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 increíble

     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"