11.28.2010

Receive It or Leave It

"We have to realize that we cannot earn or win anything from God; we must either receive it as a gift or do without it." - Oswald Chambers

I read this earlier in My Utmost For His Highest. I though whoa, how true is that?!  God is so faithful! In every single thing and He has been teaching me and showing me the last couple of days that there is absolutely nothing I can do to earn His love and grace and forgiveness. It really is either take it or leave it. That's not to say that we should do whatever we want because God will love us anyway because to show our love for Him we must follow Him and His Word, but there isn't anything we can do to earn this love at all.

I had it all wrong, thinking that if I did enough right things God would love me more and that if I failed Him then He would stop loving me and stop forgiving. God has been showing me that I don't know Him as well as I thought I did. He is slowly showing me more and more who He really is. I'm going back through the basics with Him.. sort of having a refreshers course.

Anyway, I just want to tell you that wherever you have been whatever you have done, God loves you! He loves you and wants to forgive you. He longs for you. Repent from your sins and tell Him that you want Him too and then what must we all do? Live our lives for Him and Him alone because at the end of it all He is truly all we have and all that matters. How will you live your life? Who will you live it for? My prayer is that you will take this journey too and live for Christ! Have a blessed night!

11.26.2010

Micah 6:8

"He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the LORD require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God." - Micah 6:8

These words brought me comfort and showed me that maybe following Christ isn't easy, but it does have a simplicity to it. Praise the Lord! :) Have a blessed night!

11.25.2010

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!! :D

Hey lovely peoples of the earth!!!! Happy Thanksgiving!! Here is what I am thankful for:

  • Jesus - because without Him I am nothing and I have nothing.
  • My family - because no matter how crazy it can get they still love me and I still love them (and everybody says awwwwwww lol)
  • My dog - because they really are man's best friend
  • My friends - because who can have a crazy good time without crazy good friends?
  • My home - because it keeps me warm and safe and it's a place to hang out and live.
  • Music - because I stinking love music!!!
  • Love - because it is after all what I need the most (aside from God. :) )
What are you thankful for? List yours on your blog and leave me a comment so I can come on over and check it out! :) Love you all! Have a really blessed Thanksgiving and spend some time with your family.

11.24.2010

All The Single Ladies!!!!!!

Hey guys sorry to exclude you but God has put on my heart something for all my girls out there. :)

Girls - I just need to tell you what I have been thinking about and really what God has placed on my heart.
So many of our girls out there are giving themselves away and selling themselves short. Why? Because they want a boyfriend. I've been there too. Seeing all your friends with a guy on their arm and wishing that you could have that too. Then I realized that I had let my focus off of Christ and onto the world.

If you are meant to be married God will provide that man. There is a quote that I just love, "Dance with God and He will let the perfect man cut in." How true is that?!! Ladies, you don't have to go looking for a guy. God will provide for all your needs (physical and emotional). Just trust Him and let Him do the work.

You do not need a man to feel good about yourself or define yourself. Find your identity in the Lord and not in other people or things. I think it is so much easier to wait until you are found in God and have matured before you start dating and stuff. That is my personal opinion not anybody else's so do with it what you will. I just don't like seeing people getting taken advantage of because they wanted to be accepted or be "cool".

I love y'all and hope you have a really blessed Wednesday!!! :)

11.19.2010

The Perfect Stranger


What would you ask Jesus if you sat down to dinner with Him?

I just finished reading Dinner With A Perfect Stranger. And in that book Nick (one of the main characters) sat down to a lovely dinner with Jesus. It was such a great book! I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I found myself nodding my head and agreeing with the questions and answers in this book.

I was wishing that I could sit there and have dinner with Jesus like that and then I realized I can. Of course I won't be able to see Him physically with my eyes, but with my heart I can. :)

Any who, I would recommend this book for anyone. It's only 100 pages and it definitely was not a waste of any of those pages. It's one of those books that leaves you wanting more. For sure go and find this book! It will not be a waste of time or money! Have a blessed weekend!!! :)

11.18.2010

I Will Care!

