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God’s Witness to My Spirit -2016

(Rom 8:16 [NET])  The Spirit himself bears witness to our spirit that we are God’s children.

This journal shows some examples of how God’s spirit witnesses to Christa’s spirit and the benefits of journaling to encourage a deeper faith.

3/3/16

I have felt like Satan has been trying to de-rail me ever since we started a new Bible study on prayer and the armor of God three weeks ago. I kept thinking I should be fasting again, so I am. I'm fasting from lunch, but sometimes one or both snacks, too (morning and afternoon snacks). Due to busyness - which I think is one of the attacks - I'm behind on my Bible study, but I'm drawing closer to God in prayer. The lack of patience and the quick-temper (another attack) have decreased. As those last two improve some, I think another attack is on my physical self (lack of sleep) - but God has seen me through the last few days.

3/5/16

While going to bed last night (well, really it was early this morning...1 a.m.) I was praying, and when I got off-track, I heard "Christa." A few minutes later, I got off-track again, and felt a sudden impact on the upper right corner of my forehead. It was strong enough that my eyes jerked open and I rubbed at the spot. I guess sometimes God or the angel(s) He has watching over me figure that is the only way to get my attention.  (Going back to 7/20/15 - Last night as I was lying in bed, trying to go to sleep, my mind kept thinking about other things. Twice, I heard a strong "Christa!" and the first was accompanied by a knock in my chest, like someone pushing me, to change my focus.)

5/21/16

We went to Sweet Berry Farm in Marble Falls. On the way home, we stopped by Nana and Papaw's place in Spicewood to feed the dog and cat. I had to use the bathroom, so I unlocked the house. While inside, we discovered that the fridge/freezer in the kitchen had quit and stuff from the freezer had leaked out - under the fridge and stove. We helped clean everything up. We were thankful that God made it necessary that we go into the house. Otherwise, everything would have been even worse by the time Nana and Papaw came up next weekend.

5/23/16

I was chosen as the chairperson of the Associate Pastor Search Team. I was not planning on that! Then, at Bible study afterward, the speaker on the video presented Scripture that I believe pertained to this for me. "You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit - fruit that will last," (John 15:16a). "And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?" (Esther 4:14b). I am nervous about the position, but feel a sense of peace as well. I am praying for humility, no complaining, and that God may use me effectively, for it is by Him and for Him that this search committee has been formed and should operate.

 Lord, less of me and more of you.

8/4/16

On June 29, I had an outbreak of hives over at least half of my body. As I lay down and tried to sleep, I was praying to God for help, healing, and comfort. "Just hold on" came strongly to my mind. Then, a few lines from a Toby Mac song called "Move" (Keep Walkin') repeated through my head.

          "Hold on, hold on

          Lord ain't finished yet

          Hold on, hold on

          He'll get you through this

          Hold on, hold on

          These are the promises

          I never will forget

          I never will forget”

I believe God was telling me to persevere and stay strong, that the battle against the hives might be hard, but He promises to get me through it. I will see the other side! I am now almost four weeks past my latest outbreak. I am still taking antihistamines twice daily, still itch occasionally (but no visible hives), still don't know the cause of the hives, and have gained ten pounds since this all started this summer, but I continue to trust in God's promises and I keep holding on. I do my best not to complain. It could be worse.

8/20/16

On the way to do interviews with the search team, I prayed about what was before us. God used songs on the radio to tell me: He will be found if we seek Him, and all praise, glory, and worship are to Him in our process. Also, Matthew 18:20 - "For where two or three come together in my name, there I am with them." On the way home from search team interviews, God used songs on the radio to help me focus my mind and direct my prayers. Based on the songs I heard, I prayed: to give me His eyes, to trust in Jesus, and to bow my knees before the Lion and the Lamb.

11/16/16

I was praying and asking God about the actions of people, especially following the recent election. God clearly told me, "They haven't rejected you [plural]; they have rejected Me," (1 Samuel 8:7).

Christa S – Selected examples of how God’s spirit has witnessed to her spirit (Rom. 8:16)