7.31.2009

Worship is Refreshing

I'm not sure if any of you have had a night of worship where it was just you and Jesus and no one else but it is absolutely amazing!!! I had one last night and it just amazes me how sometimes I don't spend as much time with the Lord as I really need such as just bumping things off of my list of things to do and sitting in His presence and loving on Him as He loves on me.

Sometimes we get so busy with stuff that we don't get to be as intimate with Him as we can be. I've learned something very important, if it is getting in the way of you and Jesus and not allowing you to be as close to Him as you can be, then get rid of it. Completely out of your life because your relationship with Him is way more important than your relationship with stuff or even people.

Alot of times we say that we want to get close to Jesus but we don't put any action behind that. You can pray about it all you want but in order to get more intimate and closer to the Lord you have to put more time in with Him and spend more time in His Word and worship and listening to Him. Only then can we grow.

So I challenge you this weekend to give Jesus just a few more minutes of your time and spend time with Him in His Word, worship, prayer, listening to Him, and journaling (if you choose). It will seriously rock your world because it has done the same for me. Worship is truly refreshing, and not just worship to music, but worship with your lifestyle. True worship to the King. I love you all and have a great weekend!!!!!!!!!!

7.27.2009

You Are Chosen And Appointed

"You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should remain..." John 15:16

I really like that verse. For two reasons. One reason being that Jesus is telling us He has chosen us. That we are wanted by Him and that means a lot to me (and hopefully you). And reason two being that Jesus is telling us to bear fruit for Him and that our fruit remain. Basically saying we don't need to bear fruit that is meaningless and unsubstantial, but fruit that points people to Him and stands on His Word (which obviously is meaningful).

I want to ask you a question. Do you know that Jesus chose you? Or have you been going through life searching for someone to love you when all along He has loved you? Just take a few minutes to think about His love for you and that He has chosen you and that you are not a mistake. Once you begin to believe what God's Word says it will change your life... HE will CHANGE your LIFE.

Now I want to ask you another question. What kind of fruit do you bear? Good or bad? There is no in between. You are either furthering God's Kingdom (bearing good fruit) or you are furthering satan's (bearing bad fruit). I have had to take many moments and think about what kind of fruit I am bearing. Many times it hasn't been the right kind. And for that reason I wasn't able to receive all of the Lord's blessings for my life because I wasn't blessing other lives with Him. But I want to bear good fruit and so I pray that He helps me to do that. It's a work in progress.

So I hope you remember today that you are chosen and appointed by God to bear good fruit for Him. You ARE NOT A MISTAKE. I love you all very much and more importantly Jesus does!!!!!!!!!! Be Blessed! :))

Fantastic Book


Okay I started reading an amazing book the other day called 'Touchdown Alexander' by Shaun Alexander. There is so much to be learned from this book. It is a beautiful story of how Shaun became a Christian, a football player, and how he overcame trials through his faith in Jesus Christ. He talks about how to live a blessed life and how he lives his. I highly think that you should go find this book. Either at your library (if they don't have it you can request they get it) or buy online. This book is great for all ages and isn't difficult to understand at all. If you (or a friend) don't know Jesus this book could help. I love you all!!!

7.23.2009

Joshua 1:7

I read a verse that convicted me and opened my eyes Tuesday night and I want to share it with you,

"Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go." Joshua 1:7

The first thing I noticed was that the Lord is telling us (you and me) to not even turn to the right or the left. But I have spent some time turning and looking at stuff that could eventually lead to me sinning in some way. So I have set up a challenge for myself and for you to try and see if we can stand firm on the Word of God and on Him and not even turn to the sinful things in the world. blessings to you!

Uplifted Hands

Everyone worships differently. Some people worship with their eyes closed, others worship with their eyes opened. Some people worship standing up, others worship sitting down in the Lord's presence. And some people worship with uplifted hands, others don't. There is no wrong way to worship. God enjoys all worship as long as it's focused on Him. If you can keep focus on God with your eyes open, then by all means do so. But I get easily distracted so I worship with my eyes closed and uplifted hands.

