1.31.2010

Connect To The Source

If you have an Mp3 player or an iPod then you know you have to connect it to your computer (the source) to add music to it and charge it. Life is the same way. You have to connect yourself to the Source (Jesus) to have Him inside your heart and to get to know Him and have Him reside in you for the rest of your life. But you have to plug into the Source consistently or it will only last for a little while and then your "charge" will be extremely low.

This morning I spent some time with the Lord. Good, uninterrupted time. I really needed that and my heart feels at peace because Jesus showed me a lot during that time. This morning I was watching Ed Young (go to eyoung.com for info on him and his ministry). He is an amazing pastor and puts things into terms that I can understand, not a bunch of big words and sentaces that leave me confused. It's all about getting His Word out and saving souls. Anyways, Ed said so much that spoke to my heart. The sermon was on change. His take on the process of change is like this:
  • change
  • conflict
  • growth

Maybe my problems in life aren't coming from other people, but from myself. That's what God has been speaking to me and I didn't even know it. Everything I have been reading and listening to has had to do with change and yet it didn't click until this morning that maybe there are some things in myself that I need to change and not in other people. I can't change other people, I can only change myself through God and His grace. The conflict usually comes from what you are changing because as everybody knows change is not easy by any stretch of the imagination. It really comes from your old self and your new self playing a game of tug of war until finally one side wins, hopefully it's your new self. And the growth comes when you finally make that change and stick with it. I've learned that is the key to having lasting change is opening your heart for God to change you and then sticking with it through and through. That's where things usually go wrong is when we stick with it for a moment and then let it go. I've learned that from personal experience.

Maybe you are like me and need to connect to Jesus today and spend some time charging. Ask God to show you the things that you need to change in order to become the man or woman of God He has created you to be. Change can be scary at first and really hard, but eventually it's okay. Have a blessed Sunday!!! Love you all so much!!!

1.30.2010

Higher Ways & Life

"As the Heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts higher than your thoughts." - Isaiah 55:9

I haven't really thought about this verse much. I've heard it ever since I was a little kid, but it was just a verse. However while reading a book last night I was encouraged to think about this. I learned a good bit while thinking.

Something I learned is that us as human beings see certain things that happen and think, "God, why would You allow that to happen? There's no good in that." When actually it's in the bad that God's goodness comes through. We don't understand why things happen the way they do. It doesn't make sense sometimes, why such terrible things happen to the Lord's children. God spoke to me and let me know that in all things He has a plan. When something awful happens, though it can be difficult to deal with, God has a bigger plan and a bigger thing for that person. We have to push through our difficulties and trials and problems, to get to the good things that the Lord has for us.

I also learned that God is so much bigger than we could ever imagine. I'm sure that seems kind of like a "duh" moment, but I haven't really thought about just how BIG my God is and just how powerful He is. God is SO big and so great and so mighty that really if you can comprehend (to a certain extent) just how big the Lord is, it will bring you to your knees.

If you haven't really taken some thought to the mighty God you serve I encourage you to do so. It has brought me a lot of great things in my heart realizing that God really does have the whole world in His hands!!

I'd also like to ask my blogger family (and Jesus family) to pray for me right now as I am having a tough time in a situation. Just that God's will be done in my life and my heart be softened. Thanks soo much!! You are all amazing! Stay blessed! :)

1.29.2010

Stop Looking Back

You can't move forward if you're always looking back.

My first thought this morning was the above statement. I wasn't sure why this thought occurred at first. I mean this isn't a common thing for me to just wake up and have a thought such as that. At first I thought I was dreaming then I realized I was awake and then God began to speak to my heart.

What God was telling me through this statement was very personal. I've been struggling a bit with looking back and it has been causing me to sin. I was looking back at my life and at other people I once knew, that now are no longer part of my life. Just a bunch of different things. It truly has been holding me back from being all God has called me to be.

I want to move forward and continue walking with the Lord and heading towards my real Home (Heaven). The thing is, some Christians and Pastors tell you lock out all thoughts that will hinder your walk with the Lord, but they never tell you how. Some thoughts are easier to block than others, especially if you are really hurt by whatever you are thinking about. Yes, I believe Jesus heals all hearts, but what if your pain is so deep it goes further down than people actually know? In real life people struggle and sometimes it takes more than just a prayer and some Bible verses to help. That works sometimes, but sometimes it goes further into the surface. There is nothing wrong with needing to talk to someone and let them know what you're struggling with and what you keep looking back at. Why can't we just be honest? Do we all have to be fake? Why can't we just be real and actually talk about the problem we face everyday, instead of acting as if once you accept Jesus Christ into your heart all your problems seem to go away?

