12.31.2008

Just Accept It??

Should you just accept it? That's been running through my mind for a few days. Should you just accept the fact that 90% of teenagers after the age of 18 will NOT return to Church? Should I just accept that fact that the choice of drug in 8th grade is heorine? Should we just accept the fact that only 2% of Christians will share their faith? What about all the other brothers and sisters out there who need Jesus? Who's gonna tell them? Would you want to be the reason someone went to Hell because they didn't know Jesus? I wouldn't. God didn't say, "Go spread the Gospel.. but only if you want." No! God commanded us. Don't you see? WE have the power to tell the entire world about Jesus Christ and then help our families (spiritual and not) in their walk with God. We have the power to do so through:
our mouths,
the phone,
myspace,
facebook,
blogs,
email,
letters,
random places!!
God has provided so many opportunities for us to be really radical for Him in everything we do, I'm not saying I share my faith 24/7 because I don't, (remember i'm not perfect, just forgiven!!) but I'm making it one of my goals to share my faith as much as possible. WE all have our off days when we just don't want to do so, but think about the people who are having off days and don't know Jesus? hmm.. this was just a thought. Not condemning anybody just sharing! God Bless~!

BRAND NEW YOU!!!

Brand new you!!! Well, today is New Years Eve (duh) and I though I'd let anyone who doesn't know that, you CAN be a brand new you!!!! But as Pitt said last night, your gonna have to give up a few things. I spent a while thinking about whether to post this or not, but hey, someones gotta answer God's call! So I've heard all these people talking about what their gonna do this new year and who their gonna be and dot dot dot. But maybe instead of making a list like.. lose weight, get new friends, buy new clothes.. we should do some soul searching and figure out whether your gonna follow God or now. Since God doesn't want people who are "on the fence" as to whether you want to live for Him or not. You need to make a choice. If you want to follow God for real then you need to surround yourself with positive, uplifting Christian friends. Good illustration, you CAN'T pull someone up, however they CAN pull you DOWN. If you walk around with people who cuss, drink, drug, party party... well your gonna cuss, drink, drug, party party. You can tell someone about Jesus and love them without hanging out with them. My heart is sad when I see my brothers and sisters so lost but my heart is even more sad when I see a person who's been living for God the best that possibly can and then they get drug back down. I don't like seeing them hurt so I can imagine that God is even MORE heartbroken since He loves us all SO much! For anyone who wants a brand new start you can have one!!! All you gotta do is ask God for a brand new start and boom, you got it! Pray with me,
God,
I want a brand new start. I want to begin living for You with all my heart.
I'm not sure I can do this so please Lord give me the strength. Help me
glorify you with my life. I ask you into my heart. Fill me with Your spirit.
in Jesus' name,

Amen

Well guess what?!! You ARE BRAND NEW!!! The old life is gone and forgotten, trust that the Lord will bring you the help you need in every thing you do. Because God is Faithful!!! Give me a comment if you prayed that. God Bless You abundantly!!!!!!!!!!
peace <3

12.30.2008

Psalm 18:30

~ "As for God, His way is perfect. All the Lord's promises prove true. He is a shield for all who look to Him for protection." - Psalm 18:30 NLT

Let God protect you with His strong arms and love on you like none other!!! He will prove true to you no matter what!!!!!!!! peace <3

New Years

New Years is on it's way. Probably the most encouraging time of the year for most because it's every body's chance to start out brand new. Everybody has their resolutions. But most of them get dropped off. Most of us usually have at least one of these on our list.

1) Lose Weight
2) Get married
3) Get out of debt
4) save money
5) quit smoking
6) Get a job
7) Eat healthy

But usually all of these things end up being forgotten. Pushed off. So instead of making resolutions I'm making REAL goals for myself and will pray to keep them. I don't want to make something that I probably won't ever do or try to do. There is nothing wrong with wanting to lose a few pounds, but make sure that your leaning on Christ as you do. Things usually aren't as hard when you lean of the One who can hold you up... FOREVER!!! :D The important thing to remember about a new year is that you CAN be a brand new person. But it doesn't have to just be at the beginning of the year it can be whenever wherever because Jesus Christ can make ANYONE, no matter what their problems, BRAND NEW!!! That's VERY comforting!!! So let Him change you. 'Cause when He changes you it will last!!! God Bless

12.29.2008

OVERCOME

Inspired by the cd Desperation Band - Everyone Overcome.. I would like anybody who reads this to post a comment and put 1 thing that God has helped them overcome. I'll put mine here:

God helped me overcome the feeling of hopelessness. He brought me hope!



so come on.. post away!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Walk it Out!!!!

Walk it out!!! Something God has been teaching me is being a Christian isn't simply doing the "right" things but it is LIVING it. My goal is to live a life completely consumed in Jesus Christ sharing who He is and being as radical as I can be for Him. After all, He did die on the Cross. My heart cries out to God for Him to conform my will to His. So many times we Christians get hung up on simply doing the right things instead of being. BEING a Christian. Not all the time is it easy, but it is well worth it. I don't just want to talk the talk, i want to walk the walk as well. Sure telling people verses from the Bible is great, but if all you do is that.. that's not living it out. This week I will be doing my absolute best to LIVE out my faith so that it will be my life. How about we join together? God Bless!!!

