Have you ever cried uncontrollably?

Today, I sat in my meditation and prayer room with tears flowing from my eyes. The uncontrollable stream of tears was not of sadness, but quite the opposite. Genuine tears of joy and gratitude for the life I’ve been gifted; and how blessed we are to have life and breath.

Today is my birthday and I am grateful for another year; and I’m especially grateful for the flood of birthday wishes from my friends and family on social media.

As I look back over the last 12 months, I am in awe at the blessings of God. Sometimes I am hesitant to post about my spiritual beliefs because of my profession as a mental health counselor; but, today I am compelled to give God glory!

I am often asked, “Jada, how did you get that opportunity?” or “Who helped you get your foot in the door with that corporation?”

My answer is simple, “God opens the door and I walk through.”

I’ve given my life (the good and the bad; the ups and the downs) as a vehicle to serve others and honor God. It’s that simple and I am grateful.

I’m sure, if you think long enough, you can relate to the feelings of gratefulness and joy. Has there ever been a time when you felt accomplished? Has there ever been a time when you felt favored? Has there ever been a time when you looked at your children and felt blessed?

The gift of grace is given freely.

I am reminded of the scripture Matthew 10:8 which says, “Freely you have received; freely give.”

Each day is an opportunity to give to others what we’ve been so graciously blessed with; it is a challenge to extend love to others.

I challenge you today to give freely to others with a heart of gratitude and love.

Gratefully Yours,