Happy 3rd Birthday


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“God is good. And God is good at being God.”

-Lysa TerKeurst

Today is the third birthday of Red Chair Moments! Someone please cue the band and release the confetti and balloons! I can not believe that I have been on this journey with God for 1,095 days. But what I really can’t believe, is that God would choose me, ME of all people, for this experience. I am ever so thankful.

Rather than trying to come up with a creative description of how I feel on this birthday. I thought I would give you a peek into my recent prayer journal entry.

“Dear Lord,

It is the 3rd birthday of Red Chair Moments! Lord, I am so thankful You are still in the business of speaking to Your children, of calling out Your people, and answering prayers!

This was YOUR idea. This is YOUR blog. I just happen to be the one typing (and maybe running a spell check).

Lord, You have taught me an incredible amount through Red Chair Moments about Your power, grace, sovereignty, abundance, provision, friendship, mercy, love, and faithfulness.

You have stretched my faith,

deepened my faith,

and grown my faith!

I have never encountered such spiritual oppression until Red Chair Moments. I have never felt the enemy working so hard on me and my family until Red Chair Moments. I’ve never been so vulnerable in sharing real life until Red Chair Moments . . .But I’ve also never felt so free!

God, I’ve seen Your hand move in mighty ways. I’ve seen Your hand push back the darkness. I’ve seen You answer big hairy audacious prayers. I’ve felt Your presence more and seen the power of prayer more. I have truly felt the security of the army of angels surrounding my family.

Lord, I still struggle with the same doubts as Moses. Like Moses, I too, feel like I’m not good with words. Like Moses, I sometimes wonder if You chose the right person for the job. I still have doubts even though I know I can trust You. It’s not You I doubt. It’s me.

But then You send word either by a song, a verse or a word from a friend to reaffirm I am doing what I’m supposed to be doing until You tell me otherwise.

If there is one thing I’ve learned though Red Chair Moments it is this:

Trust God.

Obey whatever He tells you to do.

Let God do the rest.

REPEAT!

Lord, I thank You for calling me out of the mundane to walk by faith in this adventure with You. Through Red Chair Moments, the stories of how You work providentially have been read over 15,000 times! Red Chair Moments has crossed state lines, international date lines, and all time zones. I am humbled each time I see this blog being read in a foreign country. By accessing the statistics page of the blog, I can see that Red Chair has been read over 1,654 times in Russia, Germany, Ukraine, France, Poland, United Kingdom, China, Uganda, Romania, and Brazil. Lord, these are places that I may never physically travel. But Your Word goes out!

So it is my word that goes out from my mouth. It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

(Isaiah 55:11 NIV)

Lord, Your word is eternal. Powerful. Limitless. Lord, Your word brings peace and salvation to all who believe.

Red Chair is never about me; it’s always about You, Lord. Just as You are the author and creator of my faith, so are You the author and creator of Red Chair. Thank you for extending Your hand and whispering to me, “April, do you trust me?””

Today is a great day to celebrate the goodness of the Lord! And now is the time to bake a birthday cake!

Happy 3rd Birthday Red Chair Moments!

~April

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