I am always made anew on a Sunday after church or after spending quality time with my Christian mentors. Iron sharpens iron, and by surrounding myself with fellow Believers that truly and authentically want the best for me, I feel such a special connection with Jesus.
There are those days, though, when I am down, feeling discouraged and allowing the Devil to do work in my mind, even though I know that it’s not truth. It is so easy to let the negatives outweigh the positives, ultimately leading ourselves to feel less than worthy and undeserving of His Promises to us.
What I’ve learned is when this happens, God always sends someone in to prove our worth, because we belong to Him. We are His children, He cares for us, wants us to live out the lives He intended for us and how can we possibly do that if we are feeling down on ourselves?
God always knows what we need and it’s our discernment as Christians to not just listen to His calling, but to act on that love nudge that He places on our hearts. That’s the Holy Spirit speaking to us and we must obey that calling.
My mentor, Allison, is so good at this discernment and always knows when I need her. She had been hearing the call on her heart for weeks, and reached out asking me to walk. So, with no make-up, no heels and no cell phone in my hand or pocket, we walked and talked for five miles.The irony is that although I was never close to Allison in high school, and we were just acquaintances that one time shared a laugh at cheerleading camp, her older sister and I have become dear friends over the years, which was inevitably God’s grand design to help lead me back to Allison.
Let me fill you in on this beautiful soul, Allison. She was the most popular girl in high school and I wanted to be her if we are just being real. On the outside, it appeared she had everything; the perfect family, the hot football player boyfriend, the prettiest and coolest friends, and she was the cheerleader that ruled the school. She was the “it” girl. She laughs when I say it and says it’s not true; but she was “that girl”…THE Cindy Mancini!
One thing being a Christian has taught me is that we are all has humans placed here on an equal playing field, but when I saw Allison for the first time at church service, I couldn’t help but be timid. It brought back emotions of inadequacy, of trying to find my way in my teen years, and not knowing if I was “cool” enough to be her friend even in this adult life.
I will never forget the love nudge that God placed on my heart that night at church, to go up and speak to her and re-“introduce” myself. I was scared, but then I remembered we are all on the same playing field and our hearts are pure. Do not feel inadequate, because as a daughter of the King you are worthy. If I had lived in fear that night, I would have missed out on so much that The Lord wanted to give to me through her and to LEARN through her teachings. The irony that I learned after that night is that she is all grown up and has FOUR girls that she has raised to love and honor Jesus and is also a High School Youth Leader to our girls at church. If anyone has it figured out it’s Allison and because of fear, I almost missed God’s work leading me to her.
And so it began, because of a love nudge; the most miraculous foundation for a beautiful Christian friendship that was built on rock. Allison is a constant reminder to build a strong foundation in whatever it is we do in life, because it’s the only way God will allow it to survive through the storms.
Just like the story of the wise man who built his house on the rock. What is your foundation built on? Are you listening to the words of Jesus or following the path you believe is best for your life? Let’s all strive to avoid the temptations in life that the enemy floods us with, stop taking the short cuts and building on the sand just because it’s quicker; instead take your time to build on the rock, where it is harder to dig and takes abundantly more energy. In the end, the latter will pay off because when you obey and listen to Jesus we are building our foundation on Him who is the rock…the safest place you could ever live.
24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
Make sure to ALWAYS listen to those love nudges, because that’s the Spirit speaking to each one of us.