Friday, December 31, 2010

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Yeah it's been awhile sense I've posted...I promise I'll be posting more in the coming month. ..Dec has been insane. :)


Anyways just wanted to say HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
I have a feeling 2011 will bring a LOT of changes for me...good or bad I don't know. It's in God's hands. ^_^

God Bless!
~Clari Noel

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Tell Me Why?

Sometimes it seems it's so easy to set your mind on one thing. To go each day thinking about it. To think about it as you do school, work...whatever it may be, it just seems you can't get it out of you mind. Maybe you don't want to.
You know that thing I'm talking about. It's different for different people.
Maybe it's your job. Maybe it's a guy. Or a girl. Maybe it's your parents. Maybe it's thinking about how others think of you.
Why can't that thing we can't stop thinking about be God?
Why can't we be asking him how we can serve Him more?
Why can't we think about how he loves us?
Why can't we be sharing the story of his grace and love to others?


I truly believe when we go about out every-day life with this mind-set...you'll be amazed at how much joy you find in life. :)

So tell me why can't we set our minds on what matters?

When we set our minds on things that are of this world, we find ourselves broken inside. It made me think of the song, I'm Not Alright by Santus Real. We need Christ in everything we do. So why not make it a littler easier by taking the first step and setting our mind on Him.









Sunday, November 28, 2010

Little Moments

Sometimes life is a little odd.
I found the moments I treasure most i'n life aren't when I'm having a ton of fun. They aren't the moments when I find myself amongst a large group laughing and having a great time. They aren't crazy moments where I feel like maybe I had just a 'tad' too much coffee.
I found the moments I treasure most, the ones that remain i'n my heart, are those little moments.
Those quite moments alone with a best friend.
Those quiet moments playing a game with a sibling.
Those moments after a crazy-wild day, when you are absolutely exhausted, but to sit i'n silence with a friend, as you both try to stay awake.

I used to take for granted those moments.
But you never know when those moments will disappear.
So let's not forget what we have. Let's not forget the ones who love us.
Life isn't about seeing how many friends you can make. It's not about being popular.

I love the song Thankful by Josh Groban. Beautiful song with beautiful lyrics.
I feel like tearing up when I hear it for a number of reasons.
1. Just the lyrics themselves are powerful
2. The first time I heard the song, it was at a going-away party for a very dear friend of mine. How I treasure those moments we had together
3. Just yesterday, We were driving home from the annual Snow Trip. Everyone was exhausted and the car was pretty quiet. Aubrey and I were listening to that song. I had been feeling exhausted and a little depressed at how the day had turned out. But listening to that song, I realized I had been surrounded by people whom I love. That moment, there i'n the car, sitting next to a friend I am so incredibly grateful God placed i'n my life, was one of the best moments i'n my life.

God how blessed me i'n an amazing way.
Those little moments he's placed i'n my life
Those little moments I will never forget.
Those little moments, I will never again take for granted.










Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

     Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

     We actually celebrated Thanksgiving yesterday, so for me, it's over...but still thought I'd post for fun. ^_^

     And I'm sure you'll hear this allll day today. But don't forget what Thanksgiving it about! :)


     1 Chronicles 16:8-12, "Give praise to the LORD, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done.  Sing to him, sing praise to him;  tell of all his wonderful acts.  Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice.  Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always. Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced."

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Afloat - Caleb and Sol - Official Music Video

     I don't really have much time to post anything, I likely won't be posting very much this week at all. It's been kinda insane for me. :) But....I just thought I'd post the lyrics to this song by Caleb and Sol.
     Caleb and Sol are two awesome Christian guys with some awesome music. This is one of my favorite songs by them.


Afloat - Caleb and Sol


Floating with the wind, I am drifting East
It's like I calmed the ocean still and put the waves to sleep
But the tides are changing, No it ain't the same
There lies a faith in the absence of control they say...

