The Lord has placed on my heart the goal of summing up each month with one word of something He has been building into my life.
Some of you know, some of you don’t, I just starting a year-long internship commitment at a residential women’s ministry treatment center that helps women struggling with life-dominating sins through biblical counseling. If you’re interested in learning more about this ministry, please check out their website! And feel free to ask me any questions you may have! https://www.faithlafayette.org/voh
God has really burdened my heart with the desire to do biblical counseling–informally and formally! There are so many hurting people in the world today. The world’s main problem all boils down to one thing: sin. That is why I love biblical counseling–because it offers the one true solution: Jesus.
I want to really make the most of my time here and be intentional about what God is teaching me. So at least over the next year of this internship, I will be writing a monthly summary of what God has been teaching me.
My one word summary for the month of July is this: Satisfied.
This month has been a journey so far. All my life up to this point has been go go go! Previously, I’ve always either been doing school full time or working full time, or both! And on top of that I often have many other activities I’m involved in–piano, volleyball, art, church, relationships with family and friends. I’m just always doing something! But moving to Vision of Hope, it kind of feels like God has slammed the breaks on the highway that I’ve been driving 80 miles per hour! No more active involvement with some of the music/sport/art commitments I had. I’ve moved away from my tight-knit community of friends and family I spent so much time with. Now all I have is 4-5 eight hour shifts a week of leading girls through a schedule that sometimes involves basically sitting and supervising them.
It’s been a good wake-up call. Is it extremely difficult for me to slow down? Yes!! But is it good for me? Of course! Otherwise God wouldn’t have given me this trial! He knows best!
“It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I might learn your statutes.” Psalm 119:71, ESV
Two of the main passages of Scripture I’ve been meditating on this month that have contributed to this theme are Psalm 23 (topic my new ABF class is on) and 63 (my sister asked me to memorize with her!).
“The LORD is my Shepherd; there is nothing I lack.” Psalm 23:1, HCSB
I love this translation. The NLT says, “I have all I need.” Both these express the satisfaction that the Lord provides us through His character.
“You satisfy me as with rich food. My mouth will praise you with joyful lips.”
Psalm 63:5, HCSB
Over, over and over the Bible proclaims the satisfaction that is found in the Lord.
“But I will see Your face in righteousness; when I awake, I will be satisfied with Your presence.” Psalm 17:15, HCSB
“Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.” Psalm 90:14, ESV
“For he satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul he fills with good things.” Psalm 107:9, ESV
“Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.” Philippians 4:11-12, ESV
The key to satisfaction is the presence of God.
“Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.” Psalm 23:4, NLT
Satisfaction is found even in the darkest valley because God is present with us.
God has exposed many idols in the past month–specifically pride, self-sufficiency, control, comfort, and experiences (though I’m sure there’s more). But most of all, He is reminding me of His all-satisfying presence. There is no one like Him. Nothing else will satisfy me as He does.
Do I sometimes wish I had more to do–another part time job or schooling, a larger community of friendships developed here, more involvement at church? Yes. But I trust God’s plan. I know He knows exactly how much I can handle. He will reveal to me in His timing what else He calls me to and for now, it is okay to have time to breathe and just rejoice and worship Him in His presence.
This verse could sum up my daily life these days,
“Instead, I have calmed and quieted myself, like a weaned child who no longer cries for its mother’s milk. Yes, like a weaned child is my soul within me. O Israel, put your hope in the Lord—now and always.” Psalm 131:2-3, NLT
The Lord has quieted my soul, satisfied me by His presence, and grown my trust in Him.