Thursday, March 29, 2012

life is not a snapshot

inspiration: the message at theWell.

i feel like i haven't blogged in forever...
my blogging this year has been less than what i would've hoped to do thus far.
but tonight, i'm excited because i finally have words :)

i love the song "Before the Morning" by Josh Wilson
it's all about how the pain we experience is preparing us for the joy we will experience down the road.

i've posted this song so many times on this blog, it's not even funny. haha.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

my thoughts on "The Vow"

inspiration: the movie "The Vow"

let me start off by saying that ive been excited about this movie for a while.
i really have.
let me also say that i have one heck-of-a-boyfriend :) he went with me to see it (...i never wanted to be one of "those" girls, but i couldn't resist. i mean who can resist a heartwarming story of a husband who vows to love his wife "in all her forms" even after a traumatic wreck that leaves her without her memory of him).

i enjoyed the movie, i really did.
but i guess i was just expecting something different...


Monday, March 19, 2012

gratitude, not obligation

inspiration: small group study and quiet time study.
"Serve the Lord with gladness!" -Psalm 100:2
yesterday, i sat down and put together small group study materials.
the next section in our study of spiritual disciplines is about serving.
i was going through the questions and scriptures and the author listed 6 motivations for us as believers to serve.
one of which hit a little closer to home than the rest: motivated by gratitude.

Jesus' sacrifice for us should motivate us to sacrifice as well, not out of obligation, but out of gratitude for the Cross. He paid the ultimate price. Our response should be worship - service being one of those venues of worship.

Friday, March 16, 2012

so, i have a boyfriend now...

inspiration: so...i have a boyfriend now....

it's so very strange to use that word..."boyfriend" can see a picture HERE...
i haven't used that words in years. and it's honestly one that i never expected to use for a while.
i took on a year of not dating and i certainly expected to fulfill that year and more in singleness.

but i truly feel like God had a different intention than i did for this year.
i heard distinctly a "year" because of Andy Stanley's New Rules for Love Dating and Sex series.
he challenged single men, specifically, to take a year off from going on any dates and spending a year overcoming any sexual sin they had in order to pursue God. it was a very specific challenge, but i decided that i really need to do something similar. i had gotten my identity wrapped up in the identity of a "single woman" and was feeling insecure about being single and i wanted to break away from that in order to see myself as "God's daughter, beautiful and beloved".

Thursday, March 15, 2012

a quick blog.

inspiration: i haven't blogged in a few days.

i know, i know...i've been slacking a lot lately on my blog.
which is why i'm bringing to you a short, quick-and-dirty blog about the happenings in my life:
the biggest update: i'm now in a relationship.
i know, i know, i've been heralding my "one year challenge" flag.
and i plan on writing a blog soon about the change of heart.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

"will be"

inspiration: jonny sharp's message at theWell

tonight at theWell, jonny sharp brought an amazing word...
we're in a new series called A New Hope, focusing on the hope we have in Christ because of what He has done for us.

a few weeks ago, ernest talked about how sin entered through Adam, bringing us pain, conflict, sin, struggle, and death. but through Jesus, we now have grace, forgiveness, mercy, and eternal life. we have righteousness through Christ's sacrifice on the Cross and most importantly, redemption from sin, leading ultimately to eternal life with God.

granted, we still have to deal with life.
choosing to follow Jesus doesn't give us a "escape from trials and tribulation" card.
in fact, the opposite is generally true.
but we have hope. and a purpose. and the Holy Spirit.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

rewards of encouragement

inspiration: receiving encouragement in various forms today

the past few days have been kind of rough for me emotionally. mostly in the realm of relationships.
i woke up this morning and gave myself a minor pep talk. "it's just another day. God's going to take care of you" (little did i know that, a half-hearted pep talk would actually come to fruition in many ways).

Friday, March 2, 2012

more goals and blurbs

inspiration: i feel the need to append to my previous goals i've made for myself.

i made a video-log of a few goals i have for 2012.

i've decided to append a couple to that:

  • pay off all my credit card debt by the end of march and stay on top of spending for all of 2012
  • go on another mission trip
i've had a couple humbling experiences regarding my finances and God has broken through in a couple of major ways and i believe that's just my wake-up call to reign in my spending and to make wiser financial decisions.

i've also been praying about going to kenya this summer. i'm still really seeking God in this (a little less, lately, given the circumstances with my mom), because i'm not really sure what He is calling me to do. i just want peace in this situation and lately, i've hit some patches of uneasiness about it.