I thought I'd talk with you about that because there are many people who have the wrong idea about raising hands in worship. I'm not sure why other people lift their hands (you'd have to ask them) but I lift my hands in an act of surrender.

See, when people raise their hands up most of the time it is in surrender to someone. It is a willing act showing whomever it may be, that they have you now. And it is no different for me. I raise my hands in worship to show the Lord I surrender to Him, that He has my heart, that I will live for Him, and love Him with uplifted hands.

I just wanted to clear up some lies about lifting hands in worship, some people say "oh that person is a "holy roller" leave them alone..." blah blah blah. I don't want you to think that because you worship God in different ways (however you worship) if it is all in worship to the Lord and focus is on Him, it is awesome. Don't let other people tell you how to worship. Worship God with your life because that is the most pleasing worship to God. Worship isn't just through music it can be through your life as well. Have a blessed day! Love you all!!!

7.21.2009

The Best Me I Can Be

I have been learning a good bit about being confident in the Lord. But I have recently been reading "Touchdown Alexander" by Shaun Alexander and in one of the chapters he talks about being the best Shaun he can be. So I want to talk with you about that.

Are you the best _______ (insert name) you can be? I know I am not. However that is starting to change. Slowly but surely. :) I have realized I have been so busy comparing myself to other people that I lost a little bit of who God has created me to be. I had stopped trying to please Him, and was trying to please only myself.

Thank God He is so merciful and kindly points out faults when we have them. So I was thinking, I want to be the best me I can be. I don't have to please everyone in the world, only Jesus. I want to make Him proud with this life of mine. Will you do the same? Remember that He loves you so much and only wants the best for you. Sometimes bad things happen just because there are bad people in the world. But God is good and He loves you.

So, are you with me? Are you gonna be the best you that you can be? Love you all!!

7.17.2009

What's Your Food?

I read a really great verse that is found in John 4:34 which says,

"Jesus said to them, "My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His Work.'"

So I started thinking about it, because that verse just fires me up, and this crossed my mind. What if our "food" was the same as Jesus'? Doing the will of the Father and finishing His Work. For sure our world would be better, and so would our lives. If I swallowed my pride and loved everyone as the Lord has commanded us to do, life would be better... for all of us.

We put all kinds of junk food into our body. Not just things like chips, candy, ice-cream, etc. But we also put "junk food" like TV shows that don't honor God, music that isn't glorifying to Him, being with people who don't lift Him higher. The list goes on. We have all done something that wasn't honoring to the Lord, and He knows that. He knows we ALL have fallen short of His glory and He understands. But we don't have to stay that way, He offers food for us to eat to help us with this battle between sin and us.

So I ask you, what type of food are you eating? Are you doing His will or your own? Talk to Him about your struggles. He can and will help you, all you have to do is. Hope you all have a blessed weekend!

I'm Not Normal

It's true, I am not normal. And you know what? I am proud of that! :)

See here is the thing that I have learned and want to share with you. If you are normal you are like the world. Caring about the things they care, loving the things they love, doing the things they do. If you aren't the "norm" then you are different, unique, set apart and called to a higher standard of living just like the Lord has for us.

You don't have to be normal. Let's make living for God and doing His will the new "normal"! After all the world did start out that way. I've seen the things in the world, they appeal to us all at one point and time and it can be hard to not allow our lives to stay focused on the world, but the things in this world are not nearly as satisfying as Jesus Christ. If you don't think so, spend some time with Him this weekend and I think you'll find out how Awesome and incredible He is! Love you all! :D

7.15.2009

I Repent

What do people see when they look at me? Do they see Jesus shining through me? I would hope so. However I feel my actions and words have not matched up with His Word. My attitude has been all wrong the past month and it took me so long to realize it and repent. However I have and now I am more on fire than ever! You haven't seen me on fire yet!!! I am ready to be America's next top Christian. But will you join me?

