“It was whilst I was reading the Book of Exodus that I realized there was still plenty of hope left for me to become the person God created me to be. Like Moses’ example showed me, it was not going to be a quick process!
I began reading Exodus prior to turning forty years old. I was filled with a sense of excitement; this was going to be the year I started to fulfil my dreams, straighten out my life, and let go of past hurts to become the person God intended.
On the morning of my birthday, I told my husband what a wonderful feeling it was to be forty years old, how I was going to release the burdens from my past and start trusting God to equip me for the future.
Shortly after I declared this, our eight-year-old daughter walked into the room. “You know, Mommy,” she said, “God let the Israelites wander in the desert for forty years then brought them out of the desert into the Promised Land. You are forty today.”
In Joel 2:28 God declares, “I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy.” It was as if God were speaking directly to me through her, confirming what I was feeling. In fact, someone once asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up; she said she wanted to be a prophet. This response from a child who dislikes Sunday school, tolerates going to church, but loves her Bible.
I then realized the only way I would be able to discern God’s divine purpose for my life was to spend significantly more time studying His Word, praying, meditating, and asking Him to reveal His purpose for me.
The same daughter stuck a sheet of paper on the wall above my desk with the following words written from Isaiah 40:8: “The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever”.
She typed out these words in big black letters then decorated it with beautiful stickers. It is a reminder to me of how powerful the words in the Bible are.” Extract from God’s Promise for Families
Today I turned 51!
As I reflect on the past 11 years I am filled with a sense of awe, amazement and gratitude to God for keeping all His promises to me. Some are yet to come to pass but others have already come to fruition.
I am growing into the woman God created me to be. On a daily basis, as I spend time with Him, I am beginning to develop confidence and realize that I am worthy in His sight.
My life still has a sign “CAUTION, WORK IN PROGRESS” but on a daily basis there is progress!
Ruth Bell Graham, the wife of the famous evangelist Billy Graham, has these words inscribed on her tombstone:
“End of construction. Thank you for your patience”
She chose these words herself before her death. She had once seen this sign posted by the side of a road that had been many months under construction. It told drivers that their faithful patience was now being rewarded and the road was finished – no more delays. She reputedly commented:
“What a marvelous image for the Christian life – a work under construction until we go to be with God. That’s what I want as my epitaph.”(Disciple’s Diary, R.Wayne Stacy)
I want my epitaph to read “God made and painted me!” (1) but I agree fully with Ruth that my life is continually under construction until I go to be with the Lord.