I See the Bigger Picture Now…

I have one more week of classes left in the semester…then it’s on to final exams the following week. Time is really flying by! It’s crazy to think that i’ll be entering my senior year!! It honestly feels like just yesterday my parents were helping me move into my freshman dorm. Now i’m here, not at the end of something but rather the beginning of the rest of my life…and I couldn’t be more excited! Between senior year and what’s to come after, I know that God has great things planned.

I write this blog not to talk about what i’m sure God will do in the future, but about what He’s done in the past. I see the bigger picture now. I remember specific times in my college career when I would be devastated if I didn’t get an opportunity that I wanted.

I didn’t get hired for that job at the gym I wanted sophomore year, two years in a row I didn’t get chosen to be an ambassador for my college, got turned down for several research opportunities, I lost all my money…and there’s just so many times where i’ve been looked over and forgotten about; but still I see the bigger picture. Having made it through all those events I see God was preparing me, molding me, and breaking me of things that were not His best for me. It’s been a very painful process (and one i’m still going through), but no doubt in my mind that it had to happen this way in order for me to be where I am today.

Over the course of this school year i’ve gotten an even better job where I get to work with a dietitian on campus; I was offered the opportunity to be a brand ambassador for Siggi’s Dairy; I started a nutrition, faith, and fitness blog; I created a food and nutrition based instagram page; I’ve gotten some of my work featured around campus;  I was selected to be a peer nutrition educator; i’ve made priceless connections with so many people who share my love of nutrition; and so many other things! I say I did all these things but what I really mean is GOD did all these things. And I promise that I don’t say any of this to brag, but to show that all those times where I thought that God was withholding some good thing from me it actually wasn’t His best! God has provided so much for me this past school year and i’m beyond thankful and so blessed. 🙂

I wrote this to encourage anyone who thinks things aren’t going the way you want them to. Trust that God  has a greater plan for you. Believe that He’s working things out for you. However don’t get me wrong…Yes, God has great things planned for you, but it’s up to you to pick up your feet. Once I got serious about living for God that’s when I saw the most change. I had to set myself apart and truly seek Him. It took taking my eyes off the distractions and submitting to Him; letting go of my own selfish desires and impure intentions and surrendering to Him. I’ve gained so much direction and clarity all by reading God’s Word and making that time for Him.

Over the past few weeks a topic that has been weighing heavy on me is faith and surrendering. These scriptures and quotes are a few that I’ve been meditating on.

Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Jesus Christ. (Philippians 1:6)

Immediately Jesus reached out His hand and caught him. “You of little faith.” He said, “Why did you doubt?” (Matthew 14:31)

“By believing in God’s faithfulness in the past we can have complete trust in what’s to come.” – Cornelius Lindsey

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things unseen. (Hebrews 11:1)

Truly I tell you that if you have faith as small as a mustard seed you can say to this mountain move and it will move. And nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matthew 17:20)

” The plant of a mustard seed can be cut down at the trunk but will still grow back stronger than ever.” – Cornelius Lindsey

I will tell you after so many times of not getting what I wanted my faith was left a little damaged, but I see that my flaw was in putting my faith in myself rather than Jesus Christ. He is the substance of our faith and all things work according to His will. I now see that my faith should ultimately be in Him. However, not because of what He can do; but because of who He is. Three books that have helped me to get back on track are Philippians, Hebrews, and Matthew. I encourage you to check them out! Write down a few scriptures that stand out to you and just meditate on them daily. I hope that the person reading this will be inspired to hold on, press forward, and surrender to the Lord’s plans for you. Much love 🙂

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