The Preacher's Daughter

• Sarah | 17 | Texas, US •

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Some things have come up in my life the past month that have tested my faith. I’ve had to make one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make, but it was something I had to do for God. At the time, I was in what felt like a very dark place. I felt like I was doing everything right, but God was just hiding his face from me. I would cry out to Him, wanting Him to show me something, to reveal Himself to me. The thing was, instead of giving me what I wanted so bad, He wanted me to give something to Him. I knew what He wanted me to do. I think I knew for a long time, but I didn’t want to have to do it. It would be so hard; it would hurt so bad. But I started thinking about it. How could I not do this one thing for God when He has done so much for me? He has forgiven me continually, He has loved me when I didn’t deserve it, He has blessed me with such an amazing life. How could I not do this one thing? I knew it would change my life completely, but isn’t that what God does? He asks for our entire selves, not for pieces. He won’t relent, until He has it all. He was asking for my full heart, and I knew I had to give it to Him. When I followed through with God’s request, I can’t tell you it was easy at first. I had given something up I had had for so long, something I was so used to. I knew so many things would change, but God had given me such a peace about the situation that I never felt regret. I felt sorrowful because I knew there would be relationships lost, but I was trusting in God’s judgement. He is all knowing, isn’t He? It amazed me how fast I felt better about everything. I never would have thought that I could move on from something like that in such a short amount of time. But I thank Him so much for that every day.  In the end, I feel that now I can truly give Him my all. Something I don’t know that I’ve ever felt. I feel like He has completely consumed my life ad He has filled me with a joy and a peace that I can’t even describe. Now, all I have to do is wait for Him to lead me where He wants me to go, and rejoice always, pray without ceasing, and give thanks in everything! (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18) I pray that God continually tests my faith, because I know it will only make it stronger.
Psalm 23:1, 3, 4, 6. “The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
Jeremiah 29:11-13. “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.’”

Some things have come up in my life the past month that have tested my faith. I’ve had to make one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make, but it was something I had to do for God. At the time, I was in what felt like a very dark place. I felt like I was doing everything right, but God was just hiding his face from me. I would cry out to Him, wanting Him to show me something, to reveal Himself to me. The thing was, instead of giving me what I wanted so bad, He wanted me to give something to Him. I knew what He wanted me to do. I think I knew for a long time, but I didn’t want to have to do it. It would be so hard; it would hurt so bad. But I started thinking about it. How could I not do this one thing for God when He has done so much for me? He has forgiven me continually, He has loved me when I didn’t deserve it, He has blessed me with such an amazing life. How could I not do this one thing? I knew it would change my life completely, but isn’t that what God does? He asks for our entire selves, not for pieces. He won’t relent, until He has it all. He was asking for my full heart, and I knew I had to give it to Him. When I followed through with God’s request, I can’t tell you it was easy at first. I had given something up I had had for so long, something I was so used to. I knew so many things would change, but God had given me such a peace about the situation that I never felt regret. I felt sorrowful because I knew there would be relationships lost, but I was trusting in God’s judgement. He is all knowing, isn’t He? It amazed me how fast I felt better about everything. I never would have thought that I could move on from something like that in such a short amount of time. But I thank Him so much for that every day.
In the end, I feel that now I can truly give Him my all. Something I don’t know that I’ve ever felt. I feel like He has completely consumed my life ad He has filled me with a joy and a peace that I can’t even describe. Now, all I have to do is wait for Him to lead me where He wants me to go, and rejoice always, pray without ceasing, and give thanks in everything! (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18) I pray that God continually tests my faith, because I know it will only make it stronger.

Psalm 23:1, 3, 4, 6. “The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”

Jeremiah 29:11-13. “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.’”

