Thursday, December 31, 2009
Every year for I don't know how long my sister and I have gone over to my aunts house and decorated cookies for Christmas! I love it! not only do they taste amazing but it's also so much fun! I love getting to spend time with my cousins and decorate cookies!
Most years my sister my aunt and I are the only ones that actually decorate the whole time. the boys end up decorating a few and then go watch TV or play video games. It's really fun no matter how long it takes us.
Then we make these mint cookies they are amazing! and get eaten in the first few days.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
I don't hate Christmas! I actually really like Christmas I just don't like to craziness of Christmas.
I don't like the craziness of trying to get gifts (why do we feel like we have to give people gifts? can't time just be enough)
I don't like the overload of decorations (you know what I'm talking about... The people that decorate ever inch of their house and you could see their Christmas lights from the moon)
I don't like Christmas music... let me clarify I like some Christmas songs they have a great message, however most songs have become so commercial and lost their meaning, also the fact that they start playing it in October (so dumb), and that the radio doesn't play much else, also how come our standard for music and what we listen to all the sudden goes out the door with Christmas music?... There are a few Jesus songs that I do really like.
I don't like that we have lost the true meaning behind Christmas... I realize that we put nativity sets up and talk about Jesus being born but what does that mean for us?... Do we really see the significance of Jesus humbly coming down for us just so that He could sacrifice His life to save ours? that should change the way we live.. does it? (there will probably be more about that later)
I hate that at most jobs you can't say merry Christmas and you have to say happy holidays
I hate that my allergies go crazy this time of year (could be Christmas trees)
Now on to things I do like...
I love getting to spend time with my family!
I love the time off of school and my family having time off of work.
I love a few simple decorations (I'll do a separate post on the ones that really make me really happy)
I love that we can celebrate Jesus and really see the humility behind Him coming
I love Christmas cookies (every year we go to my aunts house and make cookies, I'll have to take some Pict's from this years)
I love getting up early Christmas morning and drinking tea and eating breakfast with my family.
That's just a few things that I can think of right now more to come later!
Monday, December 7, 2009
Anyway we thought we would do a little Bible study together so we opened the word and started talking we read Hebrews 4:9-16! I was so blessed by the entire time we spent together just talking about the Lord and the blessings that He has for us even though we don't deserve it. It was awesome!
We really spent time meditating on the importance to taking time to rest in the Lord! reading the word and being refreshed does so much for us! it helps us see our need for Jesus and the sacrifice He made! It makes us see how humble He is and how great He is!
I was so blessed by it! my encouragement is grab someone and go meditate on the Lord this week. Sacrifice a little of your time to spend with Jesus and encouraging a fellow believer!!
Monday, November 30, 2009
In case you don't already know this I love waking up early!
I love sunrise!! and I love getting up before the sunrise so that I have a chance to watch it!!
Mornings are beautiful!!! The best part is getting up between 430 and 530 before most of the world is awake! It's so peaceful and calm. There are stars in the sky (yes stars in Orange County) and it's dark! I love it! So every morning I get up before the sun and go workout. Whether that is a run through the neighborhood or at the beach or working out at boot camp! Sometimes I take my dog, sometimes (like this morning) a friend or two come along! It's so nice to be able to start my day with a little me (and Jesus and/or others) time before the piles of homework and studying and cleaning or whatever else the day has in store.
I encourage you to get up early die to self and go take a walk or something and spend sometime with Jesus before the sun and Experience the Sunrise! My favorite part of the day!
(FYI the picture is from the sunrise this morning but not from here. It was taking in South Dakota) (This mornings wasn't this amazing:( tomorrow should be better)
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
So while I was driving there... just before you enter the city there are all these billboards on the side of the road advertising well everything you can think of. well one billboard the last one before our exit said something that really caught my eye and tore my heart. It said if you suspect human trafficking call (888) 373-7888. It became so much more real to me that human trafficking is huge issue even in the united states. I researched the group that put up the billboard. Last year there were over 2000 calls to that number to report suspected human trafficking. CRAZY!
If you have not yet seen/heard beautiful slave by take no glory you really need to it's very powerful and even more moving now than ever in my life.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
"Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?"-Corrie Ten Boom
It really got me thinking about prayer! Is prayer really something that guides our life? or is it just something we do when we are at our end and don't know what else to do!
At that point I started to think about prayer and tried to pray more! I soon realized I didn't even really know how to pray or what to pray for! I had grown up praying before meals and praying when someone was sick or something like that but how do you pray for everyday things. So I asked God to teach me. I asked Him to show me how to pray and most of all what to pray for!
It changed my life! The Lord started first to show me to forget about praying for only what we want but to pray for the Lord will. I totally stopped making requests and just asked the Lord what to pray for.
