One Girl’s Journey {Guest Post}

I will be quiet here this week, but I have invited my friend, Elisabeth. I have the privilege of knowing Elisabeth in person. What I love most about her, after her passion and love for God and her family, is her authenticity. She has a beautiful heart and is a beautiful writer. I believe you will be touched by her story. Will you make her feel welcome, and also help me share it while I am away? I am so honored to have her as my guest. You can find her at her blog,


One Girl’s Journey to Seek the God She Loves.


Meet Elisabeth…

I am the honored wife to Tim, and blessed to be the mom of Gracie. Both are the hardest things I have ever done. I value living an authentic, open and real life. I have been made into a new person because of Jesus Christ and seek to live my life for Him daily. We are on a journey through medical school in Miami, a city that, quite frankly, I hate. I like comfort, safety, and family. Jesus likes to see me grow, trust and depend on Him. In December 2011, my faith was tested and tried as I miscarried at ten weeks. It rocked me to my core. The Lord in His faithfulness has navigated me through some very rough waters and brought me to a place of surrender of my life and the story He has written for me. I love my family, reading, adventure, organization and every single holiday! In my opinion, everything should be a celebration!


This is my journey to seek the God I love…

What do you do when the next chapter of your life wasn’t one that you ever dreamed of having to write?  What if the Creator of the Universe already had your story written long before you were given a name, took a breath or had your first birthday?

How would you feel about your story if you knew and understood that its already been written, and you have the choice to jump in and live it, or sit by the sidelines and let it pass you by?

Would you want to take a red pen and do some editing, deleting, and reviewing…or would you want to take out whole paragraphs, pages or chapters?

Does your story have a hint of regret, hurt, shame, or guilt? How about the tone of your life? Depressed, enthusiastic, hopeful, faithful, loving, kind? How about the plot? Could someone read the back of your book (your life) and know what your deepest desires and most passionate passions are?


When God created you, and me, He created us in His image.

So God created man in His own image,

in the image of God He created him;

male and female He created them.

Genesis 1:27


He didn’t ask what you thought about you, or your story.

He just created, and He said it was good.


I haven’t always liked my story. I am probably like most everyone else; loves this part, doesn’t care for that character, despises this chapter, lives the dream, and then the plot thickens.


My childhood was picture perfect. Parents that loved each other and their 5 kids whole heartedly. Home-schooled from Kindergarten through 12th grade. Amazing friendships, and life long life partners were made in high school.


I confidently sailed myself into some rough waters as I was graduating High school and I slowly took one step at a time away from God’s will. I knew it from the moment I took it. But strangely enough, the farther away I got, the easier it became. Four years of wondering led me to a place of despair and desperation. God met me in my apartment and whispered, “I have something better. Trust me.” 


I met my prince charming three months later, and we were married two months after I turned 23. My world was turned upside down when this man that I married told me he felt he was being called toward medical school. I confidently informed him that whatever he heard was probably just his stomach growling, and not to be ridiculous. He whispered again, “I know what I am doing, Trust Me.”

More money was spent on counseling and more tears were cried those few months. I knew what it meant for me. It meant stepping out of my comfort zone, relinquishing control, being content, and acting out the story that had already been penned by the Great Author himself.

The joy of our lives was born in March of 2010, we became Medical students in August of 2010 and every single day since has been hard. But its been good. I have grown more than weeds that never get picked in your yard. My roots have been forced to go down deep, and my passion to know Christ and hear His voice is more desirable than all the riches this world has to offer.

I didn’t realize such growth had happened until December 14, 2011. I was ten weeks pregnant. That evening I would find out the heart breaking news that on this side of heaven, I would not hold that baby in my arms.


It was gut wrenching. But my heart heard it again, “I have something better, Trust me.” Looking back it all makes since. Every aspect of my story is exactly that. My story. Without the paragraphs, chapters and characters I’d like to remove, I wouldn’t be me. Or Here. Or hearing those words I treasure, “I have something better, Trust me.”

Will you trust Him?

Will you choose to jump into this life

and fully embrace and live all that He desires?

You may find that all you’ve dreamed up

doesn’t even compare to what He wants to offer you.



