Welcome to CoCo’s Chitchat! This week, and for several weeks to come, I have something special for y’all. We are going to be meeting other Christian teenagers and hearing what their faith means to them. The Church is more than our pastors, missionaries, and “elite” Christians–if we profess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, then we are the Church too. I thought it would be fun to promote community around here and get to know some of our sisters in Christ. Are you ready??
We’re kicking off this “Meet the Church” series with Ember Akasie.
1. When did you accept Jesus, and what was that experience like for you?
I was about 4 or 5. I was so young that I don’t remember much before it, but I do remember that I wanted everyone I met to also accept Jesus.
2. Who or what has had the most impact on your spiritual journey?
Probably visiting missionaries and missionary stories. They’re really encouraging and sometimes I learn new ways of sharing the Gospel with certain people groups.
3. Why do you personally continue to seek Jesus? In what ways has He changed your life?
I continue to seek Him because of all that He’s done for me. He actually worked a pretty big miracle in my life recently and continues to provide everything I need in the moment (peace, patience, faith).
4. What is the hardest struggle for you about being a Christian and/or believing/obeying the Bible?
Probably that I don’t fit in with normal people. When I try to share the Gospel with them, I sometimes struggle with bringing it up in a good manner and they end up being weirded out by the suddenness of the message…
5. What characteristic of God do you appreciate/connect with the most?
Probably that He is Jehovah Jireh, The God Who Provides. He has provided so much for me and my family!
6. What are your favorite books of the Bible and why? Any specific verses that are special to you?
I love Acts, Revelation, and Genesis. My favorite verse above all is Genesis 1:1. I’m a little (in comparison to the universe) obsessed with creation sciences and presenting evidence of a young created universe. The verse kinda sums up all my interests into one.
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.Genesis 1:1
7. What does spending time with God/reading the Bible look like for you? Any resources you’d recommend or advice you’d give to someone struggling in this area?
My family does something called Family Bible Time every night. We start off by praying, usually sing a couple hymns, and then read the Bible. Currently we’re working through Zechariah. My personal Bible Time consists of reading through the Psalms and sometimes putting music to them! When I was younger, I had a hard time reading the Bible on my own, so my mom got me some daily devotionals. I don’t really have resources to recommend, but I do suggest keeping your Bible by your bed or by something you use daily (like a chair or computer). Every time you see it, pick it up and read a few verses. Eventually it will become a habit!
8. What are some unique ways you’ve found to connect with God?
I sing hymns and put music to Psalms. They often become more of a prayer than just a song. Sometimes I have trouble finding words for what I’m feeling, but there are hymns that relate to it so I sing those as a prayer.
9. Can you share a time (or two) you’ve experienced an answer to prayer, or seen God in your life? Any particular moments you just knew He was there? Nothing is too small. 🙂
Yes (I have a lot but, this is just one)! About a year ago, I accidentally fractured a bone in my leg. When we eventually went to the doctor for it, we discovered it was a growth and might be cancer. We went to several doctors about it and eventually, I had to have a surgery to get tested for cancer. When the results came back, it turned out it was benign! We had been praying that it wouldn’t be cancer and God answered our prayer! The doctor said that the growth itself would never go away without surgery and scheduled one for me. At this time, I began praying that God would take it away, in His own way. My mom was praying that, if for whatever reason, I was not supposed to have this surgery, that God would make it clear. I broke out in a really strange rash that wouldn’t go away. We were told by some friends to go get me tested for a strange strain of strep. Turns out, I had it and the surgery had to be canceled. In December of 2020, I started having pain in my leg. My mom got an appointment for me at the doctor’s office. I had to get an x-ray while we were there. When the doctor showed us the x-ray, the growth was almost entirely gone!!!
10. In contrast, can you share a time in your life when you experienced great fear/doubt/opposition in your walk with God?
One word, 2020.
11. What has God been teaching you and/or been doing in/through your life in this season?
That he is good, always is with me, and never leaves me.
12. Is there anything else you’d like to say to the person reading this? Any words of encouragement or advice?
Even if it appears that God isn’t doing anything in your life, keep trusting Him. He is good, always.
13. Where can we connect with you?
Here’s the link to my blog: emberakasie.wordpress.com.
Ember is a 15-year-old author and artist. She is the oldest of three kids and has a brother and a sister. Ember loves dragons, Jesus, and markers. She strives to serve God with her work, both art and writing. She also loves music. Ember lives in Virginia.