“The heartfelt counsel of a friend is as sweet as perfume and incense…As iron sharpens iron, a friend sharpens a friend.”
It really is so important to surround ourselves with solid friendships–people who help us grow in our relationship with God, not only in times of plenty, but also during difficult days. We should seek a friend who isn’t afraid to correct us if we need correction, but also one who encourages us when we are walking in God’s purpose for our lives.
Accountability is major. And a good friend gives accountability.
I sang this song by Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir at Alan B. Shepard High School’s “Senior Farewell Concert.” I just wanted to share how faithful the Lord has been in my life not only the past four years–but as I look back at my past eighteen. I am so thankful for God’s faithfulness–and He has been, is, and will always be faithful.
This really inspired me as I read this today from the Pentecostal Evangel:
“A testimony is like a doorknob. It is a very small device that can open a sanctuary, and by the power of God remodel its interior. It enters the secret alcoves of the heart, awakening the desire for God. A written testimony is a legacy that may be shared among a thousand people without being divided. It will go where we cannot, work while we sleep, and continue to bear fruit after we’re gone.”
So true. Our personal story of what God has done in our lives is so powerful. Our testimony cannot be refuted because it is what God has undoubtedly done in our lives. It is tangible. We are walking examples of what God has done and what God can do.
All of my life I’ve heard that there is a time and a season for everything (Ecclesiastes 3)–I remember the first time I read that chapter in the Bible was in third grade when my hamster Brownie was dying. I cried and cried because I realized that I had to live with the sad reality that it was Brownie’s time to die and my time to weep. I read the passage at his home-made funeral service while playing “Amazing Grace” on my keyboard.
Over the years, I have had to go through many seasons–much more challenging than my hamster’s perishing. I remember in the years 2006-2007, I felt like I was surrounded by a season where so many people I loved were dying. I questioned to God, “Why?” It seemed that wakes and funerals were part of my life’s routine. However, it was a season God brought me through. A season where I mourned, others around me mourned, and we wept together. Yet, Ecclesiastes 3:11 says, “He has made everything beautiful in its time…” It takes trust believing that God will work through our pain–that He will restore joy back to us, to give us again our time to laugh and dance.
And God is faithful. He will make true Romans 8:28: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who<sup class="footnote" value="[a]”> have been called according to his purpose.” I feel like in my 18 years I have gone through seasons of mourning, seasons of change, and seasons of flat-out feeling down-in-the-dumps. But the Lord has never failed to restore to me His joy, His sense of purpose in my life.
Don’t be discouraged with whatever you are facing in this present season: wherever you are mourning or weeping in your life, God will never fail to restore to you the joy only He can give. He will give you a reason to sing and dance again.
Psalm 34:18–“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”
Psalm 37:23,24–” The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand.”
Hold on to the Lord’s promises for your life. He will never forsake you. Surrender to Him today. Tell Him that you will continue to trust Him through this present season. He will pick up all of your broken pieces and restore to you everything that was lost–and then some. Because, that is what God does. He restores. Amen and amen!
God is faithful. Oh so faithful.
So, I haven’t blogged in awhile, but I have an update on college! I have decided to go to Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri, this fall. It’s amazing how God has orchestrated my going to school there–He has already provided so greatly. I just feel such great peace about this decision.
Now, I expect college to be a major transition. I’ve never been away from home ever longer than 10 days (when CREW went to Honduras)–so I know that being at college for months at a time will be different. But I’m thankful for modern conveniences such as Skype or Facebook or picture messaging and even cell phones to be able to communicate with my family while I’m eight hours away!
I feel it’s normal to feel a bit insecure about change–I mean in the past, change has taken major adjustment–however, what I love is how I can feel God’s deep peace transcending my surface-y worries and feelings of being uncomfortable. I know this is in His plan for me. And I choose to be obedient to His plan in daily surrender–trusting that He will work in this new season of my life. He is always faithful–has been, is, and always will be.