You’re a Good Good Father//Bree

Hello sweet girls,

I pray the truths in this post bless you beyond measure & reveal the insurmountable goodness of our Sweet Lord to your precious hearts.
Psalm 34:8 invites us to
                Taste and see that the Lord is good;
                Blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him.
The “good” we see in this Psalm is the Hebrew word towb. And, according to Strong’s Lexicon, this is what it means:
טוֹבṭôwb, tobe; from H2895; good (as an adjective) in the widest sense; used likewise as a noun, both in the masculine and the feminine, the singular and the plural (good, a good or good thing, a good man or woman; the good, goods or good things, good men or women), also as an adverb (well):—beautiful, best, better, bountiful, cheerful, at ease, × fair (word), (be in) favour, fine, glad, good (deed, -lier, -liest, -ly, -ness, -s), graciously, joyful, kindly, kindness, liketh (best), loving, merry, × most, pleasant, pleaseth, pleasure, precious, prosperity, ready, sweet, wealth, welfare, (be) well(-favoured).

Mmm Our God does it again! He uses a seemingly simple word to describe Himself that, under further examination, we find is rich with meaning and significance. Sweet girls, I urge you, read that list of adverbs again. Beautiful, best, bountiful, glad, gracious, joyful, kindness. All of these words describe our precious God!

Do you believe it?

I thought I did. It wasn’t true. See, I knew in my brain God calls Himself good & God doesn’t lie so it has to be true. And I could adequately encourage girls to believe in their hearts God was good. But when I stepped back and honestly examined my own heart, I couldn’t say “God is good to me, Bree” and believe it with all that I am.

As the Lord sweetly and gently revealed this sin in my heart, He also showed me that failing to believe He was good to me was causing me to feel distant from Him. So, here I was spending my summer preparing to be on staff with Cru by inviting people to partner with me to reach students for Christ and I couldn’t honestly say God is good to me. Needless to say, I felt dumb and inadequate. But here’s the beautiful part: God is so good that it didn’t matter how I felt or what I was struggling to believe. Because He is good, He desired to reveal His true character to me. Of course I’m inadequate. Of course I’m struggling with seeing God rightly. I’m a sinner. But He delights in revealing Himself to us. God in His grace and sovereignty has designed our lives to be a big sloppy mess of His precious grace meeting inadequacy as we fervently seek Him out. Every day.

So here it is. Ready? I’m a sinner & so are you. But we belong to a good good Father who loves us beyond measure. So let’s do the thing, ladies. Let’s invite our good good Father to reveal Himself in every moment of our lives. I pray we will spend our entire lives seeking to know Him rightly & inviting Him in. I’m certain we won’t regret it. I pray the words, “Come here, Jesus” would frequent our thoughts & I pray His name would grow ever sweeter upon our lips.

A Saturday Story–Bree, VWC

Before coming to college I was pretty opposed to God. 
 
I came to Virginia Wesleyan College in the fall of 2012 and met so many angels; I heard someone say once, when God is loving on us He does it through people. I believe this in its entirety and am a colorful illustration of this phenomenon. I didn’t think the Christian community would ever accept me for who I had been or love me for my past or my current struggles. It was through Christ-like love shown by some beautiful women that I ended up at Cru’s winter conference, Radiate. I wasn’t really sure why I was there. It wasn’t until the second to last night during worship that something of indescribable beauty happened.  After three days of sermons about how we need to become restored in order to be restorers for Jesus we were invited to make a commitment to God– to do whatever He is urging us to. I grabbed my commitment card and followed suit with those around me by praying about the situation, asking for guidance and reassurance.  For some reason (I now know it was the unconditional love of God) I marked the box saying that I wanted to accept Jesus as my Savior.  In one whirlwind of a moment there was this small piece of paper staring at me from my lap proclaiming everything I had ever been uncomfortable with.  As I stood there, in the darkness of the room the background noise of mood setting music softened and became distant.  I felt this incredible warmth and completeness take over me.  Almost like a hug, but better.  It was so beautiful!  God was hugging me and telling me in the most Fatherly way that everything was going to be okay. And that He loves me.  And He always will.  How did He know that’s exactly what I needed?
 
Since this beautiful day I have grown even more in love with God. Every day I love him more and find beauty in his perfection. It’s hard to describe how much I love him.  Trusting him with every inch of my life is humbling.  He has given me a heart for His children all over the world- especially women in the Middle East. He is helping me love others selflessly and to trust him more and more.   
 
Thanks for reading my story!