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It’s 1995, and I might just be in the middle of an identity crisis.

I’ve changed my college major three times, I’m so broke that I can barely scrounge up enough quarters to do a load of laundry, and I can’t pass Organic Chemistry to save my life. And I’m desperately single… did I mention that? Desperately directionless in so many ways.

So I started to pray.

I prayed a lot of specific prayers that year. I asked God for direction in my career path. I asked him to relieve my financial burden. And I boldly pleaded with him to send meaningful companionship my way.

And silence still.

I didn’t understand. I had followed God since I was a little girl. I had seen his faithfulness in my life in so many ways throughout my twenty-some years. I had tried to remain faithful back. But life in this season seemed empty, no matter what I pursued to fill the desperate places.

And then I went to Haiti and I watched her worship.

It was my college Spring Break, and I found myself in one of the poorest villages in arguably the poorest nation in the world. Her physical needs alone made my requests seem trivial in comparison. While I lacked basic life direction, she lacked food, clothing and shelter… basic needs for survival.

But still, she was filled with a joy that she could not contain.

I could see it in the sparkle in her eyes and in her contagious smile. I saw it in the way she sang without inhibition in complete adoration to her Savior. I saw peace in her countenance and a generosity in her spirit. Her outward circumstances didn’t dictate… instead her inner joy broke through.

And that’s when I realized that my focus had been all wrong. I had been pursuing satisfaction from the world instead of finding sufficiency in my Savior.

We were {Made for Community} with God. To find our satisfaction fully in Him. And when we know Christ… really know Him and are walking in the Spirit, there is great fullness of joy no matter what the world throws our way.

“God’s love has a width, length, height, and depth, but we will never reach the end of it. Our capacity to experience God’s love will be exhausted long before God’s capacity to give it is strained. The picture of having Christ dwell inside us by faith presents us with compelling and comforting possibilities. What Christ does in us and through us will always be ‘exceedingly abundantly above all we ask or think.’” – Max Lucado

Friend, would you stop and simply be amazed by God’s love for you today?

Be overwhelmed with joy just at the thought of who He is.

Take time today to celebrate His defeat of sin and death and praise Him for the sacrifice he made in your place.

Find comfort in knowing that He did not leave you as an orphan, but instead came to you.

Rest in the fact that for those in Christ, nothing can separate you from His love.

And of all of the prayers you pray this year, let this one be at the top of the list:

“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” ~ Ephesians 3:16-19

God, fill our empty spaces with you. Nothing in this world could ever compare…

At His feet,

*LET’S TALK: What are you tempted to fill your empty spaces with other than Jesus? Our team would love to pray for you today…

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