Today, Rebecka speaks to us about the beauty and warmth of her childhood and her focus on looking forward and not looking back.
Tell us a bit about how you grew up and your childhood: Growing up, we moved around quite a bit, but despite the change and constant new scenery, I loved going to school. I loved making friends, playing dolls and sometimes with tractors and cars. Depending on the day, I loved singing, reading the Bible, and going to church. My parents were great about taking us to Sunday School and church. My mom would always tell me stories from the Bible, and we would discuss them. To this day, my sweet mom and I discuss the Bible, pray together, and sing every now and then. My childhood has shaped me to become the woman I am today.
“To this day, my sweet mom and I discuss the Bible, pray together, and sing every now and then.”
Inspiring biblical passage of the moment: Isaiah 43.
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing!” Isaiah 43:18
Spiritual growth focus at the moment: I’m no longer looking back to past mistakes; there is too much to look forward to!
Profession: I am a loan processor at a local credit union.
When did you first encounter God and how did you encounter Him? I was seven years old when I first encountered God. We were learning about God’s love in school, and the teacher said it was important to show love to everyone and tell them that God loves them.
I felt so encouraged and I knew I needed to do something! I ran home from school that day and told my momma I felt like I had a mission to accomplish. I told her about our lesson is school and that I felt God calling me to share God’s love with someone. I thought for a few minutes and the perfect person came to mind. I told my mom, she smiled and helped me get my Bible, put on my little hat, and just like that I was on my way to spread some love!
That afternoon, I walked across the street and shared some of my favorite Bible stories with my great grandmother. We also sang a few songs together and before I left, I prayed with her. When I was leaving, she gave me a tight hug and a bag of candy. I saw tears in her eyes as I walked back home but for some reason, I knew they weren’t tears of sadness.
I felt so much joy I couldn’t help but run home with my racing heart and happy feeling in my soul! From that evening on I knew I never wanted to stop sharing God’s love with the world. At her funeral, a year or so later, I was so glad that I trusted my heart and spent that afternoon with her. It planted a seed in my life, and it is flourishing to this day! I am beyond excited to see what other plans of sharing God’s love are in my future.
“At her funeral, a year or so later, I was so glad that I trusted my heart and spent that afternoon with her.”
What has helped you grow spiritually in this season? The support, encouraging words, and prayer from the people around me.
How did God speak to you recently? God has recently been speaking to me through other people, and His message is, “Be patient.” “Trust me in your trials.” “Don’t look back, keep pressing on. I have great plans for you.”
Currently reading: [I read] Desiring God, daily. Their Instagram is @desiringgod, and website is DesiringGod.org!
Hobby: Reading under a blanket with a cup of coffee (no matter the temperature).
Top three practical tips for staying spiritually strong:
Through my own experience in life I’ve learned staying spiritually strong is vital.
Three tips I would give:
* Have a mentor. Preferably someone older than you who has been on the Christian walk longer and is more rooted and knows how to guide you through the rough patches.
* Read a daily devotional. There is no better way to start your day than in God’s Word and prayer. When you dedicate every day to God, He will bless it.
* Attend church. Church is a great place to be! To surround yourself with other fellow Christians and be in fellowship is a blessing and one I believe no one should miss out on!
Favorite person in scripture? Either Paul or Peter.
What do you want people to learn about God when they look at you? That God is love.
Favorite holiday? Definitely, Christmas.
A goal you have? One of my many goals is to go on a mission trip here, in the next years!
Define Christianity in a sentence: Jesus Christ, the son of God, was born into a sinful world, not that He had to but rather He WANTED to, so that He could save you and me from eternal darkness and make a place for us in Heaven next to Him! True agape love.
What is on your nightstand? My Bible, laptop, lots of water bottles (some full and some about half empty…) and my lamp.
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Until next time, keep witnessing.