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A Very Wise Woman Once Said…


2013
01.26

The other night I went to the room of a dear friend, Becca. I had the intention of giving her some Nutella and  a quick “goodnight.” However, 45 minutes later I walked out with some words of extreme wisdom. She didn’t say anything I hadn’t heard before or something that had been a secret from the world; She simply stated a fact clearly found in Scripture. “God does not keep good from us.” Whoa…I mean, I knew that, but I think I forgot. God does NOT keep good from us. Sometimes I think I trick myself into believing He does.

“The Lord will give grace and glory: No good thing will He withhold From those who walk uprightly.” Psalm 84:11b

Recently, I’ve had some ideas of “good” I really want in my life. I’ve prayed, reasoned and analyzed how they would be good and why God should allow me to have them. It’s been a struggle, because that’s an area where I’ve tried to be God. He is the only one who truly knows and good only comes from Him. In Matthew 6:25-34 it talks about how we shouldn’t worry about clothing or food, because God will take care of us. He understands our needs better than we do. Being dressed and fed are great things, but He tells us not to concern ourselves even with those. Why do I fool myself into believing that God keeps things I want from me, just because He feels like it?

Yesterday, I fainted for the first time in my life. I was on stage with my section singing and suddenly there was a loud ringing in my ears and everything was dark. Luckily, I managed to leave the room before hitting the floor. I woke up to the President of the school, his wife, the Dean and a few students standing over me. It was all great fun. This was a reminder of how weak I am and how great God is. Before we got on stage, we prayed that no matter how badly we messed up God would be glorified. I believe He was. So, even though I didn’t get to sing with my section or keep my dignity…it was good. God didn’t keep anything from me, but rather humbled me to recognize His goodness all the more.

So, even at Christian Colleges it’s easy to forget basic principles like God’s promise of not withholding good from us. Thankfully God has placed extremely wise friends in my life to help remind me when I forget.

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Change of Plans.


2013
01.20

Already this semester has been strange. I’ve had to step back a few times and just ask God to give me clarity, because it’s easy for me to lose focus when I’m in a fog. Indeed, truly a fog it’s been thus far. I started out determined to grow and thoroughly enjoy this season; how quickly I lose enthusiasm. It feels like time is passing unbelievably fast and slow at the same time. I’m sure this description sounds far from appealing, but not so. It’s all simply a change of plans.

The past two weeks have been filled with just bizarre happenstances. There’s been opportunities to grow friendships I’ve been praying would grow, to evangelize, to reproof, to deal with conflict, to reflect, to spend extra time in prayer and God’s hand has been holding me through it all. I read this in “Jesus Calling” this morning and I thought it fit so nicely, “I (God) may be doing something important in your life, something quite different from what you expected. It is essential at such times to stay in communication with Me, accepting My way is better than yours.” Isn’t that so good? God’s way is better than mine no matter how confused I might be. Plus, not understanding reminds me to rely on the Holy Spirit to direct my path. I’ve been at school for over a year and a half now and still don’t have handle on, like, anything. At some point I thought I’d be able to say “I’ve got this down.”…Nope, pretty sure that’s not happening. However, I’m so grateful. It’s through the weird twist and turns that God works in me the most.

I do have a warning for you though: Even for a Christian at Christian Colleges it’s extremely easy to take your eyes off of Jesus when things aren’t going your way. That’s been a struggle, but the more I lose focus on God, the more I lose myself. God is my whole, my everything, my all and the second I forget that, I forget who I am. When your plans get changed holdfast to your Savior and He will take you on all kinds of crazy adventures.

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor your ways My ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are my ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9

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A New Season.


2013
01.12

Over the course of Christmas break, the Lord strongly put on my heart to be studying the book of Ecclesiastes. It was fantastic. I read through the book and then listened to a sermon series. Since I’ve been back to school it’s been extremely evident why God wanted me to learn some lessons that Solomon had to teach.  See, Solomon realized that we are going to die. He realized that everything on earth would fade and we can’t produce anything of worth that is of the world. Also, God gives us seasons to enjoy and grow in. Most importantly, Solomon ends Ecclesiastes with the statement “God is man’s all.”

“To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven.” Ecc. 3:1

Those words in that verse have replayed in my mind daily and have changed me. Time goes by so fast. I mean, I can’t believe I’m already in my last semester of my Junior year. I complain about people, classes, having to wake up early, homework..blah, blah, blah…; I’ll never have this time back. I’m at a school where I’m being equipped to be a better witness for Christ. I’m constantly learning incredible things about my Savior!! I’m surrounded by fellow believers who encourage me and sharpen my faith. Seriously, does it ever get better than this (on the earth at least?)  With this all in mind everything as completely changed for me. My classes are the best, they seem to fly by. My homework is more like devos. My friendships revolve around spiritual discussions. God is so good.

“I know that whatever God does, It shall be forever.” Ecc. 3:14a

God is doing in my life. He is making things happen that do matter for eternity. His word, His people, His works…those last. I’m so incredibly honored that He would use me for those purposes. Goodness, I’m tearing up just thinking about it. I plan on living this season to the upmost for the glory of God by allowing the Holy Spirit to work in me. Not for grades, not for kicks and giggles, but to make my Heavenly Father proud.

I would really, really encourage you to recognize where God has you and enjoy it. I would also encourage you to go to any Christian Colleges so you can have that training in the Word or centered around it. God is man’s all!! His truths are the only things that last.

“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, For this is man’s all.” Ecc. 12:13