Monday, December 26, 2011

Perspective

It's almost comical how things can look totally different from different perspectives.

Take this box:


From this perspective...it looks like an impossible box.
Sometimes, actually quite often, life seems confusing and it feels like there's no possible way it could turn out good. Or how what you're going through right now, makes any sense or has any purpose.
But that's OUR perspective.
Our simple minded, human, perspective.

But what about God's perspective?
God doesn't see things how we see it. He sees ALL.
His perspective is from an all-knowing perspective.
I love this song, God Sees the Storm. Extremely powerful lyrics.


Isaiah 55:8-9, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts" 

God's thoughts are so much more than ours. It's impossible for us to comprehend His thoughts.
He has a plan and purpose for EVERYTHING. And He understands EVERYTHING. EVER situation. It's not confusing to Him.
If we were to see things from God's perspective...we would see life a whole lot differently. 


It's the perspective of the Maker that is the real one. 

(Same box from the other side)

Friday, December 16, 2011

Focus.

What's your focus today?
Isaiah 26:3-4, "You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you. Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD, is the Rock eternal." 
 Is your focus on Christ?
I promise life goes 100% better when our focus is continually on Christ. :)

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Always Amazed...

I am continually amazed at God's timing.
God's timing is perfect. In every situation.
He's always knows what we need, WHEN we need it.
And He also knows what we need to hear WHEN we need to hear it.

Today God showed me a lot of verses that really spoke to me.
The main theme: Resting in God's peace. Resting in contentment with everything He has given us whatever the circumstance may be.
Two of the main verses that stood out to me:

2 Thessalonians 3:16, "Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you."  

Philippians 4:4-9, "Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you"

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Thankful

      In life we are always wanting something...desiring something. We keep telling ourselves, "if I just have this...then I'll be satisfied." A quote I found I thought was pretty awesome:
"Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; but remember that what you  now have was once among the things you only hoped for."
 Philippians 4:11-13, "I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength." 

     Why can't we just be content with what God has given us? Thankful for what we already have?

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Rock Bottom

My knees contacted with rocky ground.
I fell to my face. Blood oozed from cuts on my arms.
The fall had been a long one. Every bone in my body told me so.
I vaguely remembered things I had passed during my fall.
Memories.
Memories that hurt.
I tried to call for help, but my voice cracked and filled with dust.
I tried to lift myself to my feet, but no strength remained.
Why was I here? Could I get out?
Could it get worse?
A stench. My own body putting off an odor so bad I gagged.
A cry of anguish. My cry of anguish.
Alone.
Alone?
No.
Somewhere from below a voice called my name.
A sickening voice.
A voice of darkness.
Could I possibly fall father towards that voice?
I shuddered.
I tried to block out the voice, but how tempting it began to sound.
I wanted to resist.
But I had no strength.
A thought crossed my mind.
A silly thought.
Why would I ever look up?
I didn't even know if I had the strength to.
But somehow, I did.
Using every ounce of energy I had left, I lifted my head and looked up.
A hand.
A hand was reaching out.
For me.
Where had that come from?
I reached out and took hold of the hand.
The voice of darkness shrieked in pain below me.
The hand held my own firmly.
A new strength filled my bones.
The hand began to pull me out.
And with every moment that passed, my strength grew.
Memories began to fade.
The only thing that mattered now was the one who's hand had helped me.
My feet touched soft grass.
I looked at my arms.
My wounds had turned to scars.
Scars I knew would heal if only I kept reaching for that hand.
Reaching for Christ.
How long had that hand been there?
Somehow I knew it had been there all along.
Waiting.
Patiently waiting for me to look up.
A hand that is there right now.
Reaching out towards you.
Will you look up?



     Philippians 3:12-14, "But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus."

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Even at night...

      I have insomnia. Lately I can't even fall asleep until past 1am.
      Last night after the clock hit 1:30 and I still hadn't fell asleep I opened my Bible(shoulda done it earlier) and read through a couple chapters in Psalms. One of the verses I read was Psalm 16:7-8;
     "I will praise the LORD, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me. I have set the LORD always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken" 
     And it just really hit me hard. "Even at night my heart instructs me." Even at night. At night when I can't sleep. A time that I have-without distractions-a time where I can listen to God.
     Of course, sometimes it's hard-because I feel like I'm half asleep. But other times I feel wide awake.
     I want even at night - my heart to instruct me about God. To be listening to God as long as I'm awake.
Morning. Noontime. Night.
     I want my thoughts to be consumed with Him.
     But I know it takes a conscious effort - one which I plan to work on. A lot. :)

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Only God...

Only God can turn a MESS - into a message, a TEST - into a testimony, a TRIAL - into a triumph and a VICTIM - into a victory.

Praise God!

