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 times!

Friday, February 17, 2017

a challenge

I'm angry so I choose to 


I'm fustrated so I choose to 


I'm impatient so I choose to 


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?

Thursday, February 2, 2017

counting my blessings // December + January

  • skating and "celebrating" Dylan's 17th birthday in Walmart :)
  • Chinese food
  • seeing sweet friends from PA
  • finding an adorable elephant maxi skirt from Goodwill
  • finals going well
  • trail riding
  • sister chats with Paige at bedtime
  • peppermint mochas
  • Micah sleeping better
  • trying out a new iced coffee recipe that fills an entire quart
  • skating & having the skate rink guy say "happy birthday to David" over the loudspeaker
  • celebrating the new year with friends
  • learning how to play spike ball
  • reading through 1st and 2nd Corinthians
  • a dozen roses from David
  • climbing at the Zenith Climbing Center
  • animal science class
  • waking up to a gorgeous sunrise ... this is a story worth sharing: I had stayed up until past 3 in the morning doing homework and I had my alarm set for 7:15 because I had college that morning. I was fully expecting to feel horrible after only 3 something hours of sleep. But my alarm went off, I woke up, crawled out of bed, peeked through my blinds, and saw the most gorgeous sunrise I've seen in awhile. I headed for my coat and boots and went right outside to see it. It had me awake, in a good mood, and already feeling so blessed even though I hadn't got much sleep. >>Thank you Lord!

What are three things YOU are thankful for today? 

Monday, January 30, 2017

he makes me smile

I would love to introduce an amazing young man that has become a huge part of my life in the last three months. It has been so wonderful getting to know David more and more. I am so thankful for him...his heart for the Lord and desire to serve Him, how he makes me laugh, how my younger siblings all adore him, his dedication to work and school, how he frequently shares what he's learning from the Bible with me, how he willingly serves everyone around him, and how he reminds me often of how special I am to him: to name a few things. The list could go on and on!

Honestly, I am so undeserving of this sweet and godly man! My heart overflows with thankfulness for the blessing that David is in my life. He makes me so happy and I have a hard time not smiling these days!

"Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!"
-2 Corinthians 9:15

Monday, December 12, 2016

counting my blessings // November

I am thankful for:

  • rocking Micah
  • going to a goat auction
  • taking the little ones to the park
  • driving through the woods on a beautiful conservation area
  • hunting with my brother (even though we didn't see anything)
  • my Grandma, aunt, and one of my cousins coming down from NE
  • eating out at Pizza Hut with them ^
  • my horse getting two weeks of training and behaving better now
  • seeing baby goats at our friend's place
  • going on a bike ride 
  • 1 Corinthians 13
  • messages from friends saying that they are praying for you
  • playing lots of card games, Balderdash, and the 5 Second Rule with friends
  • singing around a bonfire at a friend's house
  • minutes for my phone
  • friends sending encouraging verses
  • learning how to play pool
  • caramel cookie crunch gelato

I am always so late getting these up! It will be one of my New Year's resolutions to post these thankful lists at the end of the month they are for this next year!