12.27.2008

I'm Fired Up! You fired up?!

I'm Fired Up! You fired up?! It's amazing the fire God can and will light in someone when they decide to defy the world and be as radical for Him as they can be!!! It's stinkin amazing! When someone really gives their life over to Jesus, it's noticable because the way you used to live, the way you used to be.. it disappears and everything around them and in them changes!!!!!!!!! I know tons of people that after one encounter with the Lord.. oooohhhhhhhhh they go wild after Jesus and do everything they can to LIVE for HIM!! That fires me up, how about you!?!!! LETS ALL GET STINKIN FIRED UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

12.26.2008

LOVE ADDICT

I want to love the people who are in others eyes "unlovely". I read a verse in the Word the other day which said..
"..Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgement, in accordance with the measure of your faith God has given you." Romans 12:3

I don't want to think of myself with any sort of cockiness in me. With that my heart cries,
Lord humble me so that I can bring you praise and worship in every aspect of my life.
I want a heart that cares for others and loves for others like Jesus' does. Though I know I can't love as much and powerful as Jesus there's no need to discourage striving to love like He does. In fact that's what He wants us to do. You know, love each as you love yourself. But you know speaking of love each other as you love yourself. (Matthew 19:19) How can you love someone as you love yourself if you don't love yourself? Aren't there TONS of girls who HATE the way they look? We as Christians job to explain to these girls that they ARE BEAUTIFUL and ARE God's PRINCESS'!~!!!!! It makes my heart ache for girls who don't believe that they are beautiful. I used to be one of those girls. But God continued working into my heart that now, though i still have my days, God loves me no matter WHAT! Once you start to love yourself, then you'll be able to love each other. Any who... a quote from Matt Pitt is this, "How can you love without compassion? You can't."
To love each other we have to have compassion for one another. Which can be difficult sometimes. You know if I wallow in self pity I can't see past myself to be able to see into someone else's problems. To have a heart to help them know Jesus and trust in Him rather than their problems. But to have compassion my heart needs to be set onto God and doing His will and having His heart. To be after God's own heart. So challenge to anyone (including myself) let's love each other like we love ourselves. We usually won't mistreat ourselves so let's not do that ti anyone else either. Well, I hope this blesses someone or challenges someone. peace <3

It's Not Me

It's NOT me. I can do absolutely nothing on my own. It's Him. He does all sorts of things through me. I cannot take credit for what the Father can do. I cannot speak with pursuasive words to make someone a Christian. Only God can take someone and make them new. Only HE can show someone His mightiness. I am extremely blessed. I have been blessed with a wonderful family and with wonderful friends. I am blessed with a home and food and clothing. Bottom line of this post is the fact that God speaks through me and ONLY HE can get the credit for anything that may change someones life. God Bless~

12.24.2008

Mary and Mary

There are 2 Mary's in the Bible that I am greatly encouraged by in which I would like to post about both. The first Mary I want to talk about is:
Mary Mother of Jesus-
What an amazing Woman of God!!! I think Mary is amazing!
Allegedly Mary was 14 when the angel of the Lord came to her and told her she would conceive and give birth to a Son and name Him Jesus. I love what the angel told her when he first came to her, "Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you." Luke 1:28 We can all be highly favored in the Lord which is what makes it amazing. But let's go back to Luke 1:28..
vs 29 says that Mary was "greatly troubled at the greeting this angel has brought to her." Why? Was my first thought. The answer would be is Mary didn't believe it. I don't think she was very confident. So she was troubled as to why the God of Heavens and Earth would consider her highly favored. But she was~!! But can you imagine how Mary must have felt? Knowing that she was having God's Son? I'm sure she was extremely happy, until she went to Joseph and he didn't believe her. And then her parents didn't. But she was still willing to the Lord and His plan. She told the angel in Luke 1:38, "I am the Lord's servant," Mary answered. "May it be to me as you have said." She was willing. No questions, no anger, no anything. Just her following the Lord's plan not knowing where it could lead her. Since it's Christmas eve I thought this Mary was especially appropriate. Let's take a little bit of Mary's attitude to ours. Instead of questioning God, just say, "I am willing."

Now the other Mary would be..
Mary Magdalene
We hear of her in Luke 8:2 where Jesus heals her of the demons inside her. You can imagine she was very grateful and didn't know how to repay Him for all He's did for her. So she decided to be His devoted follower. Luke 8:1-3 says that Mary Magdalene along with many other women helped support Jesus' ministry. Probably one of the most amazing things she did was when she poured perfume on Jesus' feet and wiped them with her hair, I think that is really incredible too!! A very beautiful sight to think of. She took very expensive perfume (The Bible tells us) and poured it on Jesus' feet. Then after she did that she wiped His feet with her hair. Now Judas didn't like it, I think he was jealous. He was talking about how she should have sold the perfume and given it to the poor. In which Jesus replied, "Leave her alone," Jesus replied. "It was intended, that she should save this perfume... you will always have the perfume among you but you will not always have Me." John 12:7-8 A lesson that we can take from her is to devote ourselves to God to the very best of our abilities!

