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.