He Is Risen!

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Being called at a young age is an incredibly difficult journey. Christians already have the hard time of going against the grain in society. But when you add youthfulness to it, it can often feel like a double whammy.

Don’t get me wrong—I’m grateful to live this life and I’ve seen the wonders of the Lord in a way that no one else on this earth ever could. Simply because it’s our personal relationship.

Going through hardship is truly a testing of our faith and it shows what it’s really built upon.

If nothing else, I know that my faith is real and my God is realer. I’m not living based off anyone else’s version of Christ. I live and breathe His Spirit. He gives life to my mortal body.

The amazing thing about our faith is that it is okay to need a savior. It’s okay to ask for help. It’s the whole point!

It’s the reason why I started this blog. I wanted to show that my success as a young black woman is not due to my education or my upbringing (though those have helped). It is due to my everyday reliance on the Savior of my soul.

Nobody is strong enough to live this life alone. We are created to be in community: with one another and with the Creator Himself.

Today is Resurrection Sunday, the day that Christ’s triumph over death, hell and the grave is celebrated.

I think we could all stand to use some resurrection power in our lives.

Maybe it’s for hope, maybe it’s for healing. Maybe it’s for financial breakthrough. Maybe it’s for strength to hold on. Maybe it’s for strength to let go.

Wherever you stand in the need of prayer today, I pray that God’s grace meets you in an incredible way.

“For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,  and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. (Ephesians 3:14-19)”

We’re all on a journey. A beckoning. A calling.

One filled with twists and turns. Ups and downs. Lefts and rights.

Yet in this life, my prayer is that no hardship will ever be able to snuff out the flame of God’s love for you or for myself. That we may truly know the width and length and height and depth of His immeasurable love.

The love that laid down its life that we may have life eternally.

This is the Gospel.

You’ve heard it.

But I pray that it becomes realer to you today. To all of us.

As we watch other people lean on their Source of strength, may we be reminded that it is available for us, too.

I haven’t stopped thanking Him for you. I am continually speaking to Him on your behalf in my prayers. Here’s what I say: God of our Lord Jesus the Anointed, Father of Glory: I call out to You on behalf of Your people. Give them minds ready to receive wisdom and revelation so they will truly know You.  Open the eyes of their hearts, and let the light of Your truth flood in. Shine Your light on the hope You are calling them to embrace. Reveal to them the glorious riches You are preparing as their inheritance.” (Ephesians 1:16-18)

Until Next Time,

Jess

 

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