Well I hope this has blessed someone! Merry Christmas!

Came to My Rescue

My quote "Knight in shining armor" is Jesus Christ!!! He comes to my rescue anytime I need Him. I've never known anyone like Him before. And NEVER will!!!! He brings a smile upon my face when I just think about Him! He is my One True Love!!!!! S0 since today is Christmas eve I would like to challenge you to spend some time reflecting on who Jesus is to you. One of my fave worship songs is Came to my Rescue by Hillsong United here are the lyrics:

Came To my Rescue

Falling on my knees in worship
Giving all I am to seek Your face
Lord all I am is is Yours

My whole life I place in Your hands
God of mercy
Humbled I bow down
In your presence at Your throne

chorus:
I called You answered
And You came to my rescue and I
I wanna be where You are

In my life be lifted high
In our world be lifted high
In our love be lifted high

12.23.2008

The Christmas Story

On my friends blog (ashleybeth33.blogspot.com) she posted The Christmas story which reminded me that i wanted to post it this morning.. but it was kinda early and so please excuse me. lol Here it is!


Matthew 1:18-25
The Birth of Jesus Christ
18This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. 19Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.
20But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.
21She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus,[c] because he will save his people from their sins."
22All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet:
23"The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel"[d]—which means, "God with us."
24When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife.
25But he had no union with her until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.


Luke 2
The Birth of Jesus

1In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world.
2(This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.)
3And everyone went to his own town to register.
4So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David.
5He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.
6While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born,
7and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
The Shepherds and the Angels
8And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.
9An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.
10But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.
11Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ[a] the Lord.
12This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."
13Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."
15When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about."
16So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child,
18and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.
19But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.
20The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

From Scarred to Sacred

So everybody has scars. Everybody has something that's happened to them that has scarred their heart. So many different things like:
rape,
divorce,
cutting,
drugs... etc.
All this stuff. But you know what God does for you when you let Him have all those scars? He takes you from Scarred to Sacred. This word came to me like 2 months ago. I was thinking about it and the word scarred spelled out in my head, then immediately afterwords the word SACRED spelled out. You know what you are? You ARE sacred! You are!!! This Christmas let God take you from scarred to sacred. Just a word. God Bless~

12.22.2008

Christmas Spirit Award!

I am very blessed to have been awarded this (thanks ~hon~ :)
I want to thank Jesus. I also want to thank my mom and my fans... okay just kidding! :P

5 things i love about Christmas:

1) I love the joy during Christmas. I mean the REAL joy that comes from Jesus' Birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2) I ove the fact that everyone shows each other love. Though i wish it weren't just on Christmas. But that goes to show the real happiness Jesus brings!
3) I love the Christmas story, which usually is only read during the Christmas Season.
4) I love the peace i feel during Christmas. It's almost unexplainable peace... incredible!
5) I love the amazing miracles that happen during Christmas!!!!!!!

I may have more to add later. It's still kinda early.. haha. But umm... thanks again!!! God Bless!!!

How Have I..

Gotten anywhere without God in my life? I haven't that's why! Though i do sometimes think, how in the world did I survive without Jesus? Seriously it's a wonder! God is so FAITHFUL!!! I've had many things happen this year that i thought how am I gonna make it? But truly God is faithful and He never let go of my hand. Not once!

When i was tired, He gave me rest.
When I was weak, He gave me stength.
When I needed help, He helped me.
When I needed somewhere to lay, He let me lay down at His feet.
When I needed some comfort, He comforted me.
When I needed ________ (dot dot dot) fill in the blank. God has always provided and He will continue to provide, all we need to do is REMAIN FAITHFUL TO HIM!!!!!!!!! We often times give up on God. Has God ever given up on you? answer: NO. So we have no need to give up on Him. Let Him take your hand and walk you along everything in life. This was just a thought, wanted to post. God Bless~

I'm in love with Jesus~!!!!!!

YES!!! I AM TRULY in love with JESUS!!!!!!!!!!! He has completely CHANGED my life!!!! A quick testimony would be that i had a huge anger problem growing up. I fought with my family and it really got out of control. I was really heading down the WRONG path. I am not ashamed of my testimony because i believe that the old life is gone and the new life is here! Revelation 12:11 says, "They overcame him (satan) by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their TESTIMONY..." God will transform you when you give Him the chance to!!! He WANTS to set you free! So my Christmas gift to God is my thankfulness!!! My Christmas gift to anyone reading this is the chance for you to have a brand new life. If you don't know Jesus check out the side of my blog ~> and prayer the prayer. This reminds me of a song by Hillsong United,

There is no one like You,
There is no one like You,
There is no one like You,
JESUS!

12.21.2008

God's Christmas present to you..

God's Christmas present to you is Jesus! He sent the Savior of the world to you! And with a smile He said, "Merry Christmas"! (Though no one knew what Christmas was yet ha ha:) So i was thinking, what is our Christmas present to God? I came up with a couple things in my head so here goes...

