Matthew 18:2-4 - "He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: "Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven."
I was nine years old when I first encountered God at a summer church camp. I had grown up in a Christian household but never fully understood what it meant to have a relationship with Jesus. But I'll always remember this one night at camp. I heard a song called Blessed be your name. And the lyrics said, " Every blessing You pour out, I'll Turn back to praise, When the darkness closes in, Lord Still I will say, Blessed, be the name of the Lord."
We sang at the top of our lungs, jumping up and down, not as one hundred campers, but as one body of Christ. I had this feeling inside of me I couldn't explain. Other than I knew it was God. And It was in that moment, I realized what it felt like to be loved by the father. I looked around at all these other people I had just met days before and yet felt so at home. I remember looking up at my camp counselor, Autumn. And knowing that she was what I wanted to be when I grew up—a woman who would rather spend her summer pointing a generation to Jesus than do anything else.
That night she helped lead me into a prayer of asking Jesus in my heart for the first time. And it was the start of what I knew to be the rest of my life. I left camp that summer and knew no matter what would happen after that week, I'd turn every blessing back to praise. And when the darkness came in, I'd still proclaim, "blessed, be the name of the lord".
But then life happened. I grew up and the world introduced me to shame, insecurities, and pain.
And the nine-year-old little girl allowed her flame to burn out. Allowing the enemy to consume her every thought and action.
And that moment became just a memory...
Until one day, years later, God brought me back to that place of worshiping him abandon. In sweet surrender. Not caring about what the world thinks, or what friends I would lose because of it. All I wanted to do was spend my life pointing generations to Jesus. Impacting the Kingdom of God, the way my camp counselor, Autumn, did for me.
A lot has happened between having that moment and now. But I can tell you it's been a ride worth riding. And some seasons have been harder than others. But the best part is, God is too good to leave you there. He's allowed me to experience all that I have so that I can now fully understand what it means to choose him. To put him first in my life in every way.
So how did I get to this place of having deep intimacy with Him.
In the next few weeks, I'm going to share what it practically looks like to have a relationship with God. And how truly giving my life to Him has been the greatest adventure I could ever ask for. And I hope by the end of this series, you'll be able to say the same if you haven't already.
I was nine years old when I first encountered God. But I was twenty-three when I fully dove into my purpose. It's never too late, you're never too gone, or too far from God for him to use you.
Because if you have a pulse you have a purpose. God isn't done with you yet.
He will leave the 99 to find the 1.
“If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them wanders away, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others on the hills and go out to search for the one that is lost?" - Matthew 18:12
So get ready! March is going to be life-changing!
Next Monday, we're jumping into what I've learned about what it means to surrender.
Know that I'm praying for you. I'm believing for a breakthrough, for freedom, and a new revelation over your life!
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If you haven't read my blog, " Why I gave up religion," I want to invite you to read it before jumping into the March Blogs. Because recognizing first what relationship is and is not, will be the foundation of things I talk about this month.