One step forth, and I try to get back
A coward's fear on trail with the weakest faith in man
You call me out my comfort, you call me out the boat
To walk on my own alone, alone

Chorus:
Sometimes I am lost on the open water
Sometimes I am thrown by the wind and the waves
Sometimes I'm swimming in the deep end
Can I stay Afloat, Stay Afloat

The Ocean is deep below my feet
Afraid of what's to come, so I slowly start to sink
I was waiting for my ending, But then you grab my hand
Just like I knew you would, you would

Chorus:
Sometimes I am lost on the open water
Sometimes I am thrown by the wind and the waves
Sometimes I'm swimming in the deep end
Can I stay Afloat, Stay Afloat

In the rain, there is a storm, barely breathing as I paddle...
I am sinking- Does it matter?
In my final breath, my only hope , you come to save me...

Chorus:
Sometimes I am lost on the open water
Sometimes I am thrown by the wind and the waves
Sometimes I'm swimming in the deep end
Can I stay Afloat, Stay Afloat




Saturday, November 20, 2010

I Refuse

      I just heard Josh Wilson's newest song, I Refuse, on the radio. And I LOVE the lyrics. Truly awesome and something that really speaks to me.

     Galatians 6:2, "Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ"


Friday, November 19, 2010

Him & Her

     So a few weeks ago I took some pictures of two of my friends who are courting. :) These are my top three.  The bottom one being my favorite. ^_^




Thursday, November 18, 2010

Me and My Man

I really love him. He's my 'man'. :) He also loves his nick-name, 'Mini-man'
We had a lot of fun taking these pictures. ^_^
My siblings are amazing - all of them. :)




     Matthew 18:2-5, "He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. 3 And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me."

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Get It?

    This video is really eye-opened and challenging. It kind of relates to a post I posted awhile back (View Here ). How often do we just see that person on the side of the road and judge or ignore them? Go on thinking about ourselves and our selfish needs?
     There's a song called "Do You Want to Know" by Josh Wilson...and as I was writing this post, I checked my friends blog and they had just posted that song. (See here). The lyrics to this song are powerful. This video is really powerful.
     Philippians 2:3-4, "Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others."
     Let's try and stop thinking about ourselves. Can we care of others, pray for others, see others as God sees them? They are created in God's image...just like you and me. 



Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Heart of Worship

     I really love this song. Just read the lyrics...I don't think I need to do any explaining.  :) One of my favorite worship songs for sure.
     It's all for Jesus with live for! Let us not forget that.
     Hebrews 12:1-2, "Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God."
    


 The Heart of Worship
When the music fades
And all is stripped away
And I simply come
Longing just to bring
Something that's of worth
That will bless your heart

I'll bring You more than a song
For a song in itself
Is not what You have required
You search much deeper within
Through the ways things appear
You're looking into my heart

I'm coming back to the heart of worship
And it's all about You
All about You, Jesus
I'm sorry Lord for the thing I've made it
When it's all about You
It's all about You Jesus

King of endless worth
No one could express
How much You deserve
Though I'm weak and poor
All I have is Yours
Every single breath

I'll bring You more than just a song
For a song in itself
Is not what You have required
You search much deeper within
Through the way things appear
You're looking into my heart

I'm coming back to the heart of worship
And it's all about You
All about You, Jesus
I'm sorry Lord for the thing I've made it
When it's all about You
It's all about You Jesus

Its all about you
Jesus 

Monday, November 15, 2010

Quote

     I absolutely love this quote. :) 
     "Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are." -John Wooden
  