Psalm 139:17-18 "How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand. When I awake, I am still with you."

Monday, November 14, 2011

     I've been reading Crazy Love by Francis Chan. If you haven't read that book DO SO! Absolutely amazing, and yes, lifechanging book. Each chapter is convicting.
      There was one paragraph I read yesterday that I haven't been able to stop thinking about:
     "How would my life change if I actually thought of each person I came into contact with as Christ-the person driving painfully slow in front of me, the checker at the grocery store who seems more interested in chatting than ringing up my items, the member of my own family whom I can't seem to have a conversation and not get annoyed?"
     I don't know about you - but that was extremely convicting to me.
     Matthew 25: 42:-45, "For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’
“They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’
“He will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’"
     God commands us to love one another.  1 Peter 4:8, "Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins."
      I mean sure, we've all heard that passage, but have you REALLY thought about it and taken it to heart? If you haven't, I guarantee it will change the way you act if you start to. :) When I read this verse, I used to just think of the homeless, widowed, unborn who were the 'least of these'. But I think there's more. I think it wasn't only talking about those who are in that type of need only. It's also everyone we come in contact with.
     Think back to a moment when you got mad at a family member. Now what if that family member were the face of Christ?
Wow.
     It kinda makes you look at everyone in a whole new way.
     ...Just... something to think about.
 

Thursday, November 10, 2011

What more do I need?

What more do I need than Christ?
Philippians 3:8-9, "What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith."

Nothing more. 

Sunday, November 6, 2011

It's a new day

"Every dog has his day."
We've all heard that quote. But what if you could determine how your day was going to go? At least to a certain extent...
If we start each morning by turning towards Christ I can almost guarantee your day will go better. 
The last few mornings I've been starting by day by 1.)Prayer 2.)Reading my bible 3.)Turning my ipod onto my 'worship' music playlist. And each day I've felt closer to Christ and have been able to get through the day praising God, regardless if my day is not going 'how I want it to'. 

Don't get me wrong, I'm not making a statement and saying, "If you seek Christ in the morning your day will go well." Not at all. BUT we are commanded to continually seek Christ ("Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). And why not start off our day in the right way? 
I've found my day goes a hundred times better-mainly because of the fact I am focused on Christ. 

So take the time each morning.
Start out your day in pray and God's word.

And you'll find yourself closer to God each day and filled with His joy each day.

Start your day with the right mindset - it will affect your whole day.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Repost: Just As I Am

Very powerful song.
http://eternityisinmyheart.blogspot.com/2011/11/just-as-i-am.html

Dear Lord, on my knees again/I come to you because you understand
I've tried so hard/But I just can't change myself/That's why I know I need Your help
So here I am /This is my plea/My only hope is Your love for me
I'm reaching out so desperately/Come and take my hand/Take all of me
Oh Lord, take what's broken/Why can't i just learn to follow you
I want to know you/To feel you in my soul/I surrender control
So here I am/This is my plea/My only hope is your love for me
I'm reaching out so desperately/Come take my hand/Take all of me
Just as I am not afraid to follow you where you lead me
I can leave the past behind/So here I am/Take all of me"

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Sadly...it's true.

Another photo! Though this is a 'cute comic' or whatever you want to call it...it's sadly very true.
How often do we wonder why we aren't close to God...when we aren't listening for Him? When we aren't reading His word?
Take the time. Listen to God.
Get away from distractions if you have to.
Whatever it takes.
Spend time with God.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Christ is my all in all.

All I have in in Christ.
All I need is Christ.
Lately I've been humbled that I haven't been realizing that and taking it to heart and remembering that Christ is my all in all.

"My faith has found a resting place/Not in device nor creed/I trust in the ever-living one/And His wounds for me shall plead/Enough for me that Jesus saves/This ends my fear and doubt/A sinful soul I come to Him/And He will never cast me out"

I want my life to be a continuous change. A change to be loving Christ and leaning on Him more and more each day.

And to anyone reading this - I want you to keep me accountable to it. To point me towards Christ when I start to turn astray and lean on the things of this world.

I am so blessed to have friends and family both who are already doing this. I pray that I can also be that friend who can shine for Christ and be an encouragement to others.

Because Christ is my all in all. 
Psalm 141: 
"O LORD, I call to you; come quickly to me.
   Hear my voice when I call to you.
2 May my prayer be set before you like incense;
   may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice.
 3 Set a guard over my mouth, O LORD;
   keep watch over the door of my lips.
4 Let not my heart be drawn to what is evil,
   to take part in wicked deeds
with men who are evildoers;
   let me not eat of their delicacies.
 5 Let a righteous man[a] strike me—it is a kindness;
   let him rebuke me—it is oil on my head.
   My head will not refuse it.
   Yet my prayer is ever against the deeds of evildoers;
 6 their rulers will be thrown down from the cliffs,
   and the wicked will learn that my words were well spoken.
7 They will say, “As one plows and breaks up the earth,
   so our bones have been scattered at the mouth of the grave.[b]
 8 But my eyes are fixed on you, O Sovereign LORD;
   in you I take refuge—do not give me over to death.
9 Keep me from the snares they have laid for me,
   from the traps set by evildoers.
10 Let the wicked fall into their own nets,
   while I pass by in safety"

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Another thousand words..

