Today, Rebekah speaks to us about unity and putting our differences aside.
Inspiring biblical passage of the moment: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
This passage reminds me that whenever I get anxious or fearful, I just need to remember that God is in control. My mama always says to just breathe and pray. And that’s what this passage reminds me to do.
Spiritual growth focus at the moment: To trust God, love even when it’s hard, and to be more selfless.
One sentence bio about myself: I’m an outgoing, country-loving dancer, rooted in the Catholic faith.
When did you first encounter God and how did you encounter him? I grew up in the Catholic faith, my whole life, but never experienced Him personally, until recently, in the beginning of the fall semester 2018. It was one night in adoration, when I felt like my whole life was crashing down on me. I remember breaking down crying; it was right then that He asked me to take His hand and trust Him with my life. And it was that night that I promised God I would grasp His hand and never let go. There are still times that I start to let fear take over my life, but then, I remind myself that God is in control and He is going to take me on that path that leads to heaven. So, I constantly lift my life to Him.
What has helped you grow spiritually in this season? A lot of adoration and a lot of reading His word and some journaling.
Just read/currently reading(and what has it taught you?): Decision Point by Matthew Kelly. There’s twelve sessions in this book. And I currently just finished with session six on relationships, which I’d say was my favorite. It taught me how to love harder, what love really is, and what a true friend is.
Top three essentials:
How did God speak to you recently? To love, even when it hurts and to forgive.
I was recently hurt a lot by a couple of my friends who weren’t there for me when I needed them the most, and it reminded me of when Jesus was being crucified and only one of His disciples John was there when Jesus needed them the most. And Jesus forgave them, gave them another chance, even after Peter denied Him three times. And recently my one really good friend, I guess you could say, he was a John to me, the only one there for me when I needed my friends the most. He told me this, “Think of your worst enemy, then think Jesus is that person.” That hit me.
Hobby: Dance, art, and photography.
Top three practical tips for staying spiritually strong:
- The Eucharist.
- Reading the Bible or any spiritual growth book.
Favorite person in scripture? Definitely Paul, for so many reasons. First, because he went from killing Christians for there beliefs to being martyred for the very same belief. Second, he also shows that you can never be to far gone from Jesus’ love and mercy. Jesus took one of the dirtiest men and cleansed him, beyond belief. Third, he comes from being one of most hateful human to ever exist to becoming one of the most loving humans to ever exist.
What do you want people to learn about God when they look at you? He is love.
How do you leave your mark on the community? I’m involved in a youth group that organizes ways to help the homeless, elderly and bring up the town.
Favorite Holiday: It’s a tie between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Thanksgiving because it’s a reminder that we should all come together and put aside our differences. The pilgrims and Indians didn’t see red skinned or white skinned that day, all they saw was each other, humans, who bleed the same. They saw each other as one. And they came together to celebrate everything God has given to them. It’s a reminder to put aside our differences and remember we are all the same. That we are all children of God.
Christmas because it’s the very day Jesus was born; the day on which the King of Kings entered the world to save us all. And the King of Kings was not born amongst the highest castle or wrapped in the finest fabric, instead He, our Savior was born amongst the farm animals– the lowest of the lowest. It’s a reminder that Jesus did not just come for the cleanest of people, but especially for the dirtiest of people.
“It’s a reminder to put aside our differences and remember we are all the same.”
A dream you have? My biggest dream is to become a homeschooling mother and wife. Next to that, I’d love to start a youth group and dance studio.
A special tradition you and your family engage or keep? Every Christmas Eve, right after mass, we open up one gift from under the Christmas tree.
Question you will ask when you get to heaven? It sounds silly, but I’d ask if Adam and Eve have belly buttons.
Things you want to raise awareness about? Suicide awareness.
What do you usually do before 9 a.m? Shower with my worship music.
What is on your nightstand? Rosary.
Define Christianity in a sentence: Disciples of God here to spread sprinkles of love and joy wherever they go.
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Until next time, keep witnessing!