Remember Your Roots

Dear Fellow Apostolic Girl,

Remember your roots. When you look at a statement such as this, you may think that I am referring to remembering your family tree and heritage. But in this case, I am referring to the roots that have sustained us and built us up from our personal pasts and experiences. The roots that grew as a result of your testimony.

Often times, we look at our past, and the mistakes we’ve made, or what we’ve been through, and try to bury them away. We want to hide from those feelings so we push them away from us. Many times, we were put through a time of trial or testing and in that time, we learned some hard life lessons, or grew from hard experiences where we had to learn to trust on the Lord. For those of you who may be going through something like that right now, let me encourage you that there is a bigger picture that goes beyond what we can see or comprehend. Proverbs 3:5-6 says “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”

We often use the scripture from Jeremiah 29:11 “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 a hope and a future.” Let’s look at that scripture in a different translation to give more perspective. “For I know that thoughts that I think towards you, declares the Lord. Thoughts to prosper you and not to harm you, thoughts to give you a hope and a future.” The Lord can map out our lives according to His specific will, for each moment in time. No matter how much He has done this, He will never force you to follow His will, so… when we step outside the will of the Lord, we then take control of our own lives, and may get caught up in something that was not planned for our lives. BUT the mercy and grace of the Lord is never-ending and never-failing. Praise God! There is always room for another chance for us to fall back in line with the will of the Lord. And when we do, the result is a testimony of what the Lord brought you out from.

Victor Jackson said this, “God factors your failures into your future.” What an incredibly true and encouraging statement. As a child, I was always told that “God uses the bad things that happen, for good.” And it is true. He takes those experiences and trials we’ve been through and uses them to reach others. Sometimes, I think to myself that the Lord may have put me through something for the sole purpose of being able to reach others who are going through the same thing. The important thing to realize, is that no matter the mistakes you’ve made, the trials you’ve suffered, God can and will use it as a testament of where He has brought you from, and it then becomes your job to share with others as the Lord leads. Our testimonies should be used as an encouragement to those around us. They give us opportunities to reach and relate to people we would have never related to before. Testimonies glorify God and are a constant reminder of His grace, mercy, and mighty works.

I challenge you to share your testimony, and let it be a constant reminder of who God has called you to be, and where you would be without His love. I challenge you not to hide from your past, but to share your experiences with those who are in need of hope, encouragement, advice, and love. Most importantly Sisters, I challenge you to trust in the Lord, and let Him direct you.

Bethany Marsh

 

When All You Have Left… is Trust

It was one of those weeks! A week where: my professor announced a surprise quiz, I got stuck in a traffic jam twice which caused me to be late to class, I did my project wrong, I spent an hour trying to fix a machine at school and ended up leaving frustrated, my screen protector on my phone messed up, my hair hadn’t been washed in eight days, and my computer started slowing down. It was just one of those weeks where nothing seemed to go right, nothing seemed to work out. One of those weeks that leaves you frustrated, questioning whether you are even in God’s will, or questioning if you even have what it takes. One of those weeks where you are juggling so much that dropping things is just inevitable.

Most of the time on one of those weeks I just brush it off, pray, read my Bible, get a good night’s rest and have peace in knowing that tomorrow will be better. However, on this particular week, I couldn’t move on. I got on my knees and prayed a simple prayer: “God, I feel like everything is falling apart and all I have left is trust.” As soon as these words left my mouth, Proverbs 3:5 came to my mind. “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.”

In that moment, Jesus opened my eyes to see that when all I have left is trust, I have all that I need. Jesus didn’t call us to juggle or balance everything in life. Jesus didn’t call us to keep it all together and find strength within ourselves. Jesus didn’t call us to be self sufficient and independent. Jesus called us to trust in His ways, trust in His plans, and lean on Him, not our own understanding. Jesus called us to let His power be made perfect in our weaknesses (2 Corinthians 12:9).

When I depend on myself or focus on my plans, I never have enough. I am constantly unsuccessfully balancing or feeling like a failure during everyday tasks. But when all I have to depend on is my trust in the Lord, when I acknowledge Him in all that I do, “…He will direct my paths (Proverbs 3:6).”

So if you feel like you are not measuring up to be the perfect mom, student, employee, or woman of God, I encourage you to throw away that unrealistic yardstick. Let go of the view of how perfect your life should be. Realize that if all you have is trust, you have all that you need and you have a God that is able to do far more than what you ask or think (Ephesians 3:20).

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Sarah, 21, is from Texas and is the middle sibling out of three girls in the Barnhill family. She recently graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with her Bachelor’s degree. Her favorite snack happens to be Cheddar Jalapeno Cheetos!

Keep on Waiting: Charity Huba

From to the beginning of time, man has never ceased in wanting to be in control. It’s been in our DNA from the first human; to be curious and try to take matters into our own hands-thanks a lot, Eve! We can all personally testify to being pushy and obsessive when it comes to our future, our well-being, and most commonly our romantic relationships. It’s natural!

But, poor God. You think after creating all the universe and every living creature in it, he’d have a little credibility for knowing what he’s doing! We live in a society that does not rely or pay respect to God. Our culture is very self-sufficient. Everyone is expected to make their own way, determine their destiny, and create their own future. Jesus has definitely given us the freedom to make our own decisions, but if we truly want the best and blessed life, we must leave him in control! He has plans for you that are transcendent than what you want for yourself. I don’t know about you, but I have wild plans and expectations for what I am to do with myself. But, it doesn’t scratch the surface of what God could create for me if I let him.

There is numerous scripture on waiting on the Lord: (Isiah 64:4, Hebrews 6:12, Psalms 33:20-21). But, there’s one in particular that will make you look at being patient with God a little differently.

Isaiah 30:18 “And therefore will the Lord wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for the Lord is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for him.”

This scripture is a bit of a “toe stepper”. God waits on us all the time: every time we sin, are unfaithful, and deserving of His judgment. So, we have no right to be impatient with the one who is perfect and without flaw! He is forbearing with us…why should He deserve any less? He doesn’t need our mercy or forgiveness, but He does expect trust in return for His daily tolerance with our fickleness. Wait on God, because he often waits on you.

But, beyond the fact that God deserves our belief and confidence, waiting on the Lord is the only way to live! This is why suicide rates are high, stress levels are through the roof, and psychiatrists have people lined up outside their doors. People try to depend on themselves for a happy and bright future…and it never works without God. Do yourself a favor and keep yourself from a tiring life of frustration, worry, and stress. You’ll never regret to make the decision to keep on waiting.

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Charity is a 23 year old Floridian. She is the financial secretary for her church and works at Division of Elections for the State. She drives an old beat-up 2000 Honda Accord that has one wind shield wiper and her favorite Disney princess is Pocahontas!