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Transparency Time: The Birds of the Air…

Back with another one! I pray that everyone’s week is going well!

So as you can see from the title, I would like to be transparent about my stressful day yesterday and how God encouraged me. I hope it can encourage you too. So I’m in my very last semester of nursing school and during Spring Break I signed up to go on a Trip to Jamaica with some other nursing students. We will be doing service activities and also exploring the place. I’ve been so determined and excited to go for a year now so I went for it! I wanted to do this to show myself that I could. Now that I’m in the Transcultural class and the trip is getting closer and closer, anxiety and worry have started to set in and of course Satan took the open door I gave Him to plant doubt in my mind: “Are you sure you should be going on this trip? You won’t have any of your family or friends going with you. You’ll be by yourself and alone. You’re going to pay $1000 to go and be miserable. This is your last Spring Break and your sister actually has the same Spring Break with you for the first time in forever, you really want to spend it this way? “ Unfortunately, I’m not the Superwoman Christian that I desire to be one day so no, I didn’t “capture every thought” and “make it obedient to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5). I entertained it. Right after this class, I received an email from one of my professors. In nursing school, we have what’s called “remediation hours” that we do to help us get ready for NCLEX based on the score you received on the practice exam. I have to spend 10 hours a week on top of the rest of the work we have to do. I’ve been diligent about keeping up with my time however, my professor tells me that she can only account for 7 hours and I’m 3 hours short. She tells me I need to add the 3 hours to this week’s, making it 13 total. Great! After sitting in a funk for a while I decided to take a drive to my favorite place when I’m stressed: Sonics. I sat there and fooled myself into thinking that joy could be found at the bottom of my chocolate fudge sundae. Yea, talk about maladaptive coping mechanisms. To my surprise, this didn’t work (major sarcasm)! Then I had the idea to drive around, looking at houses and praying to God. I wanted answers on what to do. I wanted peace and assurance that I wasn’t on the wrong track or made the wrong decision about this trip. I’m not sure how long this little excursion lasted but when it was over, I was headed back to school when I remembered I needed to go get food.  So, I went to Zaxby’s and ordered a Fried Chicken Caesar Salad at the drive thru. Little did I know then that God was about to show up. I was waiting in line when I noticed this bird sitting in the bush right next to my car. Peacefully and quietly. Gradually, it hopped to the top of the bush when I pulled up closer to the bush and just stood there perched on this branch, like it was there just so I could look at it. I was looking for the bird to take flight but it just stood there. This is when the Holy Spirit acted as the “reminder”
He promised He would be (John 14: 26). My inner ear heard and I began to quote Matthew 6: 26: Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? I know this was God because anyone who knows me knows I’m not a fan of birds at all lol! But I knew God was then telling me not to worry. He’s in control and He’s with me. There

What to take away from this…

I love that God is sovereign and omnipresent. Since He’s in control of everything and is everywhere at the same time, we can enter the world expecting to “see God” whether it’s through creation, His people, or even a bird. God is the master of “Connect-the-Dots” and making sure the linear paths of so many things (such as me and this bird) meet at one point, or dot, after another to display this beautiful image of His presence in our lives. I pray that this can be a blessing and remember God is in control so surrender our stress!

God is love and He is awesome,

-Jasmine

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Jasmine Seeking Jesus is Born!

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Hey guys! Welcome to my new blog! I can’t believe I am sitting here writing my first post since I’ve had this idea in my mind for quite a while now. The topic I want to focus on for this post will mainly deal with how this blog came to be and a little bit about my journey. In the near future, I would like to do a post on my testimony and how I came into the knowledge of Christ for myself so I’ll make sure not to spoil too many of those details 🙂

So, why am I starting this blog?

TO TELL MY STORY!

I have always claimed to be a Christian because I grew up in the church. However, on August 7, 2014, God led me to someone’s ministry who would open my eyes to a new world I did not know existed. However, this “new world” felt oddly familiar in some ways because it spoke to some of my deep desires I was suppressing because society and worldly ideas made me feel as if they were strange and I would never find them anywhere else but in my own mind. Through that ministry, which I will talk about in a separate post, I learned what it meant to truly seek after God for myself. This happened to me at 20 years old and now at 21 with just a tad more experience under my belt, I felt the need to spread to others what God has done for me in my life. I want to show people that it’s more than ok to live for God, even when it seems as if no one else around you is doing it….especially when it seems as if no one around you is doing it! I want at least one person to be blessed by God in some way because of this site. So my hope is that someone can connect to my story and become closer to God in some way. I know it’s possible because it happened to me, so why not pay it forward?

TO BE OBEDIENT ABOUT SPREADING HIS WORD

“And He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.’”-Mark 16:15 One of the main ways we show God that we love Him is to keep His commands. It is the mission of ALL believers through Jesus Christ to spread His Word. So, in order to spread His Word, we must read/study it ourselves. Now, I’m not saying that we have to become these great and profound theologians who are experts when it comes to biblical knowledge but God wants to have a relationship with all of His children and wants all of His children to know Him. The main way to do this is by studying God’s word. When we study the Bible for ourselves, we are able to apply it to our own lives, and furthermore, spread it to others. Now, not everyone has to complete this mission in the same way. For me, I felt led to start a blog because I am not the best at communicating my thoughts by word of mouth. I have always enjoyed writing! I’ve used journals for years and actually used blogging for a school project about 2 years ago. Therefore, I took something that I enjoyed doing and was given the opportunity to practice to use it for the glory of God. What talents/hobbies do you have that you can use to also glorify God?

TO PRACTICE MY SUBMISSION TO GOD AND HIS WILL

To be honest with you guys, I have been putting off doing this blog for a while, almost to the point where I gave up on the idea of it completely. One reason for this is because of my personality. When I’m not around family and very close friends, I’m a very reserved and shy individual. I don’t like to draw too much attention to myself. So when the idea of creating a blog one day popped into my Spirit, I felt my flesh immediately pouring doubt into my mind: “You’re really gonna put your personal business….on the internet….for anyone to see? What if you say something wrong? You know nobody is going to read it right? There’s too many people on the internet doing what you want to do, you should just let them handle it. They are better at it anyways. You know you’re gonna be too busy with school to keep that up.” The statements went on and on. I wish I could say that I immediately began to pray to God to shut the Devil out of my mind and pursued what I felt God was leading me to do…but I didn’t. I listened at first. But one thing I’ve learned about being disobedient to God is this: You’re not going to feel peace about just leaving God’s instruction by the wayside. The thoughts don’t just disappear and become a distant memory. So at some point every single day since then, this blog idea would pop into my head. During my quiet time with God today, I was reading Romans 6 and taking notes when verse 21 hit me in the gut: “What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of?” This verse is referring to the time in someone’s life when they are/were a slave to sin and is/was not letting God rule in their lives. I began to think about life before chasing after God and realized how none of my sins benefited me in any way…..NO WAY AT ALL! I began to think more and realized how so many people in the world are chasing things in life that won’t benefit them at all once it’s all said and done……they are like me back then and just don’t realize it and would possibly turn to something better only if they knew “better” existed. This is why the Word of God needs to be spread, why I chose to stop making excuses about creating this blog, and why I’m choosing to submit to God’s will despite my doubts and fears. In the end, this life and this mission is so much bigger than anyone’s feelings, including my own.

So I want to close by saying that I am excited/ nervous about this new journey but I’m choosing to embrace it.

-Jasmine

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