“I don’t think you should marry me because I’m not sure I want to go to Ethiopia with you.”
Words said by me to my future husband Tim, about 9 months before we got married back in 2005. He had felt called to missions for as long as I’d known him, and I was pretty sure I didn't.
Now that we’ve announced our intentions to move to Ethiopia long-term as medical missionaries, many people say, “Wow, I could never do that.” Well, for a long time I didn’t think I could either.
We got married believing that if God wanted us to serve Him overseas, He would work in both of hearts, not just Tim's. And during Tim’s 11 years of training to become a general surgeon, God did just that—worked in my heart to make me want to follow Him to Ethiopia. #31daysofcalling, a series I wrote to tell that story—here’s an excerpt from the intro:
God didn’t slam me with books about marriage that told me to get in line, and He didn’t lay guilt on me for not wholeheartedly following whatever my husband wanted to do. Instead, He did a thousand little things to open my heart to people who are suffering in Ethiopia, showing me how He’s crafted my personality and gifts to fit there, to give me a vision for what my life would be like there, and to make me literally WANT to go.
Here’s a peek into two of those thousand little things that I highlighted in #31daysofcalling:
Day 2: A Red Tin Roof
As a kid, there was a little house on our highway that I was in love with—white siding and a red tin roof (top picture.) That house made me fall in love with the idea of a red tin roof. If I ever daydreamed about my life as an adult, it was always with a red tin roof over my head. Fast forward to life as an adult, considering moving to Ethiopia, considering working at a rural missions hospital.
What do the missionary houses there have? Red tin roofs! (bottom picture) God cares about the details. ❤️
Day 19: Radical Generosity
A tap on my shoulder before church…the wife whispers, “I know Tim won’t always have summers off during med school, but does he have this one off?” It was his first year of medical school, and we had gotten married a few months before. I say that he does, and she excitedly says, “Can you all come over for lunch after church? We need to talk to you about something.”
We go, and these dear friends (whom we met just a few months earlier) explain that the husband received a big bonus at work, and they had been praying about what to do with it. They wanted us to consider returning to Ethiopia that summer to experience serving together as a married couple—at their expense.
Fast forward a few months, and we are making plans to go back to Ethiopia and help the Mission to the World (our sending organization) missionaries there with a big medical team that was coming to conduct clinics in a poor community. We worked up a budget for the trip, sent it to them at their insistence, and they then donated the WHOLE amount to MTW (have you checked ticket prices to Ethiopia? It’s not cheap).
Before we go, the wife tells me that she’s been thinking about how Tim’s future work in Ethiopia as a doctor is clear, but she has specifically been praying that God would give me a vision for MY life in Ethiopia.
The trip DID give me that vision—I worked with social workers, helped in medical clinics, and saw a lot about what home life could be like with the missionaries we worked with. Our interest in returning to Ethiopia solidified, which had a significant impact on the way we thought about our lives during the rest of Tim’s training.
And all of that, when we had had no plans of our own to return there any time soon.
- It was they who dreamed up our going that summer,
- they who wrote the enormous check instead of dreaming up what they could do for themselves with it (WOW),
- they who prayed for my vision.
God continued to work in my heart for years to make to me truly want to do this, but that summer was a pivotal start for me…thanks to God, and friends who listened to Him even when it meant great expense. Whoa.
On Day 31, here is part of my reflection:
So if you look back over the last 30 days with me, how can we not just give this a shot? How can we sit pretty as a surgeon and his wife in America when God has done ALL. THESE. THINGS. to pull us toward Ethiopia over and over and over again?
If we fight to believe what we say we believe, we need to meditate on what’s true:
- nothing can separate us from God’s love,
- God will lead us and hold us no matter where we are
- He doesn’t sleep (different time zone—no problem).
- He is near,
- He is good,
- He is faithful.
- He says not to fear,
- He says not to worry.
- He says you have to give up your life to truly find it.
At the beginning of #31daysofcalling, I was trying to answer the question “why?”. Why are we doing this, why do we think God is calling us to it?
