Today, Elizabeth speaks to us about praising God despite suffering loss, examining the friendship between God and Moses and the privilege of Sabbath keeping.
Inspiring biblical passage of the moment: I’m currently in a process of memorizing Colossians 3. Colossians 3:1-4, “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.”
Spiritual growth focus at the moment: To be faithful to love God and love His people.
Profession: I’m currently working as a college campus missionary; sharing the gospel to and building up college students to be salt and light of every segment of society.
A one sentence bio of yourself: A daughter of God who is discovering more and more of her Father, through the joys and beauty of life.
When did you first encounter God? I grew up in a Christian household, but I personally encountered God and received Jesus as my Lord and Savior during a winter conference my freshmen year of college. All the Bible studies, church sermons, conversations clicked at that conference, and it winded down to: (God speaking) I love you. Despite growing up in a broken and traumatic family, surrounded with abuse, fights, and anger, God revealed to me that He was with me from the very beginning, and He was determined to save, heal, and restore me. That night, He asked me, “Will you be free from these chains, and will you start on this new journey I have for you?” I said, “Yes.” And what a jounrey it’s been, and what a journey it will be!
“Despite growing up in a broken and traumatic family, surrounded with abuse, fights, and anger, God revealed to me that He was with me from the very beginning, and He was determined to save, heal, and restore me.”
What has helped you grow spiritually in this season? Exposure–exposure to ministry, exposure to sin, exposure to current church realities, exposure to personal deep rooted sin issues and shortcomings. Through this, the need and appreciation for the gospel grew and is still growing deeper, and likewise, and increase in hope in who God is and what He can do!
Just read/currently reading (and what has it taught you?): Personal Revival by Stanley Voke has taught and reminded me once again, the joy, beauty, and hope of repentance–to repent quickly, and to come to Christ continually.
Top three essentials: 1) My pencil case (that always carries my brush pen so I can whip out calligraphy and lettering anytime, anywhere); 2) my compact Bible; 3) journal. These always are always in my tote bag, on the go!
How did God speak to you recently? God recently spoke to me through Ezekiel 3 and my housemate, and this was to persevere and be faithful to God and His sheep. In the midst of my heart hardening, and wanting to no longer “care,” God spoke to me at an opportune time through His Word and through my housemate.
Hobby: Painting, sketching, calligraphy and lettering, playing guitar and praising, reading, and sleeping (I love naps).
Top three practical tips for staying spiritually strong: Spending time in the Word, praising and worshipping Him (through songs, art, writing, etc), and prayer. I would also like to put an emphasis on Sabbath, and the privilege and honor we have to rest in the Lord’s sovereignty and greatness and worship Him with our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.
“I would also like to put an emphasis on Sabbath, and the privilege and honor we have to rest in the Lord’s sovereignty and greatness and worship Him with our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.”
Favorite person in scripture? Moses. I love the relationship between God and Moses, which is beautifully depicted through Exodus 33:11, “Thus the Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend.”
I love that God chose to reveal Himself to Moses as a Jehovah Nissi, Jehovah Jireh, Jehovah Rapha, the “I AM”, as a friend, and so many other different characteristics of Himself! Through that, Moses grew into a Christ-like leader–the one who fights for his people, the one who mediates on behalf of his people, the one who intercedes on behalf of his people, despite the constant complaints, anger, and disobedience. Even at the end of Moses’ life, God Himself was the one who personally buried him– the intimacy, friendship, loyalty between Moses and God is astounding.
“The intimacy, friendship, loyalty between Moses and God is astounding.”
What do you want people to learn about God when they look at you? I hope people can see God’s faithfulness through my life, and know that God doing the exact same thing in their lives as well. Philippians 1:6
Favorite season? | I absolutely adore every season and the perks each has to offer. But if I had to choose, I would have to say fall– I love it when leaves transform into my favorite colors: golden crisp yellow, orange, and red, when the the air cools, and I can finally wear my cardigans and scarves.
Favorite holiday? Christmas, all the way!
A dream you have? I want to be able to create a space for individuals, so they can heal, wind down, and rest during the grind of our day-to-day lives. One plausible way to do this open a cafe to offer counseling, art, coffee brewing sessions.
A special tradition you and your family engage in or keep: My mom, sister and I like to visit our dad’s grave annually, and thank God for His sufficiency and fingerprints over our lives despite our loss. Also, at least once a year, we also like to go the beach with our dog and eat something nice there!
“My mom, sister and I like to visit our dad’s grave annually, and thank God for His sufficiency and fingerprints over our lives despite our loss.”
Question you will ask when you get to heaven? I’m most likely going to be taken over by tears and awe of God’s beauty, I probably won’t be able to ask any questions the moment I see Jesus. I might be able to utter, “Finally!” as I’m wrapped in His embrace.
Thing you want to raise awareness about: In and through Christ, you are loved more than you can every imagine, and you can love more than you can ever imagine.
“You can love more than you can ever imagine.”
What do you usually do before 9 a.m.? I’m usually spending time in the Word, or getting ready to hit the gym!
What is on your nightstand? My Bible, journal, sketchbook, and current read (Desiring God by John Piper).
Define Christianity in a sentence: Christianity is about a perfect, holy God who demonstrates His immense love for hopeless, sinful mankind by providing eternal hope and reconciliation through the death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ.
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Until next time, keep witnessing!