Monday, November 30, 2009

Here Comes the Sun...

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

Beautiful Slave

I recently (Saturday) got back from a trip to Las Vegas. First I really don't like going to Vegas (God please don't send me there) It's such a dark city and while i like to see the world sometimes because it makes me pray harder I hate being in the environment.

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

Prayer changes things!

I love quotes from people! When I was in High School I read this quote and it changed my life!

"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!