Leaving Room

I’ve found in my life that nothing is set in stone…or maybe that the only thing set in stone is Jesus.  Either way, life is full of curve balls; it’s full of changes and new adventures.  This is especially true for my life.

Let me just tell you about my schedule for next semester: I have probably changed it no less than 15 times.

I’m trying to go to Pakistan next summer and it looks like the trip will be cancelled.

I’ve found myself at a place where I can’t even plan because life is changing so quickly.

But change can be good. In the midst of all this chaos, God has had the most amazing people walk into my life.  He is beginning to cultivate my gift of poetry, reminding me of the power of my words.  He has given me people that speak life into my dreams and believe in me.  He has showed me that my past struggles can help others heal.  He has rekindled my heart for intercession and covering people, dreams, and fears in prayer.  He renewed my passion.

So here’s a few things God has been teaching me in this season.

  1. Everyone wants someone to fight for them. It seems like a weird concept, but couldn’t be more true.  Life is a struggle and everyone is looking for someone to look them in the eyes and say “I’m with you.”  Someone who won’t give up on you, but will pray for and dream with you.  Are you willing to go to battle for someone’s soul, for their light to outshine their darkness, for them to not settle for ordinary, but become something extraordinary? Fight for someone.
  2. Words matter. Mean them.  There is possibly no greater feeling than someone telling you that they’re proud of you or that they believe in you, someone speaking your worth to you.  Be truthful, even if it hurts.  If you can’t tell someone the truth, then you may have made your relationship with them an idol.  I am on my own journey to speak truth that only the Holy Spirit can dictate.  Eph 4:15 …speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.
  3. Timing is EVERYTHING!  This year has left me wondering why so many new relationships. Why now? Why these people? All I can figure is that in God’s divine plan I need these people in my life at this time.  I don’t know how long some people will stay or under what circumstances they will leave, but I know that he has something for me to give and something for me to gain from the people around me.

God has a plan. Life is an adventure.  Spare no time loving people.

AND

LEAVE ROOM FOR THE HOLY SPIRIT!

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IT’S MY BIRTHDAY

So I just want to celebrate  some of what God has done this summer:

1. He taught me how to embrace the call of leadership.

2. He spoke His truths through me.

3. He showed me that prayer is my most powerful weapon.

4. He once again confirmed my call to missions.

5. He has made my fear a driving force to take me to places where I’ve never been,

6. He was faithful on my trip to Costa Rica.

7. He drew people that I admire closer into my life.

8. He gave me a vision for someone I love and it constantly gives me hope.

9. He gave me a heart for the people I will be leading.

10. He let me discover what it means to just be His.

11. He gave me the knowledge to fix my computer and then fixed what I couldn’t!

12. He blessed my mom to be able to help me move into school and rent a car while there.

13. He shaped my heart for worship through learning piano.

14. He gave me the courage to make some very important life decisions.

15. He has made me excited for change.

16. He allowed me to be able to see and be inspired by my favorite spoken word artist Miss Terious Janette…iks at Rhetoric 2013.

17. He gave me an abundance of family time and memories.

18. He changed my mental mindset to always push through because He is my rock.

19.  He gave me beauty for ashes, joy for mourning and praise for heaviness, so that I may be called an oak of righteousness.

Thank you God for 19 years and for giving me even more blessings to grow on 🙂

❤ Haley