Take Me || Guest Post

Hi friends. 🙂 I’m sharing this post for my good friend Audrey. Check it out☺️❤️

 

 

Take Me There

 

​On a warm Sunday evening, one of my dearest friends and I were driving to a social gathering with our college church group. School was starting in a week, and I was filling my mind with negative thoughts. The stress and mental preparation began to eat me alive, and I was not having it. My friend, who can pretty much read my mind, asked me to ride with her so we could talk.
So after a full day of chatting with friends, eating out, and enjoying my social time before homework demands my full attention, I grabbed my bag and got in her car. I was ready to vent like crazy, however, the Lord had another plan. Within two minutes of our car ride, we got into a wreck.

Before I continue, I am fine… obviously, and so is my friend. The accident was not a deadly crash, but it was not a minor wreck either. If I am honest, I can’t remember everything, but I do remember the pain, emotions, and weirdly enough, feeling an overwhelming amount of peace. That’s right, I said the word, peace.
​I’m not about to over spiritualize this situation. Anybody can get into a car wreck and experience an emotional roller coaster with a side of whip lash. I sure did! I have never been in a car wreck like this; it happened so fast, yet so slow.

One moment, I was feeling sorry for myself and was about to cry in front of my friend, then the next moment, the air bags were deployed and my arm was bleeding. (sounds worse than what it really was. Again, I am fine.) Despite the unexpected fast-paced event, I remember seeing the car involved in our accident pull out in front of us. I knew that my life was about to be either taken, or saved. I know this sounds so dramatic, but the wreck was unavoidable, and the outcome was unknown. I remember praying,” God, please don’t take me.”

The thought of my Grandpa, who died because of a horrible accident, popped in my mind. I closed my eyes and waited for the crash. Doesn’t this situation sound so much like life? Certain situations are unavoidable (consciences, tough decisions, jobs, school, etc…) and the outcome is unknown. Are you tempted to just close your eyes and wait for the problem to subside? Or, are you like me, and try to control everything good, or bad that comes your way?

​Those are hard questions to answer but if you are honest with yourself, you should know what your natural response is when life throws a curve ball. My curve ball happened to be a car; a big intimidating red car. Like I stated above, I felt emotional but at peace!
How did I feel peace when the outcome of this crash was unknown?
Like, are you crazy, Audrey? Although some people would call me crazy, I was filled with a supernatural peace given to me by the Holy Spirit. Yes, I prayed against death (even though the crash was not deadly) but oddly enough, I knew that no matter what happened, God would receive the glory. Think about it, if I had died, I would see Jesus and never experience fear again. (I struggle with anxiety) However, if I lived, which I have obviously succeeded in doing that, I am now able to proclaim the goodness of God for granting protection. It’s a win -win! I felt the presence of Jesus during and after the crash. I did not scream, I was silent. Which is weird, right? Typically, people gasp or yelp when they see a car coming towards them. However, I was filled with such peace about God being in control, I did not scream… I waited for His plan to come into action.
I have NEVER experienced this kind of patience and peace before. I like to control my future which can drain the life out of you. I have experienced the kind of fear where it takes over my rest, physically and spiritually, my health, emotionally and physically, and my time, with God and with the people I love. Anxiety causes one to take control when everything feels out of control. When I stay up late at night thinking about my future, I feel so sick to my stomach. When I throw up because my parents are miles away on vacation, or when I skip a meal because the thought of eating makes me gag, I feel like I am in control. It’s weird… I know. These struggles have taken over my life until I finally decided to tell the enemy, “no more.” Here’s the best news of all! God does not CAUSE fear! I believed in this lie for so long, and I still remind myself of this truth.
“Peace is what I leave with you. It is my own peace that I give you. I do not give it as the world does.
Do not be worried and upset; do not be afraid.” (John 14:27)