Ideas for a Christmas present to God:

  • your time. You can give God a little bit of your time! We spend too little time with Him and too much time watching TV (guilty ha), Internet, talking on the phone, etc.. Maybe you could just spend 2 hours with the Lord instead of always rushing.

  • your worship. Yes, God doesn't care if you can sing well or not, when you worship Him it makes Him SO happy!! It doesn't matter how you worship as long as you remember Who your worshipping! Give Him a little praise this Christmas!

  • your talents. Maybe there is something God is calling you to do and you can use your talent to show God you embrace them.

  • your obedience. God loves an obedient heart! You can give God your obedience in showing Him that, "I am willing."!!!!!!!!!!

What ever your Christmas gift is, remember the amazing birth of the Christ child this Christmas. Remember that God delights in you!!!!!! God Bless You~

Happy Sunday!

Hey People!!!
Well, today is Sunday aka the Sabbath. I was just thinking about the creation of the earth and how God rested on the 7th day. So if it was good enough for God to rest on this day then it's great enough for us! We spend so much time in constant "going" mode and a lot of times we don't stop to slow down and take time with the Lord. I mean God WANTS us to spend time with Him but we choose not to a lot of times. So to encourage you today just to go sit with the Lord for a just a little while, forget about all the stuff you "have" to get done and just let God love on you and you love on Him!!! Bless you~

12.20.2008

Jeremiah 20:9

"But if i say, "I will not mention His name
or speak any more in His name,"
His Word is in my heart like a fire,
a fire shut up in my bones.
I am weary of holding it in;
indeed, i cannot." Jeremiah 20:9

Isn't it great?!

It's so cool how many different types of worship there are! It's really incredible! There are slow worship songs, then there's rock worship, hip hop worship, rap worship. A lot of people may not view that as worship but if it's glorifying God, it's worship! Then theres all the different types of ways we worship! I personally worship with my hands lifted high to God, my eyes closed, and I also lay down before the King, a little bit jumping as well. ha, ha! But there is also jumping kind of worship, bowing down, laying face down, open eyes, etc.. Isn't it great that we serve a huge God that doesn't care how we worship as long as it's sincere?!! May we worship God today with everything inside of us today!!!!!!!!! You'll feel amazing when you do! And God will be smiling the whole way!!!

HE HAS LIT A FIRE INSIDE OF MY HEART THAT PEOPLE WILL NOT TAKE AWAY FROM ME!!!! I AM IN LOVE WITH HIM AND NOT ASHAMED. ALL GLORY GOES TO HIM! GOD BLESS YOU!!!!!!!!!!!

We can shake this generation up!

Yes We can!!! We as in the body of Christ can choose to be as radical as we can for Jesus Christ and shake up the ways of this world and it's lies!!!!!! That's so incredible that we can do so. I'm so tired of people be afraid and ashamed of Jesus. You know, the thing of 'i don't want to offend anyone'. Okay, if you don't like me because I am a Christian and unashamed, well too bad! ha I'm not gonna be quiet about Jesus, just because someone thinks i should be. Why should we listen to the world anyways? I mean, if God is FOR us then who can be against us? Answer: NO ONE. Sure people will dislike you for living for Christ and not once in the Bible will you find God saying it will be easy, BUT it will be WORTH it!!!!!!!!!! So forget what the world says and what they think and just choose to stand for Jesus Christ! You CAN do it!!!! (Phil. 4:13) God Bless you amazingly!!!

Want some new clothes?

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www.c28.com it has wonderful clothes. I've ordered there 2 times and they have great service and great clothes! Check it out please! God Bless!!

12.19.2008

Devastated..


Officials confirmed today, the body of a child in Florida found about a week ago, is indeed Caylee Marie Anthony. This breaks my heart, though i figured she would not be alive with all the evidence that she was dead, i still was hoping for a profound miracle. I'm a really sad.. didn't think i could be for someone i don't now.. but i am. But i do know she's in Heaven sitting on God's lap. R.I.P. Caylee!! God Bless You.
2005-2008

This Man: by Jeremy Camp

Every time i hear this song i immediatly start to cry. It really puts me in my place, ya know? I mean it makes me think too. Like would i take the place of Jesus? hmmm.....

This Man by Jeremy Camp
In only a moment truth
Was seen revealed this mystery
The crown that showed no dignity he wore
And the king was placed for all the world
To show disgrace but only beauty flowed from this place

chorus:
Would you take the place of this man
Would you take the nails from his hands
Would you take the place of this man
Would you take the nails from his hands

He held the weight of impurity
The father would not see
The reasons had finally come to be to
Show the depth of his grace flowed with
Every sin erased he knew that this was
Why he came

chours:
Would you take the place of this man
Would you take the nails from his hands
Would you take the place of this man
Would you take the nails from his hands

And we just don't know the blood and
Water flowed and in it all
He showes just how much he cares
And the veil was torn so we could have
This open door and all these things have
Finally been complete

Would you take the place of this man
Would you take the nails from his hands
Would you take the place of this man
Would you take the nails from his hands
From his hands
From his hands
From his hands
From his hands
From his hands

God Bless you incredibly!!!

