Pursue

pursue:

(1) to continue or proceed along (a path or route)

(2) to seek to attain or accomplish (a goal), esp. over a long period

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Hey, sweet friends! I apologize for my absence in the past couple of months. It’s been a season of growing, and I don’t usually write in those times, except in my journals. But right now, I wanted to share the lesson I’ve learned about the word pursue. 

Storytime. 🙂

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When I became a Christian last year, I literally had no idea about pursuing God. An intimate, strong relationship with God is not simply handed to you. It does not grow on it’s own. He has planted a seed, yes, but He hands you the watering can – for it is your continual choice to nourish it.

Too often in the past year, my soul would long for a deeper relationship with the Father, but I didn’t know how to handle that restless desire. And so, I’d dismiss it. I’d shrug my shoulders and say “Oh well.” That choice left me unsteady, dependant on feelings and how my circumstances looked, rather than Truth.

Sisters, let me tell you. Ending that cycle and choosing to pursue Him was the greatest choice I made this summer.

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You draw closer to Him when you spend time dwelling in His word.  Now, the main thing here is where to read. A couple of weeks ago, I had no idea. I would flip around and highlight a verse here and there, but I would never actually study it. Honestly, that’s quite tiring – and I became bored and distracted.

But our God is SO good, y’all. He has blessed me with a wonderful mentor, and I was able to meet with her about this, among other concerns I had. She suggested I read through John, 1-3 John, and then Revelation. (It’s basically a progression of how John viewed Jesus. How cool is that?)

So, in the past week, I’ve read according to that guideline. (Also, it really helps to pray before reading, that God will keep you focused, that He will soften your heart and open your eyes as you read through, and that He’ll show you what you need.) In my Bible, whenever Jesus quotes Scripture, there are footnotes leading back to specific verses (usually in Isaiah or Psalms). I read those as well, because it’s amazing to see how everything ties in together.

Y’all, He’s shown me exactly what I’ve needed. Mainly, He’s given me answers to a sticky friendship situation. I also learned about Who the Holy Spirit is. Honestly you guys, the more you study the Word, the more you fall in love with the Author.

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Those who live at the ends of the earth stand in awe of your wonders. From where the sun rises to where it sets, you inspire shouts of joy. {Psalm 65:8}

When you’re close to God, you gain a steady peace. Not a delicate peace fabricated by your mind that shatters in the slightest breeze. No, a peace that keeps you calm in the greatest storm because you have heard your God say, “Do not be afraid. I am here!” For He is our shelter. He is our Rock of Safety. He doesn’t leave us, not even for a moment. And when the wind and rain become too much, you can call out and know that He’s right there, watching over you. Oh, what a comfort.

Note, I definitely do not have all the answers. But sister, take my hand, and let’s bask in His glory together. Living for God creates a beautiful symphony that unfolds day by day, and I don’t want to miss out for a moment. With a fire in our hearts, let us wake up each morning, determined to be the light of the world. Determined to follow Him. Determined to seek His truth.

Chase after what is beautiful.

Chase your Savior.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. {Hebrews 12:1-2}

With much love,

Jessi

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