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When God speaks, mountains move

Sometimes God uses the things we acknowledge to tell us what we need to hear.

This past Wednesday, I went to the Wesley Foundation at UGA by myself. It was the first time I had been to this worship service by myself. However, when the worship team started the service with one of my favorite worship songs,Head to the Heart by United Pursuit.

I knew it was going to be a big night for me.

After the message, on 1 Peter, we went back into worship. During the song, Good, Good, Father , I felt God whisper exactly what I needed to hear.

“Mary Hannah, I am working all things together for your good.”

It was crazy, but at the same time, I felt at peace about everything that I have been confused about. College, moving, relationships, my future, other life stuff. In the last year, I have felt so close to God, but I never thought He knew me. As if, he knew my face, but not my name. When that happened. Tears came. He knows my name! The God who created the seas, put the stars in the sky, knows me! That moment is mind blowing. He knows my name. He is standing in the gap for me. He is splitting my seas, so I walk right through them. When God speaks, mountains move.

The second part of the message, He was making me a promise. A promise out of a verse, I had heard for years, but never really studied the meaning behind it.

Romans 8:28,

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him and are called according to his purpose.” (NIV)

Every experience, every tragedy, every moment of everyday, is working for my good, for my future. He knows what college I’ll go to, He knows what relationship are good for me. He knows what the future holds for me. God already knows what the next right thing is for me. Enough about me.

God can speak to you too, you just need to quiet your spirit and listen. He knows you. He knows everything about you, but loves you anyway! The promise of Romans 8:28 is for you too. He is working all things together for your good. God has a plan for you, a plan to give you hope and a future.

 

Much love,

Mary Hannah

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Circles are better than rows

At the end of April, I said, “See ya!” to my fantastic communities. Little did I know the impact they have had on my life. I have been missing my communities of people, the people I do life with. During the school year, I have my small group on Tuesday evenings and the Wesley Foundation at the University of Georgia (UGA), a worship service, on Wednesday nights.

My small group is the one of the reason I will be staying in Athens, Georgia, when I go to college. The girls in my small group are just awesome! There is no other word; I can use to describe it. We all come from different backgrounds and diverse pasts, but we are able to agree on the common ground that Jesus is Lord! I was very hesitant back in January when I first joined a small group; I thought it would be uncomfortable. However, it was the exact opposite. We all clicked upon the first meeting. And since then, it has been the best decision I have made in 2016, so far!

The Wesley Foundation at UGA is another reason I will be staying in Athens for college. It is powerful, life changing, moving, awesome, and incredible. I am so happy to be a part of it. Without Wesley, my story would be so different. I have overcome so many things with the help of Wesley.  I do not where I would be without Wesley. I would not have such an intimate relationship with God, without the impact Wesley has had on my life!

On the sixth day, God created human beings. So, he made Adam. He saw that Adam was alone.

God said, “It is not good for man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” Gen. 2:18 (NIV)

We were created for community. We were not made to do life on our own. We are given helpers to weather the storms of life with us. We were created to share our lives with others. We were created to be part of a body of people, who give us wise counsel. God sends us helpers in the form of friends and family. And when we do not have that, we end up like me the past month, dry and yearning for community. This past month could have been a living hell for me, without my family. The people who kept me laughing even when I just wanted to cry. Which almost happened. L

Andy Stanley has a quote that is spot-on to what I am talking about, he says,

“Circles are better than rows.”

Meaning you become more connected with others when you sit in a circle rather than a straight line.

I am so excited for my communities to start backup, counting down the days. Three day ‘til summer Wesley!

Much Love,

Mary Hannah