I seem to be on a 'photo' streak... but I've been finding these photos. And they are just so powerful, I have to share.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Rejoice always

SUCH a powerful verse.
I'm working on going through and memorizing Philippians right now...and there is SO much in there! Each verse has something new to teach you. 

Philippians 4:4-7, "Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus"

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Fear Not

What are you fearing?
Proverbs 9:10, "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding."

Monday, October 3, 2011

Just Like That

Life.
That little four letter word that can have so much meaning.
Life is really a gift given to us from God.
A chance to except His amazing forgiveness in our lives.
A chance to live. Love. Breath.
And before we know it, it's gone.
Just like that.
The older I get - the faster life goes - and I'm still a teen!
Don't waste your life.
Live it to the fullest. Live like Christ would live. Making every moments count.
Tell your family you love them.
Help that person who needs to know of God's grace before it's too late.
Don't spend your life having fun, going to parties, doing things for you...live for CHRIST!
And don't put it off.
Because life is gone before you know it.
Just like that.


Philippians 1:27-28, "Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel, and not frightened in anything by your opponents. This is a clear sign to them of their destruction, but of your salvation, and that from God."

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Bible Memorization

     Memorizing the Bible - one of things in life that really is important.
     It takes time...sure... but time WELL spent. Time learning more of God's word...implanting it into your life... it's the word of God...our daily bread... and the more we memorize, the more we learn. The more in situations...we can be able to say, "Oh! I know a great verse that applies with this!"
     It's a constant thing you have to do... you can't just memorize a few verses one day, then the next day, give up and forget everything.
     It's a daily thing. Constantly quoting scripture. Constantly reading it. Constantly learning more about God.
     Memorizing the Bible IS important. It's very important.
     The Bible says to always be ready to give an answer to those who ask (1 Peter 3:15, "Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have). And how else can we do that then by KNOWING God's word?
     ...Take the time to learn God's word.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Quiet Time With God

     Can I just say this?
     Spending time in God's word, prayer and listening to Him...is THE most important part of the day.
     Sometimes it's hard to find time.. but we find time to check facebook right? How about talk to your friend on the phone? There is always time for God's word. And nothing is more important then seeking Christ in everything.
      Take the time. God has given you so much... can't you just give Him a few minutes (at minimum) of your time in return?
     Isaiah 55:6, "Seek the LORD while He may be found, Call upon Him while He is near" 
     Do it. Find a place away from distraction. Bring your Bible.... spend time with God... I can promise you won't regret it. Seek God. Strive to learn more about Him and his goodness.
     Take the time.

     

Monday, September 26, 2011

Count It All Joy

It's very likely I've posted pretty much this same post before... I can't remember. ;)

Do we count it all joy when the going gets tough? When life is hard...are we praising God? Or do we only praise Him when everything is going how we want it? 
James 1:2-3, "Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance."
I absolutely love the song, Count it All Joy.
Lord I'll count it all joy
When my troubles
Close me in on every side
Lord I'll count it all joy
When this road of faith
Runs through the darkest night
For I know You're at work in me
Yes I know You'll provide
All the grace I need

You have always been my Rock
I will trust You forever forever
You have never failed me God
I will trust You forever forever

Lord I'll count it all joy
When the weight of sorrow
Drives me to my knees
Every heartache and pain
In Your mighty hands
Is forming Christ in me
And I know that Your Word is true
Yes I know every trial
Will only prov

http://grooveshark.com/#/s/Count+It+All+Joy/2IVFeq?src=5

Count it all joy - in the good. And in the bad.
Are you up for the challenge?
With God's strength...you can count it all joy!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

So many questions

In life we always have questions.
Questions about what will happen in life.
Questions why things happen.
Questions...we don't know the answer to.
The most wonderful thing about that? God doesn't have those questions!
I love this song. So simple. So powerful. God  is in control and we don't need to know the answers.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

How small is your strength

This isn't a long post...I don't have a lot of time.
But a verse that's definitely been on my mind a lot lately is Proverbs 24:10, "If you falter in times of trouble, how small is your strength" 
That's really powerful. I mean. Really.
Don't give up just because the going gets tough. To those who have been saved by grace...Christ is there in the good and the bad.
Don't just praise God in the good.
Praise Him in the hard.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

We will never forget.