Devo verse

Read this verse in my devotional today and thought i'd share it,
"Each one should test his own actions. Then he can take pride in himself, without comparing himself to everybody else, for each one should carry his own load." Galations 6:4-5

MERRY one week till CHRISTmas!!!!!!!!! God bless you!!!!!!!

LADIES- YOU ARE GOD'S PRINCESS

WELL, IT SEEMS THAT THERE ARE MANY WOMEN AND GIRLS OUT THERE THAT DON'T BELIEVE THIS BUT LET ME TELL ANY WOMAN OUT THERE, YOU ARE GOD'S PRINCESS!!!!!!!! IT'S REALLY AN INCREDIBLE THING, YA KNOW? BEING ABLE TO CALL YOURSELF A DAUGHTER AND PRINCESS OF THE MOST HIGH GOD!!!!!! SOME OF THINGS THAT COME ALONG WITH BEING GOD'S PRINCESS IS: BEING ABLE TO HAVE FORGIVENESS, HAVING THE ABILITY TO CALL God, "DADDY", BEING ABLE TO SIT AT THE KING OF kings FEET AND JUST LAY THERE, AND BEING ABLE TO HAVE AN INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM. IT'S REALLY AN AMAZING THING!!!!! WHEN YOU ARE GOD'S PRINCESS AND KNOW THAT YOU'LL KNOW THAT YOU ARE A) FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE (PSALM 139), AND B) CHOSEN (1 PETER 2:9). REALLY IT BLOWS MY VERY MIND THAT GOD CALLS ME HIS DAUGHTER AND HIS PRINCESS. BUT HE DOES! THAT'S INCREDIBLE!!!!!! SINCE YOUR GOD'S PRINCESS YOU CAN TRULY KNOW THAT EACH DAY HE SAYS THIS TO YOU,
"YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL",
"YOU ARE CALLED",
"YOU ARE SPECIAL",
"YOU ARE MINE",
"I LOVE YOU",
"YOU MEAN MORE TO ME THAN ANYTHING",
"I'LL TAKE CARE OF YOU, (INSERT NAME HERE >_________."
"YOU AREN'T LIKE EVERYONE ELSE, YOU ARE DIFFERENT."
"YOU ARE MY BEAUTIFUL LITTLE PRINCESS AND I LOVE YOU VERY VERY MUCH!!"

i COULD GO ON AND ON. JUST REMEMBER THAT GOD LOVES YOU SO MUCH AND HE WANTS YOU TO KNOW THAT!!!! YOU ARE HIS PRINCESS!!! SO PRINCESSES OF GOD, LET'S LET OUR DADDY LOVE ON US TONIGHT!!!!!

12.18.2008

Another Greatness of God..

He never changes!!!!!! I change my mind ALL the time! Don't really know why.. I just do! lol I've been thinking about all the stuff that I change... about the only thing i don't change is my style. Anywho.. so yeah i was just thinking about it. Like right now i'm thinking i'm gonna change my blog background. Yup! : ) I get easily worn out on things as well. I am so blessed to have a God who never changes who He is, as much as I change. He won't!!! What a GREAT thing!!!!!!!!! Let the Greatness of God bless you today!!!

Moses and the veil

Exodus 34:29-34 (New International Version)
The Radiant Face of Moses:
29 When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the Testimony in his hands, he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the LORD.
30 When Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses, his face was radiant, and they were afraid to come near him.
31 But Moses called to them; so Aaron and all the leaders of the community came back to him, and he spoke to them.
32 Afterward all the Israelites came near him, and he gave them all the commands the LORD had given him on Mount Sinai.
33 When Moses finished speaking to them, he put a veil over his face.
34 But whenever he entered the LORD's presence to speak with him, he removed the veil until he came out. And when he came out and told the Israelites what he had been commanded,
35 they saw that his face was radiant. Then Moses would put the veil back over his face until he went in to speak with the Lord.

I love this passage in the Bible! It's been one of my favorites for a while. The way I've always thought about it is this.. Moses put a veil on before everyone and they couldn't see him, but when he came to God he had to take it off because God can see who he really is with it on or off. See God can see the real person you are when everyone else can't. When your smiling on the outside but dieing on the inside... God can see that and He can't stand seeing you hurting. But sometimes it takes us finally taking off the "mask" in order for God to speak clearly to us. Once we learn that God can see the real us there is no more pretending... it's just hardcore real! Let God take the "mask" or veil off today! And the reason why Moses had the veil on in the first place is because when he spent time with God his face was so bright and radiant that people thought he was an angel. That's what spending time with God will do for you. People will begine to notice something different about you. They'll notice that you are shining brightly for something or rather Someone. So maybe today you can spend a few extra minutes with God to show everyone around you what He can do!!!! May the Lord bless you!!!

Who Is God?