But now that we’ve been through all these days together, the question I hope we’re asking is “why not?”.
After seeing time after time after time of God preparing, providing, protecting, and teaching us, why not do this? Why not take the gifts He’s given us and uses them in Ethiopia? Why not try to be faithful to follow Him when He’s obviously been so faithful to us?
Thanks SO MUCH for taking the time to read a bit of our story, and you can find the whole story at www.loveethiopia.org/31daysofcalling. And don’t be like me when I told Tim he shouldn’t marry me—believing the lie that things about you can never change.
Because God is in the business of change, in the most beautiful and unexpected ways.
Merry Christmas! What a priviledge we have to celebrate the birth of our Messiah, Jesus! We see the word "Joy" so much around Christmastime, so I felt led to re-share a post I wrote this time last year. It's a great reminder that it IS possible to have JOY in our lives despite our circumstances because true JOY only comes through salvation.
I'll never forget the day that I was sitting on the front steps of my first home talking with a friend that was not a believer at the time. One of her questions to me was, "Why are you always happy?" That conversation ultimately led to us praying over the phone together and her asking Jesus to be the Lord of her life! I think about her often and that pondering question she had for me. The one thing I told her is that happiness is fleeting, but JOY is everlasting and only comes from a relationship with the Lord.
Life has not always been kind to me. I have had my share of heartache; I began dealing with death at a young age with losing grandparents that I adored, my dad became sick when I was fifteen and life for my family was lived in and out of hospitals, my aunt was murdered and my uncle was sent to prison for conspiracy of murder, my dad lost his battle with cancer when I was nineteen, I lost one of my biggest cheerleaders (my dad's mom) several years ago, and another grandfather soon after our youngest was born.
Now I realize many have gone through much worse and I am sure not trying to have a pity party. Scripture is very clear in John 16:33, "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world". If we are followers of Christ, we know Satan is going to fight us and try to defeat us. What I pray you see in this post today is that JOY is not determined by our circumstances, but only through salvation and that He is enough for whatever comes our way.
How can we live a life filled with JOY when we look at the world and see such darkness? We see that word JOY so much at Christmas, but is it really possible to have? The cause of joy is JESUS!
Depending on the translation you use, the word JOY is mentioned around 200 times in the Bible. So that tells me, there is something to living a joy-filled life....it IS possible!
1. JOY at the Manger: Luke 2:10"Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great JOY that will be for all the people."
Can you imagine being Mary and Joseph and all that they endured getting to Bethlehem? Do you think anything about it seemed joyful in the moment? I know myself and I am sure there would have been much grumbling through the process! The one thing that Mary and Joseph clung to was the promise that God was doing something mighty! Jesus' birth did not occur like most people would have imagined; a cave, amongst animals, shepherds, a trough. A King to come as a humble servant, born into this world amongst the lowly. WOW! We are broken, dirty, sinful people that He came to this earth for. Let that sink in for a minute! He didn't come wearing a robe and a crown to rule above everyone. He came to serve, to walk amongst the people, to have love and compassion. We can learn so much from that today!
REFLECTION: Take some time and really focus in on Jesus and His birth; nothing about it made sense to the human mind! He came to serve, to walk beside us and to be our ultimate sacrifice! There is no greater love!
2. JOY in Suffering: Philippians 2:14-16 "Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation. Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain."
Oh this is a hard one, but it is Biblical! It feels so right and natural to complain when hard times come, but knowing that Christ has a greater plan should give us JOY in the suffering. Can you imagine being Paul and writing this letter from prison? Philippians is Paul's joy letter. Although he had faced excruciating poverty, abundant wealth and everything in between, he was still able to write with great joy because he focused his attention on knowing Christ and obeying Him. Joy doesn't mean that you are "happy" all the time, let me make that clear! Joy doesn't mean that we can't hurt or cry. Our life is just a snap shot of what eternity will be like, so our suffering is not lasting and we have hope because of Jesus! That should bring us great JOY!