This verse explains the peace that overflowed within me during a hectic time. Because I submitted my life(literally) into His hands, experiencing peace was my outcome. After the crash, I hyperventilated and my chest felt like someone punched me. However, after taking deep breaths and sitting down, I was back on my feet and could answer a billion questions from the paramedics. “I was scared for your life!” “Good thing you wore your seat belt!” “You need to go to the doctor to get your arm and back checked out.” These words echoed inside my head as the paramedics and witnesses talked to me. But I was not scared, I was thankful. My friend and I were alive, and not badly injured; thus, I was praising Jesus. When I came home and thought through the crash, I began to become anxious for my health and wanted to go to the doctor. The peace that was once pushing me through the waiting, answering questions, and filling out police reports, was history. Once I stopped repeating the truth (God is in control) and took my eyes off Jesus, I panicked. This is SO easy to do, friends. That is why I am writing to you right now about this experience. When fear, stress, and problems arise, our tendency is to emotionally drag our feet through the mud. Forget God, church, and your time with Jesus, you have so much to do! If you don’t include Jesus in every situation, the fear or stress you are experiencing becomes 10 times worse; I am speaking from experience. There will be no peace, no satisfaction, and no joy.
​“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be alert and of sober mind.
Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:6-8
​In Conclusion, you may be wondering why my blog is titled, “Take Me There.” A month ago, a friend told me to listen to a song called (yes, you guessed it!) “Take Me There,” by Anna Golden, because the song was in my key range. When I listened to it, I immediately used this song as my prayer. In one of the verses, Anna prays, “Take me to a place where your peace and your love overflows.” For a year now, I have not felt peace about where I am in life. TCC isn’t my favorite and attending a ministry school feels like an impossible dream at this point. However, this song talks about being connected to Heaven while on Earth which is possible through Jesus. I have access to the “throne room” which gives me chills every time I think about it. My prayer for this new school year is feeling at peace with my situation, and taking a step back with the constant studying and replacing some of that time with Jesus instead. Basically, chill out Audrey. It’s hard, and I am still very stressed about school. “Make an A, and if I don’t, well… goodbye future.” Yes, that’s a lie because God will lead me to His will with or without an A in school. When I declared this song over my future, I had no idea that a car crash would be a little reminder to stay connected to Heaven. When your world comes crashing down, don’t repeat bad habits. *Pause, and spend time with Jesus even if your kids are yelling your name, the house is a mess, or your boss changed the deadline to tomorrow. If you want peace, joy, and satisfaction during trials, submission is the key. Take action!
Take Me There
​On a warm Sunday evening, one of my dearest friends and I were driving to a social gathering with our college church group. School was starting in a week, and I was filling my mind with negative thoughts. The stress and mental preparation began to eat me alive, and I was not having it. My friend, who can pretty much read my mind, asked me to ride with her so we could talk. So, after a full day of chatting with friends, eating out, and enjoying my social time before homework demands my full attention, I grabbed my bag and got in her car. I was ready to vent like crazy, however, the Lord had another plan. Within two minutes of our car ride, we got into a wreck. Before I continue, I am fine… obviously, and so is my friend. The accident was not a deadly crash, but it was not a minor wreck either. If I am honest, I can’t remember everything, but I do remember the pain, emotions, and weirdly enough, feeling an overwhelming amount of peace. That’s right, I said the word, peace.
​I’m not about to over spiritualize this situation. Anybody can get into a car wreck and experience an emotional roller coaster with a side of whip lash. I sure did! I have never been in a car wreck like this; it happened so fast, yet so slow. One moment, I was feeling sorry for myself and was about to cry in front of my friend, then the next moment, the air bags were deployed and my arm was bleeding. (sounds worse than what it really was. Again, I am fine.) Despite the unexpected fast-paced event, I remember seeing the car involved in our accident pull out in front of us. I knew that my life was about to be either taken, or saved. I know this sounds so dramatic, but the wreck was unavoidable, and the outcome was unknown. I remember praying,” God, please don’t take me.” The thought of my Grandpa, who died because of a horrible accident, popped in my mind. I closed my eyes and waited for the crash. Doesn’t this situation sound so much like life? Certain situations are unavoidable (consciences, tough decisions, jobs, school, etc…) and the outcome is unknown. Are you tempted to just close your eyes and wait for the problem to subside? Or, are you like me, and try to control everything good, or bad that comes your way?
