Hello world! So, I had mentioned I would start having people join this blog whom I felt really embody being set apart. I asked my sweet friend Jasmine to be a feature on this blog. I am so honored to call this girl my friend and to have watched her process and journey to where she is today. She is truly a gem!
What does the phrase set apart mean to you?
Jasmine: The image of a brightly lit candle in the midst of the darkness comes to mind. Especially in today’s world, lives that have been set apart for God stand out like a brightly lit candle. Anyone can recognize them, there is no denying that the room is brighter when someone who has been set apart walks in.
How would you say you try to live a life that is set apart?
Jasmine: My life is centered on beholding the prize, Jesus. When I behold Him, I become like Him. When I behold Him, everything else must come into alignment with His Kingdom. It’s definitely easier said than done, don’t get me wrong. But there is nothing else that I would be willing to fight for more than Him. He is so worth it.
“And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.” 2 Corinthians 3:18
Tell us a little about yourself.
Jasmine: I’m 24 years old and I have an incredible family, two younger siblings and two incredible parents. I love them all very much! It hasn’t always been easy and I have walked this journey with all of them but I wouldn’t have had it any other way. I have a bit of an obsession with donuts and cheese/fruit plates. Not together, of course, that’d be weird. 🙂
What do you do for a living?
Jasmine: I’m a full time missionary with YWAM Harrisburg, PA
How to did you get into being a missionary?
Jasmine:Honestly, it was the simple ‘YES’. I said yes to leaving my home and comfort and going to the other side of the world to do a DTS (Discipleship Training School), simply because He asked. I didn’t even know what was on the other side of that YES, I just did it to please His heart. It was during my DTS that He revealed my call in missions.
Can you share with us some of the trips you have been on and places you’ve lived while doing missions work?
Jasmine: In 2009, I went to Mexico right when I got out of high school for two weeks. January 2015, I did my DTS in Toowoomba, Australia and for our outreach, we went to Thailand. It’s been a wild ride and honestly, I wouldn’t have even dreamed up these things for myself. This has been the journey with Him and every one of these came out of the simple ‘YES’.
So, you now live in Pennsylvania? What are some of the things you love about living there.
Jasmine:It’s absolutely stunning here! The buildings are so beautifully restored and it’s so nice just to walk around and take it all in. Also, the atmosphere is just so ripe for revival so it’s so encouraging to see how God is moving here.
If there is one thing you could tell your teenage self what would it be?
Jasmine: Don’t worry about the ‘bigger picture’. Honestly, your ‘big picture’ isn’t even big enough. Just live your life in loving friendship with Him and live a life of simple obedience. Enjoy the adventure!
Is there any last words of encouragement you can give some of the readers on chasing their dreams and living set apart for Jesus?
Jasmine:Courage to live a life of simple obedience comes from beholding the prize, Jesus. Live a life focused on Him, He’s a good father and every good thing comes from Him.
Thank you, Jasmine for sharing! If you would like to follow her journey or financially support her so she is able to continue to spread the gospel and be a missionary please go to: http://us11.campaign-archive2.com/?u=0d90fb8be2aeedc2c14f5e49e&id=1c8738de62
Until next time,