"Will you care?"

These words have haunted me for probably 4 weeks. Do I care? Will I care? Why don't I care? Care for what, you might be wondering. For people. For doing God's will. For living my life, not for myself, but for Him. Mainly though, about people. I pass people everyday (or almost every day) and yet I don't really care about them.

God has been changing this in me. I've started to look at people and not pity them but have compassion for them. I want to be there for these people whether I know them or not. I want to look at them and see their beauty for they are created in our Father's image. I want to hear what's going on in their lives... where they are at. I want to truly care for them and not just live this mediocre life. I am told by God's Word to be His hands and feet and to shepard His flock and help people see Him and shine the Light, but do I do that? No. Why? Because it's too hard? Because it doesn't really matter to me?

God has been changing me. Now when I see people, I'm not looking for the messed up life (because really no one has it all together) I'm looking for the person to see who they really are and what they want and dream. I want to see their passions and I want to know if they know Jesus, because if they don't they are missing out and it is up to us to let them know. God will always show Himself to every single person on this earth. It depends on if that person is looking. You never know, maybe God wants to use you to show Himself to someone. It's time to take up our Cross and live for Him and do what He has told us and called us to do. It is time to get out of ourselves and more in love with Jesus. I am an example. Whether you know it or not, you are too. We are always an example of someone; whether it be Jesus or satan. Who will you be an example of?

Last night I read in this book that we can never really love without God. Why? Because we are incapable of fully and completely loving without Him. Only when He comes to live in us are we able to love truly. I thought that was just Awesome! How great our God truly is! I finish with this, will you care? Will you shine the Light? Will you stand for Jesus Christ when no one else will? These are the questions I ask myself. Lets rock this world for Jesus!!! Have a blessed Thursday!

11.17.2010

Flawed As Can Be

I wish I could say I have the perfect life. That I never make mistakes and that my flaws never get the best of me. I probably could say that and maybe you'd never know the difference, but for the sake of keeping it real I simply cannot say that.

Gosh, I fail every single day. I disappoint God sometimes by the choices I make. Thank the Lord for His love and mercy which always sustains me and brings me back to Him. I am not perfect by ANY means. I am not the perfect Christian, perfect daughter, perfect friend, etc. I am flawed. I am foolish. I sin. Yet I'm saved. Why? Because God loves me and wants me. He wants you too, I wish I could make you believe that.

You know what I've learned? I can be my flawed, imperfect self, and Jesus still loves me. He wants me. He wants me to be obedient to Him and even when I disobey, He still loves me. Wow! That rocks my world! I've been living as if I must be perfect. That somehow my "works" will get me to Heaven or that Jesus will love me more if I'm more... presentable. I was foolish. I thank God for His grace. Where would I be without it? "I am who I am by grace." - Paul

I want to let you know that no matter how far in a hole you may be, how messed up you may be or how "ugly" your life may look, Jesus will and does accept you just as you are! Let's be real, we are all stinkin' hot messes in need of a Savior. We are loved so much by God that Jesus, His Son, went to the Cross for us! That makes me want to fall down before the throne right now! Just remember it is not too late to live for Jesus. Give Him your life and He will do amazing things through it. I know! Stay blessed!

11.12.2010

In Search of Eden


I finished reading In Search of Eden last night. Wow! This was an amazing book! I have read 2 of her books now and both have been completely worth while.

This story is about a woman who is in search of her daughter that she had given up for adoption when she was a teenager. It is also about a man who is angry with his brother and his wife (you'll find out why when you read the book ;) ) It takes you through the journey of him finding forgiveness and the woman finding Love.

It was a really great book and this is for those out there who love reading a good thriller with romance and telling people about God and finding Him. You can get this book at Amazon which is where I bought it. It is so good and I really recommend it.

Hope you all have a really blessed weekend!!!