Today let's reflect on who God is!!
Here is who God is:
He is our Lover,
He is Faithful ("Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; He is the faithful God..." Deuteronomy 7:9),
He the Keeper of our Souls,
He is a warrior ("The Lord is a warrior, the Lord is His name." Exodus 15:3),
He is the God who can see the real you ("My eyes are not hidden from them.." Jeremiah 16:17),
He is Mighty to Save,
He is the key to our hearts,
He is Savior of souls,
Keeper of Hearts,
He is the Lord Almighty who was and is and is to come "Revelation 4:8 "...holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is, and is to come.")
He is the Potter ("Isaiah 64:8, " Yet O Lord, You are our Father, We are the Clay, You are the Potter...")
He is the One who Chose Us (Ephesians 1:4,"For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight...")
He is the Lord who honors us! ("...for I am honored in the eyes of the Lordand my God has been my strength..."Isaiah 49:)
He is the God from everlasting to everlasting!

May you be richly blessed!!

12.17.2008

Don't let anyone look down on you!

"Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity." 1 Timothy 4:12

It's come to my attention that there are a lot of people who are young.. I'll say from about 12-20 maybe, that are feeling as though they can't do anything for the Lord because they are young. Sometimes people make others feel... not a part of the Lord's army because they are younger. Let me just encourage anyone who is feeling like they can't do anything for the Lord because they are "too young", you CAN do anything you want through Christ (Philippians 4:13)!!! You ARE a part of God's army! You are a part of God! He loves you so much!! He wants you more and more and if you can't hold on to anyone but Him that's okay. Let me tell you that man will fail. People... they will fail you. None of us are perfect we are just forgiven and that's the way God intended it to be! If we were perfect nothing about who God is would be Awe striking! So lastly, anyone who feels like they are not cool enough, good enough, fun enough, usable enough for God... you ARE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Who likes to Worship?

Psalm 95:6,
"Come, let us bow down in worship,
let us kneel before the Lord our Maker."

Who likes worshipping? I do! I love to worship it's a really incredible way for us to connect with God. But sometimes we confuse worship as 'just' lifting your hands and singing, but worshipping God is so much more than that! It's taking your life and your will and conforming it to God's. It's using your life as nothing but worship and praise to God!! John 4:24 says,
"God is spirit and His worshipers must worship Him in spirit and in truth."

Our lives can speak volumes about who God is and how truly Awesome He is! Ever heard the quote, "You may be the only Bible someone ever reads."? Well that is true. A lot of times people just want to see someone who walks what they say they walk. When people see that you don't just live your faith on Sunday but you worship God with your life every single day!?! Woo! That's powerful!! So to challenge you today to make everything you do bring praise unto God. I know i will. The Lord bless you!!

12.16.2008

Hebews 11:33-38

"33who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, 34quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies. 35Women received back their dead, raised to life again. Others were tortured and refused to be released, so that they might gain a better resurrection. 36Some faced jeers and flogging, while still others were chained and put in prison. 37They were stoned; they were sawed in two; they were put to death by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated— 38the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, and in caves and holes in the ground."
Hebrews 11:33-38

This passage is saying that many Christians were persucuted for the faith after Jesus' death and ressurection. But during all of this God was/ is still faithful! I know it's tough when your have whatever is going on in your life but during this God is still faithful!!! Just remember that God is faithful and He loves you today!!! God Bless~

12.15.2008

Got Prayer?

Got prayer? Well post all your requests here, just comment to this blog. I would love to pray for you! Thanks!

Christmas Worry

"I would like you to be free from concern.." 1 Corinthians 7:32

This Christmas season you don't have to be concerned about everything. You don't have to be concerned about what you need to do, what presents to get, who you want to give to.. etc. The past few days i've been stressing about the stuff that doesn't really matter. The Lord was just like, "you know I love you and I will provide for you and all your needs so there is no need to worry." Jesus said so too in Matthew 6:25-27,
"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life,
what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what
you will wear. Is not life more important than food and
the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of
the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and
yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more
valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour
to your life?"

So today just give the Lord all your Christmas worries and debts and let Him take care of them!
He will!! Just have faith! God Bless~

Psalm 80:7~

"Restore us, O God Almighty;
make your face shine upon us,
that we maybe saved." Psalm 80:7

Praise the Lord even on this hectic Monday and give Him a reason to want to reveal His face to you! He loves you SO much!!!!!!!!! Be blessed!

12.14.2008

Journaling..

Well i journal a lot so since today is Sunday i thought the best way to keep your stress down would be journaling. I have a prayer journal which is basically letters to God. Christmas is always pretty busy which is kinda sad, but when i journal i feel a lot better because its just me and God and a pen. It's just me writing out everything from what i did, to what i want to become and so on. It's really cool. So maybe today if you want you can go get a piece of paper a pen and your thoughts and write a letter to your Creator! He will totally love it! It will help this Sunday feel fantastic! Who knows... maybe you will even go and start a prayer journal. So be blessed!

