Rachael speaks to us about perfection, patience and how God promises us satisfaction.
Inspiring biblical passage of the moment: “Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, ‘Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.’” (Luke 10:38-42)
I love this because it shows me that Jesus cares more about my heart posture towards Him than everything being perfect in my life. He cares more about me wanting to come, sit at His feet and listen and pour out my heart, rather than everything being put together and picture perfect.
“Jesus cares more about my heart posture towards Him than everything being perfect in my life.”
Spiritual growth focus at the moment: Patience and being slow to be offended or angry. I think I will always be growing in this area, but for now I am trying to be more patient.
Profession: I am currently a blogger, but I would love to pursue a profession in ministry somewhere after college.
A one sentence bio of yourself: I love to write, hand letter, play keyboard, take lots of photos, laugh a ton, and create pretty much anything while living life to the fullest in love with Jesus.
When did you first encounter God? My first real encounter with God was February 14th, 2015. I was at a Winter Retreat with my youth group, and that’s really when God became real and personal to me.
What has helped you grow spiritually in this season? Keeping communication open with God and waiting patiently for Him to speak. Surrendering everything and trusting Him to be who He says He is to me.
Just read/currently reading (and what has it taught you?): Psalm 63: “O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water. I have seen you in your sanctuary and gazed upon your power and glory. Your unfailing love is better than life itself; how I praise you! I will praise you as long as I live, lifting up my hands to you in prayer. You satisfy me more than the richest feast. I will praise you with songs of joy. I lie awake thinking of you, meditating on you through the night. Because you are my helper, I sing for joy in the shadow of your wings. I cling to you; your strong right hand holds me securely.”
Reading this passage has taught me that God responds to my hunger and thirst for Him. He responds to it, and He wants to fill my cup. It has also taught me that Jesus is the only thing that will ever completely satisfy my soul, and when I come to Him, He promises I will be satisfied.
“He promises I will be satisfied.”
Top three essentials: My Bible, journal, and a pen.
How did God speak to you recently? He spoke to me through my journal. I was writing, and by the end of everything I wrote, I went back and read through it and it was basically a love letter from God to me. It was exactly what I needed to hear, and it wrecked me in the best way.
Hobby: I love playing the keyboard, hand lettering, and photography.
Top three practical tips for staying spiritually strong: Always, always communicate with God. Don’t just come to Him when you need something. Tell Him about your day. Ask Him about His day too. Always keep communication and conversation open.
Make surrender and whole-hearted trust in Him a daily thing.
Submerge yourself in the Word, and dig for His promises. Declare them over your life. Remind yourself of the faithfulness of God on a daily basis.
Favorite person in scripture? Besides Jesus, I think David. He was a whole-hearted lover of the Presence and from what the Word says, he worshipped God like nobody’s business.
What do you want people to learn about God when they look at you? I want them to see His love. His intentional, reckless love that meets them on a relational level. I want people to see the goodness and loving kindness of God when they see me.
Favorite season? Fall.
Favorite holiday? Christmas.
A dream you have? To lead worship/preach a message to a church congregation one day. But a dream I have that’s not so far into the future would be to go on a mission trip.
A special tradition you and your family engage in or keep: We make chicken tortilla casserole on Christmas Eve.
Question you will ask when you get to heaven? Where is the Garden of Eden? What did it look like?
Thing you want to raise awareness about: Quite honestly, I don’t know.
What do you usually do before 9 a.m.? My morning routine: brush my teeth, wash my face, get dressed, and put makeup on depending on the day. I eat breakfast and spend a few minutes looking at my phone.
What is on your nightstand? Vaseline, lotion, my phone, and occasionally my Bible and journal. (The way my room is set up, my Bible and journal is usually on the floor).
Define Christianity in a sentence: Christianity is being a laid down lover of Jesus who will sacrifice anything to follow Him and would give anything to have intimacy with Him and know His love.
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Until next time, keep witnessing!