Monday, October 31, 2011
Friday, October 28, 2011
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Alright, so today I wanted to tell you want Jesus did not do. I think this is something we need to clarify because if I were Jesus, I would have done a lot things differently. So, to get things straight, I think I'll write out what Jesus did not do.
I went to a conference earlier this year (Equip Youth Conference 2011 in Anaheim) and the speaker, Robby Dawkins, said what he would have done if he were Jesus. He said this, "If I were Jesus I would have been born at the Super Bowl on the 20 yard line. I would have risen up and shot people with lazier beams from my hands at people..." he went on. That's basically what I remember and it still makes my laugh like crazy. If you saw this guy, he used a lot of sound effects while saying those lines and hand motions. It was hilarious.
If I were Jesus, I would have "casually" strolled around town pointing and winking at people and then whatever injury they had would disappear. I would be like this guy below...
"Need a new arm? I know a Guy who could fix that for ya. No tips, thank you very much. I got this all under control." Or I would go get my beach towel and go to the beach with Peter and watch him fish while I would say, "This is the life! [cough, cough] Oh and by the way, I AM the Way, the Truth, and the Life!"
Jesus did not take the easy road.
What Jesus did was totally OPPOSITE of what Robby or I would have done. Jesus didn't come down to shoot lazier beams or wink at people. He came down to teach us how to be the children of God. He came down to teach us how to live a life to reflect Him.
As water reflects a face, so a man's heart reflects the man.
First of all, I got to figure out what I hold as #1 in my heart. Most likely, when you love something so much, you want to pursue it. You want to know more. And from pushing this on it becomes a habit. Something you love so much that anyone who sees you has what you love included in your reputation. That thing that you love so much is what's in your heart. It's what makes you who you are. It reflects who you are.
What if we replaced that "thing" with "Jesus."
What if Jesus is what you want to pursue. What if Jesus is what you want to know more of. What if Jesus is the One you push forward to learn about. What if He becomes your habit. What if you could reflect Jesus.
Well, YOU CAN.
But it takes a lot of trust. It requires the full package. Everything. Not some. ALL.
"Just trust me." I think that's all God wants from us. Trust. Trust, trust, and more trust. Have you ever seen those movies where there's the guy and then there's the girl and there probably about to jump out of an airplane and she's panicking, "I don't think I can do this!! Really! Seriously!! I CAN'T DO THIS!" And then he says, "Just trust me." and they jump out of the plane. (All the while, she's screaming her head off.)
Kind of like with God.
Someone once asked me if I would jump off a diving board into an empty pool and trust that God would fill that pool with water before I landed.
My answer was, "Uhhhhh"
I think that's what all of us would say. I mean, you want me to JUMP into a pool with NO WATER!? Are you crazy!?
But I think sometimes God just wants us to jump. You can't stay on the diving board forever. You can't stay in your comfort zone for the rest of your life. You have to move. You've got to jump.
I can't sit around waiting for Jesus to come by, wink at me, and then all of my life to go into order. I can't let something else be #1 in my heart. I'll have to jump off that diving board to give Jesus my trust.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Monday, October 24, 2011
here and here. :)
In the meantime, I've been listening to this song, A Beautiful Exchange, by Hillsong Live\United. I can't get enough of it! It makes me think of my future and what I want to do with it. I can only live this life once, so I might as well do something good with it. I want to make a difference. But a lot of teens, just like me, are just throwing their lives away. And I don't want to do that. I want to make a difference. I want to do something BIG.
This song also made me think about my latest God-Lover post. I was talking about how I've closed up my heart to God and now slowly opening back up again. The beginning of this song really talks about how I felt, so I thought that I should share my thoughts. It starts like this...
Saturday, October 22, 2011
I was at my Bible Study last night and my awesome leader gave me a new definition for wisdom.
Wisdom = a listening heart
Wow. I mean, I thought the guy with wisdom is the guy who aces every test. But, no. It's the guy who's smart enough to take good correction when given. And the fool, that's the guy who's thinks he doesn't need to change. And sometimes, I think I may be that fool.
I've stepped back from God. I thought God could easily just boom out in a loud voice to me on what I should do next in my life. I mean, He's got the power! He could easily be like Iron Man and shoot lazier beams out of his bare hands. Why wouldn't He want to do that!?
And so I sat back in my chair and my heart was no longer listening, but off somewhere else. I mean, like I said, God's got the power doesn't He? I decided, let Him take the first move.
And that's where I became a fool.
From there, I've kept falling. Deeper and deeper. God has seemed so far away. I've been walking through fire constantly. Hurt has just been cut deeper and deeper in me. More bad things were happening. And all I could think was, Why? Why does God just sit back in His big, classy chair up there and watch me burn up inside?
