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Hello 23

I am abundantly blessed to see my 23rd birthday!!! It's like starting a new year. I woke up to a phone call by one of my closest brothers who also has the same birthday, plus many text messages and facebook notificiations. The feeling is great!

Before I look ahead, I also consider it important to look in retrospect to what I accomplished at 22. For those who know the difference between boasting and testifying, you know where I'm coming from here.

In no specific order, at 22 I...
  • Met 2 governors (Bill Haslam-TN; Nathan Deal-GA)
  • Got my first direct taste of public policy (July 31 Transportation Referendum)
  • Started writing my first book
  • Taught adult Bible study at my church for 3 consecutive weeks
  • Assisted with coordinating C.OUR.AGE (Youth worship night at my church)
  • Was Best Man in my brother's wedding (and new sister)
  • Met with the mayors of 3 key economic cities in the Southeast US
  • Assisted in planning Chattanooga's very first GigTank and GigPrize
  • Helped create over 101 jobs in metro Atlanta
  • Led my first song with the Praise & Worship Team at church
  • Made my debut as a jazz pianist
  • Became a true book worm (received cards from two different libraries and read over 13 books)
  • Witnessed the funeral of my 98- year old Great Grandmother
  • Traveled with one of America's top professional development speakers
  • Found out I am a king
  • Grew in learning the richness of God's Word
  • Became an uncle (He'll be here next month!)
  • Learned the family cornbread and sweet potato recipes

It's amazing how God's saving grace can change a life. Not too long ago I was a shy and insecure fella with low self-esteem and facing constant depression battles. But I found out that God chose me before the foundation of the world IN His own love (Ephesians 1:4). By God's grace, He accepted me into His love (Ephesians 1:6). I am redeemed by the sinless, matchless, and ever-powerful blood of Jesus and forgiven for my past failures and mistakes (Ephesians 1:7). I could go on and on...

23 brings newness and shows great promise. I am excited about the joys, victories, and lessons that come with 23. Today means acceleration into more strength, wisdom, laughter, and courage.

Hello 23, I greet you with a smile and open arms!

Happy Birthday to my boys: Devin Brown & Joe Jennings!

Devin: Thanks for the call this morning bro!!!

Joe: We gettin' up there big dawg!!!

God Bless, Peace


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