Who is that girl?

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I recently asked a friend if I could share about my ministry with Cru High School with his community group. In return, he asked if I could talk about 22 & Single while I was there. Who is the girl that wrote 22 & Single? I thought to myself…

The girl who wrote 22 & Single was a reaction against what I thought everyone perceived me to be… but in reality, I think I fulfilled most of their assumptions and expectations in writing it. But, as the people and success that I thought would bring satisfaction began failing my expectations – I was finally able to see Jesus more clearly. As I surrendered the voids in my life to Jesus – the pain of loneliness, the desire for relationship, the need for love… I became the person I always wanted to be…

You see, I think we need to be honest with ourselves. And the only way to be honest with ourselves is if we allow someone who is objective to search our hearts… we can’t do it ourselves. Jeremiah 17:9 says, “The heart is deceitful above all else and desperately sick. Who can understand it?” For most of my life, and even most of my Christian life, I trusted my heart and it led me to the opposite of life…

The girl who wrote My Problem with Grace She’s on the pathway to life. She’s broken because she saw the weight of her sin, the reality of her heart, and her natural hunger for selfish gain. The world wouldn’t really want as much to do with the girl who wrote My Problem with Grace, but Jesus would. Because what does the Lord require of you? But to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8. I was humbled through moving to Los Angeles, seeking a “normal” life, seeking success, seeking love apart from God… it was empty… as God’s word says it will be.

The girl who wrote my third and last book – Because I Love You… which is really more like a novella because it’s pretty short… She doesn’t have that much else to say. She’s not the one with the answers. She asks more questions, she reads more Bible, she wants you to rest in Him as she’s learning to.

“Abide in My love.” –Jesus, John 15:9

4 thoughts on “Who is that girl?

  1. I began the process of “abiding” about 2 weeks ago, after growing up “doing” and trying to “earn it”. As an early thirty-something, I spent all weekend in solitude at a monastery and did much more listening than anything. Talk about freedom and a wake up call! The things He says are amazing!!!! Oh, that the world would open heart, ears, mind, and hands to God. But I thank Him for His grace for us all, at each point in our on Journey back toward Him.

    Thank YOU for this reminder.

    I look forward to reading more.

    –Steve

    1. Hi Steve! Wow, what an amazing experience getting time in solitude. That is a great reminder to me of how much we miss what God is saying while we’re busy doing things for Him. I don’t want to miss out on His love and His purpose – which is far greater than we could expect or imagine. I pray that we would all sit in His presence and then act on His love.

      Thanks for reading and sharing!

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