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Faith on the Mountain Peaks


God is so good to me.

Just last week I graduated from college after being out of high school for only a year. During that year, I traveled to new places, met new people, made friends, bought a car, sang karaoke for the first time in front of a bunch of people, went to a haunted house, and learned a second language. I have a good job, good family, friends, dreams, and more than I could ever hope for.

Looking back, it’s incredible to see how much I’ve accomplished and how far God has brought me in the past couple of years, from a shy girl who couldn’t make eye contact to now – being bolder and more confident in myself.

I don’t ever write to say that I’m perfect in any way – not at all!! I have messed up so many times and made so many mistakes. I have hurt people that I love. I’ve had my share of heartbreak and loneliness. I’ve been through times of discouragement, confusion, regrets, and frustration. Even through it all, God still loves me unconditionally and has the best for my life.

This afternoon I went to the pool with my mom and brother. I was sitting on the edge of the pool with my feet in the water, relaxing and swishing the water around. Then this little girl came and sat next to me, mimicking me by putting her feet in and swishing the water with her fingers. She looked up at me with this cute little grin and I thought, Maybe He put me here for such a time as this.

Even though I don’t know what the future holds I know He has a purpose for my life.
 I am not a mistake (and neither are you).
I don’t have any answers as to why things happen in life (good or bad) but maybe it’s just so that we can point back to God and say, “He was faithful to walk with me through it.”


Faith in the Valley


This week has been great – I finished up my last couple of finals and on Thursday I walked with the Class of 2012 and graduated with an Associate’s degree. My grandparents came for the commencement as well as another good friend and we were able to spend time together visiting. Earlier this week I also got to go see the Marvel’s Avengers movie. It was a lot of fun and the giant strawberry shake afterwards was an extra bonus. 😉

But there have also been times this week when I have really struggled with what God wants me to learn or how I need to grow.

I know that God has a plan and purpose for everything that happens, and I know He holds my entire future in His hands. But I have a hard time comprehending why He would let certain things unfold the way He has when those things turn out to look hopeless or seem to have no purpose except to hurt or disappoint.

I’ve been thinking about Psalm 23 a lot this week, especially where it says, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me.”
My own “valley” is filled with uncertainty, fear of failure, fear of rejection, loneliness, heartbreak, and questions.

It’s easy to have faith when the right answers and reasons are right in front of you. It’s easy when no one else is involved, when there are no consequences, or when you’re not required to give anything up.
But it’s hard when you don’t know what the right or the best thing to do is. It’s hard when you don’t understand all the ‘whys.’ It’s hard when there seems to be no hope, when things don’t seem like they can ever get better.

Through it all I still believe that He is with me – through all the trials, with every tear and hurt, in decision making, in the good and the bad, every step of the way – He is faithful.
If He could give the blind their sight and make the lame walk; if He could provide a wife for Isaac at a random well in the desert; if He could die and come back to life 3 days later, then He can and will be enough for me.

“Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine…to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever!” ~ Ephesians 3:20-21