Oh Sweet Joy!!!

I love God! I am not afraid nor ashamed to say that to anyone. There is a joy that is so amazing I want people to know about it. I get afraid sometimes to say things about Jesus to them because I'm afraid of how they might react, but the joy God has brought me in my life is so incredible how can I not tell someone about it?!

I want you to experience the joy God can bring to you. If you don't know Him I want you to. If you want a change that will absolutely rock your world then I know what you need and that is Jesus! There is a prayer on the side of my blog in pink if you would like to pray that. Once you have asked Jesus Christ to come into your life, He ever present in your heart forever! :) That is so exciting! I would encourage you to get into a good Bible based church that you like, if you don't like or even love it, then you won't go so be sure to find a place you feel welcomed! And make sure that you spend some time with Jesus every day because just going to Church Sunday and Wednesday is never going to help you grow in the Lord.

Enjoy the joy that surpasses all joys!! Remember that God works for your good as long as you live for Him!! Have a blessed Wednesday!! :)

Time To Do It

I was prompted to write this post after reading through a couple articles this afternoon.

Our comfort zones hold us back so much don't they? I mean seriously my comfort zone is so small I can barely move in it. It's unbelievably small and unrealistic to try to live in. God wants us to move out of our  small comfort boxes and into uncomfortable, socially awkward places. Why? Not because He wants to punish us and make us feel really uncomfortable, but because we will never fully live life if we are afraid to do something that may not be easy for us.

The Lord has called us to sacrifice everything. Sacrificing in it's truest form is never easy to do.. that's why it's called sacrifice, but God promises us that it will be very rewarding. People love to live life on the edge, but it's funny how when it comes down to living life completely on the edge, every one is scared to do it. Myself included.

Last night when I was reading a book the guy who wrote it was talking about just going out and doing it even when it frightens us and make us feel uncomfortable because in the end it will all be worth it. So my challenge to you today and for myself is to just go out and do it! It is always scary the first time you do something you've never done before, but when you follow God's will with all your heart when it's really scary, God has something really wonderful for us at the end of that. The Lord's plan for your life surpasses anything we could ever dream of because God has a mind that is beyond anything we can think or anything we can do. Just go out and do it! Whatever the Lord is leading you to just go and do it! You will be blessed by it!


Thank You, Lord!

"Thank You, Lord!!" Is what I say when I get what I want. However too many times do I spend my time complaining instead of praising. God has blessed beyond what I could dream of and continues to do so each and every day, but still even when I don't get what I want I should still thank God. Why? Because the Lord works together for the good of those who love Him. God works for our good, yours and mine, so even when we don't get what we want we need to remember that that's because God has a plan that is way better than ours ever could be.

Any who, what I want today is to be thankful instead of complaining about what doesn't go my way because at the end of the day I am so stinking blessed it's stupid to focus on the negatives instead of the positives. So today I am thankful for everything God has given me. I am thankful for...

  • God
  • today
  • my family
  • my friends
  • my blog friends ;)
  • having a home
  • having food to eat and clothes, etc.
  • being able to enjoy life
What are you thankful for? Spend some time today just thinking about how you've been blessed. It really does wonders for attitude problems! :) Have a great Thursday!!!


Becoming Like Them

"I have become all things to all men that I might by all means save some." (NKJV) 1 Corinthians 9:22

I read that verse last night and I've heard pretty much all my life, but never really thought about what Paul was saying. However, last night I did. I thought and thought about what he was saying and God revealed to me what he meant.

See Paul was spreading the Gospel EVERY WHERE and ran into a lot of different people and cultures. I like to think of it in today's terms. If you took a pastor from an old country church and took him to the youth of today (teens and college students) some of them might get saved, but the majority probably wouldn't. Why? Because to them that man is not relevant. Not saying that God can't use a man like that to help save some college students because God can do anything, but because we are the way we are it's just not relevant to us.

So what Paul was saying is that he became just enough like them that he could become relevant to them and they would come to Christ.We have to be careful about doing that though, because if we get into the world we might fall in our faith in Jesus Christ.

