Megan speaks to us about the importance of truly studying and understanding the words of Christ, an incredible story of how God guided her into church, and what she sees in Mary.
Inspiring biblical passage of the moment: “But he answered, ‘It is written, Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.'” (Matthew 4:4)
This scripture is really inspiring me every day to read the Bible, being a student and a worker I can get very much caught up in my day to day life, and although I always thank God each day, for me personally, I do believe that to grow as Christians we need to read the Bible daily, to learn more about the way of Christ and how to live our lives with Christ-like qualities. This passage just reminds me how important it is each day to study the words of the Lord.
Spiritual growth focus at the moment: My spiritual growth focus right now is increasing my knowledge and understanding of God’s Word. I don’t think I would be alone by saying, at times, when reading the Bible, I don’t understand the message or meaning behind what I’ve just read.
I have noticed these past few years, that when this happens (not understanding what I’ve just read) it very easily gets erased from memory and forgotten. This is why I am really focusing on asking God to guide me and help me to understand. I am starting to see this become very apparent, and all thanks to God, I am starting to feel more confident in both reading the Bible, and helping others to understand it themselves.
Profession: I am currently studying. I previously had been working in a bank. I was really not happy in my previous job and one day God spoke to me, after a while of asking for guidance on what is best for my future, and within two days I was enrolled in university and on a course I had always wanted to take.
A one sentence bio of yourself: A child of God, learning each day how to live a life that pleased my Savior.
When did you first encounter God? When I was 15. I was bought up in a very non-religious family, and when I turnt 15, I was going through a very hard time with student and society pressures. I was awoken one morning with a huge urge to go to the local church. Nervous and scared, I almost backed out, but something inside of me forced my feet to keep walking, even when I desperately did not want to walk any farther. I had an absolutely amazing sensation that morning during worship, one I have never ever felt in my life and simply one I cannot explain. That day I gave my life to God, and I have never looked back.
“Nervous and scared, I almost backed out, but something inside of me forced my feet to keep walking, even when I desperately did not want to walk any farther.”
What has helped you grow spiritually in this season? Going to church has truly helped me grow spiritually and with God lately. Putting my trust in him and letting him take the lead on my life. I really learn a lot from the sermons at church and being there allows me to just be in the moment and forget about irrelevant life ‘things’. Praying has also helped me so much; speaking to God is truly the highlight of my day, and I have been focusing on making these moments meaningful.
Just read/currently reading (and what has it taught you?): I have been focusing on how God has a plan for us and to put our trust in Him. Particularly, Jeremiah 29:11 ‘For I know the plans I have for you” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”. It reminds me to trust in what God is doing in my life. The more I seek to understand the Bible, the more I am learning how God is going to do far better things for me than I can even imagine.
“The more I seek to understand the Bible, the more I am learning how God is going to do far better things for me than I can even imagine.”
Top three essentials:
1. This goes without saying… my Bible.
2. Music, I couldn’t be without it.
3. Food, a great pleasure in life.
How did God speak to you recently? Whilst going through exam/essay season in university, I was going through immense stress and putting so much pressure on myself. God reminded me that I don’t need to do that. To put my trust in Him and He will ALWAYS do what is best for me.
Hobby: I really love going for walks, I live in a beautiful place with a lovely park and lake. I am also partial to having a movie day, and even more so going for coffee and cake with my friends.
Top three practical tips for staying spiritually strong:
1. Firstly, have faith. Just because something is not going how you would like it to or you feel a prayer hasn’t been answered how you wanted, remember God has a plan… one way better than we can plan for our self.
2. Secondly, give God your undivided attention. Of course we all have something in our lives we need to focus on; work, studying, etc. But take time each day to read the Word of God and to pray and give thanks to God for being such a WONDERFUL Father. Wake up 15 minutes early to ensure you can pray without worrying about time, set time aside each night to delve into the word. Turn your phone off and close your door. Give God your time.
3. Go to church! In church, you will make friends, learn about God and be able to really SING your praises. If you’re struggling with questions you can ask your pastor and something you will gain from visiting church, is learning of others experiences and how GREAT God is.
Favorite person in scripture? Aside from the obvious being Jesus, I would say Mary. Firstly, the fact she gave birth to our Lord and Savior. Secondly, she put herself under so much pressure to be perfect, in both societies and God’s eyes, little did she know she was already perfect, and so was chosen to deliver his son.
She was put under so much scrutiny and criticism, and she held strong through it all.
I often criticise myself and feel under immense pressure, for not being a ‘good enough Christian’ for not getting good enough grades, etc. Mary reminds me that no matter how much we may fail in our own eyes, in God’s eyes we are all perfect and that is all that matters, at the end of the day.
“Mary reminds me that no matter how much we may fail in our own eyes, in God’s eyes we are all perfect and that is all that matters, at the end of the day.”
What do you want people to learn about God when they look at you? That you don’t have to look, speak or act a certain way for God to love you. I do things wrong sometimes and doubt myself a lot, but I never have to worry about God’s love for me, because I know it is the strongest love ever to be.
Favorite season? Autumn, I love the transition from warm, to slightly chilly (although England doesn’t get much warm weather, we cherish the small bit we get). I love autumnal colours and the falling of leaves.
Favorite holiday? Christmas. Advent is something I take joy in partaking in, at home and in church, preparing us for the celebration about to come. Celebrating the birth of our Lord. It’s also the one time of year that all my family spend time together, enjoy each other’s company and eat too much food …
A dream you have? I dream of a revival in the church. Christianity is unfortunately becoming less and less practiced around the globe. It is time people of earth become aware of the teaching of Christ and the wonderful power of His name, once again.
“It is time people of earth become aware of the teaching of Christ and the wonderful power of His name, once again.”
A special tradition you and your family engage in or keep: I have family that live all over the country. We have a WhatsApp group (siblings and parents). Each morning, without fail, we send a message of good morning. Mainly, because my mother is a HUGE worrier, so she likes to know we are awake and well, and also to remind each other we are thinking of them.
Question you will ask when you get to heaven? I can’t imagine what will happen when I get to heaven. If I will be able to speak, or be silent in awe.
Thing you want to raise awareness about: That no matter what… Jesus loves us. Many people think they have done too much wrong or they are ‘too late’. But in actual fact, Jesus loves all of us, and wants a relationship with us… we just need to let Him in.
What do you usually do before 9 a.m.? Shower, pray and eat breakfast. I shower to wake me up, otherwise I am just like a zombie all day, prayer is the best way to start a day, thank God for waking me up and ask him to protect me throughout the day, and if I don’t eat breakfast, I get kind of cranky!
What is on your nightstand? A picture of my grandfather, he passed when I was just 7, I have the picture that was last taken of us in a lovely photo frame given to me one Christmas. I know he is in heaven waiting for him, and I like to wish him goodnight, every day. Also, I have my Bible, my journal, and I always have a cup of juice there, too.
Define Christianity in a sentence: A life-long amazing, beautiful and full-filling journey.
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Until next time, keep witnessing!