Isaiah 55:8-9 is one of my favorite verses, because when I begin to doubt God's goodness or question how things are transpiring, I am quickly reminded that He is God and I am not. His knowledge and wisdom is far greater than we can ever comprehend.
REFLECTION: Suffering is hard and doesn't seem fair. We tend to run to Jesus last, when He should be the first one we rest in. Get into God's Word and spend time in prayer with Him. Ask Him the hard questions that you are dealing with! What is it that you need to lay at His feet? He is working in each of us and we can trust what He says, He will do!
3. JOY in Salvation:1 Peter 1:8-9 "Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls."
Peter heard Jesus say these same words when Thomas was doubting Jesus' resurrection in John 20:29, so Peter is repeating them here in 1 Peter 1:8-9 as he encourages Christians who are suffering. Because we believe in Jesus, we have inexpressible and glorious joy! Galatians 5:22 lists the fruits of the Spirit and joy is listed right after love. This is the work of the Holy Spirit in us and these are character traits found in the nature of Christ. It's not possible to "earn" or "try" to get any of the fruits in our lives, we must join our lives with Him to receive them. Although we know the end result and heaven is our eternity, we must still work diligently now to serve Him and point others to Him.
REFLECTION: Jesus is our joy! Thank Him for your salvation and all the beauty that you experience because you have His character traits in you! There may be some things that are defeating your joy right now. Pray and ask the Lord to show you if there are some areas in your life that you need to work on. Maybe you need to resolve conflict, be more faithful in your job, mend a marriage, or maybe you are just in a waiting period...do it all with JOY! If you do not know the JOY that Jesus brings, please reach out to us, we would love to talk with you!
Laura is a pastor's wife, mom to two crazy fun kids and a part-time marketing director. The Lord continues to teach and stretch her through ways she would have never imagined, all by saying "YES" to whatever the Lord has for her. She loves being involved in her community and building relationships...oh and she loves to laugh!
Christmastime provides us a wonderful opportunity to share our faith with lost or unchurched family members. But, what is supposed to be Good News can become difficult to share for many reasons. Maybe we fear our loved one will reject this Good News. Maybe we feel inadequate. Maybe we have tried before and it seemed to fail.
How do we shine the light of Christ brightly for those we love most and desperately want to see come to know Christ? What are some ways to share our faith with them?
Invitation - Audra’s Pick
With all of the Christmas performances, kids choirs, Christmas Eve services, as well as your regular church services, we have plenty of opportunities to invite friends, family, neighbors... to join us. Offer to give pick them up, have a meal together, or just save them a seat!
Living it Out - Laura's pick
Since we are in ministry, conversations about what the Lord is doing in our lives come up often when we are around family. We love that we get to share about God's faithfulness as we are obedient to His calling on our life. No matter if you are in the ministry or not, as believers we can all say God has been so good to us. So find ways to share that with your loved ones. So, my pick would be just living the Gospel out in front of them and take full advantage of the time you are given with those you love.
Read the Christmas Story - Rebecca's pick
Reading the Christmas story from Matthew or Luke during family get togethers is a beautiful way to express our faith. Psalm 119:130 says, "The unfolding of your words gives light." This verse tells us that Scripture illuminates darkness. What a promise! We can trust that as we read about the birth of Christ, His light will be reflected to all those who are in the room and potentially create a spark from within.
Candy Canes - Tammy's pick
Every December 1st, I love to stuff my pockets and purse with these Scripture Candy Canes to hand out to one and all. Whether it's a cashier at a store or a fast food window or a waitress or waiter, I smile and say, "Thank you!" as I hand them one of these little gems.
The front is clear cellophane so you can see the candy cane. The back has the Candy Cane story pointing to the glory and honor of Christ. I honestly don't know how many have been opened and eaten or thrown away. But it is my prayer that at least one precious soul has read the back and a seed has been planted and watered.
