Our WCS Upper School Administrator, Nathan Wagner, is also teaching Senior Bible this year. In January, Nathan required a project of the twelfth graders with one option being blog writing. Two of my favorite former students took that route and I will be sharing their thoughts again tonight. This is from the wonderful Lyanne Velasquez.
“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.” Ephesians 1:18-19
Hi! My name is Lyanne Velasquez, and I have been going to Westbury Christian for four years. I have and always will pray for peace of mind and heart. Due to certain situations in my life, my mind and heart have conflicting thoughts concerning; who I am, what I find important, what I prioritize, am I following what God’s plan is, am I just following mine. These thoughts have always flooded my mind to the point that it was constantly haunting me, so when I first came across Ephesians 1: 18-19, it hit home because Paul was constantly praying for his readers to be enlightened in what God has in store for them and us, and I found this very relieving.
When I read this verse, I almost cried because last year my grandfather died and I struggled a lot with my relationship with God. I still struggle with this element, relationships. Personally, I find it hard to trust and have been used to masking my thoughts and feelings. At the end of the day, I felt suffocated. But I finally realized that I suffocated myself and not others, because I chose to hang out with certain people who did not bring me up but brought me down. I've never had my heart broken in the way that most girls do, but I have had my heart broken by the people that I thought would always be there for me. I have learned to not settle for anyone or anything who is not able to grow with me. God will send people who will be blessings in my life. I hope for God to enlighten my heart and work through me in order for His light to shine to others. I may be terribly incorrect in my view to some but up until now, this is how I’ve been living for the most part and it has been working. I wonder what hope God has called me to do and to be. God is enlightening us by His hope, mercy and power.I pray that those who read this find comfort in God even if you are alone and scared. Psalms 62: 1-2 helped me find comfort in Him because alone, my foundation is unstable. But if I have God as my foundation, it is steady. By trusting Him, I have found more peace in my heart which I hope those who read this will find as well.
God bless, Steve Luke 18:1
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