​Those are hard questions to answer but if you are honest with yourself, you should know what your natural response is when life throws a curve ball. My curve ball happened to be a car; a big intimidating red car. Like I stated above, I felt emotional but at peace! How did I feel peace when the outcome of this crash was unknown? Like, are you crazy, Audrey? Although some people would call me crazy, I was filled with a supernatural peace given to me by the Holy Spirit. Yes, I prayed against death (even though the crash was not deadly) but oddly enough, I knew that no matter what happened, God would receive the glory. Think about it, if I had died, I would see Jesus and never experience fear again. (I struggle with anxiety) However, if I lived, which I have obviously succeeded in doing that, I am now able to proclaim the goodness of God for granting protection. It’s a win -win! I felt the presence of Jesus during and after the crash. I did not scream, I was silent. Which is weird, right? Typically, people gasp or yelp when they see a car coming towards them. However, I was filled with such peace about God being in control, I did not scream… I waited for His plan to come into action. I have NEVER experienced this kind of patience and peace before. I like to control my future which can drain the life out of you. I have experienced the kind of fear where it takes over my rest, physically and spiritually, my health, emotionally and physically, and my time, with God and with the people I love. Anxiety causes one to take control when everything feels out of control. When I stay up late at night thinking about my future, I feel so sick to my stomach. When I throw up because my parents are miles away on vacation, or when I skip a meal because the thought of eating makes me gag, I feel like I am in control. It’s weird… I know. These struggles have taken over my life until I finally decided to tell the enemy, “no more.” Here’s the best news of all! God does not CAUSE fear! I believed in this lie for so long, and I still remind myself of this truth.
“Peace is what I leave with you; it is my
Own peace that I give you. I do not give
It as the world does. Do not be worried
And upset; do not be afraid.” John 14:27
​This verse explains the peace that overflowed within me during a hectic time. Because I submitted my life(literally) into His hands, experiencing peace was my outcome. After the crash, I hyperventilated and my chest felt like someone punched me. However, after taking deep breaths and sitting down, I was back on my feet and could answer a billion questions from the paramedics. “I was scared for your life!” “Good thing you wore your seat belt!” “You need to go to the doctor to get your arm and back checked out.” These words echoed inside my head as the paramedics and witnesses talked to me. But I was not scared, I was thankful. My friend and I were alive, and not badly injured; thus, I was praising Jesus. When I came home and thought through the crash, I began to become anxious for my health and wanted to go to the doctor. The peace that was once pushing me through the waiting, answering questions, and filling out police reports, was history. Once I stopped repeating the truth (God is in control) and took my eyes off Jesus, I panicked. This is SO easy to do, friends. That is why I am writing to you right now about this experience. When fear, stress, and problems arise, our tendency is to emotionally drag our feet through the mud. Forget God, church, and your time with Jesus, you have so much to do! If you don’t include Jesus in every situation, the fear or stress you are experiencing becomes 10 times worse; I am speaking from experience. There will be no peace, no satisfaction, and no joy.
​“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due
time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be alert and of sober mind.
Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:6-8
​In Conclusion, you may be wondering why my blog is titled, “Take Me There.” A month ago, a friend told me to listen to a song called (yes, you guessed it!) “Take Me There,” by Anna Golden, because the song was in my key range. When I listened to it, I immediately used this song as my prayer. In one of the verses, Anna prays, “Take me to a place where your peace and your love overflows.” For a year now, I have not felt peace about where I am in life. TCC isn’t my favorite and attending a ministry school feels like an impossible dream at this point. However, this song talks about being connected to Heaven while on Earth which is possible through Jesus. I have access to the “throne room” which gives me chills every time I think about it. My prayer for this new school year is feeling at peace with my situation, and taking a step back with the constant studying and replacing some of that time with Jesus instead. Basically, chill out Audrey. It’s hard, and I am still very stressed about school. “Make an A, and if I don’t, well… goodbye future.” Yes, that’s a lie because God will lead me to His will with or without an A in school. When I declared this song over my future, I had no idea that a car crash would be a little reminder to stay connected to Heaven. When your world comes crashing down, don’t repeat bad habits. *Pause, and spend time with Jesus even if your kids are yelling your name, the house is a mess, or your boss changed the deadline to tomorrow. If you want peace, joy, and satisfaction during trials, submission is the key. Take action!
Take Me There
​On a warm Sunday evening, one of my dearest friends and I were driving to a social gathering with our college church group. School was starting in a week, and I was filling my mind with negative thoughts. The stress and mental preparation began to eat me alive, and I was not having it. My friend, who can pretty much read my mind, asked me to ride with her so we could talk. So, after a full day of chatting with friends, eating out, and enjoying my social time before homework demands my full attention, I grabbed my bag and got in her car. I was ready to vent like crazy, however, the Lord had another plan. Within two minutes of our car ride, we got into a wreck. Before I continue, I am fine… obviously, and so is my friend. The accident was not a deadly crash, but it was not a minor wreck either. If I am honest, I can’t remember everything, but I do remember the pain, emotions, and weirdly enough, feeling an overwhelming amount of peace. That’s right, I said the word, peace.