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Mi familia es increĆ­ble

     Going into the second month of my seventeenth year, I can honestly say, that each day I learn more. Though my days still seem the same, I don't do anything new...I'm just in awe at how much God has shown me.
     There's so many different things I could write about. But I'm only going to write about one. Lately God has taught how important my family is. I love them more then ever. My family has always been incredibly important to me, but through switching Churches, something happened. I don't know what it was...the only thing I can say is God is amazing and he's given me grace I don't deserve. Switching Churches wasn't easy, and it still isn't easy...but I've grown a lot closer to my family since switching. I've spent more time with my siblings...and it's been amazing. 
     I love my dad. I love my mom. I love my three brothers and I love my five sisters. Each and everyone one of them are special to me. They each have unique talents. They each were wonderfully and carefully made by a loving God.
     Living in a large family isn't always easy. Quite often it's stressful and crazy and loud...very loud. It's not often our house is quiet. ;) But, you know, I am super glad that God placed me in this family.
     I hear so many stories about families that are broken. Adults who haven't seen their parents in 10 years. Siblings who don't even talk to each other. And I think Wow. I've been blessed. I've been blessed way more then I deserve to be placed in this family. In a family where everyone loves each other. Where we have two wonderful Godly parents to raise us. A wonderful dad who takes us out on our birthday and we get to do pretty much whatever we want. A mom spends hours homeschooling, cooking and training us to one day be parents. Woah. I don't deserve this. But I thank God that he placed me in this family.
     Someday I hope to have a family of my own, and my goal is that my family will be just like that one I'm in now. :)

      I love my family...so much.
     1 Corinthians 13:4-8a, "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trust, always hopes, always perseveres, it does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrong. Love never fails."

Friday, November 12, 2010

A Different Kind of Post

This post is by my 6 year old brother. :) (He's telling me what to type) Enjoy! ^_^

      I played basket ball yesterday. A funny story is that I ran down to the door and hit my head. For Christmas I want a soccer ball, a football, bears, cars, drawing set, books, sleeping bag and camera. The scariest thing that ever happened to me is that I got lost at Church. (He wanted me to put a happy face). :)
(We take a short intermission while my little brothers both have a boxing match.)

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Thank you

      Today is Veterans Day. The day we honor those who have fought for our freedom.
Given their lives so we can have ours.
   
     I know many US Veterans and I'm thankful for what, not only they, but all those who fought and are fighting for our Country.
   This picture is beautiful. ------------>
   I know that it's likely edited, but it's still super awesome. 
    Thank you to each and every navy seal, marine, soldier and to ALL those fighting for our Country.
    
     




A soldier wrote this poem, and think it is really awesome. Read it all the way through.
“Merry Christmas, My Friend” by LCpl James M Schmidt, USMC, 1986



Twas the night before Christmas, he lived all alone,
In a one bedroom house made of plaster & stone.

I had come down the chimney, with presents to give
and to see just who in this home did live

As I looked all about, a strange sight I did see,
no tinsel, no presents, not even a tree.
No stocking by the fire, just boots filled with sand.
On the wall hung pictures of a far distant land.

With medals and badges, awards of all kind,
a sobering thought soon came to my mind.
For this house was different, unlike any I'd seen.
This was the home of a U.S. Marine.

I'd heard stories about them, I had to see more,
so I walked down the hall and pushed open the door.
And there he lay sleeping, silent, alone,
Curled up on the floor in his one-bedroom home.

He seemed so gentle, his face so serene,
Not how I pictured a U.S. Marine.
Was this the hero, of whom I’d just read?
Curled up in his poncho, a floor for his bed?

His head was clean-shaven, his weathered face tan.
I soon understood, this was more than a man.
For I realized the families that I saw that night,
owed their lives to these men, who were willing to fight.

Soon around the Nation, the children would play,
And grown-ups would celebrate on a bright Christmas day.
They all enjoyed freedom, each month and all year,
because of Marines like this one lying here.

I couldn’t help wonder how many lay alone,
on a cold Christmas Eve, in a land far from home.
Just the very thought brought a tear to my eye.
I dropped to my knees and I started to cry.

He must have awoken, for I heard a rough voice,
"Santa, don't cry, this life is my choice
I fight for freedom, I don't ask for more.
My life is my God, my country, my Corps."

With that he rolled over, drifted off into sleep,
I couldn't control it, I continued to weep.

I watched him for hours, so silent and still.
I noticed he shivered from the cold night's chill.
So I took off my jacket, the one made of red,
and covered this Marine from his toes to his head.
Then I put on his T-shirt of scarlet and gold,
with an eagle, globe and anchor emblazoned so bold.
And although it barely fit me, I began to swell with pride,
and for one shining moment, I was Marine Corps deep inside.