More of Elisabeth’s story can be found here, One Girl’s Journey to Seek the God She Loves.
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  • http://lauriesnotions.blogspot.com Laurie

    “I have something better. Trust me.”

    Thank you, Elisabeth, for opening your heart and saying it so eloquently. Thank you for showing faith in knowing that HE has something much better than the hard for each of His children! May He bless you in your faithfulness.

    • http://www.alifesurrendered.com Michele-Lyn

      Laurie,

      Thank you for taking the time to leave such encouraging words for my guest, Elisabeth. What a blessing you are :)

  • http://www.toodarnhappy.com Kim

    So beautifully said! I love how you described wandering off and coming back. We know what we are doing is not working, yet we still cry and are fearful or worried when we think about listening to his voice and following his lead. Been there, done that, am so much happier and at peace when I follow!

    • http://www.alifesurrendered.com Michele-Lyn

      Kim,

      Oh, thank you for sharing your thoughts, here, with my guest. What a blessing you always are. You never cease to encourage :)

  • http://bluecottonmemory.wordpress.com/2012/08/12/the-story-b bluecottonmemory

    It is hard – when we don’t get to hold our little ones. I think that they are in heaven, not lost to us and those thoughts of being reunited – that is what turned my mourning in to dancing.

    God is sending you on an amazing journey where you will touch lives in miraculous ways – God will honor that, will bless that, though you might not see the evidence of that right now!

    You are on a beautiful adventure, a page turner – where, like all good 19th century lit – goodness prevails!

    • http://www.alifesurrendered.com Michele-Lyn

      Blue Cotton Memory,

      I am thanking you on behalf of Elisabeth. Thank you for sharing such encouragement. I know whoever reads your words will be so blessed by them.

      Blessings to you,

      Michele-Lyn

  • Lymari

    My story is quite the opposite of yours as I was growing up.As a youth I lived a reckless life,.I was the helpless and badly beaten man stranded on the side of the road with no hope of anyone rescuing me,until?The good samaritan came,cleansed me,bound my wounds and payed the price for me at age 26.I’ve been a “Christian” for almost ten years.But found to be caught up in religion and routine,until this summer.I took on a challenge to read the bible in 90 days.Life altering!Now I’m ready to trust Him,because I know in whom I’m trusting,I’m ready to jump in and fully embrace all He desires for me….
    Thank you for sharing :)

    • http://www.alifesurrendered.com Michele-Lyn

      Lymari,

      Thank you for sharing your story and your heart. I am so very happy for you doing the Bible in 90 Days. I fell behind, but I am finishing the challenge regardless. It also changed my life. Thank you for leaving such a warm welcome to my friend.

      Blessings to you as you jump in and embrace all God has for you!

      Michele-Lyn

  • http://www.findingheaventoday.com Jen Ferguson

    Oh, it is so good to meet you here at Michelle’s place. I can relate to parts of your journey and I can definitely relate to hearing God’s voice reminding me to trust in Him.

    • http://www.alifesurrendered.com Michele-Lyn

      Jen,

      Thank you for encouraging and welcoming warm Elisabeth. You are a such a blessing :)

      With love,

      Michele-Lyn

  • http://elisabethgraeser.blogspot.com/ Lis

    Kim,
    You are welcome, friend. Keep Trusting your Faithful Father :)

  • http://elisabethgraeser.blogspot.com/ Lis

    Lolita,
    Thank you for reading it :)

    It is all about glorifying Him in the struggle, isn’t it?

    Have a blessed day!

  • http://canaanboundbrigade.wordpress.com Kim B.

    Wow! Sooo many thought provoking statements! I loved:
    He just created, and He said it was good.
    “I have something better. Trust me.”
    “I know what I am doing, Trust Me.”
    Thank you for these much needed reminders!

  • http://compassionadvocacy.blogspot.com/ Lolita Valle

    Thank you for this inspiring story, Elisabeth.

    Yes, the story He penned for us is good, and we live in its twists and turns. It is only when we trust in Him that we come to the knowledge that His ways are always perfect. I think our struggles make up for the strength of the plot.

    Beautiful.