In a book I'm reading now the author explains what really happened when Peter saw Jesus walking on the water and got out of the boat to walk on the water too. While Peter was looking at Jesus, he stayed on the water, the minute he looked away, he began to sink. That's how life is, when we are looking at Jesus- keeping our eyes on Him we are alright. But the minute we look away if when we begin to sink.

I want to let you know that if you are a Christian struggling right now, there is nothing wrong with you. If you had something happen in the past that is holding you back and you can't seem to get yourself to move forward, maybe you need to talk to someone. Find a mentor, a pastor, a dear friend, or a strong Christian person to talk with and just be honest. Make sure the person is someone you trust, someone you can be totally honest with and not feel like you're getting judged. None of us can move forward in our walks with Christ if we keep looking back. You can't focus on two things at once, it's either one or the other. Keep trusting Jesus, keeping relying on Him. Let's move forward together and be the Church the Lord of the Heavens and the Earth desires for us to be. Have a blessed weekend!

1.28.2010

Are You Tired?

Sometimes I get tired. Not just physically, but mentally and spiritually too. Right now my life is kind of like that. My emotions are worn out, my body is slightly tired, and mentally I am in need of some rejuvenation.

What do you do when you're tired?

Sleep, right? Or rest (whatever term you want to use ;) Our hearts are like that too. Sometimes you just need some rest. Where do you find that rest? In Jesus. How do you rest? By spending time with Him, talking to Him, listening to His voice- all of that will rest you. I've learned that. 1 Corinthians 9:24 says, "Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize." That's what we are doing right now, running the race. Just like in all races you have to keep up pace, go the distance, but that doesn't mean that you won't don't get tired or want to stop. The point is to not stop, to keep running, but make sure you rest yourself in the Lord.

Things get complicated and that wears on you. A situation that isn't the best, a person that doesn't treat you well, a place that isn't welcoming to you, all of that makes you tired. Why? Sometimes it's because we don't trust Jesus to do what He says He will do. We don't think He can get us through whatever it is that is bothering us and not going our way. Sometimes its because it is simply just a darn right hard situation. I know each of them fairly well. Currently I am in a situation that is difficult and sometimes I don't want to keep running the race, but then I think back to my goal: the finish line (Heaven) and that changes my thoughts. I want to get to the end of my life and find that it really isn't the end, just beginning and that my new beginning life is going to be started with Jesus Christ face to face.

I want to encourage you who are tired or in a difficult situation or are just not sure you want to keep running the race. Keep going! Keep pushing forth and keep working towards that Finish Line. The Lord says He will help you. He will hold your hand as you go through life. Don't believe me? Check out Isaiah 42:6 with me, "I, the Lord, have called you in righteousness, and I will hold your hand; I will keep you as a covenant to the people, as a light to the Gentiles." God has a plan for you. Don't give up! Jesus loves you! Stay blessed! And if you need prayer for something leave a comment below. :)

1.27.2010

Be Cautious and Help

"One's feelings of righteousness does not mean he is right and actually should alert him to be very cautious and humble." - Dallas Willard

I read this quote the other night in a book I'm reading and I found it to be very... convicting. Not just regarding being a righteous person, but regarding feelings in themselves. Sometimes I get angry at people because I think they are doing "this" or "that" but maybe I should take a closer look at not just those people and what they have "done" to me, but to also take a look at my feelings and motives. To actually do something not because it will make me feel good, but because it will help someone. Maybe I have no right to be angry with the person I'm angry with at the time. Actually I have no right to be angry with anyone. My God-given right is to love others the way I love myself. I was thinking that verse a couple days ago and really, I treat myself very well, why don't I do that for people? Ya' know, treat them well. Spoil them for a day. I've been pondering this ever since.

There are so many people out there who are hurting. They just really want to be loved and to know that there is someone who is looking for them, pursuing them, actually wanting to be with them. I have the opportunity to tell someone (maybe you, maybe someone on the street; just someone) that Jesus is that Someone and that He has been pursuing them from the day that they were born. However, there are some people who like to be shown that that is true. I believe that to show them WE (the Church) must be the hands and feet of Jesus. To help someone out who has nothing.