I didn't want to leave him so quiet in the night,
this guardian of honor so willing to fight.
But half asleep he rolled over, and in a voice clean and pure,
said "Carry on, Santa, it's Christmas Day, all secure."
One look at my watch and I knew he was right,
Merry Christmas my friend, Semper Fi and goodnight.


  This song is pretty awesome.  





    
Happpy Veterans Day everyone. And God bless America!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Mi familia

So I set up a lightkit in my room the other day and had some fun experimenting with different lighting techniques. :) Here's some of the photos I got.
I love these people so much! <3










Tuesday, November 9, 2010

A Burden For Prayer

     About fifteen minutes ago I saw a picture of someone I used to know, and it was disgusting. To see a person grow up in a Christian family, then turn away from the God who created them, grieves me so much. Quite often the only thing you can do for them, is pray.

     1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, "Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus."
     Prayer is extremely powerful. I saw this quote that said, "Pray as if your life depended on it. It does." Are we praying sincerely for those we love? Are we praying sincerely for our enemies? (Matt 5:43-44 - "You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven.")Are we praying sincerely to God? Or are we just praying during Church, when the pastor says, "let's pray"? Are we praying because it's just the 'Christian thing to do'? Why do you pray? How often do you pray? WHO are you praying for?
     When we go to someone's house, and they aren't saved, are we ashamed to bow our heads before the meal? Are we ashamed when we go to a friends house, and they are saved, to bow our heads and thank God...even if they don't?
     Prayer is something that should be taken seriously. When praying we are speaking to a God who created us and loved us! We are casting our cares upon Him. We are asking Him for grace, for mercy. We are thanking Him for all He's given us.
      Psalm 5:3 - "My voice You shall hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning I will direct my prayer to You, and I will look up."
     Are we praying through-out the day? When we pray is are we letting our thoughts wander?


      Luke 11:1-13 - "One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, "Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples." He said to them, "When you pray, say: "'Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation.'"

Monday, November 8, 2010

Just The Right Time

      God knows our every need. And he never fails to give us just what we need, just when we need it.
      The last couple weeks have been difficult for me. I've been struggling with some things and just bringing myself back to the same place. But last night, I was laying in bed and couldn't sleep. After about an hour I felt God leading me to reading Psalm 37. The whole chapter is super awesome, but it's also kinda long, so I'll only post part of it. I encourage you to read the rest. :)

     Psalm 37:3-8, "Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.4 Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. 5 Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: 6 He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun. 7 Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.8 Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil."


      After reading that, I kinda just sat back in awe. Because that was definitely just the verse I needed to hear at that time. God is so awesome. He really is my rock, my salvation and my fortress, and I know that in Him, I cannot be shaken (Psalm 62:5-6).
     So many times I've felt God leading me to look up a passage in the Bible, and it's always a verse that relates to what I'm going through at that time. 
     So I just wanted to post what God has been doing in my life lately. :) And to say that, God always knows what we need. Whether we see it or not.


Saturday, November 6, 2010

Just Have To Say...

  
     Life is a precious gift. Life is something we often take for granted. We never know when this will be our last day on earth. There is an older couple from our Church who, actually I didn't even know because they were rarely feeling well enough to come. Just a few days ago, the wife found her husband of 60 years dead on the floor. God took Him up to Heaven.
     I know that he was elderly, and it wasn't a huge shock that he passed away, but death can come upon anyone of us at any time. Old OR young.
     About two months ago, something happened....and I honestly...was scared for my life. But through that, God taught me that he is in control.
     Dying isn't something we should be afraid of. God is in control of what happens to us. Nothing out of his will is going to happen.
     With this in mind, shouldn't we be living life in a way, that when we die, we are ready? Shouldn't we show our family we love them daily? Shouldn't we life a life that when we die, God will say, "Well done good and faithful servant."?

....just something to think about.

Galatians 2:20 - "I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me."

