I’m not going to lie or hide from the adversity I’ve been facing as of recent. I’ve been struggling. A lot has happened. I’ve had many reasons to have faith in the Lord and many reasons to just give up on Him…but that’s life and your reaction will be the results. Running away from your truths will never allow Him to calm the storm and bring peace to you. From the stress of school, extracurriculars, new projects, and worrying about content for the blog to figuring out how to let go of people who were once significant in my life, but I have outgrown this season…I’ve been feeling…Lost. I’ve been shying away from God because I simply “forgot” or “didn’t have enough time”. Twenty Nineteen just started and I feel like the storm I’m enduring is impossible to swim out of and I’ve realized it’s all because I haven’t taken time for Jesus. The truth is, you can change many lives with your testimony, but you will no longer be a living testimony when you stop TRYING. I’m writing this right now as a revived testimony. I was struggling because I ran too fast and forgot to hold onto Jesus. I was so focused on the finish line that I took my eyes off of Him, but I am revived because I fell and that allowed me to reflect on the path I was taking. I’m writing this to tell you, the one who’s running too fast and just fell that it is okay. You are a revived testimony. Reflect. Refocus. and Restart. Jesus loves you still and He always will.
"Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.” — John 15:5 NLT
When you are running toward the finish line without Jesus, your legs will get weak and you will fall because you are running without his strength. John 15:5 says that He will produce fruit in us as long as we keep trying and if you shy away from him you will not be able to do anything. You will not be able to finish the race and you will stumble, but when you stumble, that is God reminding you to slow down and reflect because He WANTS to produce fruit in you.
Challenge: Set aside about 15-30 minutes a day to read His word, reflect, and pray.