‎10 years ago today - A day that will never be forgotten. So many lost their lives on that day. But God's mercy never ceases, and He is our rock eternal. In the hard times and easy. Praise God for that!
Let's not forget those who gave there lives to save others. Those who lost loved ones on that day. And our God and Savior who reigns forever eternally and has a plan and purpose for every moment in history, small or something as big as what happened on September 11th.

No. Really. It's how I cook.

As you can see... I can't cook... at all. :D

CookingWithClari - Peach Cobbler?

Saturday, September 10, 2011

First Impressions - the movie

Some friends of mine are putting a lot of work and effort into making what looks to be a super awesome movie. :) Kind of a modern pride and prejudice thing.

Check it out!

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/firstimpressions/first-impressions-the-movie/comments

Friday, August 26, 2011

Undeserving.

I don't deserve what God has given me.

I am awed and humbled by how much He has given me.

So many what I saw as 'hopeless' situations - God turned completely around and blessed me in ways that are so amazing I can't describe.

He is so good to me. I can't describe how in awe of Him I am.

But the greatest gift he gave me...
Romans 5:8, "But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."

Does anything else need to be said?

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Pray You Through

     I stumbled across this song and just had to share it. :)
     So often we have friends who we want to help so bad - but there's nothing we can do.
     Except pray.
     This song really was powerful to me.
     We are called, as Christians to pray for others. To thank God for those who are following Christ, to pray for those who aren't.
     The most powerful thing we can do to help someone is prayer.
     And I've seen prayers answered. Big ones.
     Just an example - a few months back God really impressed on my heart to pray for a friend. I prayed all through that day whenever I thought about it for this friend. But I still felt the intense need to continue praying. I got another friend to pray with me and spent the next day fasting and praying. I was sitting in a room, reading the Bible and praying that afternoon, when I felt this overwhelming peace wash over me. And I felt God say, "I am in control. This friend is in my hands and I have a plan for them." The intense need for prayer for this friend left(of course I'm not saying that there was no need to pray for them anymore. Everyone needs prayer.). A week later I found out this friend had kinda what you could say a life-changing moment and felt closer to God to ever before. Praise God!
     Prayer is a powerful thing. It really is.
     Talking to the God who CREATED you. Opening your heart to Him. Crying out to Him. I mean it's ....wow. Most people seem to take prayer for granted. To "do it" just because the Bible says to pray. So before they go to bed, before they eat a meal, they'll just say a quick prayer. We should be praying because we are talking to our CREATOR. Our Heavenly Father. We should be constantly praying. Constantly seeking Christ.
     2 Chronicles 7:14, "If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land."
     Do you have a friend who is falling away? Who is going through a hard time? Who just needs comfort? The best thing you can do for them is pray. Pray for their salvation if they aren't saved. Pray for God to reveal Himself to them if it be His will.
      Pray. 
      Pray not out of habit. But out of love for Christ. Out of the desire to seek Him. Pray from your heart to a God who loves you.
     Pray because we are called to pray. Not forced. Called.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Are YOU following Christ?

In my daily Bible reading, I read this passage:
Luke 9:59-62,  "...He said to another man, "Follow me." But the man replied, "Lord, first let me go and bury my father." Jesus said to him, "Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God." Still another said, "I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family." Jesus replied, "No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God."...Wow. Are you willing to give up EVERYTHING you have to follow Christ? That's what it takes. Put Christ above ALL else. Be ready to go when he says 'go'.  Ready to give when he says 'give.' Ready to do whatever He says WHEN He says.
This is a portion taken from Francis Chan’s book, Crazy Love (which if you haven’t read I would definitely encourage you to do so!):
                “How many of us would really leave our families, our jobs, our education, our friends, our connections, our familiar surroundings, and our homes if Jesus asked us to? If He just showed up and said, “Follow me”? No explanation. No direction.
                You could follow Him straight up a hill to be crucified. Maybe He would lead you to another country, and you would never see your family again. Or perhaps you would stay put, but He would ask you to spend your time helping people who will never love you back and never show gratitude for what you gave up.
                Consider this carefully—have you ever done so? Or was you decision to follow Christ flippant, based solely on feelings and emotion, made without counting the cost?
                What scares me the most are the people who are lukewarm and just don’t care. I think that if I did a poll of the readers of this book, many would say, “Yeah, I am definitely lukewarm at times, but I’m not really at a place to give more to God.” Many of us believe we have as much of God as we want right now, a reasonable portion of God among all the other things in our lives. Most of our thoughts are centered on the money we make, the school we want to attend, the body we aspire to have, the spouse we want to marry, the kind of person we want to become…But the fact is that nothing should concern us more than our relationship with God; it’s about eternity, and nothing compares to that. God is not someone who can be tacked on to our lives.
                …Here me clearly in this, because it is vital—in fact, there is nothing more important or eternal: “Are you willing to say to God that He can have whatever He wants? Do you believe that wholehearted commitment to Him is more important than any other thing or person in your life? Do you know that nothing you do in life will ever matter, unless it is about loving God and loved the people He made?”
                If the answer to those questions is yes, then let your bet match your talk. True faith means holding nothing back; it bets everything on the hope of eternity.”


