This Girl Ain’t Going Anywhere

For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. ~ 1 John 5:4

From time to time, as a young believer I had this question come to mind:

What would it take to turn me away from my (then newly-formed) faith?

You see, though I believed, I knew there were so many things vying for my affections, my devotions, or to put it bluntly, my soul.

I knew deep down that I needed God to increase my faith, because at that time I wasn’t so sure.

I too cried out to Jesus as the father had in Mark 9:24: “ ‘I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!’ ” Help me Jesus to never put down my shield of faith or–in rhyming words–decide to quit my spiritual race.

And He’s provided the most unlikely way–unlikely at least by this world’s standards:

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,  because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance” [in time].

“Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” (James 1:2-5)

Then come whatever may, a song of faithfilled praise you’ll sing.

But…but…what happens when life is really sweet? An awesome husband, career, children…and happiness that can’t be beat?

Until it IS beaten…by a big, big blow. A bouncing baby boy…with deep sorrow in tow.

The cool, calm, and collected carpet underneath…was swiped up from beneath my feet.

And to be quite honest, from all things “faith” I longed to retreat…

Or take a far backrow seat.

I was once jaded. Lord, where were You then? He asked me, “Marissa, will you leave me too? (John 6:67) What happened to thick and thin?”

[In time,] His love would win!

🎶This girl ain’t going anywhere🎶

“Lord, to whom would I go? For You have with You the words of life.” (John 6:68) I can’t turn my back on You, my Savior, my Shepherd, my Lord, my Christ!

I’ve been tested. The fires of affliction burned red hot! Yet not redder than the blood you shed, so my cuts in this broken world could clot.

I love you! On 12/31/2017, you said, “Marissa, I say to you arise.”

I have memories of the sorrows, but I now see them through risen eyes.

You said to those around me, “Feed her so she would be restored. (Mark 5:43) Man does not live by bread alone, so feed her my very Word.”

And so they have. Still you can lead a girl to Truth but you can’t make it sink. I decided to listen when I was brought…through trials…to my faith’s brink.

My faith has been tested…and now my heart’s more arrested by Your great love.

“Marissa, Marissa, do you love me more than these?” (John 21:15)

My response is to lean in more deeply to Your hug.

I love You! I love You! I love You!

🎶I searched the World to find my heart is Yours. 🎶

I can’t put anything above You, because You’ve helped me fight my battles because You First won the War!

“It is finished,” You said as you gave up Your life. Then you snatched back the keys of death, so by Your Spirit I too arise.

You learned obedience through what You suffered. I’ve learned obedience too.  “The work of God is to believe in the One He has sent,” You said.

So that’s precisely what I must do.

For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. ~ 1 John 5:4

🎶This girl ain’t going anywhere!🎶

In you I find my resting place.

I rest on Your loving chest and in 2019 I’m RESTored.

Lord, continue to rebuild my life;

I ain’t going anywhere. My heart 🎶is Yours.🎶

“May the thought of this cause you to jump for joy, even though lately you’ve had to put up with the grief of many trials. 7 But these only reveal the sterling core of your faith, which is far more valuable than gold that perishes, for even gold is refined by fire. Your authentic faith will result in even more praise, glory, and honor when Jesus the Anointed One is revealed. 8 You love him passionately although you did not see him, but through believing in him you are saturated with an ecstatic joy, indescribably sublime and immersed in glory. 9 For you are reaping the harvest of your faith—the full salvation promised you—your souls’ victory!”

1 Peter 1:6-9 – The Passion Translation

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I am a passionate Jesus disciple, wife, mother, teacher, friend who's life mission is to "Reveal Christ to the lost, spur on the saints, and serve as a beckon of freedom through the edifying images I paint." My pen is my paintbrush, and words are my artistry. I plan to use them both to inspire us to live JoyfullyAlive, because WE WERE MADE TO THRIVE! "These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full." ~ Jesus (John 15:11)

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