Today, Jazlyn speaks to us about patience, God’s timing, and how we shouldn’t hide our flaws.
Inspiring biblical passage of the moment: “My flesh and my heart fail; But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” (Psalm 73:26) NKJV
Spiritual growth focus at the moment: Patience. James 1:3-4 says, “Knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”
I’m learning that the process isn’t easy, and patience is something we all lack when we’re desperate to see the outcome. But His timing is always perfect, and I’m learning to walk into what’s meant for me.
“His timing is always perfect, and I’m learning to walk into what’s meant for me.”
Profession: Student – currently studying biology.
A one sentence bio of yourself: A funny, loving, non-stop singing 22-year-old girl that loves French fries and most importantly, Jesus.
When did you first encounter God? I was blessed to be born into a loving, caring, and very supportive Christian home. My parents, being leaders themselves, made sure they taught me everything there was to know. But it wasn’t until I was about 17 that I had my first encounter with God.
There was a period where I left the church and decided that I wanted to see what the world had to offer. At the time, I couldn’t understand why my parents had sheltered me so much and the desire to be just like everyone else grew. During those two to almost three years, I battled with myself, and it wasn’t until I had a life changing experience that happened that sent me running back. I had gone home that night ready to end it all, when I heard the voice of God, and from that moment on, my life has never been the same. Every day, I’m reminded that His love is like none other, and I thank God every day for His never-ending love and grace.
“I had gone home that night ready to end it all, when I heard the voice of God, and from that moment on, my life has never been the same.”
What has helped you grow spiritually in this season? The friendships that I have made over the past few years have had a significant part in my spiritual growth. I thank God for the people he has placed in my life that have helped me grow.
Top three essentials: My journal, my headphones along with phone of course, and my lip balm.
How did God speak to you recently? Recently, I have been going through a season of change in my life, and throughout the process, I’ve been stressed and putting a lot of pressure on myself. But God has reminded me that putting my trust in Him is all I need to do. He always makes a way, when it feels like there is no way.
“He always makes a way, when it feels like there is no way.”
Hobby: I love writing songs. If I have enough down time, I love to find a place to play some music, pray and let the words flow.
Top three practical tips for staying spiritually strong:
1) Bible, Bible, Bible! It is so important that we study the word and keep ourselves rooted in it.
2) Get a Godly community. A small group of people that will keep you grounded and will help you on your spiritual journey. People who will have your back guarded and will pick you up when you feel like you can’t and motivate you to move forward; those that are like-minded.
3) Keeping God at the center. Our relationship with Christ is the most important and to have that connection with him throughout our circumstances is what helps me stay spiritually connected.
Favorite person in scripture? Paul, for he knew that he was not a perfect man, nor did he want to hide his flaws. He used them to help others. He was devoted to Christ, even though it cost him everything.
“Paul, for he knew that he was not a perfect man, nor did he want to hide his flaws.”
What do you want people to learn about God when they look at you? I am not perfect. I am still learning and molding myself into the person that God has called me to be. When people look at me I want them to learn that flaws and all God loves us the same. We sin on a daily and make mistakes, and I for one don’t have everything together, but He is an I-don’t-care-what-you-did or how-far-you-have-run, He’s a come-home kind of God. He is love. He is light in the darkness. He is peace. He is joy.
“He is peace. He is joy.”
Favorite season? Summer, since I’m always cold.
Favorite holiday? Christmas.
A dream you have? To go on as many mission’s trips as I can.
Question you will ask when you get to heaven? Ahhh, I honestly think I’d be in awe when I get to heaven; I’d probably start worshipping immediately. All questions I once had will be forgotten.
Thing you want to raise awareness about: Our days are numbered and the time we have here is valuable. Serve God with all of your heart. Let your praise be your weapon for in the darkest of times is when you produce your greatest praise, and continue to trust that God’s plan for your life is greater than what you can imagine.
“Let your praise be your weapon for in the darkest of times.”
What do you usually do before 9 a.m.? If I don’t have class or church, then I’m just getting up around that time to start my day with some prayer and worship.
What is on your nightstand? I usually keep my Bible and journal, a water bottle, and my lip balm.
Define Christianity in a sentence: An amazing journey with Christ, filled with love, peace, joy and happiness.
For more Jazlyn:
Insta: @Jazlyn___m (three underscores)
Until next time, keep witnessing!