Then there was always this soft whisper in the back of my head saying,
I've realized that God wasn't sitting back in His chair watching me slowly close up inside, but that was ME doing that to Him. I've closed off every door, every opening, and locked up my heart. It was as if I had a big sign taped up saying, "NO TRESPASSING." And so God just stood outside of my heart - waiting for me to unlock the gate.
"The lamp of the Lord searches the spirit of man; it searches his inmost being." -Proverbs 20: 27
So God just stood there. Waiting for an opening. It's not like McDonald's where there is a 24 hour drive-thru so you can easily stop by any time. My heart was closed. And He was waiting to come inside and buy a burger. In this case, waiting for me to open up and let Him buy me back.
Slowly, I've been opening up my heart again. Slowly, I've been letting God take down my walls, my barriers. Even if He has to do it one brick at a time. Maybe I have to be a fool before I can have a true listening heart.
To wrap this up, I would like you to listen to the beginning of this song. You can listen to it, here. It's starts like this,
"Let the pain in my life, find it's healing in Your Eyes, every hurt, every loss, pull me closer to Your Heart. Let the wind and the waves bring a new courage and faith. I'm singing out, singing out..."
-The Lord is my Shepperd by Jeremy Riddle
I won't have many questions this week but I think this is something you need to ask yourself by yourself. Where do you stand with God?
Here's this week's schedule:
Saturday: October 22nd, Read Proverbs 22
Sunday: October 23rd, Read Proverbs 23
Monday: October 24th, Read Proverbs 24
Tuesday: October 25th, Read Proverbs 25
Wednesday: October 26th, Read Proverbs 26
Thursday: October 27th, Read Proverbs 27
Friday: October 28th, Read Proverbs 28
Missed the past God-Lover posts? Check them out here. See ya next Thursday!
Friday, October 21, 2011
Saturday, October 15, 2011
From tomorrow to next Friday, I won't be here sadly. I'll be camping in Yosemite, so when I come back on Friday (maybe I'll be able to get a post out that day...we'll see) expect some coolio pictures. :) The next God-Lover post will be moved to Saturday. So until then, make some mustaches for me! :)
Friday, October 14, 2011
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Today, I honestly don't know what to write. It's been a pretty tough day\week, so we'll see how this goes...
I'm a battle. I know, that sounds weird. But I've finally realized that my heart is in one place and my mind is in another. I'll be honest, I've never trusted anyone before. I'm the person who has to see it before she believes it. I've got to stick my toe in the water to see if it's cold or not. I'm not good with trust because I'm so scared from the things that have happened in my life, that I'll get hurt again.
My mind is always scared and preparing itself a way out,
In between the battle though, I've got a friendship. A friendship I haven't been doing very well on because of my holding back.
I know that I try to hide what has happened and what is happening in my life...
This is a song that has really stuck out to me. It starts like this,
"I stand before You, awed by Your Majesty,
Covered by Your mercy, Your blood has made me FREE.
DRAW ME TO YOU,
You set my heart on fire,
I can't have a relationship with Jesus when I don't let Him come in when I'm in darkest times in my life. I can't hide the hurts when Jesus died on the cross for my shame. I have to be me. I have to open up my heart even when I feel like I'm showing too much. Things have to be healed either now or never. They can't boil up anymore and have me constantly turning down the temperature.
I feel like God keeps on telling me,
In other words,
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
It's really easy to make. All you need is some felt, yarn, and scissors. Now who doesn't love an easy project like this? I mean, come on! It can't get better than that. :) You can find this tutorial, here. :)
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Monday, October 10, 2011
Saturday, October 8, 2011
Friday, October 7, 2011
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Thursday, October 6, 2011
I told you last week that I would tell you which chapter I liked the most from that week and have some questions for you to answer. You can comment below with your answers to the questions or you can keep them private and scribble them out in a journal if you like. Do what's most comfortable for you. :) So, the chapter that stuck out most to me was Proverbs 4.
Not a very happy picture, is it?
Let your eyes look straight ahead,
I don't know what's going to happen to me two weeks or two years from now. I don't know what will happen tomorrow or in a month.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Friday morning, I was super excited for one thing - it was Friday which meant that it was the last day of school for the week, YES! - and that I was FINALLY going to buy something from Pink Lemonade. So I got onto my computer and headed straight to Pink Lemonade when I came across Paige's post that morning. She was sharing the same excitement with me that it was Friday and so to celebrate she was giving away free clips of randomly picked colors to every order she received that day.
I purchased this peach-colored ring. Isn't it cute or what!?
Anyway, check out Paige's awesome blog and shop. She's got the cutest stuff that I cannot wait to wear! Thanks Paige!