Saturday, November 20, 2010

Psalm 16:11

Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

This would sum up my life at the moment. There is truly so much joy in life when you are living each moment of it not for yourself, but for God.

Dr. Victor Paul Wierwille said, "Nothing is beyond our reach if we will reach beyond ourselves." That couldn't be more true. In John 13:34, Jesus Christ said that we are to love one another as he loves us. We can love others by getting outside of ourselves. Say hi to someone. Ask them how their day is. Whatever you decide, just take a moment to think of others.

I have met so many people since I have been here. I have talked to more new people in just the past month than I have talked to in my whole life (probably). But every single conversation has started with some kind of question or a statement that's personal to them. "Hi! How's your day going?!" or "What book are you reading?" or "That is a really awesome hat, do you mind me asking where you got it?" You would be amazed at how many people have told me that they were so shocked I even said "hi."

What kind of difference can we make in someone's life?

I met a really nice girl at a bookstore a week or so ago. A few days later she was on my heart and so I prayed for her.

The next day I gave her a call. She told me that just the day before she had been in a car accident. Someone rear-ended her and just drove off, leaving some significant damage to her car. But with a thankful tone she informed me that she was not hurt and the damage did not prevent her from being able to drive. She would just need to get her car fixed. I was blessed to hear that she was ok and the overall accident wasn't too impacting. After that I was able to share a verse with her (Philippians 4:19) to encourage her that God would meet her needs in this situation.

She thanked me and that was the end of the conversation.

Later in the week I called her back just to see how she was doing. Again I let her know she was in my prayers and her response was, "Thank you! It is helping too!" And she began to share with me the details of how her needs concerning the car were being taken care of. How awesome is our God?

God works in us both to will and to do of His good pleasure (Philippians 2:13). He can work in you and me to be there with an encouraging word to help uplift someone during their troubled day. We can love others the way Christ loved us by getting outside of ourselves for even a single moment to talk to someone and make their day. And who knows what other doors God will open when you take the time to get to know people. They may have greater situations that we can help them overcome with God and His Word, all by simply asking a question.

Who will you bless today?

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Oh the things you see...

when you but open your eyes.

I have noticed so many little things that God has been doing just to bless me, but here's a big one:

Last Monday it was our day off, so Abi and I planned out our day to get some things done and get blessed too. One of those things was laundry: we went to our apartment's laundry facility and while we waited we planned on sitting outside in the beautiful weather and getting in touch with some of our friends and family. So that's what we did. 30 minutes went by and our clothes were ready to dry. Some dryers were empty so we put in the loads we could, but the rest were full - and there was no one around. Another 30 minutes went by - no one came to claim their laundry, but we patiently waited.

Not soon after, the man who services the machines came in and started working on some of them. He did that for a while and then noticed us, having been there the whole time, and asked if we needed to dry any clothes, if so, he would start the machines for us. We mentioned how we were waiting for people to come back and empty the dryers with their stuff in it. The service man then proceeded to take their things out and place them in neat piles on the counter and started the dryers for us to use so we wouldn't have to wait anymore.

One detail that took place before the man came was this: We have to pay for every load, obviously, but we ended up having more loads than we originally thought. By the time we needed to start drying things I looked into my little change box and looked at Abi and just casually mentioned, "I think we only have enough for one more load." (And I knew we had at least three loads to dry.)
That was the extent of my thought on the matter. It didn't occur to me that we wouldn't be able to dry all our clothes. We just kept waiting for the dryers, kept enjoying the company of one another, and God blessed us by this man and his generosity to start the dryers for us - for free.

God provided for us, and He can and will provide for you. Be on the look-out :)

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

A new life...

When I first moved to Columbus, GA, just three weeks ago, I realized one thing: I have no comfort zone. I left that in Arkansas. Do you know what you have to do when you have no comfort zone? You have to move. You have to move fast. You have to move aggressively. And that, my friends, is the new life that I now have - a life in which I quickly and aggressively move to speak God's Word and find those devout people that are praying for someone like me to share everlasting truths of deliverance for their lives.

