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Life is exciting! It also has been sad, stressful, scary, just up and down recently… I’m planning a trip with my sisters for next year, for my graduation present. I’ll be getting my masters (hopefully) right after, so I’m thinking the short vaca will help keep me motivated to press on!

We are going to NYC again! I absolutely already can’t wait. When my whole family went this winter, it was amazing. I have never felt such a love or passion for a place- I felt such a pull there. Of course, ever since I got back to Florida, I have been praying about what that means.

I am not sure if I will end up out there in my career after school or just take many trips there in the future… haha but the excitement over this place and the trip-planning process also made me think about my journey with God.

I have seen his goodness and truth, have taken huge leaps of faith with Him, I have experienced his love and protection. But I still go through times when I don’t talk to him as much, I get through my Bible study like I need to check it off to do other things.

It’s not always about feeling God. He is always there. He gives me grace for the days I get distracted, thankfully. But when I am not as close to him as I want to be, I feel so lost. I will be so affected by the things around me when I don’t have a firm footing in him.

He is my home. Following him in the exciting things, like this NYC thing, is only part of the relationship I have with him. Getting on my knees and praying for those around me, crying, being angry, all that stuff that people don’t talk about… That’s the other part.

I honestly don’t think I would have this close of a relationship with Christ if I didn’t surrender everyday and humble myself before him. This posture before him brings so many opportunities to serve him and share about him, which reinforces my trust in him.

I don’t know where God will lead me as I finish up school and begin my career in the next 2-3 years, but I want to stay excited to follow the desires he puts in my heart! I pray for my heart to want the things of him and not of this world! I want to love his creation and his people and help those that don’t know him, because I was just there a couple years ago.

He is good. ALL the time. I firmly believe that God gifts everyone with different abilities, passions, and personalities to reach more people for his name and renown; I’ve learned to not ignore such strong feelings because they are either good or bad and I need to be aware of what’s going on around me and in my heart.

God has a special purpose for anyone that wants to be involved in his work… I promise you will never be bored if you truly follow him! 

Hebrews 13:5-6

Don’t be obsessed with getting more material things. Be relaxed with what you have. Since God assured us, “I’ll never let you down, never walk off and leave you,” we can boldly quote, [ God is there, ready to help; I’m fearless no matter what. ] Who or what can get to me? 

1 Corinthians 12 
1-3 What I want to talk about now is the various ways God’s Spirit gets worked into our lives. This is complex and often misunderstood, but I want you to be informed and knowledgeable. Remember how you were when you didn’t know God, led from one phony god to another, never knowing what you were doing, just doing it because everybody else did it? It’s different in this life. God wants us to use our intelligence, to seek to understand as well as we can. For instance, by using your heads, you know perfectly well that the Spirit of God would never prompt anyone to say “Jesus be damned!” Nor would anyone be inclined to say “Jesus is Master!” without the insight of the Holy Spirit.
4-11 God’s various gifts are handed out everywhere; but they all originate in God’s Spirit. God’s various ministries are carried out everywhere; but they all originate in God’s Spirit. God’s various expressions of power are in action everywhere; but God himself is behind it all. Each person is given something to do that shows who God is: Everyone gets in on it, everyone benefits. All kinds of things are handed out by the Spirit, and to all kinds of people! The variety is wonderful:
wise counsel

clear understanding

simple trust

healing the sick

miraculous acts

proclamation

distinguishing between spirits

tongues

interpretation of tongues.

All these gifts have a common origin, but are handed out one by one by the one Spirit of God. He decides who gets what, and when.
12-13 You can easily enough see how this kind of thing works by looking no further than your own body. Your body has many parts—limbs, organs, cells—but no matter how many parts you can name, you’re still one body. It’s exactly the same with Christ. By means of his one Spirit, we all said good-bye to our partial and piecemeal lives. We each used to independently call our own shots, but then we entered into a large and integrated life in which he has the final say in everything. (This is what we proclaimed in word and action when we were baptized.) Each of us is now a part of his resurrection body, refreshed and sustained at one fountain—his Spirit—where we all come to drink. The old labels we once used to identify ourselves—labels like Jew or Greek, slave or free—are no longer useful. We need something larger, more comprehensive.
14-18 I want you to think about how all this makes you more significant, not less. A body isn’t just a single part blown up into something huge. It’s all the different-but-similar parts arranged and functioning together. If Foot said, “I’m not elegant like Hand, embellished with rings; I guess I don’t belong to this body,” would that make it so? If Ear said, “I’m not beautiful like Eye, limpid and expressive; I don’t deserve a place on the head,” would you want to remove it from the body? If the body was all eye, how could it hear? If all ear, how could it smell? As it is, we see that God has carefully placed each part of the body right where he wanted it.
19-24 But I also want you to think about how this keeps your significance from getting blown up into self-importance. For no matter how significant you are, it is only because of what you are a part of. An enormous eye or a gigantic hand wouldn’t be a body, but a monster. What we have is one body with many parts, each its proper size and in its proper place. No part is important on its own. Can you imagine Eye telling Hand, “Get lost; I don’t need you”? Or, Head telling Foot, “You’re fired; your job has been phased out”? As a matter of fact, in practice it works the other way—the “lower” the part, the more basic, and therefore necessary. You can live without an eye, for instance, but not without a stomach. When it’s a part of your own body you are concerned with, it makes no difference whether the part is visible or clothed, higher or lower. You give it dignity and honor just as it is, without comparisons. If anything, you have more concern for the lower parts than the higher. If you had to choose, wouldn’t you prefer good digestion to full-bodied hair?
25-26 The way God designed our bodies is a model for understanding our lives together as a church: every part dependent on every other part, the parts we mention and the parts we don’t, the parts we see and the parts we don’t. If one part hurts, every other part is involved in the hurt, and in the healing. If one part flourishes, every other part enters into the exuberance.
27-31 You are Christ’s body—that’s who you are! You must never forget this. Only as you accept your part of that body does your “part” mean anything. You’re familiar with some of the parts that God has formed in his church, which is his “body”:
apostles

prophets

teachers

miracle workers

healers

helpers

organizers

those who pray in tongues.

But it’s obvious by now, isn’t it, that Christ’s church is a complete Body and not a gigantic, unidimensional Part? It’s not all Apostle, not all Prophet, not all Miracle Worker, not all Healer, not all Prayer in Tongues, not all Interpreter of Tongues. And yet some of you keep competing for so-called “important” parts.
But now I want to lay out a far better way for you.

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