Romans 8:28-31 (NIV)" 28And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. 29For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.
31What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?"
It's such a great feeling when you get hit with joy from the Lord. There really is nothing like it and it's something you want to hang onto forever. The other day I was hit with joy at the mere thought that God had me on His radar for a long time. I mentioned this to a very dear friend of mine. I told her how my parents did not have my sister and I grow up in church. My realization was that my foundation was laid by my grandparents. Every summer, when we visited them, they made sure to take us to church. Made sure we were active in church. My fondest memories were of being in the church choir. God flowed through our words and through those who heard our song. Then once the summer was over, back to our home and no church.
When I look back, I sigh at the fact it took me awhile to accept His call. But with a huge smile, I cherish the fact He chose me. (Matthew 22:14 "For many are called, but few are chosen") A large majority of my family on my father's side, are religious. No doubt to varying degrees, but none the less, I was meant to walk this walk. There are times it can be very rough, but I thank God I have a Father who is patient, kind, loving, and full of mercy and grace.
Thank you Jesus for choosing me, changing me, and equipping me to do Your work. Onward I press!!!!