God is so amazing. Jesus loves me so much.
6 hours ago I was so, so sad. I was sitting here, planning to rock myself to 2011 with tears and ice cream. Well, I welcomed 2011 (east coast time) in tears – tears of thankfulness and worship.
I watched my home church service (shout out to BCF!) and, well, truthfully I didn’t just watch it. From the first song, I was there. I was singing, praising, tweeting like I was home. I loved it.
And God spoke to me. Seriously, Jesus saw my heart, and every song, every word in that sermon pulled me up from the despair I was feeling (and no, I’m not being melodramatic this time). I saw myself, and knew: if that sermon, that service wasn’t for anyone else, it was for me. I was reminded: He holds my moments, He draws me close, He is great, and it is all about Him. There is no God to compare to Him, nobody like Him. He.Is.God. And this year He is calling me to be wilder, jump higher, sing louder, praise greater, live fuller, be freeer. He is calling me to be the me He sees.
And so, I don’t wish you a happy new year, Chocolatiers. I pray a year filled with the anointing and peace of God. A year where you return to the Lover of your soul, where you discover your first love – the love you were created for. Where you fall deeper in love with Him, and through the ups and the downs that will come, that you cling closer to Him. I pray for a year where you experience a little more of your destiny, where you see His anointing in ways you weren’t expecting. Where even in the times of pain, the times of sorrow, you see His hand. Where you remember Him, meet Him, know Him, so that He is truly seen in and through you. A year where He is King, Lord. A year that is all about Him. And yes, this is a dangerous prayer, but can anything be more thrilling? Is there any adventure greater than the pursuit of the One who has never stopped pursuing you?
More than a happy new year, may 2011 be a thrilling, adventurous, and unforgettable year. May this be the year of our passions.