Skip to main content

About Me

My photo
Follower of Jesus Christ. Lover of people. Lover of animals. High Point University graduate. Appalachian State graduate. High school English teacher. AXΩ.

Trust Without Borders

"Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever you may call me. 
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander 
That my faith would be made stronger 
In the presence of my Savior."
-Hillsong United


I first heard and sang that song at the very first New Life meeting I attended at Appalachian back in August. I was going through a confusing and transitional time, and it comforted me. I knew then that I was going to grow in Christ and that He had me at App State and living in Boone for a reason. 

We sang that song again last night at my church at home. Once again, I was comforted in the fact that God is doing something in my life. He is growing me and causing me to strengthen my faith in ways I never thought possible. 

I can think of only two other times in my life when I felt this helpless, hopeless, and lifeless. This time is different, though. This time, I am not letting those feelings take away my joy. I've grown since those other two times, and I now know that even in the midst of the biggest storm, it is still possible to have tremendous joy. That joy comes from Christ and knowing that His plan far outshines my plan. It comes from knowing that even in dark times, He's there with me and using these times to make me a better person with stronger faith and more of a testimony. 

Looking back on the most difficult times of my life, they lasted for a little while, but then the best times of my life quickly followed. It makes me think of a status my now roommate posted when we were at HPU together and I was going through a tough time. It was something like "Just because today may be the worst day of your life, doesn't mean tomorrow won't be the best day of your life." That reminds me of the verse that says "There may be pain in the night, but joy comes in the morning." Joy is more than just happiness. Joy is being content and happy despite any circumstance. And that comes from trust. 

In the Bible, the Israelites didn't always trust God. They watched Him bring them through hard times and rejoiced, but during the next hard time, they got angry with God again and lost trust. They didn't stop to think, "He came through for us before and He will come through for us again."

What would life be like if we all had trust without borders? Think about that. Trusting God NO MATTER WHAT. When I first heard the song, the lyrics just wrecked me. To me, "trust without borders" means you trust God in a way that might seem insane to others. No boundaries. Reckless trust. Trusting God so much that you'll do whatever He calls you to do, no matter how crazy it seems to you or to anyone else. This kind of trust will allow God to mold you and grow you in ways you never imagined. 

"Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander."
 God, take me deeper than I could ever go on my own, with my own reasoning. As humans, we will allow our own precautions and fear to keep us from going as far as God wants to take us. He wants us to abandon those fears and let Him lead us to where He wants us to be.
I pictured myself blindfolded, with Christ leading me by the hand through parted stormy waters. He's been leading me through the raging ocean while I'm blindfolded and trusting Him more than I ever have before. My faith is being strengthened and I am trusting that His plan will be made clear and that He will be glorified through my fears and failures and trials. 

With the situations in my life right now, it's taking an insane amount of faith and trust in God and His plan and His timing.

I am trusting without borders. 




Popular posts from this blog

SSP for Warby Parker!

A couple years ago a friend told me about this really trendy site where she ordered her eyeglasses. I had asked her where she got such cute eyewear and her answer was  "Warby Parker!"
I went to the website and was overwhelmed by all the choices! Not only were the glasses trendy, but there were many traditional looks, and awesome colorful frames as well. There were countless options for both men and women, in prescription glasses, non-prescription, AND sunglasses!
I feel like sporting glasses rather than contacts has made a comeback in a big way, and now glasses are an accessory and make a bold statement to complete your look in addition to helping you see.
If you order from WP, you can have FIVE pairs sent to you if the glasses are "available for try-on" before you actually buy them! I have a friend who did this, and it was so easy and fun. I feel like many times, people are wary of ordering frames online since they can't try them on and see how they look, but Warb…

The Reality of Sin

Yesterday I was blessed to sit through THREE amazing church services. Lately, I feel like I really need to absorb as much of the Word as I can on Sundays in order to thrive through the week. It is so easy to get caught up in the stress of daily life, and I've found that the best way to combat that is to be poured into through spiritual teaching. I can't pour into my students or my family or my friends or my middle school girls on Wednesday nights if I'm not constantly growing and learning. 

It's also really cool / interesting to sit at different churches with entirely different groups of people and hear the Word presented in different ways.

Different churches appeal more to families or young people or older people for different reasons.

One thing I realized as I sat in my home church yesterday morning (OakView Baptist) is that although we don't have the lights and the music and coffee, we do hear the Word in a way that really gets deep into your soul.

It's a trend …

Riches I Need Not, Nor Man's Empty Praise

I haven't written anything on here since MARCH. ...not anything from my own spiritual journey. I've done promotions for two companies and that's all I've posted. I am realizing that when I write, I am a better person. I can't believe I haven't written on here in seven months. It makes me sad. I've felt a void!

Ironically, though, what I came here to write is the same topic as what I last posted about - what others think. I found a version of "Be Thou My Vision" that I really love about a month ago, so it's been on repeat. As I'm busy with everything going on in life, I have to constantly remind myself to keep my eyes set on Christ. The line that has stuck out to me the most over the past month is
"Riches I need not, nor man's empty praise."

I'm teaching 9th and 11th grade this semester. In both classes we are reading books set in the Great Depression. We've had discussions (sometimes debates) about how money can't …