This last half of year has really forced me to step out of my comfort zone. I’m in no way a risk taker. I definitely would classify myself as a more reserved typed of person, which I am personally okay with. However, the last half of 2019 really nugged me to step outside of my comfort zone. I knew God was the voice speaking to me saying, “step outside of your bubble. You’ll thank me later.” More so, I knew that if I stepped out of my own bubble, my relationship will deepen and strengthen with Jesus.

Around October/November, I noticed my church was holding a women’s encounter retreat for a weekend in November. Not knowing a single soul, I was reluctant to sign up. Thankfully, God nugged the heart of one of my best friends to go and we signed up together. That weekend completely changed my perspective on my life and I knew what I wanted my life to look like from spending quite, personal time with Jesus and women of God. I made amazing relationships with beautiful, spirit filled women and I am so proud of myself for having the courage to be obedient to the call God put on my heart to go on the retreat. After God and other christian women poured into my life that weekend, I walked out a different person. I was disappointed in myself when I found a week later falling into sin and screwing up, but it is about progress not perfection. God’s grace is new every morning and is never taken away from you, even if you feel unworthy of his forgiveness, grace, and love.

On a whim, I signed up to go to Passion 2020 Conference in Atlanta, GA. This is one of the biggest christian conferences in the states and probably the world. I am so incredibly excited to continue to step out of my comfort zone for Jesus. I will gladly continue to be obedient if that means risking my comfort for the name of the Lord. I am so eager to see what God reveals to me this upcoming trip and I am ready to be filled and poured into by amazing followers of Christ. I am going with a small group from my church and I honestly don’t know anyone other than one of my girlfriends who signed up with me. The best part about stepping out of your comfort zone is forming unexpected, Godly centered relationships which is what I’m looking forward to doing.

As I prepare to leave for Passion tomorrow, I can’t help but be so grateful that I’ve had the opportunity to go away for two weekends this year to just sit in the presence of God and surround myself with other believers. It really is a blessing that I am fortunate enough to have the means to part take in these two experiences. I cannot wait for what doors God will open in 2020. I cannot wait to continue to step outside of my comfort zone for the glory of God.

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Rachel Lauren

FL // 22 // Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior


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