We at the Sublime Soiree love to share Biblical truths, seek expert advice and sample soiree secrets to help us all walk hopefully through life’s circumstances while inviting others to do the same.
In Tricia Lott Williford’s book, This Book Is for You, she reminds us that God is inviting you, He has chosen you and is choosing you right now. The Bible has something life-changing to say about who you are, where you are and the God in the midst of it.
He invites us into eternal life in this very moment of your earthly life. He cares about the things that matter to us. Tricia uses and has an example in her book about having a friend who intentionally invites more than she thinks will come, maybe more than her home can hold. “Because isn’t it fun to be invited?”
“It is fun to be invited,” Tricia writes. “Invitations are the opposite of exclusion. They’re not pushing you away or passively letting you wander by; when you’re invited, someone is reaching out, pointing at you — yes, you — and saying, ‘This day, this table, this story, this time will not be the same if you are not a part of it.’”
And, friend, that is exactly what God is saying to you right now. He made you for this day, at His table, in His story for this time – and He is saying it would not be the same if you are not a part of it.
So, yes, we all want a seat at the table, the party, and where life happens. But, as she reminds us, “We want to know we are cared for, loved for who we are and accepted where we are.” Tricia gets to our heart when she states:
We want relationships not rules
Authenticity not traditions
Community not clubs
And when we accept God’s invitation, that is exactly what we get. In Matthew 11:28-29, Jesus says, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” NLT
Friend, have you ever received such a caring, compassionate invitation? As Tricia recently explained, God’s Bible is for you, not against you. Hence the title of her book. And it is chock full of even more caring invitations beyond Matthew 11. Delve into its pages. Let Tricia’s book be a guide. May you find rest at His table.
— Sue M. Lindsey © August 2021