Friday, November 30, 2012

mustard seed faith and a Type-A personality

inspiration: having faith the size of a mustard seed and a Type-A personality makes me feel bipolar sometimes.

if you look up Type-A personality in a textbook, dictionary, Google, whatever form of reference you'd like, you will likely see my picture right beside it. i'm a control freak and i like solving problems. i'm a web developer for a small company that is growing every year and i manage their sales database. so when the company grows, so does my job. but the fact that i'm a control freak and a problem solver is a winning combination.

but here's Matthew 17:20 after Christ casts out a demon that his disciples could not:
He replied, "Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you."

Sunday, November 25, 2012

amazing grace. how SWEET the sound.

inspiration: having Luke 15 pounded into my head and heart today.

this morning, Holden and I went to the Dream Center campus of Seacoast.
He and i love going there for the atmosphere and the worship, and as always, to be fed by the teaching staff!
it's amazing how comfortable you can get, even when you're in the presence of God.

but i digress...

this morning, there was a guest speaker: Brady Boyd from a church in Colorado Springs.
he preached on the parable of the Prodigal Son in Luke 15.
but as i mentioned, the same thoughts have been pounded in my heart and head today.
after spending most of this long weekend with Holden and his family for the holidays, i came home and opened my Bible study...and lo and behold, i was studying Luke 15 again.

Monday, November 12, 2012

forgive yourself. forgive others.

inspiration: Jonny Sharp's awesome message at theWell tonight.

tonight at theWell, Jonny Sharp brought a powerful message about forgiveness.
For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you,but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. -Matthew 6:14-15
there comes a point in every person's life where we simply cannot find it in us to forgive someone.
whether it's ourselves or others, we struggle.
Matthew 6:14-15 reminds us that in order to receive God's forgiveness, we must forgive.

To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.
Lewis B. Smedes

30 days of thanks: days 5-12.

inspiration: i've been slacking in my blog, but not in my thankfulness.

day 5: thankful to have a job i love.
day 6: thankful that i live in America and have freedom of speech and the freedom to worship!
day 7: thankful for bagel and cake wednesday - sometimes, it's just the simple things that make me happy :)
day 8: thankful for my friends
day 9: thankful for my best friend, Joyann!
day 10: thankful for my church!
day 11: thankful for everyone who has served and who serves our country.
day 12: thankful that Jesus was enough and thankful for God's forgiveness!

as i reflect on how much i've been given and how blessed i am, i just can't help but praise God for who He is. everything i have is His, yet He allows me to enjoy all good things.

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. -James 1:17

what are you thankful for today?

Sunday, November 4, 2012

30 days of thanks: days 3 and 4

inspiration: more things i'm thankful for

day #3: i'm thankful to be in charleston
day #4: i'm thankful to serve an amazing God!
i often reflect on how blessed i am to be in this amazing city.
with amazing people.
with amazing food.

Charleston was never on my radar, but God knew exactly what He had planned for me here.
He knew the job He needed me to fill.
He knew the people He needed me to impact.
He knew the food He needed me to try ;)

i love reflecting and knowing that because i stepped out in faith that i am in the middle of His will for me. i've felt lost at times, but i'm still at peace knowing that i'm exactly where He needs me to be.

which brings me to #4.
i'm so very thankful to serve an amazing God!
In Him, i have life...and not only life, but life to the abundant!!
He loves me so much and i will never comprehend it.

John 3:16 and Romans 5:8 and Romans 8:38-39 are two incredibly powerful verses that i reflect on when i get discouraged. because no matter the circumstances, God loves me! incredibly and powerfully!

what are you thankful for?

Friday, November 2, 2012

30 days of thankful: days 1 and 2

inspiration: it's time for me to reflect on things i am thankful for

yesterday, i posted on facebook and twitter that i am thankful for my boyfriend, Holden.
and today, i am thankful for my family.