Faith-based Gifts - Tricia's pick
I like to give little presents to my friends and neighbors who may be doubting God... or may not truly know Christ as their Savior. And the presents are usually notecards that have writing on them and also my tote bags (they have a quote or verse along with a painting on each one). It's not preachy but it shines out God. I love to have art and verses and quotes mix together for gift giving. It is a natural way to just show love and fun. As I like to say, "It's mixing the holy and fun together!"
For me, picking a word or phrase of the year has been a powerful way to keep myself focused on areas where the Lord is desiring to grow me. In 2013, my phrase was “Press On” (Philippians 3:14) and it became a dominant theme in my life as the Lord called me to lead a Bible study in which we capped off the 10-month study by running our first half marathon. Prior to this, I was not a runner nor a teacher. And, I cannot tell you how many times I wanted to throw in the towel and quit. This same attitude permeated other areas of my life as well and it had to go.
That year, I learned how to strain every physical, mental, and spiritual muscle and rely solely on the Lord to supply what I needed to finish the task. And, He did. It was a lesson that I will never forget and one that He continually brings to mind when the going gets tough and the temptation to quit or to doubt loom in the air.
Other words such as “Thankful” in 2016 (1 Thessalonians 5:18) helped me overcome a recurring anxiety that I was wrestling with. In 2017, the year of our blog launch, the word “Persist” (1 Samuel 17:34) emboldened me to stand toe-to-toe and look my giant named Insecurity in the eye and knock him out. He’s nothing but an occasional powerless whisper in my ear now.
For 2018, I went in a new direction. Instead of a word or phrase of the year, I asked the Lord to give me a word for the decade because it was the year of my 40th birthday. The word He gave me was “Fruitful” (John 15:8) and the emphasis in 2018 was not to be on the fruit but on the pruning required in order to bear the fruit. Ouch.
It has indeed been a year of pruning for me. And, I can testify to two things: 1. The pruning shears are not pleasant and 2. Every snip has been necessary. But, it is because of this pruning–the rebuke of a carelessly spoken word here, the chastisement of a bad attitude there–that I have discovered the Father’s tender love and mercy towards me. He desires much growth in me yet knows that the parts that do not reflect Him must go. In every situation, I know that He is pruning me out of love so I have allowed myself (most of the time) to bend to His Hand and learn the needed lesson.
That brings us to this coming new year and the word that the Lord has chosen to represent it. I have thought long and hard, prayed continually, meditated on, and researched this word. I wanted to make sure that I understood exactly what it meant and what context the Lord is wanting to use it. And, I think it is all very clear now.
My word for 2019 is “Cultivate”:
1. (v. t.) To bestow attention, care, and labor upon, with a view to valuable returns; to till; to fertilize; as, to cultivate soil.
2. (v. t.) To direct special attention to; to devote time and thought to; to foster; to cherish.
3. (v. t.) To seek the society of; to court intimacy with.
4. (v. t.) To improve by labor, care, or study; to impart culture to; to civilize; to refine.
5. (v. t.) To raise or produce by tillage; to care for while growing.
More specifically, in the coming year, the Lord is calling me to cultivate relationships. First, my relationship with Him. Second, my relationship with my husband. Third, my relationship with my children. And fourth, my relationships with the women that He has placed in my life.
Cultivation is a gardening term that we see all the way back in Genesis when God commanded Adam to cultivate the land. Planting seeds then lovingly tending to and nourishing the soil requires a lot of time and attention. It’s a task that cannot be neglected or else the potential inside of the seed hidden under the soil will not come to bud or bloom.
Such is the same with our relationships. Time and attention yield a great return when they are invested in people. Jesus demonstrated this best as He walked through the streets of Jerusalem and over the hills of Israel. Again and again, he stopped to sow into those who came near to Him. It was never inconvenient, never rushed. What some would view as interruptions became moments of great impact where Jesus intentionally met their needs with a word or a touch. As a result, each person felt loved by Him. I want to do the same.
