Life Update & The Call of the Gospel
There is something about making spontaneous decisions that make you feel excited about life. I am someone who, yes, loves order and planning, but I also enjoy the occasional spontaneous decisions. I have a few tattoos that were spontaneous decisions. Heck, this blog was a spontaneous decision. And even if those decisions only end up being something that I enjoy, I can't help but think about all of the cool life experiences I have had that turned into fun stories. Example: one time, I decided to apply for Camp TAZO: Passion and I won a spot alongside 29 other adult campers who wanted to #brewtheunexpected in life and get out of their comfort zones to live a life free of regrets. May I say, that was the BEST decision I had ever made! I had so much fun getting to know new people and create a family that is unlike any other that I had ever been able to join. Another time, I spontaneously decided to adopt my pup, Daenerys. There are no words to describe the joy that she has brought to my life and that would take a very long time to explain. But my latest spontaneous decision? Applying to graduate school! Yes, your girl applied to grad school and got accepted into the MS of Project Management program at Charleston Southern University and I am SO EXCITED to get started. I start this coming Fall, August 24th and I honestly never thought that I would say that sentence. I had always told myself I wouldn't go back to school because of my experience in undergrad. Don't get me wrong, I love my alma mater however I had an overall great but very conflicting experience. I didn't enjoy being a student a lot of the time and I know this is the case with a lot of college students nowadays but it genuinely left me with an awful taste in my mouth for school. But, the Lord is good and I have grown and I am in a completely different place (literally) when it comes to schooling and I deeply trust CSU as an institution which I could not really say for my undergrad. I deeply trust a lot of people at my alma mater of whom they became my forever family however the institution itself, not so much. And that's ok! You're not always going to love your school but as long as you love some parts of your experience there, consider it an overall win.
Outside of grad school, I have been making strides in my spiritual growth and leadership at church which is always nice. I have enjoyed seeing the Rally ministry in Charleston grow and become a place where 18-25 year olds can come and worship the Lord together. Also, leading the charge with Rally Women has been a great experience as well. All of this of course not without its ups and downs but it has truly become a big part of my life that I deeply enjoy. Also, at work, I've officially had my 1 year anniversary! I have never been at a workplace for a year before and I even now have the opportunity to be the senior transfer counselor which is a blessing. I genuinely love what I do and I couldn't imagine being anywhere else. The Lord truly has been so good to me and cannot wait to see what else He does next.
This is going to be a short update but I just want to end with this: trust in the Lord. I know that is super simple but there is beauty in simplicity. There truly is. I am learning in the moment to trust in Him and not be so reliant on the technical and theological things that I know. Yes doctrine and theology are good and important, but if they do not aid in pursuing and loving the Lord deeper, then what is the point? Love the Lord. Pursue Him with all your are and know that He is good and works all things for your good and His glory. In this, He cannot fail and that is a blessed assurance. If you have something in your life that you question and wonder about, bring it to Jesus. The Holy Spirit is with you if you have been saved by grace through faith. And if you are not a believer but are wondering what Jesus has to offer, let Him show you! If it is in God's will for your life, you will respond to the Gospel with an urgency you have never known before. This is a good thing! Have you never heard the Gospel before? Refer to the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke & John for biblical context and insight. Here it is:
God created the world and it was in perfect harmony with Him until sin entered the picture. Because God cannot be where sin is, He cast out man but not without making a way for us to dwell with Him eternally in Heaven. God sent His Son, Jesus Christ to live a perfect life, the life we couldn't live on our own. He then died the death that we deserve; someone had to take the weight of sin and shame in our place and this is what Jesus did on the cross! Jesus died and was buried but on the third day, He rose again effectively defeating sin and the enemy forever (woohoo)! And now He is seated at the right hand of God, the chasm (what separated us from God) is no longer keeping us from our Father and Jesus offers salvation through His blood shed for us and we can receive it if we confess and repent of our sins and believe that He is Lord. Repent (turn from sin) and be baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and you too will be able to live eternally with the Father. I have a prayer below that you can pray if this has resonated with you!
Please know: this prayer does not save you!! You cannot pray a prayer and be saved; but you can pray to repent of your sins and God will hear you. If you confess that Jesus Christ is Lord and ask to be saved, He is mighty to save you. The Holy Spirit is the one who saves and makes our hearts that were once dead in our sins alive in Christ. Whether you have committed every sin in the book or you have never broken a rule, if you do not believe Jesus Christ is Lord, you have the opportunity now to get to know God of the world and what a sweet invitation that is!
Prayer: Father, I have sinned. I confess that I cannot do life without you and I am in need of a Savior. I believe that Jesus Christ is Your Son. I believe He died the death I deserve and lived the life I couldn't. I believe that Jesus is my Lord and Savior and if it is in Your will, give me a beating heart, give me eyes to see and ears to hear You. I do not want to live in the ways of the world any longer. I want to know You. I need You. And I humbly ask that You save me because I believe You are able. I do not expect my life to get "better" but I do expect my life to be changed forever. Help me to live according to Your Word. In Jesus Name I pray, amen.
Yes and amen!! If you prayed that prayer and believe in your heart and confessed with your tongue that Jesus Christ is your Lord and Savior, then welcome to the family! I am so excited to be your sister in Christ and I hope you know that challenges will come and you will be tried but know that the work God has begun in you, He will finish it. You are not alone and you have been justified by Jesus Christ and may now approach the throne of God with boldness and confidence! Please speak with a pastor, wise Christian counsel, and/or someone close to you or in your community that is a seasoned follower of Christ who believes in God to walk you through your next steps. Again, congratulations on your new heart and life and I cannot wait to continue on this journey with you as family.