You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. (Reference Psalm 139:16)
For as long as I can remember, I’ve always had a heart for God. Yes, I grew up in church, and understood right and wrong, but what made the difference in my life was seeing those around me love and serve God daily. I remember my grandmother, Maggie Mack, preparing dinner and talking to God, working in the garden and talking to God, sitting in her rocking chair and talking to God! She was always speaking well of that Father, that Son, and that Holy Spirit! She was a woman who exemplified what “love” was suppose to be, and my idea of what worship was to be was formed. She would spend quality time reading her Bible and singing hymns. She always extended her hand to those in need, and a kind word was always on the tip of her tongue. An extremely compassionate woman she was, and I admired her all the more. I also had another amazing grandmother, Mabel Tate, who taught me how to be bold and confident in my walk with Christ. She made sure I was active in building the Kingdom. I served in the choir, on the mission team, as a Sunday School Teacher, etc. She taught me how to be a leader and how to value family and friends. On top of all of that, I had the very best parents any child could ever ask for! My parents, C.P. & Minnie Tate, did their best to show me what a loving, healthy, and supportive household should look like. They challenged me to be the very best “me” I knew how to be. They trusted me to make sound choices and decisions, and I’m who I am now because of them. Seeing my dad lead our family in prayer did something great for me. Hearing my mom say she didn’t have all the answers, but God does helped me understand that I can always turn to the Father! They taught me that giving is better than receiving, but God would show favor because of my willing heart to help others.
When I accepted Jesus Christ as Lord of my life at age 15, I knew that I would never turn back! Well, I actually tried to accept Christ at age 6 or 7, but an elderly lady at my church told me to go back and sit down after I went up for alter call because she said I didn’t know what I was doing! Back then they believed you had to be the “age of accountability” to understand what being “saved” was all about, but I disagreed then and now! Later my mom walked me through the sinner’s prayer, and at 15 I really was rededicating myself to the Lord! Okay, now that you understand clearly, we can move on. 🙂 I had found refuge in Jesus! My heart’s desire to help other’s see the joy of the Lord became my mission. I knew that my life had great purpose, and I wanted to help others discover their purpose in the earth. I wanted to do my part to advance the Kingdom of God in any way possible! Over the years, I’ve had my own challenges, but I always knew that God would see me through. Of course, going through the process was always the difficult part, but there was no doubt that God had His hands on me. He was directing me to greater things. When I open my mouth to sing it’s all for His glory. When I speak well of God to someone else it’s all for His glory. No, my life is not perfect, but I believe every thing I’ve been through has been for my good and maybe for the good of others too!
There are so many things God has promised me, and I believe I have a lot to accomplish before my purpose is complete on this earth. I sincerely pray that this Blog blesses you, challenges you, or inspires you to walk by faith, trust God, and fulfill your God-given purpose!