Seeking Direction

Seeking direction. Where do I go from here? What is next? Seeking, with the heart of a girl in her twenties wanting to serve God completely and wholeheartedly, not knowing what that exactly looks like. Ministry (staff)? Teaching? Interning? Summer Project? Spring break mission trip? Finances? Housing?

I feel like I am not even sure of my options at this point. Can I go on a Summer Project? I am not a student. What is realistic? Am I fully trusting God who has all wisdom and power? Who loves me and is good?

Praying about this and seeking God’s direction…

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Give thanks!

I am making it a daily ritual to take time to watch the sunrise/sunset each day this summer giving thanks to God for yet another day and admiring His beauty in His creation. Whether it be a good day full of activity and excitement or a not so good day with sadness and tears, I am thankful to be here another day living life and serving the Lord. Thought I would share it with you all and challenge you to do the same! Take notice of God’s beauty, grace and provisions and give Him thanks, daily! God Bless!

 

WHGBSTYL: His Love and Peace

I have recently been overcome by the love and sweetness of God. I want Him more. I want to read more. I want to learn more. I want to share His love more!! It’s wonderful! God’s love has been so precious to me this semester as I have rejoiced in sweet times and struggled through some difficult times in my own life as well as shared in some with friends. He is constant when everything else is definitely not.

As I am wrapping up the last few weeks of my undergraduate life, (ps. I got my cap and gown today… weird!) I am still confused about what the future holds but I am not at all worried or scared anymore. I am rejoicing in this! God has given me a restful heart and mind. A wonderful peace. He’s got it all under control!

Easter Holy Week Readings- Join me!

This week is the road to the Resurrection – the brutal beating, ridicule and death of our Savior… but then, the magnificent defeat of death by Jesus just a few days later! Our foundation for believing is built upon this event… if Christ has not risen…what is the point?

If you would like to be meditating on the events this week, I was looking through old emails and found these passages that were put together specifically for meditation. I pray that your hearts are softened and in the right place this week as we remember the significance for this Easter holiday. The greatest sacrifice was made. Jesus paid our wages of sin in full with His death on the cross and then rose from the grave! Praise Jesus, our Lord!

Easter Holy Week  

Sunday: Palm Sunday and Triumphal Entry. Mark 11:1-11, Luke 19:28-44  

Monday: Curse of the Fig Tree and Cleansing the Temple. Mark 11:12-19, Luke 19:45-48  

Tuesday: Teaching. Mark 11:20-13:37, Luke 20:1-21  

Wednesday: Anointing by Mary and Betrayal by Judas. Mark 14:1-11, Luke 22:1-6  

Thursday: The Last Supper and Betrayal. Mark 14:12-52, Luke 22:7-53  

Friday: Trial and Crucifixion. Mark 14:53-15:47, Luke 22:54-23:55  

Saturday: In the Tomb. Luke 23:56  

Sunday: Easter. Mark 16:1-8, Luke 24:1-12

WHGBSTYL: Even in these times…

Even in these times of uncertainty, God has continued to show Himself to me. God is constant and unchanging even when my life seems to be a huge storm of confusion. When I am being tossed around by harsh winds and drenched in fear, God stands firm. With Him as my foundation, I will stand firm as well. I am still waiting on Him to point me in the direction of where He wants me after I graduate, but I am surprisingly at peace about it. I know He is in control. He is always present in my life even when I fail to acknowledge Him or feel His presence. It is so comforting to know He is at work and has a plan for my life that I cannot even imagine! Eeeee!

Footprints of Light

Today marks the last day of my last Spring Break as an undergraduate student at BGSU. No, I did not go to Florida, or Hilton Head, or New York, but came back home to Columbus! It was a GREAT week filled with adventures and some memories that I will never, ever forget.

The first night I was home really made an impact on me. I was invited by my friend Joe to hang out with him and some of his friends from his Bible study. I didn’t know any of them but I agreed and thought it would be fun to meet new people. I was right! These people were so great! We had planned to venture around OSU’s campus to see what trouble we could- I mean, see what cool things we could find. But before we left, my new friend Emily shared with us some verses God had laid on her heart earlier that day. She was talking with the group about how dark of a place campus is. There recently had been a couple of reported sexual assaults and two shootings. Emily reminded us all that we are the light on this dark campus. Everywhere we step, every place we sit, every person we talk to, we are shedding God’s light. She went on to share a few verses… 

I am the LORD; I have called you in righteousness; I will take you by the hand and keep you; I will give you as a covenant for the people, a light for the nations, to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness… The LORD goes out like a mighty man, like a man of war he stirs up his zeal; he cries out, he shouts aloud, he shows himself mighty against his foes… And I will lead the blind in a way that they do not know, in paths that they have not known I will guide them. I will turn the darkness before them into light, the rough places into level ground. These are the things I do, and I do not forsake them. -Isaiah 42: 6, 7, 13, 16.

I could picture everywhere we walked glowing with light leaving a trail from where we had been. I was so moved by Emily’s words. Not only when I set foot on a college campus, my own or any other campus, but in the grocery store, at the park, at a restaurant, at the gym… everywhere I go, I am lighting up the ground where I walk.

The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. -Romans 16:20

We prayed before we left for the University and for our evening together and then went out and had an incredible adventure! We did some silly things but God and God’s Word was in the forefront of our minds. We shed His light all over the campus! It was such a wonderful night and I was so encouraged by the people I was with.

He knows… [Part II]

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go. -Joshua 1:9

He knows, He knows, He knows. Tonight was difficult. I cried for the first time in a long time about my life, my future-about myself. Partly it was because I was feeling discouraged the other part was fear. I want to know so badly what God has for me but I know that I am patient and I can wait for Him. In His time, it will be revealed to me. Today, I received two letters from schools “regretting to inform me that they have not selected me for their graduate program.” It was discouraging to read them, but God is beginning to close doors and is narrowing the path to where He wants me. No matter where He sends me, God is with me. He will not forsake me. I believe that.

He knows…

 Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to an all-knowing God.

This quote is getting me through this waiting period in my life. God knows all of the answers to my questions. Am I going to grad school? Which grad school will I be attending in the fall? Am I interning with CRU next year? At BG or OSU? What are my summer plans? … there are many, many more questions I have. Questions I would love to know the answers to. However, I will be patient and give God complete control. Although that sounds scary, I have found complete comfort in it. God is good and will bless me and use me where He puts me. By giving everything to Him and seeking Him, I am faithfully trusting God to make my paths straight (Proverbs 3:6). No matter where I go or what I do, I will be doing God’s will. I am faithfully and excitedly awaiting to see God’s plan for my life revealed here in the next few months!

The Man I Prayed For

I found this poem on one of my favorite blogs, Young Ladies Christian Fellowship. I often find myself going to this blog when I am looking for encouragement. I was moved to tears reading this poem that one of the bloggers decided to post for readers who are still waiting on their man. Thank you YLCF! I have a restored hope and a prayer that I can carry with me.

Dear God, I prayed, all unafraid,
(as we’re inclined to do)
I do not need a handsome man
But let him be like You;
I do not need one big and tall
Nor need he be some genius
Or wealthy, Lord, at all;
But let his head be high, dear God,
And let his eye be clear,
His shoulders straight,
Whate’er his state
Whate’er his earthly sphere;
And let his face have character,
A ruggedness of soul,
And let his whole life show,
Dear God,
A singleness of goal;
That when he comes
(as he will come)
With quiet eyes aglow
I’ll understand that he’s the man
I prayed for long ago.

Ruth Bell, 1939 Published in Never Let it End: Poems of a Lifelong Love