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Election

     With elections over (at least for the most past) it looks like there's a lot of changes. Hopefully it will be for the better. :) My prayer is that each of those elected will turn to God for the answers and will seek him earnestly. And I know of quite a few of people who got the vote, that seem to already be doing that. :)
    
http://www.comcast.net/articles/news-politics/20101102/US.Election.Rdp/?cid=itn
 
      But even if things aren't changed for the better, God in in control (he always was and is and will be). :)
     Psalm 89:8, "Who is like you, LORD God Almighty? You, LORD, are mighty, and your faithfulness surrounds you"

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

1 Peter 5:6-11

      The past few months this verse has been a huge encouragement to me. Like most people, I am going through some pretty hard times right now. And a lot of times I feel like I've hit rock bottom. But then again, I look to God's word, and it's always speaks to me. God always knows just what I need to hear.
      1 Peter 5:6-11, "Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
 8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
 10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 11 To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen"

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Happy Birthday

Super amazing song. I don't particularly recommend their other music.
But this song, I could just listen to it over and over...which I do.
Awesome song.

Friday, October 29, 2010

More Then Just A Face

     So today I went to some property we are renting out to clean up. We keep getting new renters, and each time they leave, they leave a HUGE mess. Garbage EVERYWHERE. It's disgusting and takes us days to clean up and truckloads of trips to the dump. Today I was cleaning out this huge storage container, and it was filled with boxes and boxes and random stuff. I kept finding these old picture albums filled with old photos.
     Two things hit me really hard inside.
     1. The fact that these people would just throw away these memories.
     2. The fact that these people were such slobs.
     We were burning everything that was burnable, and each album I threw in the fire, I felt so bad. These pictures, were more then pictures, these were peoples LIVES. And you could see from all the junk that was around, these lives were so torn apart. No, I don't mean the pictures themselves were oh-so-important. But it was the people in the pictures. I saw families, friends, brothers, sisters, grandparents. Broken lives. Lives of people who didn't know the truth of God's love.
     It really tore me apart and gave me this extreme burden to help these people. With each album I threw into the fire, I would pray for them. I wanted so bad to take each of those albums home, I don't know what I would have done with them. But I just wanted to keep them 'alive' somehow. I don't know if what I'm saying even makes sense. But each picture I looked at, I saw a face, a face of someone who was a stranger to me. But though that face was a stranger to me, that face wasn't a stranger to others. This person had family and friends. This person wasn't a stranger to God. This person was like me, a child whom God created in His image.
     I'm trying to figure out how to put into words what is going on in my head right now, and I'm having an extremely hard time.
     I don't know what else more I can say, because, it's something I can't explain. I have a deep longing to help these people. Help those people who's lives are so broken.
     How often do we pass by a chance to share the love of Christ with someone? How often do we see that cashier at SafeWay, and you can see the pain in their eyes? What do we do? Do we just make our purchase and continue on our way? We can make a difference. Even if we don't have the chance to speak aloud to whoever may be hurting, we ALWAYS have the chance to pray. Pray for them. Constantly.
      Galatians 6:2, "Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ."
     This is something that is super important to me in my life. I believe God is calling me to somehow help these people. Right now I don't know what I can do other then pray for them. I'm kinda more of an introvert, so it's super hard for me to talk to the cashier I see or too give encouragement to a stranger. But it's not impossible. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. 
     My plea for you is this: Though it may be hard. Follow God's calling. Talk to that person who needs to hear God's love. Pray for that person.
     Matthew 25:35-40, "For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.'
 37"Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?'
 40"The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me."

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Prayin' For You

    There's not much that I can say too add to this. Just listen to it. Truly absolutely amazing lyrics.
     Deuteronomy 4:29, "But if from there you seek the LORD your God, you will find him if you look for him with all your heart and with all your soul."

Monday, October 25, 2010

Jesus On The Internet

     Everywhere I see these email forwards that say things like, "If you love Jesus pass this on!" or "If you are a Christian send this to 10 people!" GAH!!
     People! HELLO!!! That's just stupid. If you love Jesus, show it in your LIFE. Not in an email!
If you love Jesus, go out, show the love of Jesus in your everyday life. Whether it be with your family, friends or a stranger. NOT AN EMAIL.
     Those emails do NO good. They don't make you a better person. They aren't a good use of time. They DON'T show that you love Jesus.
     They are STUPID.