Wow. Francis Chan hit it spot on. That is really hard to accept sometimes – are you giving EVERYTHING to Christ? If God told you RIGHT NOW to sell everything to you had and give to someone in need – would you do it?

Think about it.
Are you following Christ as his commanded?

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

News Report!

My computer being down doesn't stop me from filming and editing videos. :)
(Filmed and edited on ipod touch)

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

His will. His will. His will. Not mine.

     Today is really not going well for me. At all.
     My computer crashed and we took it to the mac store - my harddrive is dead. My files aren't backed up. It's gunna cost at minimum $400 to retrieve the files.
     Our internet service is trash. It crashes sometimes literally ever 30 seconds... we've been on the phone twice with them...both phone calls over 3 hours and produced nothing. They aren't fully honest. Finally we have a service person coming out to look at our internet.
     But even in all this - God is in control. He knows what's going on.
     It's really hard to imagine why in the world he would let something like this happen.
     My files are a really big deal to me, specially since photography is what I do. All my photos-possibly gone.
     But I know I need to remember, God is in control. And these are just things of this world. They're going to burn up anyways. They aren't eternal.
     1 John 2:15, "Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him."
     Psalm has a lot of awesome verses about God always being with us. Psalm 136 is one of my favorite passages (post on it here) The same God who help David defeat Goliath - is in control of this situation. The same God who defeated armies with only a few men - is in control of this situation. Wow. I mean big WOW.
God gives, God takes away, blessed be the name of the Lord. -In EVERY situation. Even losing files and internet. I mean those are NOTHING. Those are nothing.
     I've got Christ in my life. That's all I need.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Crazyness!

So I've been super busy, barely even home, this last week or so.
One of the things I've done is make a music video with some awesome friends. :)


So...here it is! ^_^ Enjoy!


Saturday, August 6, 2011

For the girls...

This survey is really awesome and really helpful.
I like to read over it every few months, just as a reminder...
Many times it's just so easy forget what's modest to wear, and what's not. Quite often when I'm looking over this survey I go, "Whoops, I forgot." on at least one thing.

It's been really awesome for me...and I'm definitely trying to be more careful. :)

http://www.therebelution.com/modestysurvey/browse

And girls, it is VERY possible to look cute without wearing tight fitting or very revealing clothing!
A good, Christian guy, won't find that it attractive in a girl to wear immodest clothing. A truly Christ-seeking guy is looking for a godly women who is seeking to honor God in everything, including the way she dresses.
I know a lot of times it's hard to find clothes that are modest or sometimes you don't know. I know quite often I can't decide whether it's modest or not...but when in doubt... don't wear it.
Or if you have a brother, ask him. Or even your dad.
It's very helpful. :)
1 Corinthians 6:19-20, "Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body."

Monday, August 1, 2011

Please Pray

     Death of someone close to you is a very hard thing.
     I've never experienced someone really close to me die, but I have known those who experienced death. Unfortunately both the times, neither of them were saved.

    Today I'm praying for the friends and family of Jimmy, who was in a serious accident yesterday and passed away. I didn't know him, but I do know he was a believer, and I praise the Lord for that. Right now Jimmy in in Heaven...and that's the best place to be.
     Still, though there is rejoicing, there is great sadness. I've seen a lot of my friends facebook/gmail status updates, they knew Jimmy, and this isn't easy. My heart breaks for those close to Jimmy.
      Intercession is something I've experienced a lot of. God has allowed me to feel the hurt of others in certain situations and to give me a burden to pray for them. And right now I feel like I just lost a close friend myself. I can't go more then 10 minutes without crying. It really really hurts to loss someone.
     Please keep those close to Jimmy in your prayers. Pray for comfort and healing.

A well known verse to most of us, Romans 8:28 - "And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose"
     God has a reason for all this happening. He knew it would happen from the beginning of time. 
 

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Never fails....

     God never(ever) fails to show me just what I need, when I need it.
Tonight he showed me this verse, and boy did I need it!

      Psalm 119:25-32, "I am laid low in the dust; preserve my life according to your word. I recounted my ways and you answered me; teach me your decrees. Let me understand the teaching of your precepts; then I will meditate on your wonders. My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word. Keep me from deceitful ways; be gracious to me through your law. I have chosen the way of truth; I have set my heart on your laws. I hold fast to your statutes, O LORD; do not let me be put to shame. I run in the path of your commands, for you have set my heart free" 
 
    
  This passage hit me hard. It pretty much speaks for itself. And I think it's a prayer we should all be praying for our own lives.

