Godly Gals ~ Real Women, Real Life, Real Faith ~ Celebrity by Jenna Lang

By: Jenna Lang

Between the Internet, the grocery store check-out lane and celebrity gossip on television, it’s possible to know how many children a celebrity has, what she eats to maintain her figure, whom she’s in a relationship with, who she likes to hang out with and even where she shops.

In fact, it’s easy to know so much about her life that if I bumped into her on the street I might ask about how her toddler is getting over wanting to sleep in her bed. An expert at understanding her appeal, she would probably laugh and answer.

But the fact is, while I may know all about her, I don’t know her.

To truly know her, I would have to spend time listening to her; finding out where her heart was on the issues of life. I would have to have discussions where she could more specifically share her innermost thoughts with me.

There was a time when I approached my relationship with God by seeking to know all about Him more than knowing Him. I was willing to know His Word (an essential for knowing Him) and I was willing to obey some of the nudges from the Holy Spirit (the ones I was comfortable with) but taking time to sit down and pour my heart out, then listen for that still small voice?

Ummmm… no. First of all, I didn’t have time. I had two children, a writing career, my husband’s ministry to run and a women’s Bible Study to study for and promote. Second of all, why should I? I was clearly operating in my gifts—people gave me great feedback on what I was teaching and speaking. AND, I wasn’t jumping through what I had identified as the worst legalistic hoops. So, obviously, I was in a close relationship with Him.

So I continued on. Teaching women God’s Word. Having fun. Getting very excited when I learned something else about Him and His Word.

That is, until my life turned upside down.

All of a sudden, the only way I could breathe was to be in His presence every few hours. No longer was He someone I mostly knew about, but He was my most intimate friend; my source of strength and song. In the midst of destruction, I could turn my face to Him and have joy. Joy that seemed to grow larger and larger within me—“fullness” of joy.

Today, I can honestly say that while I regret some of my choices that helped put me on that path to devastation, I don’t regret the devastation; because it led me to His embrace. When the scripture uses the word “know” it refers to intimate knowledge. Knowing Him intimately is an incredible source of joy to me—my greatest satisfaction.

My prayer for you, dear one, is that you will choose every day to go beyond knowing about Him to knowing Him—so that your joy will be full!

A Little Bit About Jenna:
Jenna lives in a small town just north of Dallas, Texas. She loves to laugh and works hard to maintain a tender heart; which actually doesn’t lead to much laughter, but is essential for intimacy with her Favorite. When she isn’t speaking to women’s groups or writing for them, she is supporting herself by writing fascinating things like training guides, magazine articles, curriculum and other “ghost” projects. Her book, Lord, I Need H.E.L.P.! Six Actions for Getting Through Tough Times, will be available at the end of 2012. (Lord willing and the creek don’t rise.)
Jenna girl, you have no idea how happy it makes me to see you visiting here with us for the Godly Gals series! What a sweet blessing it was to meet you face to face this past January! Only God could know just how much we both needed to hear from Him on that trip, then to throw us into each other’s world…well…that was just a giant bonus! I can’t wait to continue to watch Him move through you!

That’s the heart of what this series is about…talking to, visiting with, listening to Real Women, Real Life, Real Faith in action! Sweet sister…that is YOU too!

Right now God’s been doing something amazing in your life and you just can’t wait to share it…why not share it here?

I’m taking submissions right now for the series and it starts with a simple email to me at melsworldministry {at} gmail {dot} com asking for a copy of the submission guidelines.

We’ll email, chat, visit and hopefully I can answer any of your questions. Then when you’re ready you can send something in for the series…it’s that simple!

I’d love to hear from you!
~ Melissa

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