The Birthday Gift

First off I just want to thank all of you; friends, family, acquaintences for all of the birthday wishes and gifts. I truly am one blessed woman. Every year I am privelaged to step into more friendships, more meaningful moments, more love, mercy, grace, and continue on in this wonderful journey of life that I enjoy. Every year continues to be better than the last and honestly greater than I ever could have imagined. At the young age of 24 I've already been able to do more than what I once thought possible in a lifetime and I know that is because of a loving Daddy God and the people He has placed in my life. So once again... Thank you, from the bottom of my heart. Last night was my Sunday to speak to Cornerstone's youth group, "House of Fire Youth Church". As I prayed and sought the Lord on what to speak on, I was never given more than the name of Jesus. As I prayed for last night's service yesterday afternoon I couldn't get off the name of Jesus. I couldn't think about anything else, but what Jesus had done on the cross, what Jesus has done in my life, what Jesus continues to do in my life. Just the magnificence of who Jesus is.

So, out of the overflow of a full heart I just spoke about Jesus.

How often do we forget the simplicity of Christianity? I identify with David in the Psalms when he cried out to God saying "Restore to me the joy of my salvation". We can get so caught up in the things of this world. Family, Job, Kids, Significant Others, Money, Work, Responsibility, Ministry, Church, Exercise, Discipline, Hobbies, Football, Cares, Concerns, Struggles, Worries, Other People, etc. . . that we often forget the impact of the day that Christ came in and rescued us.

I remember what I was like before Christ and I remember how radically my life changed when I got saved. May we never forget how desperately we need Jesus, not just then, but even now. May we never forget that as we walk through our streets, grocery stores, and yes church aisles, that there are people who need Him and what He did for you He is willing to do for them.

Jesus Christ, Son of God, crucified on a cross, for your sin, and as 1 John 2:2 says not for our sin only, but for the sins of the whole world. Every person is equal in their need for Jesus. Have we forgotten the joy of our salvation, has the cross ceased to move you? Don't forget who He is and what He's done.

Last night 4 youth came forward to receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of their lives, two of which being on my volleyball team. There simply was no better birthday gift.

Be Blessed,

J. Tate