"Sometimes while I'm talking to God, He'll show me something about myself in such a way that I have to laugh at my own humanity and how funny I must look to Him." - Donna

Donna...just found your blog...I absolutely love it! And I love your singing! I'm at work right now and it was just exactly what I needed to hear to help me make it through tonight! Thanks for your ministry here!
- Robert

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Devotion: Born to Die

The other night I heard the song by Steppenwolf, Born to Be Wild. It brought back memories of Junior High and High School - that song had legs! When it came on the radio, my friends and I turned the volume up, and da-da-da'd through the verses, and on the chorus belted out, "Born to be wi-l-d," and played air guitar or in my case, drums. Oh, were we wild.

Born to be wild. Born to -- you fill in the blank. Sometimes we watch sports and think someone like Michael Jordan was born to play basketball. As a wee child, Julie Andrews opened her mouth, and a voice with a four-octave range flowed forth. She was born to sing.

During this season, I've reflected on Jesus Christ's mission. He taught like no other. But men and women have been anointed to teach. He healed the sick, yet gave the same power to the disciples. "He called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out evil spirits and to heal every disease and sickness (Matthew 10:1 niv)."

Jesus performed miracles. We read in Acts that God did extraordinary miracles through Paul.

Jesus taught, healed the sick, and performed miracles, but He was born for something much greater. He was born to die.

Mary, Joseph, the disciples, Paul. None could perform a task He alone came to earth to accomplish. I sing a song called, Mary, Did You Know. The baby Mary delivered would deliver her - and us. His blood alone atones for sin. "But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone."

As an eight-year old girl, I stood up front in church one morning, and sang a song a capella. I don't even remember the song, but I do remember the grownups hovering around me after church. "Oh, honey, you were born to sing!" "Donna, you must use your talent for the Lord." And I did for several years.

Then life - banking and babies, housework and hum-drum, overcame my song. I threw myself into my mission of motherhood. My mom made me proud by saying I was born to be a mom.

Now I write. I love it. I can't imagine not writing now. Was I born to write? To sing? To be a mother? In whatever area of ministry He leads, I pray I accomplish my mission.

One thing I know - if I shed every drop of blood in my body, I could not atone for even one person's sin. I thank Jesus Christ that He fulfilled His purpose. During the Christmas holidays, I feel a twinge of sadness because even though we celebrate His birth, I know Jesus Christ was born to die.

But hallelujah, He arose to live again. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again (II Corinthians 5:15 niv). And even though I will one day die, because of His sacrifice, I, too, will live again.

Let's praise Him and vow to fulfill the purpose God has for our lives - as scribes and singers, guitar players or poets, parents, grandparents - as Christians.


Anonymous said...

Thank you Donna for reminding us of what Jesus did for us. We can do nothing, just be, and praise Him. By the way you are born to be a mom, wife, writer and singer, trust me
Glennys (who is not really anonymous at all

Donna J. Shepherd said...

Glennys, you are TOO sweet!

A friend of mine took my old album to a studio the other day and made a CD of two of the songs. It brought back a lot of memories, too.

Thanks for being so faithful to stop by and comment.

Anonymous said...

I just visited your web site and was much inspired about the real meaning of Christmas. I must visit your site more often.

Thanks, Norma

Donna J. Shepherd said...

Norma, good to 'see' you! Thanks!

Full Contact, Savior-centric Livin said...

Thanks for this reminder!

I'm tagging you for the Seven Sevens meme. Just copy and paste the questions from my blog at www.mywordwrites.blogspot.com and replace my answers with yours.

Paul said...

Hi Donna,

Amen my friend, Amen!!

Catching up on all my blogging friends and I so appreciate all your posts. Each has touched me.

One thing that I have seen over the year since being here in Georgia is how the Lord brings us to the places that He wants us.

We are born to serve Him, to reflect Him in all that we do and in time, I believe that He brings us to the center and purpose of His will, that which He has called us too.

For me it is writing, blogging, of being who I am in Him and that is what He is calling us to, to reflect Him, to be the pen, the scribe, the poet, the instrument in His hand.

Thank you for reflecting our Father in the words you write, the things that He pens from your heart.

He is calling us all to answer His call on our lives, may we truly reflect Him.

Blessings Donna on you and your family and may your new year be blessed.


P.S. I am working on the seven's :)

Rhodi Alers de López said...

Hi Donna: Thanks for susch heaven-sent reflection obout Christmas!
God bless you always as you bless others with your writing!

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