C: When would you say you truly decided to follow Jesus and own your faith?
Hope: I have had a relationship with Jesus since I was 6 years old. I have always been close to Him; especially through high school, but it really wasn’t until this past summer that God started revealing himself to me in a whole new way. I had some major decisions to be made. It was through this process of trusting Him and praying literally non-stop that my relationship with Jesus became something I wanted to make mine. Not just mine until my prayers were answered, but mine for as long as I live.
C: Were there any moments on your walk with God where you found it really hard to let go and trust Him?
Hope: Since the summer before my Junior year of High School, my plan was to be a Dental Hygienist. I was going to get my gen eds done at NKU for the first two years and then either transfer to the University of Cincinnati or the University of Louisville for the remaining two years. One by one, the doors the these colleges were slowly but surely being closed. First it was Louisville. I was crushed, but decided that I would still apply to UC. Then I was told that there was not a good chance that I would even be looked at to be accepted into the dental hygiene program there. It was at this point that I just cried my heart out to Jesus. I didn’t have a backup plan. UC WAS my backup plan. I feel like all I did was pray 24/7 during this time. I had my friends and family also praying that God would give me direction. All I wanted was direction! After praying and crying out to Jesus for what seemed like a lifetime, I finally heard His voice. I was volunteering at a student conference at my church and it was during a time of worship that Jesus finally answered my prayer of direction. I have felt impressed upon by the Lord before but never felt like I have audibly heard His voice. I was standing in the back of the room watching the students worshipping and pouring their hearts out to the Lord and it was then when Jesus told me that this is what I was going to do with my life. Youth Ministry. He didn’t reveal everything to me but to be pointed in the direction HE wanted me to go in was beyond worth the sleepless nights of crying to Him. In that moment I was truly grateful. I am STILL so so grateful. Letting go of MY plans and accepting the plans HE has for me is the easiest and hardest thing I have done. Staying faithful even when we can’t see what the future holds is difficult but I know that in His word it says that we are safe under His wings. That’s where I want to be: under His wings.
C: How have you seen God bless you as you continue to trust Him?
Hope: God has blessed me BEYOND belief with the friends He has given me. It was back at the end of the summer when I dove in head first that He began to place these people in my life that I now couldn’t imagine my life without. As I continue to trust Him, His blessings keep pouring out and it fills me with joy!
C: What are some verses that you often cling to as a reminder of His goodness?
Hope: I would say to get into The Word and meditate on His promises. There are so many times in the Bible where He fulfills what He says He would do. If he stayed true to those promises then, who’s to say that He won’t keep those same promises with you? Even if you don’t understand why things are happening (or not happening) if you stay faithful to Him, your life will be so much better than you have ever planned or hoped for! Jump in with feet and trust Him with the beautiful life He has for you!
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!