I know that there are some people who are homeless and they ask for money from people and I know some people have said, "I didn't give them any because they'll just go and spend it on alcohol." We don't know that. Jesus said to help those who have nothing, so do it. If they go and spend it on beer then that's what they did, but you never know what they will do and not helping them is not doing God's will and after all that's why we are here is to do God's will and bring Him glory.


Today I want to help someone. Anyone. I want to challenge you to do the same. Do you know what type of love revolution we can have if we all help one person? It would be a HUGE world change for sure. Help one person today, regardless of whether it be giving someone money, helping someone load groceries in their car, or offering to help an elderly person with some house work. Its the little things that truly make a big difference. Love you all!!

1.26.2010

Not Forsaken

"And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; for You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you." -Psalm 9:10

I wrote a poem the other night based on this verse (it was an assignment) and so I thought I'd post it here. :)

You are great and mighty
Much bigger than I
So why am I scared
to give You my life?
You're not unreliable
You're not unworthy
You're a good God
Faithful forever
Never failing
Never leaving
Always wanting to lift me up,
Help me fly,
Lord, I give You my life.

Have a blessed day!! Also if you have any prayer requests please leave them in a comment below and I'll pray for you! :)

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1.24.2010

I Don't Know Myself

"O Lord, You have searched me and You know me." Psalm 139:1

That's right ladies and gents, I do not know myself. This might sound crazy (definitely did when I first started thinking about it), but it is so true. My whole life I thought I knew myself. I mean I should since it is me. I can hear my thoughts, I know what I will and won't do, I know what I like and I know what I don't like. But sometimes I learn something about myself I didn't know. However my Creator (God) He actually knows me. He knows everything about me. He knows the things I don't know about myself. That blows my mind! Think about it; the Lord knows everything about YOU. He knows your heart, mind, and every aspect of your life. He knows you better than you know yourself. Maybe you know this, I certainly didn't actually think about it very well or otherwise I definitely would have realized that really I don't know myself.

This is why I think it is so vital to read God's Word and to understand it and to know exactly who you are in Him. I have lost myself to the world many times. I think it happens to the best of us. It's not easy living here where sin is everywhere, but if you are truly grounded in the Lord and actually know who you are in Him (by following His Word and who He says you are) then it will be easier (not saying it will be easy, but it won't be quite as hard) to turn your cheek and keep walking toward Jesus.

I have noticed that I don't know myself in Him that well. I want to, but the world has been sucking me in a little bit. So I'm going to spend a little more time in His Word and learning about who I am in Him and making sure that I have physically rooted myself in God. I challenge you to do the same. It is soo important to know who we are in God. That is our true identity. Hope you're all having a great weekend!! Be blessed!

1.23.2010

Answers

This is something God revealed to me last night:

I hate (dislike) it when I ask a question and no one answers me. Gosh, that bothers the heck out of me. Its not like I never get my answer because I just keep searching until I find the answer I'm looking for. Life is like that for everybody. All of us are asking a question and searching for our answer. Everybody has a different question but virtually all of the questions can be answered by one answer and that answer is Jesus Christ and His love for us all. When someone doesn't answer us we just keep looking.

See, some people are afraid to answer the questions we have. Its like when you ask your Sunday school teacher in 2nd grade, "Who made God?" and they basically act like how dare you ask such a question. Nobody knows who made God, but can't somebody just say that? So I feel like that's where it all starts. When we are kids we learn not to ask certain things and so we don't, but as we move through life we begin searching on our own for the answers to our questions and sometimes we find those answers, sometimes its the wrong answer, but nonetheless we find our answer.

I wrote this in my journal last night, Each person in life has a different question I think, based on their circumstance, but all the answers to our life questions are You and come from You. I think some people are afraid to answer and so they don't tell a person the answer to life and true life is You, they stay silent. Sometimes I think silence can be one of the most evil things. I really believe that silence can be one of the most evil things we can do to a person (depending on why we are silent).

Anyway, I wanted to encourage you to ask your questions but always remember that Jesus has the answer. Jesus IS the answer. He loves you like no one else can and no matter what you do, no matter how many times you fall, He is there to pick you back up. Have a blessed weekend!!

1.22.2010

Everything Is Not As It Appears

I found a new website that I really think you should see (whoever "you" are). www.readthisbeforeyoudie.com Usually I don't go to websites titled as such but since it came from a reliable source I decided to check it out. I got more than I thought I would. I was ministered to while at this website and God used it to change my heart and soul a bit. I learned so much that is deep within me.