I could not imagine living any other way. This is a 6 month program. By next Monday it will be November 1st, meaning that I have completed 1 month out of 6. WOW. It's becoming more and more apparent to me just how little a time period 6 months will be. But what is also becoming more apparent is just how powerful God is and what we WILL be able to accomplish in these 5 remaining months!

I just love Paul's prayer at the beginning of his letter to the Philippians:
"And I am convinced and sure of this very thing, that He Who began a good
work in you will continue until the day of Jesus Christ [right up to
the time of His return], developing [that good work] and perfecting and
bringing it to full completion in you."
(Philippians 1:6 Amplified)

Our God is faithful and He has been working in the lives of the individuals here (myself included) to accomplish great things for Him now and for the rest of our lives.

God bless your hearts!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace

Ephesians 6:15.

Oh God, I'm so amazed how you bring things to my remembrance!

Recently I had thought that I wanted to build my believing that God's Word's are totally true and that I can manifest His power in life. This week has been my first week after leaving my job and I must say it has been a total blessing. I have been incredibly productive in getting my things in order for the move - packing and what have you. But along with all this I have been determined to study more of the Word (since I suppose I finally feel like I have the time to spare...tsk)

Boy, has that been wonderful. I actually just started reading George Muller - Delighted in God, by Roger Steer, which I must confess is an incredibly inspiring story of his life. Only God could have known that after all my fascination with British novels lately, that this one book would fit right in - and actually be profitable! Haha! But man, was Muller a believer... I don't think there is any better book (other than the Bible) that would show me the loving, willingness and ability of our Heavenly Father to provide our every need - as seen through the victories in Muller's life.

This man did not ask anyone for ANYTHING. He only asked God - fully persuaded that God would meet his needs as he devoted his life in service to Him. We read of the believing of those individuals in the Gospels who believed the word of Christ and because of their believing they were delivered - made completely whole - because they were fully persuaded. I want to be like that...

Tuesday, September 14, 2010


So this is kind of a big deal. I've gotten my braces off!
It feels weird, but I am glad! Yeah.. that's all I really have to say about it!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

slight obsessions

I've recently finished two of Jane Austen's novels and I must say they are definitely two of my favorite books next to the Bible. I'm so infatuated with her writing style.. her humor, her wit. I'm not even going to try and explain it - however, I will give you but a taste. From Northanger Abbey, Chapter 5, Austen inserts her own commentary within the story:

Yes, novels; for I will not adopt that ungenerous and impolitic custom so common with novel-writers, of degrading by their contemptuous censure the very performances, to the number of which they are themselves adding--joining with their greatest enemies in bestowing the harshest epithets on such works, and scarcely ever permitting them to be read by their own heroine, who, if she accidentally take up a novel, is sure to turn over its insipid pages with disgust.
[I will break here merely for your comfort]
...Although our productions have afforded more extensive and unaffected pleasure than those of any other literary corporation in the world, no species of composition has been so much decried. From pride, ignorance, or fashion, our foes are almost as many as our readers. And while the abilities of the nine-hundredth abridger of the History of England, or of the man who collects and publishes in a volume some dozen lines of Milton, Pope, and Prior, with a paper from the Spectator, and a chapter from Sterne, are eulogized by a thousand pens--there seems almost a general wish of decrying the capacity and undervaluing the labour of the novelist, and of slighting the performances which have only genius, wit, and taste to recommend them. "I am no novel-reader--I seldom look into novels--Do not imagine that I often read novels--It is really very well for a novel." Such is the common cant. "And what are you reading, Miss---?" "Oh! It is only a novel!" replies the young lady, while she lays down her book with affected indifference, or momentary shame. "It is only Cecilia, or Camilla, or Belinda"; or, in short, only some work in which the greatest powers of the mind are displayed, in which the most thorough knowledge of human nature, the happiest delineation of its varieties, the liveliest effusions of wit and humour, are conveyed to the world in the best-chosen language.

