Welcome to Watch Them Fall: Day 1! Today we have an encouraging message from a good friend of mine. What she says is so true, in that we need to trust Him through it all, and I think she really hit on some strong points! I'm praying for you all as you read this, and I hope our faithful God will speak to you through her words. And don't be afraid to comment and let us know what you thought or how God used this to teach you something. Love you all, but remember that God loves you more.
I grew up in a Christian family with really strong foundations. Not only were my parents pastors of the church, they were our teachers. The persons that guided us through our daily life with the word of God. They have been very optimistic and encouraging my whole entire life but… sometimes it’s hard for us to be like that.
I HATE CHANGE. I'm going to run away every Sunday and go by myself to church, even if I have to walk the whole way.
I literally thought that the day my parents told us were leaving our church of seven years. I had grown up in that church, I knew everyone there and everyone knew me (taken we had less than a hundred people). Us kids played football, baseball, mafia, cops and robbers- pretty much every game we could think of every Sunday after church.
I sped out of the church doors, my eyes fixed on the prize. I walked quickly over to the large, sugary donuts that were calling me. After I picked one out, I took a bite to start enjoying my treat and turned. On the couch in front of me sat a lady, all alone. I felt the tug of the Holy Spirit, telling me to go over and say hi. Simple, right?
So, on Monday, we went to Six Flags! I have to admit, it was one of the BEST days ever!! But I’ll be frank with you- before I went, I disliked roller coasters. I was scared that it’d break on me, and I didn’t like it when my stomach flew out of my mouth on the big drops.
There are eight high thrill roller coasters at Six Flags and around twenty-one coasters total. And out of all the ones we could’ve done, my dad and older sister decided to go on the one with the highest drop (255ft), Goliath, first. The one that was super-fast, had a super big drop, and was nicknamed the "hypercoaster." It was also a high-thrill ride. Yipes. And I, not wanting to be left by myself, went too. (And besides, how many times do you get to go to Six Flags?!)
Then during my devotion one day, I read about inner beauty, and how it was better than being pretty. I was like, “Wow, that’s what I want!” Now every morning I would challenge myself to be a servant heart, to not complain and to love everyone. Everyone. That meant even the people who’d ignored me, made fun of me, yelled at me, hated me. I don’t think I have any human enemies now!
While reading the Bible to quench my thirst for inner beauty, I was able to grow closer to God and to realize the truth about myself. It didn’t matter what other people thought of me. It didn’t matter if they told me I was ugly and weird and crazy. It didn’t matter if I had no friends. It didn’t matter if I was ignored. It didn’t matter if no one liked the way I was. It didn’t matter if I was always left out.
Here's the true story about me if you’re still having trouble trusting Him.
I am a middle child. I had only one older sister and one younger sister. (Well, until my brother came along nine years later, but I’m getting ahead of myself). When people came over, especially people who haven’t seen us in a while, they’re always like, “Wow, you’re so tall now!” (to my older sister) or “Aww, she's so cute!” (to my younger sister).
"I have said these things to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation, but take heart;
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"I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all of my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds."