By Katherine White
Midterms, monotony, and the mundane day-to-day of classes can really start to get to you as the semester goes on. Sometimes a little spontaneity can help to keep you sane and refreshed!
Your adventure can be anything that takes you out of your comfort zone! You don’t have to go out and do something crazy to experience a little adventure. Do something you normally wouldn’t and see what kind of blessing God presents you through that -because sure enough, in all you do through Him, He is right there with you!
Today as I sat down with my work laid out in front of me, I noticed another girl working away on her studies a few tables over. Cliché as this may sound: Strangers are just friends you haven’t met yet (sometimes!) So, as she was gathering her things to leave I gathered the friendliness to spark up a conversation. Just by asking a relatable question you can gain a new friend. What a blessing small steps out of our comfort zones can result in!
Take a break from your central focus. Don’t get so consumed in your daily demands that you forget how to live, because sometimes that is really what it can feel like. Break into adventures out of your comfort zone and routines at times to follow God in new, even creative directions. If you really can’t logically take a break from your studies, venture to a new study-spot.
With the right mindset, any experience or opportunity can be viewed as a little adventure! Cut loose and allow yourself to have fun. Let go of vain aggressions and hesitations that hold you back from this mindset. Even getting a random phone call to go help your sister out can be an adventure when your heart is in the right place.
By Katherine White
With pure intentions, a strong will, and -most importantly- faith that is alive inside, anything is possible. To be able to obey God’s callings, which seem impossible and defy the ordinary in this world, we must live in and believe in our faith.
If we do not have the faith that God is fighting through us, that it is His strength inside of us, we will not realize the power we hold as Christians. He is right here with us, wanting only for us to succeed in all we choose to do for Him. In the end, we know love will win- we are on the winning side when we fight for God. All it takes it faith! To be able to go to the dark places that God requires us to save others from, where He needs us the most, we must know He is there.
The first time God spoke to me, I was stricken by stage fright and opened my Bible for some confidence. I opened it to Jeremiah 1:6-8, which tells us:
“’Alas, Sovereign LORD,’ I said, ‘I do not know how to speak; I am too young.’
But the LORD said to me,
‘Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,’ declares the LORD.”
God is alive, and His work is not finished. Through us, though our faith, God can do miraculous things. Always test your faith to make sure you are living genuinely for Him. It is the winning way and the only true source of strength in the end: faith.
A Testimony of Powerful Faith
I hope you are loving Spark’s newest song: Head Above Water by Avril Lavigne. This is her most recent song in five years, and it is quite the comeback.
The first time I listened to this song, it gave me chills. This powerful message is a testimony of Lavigne’s faith in God.
Lavigne, age 33, was bedridden for five months, deathly ill with Lyme disease. She shared the following statements with People Magazine in an article published by Maura Hohman September 19, 2018:
“One night, I thought I was dying, and I had accepted that I was going to die.”
“My mom laid with me in bed and held me. I felt like I was drowning.”
“Under my breath, I prayed ‘God, please help to keep my head above the water.’ In that moment, the song writing of this album began,” she continued in the statement. “It was like I tapped into something. It was a very spiritual experience. Lyrics flooded through me from that point on.”
“God, keep my head above water. Don’t let me drown, it gets harder. I’ll meet you there at the altar”, Avril Lavigne’s powerful lyrics from her newest song in five years will give you chills. Her inspiring faith through facing the hardship of nearly dying from Lyme disease has landed her song to Spark radio. Listen, enjoy, and keep your faith alive!
By Katherine White
You’ll have no worries if you’re in no hurries. In a society where everyone always seems to be running, under stress, so focused on getting to that next point whatever it may be- spark some patience into the world around you. The best thing you can do is walk slowly in trust and patience through life. Forget that “live fast die young” garbage. Slow and steady wins the race. Trust in the big picture and have calm, peace in your heart getting there along the way.
When you slow down, you begin to understand a lot about things outside of yourself. Nature is still, all around us, and always changing. These changes don’t come in a day however, they come through seasons. Each season, all so unique, holds so much beauty -along with their ever-present downsides. Get out of the rapid, rushing, currents of society. Resist the urge to go with the flow as it pulls you, and be still in God’s refuge. Slow down today, on the day the Lord has created for our rest, and remind yourself to be patient as God’s plan for you unravels in His time. When you trust in God, patience will bloom, and peace will break through into your worried heart.
The freedom that comes with putting your understanding in God, not this world, is transformative peace and calming patience. Notice the things that try to sabotage and steal you from living a patient life. Try having patience today and spot the blessings that come from your choice. Deception is all around, keep your eyes on the truth, the way, and the light.
Peace and blessings.
Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;” (NIV)