How Then

This month has been full of blessings and it has been a constant reminder of the goodness of God.  Four days ago, I celebrated the resurrection of my Savior!  He is not dead; He is alive!  Even after Easter leftovers are eaten, and the candy from the “Easter Bunny” is long gone, I am still going to celebrate the I serve a God who is alive!

Easter is the very foundation of the Gospel.

For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.

1 Corinthians 15:3-4

This is the Gospel: the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ as the only payment for man’s sins.

Christ came to earth to pay the price of my sins; He came to give me salvation, and bring me into a personal relationship with Him.  He did that for you, too.  He died for the sins of the WORLD!  My desire to share this message with the world stems from the LIFE God has given me.  God’s love, peace, forgiveness, and hope are all things I want everyone to experience.  The passion I have for missions is a result of Christ’s sovereignty in my life.

For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

  How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”

Romans 10:13-15

That verse has been such an encouragement to me as I get ready to go to Nicaragua in July!  A lot of the time, when I find a verse that really means a lot to me at that certain time, I’ll write in on my wrist.  Romans 10:13-15 has been on my wrist for the past several days, and in my mind for even more. 

I am so excited to use my life to bring glory to my Lord in Nicaragua this summer!  I want to thank you so supporting me with prayers and financial support.  God continues to show me His provision when I begin to wonder how I am going to raise all the support I need for my trip.  God’s provision stuns me.  My jaw drops at His answers to prayer.  I have seen this Scripture breathed to life:

And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:19

Thank you for partnering with me in the Gospel.  I am praying for y’all. 

I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. It is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I hold you in my heart, for you are all partakers with me of grace, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel. For God is my witness, how I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus. And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

Philippians 1:3-11

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My Pure and Holy Passion

Hey!

Thanks for checking out my blog! It’s just getting started, so there isn’t much yet. And I’m still learning how to edit and change and customize something I’ve never worked with before. So, please excuse any rambling, craziness, or overall confusion in the way things are set up.

I’m Emily. I’m a sophomore in high school and I’ve been homeschooled since 1st grade. But I’m a very outgoing and social person. When I was little, I wanted to be a musician. But over the years, my passion to glorify God far exceeded my desire to go into the music business. I went through several years of wondering what I would do when I grew up. And I decided I didn’t have to know; I would wait on God to show me where He wanted me to be.

About a year, two years ago, I began to feel led towards youth ministry and thought it would be really cool to work with teenage girls after college. But this summer is when I really found what God wanted me to devote my life to. At a Global Youth Ministries camp last summer (2010), I really felt God calling me to minister to teenage girls, but I had no other details. When Roger Glidewell, the GYM founder and our main speaker for the week, talked about how a team of college students with GYM goes to China every year, it struck me. I felt this overwhelming sense of purpose. I knew that God was calling me to missions in China. While Roger was talking, one of the things I remembered about China was that there is a one-child policy. Because of many parents’ desire for a son to carry on the family name, many girls are sent to live in orphanages at young ages. I knew that this was where God wanted me, no matter how hard it was going to be.

After this realization and after I had had some time to reflect on everything a little bit, I realized that this was going to be no easy challenge. Chinese is no easy language to learn. In fact, it’s one of hardest. I found it a bit ironic that God was calling me to a place with a difficult language, because I don’t always want to do the things that take more effort or time. But I’ve realized that, as a Christian, I am called to face the hard things.

I would like to share my journey with you. As God teaches me, I’d like to encourage you with what He says and what His Word says. This is my Pure and Holy Passion.

Consumed by the Call,

Emily