The best part is...

Aubry is five, and the daughter of my boyfriend, Donavan. She is by far one of the coolest and funniest people I know. She will ask questions about anything and everything. And there are times when she will say something to me, and I think to myself, "What is she thinking?" She never ceases to amaze me.

Awhile back I asked Aubry, "Do you ever talk to Jesus Aubry?" I'll never forget her reply. As she was looking out the window, she said, "I don't have His cell phone number, so I can't talk to him." Donavan and I both laughed and we explained that she didn't have to call God to talk to Him, but to just talk out loud or inside her head--it's called prayer.

I thought about this the other day while I was in church. My preacher, Michael Reid at Cornerstone, told us that we needed to ask God to show us where we needed to be to spread His word. I couldn't help but think of the last time I really talked to God about anything, much less where I needed to be in my relationship with Him. And when I say 'really talk to Him,' I mean have a conversation that isn't interrupted, and has some true feeling and meaning behind it. Praying for a good day, or over dinner is something we do every day at home, but actually talking to God and then listening--no, that hasn't happened in awhile.

I've let life get in the way of the being who gave me life. I'm so thankful for the amazing life I have, but I haven't taken the time to show my appreciation. And I haven't used the gifts I have been blessed with to tell people how great God is.

I've done things in my life that I will take to the grave. I mean, really--I'll never tell anyone. But I've finally realized none of that matters if I ask God to forgive me for what I've done. All of those things made my relationship with Him stronger. He was there every time I fell. He had my back when no one else did, and He wiped away everything but good from me, but I had to let Him. And I have to continue to let Him every day.

I would never push my beliefs on anyone, but I will say that being a Christian is awesome. It is an opportunity to have a relationship with someone who will know your darkest secrets before you even do, and He will keep them. He will love you no matter what you say or do. He will keep you safe and help you through any problems. He is the beginning, end, and all that's in between. He accepts you as your person.

And the best part about all of this is...you don't even need a cell phone number to talk to Him.