12.13.2008

God and His Son

This is a little eavesdropping on a conversation between God and satan,
He sneered very much.. thinking what is God's plan now.
God said, "I have a plan. And it will bring my Children much joy."
satan said, "ha, is gonna be like Your last one? You know... CHOICE. They chose to sin... now what?"
God said, "Those are MY Children you mock and I love them very much."
satan said, "so what now? how are You going to make up for their mistake?"
God said, "By making the Ultimate Sacrifice for them."
satan, "hmm... really? Because you know that not one of them has been faithful to your right? Not David, Isaiah, or Jeremiah. Each one of them has failed You. So I'm just curious.. how are You going to make them faithful to You again?"
God said, "I don't want them to be perfect. I want them to love Me and come back to Me."
satan said, "how?"
God said, "By sending a part of Myself to Earth. To live where they live and go through what they go though, so that my Children will know I know what it's like."
satan said, "Really?"
God said, "Yes, my Son will be all that for them."
satan backed up.. how could God send His Son for them? he thought.
so then he asked, "why?"
God voice, so soft and deep said, "Because I love them."
he didn't understand why God would love them..
God began telling His angel what was to happen,
"Go to earth and place My Son, in the womb of a teen girl named Mary, Tell her that this will be the Messiah they have all longed to see."
Gabriel said, "What if she doesn't believe?"
God said, "She will. She is My servant."
Lastly tell her this, "My Son.. .He shall be called Jesus. Tell her to name Him Jesus."
With that God smiled and then all that He told them would happen, happened.

May God Bless You this Christmas Season!!!!!!!!

12.10.2008

Are You Alone?

Well it's Christmas time, nearly 2 weeks away (eek :) and it seems to be the most joyful time of the year... and then not. Just as many of the people who are like all excited for Christmas.. well apparently the same amount of people are lonely. Ask yourself this question, am I lonely? I've heard so many people say that they are so lonely and it makes me kinda sad for them. They want someone to hold them and love them so bad. I've not really been the kinda person who's ever 'longed' for a boyfriend. Especially now.. guys..don't pay much attention to them. But nothing wrong with anybody who does really want a boyfriend or girlfriend. I know some people who have been single for so long and they just really want that "special someone" to come along soon. Everybody wants that special someone. I want anyone to know who is looking for a guy or girl... God will bring them around soon. This may shock some people and i don't want anyone to take this the wrong way but God does not want you happy all the time. Yup... hard to say but He doesn't. It hurts God so much when your not happy, but He wants the absolute best for you! And sometimes that means that your not gonna be happy. But you can pray about that someone and God will bring them along. It's just God knows when we're ready and when we're not and when He thinks your ready He will bring them to you. So not sure where all this is going but just to anyone who is wanting someone to hold them Jesus will hold on to you for the time being and when He knows your ready for that guy or girl, He'll let them hold you. God Bless!

12.09.2008

1 Cor. 1:3-4

"All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort.
He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort
others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give
them the same comfort God has given to us."
~1 Corinthians 1: 3-4

BE a leader!

Yep. Well I've been thinking has anyone noticed that we all are trying to be like somebody else? Well maybe not ''everyone'' but pretty close to everyone. I mean nobody has their own ideas anymore.. or so it seems. Nobody is an "original" i guess. I've pretty much always been the kind of person who doesn't really care what others think. If people don't like me.. well they don't like me. Anyways, but i was thinking last night about the pool of popularity and how most people want to be the life of the party. But why? Why do people want to be like everyone else? Trying to buy the love of people? I don't know really. But i was just thinking about the quote, "be a voice, not an echo." How about we take that to heart? Instead of trying to be like the person who sits next to you in class, why don't we be like Jesus? Jesus never cared what other people said about Him! That's because He was confident in the Father. He was the Truth. He knew who He was and didn't need to follow anyone except His loving Father. Jesus was also humble (one of the many things i love about Him). One of my favorite verses is 1 Peter 2:9 which says,
"But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God's very own special possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for He called you out of darkness into His wonderful light."
Okay if God calls you His special possession you better believe that that is what you are! 1 Peter 2:9 shows the passion God has for you! His incredible love for YOU!!! You can be a leader instead of following the crowd. Trust me, you will be rewarded for not drinking when everyone else is. I know how hard it can be to say no to sin. But when you do, you can look back and see all the amazing things God placed in life for you for just obeying Him. But if someone has taken a drink or drug or something else don't think you blew it. In God's eyes sin is sin. It doesn't matter if you told a "white- lie" or stole from someone, He sees it all the same. But He forgives anyone as long you are sincere about the sin you did. That's the amazing grace of God!!! Challenge to myself and to you is today instead of following people and trying to be like everyone else, BE THE PERSON GOD HAS CALLED YOU TO BE. And if people look at you wrong for that.. well too bad for them. God Bless you!

12.06.2008

Am I real?

