Jemeia, North Carolina
Writer, Transparency Blog
Meet Jemeia. A blogger, author, and follower of Christ. In this week’s feature, Jemeia talks about waiting on God in difficult seasons, committing to a life of obedience, and drawing strength from the Lord.
Q: What does “Confidence Without Compromise” mean to you?
A: In this season, I would say that “Confidence Without Compromise” means to understand and root myself in my identity as God’s workmanship. I have been in a hard season where I have often grown frustrated with myself, pain, suffering, weakness, and the inability to heal myself emotionally or mentally.
Despite this, I fight to remain confident in my identity as His workmanship.
I draw strength from knowing that God is strongest when I am weakest and trusting that He will not leave me nor forsake me in this season. He began a good work in me, and He will be faithful to complete it and restore joy, peace, trust, and hope in my life. Not compromising means not giving up on Him because He has never given up on me.
Q: How has your faith given you confidence?
A: My faith is the only thing I can stand on because there is no hope apart from Jesus Christ. Life is hard, but Jesus is the only stable part of my life. I take comfort in knowing that He can control what I have no control over, and that gives me confidence.
In my life, I have seen Jesus supernaturally orchestrate every step I have taken. Sometimes I wonder “How did I get here?” and the answer is God. Hard seasons come and go. Good seasons come and go. Storms are a part of life, but when they arrive, knowing that Jesus has always been strong for me and delivered me gives me confidence.
Q: What is a go-to Bible verse that you turn to when you need confidence or hope?
A: I honestly don’t have one verse. I have a couple of favorite chapters:
Psalm 16, Psalm 139, 1 Peter 5, Ephesians 2, John 15, and Matthew 22. I have listed full chapters because…context. 😊
These verses remind me that I am seen and known by God whether I am experiencing joy or suffering.
He holds my lot, and the boundary lines fall in pleasant places for me. I can cast my cares onto Him because He cares for me, He will abide in me as I abide in Him, and no matter what I face in life, my deepest desire is that I will obey Him with my heart, mind, and soul. I never, ever, EVER want to look back over my life and regret the fact that I did not try to be obedient to Him. I can sleep well at night knowing that He honors my obedience.
Q: What encouragement would you give to other young women regarding living for the Lord?
A: Living for the Lord is not glamorous. I struggle to answer this question because I am weak. I am in a season where I don’t FEEL like He is near. However, my advice is to live for Him anyway because He is worth it and deserving of your life.
Psalm 34 promises that God will deliver those who fear Him, seek His face, and walk in righteousness. The verse promises that those who put their hope in Jesus will never be put to shame. I have also been reading through Hebrews, and it reminds me that Jesus can relate.
The Lord knows what it feels like to be at your lowest, to know that your Father is good, yet feel so far from Him.
Jesus took on human form and bore the weight of sin. We often crumble and give into sin and give up when we suffer. However, Jesus bore it all even when sin and suffering built and built and BUILT and OVERWHELMED Him. He bore it perfectly for us, and now He is seated at the right hand of the Father. He is not a High Priest who cannot identify with you. If that is not a Savior who is deserving or your life, then I don’t know who is.
Learn More About Transparency Blog
The Transparency Blog aims to help women grow in their faith. I started two series on the blog, “Jesus is Bae” and “To the Single Woman.” I desire to help women experience Jesus as their first love and to encourage them to live out their singleness with purpose. Also, Hanha Hobson (founder of the Transparency Blog) and I wrote a book called Jesus is Bae. Jesus is Bae is a 31-day interactive devotional to discover what it means to be in a relationship with Christ. It is now available on Amazon.
Q: How have you seen God work in your life and the lives of others during your involvement?
A: Blogging for the Transparency Blog has been an enormous blessing for me. It has shown me that writing is the best outlet for me to process and reflect on what God is teaching me. Additionally, I have had the opportunity to encourage other women and assure them that they are not alone and that it is okay to be human. I believe that blogging has allowed me to reflect on how to serve God in my humanness and mess, because we often feel like we have to serve God in perfection…which is false.
Connect With Jemeia
On my page, you will find a whole lot of antics, foolishness, and Jesus. I live my life and serve Jesus authentically and unashamedly.
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