Today, Lyn speaks to us about how God can make something beautiful out of a mess, how the Bible has the answers we seek, and a book that has taught her some important and unique insight about how we relate to others.
Inspiring biblical passage of the moment: Psalm 52. It’s about the results of the ultimate choice God has given us on earth; The World or The Word. I came across it when I was debating with myself, and it was like a reminder as to why I chose the word and abandoned the way of the world, it’s simply not worth it (v.5-6), yet the flipside holds endless rewards (v.8-9).
Spiritual growth focus at the moment: Trusting God in his promises is a big thing for me now. In prayer, we can have a conversation and come to a conclusion, sometimes including a promise about a particular plan for my life. When I continue doing the life thing and don’t see what me and God discussed coming to pass immediately, I get frustrated. But the knowledge and evidence from past experiences has shown me that He continues to be faithful, and He will fulfill all His promises in perfect time kinda calms me down. Nevertheless, it’s a hard thing, trusting Him when you don’t see anything happening.
Profession: I do a lot of things, and am interested in a myriad of things. I’m fresh out of college and for now I’m a writer, poet, blogger, amateur photographer, stylist and jeweler. At some point in life, maybe I’ll settle on one focus, but most likely might add to the list!
A one sentence bio of yourself: (I’ll just write my twitter bio here I think it accurately describes me) Childish child of God, located indoors with a cup of words and a bomb a** playlist.
When did you first encounter God and how did you encounter Him? Well, I grew up in a Christian household, so the presence of God had always been felt growing up. I think, to this day, I was a much stronger Christian, as a child. But as I continued to grow and expose myself to different walks of life, I started to put God on the backburner, prayer for me was saying the Lord’s Prayer.
In 2017, I hit rock bottom after so many negative events happened, and then, I was left cold and alone in all of it, but in that moment God came and embraced me. He made sure even if I was physically alone I wasn’t ever lonely. He comforted me out of a bad bout of depression and carried me through the rest of that dreadful year then completely made a beautiful 2018 for me.
What has helped you grow spiritually in this season? Surrounding myself with people who have God at the center of their lives has been paramount, but in addition to that, my own personal endeavors, whether in prayer, exploring the Bible or listening to sermons has helped me to grow a whole lot in this season.
Just read/currently reading (and what has it taught you?): Before I Let You In by Jenny Blackhurst. A fiction book about the dysfunctional friendship of 3 women. It taught me to have self-awareness when it comes to my actions, and their consequences. It has also taught me to take a closer look at my inner circle, those who seem to be helping you could literally be killing you.
Top three essentials: My phone, my notebook and a pair of earphones. Navigating through life and more, so my renewed life as a child of God has been made more effective with these three. People say having a physical Bible is more advisable, but I have one on my bed stand and truth be told it has never open. My phone Bible (YouVersion) is much handier. I get to run through the books, switch versions easily, make highlights and pretty images. The reading plans on there are also very helpful in growing my Bible reading habit. Not to mention streaks. I used to have Snapchat streaks, but I traded those with Bible streaks and I think I prefer these. My notebook(s) are just full of ideas and scribblings that I want to remember later and my earphones are needed to tune out the world and fill myself up with the word of God, whether through music or sermon because faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God (Romans 10:17).
How did God speak to you recently? So far, I haven’t submitted to a particular ministry because I thought it would be too much of a commitment, but then throughout the past weeks God has been nudging me towards the ministry I should submit to and serve, but then recently I heard the Transformation Church message about being Planted Undercover by Pastor Tim Ross, and he literally spoke the final confirmation I needed; in that moment I was literally like “Fine! God, I’ve heard! You’ve made your point!” and that’s that.
Hobby: Fashion, reading fiction, DIY projects, shopping, and long walks through crowded cities with a great walking playlist and good quality earphones plugged in.
Top three practical tips for staying spiritually strong: The Word, the Word and the Word! It doesn’t matter what is going on, the Word (the Bible) has an answer somewhere. It doesn’t matter how confused, lonely, attacked, doubtful one may be, the word has an answer. The Word is literally God talking to us. It’s amazing how timeless the advice there is. It’s amazing what answers and lessons lie there in waiting.
“It doesn’t matter what is going on, the Word (the Bible) has an answer somewhere.”
Favorite person in scripture? King David. He was bold and secure in his love for God, even when he made major mistakes. God was always with him.
What do you want people to learn about God when they look at you? I want people to learn that God does a great job at flipping hearts; He can make something incredibly beautiful out of a whole mess. It’s impressively artistic really.
“He can make something incredibly beautiful out of a whole mess. It’s impressively artistic really.”
Favorite season? I live in a country where it’s either rainy season or dry season, and I definitely prefer the rainy season. I get to stay indoors and/or dress fabulously.
Favorite holiday? Christmas. Hands down.
A dream you have? To travel through multiple countries of every continent on this earth.
A special tradition you and your family engage in or keep: A church thanksgiving on every wedding anniversary of my parents. No matter how insignificant the number, we always collect as a family and give thanks to God for the blessing.
Question you will ask when you get to heaven? Is there life on other planets? How extensive is the universe? Can I see it?
Thing you want to raise awareness about: The ineffectuality of using alcohol as a coping mechanism for dealing with the very real issues of adulthood and life in general.
What do you usually do before 9 a.m.? Prepare for the day ahead, shower, clothes and makeup, covering myself with the blood of Jesus and the full armour of God, beat face and a heavy breakfast.
What is on your nightstand? A King James Version Bible, my notebook and pen, a bottle of water and a lamp.
Define Christianity in a sentence: The daily frail attempt of broken humans to mirror Jesus Christ in their walk on earth.
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Until next time, keep witnessing!