My heart is sad to realize somewhere amidst the busyness of life I have put celebrating on hold. The last few months I have gotten so consumed with endless tasks and busy schedules that have depleted my joy, crushed my heart of gratitude and brought to a place of neglect to celebrate you.. In this moment I am realizing how many incredible gifts God has given me, and how I've received them feeling entitled..this has mentality led me to many busy and joyless days, checking one thing after another off my endless lists, feeling that the purpose I know I was created for is not being lived out, even though I seem to be accomplishing so much.
The sweetest reminder is that regardless of how much I accomplish or don't accomplish, my father in heaven loves me with a passionate and unconditional love. Now THAT is something to celebrate.
As a little child I was deeply wounded by those who were supposed to love me the most. Abused, neglect, abandoned, rejected. The most important people in my life unintentionally engrained in my heart lies that I was not worth much..that I had to strive to earn their approval, acknowledgement and love. I have spent many years unlearning this mentality and canceling such lies with the truth from God's word. I've come to realize we serve a loving God who is so delighted in celebrating us. He is a personal God who longs to know us and journey through life closer to us than anyone, celebrating our every crayon drawing. I have constantly doubted God's love for me because the people who were suppose to love me the most, simply didn't.
I want to apologize to you, friends, that you have not been celebrated and treasured like you deserve to be. I apologize on behalf of every person in your life, that you've allowed close to your heart, who has neglected to celebrate you -- You need to know that you are worth celebrating and worth being acknowledged as someone absolutely irreplaceable. You, my friend, are an unrepeatable miracle and I am so sorry on behalf of everyone and anyone who have ever made you feel otherwise. The truth is, YOU deserve to be celebrated. My hope and prayer is that in the moment your heart is marked with the truth of your value. You can't even imagine how truly loved and treasured you are..God's got so much good in store for you, hold onto hope, forgive those who have neglected to celebrate you and know that the Lord of heavens armies is championing you on..HE is celebrating the fact that you are reading these words of life and being drawn close to His heart through them.
Be blessed, my friend, and open up your heart to the possibility that you can actually get free from the hurt of the past -- I challenge you to forgive those that have wronged you, draw close to the heart of Jesus and watch Him recycle all the pain of your past, making it a beautiful story that will impact countless other in desperate need of hope.
You, my friend, are a big deal.
And I am celebrating you. ❤️🎉