"I run in the path of your commands, for you have set my heart free." Wow.

It's True

http://myworldisquiethere.blogspot.com/2011/07/sad-but-true.html

:)

Monday, July 18, 2011

We're Going To Be Friends

This is a music video I made the other day. :) We had fun with it...lots of fun. ;)
Enjoy! ^_^

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Truck Story

This is a song I wrote about...2 or 3 years ago I think.
Based of Taylor Swift's "Love Story" ;)
enjoy! :D

Truck Story

I was so green when I first met you,
I rub my eyes,
and the flashback starts,
I recycled,
In the summer air I recycled.


See the world.
See the paper. We re-use.
See I make my way through the crowd,
Say re-use! Little did I know.


That I was so naive. I was wasting my life,
And my parents said stay away from environment,
And i was crying, without a savings,
begging you, please, save the trees I said.


Forever I would recycle, until that day,
I was waiting for the world to melt before me,
I'd save the trees and I'd save the hot bees,
It's a green story, feel the breeze.


So I put on a jacket, cuz then I saw,
The world ain't gunna melt before my eyes,
So get your cash,
And we'll go buy a big diesel truck.


Cuz I was so naive, I was wasting my life,
And my parents said stay away from environment,
But you were everything to me,
I was begging you, please save the trees I said.


Forever we would recycle. Until that day,
I was waiting, for the world to melt away,
I'd said save the trees and I'd said save the hot bees,
It's a green story, it comes like fleas.


Oh diesel save me, they're tryin' to tell me what to buy,
This love is difficult, but it's real,
DOn't be afraid, no smart car for me. Oh no.
It's a truck story, diesel how you flow.
Oh oh


I got tired og going green,
floudnering in a world that was alaskan bound,
my faith in you ain't fading,
when I drive you on the outskirts of town, and I said,


Diesel truck save me. I've been feeling so alone.
I kept waiting for a smart car, that didn't run.
It was in my head. I didn't know what to think.
You came around and saved me. What joy you bring.


And I need you diesel truck.
I'll never have to be alone.
I need you and that's all I really know.
I pulled out some cash, so now I can buy you.
IT's a truck story, diesel just say yes.

oh oh
oh oh
Cuz i was so green what I first saw you...

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Accepting God's Plan

     Some things are hard to accept sometimes.
     For me one of the biggest things has been changing Churches and not being able to see my old friends.
The people at my new Church are great and most of them have been an awesome encouragement for me in my walk with the Lord. But it's not the same as being with those who I grew up with. And when I hear about all these events they go to together...a lot of times it hurts and I feel very lonely.
     But God has been showing me lately that he has a plan for me. That if I don't get to go somewhere, it's HIS plan. HIS will. He doesn't want me to go on that missions trip, or that seminar or that campout with all my old friends. So what do I have to complain about?
Do I want to go against God's will? Certainly not! So I've learned to be content with WHATEVER his plan is for me. And it isn't easy, at all.
     Jeremiah 29:11,For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
     I am truly happy. I am truly content to follow God with joy in whatever his plan is for me. :)
     So in whatever situation I am in. I will REJOICE! I will PRAISE God!
     1 Thessalonians 5:16-18,  "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." It doesn't say "Rejoice when you feel like it" or "give thanks when it's going well" it says ALWAYS. In EVERYTHING.


     This is a music video I made awhile back...it kinda goes along with this. :)

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Some posts are hard to write...

This is one of those. Hard because it's sad, and it's true.
You may have seen my post I made about the suicide. (You can see it here) But I wanted to make another post, with some more details on what happened.


     Some things come as a shock. And when you reach those moments you don't know quite what to do. Eight days ago Rachel came into my room and by the look on her face I knew something was seriously wrong. She asked me if I could handle some really bad news. Then she told me she had just gotten off the phone with out Aunt and that Sarah, the girl we work with each year selling plants at my Aunt's house, had likely committed suicide.
     I felt like someone had punched me. Hard.
     Rachel went on to say that she had been missed for over 3 hours and there was evidence on her computer that she was planning to kill herself.
     One moment life can seem just fine. The next you can feel like your whole world just crashed in on you.
     I was awake most the night, praying and hoping.
     The next day brought the news no one wanted to hear; They found her and she had killed herself.
     For the next few days nothing seemed to matter to me. I just kept thinking about Sarah.
     Hadn't it just been a month ago I had worked with her? Never would I have guessed that was was going to commit suicide.
     She wasn't saved, nor is any of her family.
     It hurt when I heard it happen. It still hurts.In the blink of an eye your whole life can change.
     Some things come as a shock.
     Some things come as a blow.
     And some, change your life forever.
(http://www.columbian.com/news/2011/jun/28/body-found-on-round-lake-in-lacamas-park/)

Thursday, June 30, 2011

You can have all this world...

