That’s the Lord, by Kelly Graves

Hey Friends! I could not be more excited to share this guest post with you and introduce you to this sweet girl.
I met Kelly last fall when I started volunteering in the Student Ministry at my church and I immediately loved her. She is so sweet and truly authentic every time I’m around her and I was ecstatic when she agreed to write a guest post for me!

Here is a quick bio from Kelly: I’m thirteen. I gave my heart to Jesus March 4th, 2012  when I was seven years old, which is about half my life. So far it hasn’t been easy but it also hasn’t been hard. I know Jesus is always going to be there for me just like my earthly father.
Jesus has given me a talent for music and a love of the other arts, especially theatre and dance. I don’t have any siblings so Jesus gave me spiritual siblings. My Mom says we have friends for a reason, a season, or a lifetime and I believe that wholeheartedly. I am glad and upset to not have siblings. I have great friends and I go to a great school where I can learn about the world and how to share God’s Love in the way the world needs.
Be sure to check out Kelly’s brand new YouTube channel!

Enjoy Kelly’s #ChoosingJesusMoment!

Today in the car, on the way to my piano lesson, I started thinking. Then I started thinking out loud, which ultimately started a conversation with my mother.
Earlier that day I had posted my first cover on my YouTube channel. I waited about 3 minutes to get a call from a record label and guess how I felt when that didn’t happen.
Before I jump into the conversation I had with my Mom you should ow I have been struggling with figuring out what I want to do. I dance and sing and write and I want to start sports next year in High School. But I can’t do it all.

So here is my conversation with my Mom:

Me: I’ve been thinking…
Mom: (Jokingly) Oh goodness…
Me: There isn’t enough time in the day for me to do all the stuff I want to do.
Mom: I know how you feel.
Me: I want to dance, and play sports, and make music.
Mom: You should ask Jesus what He wants you to do.
Me (mumbling): There isn’t enough time.
Mom: What do you mean?
Me: I don’t understand why there is not more time in the day. My brain can’t wrap around the simple fact that Jesus made the sun stand still so why can’t I give up two minutes to ask Him what I really want to do.

Now, as I’m writing all of this, I know the end of this conversation but I want to insert some of my thoughts.
This conversation ends with me saying that I’m scared of failing. And it’s true.
I want perfection so badly that whenever someone looks at me I always think they’re waiting for me to fail.
Today I got to pray a healing prayer over a teacher that my Mom works with. I said, “Jesus, we know that these things are not from you so we are treating it that way. We know that pain does not come from you so any pain that Michael may be feeling is not allowed to be here because it is not from you.”
I believe you can take pain out of that prayer and fill the blank with something else.
“Jesus, jealousy does not come from you… Fear does not come from you… Anger that we act on does not come from you…”

It’s 10:24pm. I’m tired and the only thing I’m concerned about right now is not forgetting any of this simple Truth: All I know today is that I love my family, I love Music, and I love Jesus.

 

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