Thursday, February 25, 2010

Sweet Words

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Be joyful always;
pray continually;
give thanks in all circumstances,
for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."

I read these words today in my devotional and felt so convicted.

My heart and my thoughts have not reflected these words today.

I have found too many things to complain about than to be thankful for.

And I know full well I have NOTHING to complain about.

I have challenged myself for the rest of the week to live this verse.

Is there something wrong?

Be JOYful. THANK God for it. Yes. Thank Him. And then PRAY about it.

It's ok for me to feel hurt by someone's words or disappointed by something that happens.

Life is going to be full of frustrations and setbacks.

But it's my reactions to these things that are reflective of my faith.

May my heart reflect more and more the holiness and grace of the Father.


Wednesday, February 24, 2010

New Challenge!

I'm back at This Next Generation!!

2 new posts to check out!! One of them is the next challenge!

Take a peek! Just click on the links!

It's Been Awhile

February and March Challenge

Friday, February 19, 2010

Crazy to think...

That I'm 18 years old.

That I'm only a month away from graduating from high school.

That I'm 5 hours away from home visiting a college. A place I could spend the next 4 years of my life at.

That I'm going to move away from my town, my family, my church, and everything I've known since I was a newborn.

That I applied to 7 colleges, and God knows EXACTLY which one I'll end up at.

That I've done NOTHING to get to where I'm at now. It has all been God's incredible faithfulness and grace.

"Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed,
for His compassions never fail.
They are new every morning,
great is your faithfulness."
Lamentations 3:22-23

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Beautiful Words

"Nevertheless, I am continually with you;
you hold my right hand.
You guide me with your counsel,
and afterward you will receive me to glory.
Whom have I in heaven but you?
And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.
My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever."
Psalm 73:23-26

I love these beautiful words from the Savior. This was one of the references from Jesus Calling today. There are so many treasures in these 3 short verses and it encouraged my heart.

My Dad and I are taking off on another college adventure today. I am excited, nervous, and really just anticipating seeing what God has in store. There are some decisions that will be made on this trip that will either close or open the door. And I am praising God for a peace beyond understanding that has settled in my heart. It is beautiful to see God work in even the little things.

So I have scripture in my head and heart, bags packed, and a crisply ironed interview outfit on a hanger. I think I'm ready to go!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Redeeming Love, Amazing Grace

"Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so but we rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not dissapoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given to us. You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will any one die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
Romans 5:1-8
I love to look up to the heavens
and see Your glorious light shine down
I love to look out at the ocean
and see Your beauty all around
How could I ever grasp Your glory?
How could I ever see Your face?
I'm so in awe of You, my Jesus
Redeeming Love, Amazing Grace
I love to hold a newborn baby
So small, so innocent, so new
I love to hear a child's laughter
The true joy that's ringing through

How could I ever grasp Your glory?
How could I ever see Your face?
I'm so in awe of You, my Jesus
Redeeming Love, Amazing Grace
I love to open up the Bible
Read the words of life and truth
I love to worship with the Body
Voices blend in praises just for You

How could I ever grasp Your glory?
How could I ever see Your face?
I'm so in awe of You, my Jesus
Redeeming Love, Amazing Grace
Your gifts of love are plenty
Your joy you truly give
And though we don't deserve them
They still pour down that we might live.
How could I ever grasp Your glory?
How could I ever see Your face?
I'm so in awe of You, my Jesus
Redeeming Love, Amazing Grace.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Post of Randomness

So I feel like blogging but I don't have anything really exciting going on.

So I'll let myself ramble. Stream of consciousness....

The David Crowder "Oh how He loves us" has been shuffling through my head the past few days. I just love the lyrics. So you should probably listen to it. :)

If I take even a minute to ponder just how much He loves us. I drop to my knees in awe of this Savior that loves ME oh so much. It is incredible.

Well, the college journey is coming to an end. Finally. Finally. Finally. I am so thankful for the lessons I have learned. They have been absolutely necessary but they have been hard at the same time. Anyways, I think we're getting close to being able to make a decision. I'm praying by the end of March all of the scholarship information will be here. We have at least 2 re-visits that my Dad and I will be taking in the next month.

It has been so amazing to see God put a perfect peace in my heart. I was so stressed out about where I was going to college but now I am not anxious. I am ready to know where I'll be next year but I'm not anxious. Just very ready to graduate and move onto this next adventure.

Oh senioritis. While I am very much looking forward to graduating this semester has been one of the best so far. I cut my work hours drastically which has meant way more sleep and way less stress. Win-win situation. I also have the best little job in the world tutoring my youth pastor's kids in SPANISH! My favorite language in the whole wide world. I could definitely see myself being a Spanish teacher someday. After I've worked in Guatemala of course:)

I've also instituted some new household things this month as well. I've started cooking every Monday and so far I've had 2 successful unsuccessfull ones YET. They are sure to come though I promise. I'm still full from dinner tonight in fact. But there's always room for ice cream. And we have moose tracks ice cream.

So goodnight bloggy friends who actually read all the way through this boring post haha. Have a great week! :)