“To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power, 12 so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.”
1 Thessalonians 1:11-12
April 11, 2016 I was presented with this idea to pursue my dream of making this blog a reality and sharing my story. You can read about that here. I was leary at first, but as I kept researching and writing I felt that this really was possible and what I was supposed to be doing. What God wanted me to do.
Although I felt called to share my story it wasn’t an easy ride. I struggled with fear and doubt. Fear of what others would think of a 20 year old starting a blog about how to live a contented life while trying (and many a time failing) to do so herself. Wondering whether or not people would actually read these thoughts of mine. And at times doubting that I even had a story to tell. I mean was this blog even worth the time, energy, stress and frustration?
But as I kept plugging away I realized that I do have a story to tell. Not everyone will appreciate or like my story and what I have to say and that’s okay. But, I belive that it’s a story that needs to be told. Throughout this journey I was greatly encouraged by those around me. My parents for letting me follow my dream and encouraging me along the way. My aunt, Grandma, and other various family members for reading the early drafts of posts and giving their feedback and enforcing what I already knew about this dream of mine: that it worth the effort.
Now, I understand that not everyone has the same opportunites that I do. But I want to encourage you to pursue those dreams that you have. We’ve been studying a lot at church about finding your God-given gifts and YES YOU DO HAVE A GIFT THAT GOD HAS GIVEN YOU. One of the things that I have learned is that everyone needs to be doing their part and then the body of Christ will be able to grow (see Ephesians 4: 11-16).
Everything that we do in this life is intended to bring God glory. Everything we do we are to do FOR HIM. He’s the only one we need to worry about pleasing. “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” Colossians 3:23-24 (Emphesis mine).
My goal here on this blog is to first and foremost bring glory to Jesus by what I share in these posts. Secondly, I want to encourage you to find contentment in your life: not the life you wish you lived, but the life that you are living now. I know from experience that it’s not easy but it’s worth the effort and that if you search you indeed will find what you are searching for.
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.” ~Matthew 7:7-8
Until next time,
**This post was originally written on 10/3/16**