11.11.2010

Happy Veterans Day!

Happy Veterans day!!! I pray that yours is amazing and that you take time to pray for our soldiers past and present.

To everyone who has fought for our Country I personally want to thank you for doing what you have and continue to do. I would not be free to do anything if it we're for you and I thank God for you all the time. I pray for y'all and your families a lot and I pray that today you are honored and know how much you mean to everyone. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!

LOVE yourself, LOVE others!

The Bible tells us to love others as we love ourselves. We can't really do that if we don't love ourselves, right? I see so many people, girls and guys alike, who can't stand what they see in the mirror. They don't understand that God made them the way they are and that they are beautiful.

I've been there before. I used to hate myself. I used to hate the way I looked. I asked myself why I couldn't be skinny like all the girls I hung out with or why I couldn't have their hair, or skin, or whatever. It was one of the toughest times of my life. But soon God began showing me that He made me fearfully and wonderfully (Psalm 139) and that what He sees is lovely. I learned that I am made in His image. So are you. Stop listening to the world. Hollywood likes to tell people how they should talk, walk, look, etc. We're supposed to be ourselves, not someone else. Do you realize how boring it would be if you were like everybody else? If you looked like the people around you? It's our differences that make life interesting.

Whoever YOU (yep, you!) are that's reading this I want to remind you that Jesus accepts you just as you are. In His timing He will change you from the inside out, but all you have to do it let Him. Learn to accept your "flaws". Learn to embrace your...
* big feet,
* crazy hair,
* loud laugh,
* freckles everywhere,
* chubby face,
* crooked teeth,
* squinty eyes.

God has made you uniquely in His image. Your flaws are what make you, you! Don't be afraid embrace them! I am so much more joyful knowing that even though I might be loud, or weird, or uncool, or whatever that Jesus still accepts me as I am. Now I can fully and completely love the people around me. I think part of the problem with the world is that the church is told to love others as themselves, but the truth is is that others don't love themselves so how can they possibly love someone else? Love Jesus. Love yourself. Love others.

Have a blessed day! :)

11.01.2010

"In Deed and In Truth"

"But whoever has this world's goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in Him?.. My little children, let us not love in word and tongue, but in deed and in truth." (NKJV) 1 John 3:17-18

I love those verses! I read them yesterday and it just makes me excited and ready to do God's will and follow His commandments! :) I was thinking about them and how a lot of people say the Bible is not relevant with today.. oh really? Because I can promise you there are a lot of people out there who claim to follow Christ and don't fill the needs that they see. I think that part of God's will is for us to see the needs in other people's lives and fill them. How can we truly say we follow Christ and yet not care that our brother or sister is suffering or having problems. We aren't supposed to look the other way or say "well somebody will help them." We must help them ourselves.

It's so easy to love "in word and tongue" but to love "in deed and in truth" is a lot harder. So which love is true? The love that is harder because in order for us to truly love we must be willing to go through the hardest, most exhausting trial, difficulty, whatever; in order to completely love. Or love completely. :)

I have been guilty of soo many times saying that I love my brothers and sisters or saying that I am Christian and will do whatever for Christ and not doing. "Talk is cheap." Whoever said that was on to something. Talk is very cheap. I can say whatever I want to and not mean it. It is only when I back it up with my actions and life that it is true. Not only in the journey of life, but also in my walk with Christ which is the journey to life. I can tell the Lord I want to do what He wants me to do, but if I continue to walk in my own ways then it's just talk. I pray that God will help me to truly love and be an example and not simply talk, but to walk in His ways and commandments and back up what I claim and believe.

This week I am going to look for the needs in others lives and if there is any way possible, fill those needs. I serve a God of the impossible. I no longer pay attention to what the world says is and isn't possible, I know that my God can do whatever He wants in my life. He can do the same in yours. I choose to care. I choose to care about others and what is going on in their life. Will you? I hope you will. Have a blessed Monday!