He started showing me things and telling me what to pray for. It was crazy I found myself praying for random people I hadn't talked to in years. People that I had only met once or people I had never even met! I would see someone on the street or at a bible study and the Lord would just say pray for that person so I would. It was crazy! Sometimes the Lord would put specific things on my heart to pray for for people and it was so awesome to see that the Lord would do those things! It's rad!
so now I have learned to not pray for what I want and only what I see but just continually ask God what should I pray for and wait for Him to fulfill it! It's amazing the things that the Lord does when we just ask Him. Lately I have been seeing a lot of things that I have been praying for, for a long time happen. The Lord has finally been opening the doors and fulfilling those prayers and it's so exciting to see and to be apart of!
I would encourage you today! PRAY but don't pray for what you think! ask the Lord what to pray for and pray for that! Pray for the Lord's will! Prayer is essential for fellowship with the Lord! prayer should be something that we do all the time! The Bible does say pray without ceasing!
"To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing."- Martin Luther
More to come on prayer in another post!
Friday, October 23, 2009
I am leaving in just a few minutes to go to the reality women's retreat!!
I am so excited to spend some much needed time with Jesus! I have so much to pray about and so many decisions that need to be made in my life!
I can't wait to see what the Lord is going to teach me and what He has in store!!
Friday, October 2, 2009
I realize this week way to many people in this world only think with their emotions!
This sounds good... I like that I'm going to do it.... But I love him... these are only a few examples. Why do we let our emotions rule our lives and forget to actually think and pray about things. We are so quick to make decisions without stepping back and waiting for the Lord. We are so quick to get depressed or upset because things do not happen the way we think we want them.
so let's take a step back and think logically and pray about EVERYTHING! in our lives!
Sunday, September 20, 2009
I only took like 5 pictures in Alaska because I leave the picture taking up to the professionals (well my sister) so you can check out most of the pict on her facebook
and here is a video of my cousins fishing in alaska! this is how we fished!
Friday, September 18, 2009
It was on silence and the power that silence holds.
In the reading was this quote that really got me thinking and praying!
"I think the devil has made it his business to monopolize on three elements: noise, hurry, and crowds. Satan is quite aware of the power of silence." -Jim Elliot
It's so true! think about it. When was the last time that you were in silence? We go from the car with the radio to the store, work, or school with people and music and other noises, bible studies, even going home you turn on the TV or radio or some form of music or people start talking. When is it truly silent?
not that it is a bad thing to have noise and to listen to music or people talking but there is a time for silence. A time to just wait on the Lord and hear from Him.
So I tried silence! Instead of turning on the ipod in the car and instead of talking to God I was just silent. I waited on God! It was awesome! I have to admit at first it seemed a little strange but then it became nice! It is very refreshing! Since then I have been trying to spend some time everyday in just silence and peace!
I challenge you to spend sometime in silence I know sometimes it seems impossible with kids or other people around but there is always sometime you just don't realize it yet!!
Let God work through the Silence!
Monday, September 14, 2009
Is it bad that I have file for jury duty...
how can it be that most people never get that dreaded piece of mail... jury duty?
or some people get it once when they are in their 20s and never have it again?
and then there are people like me that every single year since i turned 18 i have gotten the summon in the mail ugh!!
and then some people that get summoned for jury duty call in and then never actually go to the court house and then if and only if they do get called in they never actually get put on the stand or anything they just sit in the room all day and get let go.
not me... the odds are completely against me! my last day of service was June 17th 2008 and now i get to call in October 30th so lame! and every time I have had it so far i have had to go into the court and then get put on the stand and asked questions. thankfully i have never been asked to be on a case! i would die! i can't miss that much school! hopefully this year will work in my favor and i won't have to go in at all and if I do that they will let me off because of my sisters wedding the next week. that would be nice!
oh well I guess I am just the one that has all the random stuff happen that no one else ever experiences i am that one in a million the one they right all the side effects for :)... more on that another time
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
As my first school budget closure day I decided I was not just going to sit around bored all day!
So I decided I would go down to San Clemente to get Pedros and just hangout for the day! So I asked Allison if she wanted to go with me!
Well the day started out amazing! I took Daytona down to the beach to go for a run at 600am it was amazing! It was the most perfect morning!
I picked Allison up around 11 and we started our drive down to get lunch. We at Pedros which was amazing!!!
Then we headed down to oceanside/carlsbad to go to the beach. It was so nice to just relax in God's beauty and hangout with Allison. Then the Lord totally did something awesome for Allison! I am totally excited for her and can't wait till she moves down and I can go visit her!
Anyway the day ended up being very relaxing and refreshing!