"You can have all this world, just give me Jesus"

At Your Name

Excellent song. Amazing lyrics.
Life gets really tough sometimes, I've experienced it first hand many times as I'm sure most of you have. It's not easy, for sure. But when we stop and realize, God is in control. The God who is outside of time. Who created the Heavens and the earth. He is in control. And he has a plan.
Psalm 33:6-9, "By the word of the LORD were the heavens made,
   their starry host by the breath of his mouth.
7 He gathers the waters of the sea into jars[a];
   he puts the deep into storehouses.
8 Let all the earth fear the LORD;
   let all the people of the world revere him.
9 For he spoke, and it came to be;
   he commanded, and it stood firm.
" (Read the whole chapter, it's awesome.)
This SAME God, loves us. And has a plan for our lives. Woah. That's a lot to take in.
Remember, when life gets hard, He IS there and He IS in control and He has had a plan from the beginning of time. I don't know about you, but that just makes me want to worship God. To call on the name of the Lord and thank him for all he has done. Not complain about what we don't like. But to remember that at His name the mountains shake, the whole earth trembles... woah. Praise God!!!!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

I dare you to pray this

This is VERY thought provoking.

Proverbs 30:7-9, "Two things I ask of you, O LORD;
do not refuse me before I die:
8 Keep falsehood and lies far from me;
give me neither poverty nor riches,
but give me only my daily bread.
9 Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you
and say, ‘Who is the LORD?’
Or I may become poor and steal,
and so dishonor the name of my God"

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Last Night

The last 2 days have been really hard for me. Someone I worked with a few times committed suicide.
I didn't know her real well. You hear about suicides on the news all the time, but when it's someone you know, even if you don't know them well, it's just...devastating and hard to even comprehend. I can't imagine what the family is going through.
She wasn't saved and none of her family are saved. Prayer for friends and family would be appreciated. 

When I have a lot on my mind I like to write...so this is a song/poem/whatever you want to call it that I wrote.

Last Night
No one suspect, no one guessed
No one took the time to ask
Where was her smile
Where was her laugh
No one knew
It was her last night

Now they're askingw hy
Now they're wishing they could change
the words they said
Go back. Show her they card.
But they didn't know
It was her last night

Don't let her be gone they cry
Bring her back somehow
If only they know
It was her last night

So tell them you love them
Show them you care
Give them a reason
To stay
Show them a light
Show them the joy
From Christ on high
Give them a reason
To Stay
Don't let this be
Their last night


Romans 12:10, "Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves."


It's hard to understand why God would let something like this happen. But he is in control. He has a purpose. A reason. And we may never understand, but his ways are not our ways nor are his thoughts, our thoughts. (Isaiah 55:8)

Friday, June 17, 2011

Indescribable Joy

An amazing thing.
Joy that can't be described.
Joy because of who God is.
Joy because He loves me - Though I don't deserve it
Joy because He forgives - Though I sin over and over again
Joy.
Indescribable joy.

Let Christ fill you with joy.
Let yourself fall into his arms and say "YOU are my God. YOU are my everything."
Pray. Pray for God to fill you with joy.
Then go out and be a light for him.
Let his joy fill you.
Submit to what he wants to do in your life.

Because I guarantee, yes I guarantee...when you release your hold on this world and let Christ work in you without resisting, you WILL be filled with unmistakable and continual joy.


Psalm 4:7, "You have filled my heart with greater joy than when their grain and new wine abound."

Let him fill you with joy. Give your WHOLE life to Him.
Is it time to make a change?

Psalm 32:11, "Rejoice in the LORD and be glad, you righteous; sing, all you who are upright in heart!"

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

From the mouth of babes...

Well ages 7 and 5...I love these guys. And Jacob really knows his bible well, it's awesome. :)  Jacob: "God wants you to give him your whole heart."
Joel: "Wow."
Jacob: "He wants you to be holy like he is holy"
Joel: "Like Noah! You should be like Noah and trust God!"
Jacob: "Yes but Noah died."
Joel: "HE DIED?!?!?!? Well...God can never die."
Jacob: "Even if you try to kill him, he can never die!"
Joe:l "there's bears in heaven."
Jacob: "How do you know."
Joel: "Someone told me."
Jacob: "Well there MIGHT be. We don't know."
Joel: "Well probably there is bears."
::Jacob started singing about bears::
Jacob: "In Heaven we'll spend all day worshiping God!"
Joel: "I don't think there's music in heaven"
Jacob: "There is! You know why? Cause everyday you worship God! There's lot of music!"
Joel: "Ya...even when you do your work!"
Then they got distracted talking about sharks and drawing with your head.... :)
Jacob: "I bet God would be the best drawer ever!"
Joel: "He would be as good as Ariel! He could draw a raccoon!...how old is God?"
Jacob: "Did you know there's millions of people in heaven rights now? Greatgreat grandpa is in heaven." ::thinks a moment:: "But kee-kee....isn't there going to be a new heaven? When Jesus comes back again?"
(This kid knows a lot for a 7-yr old!)...

