Be Ye Glad

As I watched the Kendrick Brother’s documentary, Show Me the Father, I was touched by the segment on The Father’s Blessing. It described the need that everyone has for affirmation in their lives by those who love them!  It’s hard to really see ourselves from another’s perspective.  What a blessing it is to receive affirmation of your skills, your ministry to others, and your attitude towards God from another person!

About 12 years ago, I came across a creative way to affirm my fellow choir members in the National Christian Choir.  Having been in the Choir for over 20 years at that time, I knew most of my fellow singers well and the Lord led me to give them a special Christmas present – an anagram of their first names.  It was a special and unexpected gift and was graciously received.  Many people told me how blessed they were to receive it.

You can easily do this for yourself, your spouse, your children and grandchildren, other relatives, church members, special neighbors and friends.  As an example, here is my anagram:  J = joyful; O = overcomer; Y = yearning for His return; C = caring/compassionate; and E = encourager.  For me, those qualities reflect what Jesus has done in my life over the past 45 years.

As you consider this project, it is the perfect time to reflect what God has done in your life and how you have responded to His loving care.  He is faithful to turn the hard times into blessings within your character. In Isaiah 61:3 (NASB), the prophet says that the Lord gives us beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, a mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting.  So, we will be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.  As you walk with the Lord, has any of these things happened to you?  Do you feel affirmed as His precious child and know that He loves you above all else? Do you trust Him more each day, especially in these very difficult times?  Do you know that you are the apple of His eye?

Ponder these things during this season of Lent and see how far you have come in your walk with the Lord.  Be ye glad in what the Lord has done personally for you! Ask Him what He wants to do next in your life?