Hello ladies! I am so excited to begin contributing to Elsie Road and to share some of my journey of life with Christ with you.
“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.” 1 John 3:1 – 2
Does reading the phrase “we are children of God” freak you out too? Me? A child of God? But I am. So are you. We were created in His image to be loved by Him and to love Him. When I think about this I’m simultaneously overjoyed and saddened. There are so many things in this life that I use to define me, and a lot of those things (as good as they may be) fall short of the truth and glory of who I am in Christ.
I was born to an impoverished, drug abusing, scared fourteen year old girl. According to society I was not supposed to exist. My existence was the product of bad life choices and I would probably never add much to the world. Before I was even born, my identity was already rounded into a statistic.
But God had another plan for my life. When I was born God knew. And he had a plan. I was a child of God and what I was going to be was yet to be made known.
23 years later and I am not a product of the life I was born into. I have a loving family, a good job, I am educated and I have loving community. As wonderful as those things are—according to God—none of those things are what defines me. It’s an easy thing to say but it is so much harder to actually live out.
The fact that God redeemed my life so obviously is testimony to the fact that nothing but His redemption should or could define me. All things are a part of God’s story of redemption in my life, but they do not redeem me. They cannot save me from the darkness of this world or the darkness within my own heart. My family can love me but they do not make me a child of God. My job can pay my bills and teach me a lot of things but it cannot fulfill my heart’s desires and void. My education can help me understand the world around me and contribute to society but it cannot teach me everything about my Creator. My community can come alongside me and support and guide me but they cannot remove the sting of heartache or the burdens of my past mistakes.
I am currently going through a study on the book of Hosea with the women’s group at my church. Like Gomer and Israel I am much too easily satisfied with a lesser love. Still every day I am in awe of God’s mercy that reaches deeper and further than my small mind and easily swayed heart. Hosea 2:19 – 20 “And I will betroth you to me in righteousness and justice, in steadfast love and in mercy. I will betroth you to me in faithfulness. And you shall know the Lord.”
A woman passionate about God’s redeeming love in her life, Trista is an extrovert with introverted tendencies. She has a huge heart for people, reading, learning, speaking for the voiceless, and is a huge advocate for Christ-centered community, desiring to see him gloried in all her life. She lives with six other unmarried Christian ladies, and is a stereotypical specialty coffee barista working towards an English degree. She’s just beginning to try and figure this life out. Find her online on her blog and on Instagram.