As everyone knows we all want to go to Heaven. I can't think of a person I know who doesn't. I always find it weird though, when a friend who doesn't believe in the Lord says they can't wait to see their grandma or friend or whoever in Heaven. Why is it weird to me? Well, because if you don't believe in God than you can't believe in the Home He has for you and me. Everyone wants to go to Heaven, not many people want to put in the effort to get there though. Sometimes I wish it wasn't so hard. I mean, I get tired and worn out and sometimes I don't feel like following His plan or will for my life because sometimes it seems just too hard. Seems is the right word because that is all it is. Things appear one way and are actually the exact opposite.

So when it feels like it is all too tough remind yourself that it might appear that way, but that's not what it is in all actuality. Remind yourself that the only way to get to Heaven is to follow Him and leave everything else. I have to do this constantly. Life is a battle. There are two people of yourself you have to deal with. One being your good self, the one trying to get to the Lord, following the path that leads to true success and life. The other being the sinful self, the one who wants to do everything that appears "fun" but only leads to destruction and death. True success isn't making all the money you can, being famous, and then dieing. I've seen people who have fame. It doesn't satisfy and really their lives are more messed up because of what they do. It all appears so great, but it's not. Looks really can be deceiving. True success is following the path the Lord has laid out for you, getting to know Him and making Him known. That's real and true success.

I'm talking to myself more than I am to you. Sometimes the Hollywood life looks so glamorous and like it would be fun. Then I see people like Michael Jackson, Brittney Spears, Katy Perry and realize that none of it is worth it. It's not worth losing who you are and losing your faith and losing really your life and more importantly, your soul. Its just not worth it.

I just want to encourage you to continue in your walk with the Lord. It might be tough right now and look hopeless but when you get to Heaven see the Savior of your soul and you get to live with Him for the rest of your life, you'll forget everything that you thought was hard. I love you all so much!! Oh and please go to the website because I really think it will speak to you. If you need prayer for something do leave a comment below so I can pray for you. :) Stay blessed!!

1.21.2010

Conversations with the Voiceless




I finished reading Conversations with the Voiceless by John Wessells. This book is amazing. I learned so much through it. This book has many different stories regarding what John does and that is sing worship songs and share Jesus and His love with the comatose. I think a lot of people think of the comatose as not really human beings, because they "can't" think for themselves or whatever but clearly through the stories of these people they certainly can think for themselves and I think maybe they know something that maybe we as human beings don't.
God revealed a lot through this book. I learned that it is okay to ask questions. Sometimes it feels like you shouldn't ask questions and certainly not ask God questions because that may make your relationship with God not as good, but John pointed out that when we ask God questions it actually draws us nearer to Him because He is the only One who can answer those questions. I also learned that sometimes just sitting down and talking with people (and especially listening) can be the most kind thing you can do for someone. Sometimes people just need to someone to listen to them.

I really encourage you to go out and get this book. There will be moments you cry, moments you laugh, moments that leave you thinking about things. It is really a beautiful book and I think that it will definitely help change your thinking a little. Love and blessings to you all!!

1.19.2010

Impact

I have a chance to impact this world for Jesus Christ.

Yes, this came BLARING through my head this morning. I was thinking about it a lot and it just hit me like a ton of bricks that I have a chance to impact this world for Jesus Christ and to share with the hurting people around me the One who can help them not to hurt anymore and I haven't been doing that.

The silence from Christians in the world is deafening sometimes. Sometimes its hard to stand out and tell people about the Lord. But if you really think about it, He died for you and me and some people don't know that or maybe they know it, but they don't understand it. There's really not a way to completely understand why Jesus died for us, but it is perfectly clear that He loves us and that's why He took on the Cross. It seems extremely selfish to me to keep that from people. So I won't.

Each year is a new year to correct the things that weren't corrected last year. To allow the Lord to shape you into the person He has made you to be. I don't make resolutions each year, mainly because I feel as though if my priorities are right I will listen intently to the Lord and what He wants me to do and do that. Just for the record, I do not think anything is wrong with new year's resolutions. :)

If you know me then you know that one thing I can't stand is when people talk about doing something and never do it. That drives me crazy. Yet I have noticed that I do that a lot... it didn't drive me crazy until now. I don't want to be all talk and no action. I don't want to be "that person" that drives people crazy around her because she never does what she says she will. I have a calling. I am chosen. You have a calling. You are chosen. It's time to accept those callings on our lives and carry them out. To live one day at a time and don't let anything get away from you.

