When fear comes knocking, there You'll be my guard
When day breeds trouble, there You'll hold my heart
Come storm or battle, God I know Your peace will meet me there
Again and again
Oh, be still my heart
I know that You are God
Oh, fear no evil
For I know You are here
- Prince of Peace by Hillsong United
As most of you know, Christian music is a huge part of how I am able to connect with God. I realized tonight that I have been so caught up with everything around me that I haven't really been able to sit down with God and just be with Him. Which is so sad because I LOVE spending time with Him, and I missed out of all those valuable days with not having true quiet time with Him. When I sat down with Him tonight, I just started flipping through my Bible and randomly (not so randomly--a God thing) started listening to listening to this song and reading the first part of Romans 6. First of all, the song that came on "Prince of Peace" is amazing, so I definitely recommend listening to that! That part that says that "Oh, be still my heart" just reminds me that Jesus desires that one on one time with us and just wants our attention. I found that it is so much easier to lean on Jesus through some difficult times rather than remembering to rejoice with him in the great times. He wants to there with us throughout the whole thing. But sitting down with Him and just let your heart be still and listen to the Holy Spirit. He will always be here for us no matter what we do or how we feel. But that kind of leads into what the first part of Romans 6 says as well. If you have time, sit down and take your Bible out and read all of it, but here is one part that really stands out to me.
1. What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase?2 By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? 3 Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.
It talks about even though Jesus is always here for us and will always give us grace He doesn't want us to take that for advantage. He wants you to see a relationship with Him as an opportunity to live differently. Yes of course He knows we will make mistakes and sin, because we are not perfect not will ever be. He later on says in Romans 6:6 that "we should NO LONGER BE SLAVES TO SIN". We are free. YOU are free from whatever is holding you back, but don't take that for advantage. Take that as an opportunity to live out your potential and live for a God who sent his One and only Son down on this earth to die for YOU. You are priceless, you are worthy, you are loved, you are one of a kind, you are fearfully and wonderfully made. You can make a difference.
Now in the craziness of life, I challenge you to do the same. I am guilty of putting so many things before my time with Jesus, but it is so incredibly important to sit and be still with God. The business of your life will follow you wherever you go and might not ever slow down, so you have to train yourself to take time for you and Jesus. Because He died on the cross for YOU, you will forever be able to talk to Him whenever and wherever.
Well here are a few updated in my life during this craziness season:
- I officially decided I will be attending University of North Georgia in the fall of 2018 (plan on majoring in nursing with a minor in Spanish--and I have an AWESOME roommate who loves Jesus and I am so excited to get to know her better)
- Graduation season is coming upon us, so I am trying to sort all the grad part invitations and announcements out. As well as, my family and I need to start planning for the party.
-We just attended the State Leadership Conference for HOSA, so after studying hard and practicing... I received 7th in the state of GA for Sports Medicine.
-We just had our last Walking Wisely for our 8th grade girls. I am going to miss them tremendously next year, but I know Jesus has huge plans for each of their lives.
-In February, we had senior night for basketball, and it was so amazing. I couldn't believe that those four years went by so quickly.
-I recently took some senior pictures!! Can't believe I am a senior!
*I will post some pictures of all the events that happened in the photos section!*