Alyssa

I often think what my life would be like without God’s presence in it. Who would I show gratitude to for the abundant blessings? Who would I run to when people let me down and friends turn away?

One of the things I am most grateful for is that I never had to experience life without God’s love. Being raised in a Christian home, I was aware of His presence at an early age. I prayed with my parents when I was 6 to let Jesus “live in my heart.” I didn’t know back then the power of those words and the endless love He had yet to show me. Going to a local Christian school and church, I was blessed to be surrounded with great mentors and friends.

When I entered middle and high school, solid relationships with my friends started shifting. I could no longer rely on others to explain the ‘why’ of Christianity. I started that inevitable search for truth and began to challenge the personal reasons behind my faith. I found that the more I searched for answers, the more they pointed to God.

 

I did have a few lessons to learn. One was letting go and trusting God. I had a well-thought-out career plan, but never thought that I had faith in my plan, not in Christ.

In university, I had the opportunity to go on an exchange program to Australia. Little did I know that the preparation for this was God’s way of asking me to give Him total control of my life. I was clutching onto all I know and loved - my life, my job and my future - refusing to surrender them to Him. But overseas, I had to rely on God for everything. My relationship with God changed dramatically in Australia. I know that everything I have and love is a gift from God, and I strive to be a disciple for Him. “When God is all you have, you realize that God is all you need.”

     A few verses I love are:

     “But let all those that put their trust in you rejoice; let them ever shout for joy, because you defend the; let them also that love your name be joyful in you.” Psalm 5:11

     “If I ride the wings of the morning, if I dwell by the farthest oceans, even there your hand will guide me, and your strength will support me.” Psalm 139:9-10

I know I still have a lot to learn, and I still struggle with trust issues, but my life experiences have taught me that God is always in control. And thank goodness for that.

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