Wednesday, January 25, 2012

truth

“When was the last time you laughed for the sheer joy of your salvation? People are not attracted to somber doctrines. There is no persuasive power in a gloomy and morbid religion. Let the world see your joy and you won’t be able to keep them away. To be filled with God is to be filled with joy.”
-Anonymous

Sunday, January 22, 2012

songs for the storm

Seeing as how I am obsessed with music, I thought I would share with y'all my most favoritest songs from these days, in no particular order.









Saturday, January 21, 2012

ready or not...

I was greatly encouraged by the last two posts from Katie this week. It is wonderful how God can use the words of a stranger who is a sister in Christ to uplift my soul.

This season I'm in is a hard one. Once again, I find myself in the midst of a transition. In five short months, my time in Mexico will come to a close, and I will be back on American soil, in the Promised Land I like to call the South, "for good." And I am scared out of my mind. There are so many unknowns. So many people here have asked me if I am sure that God is calling me back home, because "there is so much need here." And I know that. I could easily guilt myself into staying because I know how difficult it is for Binimea to find teachers. I know that my church is teeny-tiny but growing and that I could be a part of seeing some amazing things from the hand of God.

But I also know that there is plenty of need at home. That America, too, is a land of brokenness. A place where people need the saving grace of Jesus. Where the darkness is rampant and the light is scarce. And my heart longs to be a light in the darkness. At Passion, Christine Caine spoke of how her three year old daughter had a "revelation" in Wal-mart. She had just purchased a Barbie flashlight, but was unable to see the light in the midst of all the fluorescent lighting in the store. With the naivete of a child, she cried out, "Mommy, can we please go find some darkness?" Isn't that what believers are to do? To find the darkness and then shine brightly? That is the cry of my heart- to find the darkness and shine brightly in it.

I believe that this is power in the name of Jesus to break every chain. I believe that His love is better than life. That He is good all the time. That He will never leave or forsake me. That I was born to carry His name. Although I keep telling the Lord that I am not ready for this new season yet and that I hate change and I want to have all the answers now, He just keeps telling me that He is only giving me bits and pieces right now. And I have to be okay with that. More than okay, I have to be content with that. He has never failed me before.

Everything feels bittersweet these days. I came back from break with a deeper love and appreciation for my kids than I thought possible (even though they still drive me crazy). Yet I long to be closer to my family and friends in Georgia. I love my small church here, but I miss my community at home, too. You can't have your cake and eat it, too...

Nothing I do will be of worth if it is not of Him. And that is the promise and truth I have to stand upon these days, being humbled by the fact that He actually chooses to use me.

For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." How then will they call on him in
whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?” So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. 
-Romans 10:13-17 

Love love love this song by Sara Groves, even though the video choices for it on youtube were sparse.


You are the sun shining down on everyone
Light of the world giving light to everything I see
Beauty so brilliant I can hardly take it in
And everywhere You are is warmth and light


I am the moon with no light of my own
Still You have made me to shine
And as I glow in this cold, dark night
I know I cannot be a light unless I turn my face to You

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

dreams come true

So I have been insanely tired lately from getting back into the swing of things. My bedtime has moved up considerably, and I'm okay with that. Here's a quicky about something amazing that happened to me and my best friend when we were at Passion, though. We met Beth Moore. That's right. The Beth Moore.

I have admired Beth Moore for years. I've written about her here and here. Her love and passion for the Word and her desire to be used by the Lord is contagious. Some of her Bible studies have been so groundbreaking for me. So of course I dreamed of one day hearing her speak. But I never thought I would meet her. Living Proof Ministries allowed for 1,000 girls to attend Passion through a scholarship. 1,000 girls. A couple of my friends were on the receiving end of a scholarship from Living Proof. On Tuesday afternoon, there was a special session for scholarship recipients. Kai and I anxiously made our way to the Georgia Ballroom, and we practically pinched ourselves when we entered.

During a question and answer session, someone asked something along the lines of, "What is the one thing that we should pray for as women of the 21st century?" Beth answered, "I would answer this question the same way for women of any century. Pray that the Lord would give you a deeper love for Him. An overwhelming love for Him. His word says that if we love Him, we will obey His commands. So often we pray for an obedient heart so that we can walk out the right steps, but we just need to love Him more, because if we love Him, we'll follow Him anywhere. We'll do anything for Him. I dare you to pray that prayer every day for six months and just watch and see what the Lord does." So that has become my daily prayer. Lord, give me a love for You. 

Later,Beth prayed over us, we took a group picture, and...got to meet her! There were hundreds of girls crowded around her, and she took the time to hug each one and pose for pictures. Yesterday my aunt sent me a link to the Living Proof Ministries blog, and guess who was in a couple of the pictures? Yours truly.

Beth praying over us as her staff came around and laid hands.
All the girls!
Kai and I anxiously awaiting our turn.
Seriously one of the best moments of my life.
 He gives good gifts.

All photos from Living Proof Ministries blog

Friday, January 13, 2012

Colossians 2:2-3

I want you woven into a tapestry of love, in touch with everything there is to know of God. Then you will have minds confident and at rest, focused on Christ, God's great mystery. All the richest treasures of wisdom and knowledge are embedded in that mystery and nowhere else. And we've been shown the mystery! 


-The Message

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

pictorial review of break

Right now I am in the midst of attempting to get back into the swing of things. It seems as though I can no longer stay awake (without droopy eyes) past 9:30 p.m. And seeing as how my bed is the warmest place to be in my little refrigerator of a house, I am getting more done at school these days and trying to take it easy when I come home. All that to say that I have much to share about my break and time at home, but for now I am just going to give you all a little preview in pictures. They say a picture tells a thousand words, right?

Merry and bright

Gretchen and I at 2 Story in Athens. Love this girl so very much.

Brittany and I with Saralee, Anna Rose, and Brenna from our small group at Watkinsville.

Christmas Eve

Seesters on Christmas Eve

Me with one of my favorite little cousins who used to call me "Square Glasses" when she didn't know my name....

Lauren on Hilton Head Island

Harbor Town, Hilton Head Island

NYE 2011...no words.

Passion 2012...40,000+ strong!

Me with my STRIPED GREEN family group members.

TOGETHER WE ARE A FORCE FOR GOOD


Thursday, January 5, 2012

Passion 2012

So I just got back from Passion 2012 this evening, and I have to say that it was seriously some of the most incredible days of my life. 45,000 believers all singing and worshipping together in the Georgia Dome. Millions of dollars raised to fight for freedom. A hug from Beth Moore. A lost voice. Tears of joy...so much goodness. Here is just one of my favorite moments from the past four days:

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