“I turned around and God was right there…”

Your Story Rae

When looking back on your life and the trials that have been stepping stones in your faith it becomes clear that God has been preparing you for this all along. The things that may have been learned because of good times or even bad are all ultimately used by the Lord for His story. It’s funny that at the time of the trial or the “prep” for trial we don’t see how intricately the Lord weaves himself into our lives.

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When we finally open our eyes and catch a glimpse of what the Lord is doing we can’t help but be filled with adoration of a God who pursues us relentlessly.
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If you heard Rae’s story last night you can see how true this is in her story. However, if you did miss it I can give you a quick rundown. Rae shared three important things: the foundation of her faith, how that foundation helped through a trial in her life, and how God continually pursues. Rae accepted Christ in her life at a young age, but it wasn’t until the age of 13 that she actually understood what a relationship with Christ included.  She realized the first step to really get to know God was to dive into His word

God’s Character. How many of us can truly say we know much of who God is? I mean to be very transparent with you, I did not exactly spend a lot of time in the Word learning who God truly was. There is a reason why in my story I pushed God away, believing that He could not help me. I believed that because I did not truly understand how great He actually is. If you do not take the time to figure out the God who you are supposed to have this deep, intimate relationship with, how are you supposed to allow him to do what he needs to in your life?

At the age of 19 Rae had to watch her parent’s marriage crumble and ultimately end in divorce. She had to watch all of this from afar, and the advice she got from home was just to pray a little bit harder and hopefully things would get better. This helplessness and sadness lead to doubting if God really was who He said He was. However, the words that had been engrained on her  heart from the time spent in the Word resurfaced to remind her that God was there. A verse that she mentioned multiple times was Psalms 34:18 “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Words that she had forgotten showed themselves again. The Lord was reminding her of His goodness.

As I mentioned before the lack of that foundation in my life caused disasters during trials that came. The Lord gave us in His Word the things to keep us going when everything around us is falling apart. So, those of you who are going through trials take heart, God has you. 

I think that last thought honestly comes from the idea that God pursues. The amount of times I have given up and just said, “To heck with it all” has been a lot. However, God continues to seek me out and remind me that, “He loves ME. He wants ME. He will help ME.” Rae was reminded of this when she went to Peru trying to run away from her problems, but God used the loss of her appendix to remind her that He was there and that He would chase after her because she was HIS. How beautiful is that? The love God has for us honestly makes me speechless and makes me want to sing and dance and do all sorts of things for HOURS. Honestly I cannot express to you how much I love God pursuing us so I am just going to leave it at that.

Actually I lied. I want to end on the thought of God pursuing us. God has given us a great tool to help us in our trials. That tool, the Bible, is sort of his pursuit manual. It explains how He is faithful and why we should feel free to just fall into His arms. God is not leaving you alone during your hard time. —> Even when you feel like you are all alone, and trust me I know that feeling firsthand, God is right behind you asking you to let Him in and be who He says He is.

Welcome to Your Story with Mojade

Your Story with Mojade

There is something that happens within the studio when I record an episode of ‘Your Story’ with a guest each week. Something beautiful happens when you get to walk through somebody’s life and really see how God is weaving their story into His story. You, as the listener, get to join in on the adventure, but you are only getting a glimpse. You miss out on the deep thoughts and conversations that are provoked due to a question or comment made. You don’t get to see the passion or even the emotion that the guest is showing me as they take a walk through things they have not thought about in so long. Well, I don’t think that’s fair.  I want you to be able to get a better view of what actually goes down during Your Story. So, welcome to my after-the-show party. This will be the time where you get to hear more about my favorite parts and how God was working in them.

 


Kenton Durham’s Story

This week I got to spend about two hours with my good friend Kenton,  he started the year off with two heavy topics: same sex attraction and pornography.  That is what we tackled and man oh man what an encouragement it was to hear his story.

It is so obvious to see how the Lord was working through those two situations to bring healing in his life, and the lives of others that have heard his story. For those that go to Cedarville this is probably your second opportunity to hear about how the Lord worked in his life.  Just last year he stood up on stage during chapel and shared every little detail about how the God has transformed him. 

So, instead of attempting to share all of the good things that we talked about I think I am going to share a few things that stuck out to me during this conversation.

The first is your identity in Christ.  While listening to Kenton speak it is so easy to see that at first his identity was wrapped up in the world and what others said. However, God opened his eyes to the fact that it needed to be grounded in him. His lack of identity would be a part of the heart issue that caused the stumbling and troubles.  The moment that he surrounded himself with those that were seeking the Lord and encouraging him to do the same, was when it all changed.

I know for me personally allowing my identity to be planted firmly in the Lord can at times be the biggest struggle in life.  I mean, on one hand, you know being planted in Christ is the most stress free thing because he is constant, but then again you’re living in the world and you get so caught up in the world and what they have to say about you. So, while we may find it easy to make our sexuality, our identity, our struggles, or our past mistakes our identity, it is focusing on these things that makes life harder. Our identity needs to be grounded in God and only then do we truly get to find out who we are.

Kenton also shared about how community is so important. Not only did some pretty solid guys surround him, but he is now able to do the same for others. After sharing his testimony on campus he was able to meet up with people and help create a group where they are pushing each other to step out of that sin struggle and into the Father’s arms.  Community is so important for all Christians. God made each of us a social creature and God will use that to help us grow closer to him.  My push to you is to actually get help and surround yourself with honest people that will not allow you to run away. And with all of that being said, I just want to mention that it is totally fine to be there for your brothers and sisters struggling in this sin, all you need to do is mix love and honesty and you will be on your way to actually being helpful instead of hurtful.

Okay I still feel like I do not have even half of what was discussed, but you all can only read so much.  I am so excited to see what God is going to do within this show. I mean I have some pretty amazing people lined up and it is going to be such a great time of really learning what it means to have the Lord work Your Story into His Story.