Ohk. I'm don't with my rant. But I was really starting to get annoyed by those emails.

Ephesians 5:15-16, “Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men, but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil.”

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Chris Tomlin - Forever

Real short post here,
I just wanted to say how thankful I am to God for giving me a ton more then I deserve!
I have an absolutely wonderful family and amazing friends!
And I know I don't deserve any of it. God has blessed me so much, I just can't get over it!
Of course, life isn't always easy, it's actually super hard, confusing and stressful, 1) living in a big family and 2) rarely getting to see my friends.
But woah. When I DO get to see my friends, I feel so loved and I just have an amazing time. And even more awesome to hang with friends who we can all freely talk about our walk with the Lord, that's something a lot of people don't have.
And I wouldn't give up one of my siblings for anything. I love them all more then, well more then a lot! :)


Well I just wanted to say how thankful I was. Ya, that's it. :)
Psalm 118:1, "Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever."



I used to sing this song at Church quiet a bit, it's really awesome.
"Forever God is good..." YES! ^_^

Thankful

Real short post here,

     I just wanted to say how thankful I am to God for giving me a ton more then I deserve!
I have an absolutely wonderful family and amazing friends!
And I know I don't deserve any of it. God has blessed me so much, I just can't get over it!
Of course, life isn't always easy, it's actually super hard, confusing and stressful, 1) living in a big family and 2) rarely getting to see my friends.
     But woah. When I DO get to see my friends, I feel so loved and I just have an amazing time. And even more awesome to hang with friends who we can all freely talk about our walk with the Lord, that's something a lot of people don't have.
     And I wouldn't give up one of my siblings for anything. I love them all more then, well more then a lot! :)

     Well I just wanted to say how thankful I was. Ya, that's it. :)
     Psalm 118:1, "Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever." 

Friday, October 22, 2010

Calvin and Hobbes

Calvin and Hobbes is probably the most amazing comic book out there. I.love.it. 
I hate reading usually, but I could read Calvin and Hobbes all day long. ^_^
So I thought I'd spread the enjoyment. 
I love the one where Hobbes gives Calvin and haircut...to many times I've had the same thing happen. Both when I've given others haircuts(not recently.haha) and when people have given me haircuts.


Calvin and his snowmans = amazing.
This is really made me laugh...specially sense I'm a hunter. ;)
Just the simplicity of this is amazing.
 "we're here to devour each other alive." :D
When people ask me where I live...I say denial.
Oh how often I feel like this during school...

One of my all time favorite Calvin and Hobbes strips. So sweet. :)


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Pomegranate Phone

     Some of you may have seen the advertisement for the 'pomegranate phone'. A truly amazing and jaw-dropping phone. :) If you haven't seen it...check it out!

     Pomegranate Phone

     Now that you've seen it. You're probably disappointed right? It looked pretty awesome! First time I saw it, I was like "Woah. That's SO the phone I'm getting!"
     But how many time to we put up a false front? How many times do we act a certain way, to get people to like us? It is so incredibly easy to act fake, to put on a mask. How many times do you see other people, and you know that they are putting up a false front? How many times do we do what is 'cool' just because our best friend does it? How many times do we find ourselves in conversations when everyone is talking about this movie they saw, that you weren't allowed to see? Do you just honestly tell them, you aren't allowed to see it because it isn't honoring to God? Or do you just stand there quietly and if they ask, just say you haven't seen it yet?
     We are who God made us to be! He gave us the personality we have.
     Psalm 139:13-16, "For you created my inmost being;  you knit me together in my mother's womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,16 your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be."
     Can't we just be ourselves? Can't rip of that false front? That 'always-smiling-going-with-whatever' mask? Can't we just be who God made us to be? His precious children. Shining His light. Standing up for what we believe even when it might make us 'uncool'.
      Be yourself, you want people to like you for you. And if you are yourself, the one who God created you to be, you'll find that instead of getting 'fake' friends, you'll get real ones who love you for you. :)
     (Just to clarify. Being yourself doesn't mean you can do whatever you want. If means being the person God called you to be.)
     I love the song by Steven Curtis Chapman, Finger Prints of God.





