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.