I know some pretty amazing women. These women are driven, filled with faith, and I feel there is so much we can learn from each one and her personal journey. These church ladies break all molds and reflect God beautifully in so many different ways.
Today, it is my pleasure to introduce you to Beth, a British sister who is studying forensics. I stumbled upon her mature faith through her blog. In her interview, she shared some words that I really needed to hear, and I hope you also take away the same inspiration and peace. She embodies a journey of trust in God, and she invites you to embark in the same.
Inspiring biblical passage of the moment: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” (Hebrews 12:1-3 NIV) I love this passage because it just encompasses so well how we should be living our lives daily. It’s motivating because it puts life into perspective, in light of what Jesus has done.
“[I]t puts life into perspective, in light of what Jesus has done.”
Spiritual growth focus at the moment: I am learning to have peace, despite the circumstances. I used to think peace was a feeling, but it’s really a choice. When you let God have control of your life, you no longer need to worry about the things that happen, because you understand that God has it in control. God’s peace also comes from being obedient to Him. If we’re walking in what God wants us to be doing, we can have peace that the outcome will always be God’s will. I have been slowly moving all of this from head knowledge to heart knowledge.
“If we’re walking in what God wants us to be doing, we can have peace that the outcome will always be God’s will.”
Profession: Forensic science student
A one sentence bio of yourself: I’m Beth; I’m 19 years old from England, and I love people (and dogs).
When did you first encounter God? It’s so hard to say. I became a Christian when I was four, so I don’t remember a time before that clearly, just because I was so young. I guess that was the first time, and even though four is pretty young, I remember it, and in that moment, I understood the commitment I was making.
“[I]n that moment, I understood the commitment I was making.”
What has helped you grow spiritually in this season? Pushing myself out of my comfort zone. It has been quite a season of change and stuff happening, so that’s always a time of fast growth, because I didn’t have much choice. Also, my best friend is such a massive encouragement to me.
Just read/currently reading: Run Baby, Run by Nicky Cruz
Top three essentials: Umm, my guitar, my phone and my Bible.
How did God speak to you recently? He speaks to me a lot through dreams, which is pretty cool. Also, through worship music. Right now, the song Nothing I Hold Onto by United Pursuit has been just speaking to me and helping understand about control and trust.
Hobby: Music. I play guitar and piano, and I sing. I spend most of my free time just doing that.
Top three practical tips for staying spiritually strong:
Reading the Bible! I cannot stress that enough; it’s important and so dynamic.
Surrounding yourself with encouraging people who will challenge you to seek God more. People who are ahead of you spiritually are really useful to have around.
Listening to worship/ Christian music. This is a big one for me, because I spend so much time listening to music. Being such a music junkie meant that I spent all of my time just listening to music, without even thinking about what I was actually listening to. I don’t think secular music is bad, but for me, it was just a waste of time. If I’m gonna spend so much time listening to music, I want it to be pushing me closer to God and helping me have a good perspective on life. My life is too short to waste time doing things that don’t benefit my relationship with God.
“My life is too short to waste time doing things that don’t benefit my relationship with God.”
Favorite person in scripture? Daniel. His bravery and faith were off the charts. I am always challenged to be more like Daniel. The lengths he went to, to uphold what he believed in, is very inspiring.
“Daniel. His bravery and faith were off the charts.”
What do you want people to learn about God when they look at you? God loves them so much, no matter what they’ve done or who they are.
Favorite season? Summer. It’s when I get to see my friends, and the weather is mostly nice.
Favorite holiday? Christmas. 🎄
A special tradition you and your family engage in or keep: I don’t actually think we have any. Or we do, but I don’t realize they’re unique to our family.
Question you will ask when you get to heaven? Y’know what, the first thing that comes to mind is asking what happened in loads of unsolved murder cases, which is quite morbid really. I can’t think of anything else, though, to be honest.
“[W]hat happened in loads of unsolved murder cases, which is quite morbid really.”
Thing you want to raise awareness about? Young people growing up in deprived communities and not getting the support they need. A really large population of convicted criminals comes from these backgrounds, and I think so much more needs to be done to support these people at a younger age. I know there is awareness, but it’s such a big problem, especially in the UK, and literally barely anyone knows it’s really happening. Gang violence as well, especially with youths, is something I’m really passionate about.
What do you usually do before 9 a.m.? On my days off, I sleep. College and work start at 9, so I’d have just arrived there.
What is on your nightstand? Two notebooks, a booked called Living Without Worry by Timothy Lane, my Bible, a pen, coconut oil, a little ship in a bottle, and a small ceramic elephant.
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Until next time, keep witnessing!