100_1341When I was asked to do a guest post on About Proximity, I had a couple of ideas of what I might like to write about. But when I tried to write – I couldn’t. I couldn’t think of the words. Then I decided I need to just start. When I “just started” God gave me what I needed to finish. There are other parts of my life where I need to just start.


A friend from my youth group was talking to me once about how powerful prayer is. As this conversation progressed, she told me that, especially in a public school, it is important to pray WITH people not just for them. During the school year, there were many times where I felt called to pray with this person or that person. But when I would try to think of the words to pray, I backed out because I couldn’t think of them. I needed to just start and let God take it from there.


In my life there is a vicious cycle – the vicious cycle of sleep deprivation. I can never seem to get caught up on sleep. As a result, before bed when I normally read my devotions, I am too tired. I think in a moment like this God would want me to just start. If I were to just start reading and absorbing my devotions, HE would give me the strength and energy I need to do it.


When I feel called by God to do something out of my comfort zone like praying with someone at school, reaching out to people I don’t know, or doing my devotions when I really don’t feel like it, I usually think too much about it; I end up talking myself out of it with excuses.


I sin and fall short of the glory of God – I don’t always do what He calls me to do because it sometimes is not what I want to do.


But I know deep down in my heart that if I just start HE will always give me what I need to finish.

ellie1Ellie Baumann is a junior in high school and attends Zeeland West. She enjoys knitting, playing piano, babysitting, rollerblading with her sisters, and most of all, spending time with her family. She has a pretty big family… “I don’t know what I would do without them!” You can read Ellie’s previous guest post about Guatemala here and Hope here. 

9 thoughts on “Finishing

  1. I am starting a new job today and am sure I will do well at it. I’m not nervous about the job. I’m nervous about having the responsibility-not quitting due to anxiety. The job is going to be awesome, if I can remember what you’ve said here. “Just Start”…. let God give me strength and let Him place the steps before me. Just trust Him and myself and do what comes naturally to complete the small tasks as they come. “Just start…” Thank you for this “post”.

    • We will be praying for you Jessica! The getting started is sometimes really hard. God will help you finish 🙂 This post is just for you. I hope you have a wonderful first day.

  2. I should also add that Ellie is on her way today for a mission trip to Guatemala. I think she will share about her experience when she returns, but you can pray for her safety and for God to use her 🙂

  3. Thank you again for the opportunity to share my thoughts, Lisa! It was a fabulous week in Guatemala. The Holy Spirit was definitely there 🙂

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