…Birthday Celebration

Today is SH’s birthday…and I’m so excited! I’m over here doing the snake, bankhead bounce and I’m spinning & twirling. (I think these dances date me…but whatevs.)

SH (when you return from that beautiful island and read this), please know that I pray that you receive and experience all of the joy and favor you can stand — on this day and every day of your life. My birthday wish for you, is that you are able to celebrate with no inhibitions, realize God’s astounding and unconditional love for you and know that you are loved abundantly by the people that surround you.

So I commend the enjoyment of life, because there is nothing better for a person under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany them in their toil all the days of the life God has given them under the sun. Ecclesiastes 8:15

Basically, God just confirmed His desire for you to enjoy and celebrate your day too! Do it!

Everyone, please join me in sending SH mucho love and birthday wishes. She deserves nothing less than the best.

Happy birthday boo.

SM.

P.S. It’s her birthday, so read her amazing blog too: Shakirah Adianna.

…An iPhone 5

More than likely, you know that Apple announced the release of the iPhone 5 yesterday. I’m geeked! SH is geeked! My momma’s geeked! And, my grandma’s geeked! (Not really, but I wouldn’t have been surprised if my g-ma actually was.)

According to Apple.com, the newest mobile addition to their family will be “the thinnest and lightest iPhone ever, completely redesigned to feature a stunning new 4-inch Retina™ display; an Apple-designed A6 chip for blazing fast performance; and ultrafast wireless technology*—all while delivering even better battery life.** iPhone 5 comes with iOS 6, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system with over 200 new features including: the all new Maps app with Apple-designed cartography and turn-by-turn navigation; Facebook integration; Passbook® organization; and even more Siri® features and languages.”

As Apple executives took the stage, my friend, SU, and I spent the 1 o’clock hour yesterday afternoon glued to the Internet, reading/watching abc.com’s live updates regarding the functionality changes made to the iPhone5. As we gawked and gasped, and ooh’d and ahh’d, we proclaimed our need for this new phone that we know, without a shadow of a doubt, will change our lives for the best.

As my friend jokingly declared “Jesus be an iPhone 5!” (because it’s just that serious), I thought about our natural inclination to become enamored by all things new and shiny. I mean, it really is exciting to experience something that has been completely revamped, upgraded, and virtually made fresh and anew! And, if we can get that excited about something created of glass and aluminum (yes, the iPhone5 is made of glass and aluminum), how much more enthusiastic should we be knowing that we, God’s greatest creation, can also be completely revamped, upgraded and made new??

In 2 Corinthians, Paul tells us the good news:

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 2 Corinthians 5:17

To me, that means if we simply dwell in Christ and reverence Him as Lord and our Savior, He’ll instantly and constantly change us — our hearts, our motives, our character (appears to be our personal operating systems (OS)); our outlook or the way we see things (sounds like Retina™ display to me) — and renew our strength (His promise for an even better battery life), amongst a host of other things.

I don’t know about you, but I’m trying to be made new too. I want us all to undergo a transformation; an enhancement to the best we that we can be. It seems that He’s in the business of refining, fortifying and perfecting His creation on a frequent (dare I say “daily”) basis. He wants to and makes it possible for us to leave our old, hard-headed and slow-functioning selves behind, and become the best thing out there. And, that my friends is worth the hype!

Let Him upgrade you (*singing in my best Beyonce voice*).

SM.

… An AutoCorrect

It appears that we, as humans, are in constant pursuit of wisdom. Whether we’ve been categorized as a “professional student” or simply thirst to always know a little bit more, we all have seasons in which we aspire to gain knowledge/expertise of some subject, some industry or some field. But, how do we actually attain this wisdom that seems to be somewhat elusive?

The Bible tells us that we will gain wisdom if we allow ourselves to be corrected.

Whoever heeds life-giving correction will be at home among the wise. Those who disregard discipline despise themselves, but the one who heeds correction gains understanding. Proverbs 15:31-32

And, we’re further instructed to seek and retrieve our correction by reading and receiving His Word.

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17

So, let’s be intentional. Let’s allow Him to be our autocorrect. We have little to lose and so much to gain. #autocorrectsuccess

SM.