In 2019, I want to cultivate my relationships so that those whom the Lord has placed in my life will thrive from the time and attention, love and affection, that I sow into them. I want to see friendships blossom. I want to see intimacy with my husband grow. I want to see roots of faith become stronger. Each one is the potential yield of diligent cultivation.
Do I know how to do this on my own? No, because I understand the limitations of my green thumb or lack thereof. But, the Master Gardener is already teaching me how and I trust Him with the task.
First, I am a child of God. And, like a child, I am always learning and growing. The more I know Him, the more I love Him. Second, I am a wife to a good man. Missions is his thing while teaching women to love God’s Word is mine. Third, I am a mama to three plus a sweet cockapoo who thinks he’s #4. My children are my ongoing sanctification. Fourth, I am a dreamer/designer. Old friends call me Becky, newer ones call me Rebecca, and the most intimate ones call me Beck. You can just call me friend.
To be honest, I have not been one to set goals or have a clear vision of what the coming years may hold. There are times I love to have a plan, but I fly by the seat of my pants most of the time. I realize that is not the best characteristic to have, but there are times I just love to be spontaneous. Thanks to my By Faith She friends, they have challenged me to be more intentional on what my life looks like as I walk hand in hand with the Lord daily.
Several years ago, Tammy asked me, “What’s your word for the new year?” I had no clue what she was even talking about! I quickly learned that she has been asking the Lord to give her a word to focus on throughout the year, you can read about it here. She prays for a word that can be a barometer for the many things this life throws at her.
I began that year to pray for a word. The Lord has given me words such as Simplicity and Intentional.
2018 brought change to our family with a new church and a new town. For the past several months I have been asking the Lord to show me my place, my purpose in this new season. That's when the Lord clearly showed me through Scripture and in my quiet time with Him my word for the year...PURPOSE. I am praying that the Lord shows me how His purpose for my life can be maximized this year.
It's so easy to let little, mundane tasks dominate all of my time. So this year, I want to focus in on specific areas of my life and how I can stay on track to the purpose God has called me to in each of them.
1. What is my PURPOSE as a Child of God?
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” Matthew 28:19-20
“Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.”
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."
God’s Word is very clear on what my purpose is. Therefore, go and make disciples and be my witnesses to the ends of the earth!
2. What is my PURPOSE as a wife?
“A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life. She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands. She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar. She gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family and portions for her servant girls. She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks. She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night. In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers. She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy. When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet. She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple. Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land. She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes. She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: ‘Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.’ Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate” (Proverbs 31:10-31).
3. What is my PURPOSE as a mother?
“She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.” Proverbs 31:26-27
4. What is my PURPOSE as a Pastor’s Wife?
"Teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.” Titus 2:3-5
Ladies, we are called to help lead and guide the younger women. There is always someone younger than us, no matter what our age!
Now that I have a plan and Scripture to focus on, my prayer is when decisions and times of chaos come my way this year, I will filter every decision through these questions.
I am living my life in vain if I am not living with the purpose the Lord has given me. Nothing else matters except making an eternal impact while here on earth.
You can also read Audra's post about spending time with the Lord here. She includes a free calendar download.
For the past few years I have picked a (WOTY) word of the year, that will help set my focus for the coming year. Tammy wrote a post in late 2017 that explains it well. She has actually challenged our By Faith She Team to do this for a while now, and this year is no different.
As I’ve been thinking and praying about what my new word would be, I couldn’t help but reflect on the past year. For me, the past has a lot to do with the word I will pick for the upcoming year. I look at where I’ve been falling short, or where I myself am in need.
This sort of reflecting tends to bring up a slew of emotions these days. Happiness from fun family time. Gratefulness for the ministry the Lord has allowed us to be a part of. Joy for the time spent with good friends and the new friends we’ve made. Sadness from missed opportunities. Pain from loss. Embarrassment from bad choices...
All of these emotions bring to mind Ecclesiastes 3, where Solomon reminds us that each season has its set time.
1 There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
2 a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
6 a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7 a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8 a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.
