February 20 – Meet the Team – Celeste Kern

Read Proverbs 3:5-7

My name is Celeste Kern and I am thankful to share part of my story with you today. Thank you for taking the time to get to know me.

I was born in Columbus, Ohio into a family that loved Jesus and served Him full-time. My dad was on staff with Child Evangelism Fellowship.  As I grew physically, I grew in my understanding of my spiritual condition too. I heard the gospel as my parents shared with us as a family and others they served. At a young age, I asked Jesus to forgive me of my sin and to help me to live for Him and serve Him.  I didn’t understand what that all meant but God allowed me to learn as I watched Him lead through good times and difficult times.

My life verses are in Proverbs 3:5-7. I read the whole chapter this morning and verse one flew off the page:

“My child, never forget the things I have taught you. Store my commands in your heart.”

I am so thankful for the truths Scripture teaches me and for the power of having it in my heart. Being reminded that I can trust Him and that He will guide me and show me which paths to take helps me grow in this walk of faith.  I certainly continue to grow in this and have seen Him prove His faithfulness in desperate circumstances. Whether it was severe personal illness, death of a parent, death of a grandchild, threatening illnesses of our children at different times, or the transitions our family made around the world in ministry phases of our marriage, these times helped me learn to trust with “all my heart” and to “not depend on my own understanding” (Prov. 3:5).

In this trust, I have experienced His faithfulness! When situations do not make sense, I know they do to my heavenly Father. I know through Scripture and experiences that He has the best in mind for me because He cares for me.  I can remember many times when I tried to make sense of what was happening to me, only to be reminded that “His ways aren’t my ways.”. Learning to surrender to His plan for my moments continues to be my prayer each morning and to rest in what comes my way because He knows and desires to lead me.

As I close, I don’t want this to sound like “pie in the sky” as if I have it all together. I never will have it all together this side of heaven. I am too frail to comprehend all that my Savior has in store for me. So, like a child, I want to be joyful in following His wisdom and find refreshment for the faith journey in Him alone.

Take a few minutes to read Proverbs 3 and know that life in Him is the best life!

Celeste Kern

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