Posts by MeilF

Always There

Posted by on Jan 10, 2018 in Stories

Always There

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6 NIV) My world right now consists of school, clinicals, and it seems like very little else, so forgive me if all my stories stem from what seems like the same group of experiences. It’s because they do! Entering a field where we work serving others in such a way, I can’t help but see snippets of God everywhere: compassion, justice, healing, mercy, and hope, to name a few. Working with sick kids today at the hospital, I can’t...

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Are You OK With Being a Slave?

Posted by on Nov 29, 2017 in Stories

Are You OK With Being a Slave?

Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? (Romans 6:16 NIV) I feel like my time is not my own because of school. I feel obligated to family functions and Skype dates with people I love. I’m “slaving away” at all these things, choosing to do them because I gave my word, it’s the right thing to do, or it’s what I’ve prayed for all these years. My Bible study’s been going through Romans, and last week was the first time in a...

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Loved in His Promises

Posted by on Oct 12, 2017 in Stories

Loved in His Promises

“God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?” (Numbers 23:19 NIV) Have you felt that God made you a promise? I’m talking like a son for Abraham and Sarah or a king for Israel, or the best promise, Jesus for all mankind. Well, maybe not quite that level, but something that you heard God say will come to pass that seems a bit (or a lot) impossible? I was thinking about how God has been moving throughout my life, and of all the things that I was sure were going to happen because I’d...

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Never in Darkness

Posted by on Aug 30, 2017 in Stories

Never in Darkness

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12 NIV) I know it’s been more than a week, but I’m still geeking out over and marveling at the solar eclipse from last Monday. It was so beautiful! Where were you when it happened? I was jealous of my family in Corvalis, OR and Nashville, TN, as they were in the path of totality. But I also didn’t want to brave the crowds of people heading to the darkened path. Instead, I got to marvel at the 92-93% totality that we got here in...

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Take a Break

Posted by on Jul 19, 2017 in Stories

Take a Break

Then Jesus said, “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.” He said this because there were so many people coming and going that Jesus and his apostles didn’t even have time to eat. (Mark 6:31 NLT) Seven weeks into Summer quarter, I finally feel like I’m finally catching my breath in this accelerated Master of Science in Nursing program. I’d always heard that nursing school could be tough, but try condensing everything BSNs take three or four years to learn into about 15 months, and then you have my program. I know it’s not parenting, or working at a start-up, or perhaps...

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Conversations Seasoned With Salt

Posted by on Jun 7, 2017 in Stories

Conversations Seasoned With Salt

“Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation always be full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” (Colossians 4:5-6 NIV) This little nugget of two verses stood out to me as I was trying to figure out what to write about. Full confession: when I haven’t steeped myself in the discipline of going to God in a specific quiet time, it’s not as easy for me to write an FYI article. With all that’s been going on my life, my quiet times have suffered! So I was perusing the Bible a bit last minute, praying...

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Calls Me by Name

Posted by on Apr 26, 2017 in Stories

Calls Me by Name

They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying” “They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “And I don’t know where they have put him.” At this she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus. He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? What is it you are looking for? Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.” Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned toward him and cried out, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”). (John 20:13-16 NIV) I’ve loved how my Bible study class has...

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Decisions, Decisions

Posted by on Mar 12, 2017 in Stories

Decisions, Decisions

“Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” (Jeremiah 33:3 NIV) There are two things about decision-making that I dislike immensely: waiting to hear all the available choices, and then having to choose the “right” one. This has been especially true while applying to graduate school and waiting for an answer. For those of you who know me, this whole process has been quite long. First it was medical school, then something in psych or teaching, and finally—after a long, hard look at what I think God might have planned—nursing school. And then...

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To Hear His Voice

Posted by on Jan 12, 2017 in Stories

To Hear His Voice

“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them and they follow me.” (John 10:27 NIV) If you are in BSF, you’ll probably recognize that verse from the lesson we took home over the Christmas break. It just completely stuck out to me. What exactly does it mean to hear His voice? I’ve been thinking of writing about this for some time, but it seems so “out there” and crazy to me that I stop myself. Which is funny, because hearing his voice is what it means to follow Jesus. With that in mind, I want to ask a simple question: Have you “heard” His voice? If we follow Christ, we have already done the...

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It’s That Time of Year Again!

Posted by on Nov 23, 2016 in Stories

It’s That Time of Year Again!

“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:32) It’s the holiday season! Of course, all the holiday news articles and quips are out in full force. The other day I saw one that was about what brought people the most anxiety over the holidays. The answer was surprising and a bit sad to me: the thing that brings the most people anxiety this time of the year is having to spend time with family. Since I moved around a lot growing up, I spent most of my holidays with just my immediate family. No big family gatherings, no going...

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