MEET: Mikayla Christiansen

Wednesday’s are my all time favorite days. I love getting to sit down and share what the Lord is doing in my life. And let me just tell you, he has been very VERY busy lately. I’m learning so much and hope you guys are too! So here’s to another week of growth and faithfulness from God.

If you recall two posts ago, I had a guest blogger who shared her story with us. I have reached out to a few of my favorite bloggers recently and have another great girl to introduce to you guys! Her name is Mikayla Christiansen and she is so talented!! She is a great blogger and photographer. Head over to her site to see some of her great work. I love getting to share other people’s stories with you all!

*I am tossing around the idea of posting twice a week (Wednesdays and Saturdays) and I can’t decide. Please leave comments about your opinion on this matter.*

Here is Mikayla’s story,

Q: When was your first “God Moment”? When was the first time (you can remember) that you felt God’s presence?

A: I don’t think that I have ever had a defining moment. My whole walk with God has been nothing less than powerful. God is a really cool God. A God who can’t be confined to an exact moment but of the whole journey that He has guided me on.

I’ll tell you about a really cool experience with Him. I was in Guatemala for a month last summer. That summer radically changed my life.

 

God uses different things and lessons for different people. He can use a situation, a circumstance, a season, people, and the Word to speak to us.

 

In this case, He used people.

There is nothing better than feeling totally at peace, and I had not felt that in such a long time. My heart was tussling with unsatisfied grief and anxiety. I had been on the throne of my own heart for such a time. Through such a sweet girl at an HIV orphanage, He revealed to me rest.

 

He showed me that rest is when I completely give Him my whole… my whole self, my whole mind and my whole circumstance.

 

In that little orphanage, He defined to me what rest is really like when it’s given by Him.

Q: When you became a Christian, what changed in your life?

A: I became a Christian when I was just a tiny person. I was six years old and in my PJs when I accepted God into my heart. Even though I was six, my whole perspective on my actions changed. My thoughts on how I carried myself, how I acted, how I loved others completely changed.

When we give our hearts to God, we are committing to the purpose He gave us in the very beginning.

Matthew 6:33 // “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else”.

When we are seeking the Kingdom, we are no longer seeking the world.

I had not really started pursuing this until I was older. My faith was more like my parents’ faith. While I understood that I had accepted God into my life, I did not understand that it was up to me to be in constant pursuit of life glorifying to God.

 

I realized that my parents would not be there to answer for me when I am in the presence of my Creator. 

 

It hit me hard when my dad passed away before my sixteenth birthday. It occurred to me that nothing on this earth is forever. I had sight of what it meant to be a Kingdom seeker. That’s when my heart started changing into a heart aligned with God’s.

Q: How is God working in you, during this season of your life?

A: He is showing me compassion. After my summer, I had felt that I was standing in a scene where everything else was moving except for me. I was numb — almost saddened. Joy was hard for me to find because I had created a space that was left untouched.

Through that heartbreak of leaving another country, I have been learning to live in this season presently and in content. He has taught me to open up that little space in my heart and place a welcome mat in place of the locks and bolts.

God is able to move so beautifully when we have no reservations.

Q: What about your photography do you love most?

A: As a photographer, I love just getting to know the people. I am a people person, so it is so fun for me to be able to meet new people on a regular basis. I love capturing the stories, the authenticity, and the beauty of whoever is in front of my camera.

Q: What has been your favorite blogger/photographer moment?

A: It is so hard for me to just choose one. I would have to say my favorite moments are when I get to meet people who read my Jesus rants or follow my photographer. I love getting to have coffee with new friends from both the blogger and photography community.

Q: Lastly, is there anything you have learned over the years that you would like to share with us?

A: I have definitely learned about using my creativity to actively pursue loving Christ and His people. We all are given talent and those are different for everyone.

1 Corinthians 12:12-26 // “The body is a unit, though it is comprised of many parts. And although its parts are many, they all form one body. So it is with Christ. 13For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free, and we were all given one Spirit to drink.

14For the body does not consist of one part, but of many. 15If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 16And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 17If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be?

18But in fact, God has arranged the members of the body, every one of them, according to His design. 19If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20As it is, there are many parts, but one body.

21The eye cannot say to the hand, “I do not need you.” Nor can the head say to the feet, “I do not need you.” 22On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable,23and the parts we consider less honorable, we treat with greater honor. And our unpresentable parts are treated with special modesty, 24whereas our presentable parts have no such need.

But God has composed the body and has given greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 25so that there should be no division in the body, but that its members should have mutual concern for one another. 26If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.”

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XOXO, The Christian Prepster

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