God is Good!

Hey everyone!

Have you ever had one of those days that started out just terrible but ended on an unexpected good note? I have had many of those…and today was one! Lately, I have been in a kind of rut, I do not know where to go or what to do next. I just feel like I am not doing enough with the knowledge God has given me through my studies and as every day goes on, I feel worse. Today was just like any other day, I went to bed at a normal time (though some may think it was still too late…) and slept for an uneasy ten or so hours. When I woke up, I felt like my day had been wasted and as the afternoon went on, I was left alone with my thoughts. Anyone with anxiety knows that this can have a very bad affect! Even though I know that the negative thoughts I was thinking were not true, I couldn’t shake them. So all in all, my day was kind of a drag and nothing seemed to feel right. But then, my mom came in and asked if I wanted to start our study on Revelations a day early. I agreed and we went to the perfect meeting place…Panera! We ended up talking about God, our experiences with the Holy Spirit, and the perfect love of Jesus Christ for over two hours. Talk about a pick me up! This got me thinking…

How powerful is God that by simply speaking His name, our spirits can be lifted? His name is so good and so pure that just the mention of Him, all anxiety or worry or sadness can be washed away. Psalms 31:19 says, “oh, how abundant is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you and worked for those who take refuge in you, in the sight of the children of mankind!” If we seek God in times of need, no matter how small that need may feel, He will fill us with His goodness. Seeking Him means that we recognize our human depravity and dependence on God to be the Healer and Savior. This experience reminded me of just how relentless God is in showing us His love. While we are easily caught up in the day-to-day, God does not fail. Our first response when we feel pain, loneliness, sin, etc. should be to go to God and meditate on the word, but we will most likely try to figure it out by any other means necessary. We must remember that Lord is at hand for He will not forsake us! It may sound redundant, but I can’t help but exclaim…GOD IS GOOD!

Thank you for all who read this! God Bless!

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Hello everyone!

I have never written a blog entry before…it’s all so exciting!

I am currently in school for Biblical studies through an online college. Though living at home is saving a lot on my student loans, I have become a kind of hermit. I have never been extroverted, or particularly cared for speaking in front of a group of people consisting of more than three people, and online school has only strengthened my introvertedness.

Recently, I have begun to feel that there is no point in learning if I don’t discuss and speak about what I have learned. I do not want to read a theology book and accept that as the final answer. (The only book I can do that with is the Bible!) I want my perspective to widen and I want to grow deeper in my understanding of who God is. Because of this, I decided it was about time that I start to get involved with other human beings.

As I stated above, I am not a particularly outgoing gal, so I figured speaking or teaching a class at my church wasn’t the answer for this season of my life. I enjoy taking risks, but sometimes my self-esteem gets the better of me. I didn’t know what God wanted me to do, but like the good Father He is, He let me know that He was with me!

After spending some time in prayer, some doors opened up for me. I joined a life group filled with such strong Christian women. We haven’t known each other for very long, but these girls have made such an impact on my life. They are encouraging, God-fearing women who just want people to know about God. They are incredible! I also recently became a leader for middle school girls at my church. I haven’t been there very long, but I have already made a connection to some of the girls. Even though I was frightened to actually do the things I have always wanted to do, God made Himself known to me and lovingly pushed me until me hesitating feet were out the door.

And now I have found myself sitting by candlelight (lamp with no shade), curtains drawn shut, tea by my side, and writing about my life and love for the Father. God has placed a passion for sharing His word within me, and I am just beginning to see how that passion will manifest itself. Will it be teaching? Will it be counseling? Or will it be writing? Only God knows my future but I am excited to see how He will reveal His plans for me!