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.




Forgiven

The more I hear of Sanctus Real, the more I like them. They have some awesome music out.




1 John 1:9 - "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness."

Monday, June 6, 2011

Truly Saved

It really makes me sad to see those around me who claim to be 'Christians' not following the Lord at all. I would say that more then half aren't following the Lord. At first they seem like great people, who's life is centered around Christ, but once I get to know them more it's VERY clear that they aren't following Christ at all. The Bible says you will be known by your fruits, and it's true. Very true.
Last night I was up really late thinking about this so I did what I usually do when I have something on my mind. I wrote a song about it.
It's not really well done and it's short and to the point.
Anywho...


Mask
You hear but you are deaf
You see but you are blind
There's more than this
So much more then this

Don't shut you heart away
Don't push it any longer
You pull on your mask
But God knows your heart

It's not just knowing
It's not just doing
It's not just listening
It's not just seeing

It's knowing - and repenting
It's doing - From the heart
It's listening - And understanding
It's seeing - With eyes on Christ

Don't shut you heart away
Don't push it any longer
You pull on your mask
But God knows your heart

So pull off your mask
Don't try and hide you heart
Know and repent
Doing for the Lord
Listen and understand
See with eyes on Christ

God knows.
God knows your heart

“Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand." -Matthew 13:13

Don't let your faith be fake.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Rising Above

     I like to go outside and talk to God. It's a nice place to get away from distraction and just be in God's creation (I think that's one of the reasons I love the outdoors so much). :)
     Today I was having my prayer time outside and I noticed a huge patch of thorn bushes, but it wasn't the thorns that caught my attention...it was one flower that was growing above the thorns. It was taller and definitely stood out.  Upon closer inspection (what can I say...I may be a tom-boy but that doesn't mean I don't have my girly quirks.;)) I found that there was more flowers...but these were harder to see. They were shorter then the thorns and blended in.
     This got me thinking...how often are we as Christians those flowers that are hidden? How often do we just "blend into the world"? We need to be that flower that stands out....that shines a light in a gnarled and twisted world.
Those Christian who isn't ashamed or afraid to speak of their faith in Christ.
Now I know it's easy to just say, "Oh yeah. I do that all the time. I make it very clear I'm a Christian and that I'm proud of my faith."
     I'm not really talking about that..most the Christians I know aren't ashamed of their faith at all. They speak it openly. I'm talking about more of proving that "you're just like them." type situations.
I know when I get around non-believers, though I'm open about my faith, I still might try to 'prove' I'm 'just like them'.
     Say you are around a group of non-believers and they start talking about an music artist. Now this artist is someone you have heard, but would not normally listen to (or shouldn't listen to) because their music isn't good. And you are able to pipe right into the conversation and talk about this song and how cool it sounds...just to show that you're not different.
     I've been trying to be more careful about this lately.
     We don't want to be the "Super odd conservative freaks."...but in truth. That's what we are! (No I'm not saying we're odd...you get my point right?). We ARE different from this world. And we should be proud to show it.
     It really makes me sad when I'm hanging around a group of both non-believers and believers and we're having a discussion about stuff of this world. And those who just moments ago profess to know Christ, are talking about how good this song is...when it's definitely not a God-honoring song or artist.
     How can we shine a light if we're just like the world?
     I want to be that lone flower in the midst of thorns.
     I want to be in the world.
     But not of it.
     I want to show that I AM different. I AM a child of God.
John 15:19, "If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you."

And that does mean we will get made fun of.
That's does mean people will call us weird or odd.
In fact, if sometime in your life you AREN'T made fun of for you faith...I would reconsider your actions.


...just some food for thought. :)