I’ve been thinking over the past 6 months, the most life changing months I’ve ever experienced. I went to Perth, Australia looking for an adventure and to be closer to God, but I came home with so much more: a calling and purpose for my life, eyes open to God’s heart for His children. I attended a program called a DTS (Discipleship Training School) with YWAM (Youth with a Mission) which consisted of a 12 week lecture phase and a 12 week outreach phase. Over the next few posts, I want to share some of the highlights with all y’all!
The lecture phase of the school had a huge impact on me. We learned the truth about who God is and how to truly live life with Him. We learned about His nature and character. We learned about Spiritual warfare, about how to make Jesus Lord of our lives, and sooo much more. I had a lot of fun going on adventures with my teammates, exploring the city and living life on the YWAM base… but it was also very difficult. I was confronted, discipled, and challenged. Though those 12 weeks, God helped me to get rid of the lies that I believed about Him for so long, and replaced them with the truth of who He is. One of the things that impacted me most in learning about God’s character is the fact that He is steadfast. I realized that through my life, I have always been drawn to consistent, confident people. I looked for safety and consistency in flawed human beings and, therefore, my search never ended… until I was reminded about the steadfastness of God. He is the same through any situation and He has never let me down. And now I know that everything I need can be found in Him, that my joy, satisfaction, and safety in life doesn’t come friends or relationships or even myself, only Jesus. There is so much contentment and peace when God is the source of your strength. My search for fulfillment in other people has ended and I can have joy and know the way to go in life, no matter the circumstances around me.
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.