​I’m not about to over spiritualize this situation. Anybody can get into a car wreck and experience an emotional roller coaster with a side of whip lash. I sure did! I have never been in a car wreck like this; it happened so fast, yet so slow. One moment, I was feeling sorry for myself and was about to cry in front of my friend, then the next moment, the air bags were deployed and my arm was bleeding. (sounds worse than what it really was. Again, I am fine.) Despite the unexpected fast-paced event, I remember seeing the car involved in our accident pull out in front of us. I knew that my life was about to be either taken, or saved. I know this sounds so dramatic, but the wreck was unavoidable, and the outcome was unknown. I remember praying,” God, please don’t take me.” The thought of my Grandpa, who died because of a horrible accident, popped in my mind. I closed my eyes and waited for the crash. Doesn’t this situation sound so much like life? Certain situations are unavoidable (consciences, tough decisions, jobs, school, etc…) and the outcome is unknown. Are you tempted to just close your eyes and wait for the problem to subside? Or, are you like me, and try to control everything good, or bad that comes your way?
​Those are hard questions to answer but if you are honest with yourself, you should know what your natural response is when life throws a curve ball. My curve ball happened to be a car; a big intimidating red car. Like I stated above, I felt emotional but at peace! How did I feel peace when the outcome of this crash was unknown? Like, are you crazy, Audrey? Although some people would call me crazy, I was filled with a supernatural peace given to me by the Holy Spirit. Yes, I prayed against death (even though the crash was not deadly) but oddly enough, I knew that no matter what happened, God would receive the glory. Think about it, if I had died, I would see Jesus and never experience fear again. (I struggle with anxiety) However, if I lived, which I have obviously succeeded in doing that, I am now able to proclaim the goodness of God for granting protection. It’s a win -win! I felt the presence of Jesus during and after the crash. I did not scream, I was silent. Which is weird, right? Typically, people gasp or yelp when they see a car coming towards them. However, I was filled with such peace about God being in control, I did not scream… I waited for His plan to come into action. I have NEVER experienced this kind of patience and peace before. I like to control my future which can drain the life out of you. I have experienced the kind of fear where it takes over my rest, physically and spiritually, my health, emotionally and physically, and my time, with God and with the people I love. Anxiety causes one to take control when everything feels out of control. When I stay up late at night thinking about my future, I feel so sick to my stomach. When I throw up because my parents are miles away on vacation, or when I skip a meal because the thought of eating makes me gag, I feel like I am in control. It’s weird… I know. These struggles have taken over my life until I finally decided to tell the enemy, “no more.” Here’s the best news of all! God does not CAUSE fear! I believed in this lie for so long, and I still remind myself of this truth.
“Peace is what I leave with you; it is my
Own peace that I give you. I do not give
It as the world does. Do not be worried
And upset; do not be afraid.” John 14:27
​This verse explains the peace that overflowed within me during a hectic time. Because I submitted my life(literally) into His hands, experiencing peace was my outcome. After the crash, I hyperventilated and my chest felt like someone punched me. However, after taking deep breaths and sitting down, I was back on my feet and could answer a billion questions from the paramedics. “I was scared for your life!” “Good thing you wore your seat belt!” “You need to go to the doctor to get your arm and back checked out.” These words echoed inside my head as the paramedics and witnesses talked to me. But I was not scared, I was thankful. My friend and I were alive, and not badly injured; thus, I was praising Jesus. When I came home and thought through the crash, I began to become anxious for my health and wanted to go to the doctor. The peace that was once pushing me through the waiting, answering questions, and filling out police reports, was history. Once I stopped repeating the truth (God is in control) and took my eyes off Jesus, I panicked. This is SO easy to do, friends. That is why I am writing to you right now about this experience. When fear, stress, and problems arise, our tendency is to emotionally drag our feet through the mud. Forget God, church, and your time with Jesus, you have so much to do! If you don’t include Jesus in every situation, the fear or stress you are experiencing becomes 10 times worse; I am speaking from experience. There will be no peace, no satisfaction, and no joy.
​“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due
time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be alert and of sober mind.
Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:6-8
​In Conclusion, you may be wondering why my blog is titled, “Take Me There.” A month ago, a friend told me to listen to a song called (yes, you guessed it!) “Take Me There,” by Anna Golden, because the song was in my key range. When I listened to it, I immediately used this song as my prayer. In one of the verses, Anna prays, “Take me to a place where your peace and your love overflows.” For a year now, I have not felt peace about where I am in life. TCC isn’t my favorite and attending a ministry school feels like an impossible dream at this point. However, this song talks about being connected to Heaven while on Earth which is possible through Jesus. I have access to the “throne room” which gives me chills every time I think about it. My prayer for this new school year is feeling at peace with my situation, and taking a step back with the constant studying and replacing some of that time with Jesus instead. Basically, chill out Audrey. It’s hard, and I am still very stressed about school. “Make an A, and if I don’t, well… goodbye future.” Yes, that’s a lie because God will lead me to His will with or without an A in school. When I declared this song over my future, I had no idea that a car crash would be a little reminder to stay connected to Heaven. When your world comes crashing down, don’t repeat bad habits. *Pause, and spend time with Jesus even if your kids are yelling your name, the house is a mess, or your boss changed the deadline to tomorrow. If you want peace, joy, and satisfaction during trials, submission is the key. Take action!

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