A year older….

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Well, well well, it’s my birthday! and am 18 all over again….. (rolling eyes), oh well once you pass the age of 25, we cease to mention our age anymore. As this day drew closer and closer, a song kept ringing in my head and for the better part of yesterday, I kept singing it over and over, the song is Redeemer, Saviour, Friend by Darrell Evans…

I know you had me on my mind,
When you climbed up on that hill,
For you saw me with eternal eyes,
While I was yet in sin,

Redeemer, Saviour, Friend.

Every Stripe upon your battered back,
And every thorn that pieced your brow,
Every nail drawn deep through guiltless hands,
Said that your love knows no end,

Redeemer Saviour Friend

Redeemer,
Redeem my heart again,
Saviour come and shelter me from sin,
You’re familiar with my weakness,
Devoted to the end,

Redeemer, Saviour, Friend.

So the grace you poured upon my life,
Will return to you in praise,
And I’ll gladly lay down all my crowns,
For the name by which I am saved.

Redeemer Saviour Friend.

This song summarises what God did for us. Before we were born, before we came into existence, He saw us with eternal eyes, and for that, HE climbed upon that hill and died for us. He was beaten on His back, they put a crown of thorns on His head, and nails were driven in his hands and feet, all because of us, and because HE loved us so much, He made the ULTIMATE SACRIFICE for us, He was crucified, He bled until He couldn’t bleed anymore, only water came out of His wounds. He carried the weight of the world, He carried the sins of the world so that you don’t have to live a life of guilt.

As I turn a year older, I thank God that He has made me into who I am today, spiritually, I am not the same Cynthia I was a few years back! My God has transformed me into another person. The trials that HE allowed to come my way didn’t break me, but instead they built me, they made me stronger, they made me who I am today. It is not by my power, it is not by my strength, but it is by the grace of God! When the enemy wanted to destroy me, when everything looked as if it was the end of the world for me, my God came through. When everything around me looked dead, when I had lost all hope, when I was angry at Him and kept asking Him why everything was going from bad to worse, He didn’t rebuke me, HE didn’t get mad, instead He embraced me, He held me tight, an embrace that no one else can hold. He has given me the Joy of Salvation, everyday is a learning lesson, you can’t get enough of Him, you can’t get enough of His Spirit, His Grace is sufficient, His mercies are new every morning. Can you imagine if God’s grace wasn’t sufficient for all of us? can you imagine if we didn’t have His mercy? where would we be? would there even be a world? He is an AMAZING GOD. So loving, so caring, so faithful.

Lord thank you for letting me see yet another year, thank you! I am forever grateful for what you have done in my life, and what you will do in my life. Thank you for the wonderful people who have surrounded my life, my loving husband and my two lovely boys, my parents, family and friends. William Mcdowell sung, ‘I give myself away, so you can use me,’ today Lord, this is my prayer, that as I start yet another year, I give myself away to you, that you may use me, for your Glory, for your kingdom. Less of me, and more of you, less of me and more of you! This is the desire of my heart, this is what I was born to do, to worship you and Glorify your name. Awake oh my soul, God resurrect my bones to bring you Glory! May I be a better wife, a better mother, a better friend, cousin, niece, aunty, I pray to be a better person than I was last year and by the grace of God, I know I will achieve it.

I can go on and on, and just write about the goodness of God, its endless, I can’t bring myself to completion. From the time I was conceived, to the day I was born, until today, the 18th of August 2016, it has been nothing but the Grace of God. Thank you Father, for allowing me to live these years, and I pray I will see many more years, so that I may live to testify of your goodness, in the land of the living. Today if you hear His voice, do not harden your heart.

Amen

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