Thankful

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Here is a picture I took of Bryanna, Sam, and Michael at youth group. As I was taking this picture, I remember my heart being so happy they were there. So happy they were in my life. 

Ok story: I got a word at Jesus Culture two years ago from a lady who I never have seen before in my life and she told me something like this; you have the friends that you have because you are a light to them. You may not see it now but you have a bigger impact than you think and it is not a mistake that you’re around the people that you’re around.

At the time I was happy because that was something I really needed to hear, but after I got off the “high” from Jesus Culture I went back to normal life and I probably acted exactly the same. Let me just say the way I acted in highschool did not reflect my beliefs. It actually kinda reflected the exact opposite. I always felt like I should’ve been a better example to my friends. I felt like I knew better and I should tell them Jesus died for them but I was always caught up in fun times I never prioritized Jesus. Literally I put my friends eternities on the line because I didn’t feel like telling them about their Creator.  I’ve asked for forgiveness since then and decided I wanted to make more effort to be a disciple. At this point I felt like it was too late to reverse what was already done because I didn’t even see my friends as often since I started college. So I started just being a light to new friends I made in college and I accepted the fact that I had a bad impact on my other friends from high school. But God. God does this cool thing where He uses the old you for good in the future you, He uses the old you and creates it into a testimony for other lives to be impacted by. Even though I didn’t have enough boldness in the past to tell them who Jesus is, God made a way for them. For me, this shows such compassion and grace in His character. He gave me another chance and another and another and never gave up on me and He STILL used me as a light to my friends. He always works in ways that leave me in awe. Here’s a little bit about my three best friends:

Bryanna: Seriously one of the best girls I’ve ever met. I know she’s going to be around for the rest of my life on earth and praise Jesus I’ll get to see her in Heaven as well. In the very beginning of this year she told me it was her mom’s new years resolution to start going to church, so obviously I was the first person she talked to. I was like super excited. Bryanna was going to youth group at my church beforrehand but I knew that attending Sunday service was a big step. Her mom came like she said she would and has been coming for this whole year. She gave her life to Jesus, as did Bryanna. Seriously one of the happiest moments of my life. She brought her bestfriend, Kaylee who also gave her life to the Lord. Also Bry brought her little brother who goes to children’s church and I know he is getting built up and empowered in there as children should be. Bryanna, I don’t know if you know this but that’s on you. Bringing and encouraging your mom and little brother to come to church that is such an amazing thing. You are a leader in your family. You are a leader wherever you are. There are rewards in Heaven for you. I know that their salvation is thanks to you, Heaven is their home because of you. That is seriously such an incredible, crucial thing. It was life or death and you chose life and your family is forever impacted by your decision. I am so proud of you and the decisions you’ve made and I’m excited for you to fulfill what God has for your future. You’re so precious. and ps I miss you so much.

Romans 8:28 ” And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God.”

Michael: I don’t even know where to start. Michael starting to come to youth group earlier this year and sunday services as well, was not only a prayer answered but a great relief and joy in my heart. A relief because I knew he wasn’t lost, he was just where he was suppose to be. Then a joy because he was my best friend in the world. I’m not close to many people but he is seriously like a big part of my heart even til this day. The day Michael got saved was at an outcry concert. Side note, seeing Bryanna and Michael worship right beside me way such an amazing, happy thing for me. Anyways, of course when they asked the people who wanted Jesus as their savior I had to look over to see if he raised his hand and when I saw that he did I couldn’t help but cry of happiness and thank Jesus. I felt so grateful. So much peace in my soul. It was an unexplainable moment for me. I know it was an even greater experience and feeling for him though. I wish he felt like that everyday. I don’t even know if he’ll read this but if he does: Michael I hope you know you’re never too far gone. You’re stronger than you believe. And oh I love you. Jesus will never give up on you and because of Him, neither will I. I belive in you with all my heart, truly truly.

2 Corinthians 5:17 ” Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, they are a new creation. Old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”

Sam: I feel like our friendship is what friendship is about. What I mean by that is that we’ve been through so much but we have always been friends, always knowing we love each other. Sam has always known who Jesus was but I believe she is going deeper and she will continue throughout college. Her life is going to benefit from this season she is in. And because of her faith she is going to become an even more beautiful her on the inside which will overflow and be evident on the outside.  I see so much potential in Sam. And it’s not because she is a smarty girl who has always gotten super good grades and all those academic things look perfect on paper. But I see so much potential in her because I know God has so much for her that she can’t even imagine just a portion of it. I can see how special she is. I can see that there is something more to her that she hasn’t discovered and I know that it will be revealed to her through relationship with Jesus. For a fact, the enemy is and has tried to attack her because she is a threat. Sam dedicated to Jesus and doing work for the Kingdom? That is power. She is a powerful person, with more influence than she knows and I know that it can be used in such an incredible way for the Kingdom of her Creator. I am thankful for you Sam. I am always here for you and I love having you as a friend.

John 15:7 ” If you abide in me and my words abide in you, you will ask what you desire and it shall be given to you.” 

All three of y’all are answers to my prayers and big blessings in my life, i love all of you guys so much ❤ 

 

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