I have several trials the past months and they were/are hard, but Jesus has/will get me through. But because of the trials and tiredness I was feeling from them, my attitude was awful. It was a harsh, un-loving, hurtful attitude. The Lord showed me how my attitude was and that it was hurting myself, our relationship, and the people around me. I had no idea until now. Isn't it weird how we can be so oblivious to the things around us? Jesus is Awesome though, and has forgiven me. Which is why I want to remind you that all of us Christian or non-Christian mess up. We truly are Not Perfect-Only Forgiven.

I want to remind you that it doesn't matter where you've been or what you've done because Jesus will take you back and love you. All you have to do is give Him your life!!! I love you all and will end with this verse that sums up life...

"For God so loved the world that He gave His one and Only Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life." John 3:16

7.13.2009

What Is Your Passion?

What is your passion?

Everybody has one. You can have a passion for people, music, fashion, Jesus Christ, an occupation, even for things.

My passion is for Jesus. I am extremely passionate about Him and telling people about Him but it is interesting how sometimes when we surround ourselves with people who have other passions about something, that they can begin to rub off on you. Maybe for the good or for the bad. Every once and a while our passions die a little and one thing I notice is when they come back, they are stronger than ever! In my case that is a great thing! :D

I can share with y'all (my Christian family) that for a little bit my life had lost it's purpose because different things were weighing down on me and I didn't turn to the Lord as I should have. My passion for Him died somewhat (not completely) and when I repented and started opening my heart ever more to Him it came back... STRONGER. The things that I once cared so much about (things that didn't help me grow closer to Him) when I was passionate for Him before, I no longer care about. I have a better who cares attitude and know for a fact that had it not been for the faithfulness of the Lord I would not be here posting this. Do remember His faithfulness.

Having passion for Someone that is so worthy of it is the best for my life. I NEED Him and the passion that comes along with Him.

So I ask you this question, what is your true passion that is the BEST for your life? Is your passion something that gives you life? Do you know what Jesus' passion is? It is YOU!!!

be blessed~

Good Quote I Read...

I read a really good quote yesterday by Abraham Lincoln and I want to share it with you! :)

"Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing."

Any thoughts about that? Love yall!!

7.10.2009

Being Confident

"Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus." Philippians 1:6

How confident are you in Jesus? You know something I have realized about myself is that sometimes I'm not very confident in Him. I mistake the fact that the reason some things don't work out like I want them is not because Jesus isn't faithful but because I am putting my own plans and confidence in myself and therefore not really even considering what Jesus' will is and putting my confident in Him.

When we don't put our complete trust in Jesus Christ and our whole confident in Him (not ourselves) that's like saying that His Word isn't true and calling Him a liar which is exactly what He is NOT!!!! Jesus is nothing but complete TRUTH!!!!!!!

Another thing I have realized is that He starts different things in our heart and sometimes that desire is there but nothing seems to be happening and sometimes that's us and sometimes that's because the Lord wants us to hunger for Him so that He can complete the desire or work within us.

Those are just a couple things the Lord has taught me through Philippians 1:6. I pray that you are encouraged to chase after God with all your heart and that you are confident in Him and knowing that He will finish what He starts within you. Remember that He loves YOU so much and that He took the Cross on with you on His mind. If you were the only person on the earth please be confident knowing that He would have done it all still, just for YOU~!!!!!!!

7.09.2009

Call on Him and You Shall Be Saved

"And it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved." Acts 2:21

Okay well, if you read the verse above you notice that it says whoever CALLS on the name of the LORD shall be SAVED. Meaning that if you haven't called on Jesus, you are not saved. That is pretty clear. So why is it that people believe that whether they believe in Jesus or not they will go to Heaven?

My opinion is this, if you don't believe in Jesus Christ then you cannot believe in Heaven because that is something that God and God alone created for everyone who lives for Him. If you don't want to believe in the Lord that is your life, but know this, if you don't believe in Him there is no Heaven.

I don't want to see you or anyone else perish simply because they couldn't believe in the Christ. I don't believe in presenting the Gospel as this:
"If you don't believe your going to Hell."
However to pretend that if you don't believe in Jesus you are still going to Heaven isn't right either. We cannot be naive about this because it is so important.