I think this weekend we should find some way to reach someone who is completely polar opposite to us.Whether it be someone who listens to heavy metal and you listen to pop or maybe someone who way into sports and you just really aren't. Find a way to reach someone and become relevant enough (without sacrificing your soul) to them to introduce them to Jesus Christ. Together we can change this world through and for Jesus - the Savior of the world and of yours and my life! Have a blessed Saturday!!


I Remember...

Today we remember September 11th. We remember the men and women who lost their lives. I bet you remember exactly where you were when someone told you what was happening. I know I do.

I know it's game day and every one is probably going to be going to or watching their favorite football team, but let's not forget that it's because of brave men and brave women that we are free to do whatever we want. We as a Country are very blessed. Let's not forget those families that lost their loved ones and let's say a prayer for them.

Thank you - to the men and women who fight/fought for all of our freedom! I cannot thank you enough. We are so blessed to have people like you who are willing to leave everything behind to stand up for the USA.

Remember sometime today the people who died on this day 9 years ago and the people that have died to defend our Country since then. Say a prayer for our troops and their family.

God Bless America!!!! Have a great Saturday!!!


What We Stand For, Not Against!!

I'm sure you've heard about the Florida pastor who wants to burn the Quran on the date of September 11th. Several threats have come through saying that if he does that then our troops will be put in danger because of that. Now he is saying that he won't do it, as long as they move the Mosque that is planned to be put near the 9/11 site.

I'm not a believer in "as long as we all have the same ground rules it doesn't really matter what religion we have because we'll go to the same place" at all, but I believe that we are to love every one regardless of what they believe in. I'm also not a supporter of this Mosque that might be put near the 9/11 site.

Mark Hall of Casting Crowns got it completely right the other day when he put on twitter this:
"Burning the Quran? Why? The world is quite aware of what we are AGAINST. What they need to know is what we are FOR."

We can't justify this. Jesus told us to love our enemies. He told us to love our neighbor as we love ourselves. How does this do that? How does burning the Quran show love? It doesn't. I want to show the world the Light and Love of Jesus Christ. I want them to know that the only way they can get to Heaven is by believing in Him. I'm well aware that people all over the earth burn Bible's, but why stoop to their level? Aren't we wanting and desiring to show them that Jesus is real and active and alive and He is different from all their other so-called "gods"? Then, this is not the answer and it does not help one bit.

Earlier today Mark Hall said this, "Burning Quran in protest - not wise. Speak truth in love - Good." That's right. There is a way to tell a person that Jesus is the only Way, Truth, and Life in a way that glorifies God and doesn't get so... crazy.

I'll end this post with this, show people God's love through yours words and actions. Show people what you are for and against through your words and actions. When you think about telling somebody something picture that person as Jesus. It definitely changes your point of view (and probably what you'll say ;) ). Have a blessed night!!

I'm Human!!

Haha! I have been listening to this song a  lot the past few days. It's called "Human" and it's by Natalie Grant. The video below will rock your socks off!! I was watching the Dove Awards that night and this performance was by far my favorite! Jordin Sparks is a very talented girl as is Natalie Grant. Check it out:

Have a blessed Thursday night!!! Hope you enjoyed the video!! :)


The Meaning of Courteous

Courteous -
Definition: marked by respect for consideration of others.

I was thinking about this earlier and thought I'd share. :) Recently I got to go to a ball park with some people from a church. It was a lot of fun and of course while we were there people got tons of food. That's totally fine, except when we got up there was food, wrappers, napkins, etc. all over the place. I was a little shocked that they made such a mess and didn't even bother to clean it up. I thought about the poor guy that had to clean up all that mess. Made me sad. Where was their courtesy?