Not really sure why I'm posting this but this has been going through my head for the past 3 days am i real or am i fake? Like I really don't like it when people are fake. It's like if you want to be friends with me then be my friend and if you want to dislike me then dislike me, but a true friend can't mix the two. You can't be my friend one week and the next week act like you don't even know me. But like I've been praying a lot and asking God to help me be real, but not of this world. I've also been praying a lot for God to use me. Sometimes i feel like I'm not doing anything in the world.. i try to.. but i still have my doubts. My desire is to turn the world completely upside down for the King of kings! My actions are what people look at to see if i really walk the Walk or if I'm just a.. you guessed it, a fake! So i try to be always conscious of my actions so that i don't miss-represent my Lord. Let me tell you what i notice (little things that i notice) around me..
i notice when people say 'God Bless You' to the cashier checking them out in the grocery line,
i notice when someone gives a great big hug to someone who has hurt them deep but because they have forgiven them they love them still,
i notice when someone is joyful,
i notice when someone helps out a person who otherwise wouldn't be helped.
Those are just a few things I notice and every time when i notice one of the things above a smile crosses my face and it makes my day. So if i notice these things imagine what God notices about us?!! This all reminds me of one of my absolute favorite worship songs..

My Desire by: Jeremy Camp
You want to be real, you want to be empty inside
You want to be someone laying down your pride
You want to be someone someday
Then lay it all down before the king

You want to be whole, you want to have purpose inside
You want to have virtue and purify your mind
You want to be set free today
Then lay it all down before the king

Chours:
This is my desire, this is my return
This is my desire to be used by you

You want to be real, you want to be empty inside
And I know my heart is to feel you near
And I know my life
It's to do your will
It's to do your will

chours 1x

All my life I have seen
Where you've take me
Beyond all I have hoped
And there's more left unseen
There's not much I can do to repay all you've done
So I give my hands to use


God Bless anyone who reads this!!!

12.03.2008

Do you know Jesus?

Hello!!! So i figured since it's Christmas time everyone who doesn't know the REAL reason for the Season i would share what it really is all about.
So the Lord really laid of my heart hard to write this post. So as you can tell above that the topic is do you know Jesus? So... do you? I don't mean know about Him from going to church every Wednesday and Sunday but i mean REALLY and truly knowing Him. I grew up in church but i basically 'played' church for a while but the Lord grabbed a hold of me about 2 years ago and i have been on fire for Him ever since. So i know what it's like to become cold to the things around me (such as church). Anyways, really getting to know Jesus is THE BEST THING THAT WILL EVER HAPPEN TO YOU! Everyone is looking for something. That's what all people have in common. Most of us people are looking for love. A lot of the times we look for it in things like-
drugs,
alcohol,
shopping (clothes),
a boyfriend or girlfriend,
worldly things really.
But don't think if you aren't a Christian that you are the only person out there that looks for love in all the wrong places (as the song goes.) Because EVERYONE Christian and non-Christian alike look for love in the wrong places. Thank God for His grace. Us Christians are NOT perfect! WE are just forgiven. Trust me i am not perfect one little bit. I fall every single day and the only reason i am who i am is because God's grace is lavished on me!!! Now that all that is said since there is no better way to tell people who Jesus is than by going to the Word of God and laying it out.
Jesus prophesied about:
Isaiah 8:6, and Chapter 53,
The Story of Jesus' birth:
Matthew 1 & Luke 1 & 2
Jesus Crucified to save us:
John 18 and 19
Jesus rises to life again:
John 20

So that's the whole story of Jesus. You can go to http://www.biblegateway.com/ to read it all if you don't own a Bible. So here's the bottom line - Jesus has mad passion for YOU! God didn't want to be separated from us anymore so He sent His only son to die for US, once Jesus died and resurrected we were able to have life. No longer does our sin separate us from God. God will now come to us no matter where we are. We can't hide from God. You can be the uniquely made person God created you just by saying a very simple prayer-
Jesus,
I am sorry that I've hurt by all my sins. I'm sorry i was running in the wrong direction.
But my eyes have seen the things I've done and i need Your forgiveness. I ask Your forgiveness, Father and that Your Holy Spirit will come into my life and change me from the inside out. Thank You Lord for your love and forgiveness!

WOO! If you just prayed that prayer you have become a new creation!! The past is no longer here. Suggestion is to get into a Church you really like where you feel comfortable in your worship to God and the people around you. Now to get to know Jesus better here are the basic things i do:
1) pray- God just wants to talk to you. He loves you SO much and desires to hear from you. You don't have to pray these big, long prayers all you got to do is talk to God like tell Him about your day and the struggles you've been having. He will gladly help you out.
2) worship - just put a worship CD on and worship God. He loves it when You praise Him for who He is!
3) The Bible- just read 2 or 3 verses a day and meditate on them.

So there it is. Now i don't know if anyone will read this and get saved but i pray that this touches someones heart. Remember, it doesn't matter where you've been or who you've been God will take you as you are! Hope your blessed by this! peace * love to you

12.02.2008

The Lord delivers

17 The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.
18 The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
19 A righteous man may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all;
~Psalm 34:17-19

The Lord will deliver us all from the problems we're having. We just gotta trust Him to do what He says He will. God is faithful! He is good and His provisions are good! So this Christmas just trust in Him and let Him have the keys to your heart. It may be hard to do but in the long run you will be blessed for it! i know i have :D