I Am Here

Yesterday a friend sent me a text that read “I hope this blesses you as much as it blessed me.”  When I opened the text there was a link to a video called “I Am Here.”  I didn’t quite know what to expect before viewing the video but within four minutes, that video put 31 years of life into perspective for me.  I never imagined that three words and four minutes would bring such meaning to my life but it did.  Today, I’d like to share the message that God placed on my heart after listening to the song called “I Am Here.”

In the words of my beautiful friend, I hope it blesses you as much as it blessed me…

I AM HERE

I am here because of who He is. I am here because of Him. I am here because He loves me. Every situation I’ve been in is because of Him. Every place I’ve been to is because of Him. I am alive because of Him.

Photo Credit: Ibrahim Lujaz, The Grace

Photo Credit: Ibrahim Lujaz, The Grace

I am breathing because of Him. I am victorious because of Him. I survived the bad breakups and disappointments because of Him. I have faith because of Him. I have courage and boldness because of Him. I can love freely and attempt to love unconditionally because of Him. I can show grace to others because of Him. I have a job because of Him. I have talents, gifts and creativity because of Him.  I have friends and family because of Him. I have joy in the midst of sorrow because of Him. I have peace in the midst of chaos because of Him.

I have optimism and hope because of Him. I could go and on and on because of Him.

Whatever is going on, whatever you’re in, whatever is coming in your direction, whatever you’ve overcome, whatever you’re working towards and striving to overcome is because of Him.

Every challenge, every triumph, every victory…everything is all because of Him and who He is. God equipped you with the things to help you be who you need to be, do the things that you aspire to do, and get where you need to go.  He has equipped you for all of these things.

You desire to get married because of a desire that He placed in your heart.  You have forgiven people who others would not have forgiven because of who He is. You have a relationship that is unique and different from anyone else’s relationship because of who He is to you.  He has shown Himself to you and you know Him for yourself.  You know Him because of how He has shown His love to you, and because of this love you can do the things that you are doing today. You can dream the dreams that you are dreaming today because of who He is and who He has shown Himself to be in your life.

I am here is such a simple but powerful and incredible reminder of who God is.

It was a beautiful reminder to me that I am here, in Houston, Texas, because of who He is. I have been blessed with the things that I have because of who He is.  I don’t have the things that I don’t have because of who He is. He knows that I have to be able to handle certain things before I can receive those things. He has taken away certain things and people because He knows it wasn’t the time for me to have those things. Or, perhaps there was something wrong with the situation at the time. He did not want me to have those things under those circumstances; He wanted better.

There’s so much that we take for granted and so much that we don’t understand but EVERYTHING that we have, and everything that we are, is truly because God is who He is. It’s because of how Christ loves you, how Christ prays for you, cares for you, dreams for you, and how He plans your life for you that you are here today.

Today, my encouragement is simply to remember that YOU ARE HERE because God is who He is.

Reflection Point: As you reflect on your life or even just today, how can you complete the following sentences about Him:

“I am here because…_________________________________”

“Because of who He is, I can….________________________”

“Because of who He is, I am…__________________________”

Scripture: “…for I have ransomed you.  I have called you by name; you are mine” (Isaiah 43:1).

Be blessed & be encouraged. You are here and He is with you. =)

Happy Tuesday!

Love,

~ETE

A very special thank you to my beautiful friend Adrienne Williams for sharing this video with me. Click here to view it.

 

2 Comments
  • Roselyn
    January 28, 2014

    You are right Erika I am here, alive and able because God has a plan for each and everyone of us. I have read this post 3 times today. It is so captivating and moving. It’s amazing how God was able to touch your heart and boldly declare that we are here because of “how Christ prays for you, cares for you”. When I read that section all I could ask myself was Christ prays for us WOW. When we go to him in times of trials and the many situations we petition to him in our prayer, he indeed prayers with us though we think we are the ones calling on to him. He is also actively participating with us. Our God is wonderful he sees and knows all that we go through and sympathizes with us. He bears our tears, sorrows and pain with us John 11:35 “Jesus wept”.Though he already had a plan to raise Lazurus from his death, he still sympathized with Martha and Mary when they were mourning the death of their brother. This is indeed to show and let us know that God feels, knows and experiences all we go through with us and we are here because of him. I am glad and happy to say , I have been able to put John 11:35 into a clearer perspective and understand in depth on how this verse conveys the LOVE our God has for us. Erika I am so thankful for the understanding you have helped me gain about our God’s love through your post!!!

    • ErikaTheEncourager
      January 28, 2014

      I didn’t even think about that story when I wrote this post but that’s such a beautiful example of the way God empathizes with us. He is not a God who far rather He is one who is very close and near to our heart. He sees everything that we go through and everything that we are, and He designs a plan and purpose for each thing. He saw today before we even born and created a purpose, path, an exit, a route, a detour and a way for victory and peace. That video helped me to put all of these things into perspective. I am so thankful for His love! I am even more thankful for a sister like you! <3

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