February 25, 2013

We Will Seek the Lord and Be Fruitful

By DaVonne Harris, resident director and director of student activities
THIS WEEK’S THEME: We Will Seek the Lord and Be Fruitful

I grew up in church. I had the privilege of knowing that I had a Creator; that he loved me and had a plan for my life.

But my spiritual life changed forever when I was 16. My mother, a single parent, had gotten ill to the point that she was sent to a nursing home 45 minutes away. I was left to live with my sister and new baby nephew. I felt like I was wandering through a rugged wilderness. I desperately needed solace. It was then that I told God: “I surrender.” I made a covenant with him that there was nothing that the world could offer to help me in the way that I needed. I gave my heart to him, and I began to experience the fruits of the spirit like never before: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). When I think about all that has transpired in my life, I have no other explanation than God’s intervention. It has been through my surrender to God that my life has blossomed.

Through my seeking, I have gained a greater sense of self-esteem. Through my seeking, I have had the confidence to seek opportunities that have helped me succeed in life. I have sought, and God has responded. He has responded with love, hope and healing. In spite of my life’s difficulties, I have overcome and God has shown himself faithful (Selah).



Comments (8)

  1. Thank you, DaVonne, for sharing the insights from your life.

    Norm Morford February 25, 2013 |
  2. This is, as my grandmother would say, an old head on young shoulders. Wise beyond her years.

    Mary Hughes February 25, 2013 |
  3. Thank you DaVonne for your encouragement to continue in seeking God and trusting even in the midst of difficulties.

    Marilyn February 25, 2013 |
  4. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful testimony and encouraging us all to seek God and trust Him as you have done.

    Jenny February 25, 2013 |
  5. Your sharing, vulnerability, and exercise of faith and the Spirit’s fruit speak volumes about God— and God’s love and faithfulness to seeking hearts.

    Irene February 25, 2013 |
  6. Thank you, DaVonne, for sharing about the struggles in your life and how God helped you. May He
    continue to bless your life as you serve Him.

    Loretta Ostojic February 25, 2013 |
  7. Thank you so much for the uplifting encouragement for all who are even now walking through the wilderness. Having been there yourself and feeling Gods’ hand on you in your surrender speaks to all our hearts. God Bless you as you continue to serve Him.

    Betty February 25, 2013 |
  8. Thank you. This is encouraging to me.

    Madeline G February 25, 2013 |