You CAN Celebrate (even if you don't feel like it at all)

It’s no secret that I love this time of year. It’s always so full of energy. There are new beginnings and hard-earned endings. People celebrate all through May, and it feels like the Christmas season of the spring. I always love a good holiday, but all this happy celebration (just like Christmastime) can punctuate the sadness and struggles you may be facing.

I know that a constant barrage of achievements and college degrees might make you wonder where you really stand. I know that watching wedding after wedding can be emotionally exhausting. I know that one more engagement might tip your heart over the edge. I know that Mother’s Day can be full of grief for whatever reason…missing your own mother, infertility, postpartum depression, miscarriage, not “measuring up” as a mother, etc & so forth.

And you might be asking all sorts of questions,

Am I making it?

Am I falling behind?

Am I good enough?

Why do I feel so lost?

So I just want to remind you of some truth.

God made you and you are valuable. God has a purpose for you and this season of your life is part of it. God loves you as you are, and delights in making you more like Himself. God thinks of you all the time and He doesn’t limit His precious thoughts toward you based on your status, station, failure, or achievement. God says you are mine and I am yours!

You are not on a game board with all your friends in which God moves you like a little pawn to the red square and then moves your friend to the green square which happens to be in front of you by a long-shot (in your opinion, anyway). Well, that’s just not how God works. There’s no game-board, no squares, no pawns, and no evil agenda.

There’s you and God.

And He loves you so much for the woman that you are today, right in this moment, no strings attached.

But you know what?

God wants you to become more like Himself. God desires all of you, and earth-bound life is you becoming more like Him. This becoming travels down all kinds of roads. Sometimes that road is marriage, or singleness, or heartache, or joy, or laying down dreams and picking up the new ones you’re given. But the bottom line is…God knows you right here, right now and He delights in your becoming.

He will also never leave you undone.

You might feel like you’re living in a broken story, but God’s purpose for you is far from broken. Your dreams are nothing compared to God’s plans. Your thoughts are not God’s thoughts.Your ways are not God’s ways. Since God will not leave you unfinished, you can stop fast-forwarding your story. God really knows what’s He’s doing, and this season is a part of it. 

So I guess I’m trying to tell you that you are FREE to live and celebrate wherever you happen to be right now! I’m not talking bubbly bursts of enthusiasm…I’m talking deep soul celebration.

Celebrate the woman God is making of you. Celebrate the confidence you can have in His purpose for you. Celebrate the joy and comfort He gives you for this season of life. Celebrate that your story isn’t over yet. Celebrate that you get life with God and that God wants life for you!

Then, cheer on your friends. Chances are they’re on the becoming road too. They’re asking the same troubling questions, so remind them of the truth–

God made you and you are valuable. God has a purpose for you and this season of your life is part of it. God loves you as you are, and delights in making you more like Himself. God thinks of you all the time and He doesn’t limit His precious thoughts toward you based on your status, station, failure, or achievement. God says you are mine and I am yours!

The road you are on to become more like God is the best road you could be on. Did you get that? You are on the right road right now, so just travel it on down and don’t jam the fast-forward button. You’e got life from the God of all LIFE and He wants abundant life for you!

Let Him have His way with you.

This story isn’t over yet.

Go ahead,

breathe in deep

exhale

now celebrate.


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