Thank you Lord!

Yesterday I turned 38 and I see God at work in my life in so many ways and the cry of my heart is thank you Lord.

I see my reflection in the mirror and I know without a shadow of a doubt that chains have been broken and I am seeing a greater manifestation of what God has promised me. And the cry of my heart is thank you Lord.

 

I see my husband who continues his tradition of taking the day off work to give me some time to myself. He humors me and satisfies my super sentimental side and decorates our kitchen in the same color scheme of our wedding almost 15 years ago.  I see how much I am loved by him in the simplest ways. And the cry of my heart is thank you Lord.

me and tyrone on my bday

 

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I see my six healthy children who are excited that it is my birthday.  They know that by the end of the day, we will be sitting in somebodies restaurant celebrating.  One plays happy birthday on the piano. I get a custom made card and hugs and kisses.  And the cry of my heart is thank you Lord.

me and kids in van on my bday

 

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isaiah eating on my bday

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I see all the numbers of my family and friends displayed on my phone.  They called and texted with happy birthday messages.  I was thought of and I am loved.  And the cry of my heart is thank you Lord.

I see the pieces of my life coming together.  I see my story unfolding in the most beautiful inconvenient ways.  And the cry of my heart is thank you Lord.

I see my perspective on my past changing; no more wondering why for the parts that were painful.  Because redemption is stamped all over me.  And the cry of my heart is thank you Lord.

I see that as I tell every part of my story, God masterfully uses it to bring freedom to others.  And the cry of my heart is thank you Lord.

I see the words “You were born to fly,” painted on wood as I was strolling in the store ALL BY MYSELF and I smile because that is my testimony.  And the cry of my heart is thank you Lord.

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Anika Jones

About the Author

Anika Jones

Anika Jones is a speaker and author of the book Lessons Learned Along The Way: A 40 Day Devotional. She blogs about faith and family at LivingForLater.com and posts weekly videos on her YouTube channels, Living For Later (@livingforlater) and Living Life Now (@livinglifenow). Anika loves speaking about developing intimacy with God and understanding who we are in Christ. She serves alongside her husband in ministry. They live in Illinois with their 6 children.

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