As I sit here and write this entry I am sipping my favorite coffee (Lively Colombian) and looking out onto our back yard patio. A year ago I sat in the same place with nervous butterflies about the unknown ahead as I prepared to start my very first year of college. Over the past year the Lord has guided me through the hardest, darkest but most beautiful adventure I could imagine. I am in awe reflecting on the faithful friendships, fellowship and blessings the Lord placed at my feet this year. Yes when I think about it my jaw DROPS and my heart is full of PURE JOY! The personal growth of this year has been the most wonderful adventure of my life, despite the trial filled months it held. All of the tears, breakdowns and failures led to the most beautiful friendships and blessings I have ever known! I love flipping through my journal because I can see how different scripture provided wisdom and comfort at different times. Some of my favorite journal entries to look back through are the “Letters from God’s Heart to Yours” by Daughters of the King (devo app). Through all of this, I wanted to share my very own letter of encouragement from the Lord’s heart!
“My daughter, in this difficult season of your life make the decision to trust in Me. I am in complete control of your life when it seems to be out of control! If you submit to Me I will fill your heart with joy, peace and rest. I will give you clarity, guidance and strength. So do not fear the future for I am with you. When you rise, put on the clothes of strength and dignity. Think pure, light and heavenly in all you do for My compassions are new every morning. I will never fail you, infact throughout all you do I am standing right beside you. I have opened a door for you on this mission field that NO ONE besides Me can shut. While taking each step on this stage, ignore the lion prowling around trying to strike you down and take you away from Me. If you are in My word I will strengthen your mind and heart’s knowledge, so you will stand firm and not be moved. When taking on this world remember you are precious and honored in My sight and I love you. Believe all of this with every fiber of your being because I made no mistake when I created you. I delight in using you to accomplish My God-sized purposes. All of this can be possible if your love for Me is the central driving force in your life. If you embody this love there is nothing that can stand in your way of becoming everything I desire for you to become. I will show up where you fall short because apart from Me you can do nothing. My child, be determined to walk down the path of faith. Seek Me in times of trouble and I will strengthen you! To help, I will provide you with the encouragement and love you need through beautiful friendships. Friendships full of love, support, encouragement and compassion. And when it comes to that special prince charming, I really do not need your help finding him! If you unabashedly and devotedly give Me your heart, I will place it in the hands of someone who deserves it. All in all My precious daughter, run with Me. Chase holiness, delight in Me and I will give you the desires of your heart!”
My fellow sisters in Christ, His hand is on your life, love in your heart and word in your mind. I pray that you trust all of the wisdom that He has provided. I pray that you trust Him over what your eyes may see. He will take you on a beautiful and wonderful adventure if you place Him at the center of your life! Even when it is hard and may not look promising, He is holding your heart.
Well I am still sitting in the same spot, but now the last little sip left of my coffee is cold. But there is a smile on my face full of a joy that could only be the glory of God. My heart behind this smile is full because I am so thankful for the trials I have faced. YES I am thankful, because I have learned and grown so much. I am eternally grateful for the strength the Lord has provided me to strive to live a life of reckless abandon for Him!
Psalm 37:4-7~ “Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him… Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him.”
Isaiah 41:10~ “So do not fear, for I am with you. Do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will uphold you with my righteous hand.”
Proverbs 31:25~ “She is clothed in strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future.”
Phil 4:8~ “… Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is praiseworthy~ think about such things.”
Phil 1:6~ “Be confident of this, that He who began a great work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
Lamentations 3:22-23~ “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.”
Revelation 3:8~ “… I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know you have little strength, yet you have kept My word and not denied my name.”
Isaiah 43:4~ “Since you are precious and honored in my sight, I love you.”
John 15:5~ “I am the vine, you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”