Tuesday, August 30, 2011

writers block

inspiration: writers block.

have you ever wanted to write something so badly, but didn't know what to write about?
well, i'm in that boat right now...
...sort of...

Saturday, August 27, 2011

the cross centered life

inspiration: "The Cross Centered Life by C.J. Mahaney


they say "Good things come in small packages"
...but enough about me ;)
i wanted to share a book that i read recently with you.
the copy that i got was a mere 85 pages, but it's full of good stuff!

it's short.
to the point.
and full of one message:

everything we do needs to revolve around the Cross. because everything we do is a product of the Cross.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

grow deeper.

inspiration: answered prayers and more leadership opportunities

lately, i've just been praying for opportunities to be used by God in order to advance His kingdom. i feel like i do a lot, but i wanted something that would force me to grow deeper in Him. i've really felt Him placing "grow deeper" on my heart.

i've had the little kid meal sized nibbles of a relationship with Christ.
it's time for me to move up to the big kid table and start truly going deeper in my relationship with Him.

Monday, August 22, 2011

fifteen dollar challange

inspiration: God's provision will come through.

it's often said that the lower we are, the more God can bring us up.
well, i'm pretty low right now - on money.
i have $15 to my name until september 5 (my next payday and 15 days away).

i have what's in my fridge, freezer, and cabinet + that small sum of money + any creative way to make meals.

i know that it's possible.
people around the world live on less than this.

God can and will provide!
follow my Crazy Asian of Charleston blog to see the ways that i am able to stretch the $15 that God has provided me with :)

Sunday, August 21, 2011

passionate.

inspiration: The Cross Centered Life.

I just started reading the cross centered life by C.J. Mahaney.
I have a feeling this could become my new "Radical" (in the fact that it's a book that will challenge and encourage me to take my relationship with Christ to the next level.

One of the quotes that has already stood out to me thus far in the 23 pages I've read is this:

"If there's anything in life that we should be passionate about, it's the gospel. And I don't mean passionate only about sharing it with others. I mean passionate in thinking about it, dwelling on it, rejoicing in it, allowing it to color the way we look at the world." (21)

I've always considered myself passionate about my relationship with Christ.
But the more I read, the more I realize that it's not the thing I'm MOST passionate about.

I'm eager and quick to talk about music, books, movies, and especially FOOD!
I'm even eager to share my faith story and the power of redemption and joy that I've found in Christ and the amazing things He has done in and through me.
...but if I'm honest, is He the center of my thoughts and actions?
Not always.

I want my life and thoughts to be renewed so that He truly is my passion.
And I pray that I can be transformed so that I may truly living a cross-centered lifed.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

blessings: the august version

inspiration: just a reflection of blessings.

"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?"

(Matthew 6:25-27)

i remember a couple months ago discussing in small group different areas in our lives that we needed to give back to God. at that time, and it's even more true today, i was really wrestling with my finances. i knew i needed to tithe, but i just couldn't figure out if i could really make it work...

Sunday, August 14, 2011

#trending11 - heaven is for real.

inspiration: our new series "Trending" at Seacoast

i'm realllllly excited about our new series at church called "Trending"
if you see me tweeting during church, don't judge me - they want us to tweet ;)

i think i'm most excited about it because it will help give me biblical perspective about topics that are relevant to me today. i'm not into politics and rarely watch the news (mostly due to the busyness of my schedule), but i do know that i need to be up to date on current events. most times i feel like i live under a rock.

also, i'm not really Bible-savvy when it comes to a lot of gray area matters.
and i'm glad that Seacoast is stepping out and addressing such hot-topic issues!
it's easy to sit back and brush everything under the rug. but i want answers.
and we NEED answers to some of the hard questions!

Monday, August 8, 2011

on mission. always.

inspiration: a conversation and a revelation.

i had a conversation the other night with brooke about mission trips.
and as i was sharing my heart, it was a great reminder from God that He has a purpose for me.

about a year and a half ago, i thought to myself, "good for jason and kerby (my friends who moved to Costa Rica to become missionaries). i could never do that."

but i went on my first mission trip to Costa Rica in January.
i'm going on another one in October to Washington state.

i'm hooked. i am blessed for those opportunities and i pray that God continues to provide the way for me to continue to serve Him in the future.

my friend the brookeface.

inspiration: my friend the brookeface.

then - 2007


now - 2011.


this past weekend, my BFF from college, brooke, came to visit me.
it began quite roughly as there was miscommunication regarding her flight to charleston; then her luggage didn't make it here until saturday. but despite all the road blocks, that we hit, including brooke losing her cell phone at the beach, we still had an amazing time.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

let the notes i choose be your favorite tune...

inspiration: needtobreathe.

i like music and i'm notorious for posting lyrics of my favorite songs as my twitter post or facebook status. but here's something else...i'm also notorious for hearing the words, posting the words, but not living the words.

i love needtobreathe.
they are a legit band who loves Christ.
their music is inspiring and fun and relevant!

but i've gotta be honest - i'm good at hearing their songs.
but how good am i at listening to their songs?