It’s been a long hiatus from blogging. God has been walking me through a beautiful but intense journey in these past few months. And my summer has been full with ministry of all kinds, from an evangelism mission trip in Colombia to VBS with my church to being a counselor in a youth summer camp to my beloved pregnancy center ministry. Spare moments have been spent communing with God, allowing Him to fill me that I might be able to pour out where He has called me to serve.
God is faithful. So, so faithful. I have trusted Him for big and little things alike, and He has come through in the most perfect ways every single time. These days have not been easy, but they have deepened my walk with the Lord. I wouldn’t trade them.
“It is a safe thing to trust Him to fulfill the desires He creates”, wrote Amy Carmichael. How true it is. He may not fulfill them in our timeline or our ways, but His timing and His ways are far better. He is sovereign, and He is kind.
I’m walking through days of beginning to see Him fulfill some very specific desires that He put on my heart years ago. It’s incredible, and it’s also hard, because it’s not in my way or my time. Yet my focus remains the same, to look to Jesus and be radiant, knowing that I will not be ashamed as I put my trust in Him.
Whatever season God is walking you through, be it one of joy or loss, seeing His hand clearly or wondering where He is in your darkness, sisters, your focus cannot change. He has put you in that season, on purpose. I’ve been so convicted of my tendency to look ahead and anticipate the next season, rather than fully living and fully serving right where I am. You, too?
Regardless of how much you like or dislike the season you’re currently in, it’s an opportunity for God to be glorified in You, and for Him to refine and grow you. May I encourage you a bit today, with the lessons God has been teaching me?
Pursue Jesus. Whatever the cost. He is worthy. “Just one glimpse of Him in glory will the trials of life repay” goes the old hymn. Just think of what it will be to see Him! Our life here is but a blink, and to think, eternity with Jesus! How much more wonderful will it be if we have spent our time on earth knowing Him and loving Him and anticipating heaven?
Serve Jesus. “Only one life, twill soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last.” I think that was C.T. Studd. The joy of ministry, of being used by God, of seeing God change lives, of knowing that what you do is impacting people for eternity, is joy unsurpassed, yet how often we settle for lesser joys. We get to choose how we spend each day, each moment. Will we fritter it away or redeem it for Him?
Love Jesus. Single or married, as women, we long to love and be loved. But how often do we stop and think about how much God loves us? And how much time do we spend truly loving Him? What if instead of wishing our husbands/future husbands would love us the way we want to be loved, we delighted in God’s love, and looked to Him? He alone can fulfill those desires perfectly.
Obey Jesus. Along the lines of loving Jesus, what if we didn’t just say we love Him, but demonstrated that we love Him? “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments”, He says. Am I obeying out of love or duty? Am I rejoicing in His commands? Am I seeking to align my life with His will? Am I living for His glory and for His kingdom to be advanced, or my own?
Trust Jesus. In everything. Will I trust Him to help me meet this deadline? Will I trust Him to help me know what to do with this child? Will I trust Him to write my love story? Will I trust Him to work in the heart of the girl I’m counseling? Will I trust Him to show me what to write in this card? From the smallest details to the biggest life-changing things, I can trust Him. But will I?
The list could go on. But far more important than you reading my words, is you reading His Word. Immerse yourself in it. Look to God alone for guidance and fulfillment and purpose and strength and joy and hope and patience. Allow Him to work deeply in your heart. Abide in Him, moment my moment. Pour yourself out, and let Him fill you.
Live life to the fullest. Make it count. Even on the hardest of days, choose to praise Him. And one day, you will stand face to face with your Savior, and it will be worth it all.
Because of Him,