Tuesday, April 20, 2010

2 Timothy 1:9

For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time - to show us his grace through Christ Jesus. --2 Timothy 1:9

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Two Weeks.

Only two more weeks until Peru!!  We had a missions dinner tonight to get to know everyone better, and my heart was starting to get very hopeful of what is in store.  These next two weeks are going to fly by and I hope that I can prepare myself and my heart for the joy that God is going to bring.  Praying that I am ready for this adventure.

Friday, April 16, 2010


Been sick the last couple days.  Going to get back on the horse, in reference to my blog, tomorrow.  You can expect something profound.  Life-changing.  Earth-shattering.  Or something not so epic.  Either way, just except a blog : )

Monday, April 12, 2010

Captivating Women.

An excerpt from "Captivating" by John and Stasi Eldredge:

"You are a woman.  An image bearer of God.  The Crown of Creation.  You were chosen before time and space, and you are wholly and dearly loved.  You are sought after, pursued, romanced, the passionate desire of your Fiance, Jesus.  You are dangerous in your beauty and your life-giving power.  And you are needed.

As a woman who had been ransomed and redeemed, you can be strong and tender.  You speak to the world of God's mercy, mystery, beauty, and his desire for intimate relationship.  You are inviting, you can risk being vulnerable, offering the weight of your life as well as your need for more because you are safe in God's love.  You labor with God to bring forth life--in creativity, in work, in others.  Your aching, awakened heart leads you to the the feet of Jesus, where you wait on him and wait for him. The eyes of his heart are ever upon you.  The King is captivated by your beauty.  

We need you.  We need you to awaken to God more fully and to awaken to the desires of the heart that he placed within you so that you will come alive to him and to the role that is your to play.  Perhaps you are mean to to be a concert musician or a teacher.  Perhaps you are meant to be a neurologist or a horse trainer.  Perhaps you are to be an activist for ecology or the poor or the aged or the ill.  You are certainly called to be a woman, wherever else he leads you.  

And this is crucial, dear heart.  Whatever your particular calling, you are meant to grace the world with your dance, to follow the lead of Jesus wherever he leads you.  He will lead you first into himself; and then, with him, he will lead you into the world that he loves and need you to love."

Thursday, April 8, 2010


The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.

Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company... a church... a home.

The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past... we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude... I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.

And so it is with you... we are in charge of our attitudes.  --Charles Swindoll

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Peru is quickly approaching.

I'm headed to Peru in less than a month!  I haven't been as excited as I thought I would be; I think the fact that it was months away it didn't make it seem realistic.  But now that I only have weeks left until I leave, the excitement that I was expecting is setting in.  God has been more than faithful to me, and shown His love for me and His Kingdom in enormous ways!!  I can't even imagine what He has in store me for; I know that I am going to walk away with so much more from this experience than anyone that I meet.  It's funny how a "missions" trip works; you go to serve others, show the love of Jesus, expecting that they will walk away with Eternity set in their hearts, but much of the time, the exact opposite happens.  In fact, the ones that go to show the love of Jesus, are actually the ones that get shown the love of a King in ways they never thought possible.  As much as I am looking forward to serving, I am, selfishly, looking forward to having His love revealed to me in deeper way.  : )

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Praying for Patience.

I had absolutely NO patience tonight. None.  I'm not really sure why; I have no good reason; I just didn't have any.  It was not a pretty sight, or enjoyable for anyone.  I'm praying for better patience tomorrow.  Because I feel sorry for anyone that run into me when I'm having an off day.  

Monday, April 5, 2010

Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD,
"plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. --Jeremiah 29:11

What a beautiful reminder.  I needed that.  A lot. 

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Long Overdue Blog.

This blog is long overdue.  I have failed to blog for the last 4 days as some of my faithful followers have made known to me, several times.  There has been a lot going on.  My grandma's funeral was on Thursday.  It was a very beautiful service; it defined her Christian faith in a lovely light.  Sad to say, I was not as close to her as I would of liked to be in her later life, but I never doubted that she loved the Lord.  She suffered from Alzheimer's, and robbed her of the ones that loved her.  I cannot tell you how relieved I am that she is not longer in pain, and her mind is perfectly restored.  She is reunited with a husband that that she waited until Eternity to meet again.  

During her eulogy, as my aunt gave an account of her life; there was a part that I never knew about my grandma, and what kind of woman she was.  My grandpa served in the military, and was to be stationed in the Philippines.  Just days before he was set to leave, my grandma took a train across the country to Washington, where my grandpa was, married him, watched him get shipped off, and returned home, to wait for him.  To wait for him for 4 years!  I cannot even fathom that.  It's hard enough for me to wait for my special someone for 3 weeks, and we get all of the benefits of technology.  The only thing my grandma had to hang on to was to wait for a letter.  She continued doing this until he returned safely 4 years later.  I cannot even imagine how much strength, courage, patience, and FAITH it took.  My grandma completely relied on the Lord to pull her though.  What an amazing test of faith.  My prayer is that I can have that kind of faith.  She left a beautiful legacy.  I sit here and wonder what people will say about me when I go Home.  I hope that people look back on my life, and first and foremost, see the love that I have for the Lord.  I could not think of a better compliment to my life.  

I have a lot of work to do...