I'm not trying to judge them or anything I just know that we are representing Christ and when we do things like that ( we as followers of Jesus) it doesn't represent Him very well. There is a problem with that, but to me the saddest thing is that not a person told them to pick up their trash and put it in the garbage. I didn't bother to clean it up, mainly because I saw how many of them ate and didn't want to get that on my hands since I had no way to wash them (ever seen a load of guys eat french fries and pretzels, and snow cones, and ice cream? yeah, not always a pretty picture! lol Side not - I don't think all guys eat this way, just some ;) ) Anywho, I read this quote earlier -

"If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers it shows he is the citizin of the world." - Francis Bacon

How great is that?! I think that is such a good quote because really it is so true. Being courteous is what I want to focus this post on, but being gracious is just as important as being courteous. I don't know if one is more important than the other, I feel like they should be equally important to us because they really are equally important. This week I want to strive to be gracious and courteous. How about we as followers of Christ start living our life out the way He intended for us to live it? Will you join me in this challenge? I hope so! :)

Some ways we can be gracious this week:
  • Do something for other people and not expect something in return
  • Forgive that person that you've been holding a grudge with for so long
  • Show the love of Christ to someone that hasn't been kind to you
Some ways we can be courteous this week:
  • Pick up and clean up after ourselves (and others)
  • Thank the people who do jobs that no one else wants and never get thanks for it
  • Help someone who is overloaded with things to do, with the things they need done
These are the things we should be doing every day. I feel so convicted when I think back on all the times when God gave me opportunities to be a good example of Him and help others and I didn't. By God's grace though, that is going to change! :) I'm so excited to start living my life the way God intended for me to. I pray you will begin to live your life the way the Lord wants you to as well. Have a blessed day!! Also, if anyone has a prayer request leave me a comment and I definitely will pray for you! :)

Happy Labor Day!!

         Happy Labor Day!!!

 :) Hope yours is really blessed and that you are having the best day ever!! Enjoy your day off! Spend some time grilling out (so much fun :), sitting outside, spending time with Jesus, spending time with family and friends, and being thankful for your day of rest! Hope you all had a great weekend, I know I did especially since college football is back! ;)

Also, please be praying for our soldiers and their families as I'm sure they would love to be together on this Labor Day. Thank you guys!! Have a blessed day!!


Enjoy The Beauty

Do you ever just get so busy that you hardly notice anything around you? I know I do. Something God has been telling me is to stop and look around and enjoy His beauty.

The past few nights I've been able to look at the stars and the moon and it has just been absolutely incredible to look at. I love looking at the stars and it really just blows my mind that the God who created them and the universe also created me and He loves me so much. He loves you too! :)

I just want to remind you to slow down some time today or tonight and enjoy the beauty around you. The sky, the trees, the people, the plants, the animals, the sun, the stars, the moon, the sunrise, or the sunset. Whatever it is, enjoy it and remember that the God who made these beautiful things made you as well! :) Have a blessed day!! Happy looking!


The Gospel of... Me??

Well, first let me start this post off by saying yay for September 1st!! :) It won't be long before the fall is here which is a lot of fun. I really love fall, the colors are sooo beautiful, the clothes are fun ;), the weather is great, it's just so wonderful! :) One of the main reasons I love the weather in the fall is because it's warm during the day and cool during the night. It's the best of both worlds! LOL

Okay now let's talk about what I've been learning. I've been reading Radical by David Platt the last couple weeks and I really have been learning a lot from God through that book. I'm not gonna lie, there have been things that I've had to look at objectively because I've never heard it put in this or that way, but all in all I think most of what he says is very true.

What I learned recently was that we as followers of Christ have turned the Gospel into something that is about us. Yes, God loves us, and yes, God allowed His Son to die on the Cross for us so that we can not only have eternal life, but also to be able to come before the Lord as we are. However, why do we have salvation? To accept eternal life and live for Him. Our main goal in life should be living for the King. So many times I get it all wrong, thinking that as long as Jesus loves me and I love Him it's all good. That's good and all, but that's not following the Word of God. Jesus told us before He left the earth that we are to, "make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit and teaching them to carry everything I have commanded you." -Matthew 28:19&20 I think my mission has gotten messed up somewhere along the way. It has become about me - my wants, my desires, my dreams, etc. not God's wants, God's desires, and God's dreams.

Today I'm getting back to my mission of wanting what the Lord wants, desires, and dreams for my life so that I might further His name and His Kingdom. I pray you will too. We with the help of the Almighty Father can change the world for Jesus Christ. How Awesome is that?! Have a blessed Wednesday!! :)