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The past two weeks Hebrews 13:5-6 has been on my mind.

Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, ‘I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,’ so that we confidently say, ‘The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. What will man do to me?’

One’s character should be free not only from the love of money, but from the love of anything which keeps them from genuinely pursuing Christ.

It is now the eight week into my first semester of college. It has been crazy discovering the differences that sets college apart from high school (especially attending a tiny Private Christian school). Self-discipline has always been a struggle, but now it is even a more constant struggle as the teachers lecture in class and expect you to diligently study in preparation for the quizzes/tests in the coming weeks. Social wise, the first couple weeks were pretty lonely. I have learned to appreciate the quietness in between classes. When I can, I make sure to sit outside in a secluded place and rest. In time I have become acquainted with some people at school and the “first day of class awkwardness” is thankfully no more.

The last Wednesday of August, I also began serving in the youth ministry at my church. Rounding to about 400 students, junior high through high school, this relational youth ministry has volunteering leaders who come alongside these students and lead them towards the Truth. At least, that is the hopeful and constant prayer of many. I, and one other awesome woman, lead a small group of about 8-10 ninth grade girls. I love the girls. I admire this youth ministry and their continual vision for the ministry.

There are many other activities that contribute to my busy schedule. These past two months have been a learning experience, trying to figure out how to juggle my commitments. But, also how to say NO when possible commitments come to my door step. God has been teaching me that my life is not my own. Everything I do, everything I own, everything I strive for…all belongs to Him. All should be for His glory.

I fear change. Though it has been constant on the horizon, change will continue throughout my life. Life is about change. There are days I wish life didn’t change. I wish my family of six still had weekday dinners, game nights, and worship time together. Where’s that active imagination I had as a kid? Why this, why that, Jesus?!

In this changing life there is hope.

There is hope, because God never changes.

He is unchangeable.

There is none like You, O Lord; You are great, and great is Your name in might. Jeremiah 10:6

Your faithfulness continues throughout all generations; You established the earth, and it stands. Psalm 119:90

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8

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Take heart. Be encouraged. God is God, and man is not.

 

 

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