My nostrils delighted in the smell of coffee and Chick-fil-A minis. The day had finally arrived. AWAKEN 1 Day was upon us! The theme of the conference: “ALL SHOOK UP!”
As I stepped inside the building, I paused as I sensed the presence of the Holy Spirit. He heard our united cries. Today (Saturday, November 8th) was going to be a good day.
Friends, on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday…my health had been ALL SHOOK UP! I struggle with an autoimmune disease. My Myasthenia Gravis punched me hard the week of November 3rd. God answered the prayers of my warriors, and I was able to serve the entire day of the AWAKEN 1 Day Conference, sponsored by Church 4 Chicks. I had the privilege of serving at the book table of author and speaker, Valorie Burton. She and her assistant Wade, (who happens to be her younger brother) were a delight to work alongside.
As one of the key-note speakers, Valorie’s message was on gratitude. With Veterans Day and Thanksgiving being in November, what a timely reminder it was!
Friends, did you know that in the midst of the trauma of divorce, rebellious children, extreme health issues, death, drama, etc. we still have reason to rejoice?!
Valorie beautifully reminded us that though we grieve the devastation we sometimes face in this life; we ALWAYS have a reason to give thanks. We must acknowledge and grieve our hurt, but don’t wallow in it. Look up!
I contemplate the second stanza of the hymn, Sometimes a Light Surprises, by William Cooper. (Cooper struggled with dark melancholy.)
“In holy contemplation we sweetly then pursue
the theme of God’s salvation and find it ever new;
set free from present sorrow, we cheerfully can say,
Let the unknown tomorrow bring with it what it may.”
Dear one, are you saved from your sin by the grace of God? If not, write to us to learn more about becoming a Christian.
Are you already a Christian but life is feeling “ALL SHOOK UP?!”
Open your Bible. Meditate. Pray.
“In holy contemplation sweetly pursue the theme of God’s salvation; find it ever new.”
Say with me, “Let the unknown tomorrow bring with it what it may!”
On Thanksgiving Day enjoy your time to feast with friends and family, but don’t stop there! Go around the table and share your burdens and pray for one another. And please make sure everyone shares a way God has blessed him/her over the last year!