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balloonsOver the past few weeks we’ve been doing a lot of celebrating at our house.  First we celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary.  Then, the 1 year anniversary of Robert’s kidney transplant.  Just the other day we celebrated my birthday.  I am now 44 years young.  🙂

Soon we’ll be celebrating my 5th birthday.  My rebirth.  The day I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior and invited God into my life.

Five years ago I was a crazy mess.  I was overwhelmed with my circumstances and didn’t know which way was up.  My heart was empty and broken.  I didn’t know how to love my husband or be the mother my children needed me to be.

Before I was married with children my focus was always on myself.  What I wanted to do and how I wanted to do it.  Then when I got married it was about my husband.  Well, actually, that’s not true.  It was still about me.  It was about how my husband needed to make everything about me.  Then when I had kids it became all about them and how I needed to do everything for them and give everything to them.  Through all of that I became lost, confused and empty.unfamiliar path

God helped me find myself.  He helped me understand it was important to take care of myself.  I was no good to anyone feeling lost, confused and empty.  He taught me how to take care of myself without being selfish.

My 40’s have been filled with the hardest struggles of my life.  My 40’s have also been the best years of my life.  The blessings I have received from God being a part of my life far out way the difficult trials.  My family and I have truly moved mountains with God.

….if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move.  Nothing will be impossible for you.  Matthew 17:20

As I recently told a friend, “God has taken me so far out of the box, I can no longer see the box”.  I have to admit, stepping out of my comfort zone and into change has been scary at times.  Knowing and believing that God will equip me to do all He calls me to do turns scary into exciting!  Out of the box with Jesus is where I choose to stay.

I have found the ‘Fountain of Youth’!  God.  We are each a child of God.  Some have just been hereeternal life on Earth longer than others.  Some have invited Him into their lives and some have not.  The more we seek after God and build a relationship with Him, the more He fills us with child like love and joy, that only comes from God the Father, our Creator.  Through Jesus, the son of God, we can have eternal life in heaven.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  John 3:16

My prayer for us today ~ Lord, I thank you for the peace and joy you give us when we seek You.  I pray we take time throughout each day to listen for Your guidance and will for our life, Amen

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