“Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age” Matthew 28:19-20
Dear my brothers and sisters in Christ,
I have been given the opportunity to go on mission to Uganda this summer for a month. Words cannot describe the feelings that are going through me. One of my dreams in life has been to go to Africa, and now I have gotten the chance to finally go, and the best part is that it is for God. It is spreading the news of the gospel, which isn’t something that I’m the most comfortable with, which excites me because I am in a season of pushing myself outside of my comfort zone. The only thing is that I’m not sure if I want to go. Crazy, I know. I signed up for the trip with the intention of deciding when and if I got accepted, and now I have gotten accepted and I am in the midst of a big decision. My request is that you, whoever you are, would pray for me in making this decision. I may possibly have other opportunities to go on missions, but I don’t know if I will get the opportunity to go to Uganda again. I am praying expectantly, with the intention that I will get a response from God, and I am hopeful that He will respond to me. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” Philippians 4:13. I am waiting on you God, and I am ready to get an answer. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve and thank you for letting me put it out of my hands and put it into yours. You are truly good and I can’t wait to see what you are going to do with me in this next season.
Just a few verses that I stumbled upon while reading Isaiah and absolutely can’t get enough.
“I will take you by the hand and guard you” Isaiah 42:6
Just the idea of God taking my hand and holding it…ah! It just brings a smile to my face. His big hand squeezing mine, guiding and guarding me through life, what else could I want? Imagine having the God of the universe, who knows all, is guiding you and guarding you through all that life pertains. Nothing could be better.
“I traded their lives for yours because you are precious to me. You are honored, and I love you” Isaiah 43:4
I love this verse because God explicitly says that He loves us. Do you know how crazy that is? The Creator of Heaven and Earth and the Universe loves us! He is SO SO SO big yet He loves us. That truly amazes me and I pray that it never ceases to. It is such a sweet truth.
“From eternity to eternity, I am God. No one can snatch anyone out of my hand. No one can undo what I have done” Isaiah 43:13
We are His! And that will never change. No matter if we mess up, He still wants us and still loves us. He will never let us go! Thank you God!
I hope that these verses are encouraging and let you know that the God of all creation loves you, He loves YOU! He hasn’t overlooked you, He is focusing on you and pursuing you with all His heart until you are in His arms. He wants you, now.
I really encourage you to watch this video, no matter if you are struggling with your faith, have no faith at all, or are totally in love with God. “The pain and the fear of this life is not bigger than the love and the presence of our father”
“For there will be no one like you and no one beside you, you alone are worthy of all praise”
In these past couple of weeks, the Lord has fully spoken to me and reached out His righteous right hand to lead me back to Him. I had strayed away and become complacent in my faith and realized I was in a position to either run away from God or run full force towards Him. My first instinct was to run away, but God kept himself on my mind and reminded me of the sweet and faithful promise that no matter how far I ran from Him, He would constantly pursue me and even though no one on this Earth would do that if I ran away from them, He still would. That promise brought me to tears. See, I have been given up on and I have felt abandoned, but God in His fullness, the one who created me, the one who formed the Earth, would run after me to save me, even if no one else would. I recommitted my life to Christ this week and I have never felt a fire in my heart re-spark as fast as it did when I broke down in tears and told the God of the universe that I loved Him and that I wanted him to be my daddy, to be my papa, and to be my Lord. That He was going to be the center of my universe and that He would fill the voids in my heart instead of everything else I had decided to put there. “He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will never be shaken” (Psalm 62:2). God has shown me these past couple of weeks that before I meet my future husband, things in my life need to change, especially my relationship with Him. And He has shown me that He is truly the first love of my life. The fact that He would lay down His only son on the cross for me amazes me. The fact that He made me to worship Him brings me to my knees. The fact that the Creator of the Universe, made ME, that He has a relationship with ME, little me, touches my heart and breaks it. So I will exalt my God, for He is so so so good. And He loves me.
I encourage anyone who doesn’t know Him to seek Him with all their heart, to honestly ask God, “if you’re real, reveal yourself to me, because I want to know you” because you know what? If you earnestly seek Him, He will not delay. “For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, they are plans of good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I WILL LISTEN. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. I will be found by you, says the Lord” (Jeremiah 29:11-14). Seek Him, because He earnestly and desperately wants a relationship with YOU. He wants to know and have a relationship with His son or daughter and He doesn’t want it in a year or a month or a day, He wants it now. He wants YOU now. So run into his arms, because He is your papa, he is your daddy, and He loves you with an everlasting love.
“I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself” (Jeremiah 31:3). Our God is a selfish God and He wants you to himself, and He wants you now.