Thursday, August 20, 2009
So over the last few years and really over the last year I have been praying alot! Mostly praying about direction for my life. What does God want me to do? Where does He want me to live? How does He want me to live? What things need to change? What things do I need to devote more time in? What things is He just saying wait? and the list goes on and on. At first I was really discouraged I was getting no answers or not that I saw at least. I got involved in new ministries like the Monday night hospital ministry, and the Tuesday night hard ball ink bible study, and a women's bible study for recovering addicts and a few others. Basically I was busy doing ministry every night of the week and loving it. I wanted to start a high school girls discipleship group and a Jr high girls discipleship group and some other things! I love being a part of ministry!
Then I realized I didn't have as much of a relationship with the Lord anymore. It was more about what can I do for the Lord and being involved in ministries. I realized I wasn't spending as much personal time with Him as I needed to. I went a few months without even going to a bible study where I could just sit and receive. Every time I went to a bible study I was leading worship or involved in some way. Even when I went to Atlanta for the weekend I ended up singing at church there. It was crazy.
Then the Lord showed me how much personal time I was really spending with Him. It wasn't much. I was trying so hard to figure out exactly what the Lord wanted me to do by trying everything and getting involved in everything that came my way instead of waiting on Him to show me the door to walk through.
At JR. High camp the Lord really showed me that He was going to start cutting ministries out and if I was willing to do whatever HE wanted me to do that He was going to show me what things to do. So I surrendered all of my ministries to Him and let Him take control. I made a list of all the ministries I was involved in and let God start the process of crossing things off.
When I got back from camp the leadership team at my church wanted to take me out to lunch because they said they needed to talk to me. I was kind of scared? I mean I had just asked the Lord to do His will and take away the ministries that He didn't want me involved me and my church leadership needed to talk to me.
So anyway the Lord opened a door that I never thought about. Max had the opportunity to move back to yucca and go to the school of ministry there. With him moving back they asked if i would pray about taking over the worship leader position. I was not expecting the Lord to do that!! He opened a totally different door. I never wanted to be the worship leader for a church. I love singing with people and leading for small groups but I never planned on leading for an entire church. I prayed and prayed and the Lord kept confirming that it is exactly where He wants me right now. I was shocked! So basically I am now the worship leader for Braveheart Fellowship. I am excited to see what the Lord is going to do next and what He has in store for our church! There have been alot of changes in the last year and I am excited to see what the Lords plan is!
Sunday, August 16, 2009
When I get a chance this week I will post some pictures and write more about it!
Thursday, August 6, 2009
was seeing the sled dogs and watchig them practice. They are really
fast I think we should hook daytona and Cali up and go :)
Then we went to a gold mine place and panned for gold. It was pretty
sweet I got 12 dollars worth of gold sweet :)
Yesterday we took a train to denali national park. Then we took a 7
hour bus ride into the park to look for animals. It was way to long
and not enough animals. I don't think I would suggest going on that
tour. We saw caribou, foxes, bears, rabits and bears. Not really worth
the boric bus ride.
This morning we got up early and hiked up a mountain it was really
steep I think t wasn't realy a hiking path more like a run off for the
snow. It was fun and a lot of work.
Now we are waiting to board the bus to go to talketana. I guess that's
where the start the hike to mnt mikinley.
I'll try and post pictures soon!
Monday, August 3, 2009
After a long red eye flight we finally arrived in Fairbanks Alaska. I
have always wanted to go to Alaska and I am so excited to be here and
even more excited that my parents are paying:)
Well today I think we are going to do a little sight seeing around
here then my cousins get here tonight and the land tour starts tomorrow.
I guess I'll have to post when I can and when I have Internet
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
He has the Victory all we have to do is surrender to Him and He will fight! Amazing!
I miss being a part of the Jr high! It was such a blessing to be there! I want to be part of the jr high ministry and the high school ministry they are both amazing and I have a heart for both! It's awesome to see them grow up and to see the Lord working in their lives!
Ugh... I wish I could split myself into parts so that I could be a part of all of the ministries! There are so many things that I want to do but it's hard knowing exactly where the Lord wants me! I need to just wait on the Lord and pray and see what He wants me to do!
Friday, July 17, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
As always the Lord totally filled the place! It was such a blessing to be there and not to be at home. I can't believe that the Lord would use someone like me to minister to high schoolers. I love all the girls that I had in my cabin some of them had been in my cabins before so that was nice at least I already knew them!
I was totally blessed to be able to lead worship for some of the sessions and devotions. The Lord is so amazing in the way that He speaks and moves in our lives! It's amazing to see that no matter what goes on the Lord still does His work and people's lives are changed.
I think I might have been the most blessed when I came home. I know that sounds strange but Saturday when I got back I was asked to teach for the youth at my church. I was also teaching that morning for first service at CCCM in the junior high. At first I thought there is no way that I would be able to plan 2 studies in one day! But as soon as I got reading I got really excited!