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18. “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
This verse has shown up in so many places lately, just waiting for me to find the deep meaning behind it. Well I finally realized that God was probably telling me something. God wants us to rejoice always, giving thanks to him in all circumstances. We have to remember that without him, we wouldn’t even be here. There would be no us. We have so many reasons to rejoice and praise God continually. He gave up his son, Jesus Christ, to save us from the damnation we were doomed to. He forgives us, no matter what the sin, and he loves us continually. He deserves all the praise in the world, if you ask me. Another thing that we have to remind ourselves is to pray always. God wants us to ask for his help, he wants to give us the desires of our hearts. However, we have to ask for it first. Prayer is direct contact with God. That’s really cool to me. Its just like talking to someone right in front of you, you just can’t see them. You may not hear him all the time, but he always hears you. In this scripture it says that this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus, to rejoice always, pray without ceasing, and giving thanks to him no matter what. This is why pleases him. Wouldn’t you want to please the one who breathed life into you? I sure do.
I took this photo in Mineral Wells where my mom goes to college. There is an old military base that they use for a lot of different things now, including a Weatherford College campus where my mother attends school. However, they still have these old.. I guess you could just call them huge ‘homes’ for the people in the military. I don’t know a lot about them, except that they are wonderfully weathered. This makes them an easy target for my camera. I loved them, they were just so gorgeous. Anyways, enough about my love of these buildings. Today in church, my dad preached on Mathew 6. If you are not familiar with this chapter, you should pick up your bible now and get to reading. It is extremely eye opening. It was definitely something that I needed to hear, along with most everyone. The chapter is talking over storing up treasures in heaven, not on Earth. What this means is that you can’t live in this life desiring to have everything, or to be the richest, or the most famous. We have to remind ourselves that once we die, those things will mean nothing. We came into this world with nothing, and that is how we are leaving. With nothing. However, like in Mathew 20, we are to store up treasures in heaven. This can only happen if we stay planted in the Lord and trust in his plan for our life. We have to quite looking at the things of this world and look at the things that matter the most, our relationship with our one true father. In the end, if you delight yourself in the Lord, he will give you the desires of your heart (Psalms 37:4). 
Mathew 6:19-21. “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

I took this photo in Mineral Wells where my mom goes to college. There is an old military base that they use for a lot of different things now, including a Weatherford College campus where my mother attends school. However, they still have these old.. I guess you could just call them huge ‘homes’ for the people in the military. I don’t know a lot about them, except that they are wonderfully weathered. This makes them an easy target for my camera. I loved them, they were just so gorgeous. Anyways, enough about my love of these buildings. Today in church, my dad preached on Mathew 6. If you are not familiar with this chapter, you should pick up your bible now and get to reading. It is extremely eye opening. It was definitely something that I needed to hear, along with most everyone. The chapter is talking over storing up treasures in heaven, not on Earth. What this means is that you can’t live in this life desiring to have everything, or to be the richest, or the most famous. We have to remind ourselves that once we die, those things will mean nothing. We came into this world with nothing, and that is how we are leaving. With nothing. However, like in Mathew 20, we are to store up treasures in heaven. This can only happen if we stay planted in the Lord and trust in his plan for our life. We have to quite looking at the things of this world and look at the things that matter the most, our relationship with our one true father. In the end, if you delight yourself in the Lord, he will give you the desires of your heart (Psalms 37:4). 

Mathew 6:19-21. “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

I took this just down the road from my boyfriend, Jake’s, house. It’s this abandoned property that’s super creepy and has a corn field in the back behind the house. However, besides its creepiness, it really is beautiful. This is the barn and you can just faintly see the Liveoak Farm above the entrance. What God has been showing me lately is that sometimes we go through times where things seem to be dark and nothing goes right. Those are the times that we have to continually remind ourselves that God will always help us through anything we get ourselves in to. We have to trust in him and fight all the way through our struggles knowing God is right beside us, fighting. He is the only way. There is always a light on the other side.
Isaiah 43:2-3. "When you pass through the waters, I will be with you, and through the rivers, they will not overwhelm you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned or scorched, nor will the flame kindle upon you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior; I give Egypt [to the Babylonians] for your ransom, Ethiopia and Seba [a province of Ethiopia] in exchange [for your release]."
I took this over the summer in Colorado. Colorado, if you don’t know, is probably one of the most beautiful places you will ever be able to see. Something that is so easy to see while you are there is just how amazing God is. He made every mountain that reaches so high into the sky, but that was really nothing for him. God is such a beautiful creator and he shows himself through everything. We just have to be open to what he has to show us and remember that we and everything else are here because of him.
Romans 1:20. “From the creation of the world His invisible attributes, that is, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what he has made. As a result, people are without excuse.”