I quickly exited the car, ran into the wind and turned to holler back to my husband hoping my voice would cut through the howl of the wind, “I’m going inside to use the bathroom, babe! Wanna meet me back by the car? I’ll drive next if you’d like!” He nodded.
I bolted to the restroom and left Michael at the gas pump. When I came out our car was pulled up in the front and was locked. I waited patiently. The sunshine was glorious.
I didn’t even see him when I first walked out. His car was parked beside ours. When I turned around and leaned against the car, I noticed him. He sat waiting in his gray truck, windows down, looking toward the door and at me too. If you really knew me you would know, I talk to everyone. I’m like my father that way. When I looked in his direction, he nodded and smiled.
I said, “Hi there. How are you?”
He replied, “I’m kind, gentle and a little tired, I guess.”
“Wow! That’s great!” I responded. “Kind and gentle are wonderful things to be and great character qualities to possess. The tired part is easily remedied.” I shrugged my shoulders a bit and suggested, “You could take a nap!” I chuckled.
He then went on to tell me a bit of background about that whole thing.
He said, “I decided about five years ago I’d answer anyone who asked me how I was doing… with, ‘I’m kind and gentle.'” He continued, “You know it’s the craziest thing!” His eyes brightened, “I’ve noticed I’ve become kinder and gentler!” He grinned.
“Makes a ton of sense to me! It’s the spirit of prophecy,” I commented. “It’s not foretelling, but forth-telling.”
Michael came out and he did the friendly nod thing that men do to greet one another. He then got into the car’s passenger’s seat.
I said, “Well, good to talk to you have a great weekend. Be blessed. Bye!”
I literally blew back into the car, plopped down, buckled my seat belt and backed out of the parking spot. I turned toward Michael who is very used to me chatting with everyone and anyone.
I said,”Well, that was intresting, that guy was basically testifying to a self-fulfilling prophecy. I’m not sure if he knows its Biblical or that King David did it all the time.” (Scripture says David strengthened himself in the LORD. He talked to himself/his soul often, we have the record of it in the book of Psalms.)
Let me turn a corner here. Not on the road or highway of our road trip, but of this blog post. Today is my birthday. It is a” mile marker” of sorts. I want to share a few statements/verses that I have been declaring over myself for a while now. In light of my birthday, I’ll pick just a few.
Here are some for you to declare – say them aloud now: *
- I am a crown of glory and a royal diadem in the hand of the LORD (Isaiah 62:3).
- The LORD has chosen me for himself as a special treasure (Psalm 135:4).
- God instructs me and keeps me as the apple of his eye (Psalm 32:8, Zachariah 2:8).
- I always rejoice in the Lord & my gentleness is known to all people (Philippians 4:4-5).
- I speak God’s word and hearing the word increases my faith (Romans 10;17).
- The joy of the LORD is my strength (Nehemiah 8:10).
- God rejoices over me as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride (Isaiah 62:5).
Aren’t these truths powerful and amazing? I challenge you to agree with God and what his word says about you. Declare these things aloud often. Who knows, you may find, like the man parked next to me at the gas station, it has a noticeable effect on you. Perhaps, you may even be blown away!
I do declare it was a windy day! Happy birthday to me and happy declaring day to us!
* For more declarations, see Igniting Hope Ministries: ignitinghope.com Steve and Wendy Backlund.