Last month I asked if anyone had any questions for me. I know my writing can sometimes be vague and I’m probably confusing to many, so I wanted to check in and see if I could clarify any cloudy areas. Mostly, I received some incredibly encouraging words that are precious to me. (Last week I was at a Cru staff conference and had the opportunity to sit in on a Blogger/Author Meet-up. There were a ton of super talented and successful people there and yet, the one thing I continually heard was that the greatest thing writers need is… encouragement. I couldn’t agree more! So really, thank you so much for taking the time to glance over my words, pass on an article, and/or shoot me a comment.)
But, I didn’t escape the questions entirely:) There was a set of awesome inquiries and I have to say- I have struggled to answer them! However, it’s time. I’m going to give them my best shot…
#1 -What are you most proud of?
This question made me realize I have some pride issues going on (so thank you for the accountability! God used you to convict me and help me lay down things that I’ve been prideful in!) What I kept coming back to, though, was “the journey God has me on.” – Which I feel like is a super weird thing to be proud of because it is nothing I’m in control of nor have I done anything to deserve it. But, I love it and I’m honored to know Him.
#2 – Describe yourself in one word.
#3 – If you were a cereal, what cereal would you be and why?
Oh’s!!! I’m gonna be real with you – I chose this cereal because it’s my favorite and my best friend and I were crazy about it in high school. #GoodMemories But, I also realized the tag line is “Good things in the middle!” As God has peeled back the layers and revealed to me my sin, I’ve also gotten to experience His amazing grace. He’s created in me a new heart and as I walk closely to Him – He’s showing me that He can create good things in me and through me. Cheesy answer – I know, but it’s true. Also, the product description says, “One of the best tasting and most addictive cereals ever created.” So true! This could also relate back to me because I have a highly addictive personality- meaning if I like something – I go all out! Whether it’s music, movies, sports, a TV show – I can easily be consumed by things I enjoy. This can be dangerous, so I gotta make sure Jesus is always my solid foundation and my middle.
#4 What’s the biggest help to you in prayer?
Hm… Prayer has certainly been something I’ve struggled with. This is mostly connected to the fact that I’m a “doer.” I love to do all kinds of things for God – as long as it involves being active. It is much more difficult for me to sit quietly and listen to Jesus or ask His opinion. However, I will say that in the last year praying has become much easier for me and something I truly enjoy. I’ve learned about God’s character and have become immersed in His letter to us, which is why I think praying has become more natural. I really do want to know what God thinks because I am convinced He is wiser than I am, He has a better plan, and my life is His. Understanding who I am and who God is has been one of the biggest helps to me.
Also, I continue to want to yell at the top of my lungs, “Read the Word!” (Not out of anger, but like out of “yes! this is it! we have a way to know God’s thoughts!”) I feel like if you’re a Christian it’s implied that you do, but I know for the first 6-7 years of my relationship with God reading the Bible was not something I did daily or consistently. It has to be! Not for legalistic purposes, but simply for health purposes. You don’t eat once in a while or when you happen to have time, do you? No way, you make time! In the same way, we must make it a priority to communicate daily and throughout the day with Jesus. And if you’re struggling with prayer, definitely talk to a trusted Christian friend and ask them to pray for you/with you.
Lastly, but certainly not least of all- the biggest help is actually being filled with the Holy Spirit. It is essential! Without the Holy Spirit, we cannot live a life pleasing to the Lord! As Andrew Murray said,
“Men ought to seek with their whole hearts to be filled with the Spirit of God. Without being filled with the Spirit, it is utterly impossible for a Christian or a church to ever live or work as God desires.”
If you want to learn more about this, definitely check out Bill Bright’s article, “The Steps to Being Filled with the Holy Spirit.” In his article Dr. Bright reminds us that “The command of Ephesians 5:18 is given to all believers to be filled, directed and empowered by the Holy Spirit, continually, every day of our lives. And the promise of 1 John 5:14, 15 is made to all believers that, when we pray according to God’s will, He hears and answers us. If you claim the fullness of God’s Spirit in prayer, He will hear and answer you. He will fill you.”
Sorry, went on a rant on that last one, but I so want Christians to know the depth of God’s love and the freedom that comes from living not in our own power- but on the reliance on the Holy Spirit. Love you all!
P.S. Keep the questions coming by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
P.S.S. I realized I forgot a question! I was asked, “How is support raising going?” As many of you may know, I recently joined staff with Cru High School – a ministry dedicated to helping students have an opportunity to know Jesus and grow in their faith. God has taught me so much through this process and it’s been awesome to see His provision! It’s also been challenging at times and has stretched my faith tremendously. At this time, I am a little under halfway to my goal. If you’re interested in learning more about my ministry and how you can partner with me, please check out my Cru Give site or email me at email@example.com. I’d be excited to have you as a part of my team on the journey to bringing the awesome news of Jesus to students! Prayer that I would stay grounded in God’s Truth and confident in His sovereignty would be amazing. Thank you so much for asking! :)