Birthdays come no matter how we feel. Young and energetic, or weary and worn-out, those years add up! And while we know we should be thankful for every breath that comes our way, if we would be honest, I think each one of us has had a year or two when we just weren’t sure HOW to feel about an upcoming Birthday.
was the offer that Jesus put forth to the Woman at the Well. You might have read here, about my own travels with that very woman, about the years of portraying her through a drama with my family. If you did, then you know how this particular passage holds such deep meaning for me. So when Ifeoma closed the first chapter with this prayer, I felt the Lord speaking it personally over me:
SAMUEL, IFEOMA. THE INVITATIONS: 21 Hearty Devotions For Your Soul. (Kindle Locations 178-180). Purposeful and Meaningful. Kindle Edition.
His Words are eternal, my friend. When He invited that woman to drink of the water that He would give, she could not have known how many people down through the ages would find the refreshing that only HE could bring.
And when “the Spirit and the Bride say come” they are still speaking to you and to me, today, just as much as they were speaking to the Apostle John who penned those words so many years ago.
“The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’ And let the one who hears say, ‘Come!’ Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.”
We tend to think that what we are facing today is worse than any other time in history. Perhaps we are, as Jesus, Himself, told us that evil would increase, as the day of HIS returning draws near.
But there is ONE who has not changed,
ONE who still offers us
to draw nearer to His heart.
The ONE who chose the date
of my Birth,
And the ONE who knows the number
of my days,
Sees the days for you, too, my friend.
He has so much
and so much
for each of us.
Ifeoma has been used by the Lord to speak these invitations so beautifully, again, to us today. I would encourage you to read along with her, and hear in a new setting, 21 Invitations that our Lord has offered through His Word.
His calling still echoes to us
as He invites us
to come and be fed by Him.
“The Invitations: 21 Hearty Devotions for your Soul,” by Ifeoma Samuel
is available now at Amazon
by clicking here.
18 thoughts on “The Invitations”
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And Happy Birthday to you, Bettie 😚
Oh I do feel the same about you, my sister! I am so thankful that the Lord brought us together through these interwebs! What an encouragement you have been to me also! Thank you for the sweet Birthday wishes! Love and Hugs to you!
I love Ifeoma's heart and wisdom, so I'm sure her book is going to much of the same and more! Praying that it really reaches those who need to read it most! And I'm with you, Bettie! I don't exactly look forward to birthdays anymore, but I hope yours is especially meaningful and joyous! As my friend Andrew said at his blog today (or recently), each day offers opportunities that we should snatch up with gusto! That's a good reason to keep on enjoying every day and year of our lives! Thanks for coming by my visiting my place!
I love the way God orders our lives … so awesome that the book got released on birthday! Happy Birthday Bettie!
Happy Birthday, Bettie! May God refresh your soul with His living waters! I just added Ifeoma's devotional to my Amazon wish list. It sounds so inspirational. The prayer at the end of the first chapter really resonates in my heart. Blessings and hugs!
It's so good to have you visiting here today! Thank you for your sweet comments. And what a sweet perspective on living–snatching up those opportunities God offers us every day! I hope you are able to read Ifeoma's latest book; I think you will be blessed!
Thank you for your sweet Birthday wishes! Yes, you are so right that our Lord does order our lives so beautifully! Blessings and Hugs to you!
Thank you for you beautiful Birthday thoughts! I am so grateful that these words here resonated in your heart today; I do think you would be so blessed by Ifeoma's book. When we look at the ways that our Lord has invited us, we have so much to be encouraged by! Blessings and Hugs to you too, my friend!
Happy Birthday, sweet friend! I love the sounds of this book! I have been thinking of these very thoughts of how Jesus invites us to come to Him. Oh, what would we do without Jesus? My dear Mom used to sing a song to me that said, “What Should We Do Without Jesus?”, and I often hear her singing that in my mind. I feel like I lean on Him harder now than I ever have in my entire life. Mom also used to tell me that God is pleased the most when we lean on Him the hardest. He must be mighty pleased with me right now! (Smile) Sending much love to you and many wishes for many, many more happy birthdays!!
So we share a September birthday!? Mine is the 22nd and I had the exact same thoughts as you did — it seems as if my best years are behind me, but we know that's not true, isn't it? But what a lovely surprise that Ifeoma's book release date fell on your birthday! Yes, we should feel grateful for another year of life, but it's hard to grow older (as women, I think!) and see all the changes that have taken place in us, although most times I'm glad I'm not 25 again! (But 37 would be nice!) xoxo Hope your day was a happy one!
Mine is the 23rd!! I didn't know Valerie's was so close to mine, or if I did I forgot! I want to read Ifeoma's book. She is so filled with word! I hope your special day was blessed friend!
Oh friend HAPPY BIRTHDAY – how did I miss this.
Oh thank you so much Cheryl! Yes, I hope you are able to get Ifeoma's book–it is such a great devotional. I love the sound of that song that your Mom used to sing. I wonder if it's on Youtube? I may have to look that up and try to find it, because it speaks such a true question. We are like Peter–to whom shall we go, Lord? You have the Words of Life that we need! I am keeping your family in my prayers, as you lean on Him. Much Love and Hugs to you my friend!
What fun to share our Birthday time in September! I agree with you that I'm glad I'm not 25 again–but just a younger visit for a few days would be nice! (smile) I am so grateful that God's plans for us are always new and fresh, every morning! Thank you for the sweet words you always speak here! May the Lord bless you with a wonderful day also, my friend! xoxo
Wow!! How fun to see another September Birthday–and I just saw on FB that our friend Michele Morin is celebrating her Birthday too! When I was younger, it seemed there were not many September Birthdays, but now I am finding a whole tribe! 🙂 I hope you do get to read Ifeoma's book; it is a treasure! Have a wonderful day celebrating your Birthday too my friend! xoxo
Thank you so much for your Sweet Birthday Wishes (and I loved your Haiku!) I hope that you are able to read Ifeoma's latest! xoxo
There is no coincidence with God. All in His perfect timing. I trust you had a beautiful birthday.
Oh yes! God's timing is so perfect, isn't it? So many times, I hear Him reminding me of that! Thank you, yes, my Birthday was very sweet! Blessings to you!