I write this with a heart full of excitement, trust, and full disclosure. I have never thought I would work in the ministry like my Papa. I can’t believe my life has weaved its’ way and now here we are. I feel like I am following in his foot steps and I feel like I’ve had this calling my whole life and I’m starting to really understand it. It’s crazy. There’s a lot that led up to this moment and we will definitely get to those stories, they are whoppers. But I want to be in the here and now before I start to drift into derealization.
I received an e-mail through P31 the other day asking me to submit a written assignment to them. I’ve already started to be mentored behind the scenes to become a study group leader and it seems that I’ve been blessed in the opportunity to try. So, I want to share what I wrote, because what is a writer if they don’t back their work? This piggy-backs off of the verse, Proverbs 30:5, “Every word of God proves true; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him.”
“We’ve all had a time in our lives where we wonder if God’s word holds truth. My hardships are hard but my blessings are many. How could his words not reign true? The truth will always outweigh the fear and God is our shield, sweet sisters. Let us hold our shields up high and proclaim, “Lord Almighty is my refuge and I will protect myself in your truths!” What are some things you are holding your shield out in protection today and how can God’s words of wisdom hold truth in your hearts?” -Jason
It was exactly 1:16 a.m. on 2/26/20 that Jason came to me with these beautiful words and it made me feel like, this is it. I heard back from the recruiter today and I’ve got a meeting with her on Monday morning to take the next steps and let my mentoring continue through a lovable lady, Victoria. She has been a true blessing and made me realize, I want to do this. I want to impact people with the truth. I want to be a warrior of the Lord and I want to do whatever I can to help redirect women and men a like, back to the word. God is the final judgement call. So who am I to judge, right? Let’s be honest here, no body is above or beneath any one.
I guess I’m not here to preach (ba dum tiss) but I am very fond of expressing my opinions. I’m excited to see what the next step my life will take and who I’ll let come along on my journey. We have to stay safe. -Bets
“God isn’t trying to hide from us. He is waiting to be seen by us.” – Lysa TerKeurst
In what ways can I be intentional about seeing God in my everyday life?
There are so many answers to this simple question and yes, it is simple. No answer is the wrong answer. I intentionally seek God through the obvious, scripture. I find verses or paragraphs that have to do with what I am dealing with in everyday life. To validate my intentions and find the truth in them. It’s almost therapeutic to verse map and finds other connections to his word and it’s indescribable when I stumble upon them. I also take time to listen to sermons, podcasts, YouTube videos, things that influence me throughout my day to become more like-minded in Christ. Music can inspire me throughout the day, it keeps me going. Meditation and prayer are what I’d like to incorporate more of and be intentional, not just a, “Well, I guess this is something to dwell and pray on.” I want to come at Him with certainty even when I know we can’t always be that way. The way I hold myself and present myself to others, choosing to do by the word of God or go against it has the biggest impact because it shapes a part of who you are. There is no Savior that will ever compare to the one, Jesus Christ.
Is this something you’ve ever contemplated in your life. Where you feel you are, need to be, are not? It’s a life of choices and feeling out where you truly fit. I can honestly say if I didn’t have God in my life, it wouldn’t be a life worth living. Coming to the truth, hope, and faith can set me up for success. This is the way we choose to look at this earthly life. +Jason+
It’s come to my attention that we need, yet another, fresh start. I want this blog to represent everything that we are. No strings attached. Just full honesty and reality towards our own understanding. I want to be able to enjoy my thoughts and feelings and come back to it if need be. That’s a big part of safety and being a community, knowing there is some place to fall back onto. Live life through open eyes and an open heart. I’ve been told so many times in my life that there is purpose and I’ve finally felt like I may have opened up a door to a world with so much more. It’s amazing the clarity and unknown knowledge I’ve experienced being brought henceforth in such a way that I can not verbally describe, but I’ll try my best. I hope you decide to stick around because I’ve got a lot of exciting plans for the future of this journey I’m so haphazardly navigating. – Lyle