Thursday, November 4, 2010

Godly Gals ~ Alece Ronzino



Eternity in Our Hearts
by: Alece Ronzino

"He has planted eternity in the human heart."  
Ecclesiastes 3:11 NLT

Such a beautiful, divine thought...

Eternity is planted deeply in the soil of my heart. Placed there by God Himself.

If eternity is within me, then the past and the future exist in each moment just as much as the present does.

Trying to wrap my brain around that makes my head hurt. Such an unfathomable concept.

But the idea that eternity courses through me with every beat of my heart, seems to make some sense of my too-often struggle with being fully present in the moment.

I'm not very good at living in the now.

I am more likely to dwell on the past or restlessly wander ahead into the future. Both hold fears and hopes, of entirely different kinds. And both can either rob me of my present or enhance it.

God is timeless---existing simultaneously before now, after now, and right now---and He's planted the seed of His timelessness inside me.

As a gift, not to be fought against, but to be embraced.

There is a reason He wants me to live in the tension that past, present, and future create as they collide in every single moment. There is a purpose in the struggle.

Maybe embracing the now doesn't mean switching off the ever backward- and forward-wandering of my heart.

Maybe, instead, it means choosing to engage my present in light of the regrets and joys of my past, and the hopeful, sometimes fearful, yearnings of my future.

I need to remember that the One who was and is and is to come, lives within me, stabilizing me in the uncertainty of what was and is and is to come.

When I do, I live more mindful that God is in control. I live with more active trust in Him.

The constancy of Christ at work inside me---He who is the same yesterday, today, and forever---provides an anchor for my unpredictably inconsistent heart.

And that anchor holds fast.

No matter how turbulent the storm may be.
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Alece Ronzino moved to Africa at 19 and pioneered Thrive Africa, a ministry focused on training indigenous leaders in the poorest region of South Africa. Her journey of faith is a mix of grit and glory. Mostly grit.

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Thank you so much Alece, your heart for Him shines brightly through all you do! What a sweet blessing you are to so many! I truly love getting to know you and am so thankful for your friendship!

What an incredible gift it is to meet these women...these Godly Gals right where they are.  Real Women, Real Life, Real Faith in action...I love it!  I love meeting these women, hearing their stories and sharing them with each of you.

I also know that some of you have a story to share as well and I'd love to hear it!  If you would like more information about being a part of the Godly Gals series then send an email to melsworldministry {at} gmail {dot} com and I'll send you a copy of the submission guidelines and answer any questions you might have.

I'm looking forward to hearing from you...

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