Stories, thoughts and reflections on the Bible from the WSFC Staff.

For the last three years I’ve had the honor of being the Kids Ministry intern here at West Salem Foursquare. During this time I’ve lead many classes—both elementary and preschool—on Sunday mornings. It has been such an incredible gift to see the kids of WSFC hear the Word of God every week, to watch their reactions, and listen to their questions. After we watch the Bible story video for the day and go back to our classroom to do the connected activity, I’ll review with the kids what the story was about. I often say,

“Now I know we just watched our Bible story, but sometimes I have a bad memory…Can anyone remind of what we learned today?”

The kids will shoot their hands up in eagerness, wanting to remind their forgetful teacher of the story we just watched. It may seem silly to say that I’ve “forgotten” what we learned moments after seeing it on screen, but I don’t think it’s too far from the truth. People are forgetful. Often when situations in life get tough, we seem to forget the powerful truth we discovered in Scripture. As often as we go to church, do our daily devotions, listen to podcasts, and connect with our church community we still can find ourselves forgetting God’s goodness, kindness and faithfulness when life gets tough. Or sometimes life just gets incredibly busy and it’s difficult to remind ourselves of His Truth in the midst of running from one event to the next.

The last few months of my own life have reflected that. My schedule has become less flexible with increasing demands from school and other responsibilities. I’m entering a new season that involves lots of change—good change—but nevertheless, change. I’ve been faced with situations where I am challenged and stretched. I’m learning to grow and have asked God daily to help me through the uncomfortable growing pains.

A passage of Scripture that I read years ago and has stuck with me comes from Galatians 2:19-21:

“For through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God. I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!”

The last few months God has called this passage to mind, reminding me that through every situation or season I face He is not only with me, but in me. I can choose to be overwhelmed when life throws me curveballs or when I’m stepping out of my comfort zone. Or I can choose to remind myself with every new morning that no matter what I face throughout the day Christ is in me!

-Ashleigh Barry