“Jesus was and is the living illustration and certain fulfillment of His Father’s love. The love of God is unconditional, unfailing and will stubbornly pursue us no matter where we go, what we do or don’t do. We cannot earn God’s love because then, it would be wages paid for work done. We will never be good enough to deserve the love of God because God’s love is holy and pure … and we aren’t. God’s love is a gift. All we can do is accept it and rest in Him. God’s love satisfies the deepest longings of our soul and enables us to love ourselves and others.” -Mary Southerland
Honestly, this year has been the best of my college years so far! I love my roommates and I cherish my time with them. I love our house. I love that God is moving in each and everyone of us and we can encourage one another. However, I feel like the academic and social aspect of SAU is starting to wear on me. I love spending time with others and I love to learn, but I have put my quiet time on the back burner and I am beginning to feel it.
God has been teaching me that I need to enjoy Him, along with His creation. If that makes sense. He wants me to recognize Him and fall in love with Him, not just His creation. The past weekend I have been outside almost the whole three days. We had four bonfires and I loved looking at the stars and sharing laughs with my friends. However, today I recognize that I need to be filled in order to pour out. God is love and I want to witness that in all my actions and words.
Right now I am beginning to regain composure and I recognize that I have time to spend with the Lord and to rest in Him to find that genuine love that no one else can give. And I am going to continue to seek on ways to spend time in the Word and in worship to the Lord. I have dedicated my life to Jesus and I want to be sure that I fulfill that promise. It brings so much joy to my heart to know that I have God with me in this journey cause I most certainly cannot do this alone.
So, if you are reading this I want to encourage you to seek God, even if it is just in between classes or if it is just during your lunch break. Watch the difference it makes. Soak up that love so that you may pour out. I have noticed that even when I am frantic, I have a moment to pray. I have time to sit and let God penetrate me, with His whole being.
I pray that you may feel this love and experience this joy. And once you feel it… Pass it on!! We all need love and encouragement. Dig deeper into the unconditional love and know that you are precious.