Psalm 139.13 For you created me in my inmost being you knit me together in my mother's womb
I think flourishing begins with knowing ‘whose’ we are. Knowing that we are not an accident and that we have been created on purpose for a purpose.
I accepted Jesus when I was in fourth grade. I read my Bible off and on, went to church off and on, and even went to an occasional Christian Bible camp. I knew God was real and I knew I was going to Heaven. I believed everything in the Bible but I didn't know that I was missing out on something else.
I remember the first time I realized that Jesus wanted a relationship with me. I was in my twenties on my bed and I had this ‘aha’ moment as I was praying.
It was not longer about the do's and don'ts.
It was no longer about the rules and being good.
It was about entering into a relationship with the creator of the universe, with my heavenly dad.
From then on I have been on a journey of finding out what that looks like and what it means to be in a relationship with Him.
God gave me this vision last year that goes along with the scripture in Jeremiah 1:5:
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart, I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”
I was in the prayer house at Bethel in Redding, California last year and God gave me a vision. I was in the womb, and He was holding me with His hands forming me. He was putting all of my quirks, all of my talents and gifts, my crazy sense of humor in me. He said to me, “Kendal, I spoke the entire world into motion. I said light and there was light, I spoke the stars into their place, I spoke the animals into existence. But with you, I took my time, I used my hands. I held you, I formed you. I've been thinking about you forever." It was this crazy encounter moment with God where He went from being this creator in Heaven a long way off to an intimate loving father. We say God loves us, He’s near, He's involved but it's not until He speaks to your spirit and you encounter Him one on one that it actually begins to make sense. The Scriptures comes alive and the Bible stops just being a history book and becomes a love letter that He wrote just to you.
God doesn't just like us, or tolerate us or even need us. He wants us. He adores us. He craves to be intimate with us, to be near us like he was when He was forming us.
Just as He walked in the garden with Adam and Eve, He craves that kind of friendship with us. He wants to talk to us about life. Our ups our downs. What excites us. What saddens us. He wants to reveal His plans for our life, He wants to walk through it all with us. He isn't a far off distant father who is sitting on the sidelines watching life happen to us. No, He is close. He is personal and He is involved when we invite Him in.
by Kendal Kelly
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