Opportunity is omnipresent

One quality of God is that He is omnipresent, meaning that He is present everywhere. The same goes for opportunities that He gives us; we just have to be open to seeing them. Matthew 7:7 says, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” When you earnestly ask God to help you see the things He wants you to do with your life, He will be faithful to show you. If you want the opportunities, God has already planned them out.

A couple weeks ago, this very thing happened.

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It was another long night of talking in the caf with some great friends like I wrote my last post about, when Lauren and I started talking about ice cream. That made us really want some. We asked the two guys who were left with us if they wanted to go get some, but they had homework to do that night, so we planned for the next night. I was really excited to be going out with some new friends, but praying that God let His plans go through and not mine, that He watch over us and let whatever He wanted to happen happen. We waited on Brent as the last one to be ready and left around 7:20. We weren’t sure where to go, but ended up at the Comfy Cow.

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After ordering, we found a bench outside to sit and eat and talk. A poor, old, woman walked past us. She looked like she was really struggling and not quite with it, then she turned to ask if anyone had a dollar to help her. Brent immediately gave her one. She walked a little more, but then turned back and asked if she could have a ride to the hotel she was staying at down the road, and Topher said yeah, we could take her if the rest of us were fine with it. She seemed so happy and went to get her couple bags and told us how to get to the Extended Stay. We helped her to the car and drove there and got to talk to her a bit. Her name was Ellie, and she was living there by herself. When we got there, we told her that we hoped she had a great evening and offered to help her more, but she said she was OK to take it to her room herself. She thanked us so much! Before pulling out of the parking lot, Lauren led us in prayer for her. On the ride home, we talked more about her situation and shared even more spiritual encouragement and stories with each other. I am always amazed with how my teammates are so open and motivated with their faith! They uplift my spirit and inspire me to live better myself. This is also like what the message was at Ethos the night before: be a missionary right here in Nashville, right where God has placed you. If we had gone the night before, earlier on that night, to any other ice cream place, or stayed back for the missions meeting, this would not have happened. My prayer for God to be at work on our little outing was totally responded to by that opportunity. Then at the girls’ team devo, Lauren and I had a story to share during God Moments!

Where was an unlikely place you have gotten an opportunity to share God’s love?

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God is always at work

So many events have occured in my life to really strengthen my faith since I have come to Lipscomb. A major thing that I have seen to be so important is seeing how God is at work in any circumstance. Every moment is an opportunity; we just have to be open and willing to take part in His plan. Keeping track of these little “God moments” is a great way to have things on hand to share with others or to refer back to when in need. He brings a joy that is indescribable, so why not share it? That’s what I want to do with my writing and sharing.
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Simple things that have come to me in the past month is where I will start with this first post. (I also have another blog through blogspot that I have worked with over the past several years if you would like to check that out! I am currently in a class called 21st Century Media, and our major assignment for the semester is to have a blog. The whole class is using WordPress, so this is where I will be for this semester.)

Since the beginning of training camp, a recurring theme of patience was coming to me in the verses of the day on my phone apps, having to wait on people, meals, classes to start, etc. Little did I know at the time that this was foreshadowing to this whole semester. Even a random basket of various verses on an office desk had a verse for me! “Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him.” Psalm 37:7  God was preparing me for having to wait on doctor’s appointments, test results and who-knows-how-long until I am cleared to run again.
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Before even officially getting started here, I had spent a couple days studying Psalm 23 to help calm my anxieties about starting a new life in college. Things were very uncertain, but “I will fear no evil” because He is with me and will “comfort me” (vs. 4). This was the first scripture passage mentioned in Chapel the first Tuesday.

More verses of the day came at just the right time. I didn’t know what the next doctor would say or what I would have to do next, which is a scary thing to anyone. However, seeing God’s word before the day begins is a great way to go into it boldly. Psalm 94:8-9 did just that.
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Difficulties can really challenge us and change us, but whether it is for better or worse is up to how we handle the situation. We have to choose whether we will turn to God to be strengthened or let Satan win the battle.  First, we have to accept that we can’t do it on our own. That’s what God wants us to learn from our trials. “He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is perfected in weakness’…For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

A man came to training camp to do sports massages, but he also gave us help beyond the body and to the soul. With simple little note cards, he lifted my spirit (and I’m sure that of other teammates).
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There are countless “little things” that I have seen, but to sum it up for now, the big thing is people. People are everywhere. You can influence them, or they can influence you, or both. I have realized recently just how blessed I am to be surrounded with the people that I am. This team, my RA, the girls on my hall, the coaching staff, my professors and even others that I don’t personally know that well are all caring, loving and encouraging beyond what I could ever imagine. Encouragement is even still coming from those back home, too. That is the biggest thing that has shaped my heart and faith since school has started. It is an amazing journey, but struggles are sure to occur. Why go through them alone? There is always someone else there who can comfort you and/or has been through something similar. Don’t give up; look up. The Lord will provide.
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If we commit to looking for God’s work in our lives, it becomes much more evident. Ask God, humbly and honestly, to show you His will, and He will open your eyes and heart. No matter what the circumstance, there are always things to be thankful for; God is always there. Here’s a silly little example from this weekend:little-thankful

What events in your life can you change your perspective to see how God may be working for good?