Friday, April 27, 2012

no strings attached.

inspiration: jonny's wrap-up of the Unbound series.

last night, jonny sharp brought a powerful word at theWell.
we've been studying through the book of Romans for almost a year now (i think tomorrow will be one-year, actually) and we're in .... *drumroll* Chapter 6! which is awesome, but means we'll be done in approximately another year and a half :P

but last night was powerful. it brought me to a realization of a lot of things in my spiritual life that i needed to be reminded of.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

what i learned from green eggs and ham

inspiration: a week later, i'm still reciting Green Eggs and Ham to myself....

last week, after theWell service, we had an open mic night.
now, i can't sing or dance to save my life.
but i do have a knack for memorizing things, so i decided to tackle the ever-classic Dr. Seuss' Green Eggs and Ham.
...and 62 pages of classic literature is stuck in my head.
i recited it with a handful of errors, but i still had fun :)

Sunday, April 15, 2012

God-shaped holes.

inspiration: Chip Judd's message at Seacoast.

at Seacoast, we are in a series called "Love Is..."
we started it last week on Easter and we'll be talking about God's love.

tonight, Chip Judd talked about God's love in the context of how we are to love ourselves.
for me, one of the biggest challenges i have is accepting God's view of me for myself
basically, it comes down to the fact that sometimes i just don't accept the fact that GOD LOVES ME and that He created me so that He could love me!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

trusting You.

inspiration: a poem i wrote at work today.

true story: i'm struggling at work.
i absolutely love my job.
i wouldn't trade it for the world.
i love the company.
the people i work with.
the location.
the opportunities i have with it.

but i'm at a point where i'm feeling really burnt out.
i've been working on this same project for a long time and i see the light at the end of the tunnel.
but i'm just treading water.

slacker update

inspiration: just a few praise reports and blurbs since i haven't blogged in forever and a day...

  • i feel like such a middle-schooler for saying this, but Holden and I have been dating for a month today. i'm blessed to be dating him and i'm definitely excited what God has planned for us, individually and as a couple
  • my mom is doing really well! she came home last week from rehab and seems to be in high spirits
  • i'm working on becoming a Microsoft Certified Professional Developer at work. i'm stressing about this already and i haven't even started any of it - definitely going to need strength to get through this one.
  • kenya is not in the cards for me this year; however, supporting some friends of mine on their mission trip to South Sudan has definitely been laid in my hands. i know the people that God is calling me to support and i will be praying through how much to give.

i'm incredibly amazed to see the where God has brought me.
i still suffer from spiritual droughts occasionally, and if i'm honest, i've been feeling that way lately. but i know that no matter what, God is walking with me every single day and using every single obstacle and encounter to draw me closer to Him.

what praise reports do you have?

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

chase a lion

inspiration: prepping for Monday's Bible study.

i shared earlier about my small group last night.
it triggered a ton of amazing discussion and reminded me of "in a pit with a lion on a snowy day" (one of my favorite books). and as i'm preparing to piggy-back off our discussion last night to share my heart about pursuing our "lions" and overcoming our fears and learning to pursue faith rather than fear, i'm getting really excited about it!

i'm learning about "lion chasers" of Scripture and i'm excited about sharing some wisdom about some of these amazing people!

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego

they all overcame fears and overcame the odds and impossible because they trusted that God would come through. they faced their "lions" head on and were used in incredible and powerful ways. they never backed down from the calling God placed in their lives.

are you a lion chaser? who in your life is a lion chaser?

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

lions and lions and lions, oh my!

inspiration: a bible study led by my wonderful friend Deana :)

so last night, my friend Deana stepped up and led an awesome Bible study last night.
Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. -1 Peter 5:8
last night, this was our springboard of conversation.
Satan is like a lion, prowling around, just waiting for us to stumble so it can attack.

we talked about how lions, in their natural habitat, feed where there is disobedience, where there is bait, where the light has gone out, where there is fear; they exhaust their pray and they isolate their target.

Satan does the exact same thing.