Love her sarcasm, hehe. Ugh. I wish she were still alive and wrote a million novels. I have more to say about this but I'll update later.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

"I gets my bracelets off Mondy!"

So, I have this thing about grammar. I generally prefer to be as grammatically correct as possible. It's kind of like a desire to express myself intelligently and properly.

And yet, as much as the typical, ignorant misspellings and butcherings of the English language disturb and peeve me, I thoroughly enjoy one thing that totally contradicts my strong desires in this category: LOLCats.

Why is this so amusing and appealing to me? Only God knows.

But I thank God for one particular friend that allows me to speak this way with them. Hahaha... It's like a language that we use and there are no questions or indignations about it. We simply talk to our heart's content in the very ignorant manner that I so adamantly oppose.

Maybe you could help me understand this contradiction. Lol.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

"Why do you have a chip on your shoulder?"

I love people. We are all so different, and yet, in a lot of ways we are all so similar. I find it to be the most exciting and enjoyable thing to discover someone else - get past the surface, the superficialities, and get to the heart of who someone is.

One thing I've been learning for a while now is that if you expect anyone to open their heart and life to you, you have to be willing to do the same. We want to build relationships on honesty, trust, communication, brotherly love, etc. That's something I'm trying to get better at. Sometimes it's really simple - you just get along really well with some people; it comes naturally. Other times we have to work through emotions, inadequacies and whatnot before we can truly enjoy all that someone has to offer the world. Well that's my goal - to make that effort to get outside of myself and get to know who you truly are.

One way I like to open up to others is through humor. I am not afraid to laugh with you and even laugh at myself. I am really laid back, but I do believe that life should be simple and enjoyable.

Last night was really sweet. I had many funny, light-hearted conversations that left me blessed and even now when I think about them I still laugh. I love moments like that. Moments like that should never be forgotten. So, that's what I want - to laugh with you and enjoy every moment that God gives. Let's live with a light heart, full of joy!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Just a Spoonful of Sugar

How funny - this just popped in my head and it's amazing how relevant it is to what I wanted to write:

In ev'ry job that must be done
There is an element of fun
You find the fun and snap!
The job's a game

And ev'ry task you undertake
Becomes a piece of cake
A lark! A spree! It's very clear to see that

A Spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down..!

What am I talking about? Let's see. Last weekend I moved home to my parent's house for the last month I am here in R-kansas. Not sure what to say about that! Friday I packed everything I could into every corner of my car and I set off. Saturday morning I got up bright and early to come back to get the remainder of my things. It was not difficult getting everything packed up and transported. The hard and long part was bringing everything in and unpacking - and in 90+ degree weather - climbing up stairs! Okay so it was a lot of work and yet it wasn't difficult at all! Wherever the motivation came from, it felt good to get everything done in one day and get settled in.

I'm still working, so now I have to drive an hour every morning to work. It seems like that would be a long time but it isn't bad at all! I've had a chance to spend some time with God, pray for different things, listen to some teachings, etc. Here I go again making situations that may seem difficult or consuming into something sweet and well worth it..

I've been thinking about something lately and I just really want to share it: joy. Joy is an inside job. It is a decision we make to be blessed and thankful in all things (not for all things). This isn't always easy. We are sometimes faced with situations that continue to be a nuisance and it can be challenging to always have to change our thinking and be "happy." Well, how about we take Mary Poppins' advice here... Let's "find the fun" - let's look for the positives in the situation, or let's look for something that we can do to turn the negative into a positive - positive solutions!

Recently we've been learning about the book of Ephesians and in chapter 4, verse 2 it says, "With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;" Meekness, longsuffering, forbearance - these all have to do with patience. We want to build strength in patience, that way we can experience God's peace in situations.

Hebrews 6:14,15
Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee.
And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.