Today you and me have a chance to make an impact. A chance to change the world. Maybe not the whole world, but part of it. And if you think about it if you change part of the world then maybe that is the whole world being changed. What/who are you impacting? Share the love of Jesus. It WILL change someone's life. These are some thoughts I had this morning. Hope you have a great day!! Jesus loves you, that's why He died for you. Stay blessed!

1.14.2010

Leaving a Legacy

The other day I read about a young woman who was missing. Julia Gilbert. She was 21 and was headed to her parents house when she just went missing. A couple days later they found her. In a ditch, car turned over, dead. They are still investigating how she went off the road.

This morning I wanted to see if they had found out how she got like that, but they are still investigating that. However I read this ~> www.ocolly.com/a-treasured-friend-1.1011097 I was so touched by what her friends said about her. The legacy she left was incredible. And it got me to thinking, when I die; what will my legacy be? I know for sure that I would want people to say these things about me. I want people to say that I lived for God with all my heart and loved people.

But in order to leave a legacy you have to physically be your legacy. Does that make sense? Okay, if I want people to say those things about me, I need to be those things. Not consciously going, "oh my gosh, I want a legacy so I'm going to do this and this and this..." but being the people God has called you and me to be. Answering that call. Stepping up and out. Not being afraid to look different from the world.

All this has been going in my head for about an hour now. The past couple days have been me thinking a lot about Julia. I didn't know her, but somehow from what her friends have said I feel like I know a piece of her. The way you know if someone has left a real legacy is if they, through Jesus, change a life. I know that through God, this girl has changed my perspective and mind and heart a little bit. Maybe a lot. Sometimes I don't want to think about this kind of stuff and so I push this away from my mind to the very back and just forget about it, but the Lord knows when I really need a push to think about these things because it is something that really deserves attention.

What do you want your legacy to be? Really think about that. Let's answer the callings God has placed on our lives and leave a legacy. Love you all!!! Blessings from Heaven!

1.12.2010

"Please Stop."

"Please stop."

This echoed in my mind at 8:50pm last night. I thought, hmmm, what could this be about? Is this the Lord's voice or mine? I wasn't sure. Then I thought a little harder, and instantly I know Who's voice it is and exactly what it is about. It was the Lord's voice and the topic? Judging.

See, I have this problem with judging. I used to not have this problem. Somewhere down the road something went wrong and suddenly I'm finding myself judging others (as if I have any right to.) and making comments in my head and occasionally out loud. This bothers me. Why? Because I know the Lord has called me about it. He has called me to love His children as He has loved me, and yet all I seem to do is see their flaws. What is wrong with me? When did I suddenly think that God made me a person on this earth to judge others? I don't know. It's quite frustrating and it really makes me feel horrible.

I love how people like to make it seem as though they have this perfect little Christian life where nothing goes wrong. Maybe that's how it is in La-la land, but in real life that is NOT how it is. In real life junk happens. Does not matter how hard you try for something not to happen, it will. That's the inevitable. The thing is is that we have a great God who takes care of us and won't let our little problems take us down; that is unless we allow that. I learned something yesterday. It came out of the mouth of a football player I was watching yesterday on ESPN and he said, "I am too blessed to be stressed." This absolutely blew me away! I never thought of that. It seems so simple, like any person would know this, but yet I didn't. I have now adopted that as a motto of mine.

Anyway, going back to my being judgemental problem, I went on Biblegateway.com this morning and this verse came up,

"[Sons of God] You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus." - Galatians 3:26-28

How easily I forget that. All of us were created by the same God in the same image. So regardless of I feel people should be they are His. We are all His. It is time for me to stand in the calling the Lord has placed on all of our lives and that is to change, be set apart, different from the rest of the world. That's what my goal is right now is to stop judging and love people. That's it. Nothing too complicated here, just loving God and loving people. May not be easy (the Lord know there are people hard to love out there ha ha) but nothing worth having in life is. I challenge you to stand with me. Will you be set apart? Will you choose to be different? I pray you will. Stay blessed and much love to you all!!!

1.09.2010

Time For A Wedding!!

With each new year comes new resolutions and new things we want to do. We meet new people. Sometimes those new people helps to change us... or maybe we let them change us. I see every year people who start off strong in their walk and slowly fade back into the world. Its sad. That's why I'm trying to keep my feet firmly planted on the Rock and not let the world and the people of the world change me. Sometimes when you accept Jesus into your heart you get so fired up and excited and its like everything you do revolves around the Lord and then suddenly your emotions die down and you lose part of your faith. That's why it is so important to base your faith on Him and His Word and no emotions. Because emotions change all the time and when you base stuff on them whatever "stuff" it is begins to change too.