Also, being good does not mean you are going to Heaven. Good people will go to Hell too. Jesus spoke to us through His Word saying that the only way to Heaven is through the Father and the only way to the Father is through Jesus. If you do not believe in Jesus then you are not going to Heaven. This is not meant to scare you or feel bad it is simply to point you to the Truth and the only Truth!

So right now if you feel that you want to spend eternity with Jesus Christ and have no more pain or fears or hurts then call on the Lord Jesus and you SHALL BE SAVED!!!!!!!!! If you don't know what to say then pray the prayer on the side of my blog (in pink) and you have just gotten a brand new life!! The old is gone now, Jesus has the power to wipe it all away and it will never come back, and the new is here which means you have a new life with Jesus. Be blessed!

7.07.2009

Motivation

I read a really great quote in Bible study Sunday and I wanted to share it with yall,

"Motivation gets you going and habit gets you there. Make motivation a habit, and you will get there more quickly and have more fun on the trip." -Zig Ziglar

I thought that quote was so great because it's so simple but extremely profound! I've never really thought along those terms so it is definitely something that gets me thinking. Be blessed!!!! love you guys!

7.06.2009

"I'm Stupid And Ugly!"

"So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them." Genesis 1:27

Ever looked at your mom and dad or another family member and thought, hmm.. I think I have his or her eyes. Or I think I know where I get my chattiness. Well it's the same way with the Lord. You were created IN HIS IMAGE. Not in yours but in His. So obviously there are things inside of you just like your Heavenly Daddy. Some people think, well no I don't because I don't have a relationship with God. Think of it this way, you may not have your father or maybe your mother actively present in your life but you still have things like them. Whether it's your personality or appearance or whatever. You still have that connection with them because they are after all, your parents.

So it's the same way with the Lord. Maybe you've been wondering where you get your caring heart, you get it from God. There is no one more caring than He. Or maybe you were wondering where you get your want 'to make everything okay' attitude. You get it from God, He wants to make everything all right for His children however sometimes we need to go through certain things to learn something.

You cannot call yourself ugly, because when you call yourself ugly you are calling the Lord ugly. You cannot call yourself stupid, because when you call yourself stupid you are calling God stupid.
You cannot call yourself a failure, because when you call yourself a failure you are calling the Father a failure.

I think you get my point, bottom line is this- you were made in His image so you are a bit like Him. And when you have a personal relationship with Him, He begins rub off a little more of Himself on you simply because you are with Him and then you become even more like Him.

If you call yourself stupid and ugly, your NOT! Today remember that you are made in God's image and He loves you very much!!! Be blessed!

7.05.2009

How Do The Lost Get Found?

There is a really amazing song by Britt Nicole called 'The Lost Get Found'. It is a really amazing song and is filled with so many just incredible lyrics. The first time I heard it, it really just touched my heart.

One of the verses in that song that touched my heart the most was where she sings, "Don't be afraid to stand out, that's how the lost get found." I find that part so so true! Sometimes if we actually stand out and live for Christ through our lifestyle people will get saved. The lost will get found. Why? Because actions speak louder than words and people know when someone is all talk and no action or if they really believe what they are saying.

Since today is the day of rest I just ask you to sit and think about your actions (as I think of mine too) and think of how your actions will or won't save the lost. Ask Jesus to help you with those actions that don't seem to bring others to Him. Here are the lyrics to Britt Nicole's song check em' out...

The Lost Get Found - Britt Nicole
Hello my friend
I remember when you were
So alive with your wide eyes
Then the light that you had in your heart was stolen
Now you say that it ain't worth stayin'
You wanna run but you're hesitatin'
I'm talkin' to me

Chorus:
Don't let your lights go down
Don't let your fire burn out
'Cause somewhere, somebody needs a reason to believe
Why don't you rise up now?
Don't be afraid to stand out
That's how the lost get found
The lost get found

So when you get the chance
Are you gonna take it?
There's a really big world at your fingertips
And you know you have the chance to change it
There's a girl on the streets, she's cryin'
There's a man whose faith is dyin'
Love is calling you

