C: I am so glad you agreed to do this! I have loved the way our friendship has grown over the years, especially since our husbands are good friends :) Ali, when would you say your faith moved beyond just knowing God to experiencing God?
Ali: I have been going to church ever since I was born and even went to a Christian College, but I must say my ah-ha moment in experiencing the powerful and amazing grace of God was after I graduated college about 3 years ago. Though I have known God my entire life, I feel I have lived a second-hand faith where I thought I was entitled to do whatever I wanted considering I went to church every day and prayed once in a while. Lets just say that train of thought ended up getting me into a lot of trouble throughout my high school and college years, leaving me lost and pretty much ashamed of who I have become. But by the grace of God, he placed a strong Christian man into my life who didn’t care about my past and challenged me to take a deeper look into who God really was and what he was capable of. After college I was left with no direction or confidence in myself. Nursing was my ultimate goal, but I convinced myself that I would never be smart enough to handle such a job. I had a feeling that nursing was my calling, but just wasn’t able to take that leap of faith. I didn’t quite experience God until I was able to truly surrender my faith that God had a plan and would guide me, protect me, and never put me somewhere that I didn’t belong. He has taken care of me in every possible way since that day I surrendered all to Him. I still experience those moments of doubt that I will make a good nurse, but I feel like every time I doubt my abilities, he sends a patient or coworker over to tell me how I will make an amazing nurse. His timing ceases to amaze me.
C: We serve such a loving and re-assuring Father! When we come to the end of ourselves, that is when He can use us the most! What is one thing God has been teaching you this season of your life?
Ali: That it is impossible to live your life on your own terms. Once I start taking control of my life and “forget” to give God the glory, I instantly feel the repercussions. But when I honestly let Him take control, He blesses me more than I could ever imagined/ deserved.
C: "Who will get the glory?" That is a question I am often confronted with too. How do you keep your eyes fixed on God when storms come your way?
Ali: First I start to panic, but once I feel that fear settling in, I turn worship music on so I can’t hear/focus on my own thoughts/ plans to prepare for the storm, but rather let God be the one who is in charge.
C: What are some verses that you often cling to as a reminder of His goodness?
Ali: Matthew 6:33-34 > seek the kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today Philippians 4:13 > I can do ALL things through Him who strengthens me. Proverbs 31:25 > She is clothed in strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future
A Bit About ME!
Hey friend! My name is Caren and I am so glad you stopped by! This blog is a bit of my corner on the internet where I share honest thoughts about my faith journey, fitness journey, doctor wife journey, and motherhood journey. ALL of it! The good bad and ugly! I pray that something I share encourages you today!