For Braveheart I was teaching on John 3:22-30. In case you haven't read that in a long time verse 30 says "He must increase, but I must decrease." It was so convicting to teach on that. To see John the Baptists perception of life and the things that the Lord had called Him to do.
Friday, June 19, 2009
Please keep us in prayer as we go and throughout the week! The Lord is going to do awesome things and I am really excited to see what He does.
Monday, June 8, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
This week was so crazy!! On Tuesday I thought I had my final for my stress and coping class so i finished the paper for it on Monday night and thought I was good. Then on Tuesday morning when I went to school at 8 I realized that my final for the day was at 10:45!! What? oh and it was in my marriage and family class. I had not even started the paper for that class yet! ugh... So i went home and started working on my paper. I had no time to waste! I didn't even eat or go to the bathroom oh my gosh i thought I was going to die! how do you write a 10 page paper in and hour and a half!! insane! Some how I was able to write it. I didn't read over it or anything so I am sure I missed a ton of errors! oh well but i made it to class (20 minutes late) and took the test which i had not studied for because i thought it was on Thursday! that was the most stressful morning of my life!
After that the rest of the week went well! I finished the rest of my papers! (my paper on rape ended up being 18 pages.)
So now i am done for the summer well kind of i do have a final next week in my sociology class.
And on Sunday I am leaving for a cruise!! heck yes I am so excited! I will post when i get back!!
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
This morning i was going to go workout but i decided to spend time some Jesus time instead! It was awesome and He really showed me a lot!!
So then Sera and I headed down to San Clemente! I took the tops off the camero and drove down the PCH!
First we stopped at the rainbows outlet and i bought new sandals then we went to Pedro's to get food and went to the beach to eat it!!
Then we stopped at the rip curl outlet and headed back home! it was a really good day!
Tonight I am going to the Hillsong concert with some of my friends! It should be amazing!
Sunday, April 12, 2009
And think the Lord is completely outside of it. He sees the Future (what we think of as the future) as the present while the past and present are all the present also. It kind of makes my head spin when i think about it!
And think Jesus came from a place where time did not exist and came here inside of time! what!!! He must have been going crazy! It would be so weird to step inside of time and suddenly have this thing that you are held to and that cannot be broken! Then think of all the other things that He had to come into when He took on human form. Like gravity is gravity the same in heaven? or like wind? what about earthquakes and hurricanes? did He ever have to experience those?? it's so strange! it just blows my mind!
After thinking about all of that it makes me even more thankful for His life on this earth. That He would be willing to come into this strange crazy world and die for me! SO CRAZY!!!
Thank You Lord for your sacrifice even though i do not deserve it and everyday i fail again! AMAZING!
I know You gave the world Your only Son for us
To know Your name to live with in the Fathers love
and He took my place KNOWING He's be crucified
and you loved a people undeserving!
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
I don't know why I am surprised every time the Lord is doing something in my life that some how things come in and cause division in places that there shouldn't be.
The Lord calls us to unity in the body and yet it's so hard to do that! How can we be the body of Christ and yet be focused completely separately. Shouldn't we be focusing on what we can do to further the kingdom of God and not on these trivial things.
Lord help us to be completely unified in You and for Your kingdom!
Sunday, April 5, 2009
The powder was really deep so when my mom fell it took her forever to get back up! While i was waiting i was getting really hot in the sun so i decided to lay down that cooled me off perfectly!!
In all it was a great trip! and no broken bones! ;) I don't know what everyone was so worried about!
Now it's back home and back to school sadly!! It's funny going away for a week really makes me miss my friends and church! I'm glad to be going back to those but not to school!
Saturday, April 4, 2009
I guess we are not going to get to make forts this year or sled runs.
While we were eating dinner we saw a coyote walking on the road. It was amazing! i took a picture but it is on my dads camera and i can't get it tonight i will have to wait until tomorrow sadly! But it was so cool!!!
And as i mentioned a few days ago I love my grandparents they are amazing!! I am constantly laughing at things they do. Like my grandpa last night freaking out about the car again! and then all day today freaking out about changing rooms. Every 10 min or so he had to go down to the lobby and ask them if the new room was ready yet! so crazy!
My grandma and i had a great conversation about the Lord last night! We talked for a good hour or so about His faithfulness in every situation especially when we think there is no way anything good could come out of what we are going through! HE always has a plan no matter what!Amazing!
His past faithfulness Demands our present trust! And yet how hard it is not to fully put our trust in the Lord. We are always turning our back and thinking our ways are better. how dumb are we time and time again!!
Friday, April 3, 2009
My mom insisted that we make her a muff for her hands so of course she has to wear.
Thursday, April 2, 2009
And keep in mind that i am not the photographer my sister is so pretend like the photography is much better :)
then suddenly it starts storming out of nowhere
And when we came out to go get my parents we had to dig out the car! these pictures are after we dug it out. crazy!