 

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

WHOO!

Jnet/Lady G was here because she is awesome like that.

Word.

- Lady G

Every Little Detail

     For school this week, my job is to basically build, from scratch, new cabinets for our kitchen. This requires measuring, sketching, erasing, measuring again, sketching, perfecting.  Repeat. If you mess up on just one measurement, the whole project won't work.  I could have taken 1 hour to do all the measurements and drawings, but then it would've been a sloppy job and likely wouldn't have turned out well. Instead, I took 4 hours, 6 pieces of grid paper, pencils, a ruler, one p&j sandwhich and a tape measure to make sure everything will work before I begin cutting the wood. It wasn't exactly the funnest 4 hours either, it got boring and long. But one wrong measurement could mean a lot. 
      I know this idea my seem a little far-fetched, but in building these cabinets I was reminded that every little detail in our life counts. How we act, respond and treat others. What we do or say, even when we are alone. 
     Colossians 3:17, "And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him."
     It doesn't say, "some of the things you do" it says, "whatever you do". Whatever you do, every little detail of what you do. Don't do it sloppy, do it as unto the Lord. 
     When we begin to forget the little details, to just let a 'few' things slip by, that isn't honoring to God...before we know it, it becomes a habit. It ruins the whole project, it turns us away from what God wants us to do. 
     As I said before, relating those two things together, maybe seem a bit far-fetched, but...usually that's just the way I think. ;)



Let Your Light Shine

     These past few weeks I have been reviewing world history for school. One of my textbooks has these 'stories' or as they calls them, myths. But the thing is, these 'myths' are stories from the Bible! As they go through history, they go through the Bible, but twisting details and saying it's not true.
I've wondered, "How can someone read the Bible enough to base a history book off it, and yet still not believe it? How can they read it so much and not see the truth?"
Then the ever returning answer came back - they are deceived and blind. Their eyes aren't open to the truth.
     1 Corinthians 2:14, "The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned." 
     I memorized that chapter in apologetics a few years ago. To someone who is not saved, when they don't hear the truth, they can't see it as the truth.
     1 Corinthians 1:18, "For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God."
     So how to we minster to those who are unsaved? How to we witness to them and teach them of the gospel? Through love. Through showing them the love of Christ in our lives. Not just telling them the truth of God's word, (though we still need to do that!) but letting them see the light of Christ in us. And you never know when God will use you to show someone His love.
     Matthew 5:15-16, "Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven."
     So that's my thoughts of the day. :)

Monday, October 18, 2010

Be Still

I really love the verse Psalm 62:5, "Find rest O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from Him." I have it up on my wall above my desk, and it's a constant reminder to me that my life rests and depends on God alone. 
Lately, especially, my life hasn't been easy. Even the first few days of going into my 17th year, life gets more complicated and hard. But one thing I have learned, that through the hard times in my life, God has ALWAYS been there with me. He has a reason for everything that happens and what will happen. And when we just trust in Him, that His holy will will come about, it's amazing how much easier life becomes. No, the hardships don't necessarily leave, but it's a ton easier to get through them.

Recently I heard this song on the radio. It really hit me hard that I need to just be still and know that God is there.


Be Still - Storyside
I remember all the times
the good times and the bad
(some good and some are bad)
I'm still holding on to you
some days I wanna run
and times I come undone
but I still belong to you
thats how I know that


when I feel like caving in
my heart my soul is wearing thin
I just want to give up
nothing seems at all to add up
can you hear me Lord?
my face is down upon the floor
its then you whisper in my ear
be still and know I'm here
I see a side of you my friend
the same struggles that I have
my heart goes out to you
I know its hard to feel alone
and this world's so unforgiving
I've been feeling that way too
but I can tell you

Is that you?
Is this me
It's sometimes hard to believe that
I am not alone

its not just you
and not just me
we all need to believe that
we are not alone.