Quote


"God has the right and does not require my permission to change my life for his purpose."

Isaiah 49:16, "See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me."

Monday, June 13, 2011

Psalm 136

It really amazes how God works through the oddest things to show you something.
God is so good! I cannot express enough how amazing and wonderful he is! I'm just overwhelmed. Absolutely overwhelmed!
He loves us - No matter what we do
He loves us - When we stray away from him
He loves us - always
The God who created the Heavens and the Earth. He loves YOU. You've heard it a million times before. But once it becomes real to you...it's like. Wow. I mean WOW.
Today during my prayer/bible reading time God showed me this chapter in Psalm. I don't know why I've never come across it before...I've read Psalm many times. I guess I was just 'reading' the Bible cuz it was a good thing to do... instead of reading it as God's word.


Psalm 36;
"Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good.
            His love endures forever.

2 Give thanks to the God of gods.
            His love endures forever.

3 Give thanks to the Lord of lords:
            His love endures forever.

 4 to him who alone does great wonders,
            His love endures forever.

5 who by his understanding made the heavens,
            His love endures forever.

6 who spread out the earth upon the waters,
            His love endures forever.

7 who made the great lights—
            His love endures forever.

8 the sun to govern the day,
            His love endures forever.

9 the moon and stars to govern the night;
            His love endures forever.

 10 to him who struck down the firstborn of Egypt
            His love endures forever.

11 and brought Israel out from among them
            His love endures forever.

12 with a mighty hand and outstretched arm;
            His love endures forever.

 13 to him who divided the Red Sea[a] asunder
            His love endures forever.

14 and brought Israel through the midst of it,
            His love endures forever.

15 but swept Pharaoh and his army into the Red Sea;
            His love endures forever.

 16 to him who led his people through the desert,
            His love endures forever.

17 who struck down great kings,
            His love endures forever.

18 and killed mighty kings—
            His love endures forever.

19 Sihon king of the Amorites
            His love endures forever.

20 and Og king of Bashan—
            His love endures forever.

21 and gave their land as an inheritance,
            His love endures forever.

22 an inheritance to his servant Israel;
            His love endures forever.

 23 to the One who remembered us in our low estate
            His love endures forever.

24 and freed us from our enemies,
            His love endures forever.

25 and who gives food to every creature.
            His love endures forever.

 26 Give thanks to the God of heaven.
            His love endures forever."


His love endures FOREVER. What more needs to be said?

Friday, June 10, 2011

Well That Hit Home...

We all have 'those days'. ..or 'those nights' when everything just seems to go wrong.
Tonight I was having one of those nights. I was trying to clean the kitchen, the little sibs had a friendover, the house was a wreck, people kept making new messes, and I had just had dairy (which means pretty much the littlest things will set me off), I was trying to upload a video and twice, 2 hours into it a little siblings shut my computer and I had to restart....I was not in a good mood.
Now I wasn't openly super upset or mad...mostly because my sibs had a friend over...
All day long the lil girls had been pestering me to do a group photo of them while Jasmine (their friend. She used to be our neighbor and now lives across the US so they never see her.) was over... I was busy and stressed and really not in the mood to take photos.
But finally I got my camera out to take a couple photos of them...on the way out the lil girls were talking about how I was 'upset' about them closing my computer (they were all laughing and joking) and I added how I was "furious" (joking of course). But even though I was smiling, and kinda joking, I wasn't joyful. Then Jasmine said something that really hit..."I like it when I come over and you're singing." (Last time she came over I was in the kitchen singing at the top of my lungs and she thought it was hilarious.
I sing when I'm in a really good mood. I sing when I'm joyful.
But what was I doing now? Was I showing God's love to this little girl who rarely ever is around people who love the Lord? (Her family is Muslim. She's 10 and professes to know Christ.)
I had no reason to be a grouch...even if I wasn't REALLY a grouch. I wasn't joyful. I wasn't shining the light God wanted me to shine.
I was caring more about my own personal cares and problems then shining a light for Christ. Not only to this girl, but also to my younger siblings.
1 Corinthians 10:31, "Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God."
I want to be filled with the joy of the Lord in all I do. And I want that light to shine.