Tuesday, September 26, 2017

busyness.


"Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you." -James 4:8

I made a little butterfly garden - A 24 foot rectangle, it was quite small. I planted Bachelor's Buttons, Sweet William, Phlox, Morning Glories, Coneflowers, Snapdragons, and a Gladiola. With it being so small I decided that it was going to be extremely easy to keep it weed-free and pretty. And... A handful of days went by and my, I had a mess of weeds to clear out already. If I let it go longer than a week or two the weeds would get even bigger and harder to pull out.

I thrive on being busy! It makes me feel good to always have something to do and somewhere to go. It keeps away laziness and keeps my mind busy as well as my hands. I feel bad when I am not busy doing something. I think I partly get it from my Dad who is close to being a workaholic. If you rest, you rust. 

While being busy is good, sometimes it gets to be too much. A for sure sign of life being too busy is when I start to let my quiet time with the Lord slip out of each jam packed day. And when that starts to happen the stress sneaks in. Which means I've been spending too much time with the world and the busyness of it all and not enough time with my Lord. 

The weeds come in slowly but surely just like they did in my butterfly garden, wanting to take over. I'm not tending to the spiritual garden of my heart when I'm not making it a priority to spend time with the King of all kings. Christ is our lifeline and we must abide in Him in order to flourish spiritually!

"If Satan can't make you bad, he'll make you busy."
-Adrian Rogers

(This quote was one of those "wow" moments for me and was super convicting!)

I have loved studying John 15 recently! Jesus tells us, "Abide in me..." (John 15:4). 
The meaning of the word abide is to [continue, remain, persist]... We must be:

Persistent in our relationship with God by continuing in His Word each day and remaining in prayer! We need to have open communication with Him by talking to Him and hearing back from Him through reading His Word. 

I saw this used for the word "abide" and love it:

A dore His majesty in prayer 
B less Him through service 
I ncline your heart toward His Word 
D well deeply in His love 
E xalt Him with joy 

Truly the best gift we can give ourselves is time alone with Jesus; blocking out the busyness of this world we live in and seeking Him! I realize I tend to be more of a Martha instead of a Mary often! But when I seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness my days are so much better and I have more peace. It also gives me more excitement to keep studying different things and delve even deeper into His Word as well as pray more!



Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Proverbs 2:1-5


"My son, if thou wilt receive my words and hide my commandments with thee;


so that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding;


yea if thou criest after knowledge and liftest up thy voice for understanding;


if thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures;


then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God."               

Sunday, September 3, 2017

counting my blessings//August



-four new ducklings
-this book ^


-a bookmark of my sponsor child, Kevin <3
-watching the solar eclipse


-flowers from David before he left on a long trip
-Yerba Mate tea



-our family vacation in Branson :)
-reading through the book of Revelation


-taking my siblings to Roaring River
-talking on the phone with a friend that I hadn't talked to for *too long*!




-going to Dickerson Zoo and petting giraffes
-a group chat through text that a friend set up for prayer requests and encouragement


-my friend, Brianna, randomly sending me this picture of us from her wedding <3
-playing lots of rummy and aggravation 


-verse cards on boldness from Tashia <3
-jumping off a bridge into the water (SO fun!)

"Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ." 
-Romans 5:1



Thursday, March 23, 2017

my word: BOLD



(this kitty follows me around everywhere, anytime I step foot outside)

I was reading through 1 Corinthians in the last part of the month of December. Chapter 9 truly spoke to my heart and I knew what my word would be for 2017 after reading it, as well as other verses pertaining to being bold and unashamed of the gospel.

"Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel."
"For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!"
"For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more."
"To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some."
"Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one recieveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain."
"...they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible."
- 1 Corinthians 9:14,16,19,22,24,&25

But then as I moved on and discovered Galatians 1:10 I was deeply convicted.

"For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ."

How often I give a short and easy answer to people's questions when they notice a difference in me compared to the other people out there! I don't want them to think that I'm weird so I "sugar coat" it and may try to make myself sound like I'm not that different than them. I'm wanting to change that. I want to stick up for my beliefs even when in a crowd of young people all making fun of my "old fashioned" ways. Instead of being afraid of what they will think, I should be thinking about what the Lord would want me to do and say. I should be jumping on the chance to go further than the answer even and share more of the Lord with them! When I don't let Christ and the difference He has made in my life show to those around me, I am ultimately wanting to please those people instead of wanting to please God. This is SO wrong.

I know I need to share Jesus more with people totally on my own without waiting for other people to start a conversation as well. Those I come face to face with should hear about the King of my heart. Why do I not speak of Him more? He has saved my soul from Hell by taking all of my sins away when He gave His life for me. I need to be sharing His glorious gospel to as many people as I can. Ray Comfort uses the illustration of a person's house being on fire in the middle of the night. What would you do? You would run and pound on their door, warning them by shouting that they need to move fast! People without the Lord are in such a predicament. They need to have their eyes opened to the judgment that is yet to come. It is loving to be bold and to share the truth with them. I need to not let fear and nervousness get in the way of being bold and warning people. I need to develop an attitude of strong confidence in the Lord, so that I can say and do Godly things openly, without fear of the consequences (see quote in first photo). I need to be more "bold to speak the word without fear." -Phillipians 1:14.

Ways to help me have boldness:

Buy and hand out tracts
If anyone asks a question in which I can give an answer speaking of the Lord, answer fully and unashamed
Look for opportunities to share the gospel with others
Pray with people, not just for them



Another goal I have this year is to read through Living Water's School of Biblical Evangelism study book. It is full of witnessing help and I believe it will be a huge motivation for me, as well as push me to go past my comfort zone and share the Lord in ways that I've never done.


"And for me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel. For which I am an ambassador in bonds; that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak."
-Ephesians 6:19&20

*I know it is the end of March, but I still wanted to share my word for this year with you all! It really helps to have accountability!*

*I've had this post saved for the last couple months and haven't been able to finish it until now. It made me a little sad as a wild animal killed Snuggles, the kitty pictured in the second photo of this post, around two weeks ago. She was such a sweet kitty. Like her name, she was always wanting some snuggling time.*




Friday, March 10, 2017

counting my blessings // February


fourteen healthy and adorable Golden Retriever puppies
80 degree weather
flowers from David




my little cactus plant
Rylan asking me every time I get home how work or school went
visiting with friends at Cici's pizza and then a coffee shop



buds on our flowering quince and little leaves on our weeping willow
going on horse and bike rides



pressing flowers
the above gifts from David :)
the song, "You Love Me Anyway" by Sidewalk Prophets




sweet smiles and giggles from Micah
seeing a friend I met almost a year ago at the Tanyard Creek waterfall
going to a friend's wedding and seeing lots of friends we haven't seen in awhile <3






lab days at college when we get to look at stuff under microscopes
celebrating Rylan, Lilliana, Dad, and Paige's birthdays
taking Paige hiking to get her out of the house for her surprise birthday party...fun times!


Friday, February 17, 2017

a challenge




I'm angry so I choose to 

S I N G

I'm fustrated so I choose to 

W O R S H I P

I'm impatient so I choose to 

P R A I S E

I choose to let go and

L E T   G O D

______________________________

A friend sent me this challenge that she is doing. She has wrote it out on several sheets of paper and is putting it in different places around her home. 

I have decided to do this challenge as well. Instead of letting myself stay angry, get fustrated, or become impatient I will choose to sing, worship, and praise with the Lord's help!

Will you join me in this challenge?