Chorus:
Don't let your lights go down
Don't let your fire burn out
'Cause somewhere, somebody needs a reason to believe
Why don't you rise up now?
Don't be afraid to stand out
That's how the lost get found
The lost get found

Why do we go with the flow
Or take an easier road?
Why are we playin' it safe?
Love came to show us the way
Love is a chance we should take
I'm movin' out of the way

Chorus
Don't let your lights go down
Don't let your fire burn out
'Cause somewhere, somebody needs a reason to believe (Stand out)
Don't let your lights go down
Don't let your fire burn out (Stand out)
'Cause somewhere, somebody needs a reason to believe
Why don't you rise up now?
Don't be afraid to stand out
That's how the lost get found
The lost get found

So when you get the chance
Are you gonna take it?
There's a really big world at your fingertips
And you know you have the chance to change it

7.04.2009

Freedom

"Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life." Revelation 22:17

Hey friends!!! Happy Fourth of July!!! Today I ask that you will please remember the men and women who fought and are fighting for our freedom every day. We are free to wear what we want, speak what we want, and do what we want.

But I also want to share with you the freedom that you can have in Jesus Christ. Jesus can and will free you from all things that hold you down and keep you from living in true life! If you are thirsty and wanting to have true life, Jesus will give it to you. All you have to do is ask Him into your heart and begin living His way for your life. It's not easy, believe me, but it is truly worth it. Just pray the prayer on the side of my blog if you want to ask Him into your life. I'm so excited that you are about to go on the best journey of your entire life!!!! I love you all so much and more importantly Jesus does too!!!!!!!!!! Have a great, blessed 4th!

7.02.2009

Throw A Party!!!!

"Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents." Luke 15:10

Luke 15 is one of my favorite chapters. Why? Because it is filled with so much illustration of God's love. There is the verse above but there is also the story of the prodigal son, where the father took him back even after his son had taken all his money and blown it on things in the world. And that is a great illustration of God's mercy and grace and love for His children.

Sometimes people try so hard to think of a way to tell someone how much God loves them and there is really a really great simple way to do that, go to His Word. Over and over again through His Word there are stories and verses and lives that do nothing but speak who He is and how much He loves us and wants us to be with Him and love on Him and live for Him. So for anyone who was trying to find a way to witness, pick out a couple different verses that mean a lot to you and just simply share them with people. You'd be surprised at how much that can do.

I want to let anyone who is reading this right now who maybe you have been living it up in the world and you think you have messed up way too much to ever be able to go back to Jesus Christ. Well let me just tell you, that there is no way in the entire world that you can mess up too much for Jesus to take you back. It's an insult to the Lord to even think that His grace isn't big enough for all the mistakes you've made. Second I want you to know that we ALL make mistakes the only difference is some of us are forgiven and some aren't- just because they haven't accepted the Cross yet. I want to invite you to get to know the Savior and accept Him into your heart. There is a prayer on the side of my blog (in pink) that you can pray. Remember that the Bible says there is rejoicing over one sinner that repents. So they are throwing a party right now because you are now saved!!!!

I pray right now that someone gets saved. Be blessed!

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7.01.2009

One Question

So the Lord has placed it on my heart to do a post on what He has been teaching me. So here I am typing it, hopefully someone will be blessed by it. God has been teaching me on how to make a difference and an impact as a leader for His glory. That my example alone can get someone saved and if I open my mouth then even more lives will be changed. Not by me, but by Him. Only the Lord can draw people to Himself, not people.


So earlier I was think about how I can make a difference and came across this picture from i-heart.org while they are doing 'what is one thing you can do to change the world' and here is some one's answer "with generous eyes." and just thinking about that has changed me a little bit because changing the world by our examples and actions is something I firmly believe can happen with Jesus Christ in us. I mean I have seen people affect everyone around them so it isn't impossible. But it is how they are affecting people that matters the most. Because your example can either lead people to Jesus or make them go even farther away from Him.


I want to challenge myself and challenge you as well to find one thing that you can do everyday that can impact our world for Jesus Christ. So I wanna know your answer to this question, what is one thing that you can do to impact this world for Jesus? Love you all!!!