed by the Lord will return. They will enter Jerusalem singing, crowned with everlasting joy. Sorrow and mourning will disappear, and they will be filled with joy and gladness.
Choose to receive that “crowning of His everlasting joy”. It’s His JOY He is giving you in the JOurneY, it’s not self joy. Joy comes from the one who created joy. Joy is not necessarily happy because life is easy peasy, JOY is knowing that God’s plans are good. Joy is believing His promises all throughout His word, no matter the circumstances around you. Joy is knowing that He is faithful to bring into manifestation the full abundance of His blessings in your life. He made the way, He is leading you along THAT WAY!
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