Monday, March 21, 2016

When You Have Jesus You Have Everything

Several weeks ago at church we watched a video about a woman, Molly Bruno, who is a real life prayer warrior. This woman's dedication to prayer and to Jesus was inspiring to me. Of all the things she said in the short video, one quote has stayed with me.

"When you have Jesus, you have everything."

Over the past few weeks this phrase has really resonated with me. In less than two months I will be a former graduate of Texas A&M. Just yesterday I confirmed my acceptance to University of Texas Medical Branch to pursue a degree in nursing. My life is changing, but I have no fear, because I have Jesus.
I sent a series of pictures to my family, to reveal to them which school I had chosen to attend. Obviously I tried to make it very clear I would be spending my 17 months in nursing school on the beach :)

In my spiritual walk, I seem to go through seasons. Almost like clock-work, do I walk through my valleys and peak on my mountain tops. Camp is always that mountain top for me, and then after the summer I seem to drift away. Come Christmas Break, I wake up ashamed of how far I have slipped. I mean honestly people, I've looked up and realized I hadn't touched my Bible (outside of church) in a week or two. Convicted, I return to my Father, thankful that his hands are always open for me.

"Come near to God, and he will come near to you." James 4:8

As I came back from Honduras, I was on a spiritual high. Determined to come near to God, I began to set aside time every morning or evening to read, pray, and meditate on the word of God. After watching the short video of Molly Bruno's life, I was inspired to lead a life more like her. I want to believe with my entire heart that when I have Jesus, I have everything. So I made a commitment to myself, that I would be more intentional in my walk with Jesus.

I don't know why I am always surprised to see how my life changes or how easier it seems to go when I am spending quality time with Jesus everyday. I've realized over the past few months, that I can't fake my faith. By this I mean, I am tired of living a life of a Christian, when I am not putting in the work behind closed doors.

"I know your works. You have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead. Wake up, strengthen what remains..." Revelation 3:1

Confession: I am guilty of having a reputation of being alive, but being dead on the inside.

However, I believe that I have woken up. The Holy Spirit stirred something in my heart while I was in Honduras, and reawakened my need for Jesus.  Yesterday I happened to have a conversation with a dear friend and mentor. She mentioned to me how she tends to feel a lot like Israel. As you read through the Old Testament you see seasons in their walk too. There were many times where Israel was on fire for God, and then seasons where they strayed away. As she pointed this out to me, I realized that I had more in common with Israel than I had ever noticed before.

So tonight I am thankful. I am thankful that through every season of life, and no matter how far I stray away from God, that he still waits for me to return. I believe Molly Bruno said it best, when I have Jesus, I have all I could ever need.