When we patiently believe God to help us in situations, we will see that He will meet our every need! Verse 3 of Ephesians 4 goes on to say, "Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace." There you have it. We strive for unity in the bond of peace. Patience toward ourselves and one another, when it is motivated by God's Word, yields peace. And with a peaceful heart we can decide to be joyful!

Colossians 3:15
And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.

Let's change our perspective and look for the positive solutions in situations, with patience and peace ruling in our hearts, believing God to meet our needs - then we can have a joy that nothing can take away!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

My Commitment

I am not one to faithfully write in a journal or a diary. However, it has been brought to my attention by many, including myself, that it would be important to document things that occur in my life. So, here I am - with the utmost intention to build the habit of expressing myself on a continual basis.

First topic: My Commitment.
I am about to embark on an incredible spiritual journey. October 3rd, 2010, I will be commissioned as a Way Disciple in our ministry's Disciple of the Way Outreach Program. What is this, you ask? Let me tell you the physical details:

For 6 months I will move to a location in the United States that I will not know of until 3 days before I am to move there. I will be taking with me 2 large suitcases that will hold enough of my essentials for two weeks. I will have boxes of clothes and things packed back home, ready to be shipped to my new area.
I will be going to this new place (that could be anywhere in the US!) with people I have never met (and possibly..believingly.. some that I have!) We will travel together, live together, find housing together, find jobs together, do everything together (except using the restroom.)

Perhaps this brings me to the spiritual details:

When I say spiritual details I refer to our general purpose, my specific purpose, and the actions we will take to fulfill these purposes.
For these 6 months it will be our commitment to speak the true accuracy of God's Word, the Scriptures, to those who are hungering and thirsting to know Him. We will live our lives manifesting God's love and power to make the truth of His Word available to those who want to know. As sons of God (in general) we have been given the ministry of reconciliation, as well as the word of reconciliation, which is meant to reconcile men and women back to God, our heavenly Father. To reconcile, as defined by Webster's dictionary is to restore to friendship or harmony. We have been given the privilege and responsibility to speak God's Word to people so that they may be restored to that relationship with God. This is what we will be fully committed to accomplish in our 6 months together - reconciling men and women to God.

We will believe to accomplish this by believing God to be at the right place at the right time. We will take aggressive action by placing ourselves in the community - meeting people and speaking the great truths of the Word in our daily lives with all we come in contact with. We will make our lives available to those who desire to know more - by teaching the truth of the Word, by helping and supporting others who are learning to live the Word in their own lives, by manifesting God's great delivering power. Our believing action will have an incredible godly impact - it will bless our own lives as well as others.

This brings me to my own goals in making this commitment. Simply put - I have a desire to grow spiritually. This program will require a lot of myself. I will be challenged to grow in areas that I may be weak in now. The program itself is very structured - there are guidelines that have been set in place and proven to be for the greatest benefit to those of us participating. For example: we are to study the scriptures for an hour each day - because we cannot give what we do not have. To speak the Word on a daily basis, as much as we will be doing, will require a daily diet of the truth put on in our minds. (Though such a habit is desired of everyone.) We will be doing specific, focused activities geared towards meeting people and speaking to them. You may not know me, but I am not the most outgoing person you may know! But I look forward to getting outside of my own comfort zone, meeting and speaking to new people and being able to share the greatness of God's Word - there is nothing that brings more joy to me than that.

It is my own personal goal, in doing this, that I may become more faithful to study God's Word - studying so that I may understand it and apply it to a greater degree in my life. I want to live the truths of God's Word to the extent that it is second nature! I want to continue to build my confidence in myself and my God who will meet every need. And I want to be able to share this with every one I come in contact with.

1 Timothy 4:16 (Amplified)
Look well to yourself [to your own personality] and to [your] teaching; persevere in these things [hold to them], for by so doing you will save both yourself and those who hear you.

Could that sum it up any greater? This will be, by far, the best 6 months of my life up to this point.