32. SEEK | with Syzette Gountang
The spoken words of 13 different women I have connected with and the story of their spoken word from God.
These stories are to showcase the power of faith and how God whispered to them and they listened wholeheartedly in His plan.
I met Syzette through my church. She gave me a birthday gift upon our first meeting and quickly connected through our stories of faith, shared at Panera Bread, with some laughs and tears of Gods power and love. She also encouraged me to lead a life group in my church and use my hand lettering skills to teach these women. It was so much fun as we connected deeper in faith and Gods word. It amazes me how creative she can also be and teaching her hand lettering, how far she has gotten to continue it. Here is her story as she had to desperately SEEK God and how it deepen her faith.
The more I share my story, the more I find that many of our stories are not that far off. Our details may be different, but the path and the journey somehow connect.
As an infant I was baptized Catholic. My family was raised in the catholic faith, however our sacraments only went as far as baptism. I don’t know the details of why that was, but that’s as far as we went.
At some point in my adulthood I wanted more. I started to desperately seek God to deepen my faith, but only found myself sitting in silence with no response. Regardless of the silence, I continued to seek Him and as I began to seek Him more and more I knew it was a search that was growing from deep within. It became a wholehearted search.
The bible says:
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13 NIV
I truly believe this. This is exactly how my story unfolds. It was when I began to wholeheartedly seek Him when God met me and that is when my journey in growing my faith began.
Through a series of God-orchestrated events and the stories of other seekers, I found purpose in deepening my faith.
I realized my faith wasn’t growing because I was keeping it to myself. Each day in my nightly prayers I kept them to myself. All my struggles, I kept them to myself. When there were times in my life to praise Him, I kept it to myself. God didn’t want me doing faith alone. He wanted me to publicly proclaim my faith. To live my faith outwardly. To share my faith with those around me and those far from Him. To show love, hope, forgiveness and mercy just as he has done, as Jesus Christ has done for me. To be the hands and feet of the church. My faith became purposeful instead of silent and unresponsive.
Today, I serve as a life group leader to help others on their faith journey. To hold one another accountable and to do life together. To do faith together.
For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them. Matthew 18:20
If you are in a place of desperate search for God, seek Him wholeheartedly and join a life group. God calls us to be in community with one another. Faith grows where light shines. Don’t sit in darkness for long. He is calling you out in faith and for that I am thankful for the opportunity to be nourished in His presence.
Ever Be by Aaron Shust
“You Father the orphan
Your kindness makes us whole
And you shoulder our weakness
And your strength becomes our own
Now you're making me like you
Clothing me in white
Bringing beauty from ashes
For You will have Your bride
Free of all her guilt and rid of all her shame
And known by her true name and it's why I sing
Your praise will ever be on my lips, ever be on my lips”