NYC. Year One.


Hard to believe.

One year…in New York City.

That’s crazy.

A lot can happen over the course of a year. Some you expect and some you don’t, but a lot happens nonetheless. You have your ups and downs, struggles and triumphs, and moments of blah. Yet, in this city, they all seem to mean and be more. It’s hard to explain that part.

Lessons have been learned. Truths have been learned. Experiences have been had. Memories have been made. Growth has taken place. Friends and family have been missed, new friends have been made, and God has been good and faithful.

He is also trustworthy.

When I moved up to New York City last August, the excitement of new wore off rather quickly and my new reality began to sink in. I was alone in a new city with a new job and a lot to learn. Now, I would like to say that I handled all of this with a high level of awesomeness, but that would be a lie (haha). It was hard. There were some tough times. And I had a decision to make . . .

In the midst of my unknown, overwhelming, and lonely situation . . . will I run to God or attempt to handle all this on my own.

This wasn’t the first time (and it won’t be the last) that a decision like this needed to be made. In the past, there were way too many times that I chose to handle things on my own. Those never worked out. Thankfully I chose to run to God. I did this by spending time in Scripture. Finding, rediscovering, and remembering who God is. A lot of comfort and courage was experienced through this.

So I created a New Note on my phone. I titled it “Statements of Truth”. I simply copied and pasted specific verses of Scripture and words of encouragement. From that point on, anytime I began to feel overwhelmed, or questioning what I was doing in NYC, scared, or lonely . . . I just opened that note and began to read.

I would read Joshua 1:9, Proverbs 3:5-6, Isaiah 41:13, 1 Peter 5:7, 2 Corinthians 12:9-10, Psalm 27:14, and the list could go on and on.

The constant reminder / lesson was to trust God. To make a long story short, that was the first of several lessons learned while doing life and ministry here in New York City.

As you know, trust doesn’t come easy but it’s essential for any relationship to work and thrive and survive. As I spent time rediscovering who God is, trusting Him became easier and easier.

Trust leads to peace.

I can’t remember where I read or heard that saying, but it’s also in my note. Right after, “God is good.”

Where do you turn or run in times of fear, overwhelming situations, the unknown?

What Scripture verses or passages do you make marked for times like that?