Adventure: Trails of Faith

 

Faith trail forest path

I grew up in a pretty normal life. I never took risks growing up. I lived my life in comfortable self-security. I started college and realized I was studying what I loved but my personal life was not fulfilling.

My “biggest” problem was I was 19, 20-years-old and never dated. I finally broke down and admitted to Jesus that I do not have it figured out. I was going to focus on figuring out who I really am and give the rest to Him. He asked me to trust Him and I said yes.

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid: do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

Fast forward a whole week and I met my first boyfriend. You probably know him. He is that cool guy in the sound booth mixing your music every other week. I never thought I’d be married and continually growing in love with him.

But God knew better.

It was the start to the most fulfilling and exciting adventure I have ever had.

I run a prophetic art ministry that is very dear to my heart. I was not an artist when this started! I am a civil engineer/surveyor. I do numbers. But one day God, through a spiritual mentor, asked me to paint in a worship service. I was terrified. My first thought was, “God do you really want to embarrass me and get a crappy painting out of this?” I could have easily said no and no one would have thought twice. But I felt that Holy Spirit tugging in my gut and decided to be obedient. Now I am creating these beautiful works as an instrument for Papa God and getting to bless all kinds of people. This whole adventure has been incredible. I met people all over the world and have experienced quite a few supernatural events. I am so thankful that I was obedient.

Three years ago, I was let go from my job. They were restructuring the company. I had a friend who got me an interview with her boss who was in my town for a funeral. It was an unfortunate reason for his visit, but this boss wouldn’t have been there otherwise. God told me to share the art ministry with him. I thought that it was strange for a job interview but I said yes. He lit up as I told him about what I do. I even ended up giving away a painting shortly after my second interview and I was hired that day.

My husband and I sacrificed a lot financially and spiritually to get up here. We were not sure where our food was coming from every month. Through faith, we made it and I am still working there. And now we have the finances to bless others and begin working toward our next adventure, a family.

I found there was one key to making these adventures happen and if it is the only thing you remember from this post it is: The key to unlocking great adventures is to obediently say yes to the opportunities God lays before you no matter how important they feel at the time.

However, be careful in saying yes!  This takes sacrifice–whether it is emotionally, physically, financially, or with your time. “I appeal to you therefore, brothers [sisters], by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.” Romans 12:1.

If you’re ready: be brave, be faithful, be obedient, and get ready to watch God move in your life. It will be a crazy adventure with ups and downs but when you look back you can see God’s loving hand print everywhere.

Andrew and NicoleI have attended Grace for over 1 1/2 years. I run a prophetic art blog/ministry with my husband and we have Art in the Park events each summer.  I am also a Sunday School teacher with some of your kids, and love being able to share with them each Sunday. When I am not teaching/doing art, I am an Engineer and/or Gamer.

 

 

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