So I've been thinking a lot.
About others. Other woman whom I am close to. Ones I just met and even ones I haven't. Who are hurting or have been hurt. Who are married but feel alone. Who are single but can't seem to find the guy they're heart so longs for. Women who have been tanted by this world and are longing to be healed.
One of the many reasons I love student ministry is because I genuinely love to see my students love the Lord. My desire is to see them grow in the Lord and lean on Him so that He becomes their everything early on in life..
because when you get older..
and you settle down..
things don't get easier.
The more we grow and the older we get, things tend to get a lot harder. But with the Lord being our all, our everything.. we can face those hard times with Him, prepared and strong because of the Spirit who lives in us. That is what I long to see in these students lives. A true, intimate relationship with The Lord.
My other passion is for marriage and young women. My heart breaks at how many women have been let down, hurt or destroyed by others at such a young age. Being told who they are and how they should act/think/be. All the while, there is a God who loves and adores them. Who fights for them and is stronger than the most handsome prince charming. He is whispering that He knows who they are, and that girl is beautiful, adored, and thought highly of.
For all you sweet, single gals.. who have had their hearts broken a time or two.. or maybe the ones who are just afraid to love because they don't want to have their heart broken so they run.
You are loved.
You are cherished by the only One who will never let you down.
YOU ARE SO LOVED, YOU WOULDN'T EVEN BE ABLE TO STAND IT IF YOU KNEW JUST HOW MUCH.
Oh and Marriage? Guys, it's hard. I adore my husband, I think he was made just for me and yet I still understand, that marriage takes a lot of work.
I know a lot of women think.. If I just had a good man,then I'd be alright. If he just would swoop me off of my feet, we'd run away together, we'd be the world to each other..and my life would be complete.
But hey, ladies, that's actually not how it goes. The only reason I have a good marriage is because of God. I fall short every.single.day of being a great wife let alone just being alright at it. My husband falls short of being perfect too.. I know surprising, right? ;)
It is only by the grace of God that I am the woman I am today. That I was blessed with an amazing husband who cares so deeply for me. Without The Lord providing for me, I would have nothing. I would be nothing.
I was one of those girls. The one who let the world tell her who she was and that she didn't matter,or worse,that something was wrong with me. And I still struggle with this, but slowly.. The Lord, He is healing me of this view of myself. He is allowing me to believe His truths, ones I had heard a thousand times but could have sworn didn't belong to me. I listened to lie after lie, forgetting the One who held the truth I was so longing for.
But The Lord has rescued me from that and is healing me even still. Calling me to a new place with Him. Making promises, and KEEPING them, dear friends.
I promise you, He is all you need. I know how hard that is to believe sometimes. I know there are lies telling you that you need more. I know because I struggle with that lie.
But He is EVERYTHING.
I know some of you have been hurt and let down. I know you may have let the world tell you who you are and maybe even like I was, thinking something was wrong or you didn't matter. I am here, sweet friends, to tell you, nothing is wrong with you. God doesn't make mistakes.
You, daughter of the High King, were fearfully and wonderfully made.
You matter to Him. And even though that's enough. I want to also say, you matter to me. And so many others. I beg, hold onto this truth. No matter your circumstance. Married or single. God is on your side. Remember my favorite verse? "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11.
God SAID that.
& He MEANT it.
Believe Him, friends. He will always keep His promises.
Let the Lord, the One who created you, tell you who are. Because that's all that matters anyways.
"I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well." -Psalm 139:13-16
"And in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority" -Colossians 2:10
"Therefore if anyone is in Christ, (s)he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come." -2 Corinthians 5:17
"Keep me as the apple of the eye; Hide me in the shadow of Your wings."-Psalm 17:8
(such a sweet, endearing and fatherly thing to say)
"The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God."-Romans 8:16
"Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS." -Matthew 11:29
This blogging community has become so much more to me than writing down what I did last weekend and what I made for dinner last night. It has become a place of friendship and community. Where girls are praying for me and I, them. I would personally love to pray for any of you or just be here to talk to. You can always email me.. Jessmileham@gmail.com.