Sunday, February 24, 2013

dear nineteen year old self.

inspiration: a few weeks until another birthday.

so i have a birthday coming up in a few weeks (5 weeks + 1 day, to be exact). but i've had it on my mind recently to blog about what the last five years have looked like for me. there are things i wish i knew, things i had paid attention to, choices i would've made differently had i known...

so here it is.
a letter to my nineteen year old self.
a reflection of what i wish i had known back then.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

extending some circles

inspiration: being challenged to pray an even bigger circle around africa

so, if you didn't know this before, now is the time you'll learn: this summer, i will be going on a mission trip to Turkana, Kenya and spreading the Gospel to people over there who have never heard of Jesus.

i'm super excited.
it's a huge step outside of my comfort zone and i'm not really sure how God will use me, but i'm excited about all the opportunities that lie ahead.

Monday, February 11, 2013

asking seeking and knocking ... again.

inspiration: tonight's message at theWell.

i'm not well-versed in spiritual gifts.
but i can pretty much with all boldness say that my spiritual gift is NOT prophecy.
i've never been one to say "i feel like God is going to move in this way" in my life.
but, God gave me a strong sense that 2013 would be a year of prayer and dreaming...
...and God never goes back on a promise ;)

Thursday, February 7, 2013

i once was a pharisee...but now i truly see.

inspiration: i once was blind, but now i see

tonight was the first night i have been to a large group worship night with theMix - it was awesome! i estimate there were around 50ish or so people, which is incredible! it's been incredible to connect with so many awesome people and to be in a great community where God is working mightily every day!

tonight, Travis preached the story in John 9 about a blind man who had a very personal encounter with Jesus. i've read this story many times and know the symbolism and faith behind the blind man's encounter, but tonight, i heard with different ears.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

"search me..."

inspiration: Psalm 139:23-24

this is a brief prayer journal entry i wrote a couple days ago.
Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.
-Psalm 139:23-24
This month (January) has been a huge month of growth for me. i began it with a 21-day fast and while my eating habits have gone back to what they were before (although, i am consuming less soda, sugar, and processed foods), there are prayers that i'm still circling - especially at work.