In the Old Testament, Israel was frequently instructed to celebrate in order to honor the LORD. They celebrated with festivals, special commemorative days, and by remembering important events like the Passover. It is evident from the narrative that the Israelites were earnest in celebrating.

I’ve learned that celebrating small victories while working towards a larger goal helps me maintain motivation. Fundraisers often use a thermometer to track progress, and marathon runners are encouraged by cheering crowds and aid stations. Acknowledging small achievements helps to keep the end goal in sight.

God knows that we need encouragement throughout life in order to stay focused on the visions, dreams, or callings He has given us. We can avoid becoming battle-weary or giving up by celebrating along the way.

The end of April marked three years of blogging for me, and I received a package this week that gave me an additional reason to celebrate. The box contained an advanced author’s copy of a 365-day devotional book in which one of my devotionals is published.

This brought to mind Paul’s statement, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 1:20, CSB) and David’s words, “Boast in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice” (1 Chronicles 16:10, CSB).

I would like to share my joy with you. It’s not about Manette Kay but rather a celebration of what the LORD has done. He rescued me from the depths of sin, opened my eyes to marvel at His majesty, showed me undeserved mercy, provided hope during difficult times, and allows me to glorify His name.

Dear Readers, do you have an insurmountable dream? Are you moving towards your goal as unto the Lord? Remember to celebrate incremental victories on the way.

“Let the whole earth sing to the LORD. Proclaim his salvation from day to day. Declare his glory among the nations, his wondrous works among all peoples” (1 Chronicles 16:23-24, CSB).

Author Bio
I am a follower of Jesus Christ, grandmother, great-grandmother, foster care parent, and trauma survivor. I enjoy sipping tea, writing devotionals, prayers, short stories, and unburdening my heart to the Lord. Check the About page if you want to read more of my story.

Would you like to know more about the afterlife and how you can be assured of eternity in Heaven? Check the Questions page.

Check the Free Gifts page for downloadable/printable study guides and resources.

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Sharing bits of memoir in the format of devotionals, prayers, short stories, and occasionally a poem.

22 thoughts on “Celebrate

  1. Congratulations Manette on the inclusion in a book that glorifies God! Someday I hope to join you in being published for Him, until that day I keep writing and serving Him with all I have.
    God bless you today sister 🙏

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  2. Congrats to you on the publishing. The Lord speaking through us which travels down our arm, into our hand, and onward to the letters written. Amazing when you consider the way He works through us. God’s grip.

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  3. Congratulations Manette. So happy for you. May God continue to use your writings to reach others. And I love the reminder to celebrate and give praise to God for the big and little things.
    God bless you.

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    1. Thank you, Manu.
      Through a local writers group, I connected with an elderly friend who has had a great influence on me. When I received the book I took it and some cupcakes to share as an expression of gratitude. Our mini-celebration left us both encouraged and uplifted. This stirred my thoughts about the importance and impact of celebrations.
      Yehovah bless you.

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  4. Congratulations, Manette. You can never see the full impact of your writing – you write believing, trusting that it’s the right thing at the right time…

    I started a daily blog in April 2020 too. It’s brought unexpected contacts, friends, responses, as well as being my confessional, mirror, and daily awareness of my God in the ordinariness of what happened in my life yesterday…

    I celebrate with you.

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    1. Your the second author I’ve met on WordPress who began writing in April 2020. Each of us from different areas geographically and in life. Yet, the Holy Spirit moved with a prompt telling us to write sharing our stories which are part of His bigger purpose and story.

      I ditto the details of your second paragraph-–it’s an amazing journey we’re on.

      Congratulations, on your three years, Malcolm!

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