I think it's time for a wedding. Don't be freaked, I don't mean buy a suit or dress kind of wedding. This is THE wedding of your LIFE. This the wedding of your soul. So many times we forget to say, "I Do." to the Lord. We say, "I'll do... whatever I feel isn't too much for me, when you take away my dreams and desires is when I will say no to You." God is far too big and far too mighty to be told no, as if we humans know better than He.

See, what we need to understand (and slowly I am learning this) is that when God takes away something, its to give you something better. However when you hold something nearer to your heart than Him it seems far too big a price to let go of something. I have learned this. Sometimes I think I'm following the Lord and doing what He wants until He wants to take away something that I want. Then, I feel as though its okay for me to say no, but if you look at the big picture, I don't want what God wants because I think whatever the thing is that I want is better than the Lord and what He wants. Even now that is so hard to type because it makes me feel bad, unworthy, stupid. But the truth is the truth and the Truth shall set you free.

This is a new year. 2010. I am saying, "I do." to the Lord this year. I do want what He wants. I do want to follow Him with all my heart. I do want to do His will.

Are you ready to say "I do" to God? It might be scary at first. And it might be hard, but I know that the problems we face right now will seem SO little when we get to Heaven and see Jesus face - to - face. The only way we get to see Him like that is through a personal relationship with Him. Its not as scary after you begin to build that relationship with Him. Why? Because you begin to see that no matter what - through every trial, battle, hardship, the Lord is with you; holding your hand and standing with you side by side. My prayer is that you accept Him today and say, "I do." If you choose that please leave a comment and let me know because I would love to pray for you. Love you all! Have a great weekend!

"For your Maker is your Husband- the Lord Almighty is His name- the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; He is called the God of all the earth." -Isaiah 54:5

1.06.2010

Perspective Change


I read a book called "The Devil's Arithmetic". It's about the holocaust and it tells a story about a girl named Hannah who travels back into the past where she got to physically live in one of the concentration camps.


I wasn't too educated on all the things that went on during the Holocaust, I mean I knew they did horrible things to the Jews, but I really had no idea of how horrible. I definitely got a new perspective on a lot of things while reading this book. It showed me the things I have to be thankful for that maybe I don't even realize are that great of a blessing. It really showed me just how great I have it. I really have nothing to complain about because I am well fed, have clothes, have a home, have a family I can talk to, etc. I am so BLESSED. I didn't do anything to deserve these blessings, the Lord knows that, and yet He has been so gracious to me. That blows my mind.


I would encourage you to pick up this book and read it for yourself. It's not a "happy-go-lucky" kind of book. It is very detailed in some of the things these people went through, but I definitely think it will change your perspective on some things, as it did for me. I hope you all have an amazing day!! Stay blessed!

1.02.2010

Goodbye 2009, Hello 2010!!!

Well 2009 is gone. 2010 is here. Which leaves me here... where am I going this year? What will I do? Will I impact a soul for Jesus Christ? Will I be led somewhere that necessarily I don't want to go? I don't really know what 2010 will bring (duh! hahaha), but I do know that wherever I go God is with me. Holding my hand, walking with me side by side. We don't have to worry or be afraid because God is with us. He cares for you and desires you and wants to be with you.

2010 is going to be a great year. I want to start off strong, but most importantly I want to end this year strong. All the things that happened last year are over with and in the past. Its time to focus on the present now and forget about everything else.

A lot of people have resolutions and things they want to do this year. Most of the time the first month people are excited and pumped and ready to get after whatever their resolution is, but then they slowly lose their flame and their fire and it doesn't matter anymore. I have goals for this year. Goals that are placed within my heart, but if the Lord chooses something else for me to accomplish then I am willing to let go of my goals and my desires and my dreams in order to have His and do them. My number one goal is to accomplish God's will for my life. This year I want to listen to His still, small voice.

I love this verse in Isaiah, "Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, "This is the way; walk in it." 30:21 That verse is the one I am using for the year. I think it is a great reminder that no matter what we do we have a God who will always be there. A God so GREAT and so Loving that when we start to go the wrong way, He will show us the right way and turn us back to Him.

My message to you to start off this new year is to start it off in the right way. To make the most of every opportunity the Lord places before you and to never forget the love of Jesus Christ (the Cross). Remember that it isn't about how you start but it is about how you finish. Finish strong this year. Stand in the faith! Love you all! Happy New Year!!