“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:12-17
On January 31st, as those words covered the gathering, my heart grew and my life changed. Brendon and I stood at the altar, surrounded by the dense tropical forest of south Florida and more love than I have ever felt in my life.
Everything is new. My last name. My official state of residence. My college degree. 2014 was a year of discovery in my life and God began clarifying my dreams for His purpose. Since we all rang in the New Year with sparkly dresses and noisemakers, or for me, my parents and their friends eating chocolate cake and playing ping pong, life has been a flash mob of wedding planning, marriage, settling our home, and living on a tour bus.
So much change. GOOD change! And in all of this movin’ and shakin’ I realize that there is one single thing in life that is constant. And that is the truth of the gospel of Jesus.
God remains. That’s it. He is steady. He is faithful.
“…as surely as the sun rises, He will appear…” hosea 6.3
To the ladies of A Girl Like Me,
The six of us writers are for you. We are for you because God is for you.
We want to challenge you and walk with you in life.
He cares about you deeply—deeper than what we can possibly know.
In times of distress and in times of joy, admit it!
Let your community bear burdens alongside you and celebrate with you.
God remains in every instant of our lives,
in every country of our world,
in every cry of our souls,
in every promise that He has said.
Rest in His faithfulness today.
Choose to speak life.
Choose to be encouraging in a society of criticism.
Choose to reject hate and replace it with compassion.
May we be a group of women- quick to run to Jesus, ready to obey God, sensitive to the Spirit working in this ministry, confessing our dirt and sharing our joys, embracing the growing pains and always armed with the Truth of the gospel of Christ.
Whatever changes you are facing, whether it be moving to a new place, switching schools, stepping into a new season of any kind, may you face that new season of life with such grace. Grace that Jesus laid down His life for.
So here I sit, in the back of a tour bus somewhere in north Florida, feeling like a baby calf that was just born- covered in goo and awkwardly wobbling around on my new blogging-legs. Honestly, I just want to write something that will stick with you.
And all I can think of is a Snowy Owl. Snowy Owl parents fiercely protect their young. They know their babies weaknesses and defend their nest. They perch on the highest branch of the tree to look out over the community seeking to provide adequate food. Instinctually, they adapt to change in the climate. They know when their babies are ready to fledge… to fly out of the nest for the first time. To courageously start the next part of their story.
Isn’t that like God?
To protect us and love us in our weaknesses.
To provide for us and prepare us for change.
To be ever-present and all-knowing.
To be our guardian as we face new beginnings.
And remain with us through all time.
“…the Lord will fight for you. you need only to be still…” exodus 14.14
May we all be fledglings.
Ready for what is to come.
Consumed by His love.
With faith to fly.
Here are a few lyrics to the song “I Will Follow” by Vertical Church Band:
When the sea is calm and all is right // When I feel Your favor flood my life
Even in the good, I’ll follow You
When the boat is tossed upon the waves // When I wonder if You’ll keep me safe
Even in the storms, I’ll follow You
I believe everything that You say You are // I believe that I have seen Your unchanging heart
In the good things and in the hardest part // I believe and I will follow You