To this I say,
“Mommas, like Mary, treasure up this time in your hearts, because they are only little for the blink of an eye.” (Luke 2:19)
“Mourners, take heart, your time of dancing is coming.”
“Joyful, bask in your joy and give thanks to The Lord! It likely won’t last forever.”
“Sufferer, persist in prayer for your season of healing.”
Seasons come and seasons go. Some are joyful and some are full of agony No matter what we are walking through or have walked through, we must recognize that God our Creator knows the seasons of our past, He knows where we stand right now, and he knows what is to come. We must give Him praise as Lord over each and every season.
So after spending some time reflecting, here’s what I’m taking away from the past year:
For the positive, this has been a year of faith building, excitement, and blessings.
For the hard, it has also been a year of battle, uncertainty, and change.
Although 2019 is of now a mystery, The Lord has continued to put the word Peace in my heart and mind. So, I will claim Peace as my word of the year. I will take on this word, and I will strive to rest in The One who offers true peace.
I will plug in to Him often and allow Him to fill me with this Peace that I so desperately need in the chaos of everyday life. And with that peace that He provides for me, I will in turn aim to create an environment of peace for my family. I will strive to offer a refuge of peace to friends and loved ones as well.
My prayer is that this WOTY will be the theme that surrounds our lives this season! And I will do my best to remember that it is just that, a season.
Just a few short months ago I found myself so deeply depressed. It was all I could do to get out of bed and go to work. On my days off, I stayed in bed because I couldn’t face life. The anxiety I had fought for years had surfaced and it was winning. I had tried to find happiness and contentment in one addiction or another, but they just left me empty.
I had given up on life and so desperately wanted to end it all when I came across a blog that I had been following for a few months. Normally, I would just scroll right on past anything faith-based because, as much as I wanted a way out, I was sure God was not the answer.
I was sure that there was no way God could love me after all I had done. I would never be pure enough to deserve God’s love. I was convinced that there was no hope for me.
I needed a way out!
I needed to be rescued from a life of addiction, depression, anxiety, guilt, shame and all the other things that had defined me for so long.
Then, on September 3, 2018, I came across a By Faith She blog post titled Love and Truth.
I was feeling so unloved and just downright unlovable.
When I read:
“If you are a sinner, I accept and love you! Do you drink, do you curse, are you gay, are you ________? Just know - no matter what you struggle with, no matter what sin you may face... We are all sinners saved by grace and we will love you exactly where you are.”
I remember saying to myself, “They will love me where I am? Surely not!“
I commented on the post something like, “I wish I could love myself.” And after a few comments back and forth I just left it at that (in complete disbelief that I even sort of made an effort to reach out). The next morning I woke up to a message in my Messenger inbox from By Faith She wanting to follow up from our conversation.
As we messaged back and forth that day I realized there was something missing in my life. A genuine, authentic relationship with Jesus! I realized that I needed a Savior! So, I asked about salvation and how to get it. They never hesitated to give me Scripture on how to come to know Jesus and about how He loves us.
How much He loves me...
John 3:16 - “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (It’s a big deal!!)
On September 5, 2018 my life completely changed! I was given the new life I so desperately needed when I went all in with Jesus. I asked Him to be the Lord of my life and to be my Savior. He met me right where I was (while sitting at my desk at work to be exact)!
I was broken and defeated, and Jesus reached me through a blog post and a few women who are willing to be obedient to His calling and who truly love others.
It has been a life changing journey and I know I will never be the same! I can now look back and see how my brokenness led me to reach out and ask for help. God has placed some really special women in my life who I can learn from and who I can reach out to when life just doesn’t make sense. I also have the privilege of attending church with Audra and Laura and even though I may not get to see them every week, it is comforting to know they are near.
God has given me the desire to know Him more intimately and the desire to study His word. He is healing me from the inside out and revealing His love for me over and over. He is showing me that I am a new creation in Him.
2 Corinthians 5:17 - “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”