Friday, December 12, 2014

Christmas Worries

"Cast all your anxiety on him, because, he cares for you." 1 Peter 5:7.

In the midst of this Christmas season running full speed ahead. The Christmas decorating, baking, traditions, shopping, spending time with family and friends during break, cleaning, finishing up work and school for the holidays,  and the list goes on and on. Though we know the true meaning of Christmas. We forget to apply the true meaning of Christmas to our lives. For Christ came to be our Hope so that we could have Joy and Peace in him. If celebrating Him means remembering why He came down on earth. Then shouldn't we accept his offer to carry our burdens. Christmas should be a time to be content with the blessings he has given us. For our God sent his one and only son to suffer as a man on earth. To then give us the ultimate gift. The gift that would change our lives. If Christ has changed our lives, sure we will fall short, but does that mean we sell ourselves short of giving in to the business of Christmas when our Father is willing to carry our burdens. To carry us into Christmas. I am guilty of this. To try to make every Christmas the best Christmas ever. By trying so hard to faithfully carry out every tradition my family has. Or decorate right on December 1st. I realized that my Joy doesn't come from Christmas alone my Joy comes from God. That my family is happier when we can spend time together rather than hurriedly checking off things on our list and rushing to the next. I know we hear this every year but the holiday season is truly about Family. It's not only giving and ministering to the lost and lonely, but it's also spending time and ministering to the family you have right around you. It's letting God take control of the plans you have and letting him move. For his plans are far better than the plans I have. I've realized its taking moments to thank him for the redeeming love story we celebrate. It's awaiting his arrival. It's letting Him care for you by casting your anxiety on Him.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

A Thanksgiving Prayer

Today as you enjoy your Thanksgiving meal and watch football with family. Take a moment and remember what we are really celebrating. When the Pilgrims first came to America and braved the hardships of living in a new land. They took a moment and gave thanks.  They took this day to thank God for all that he had provided. Friends this holiday is a reminder and a reconnecting point to be thankful. Not only is it remembering what God had provided for the Pilgrims but really its celebrating with thanks what God has done in our lives. Thankfulness is one of the ways we draw closest to God and yet I sometimes struggle with remembering to be thankful in this self centered world. Its not only about Gods love to us but its about our response to his love. As we spend time with family and eat pie remember with gratitude what He has done for you.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving
    and his courts with praise;
    give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
    his faithfulness continues through all generations.
Psalm 100:4-5

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

You are still God and I have a reason to worship.

This week God has put something on my heart Worship. Ever since I saw Hillsong United in concert not to long ago something inside of me changed. God burdened me with some thoughts. Why am I not excited to worship Jesus? Now on Sundays and Wednesdays I get excited and at chapel at school i'll get excited. But have I lived my live with excitement to Worship God. When we worship God we are free. We are in his presence and we are alive. It has been along time since I've been to a truly good worship session. Man it is refreshing. Now not all worship sessions will always be totally amazing, some might be simple and  some might be powerful. The question is do we take a break from our busy painful lives and get excited to worship our creator. Do we just seek him not because we have requests but because He is God.  Do we apply our childlike faith to our worship? When we go to church and worship as a community our worship there should be just a continuation to the worship we have been living. This is something that I struggle with greatly. I don't know if you have seen this video. But it is a great reminder of taking time to just worship God. A couple months ago these marines in Afghanistan (I believe) took time out of there life threatening job to worship Jesus as a unit. To me it is so encouraging to watch this video. Now here's the thing, if these brave men can take time to worship God before they risk there lives? Then why can't we take time out of are day where we live safe and cozy in our homes, to worship our savior? Why can't we bring him glory with the way we live  when our lives are easy compared to the rest of the world? These men are perfect examples of applying our child like faith to our worship.

P.S. Watch till the end because it gets better towards the end!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Fresh Air

Fall is here! It finally rained this weekend and now the clouds are all fluffy in the sky. I can finally wear my big fall sweaters. The most exciting thing about fall is that it is finally a new season. We have a fresh start in this season. This season is not new so we can just keep living the way we live. No God brings in the new season to awaken us. We need to be awakened. Before we know we begin to live for ourselves. Our lives are focused on the fleeting problems around us. It becomes about what others will think of you or if you should spend time with all these people. It becomes a world of go,go,go with some moments with God instead of living your whole entire life for him. I have found myself falling into this rut many a times in this last season of life. I'm ready to start a new again. Our creator has promised us he will make all things work together for our good. He will do immeasurably more than all we can ask or imagine. To Seek him first and everything else will be added later. There many more verses where he promises us blessing and joy. We just have to be able to trust that holy living is the only way to live and be satisfied in him. Trust me it is so hard to get back up and truly fall in love with Him all over again. To say no to the things He wants us to so we can focus on him. All he wants is all of us. All he wants is us to be willing so he can take us on an adventure. The road may look like a road of suffering. But He says that he allows these things to happen so in the end it may bring God glory. He never allows you to suffer or sacrifice for no reason. In the end he WILL make all things work together for your good. So in this new season may we allow ourselves to let him in. To not just live life with a couple moments with God. But to live life with God and each and every moment that you live is a moment with God. He loves you!! Try something new this week do something to encourage someone. Take someone out to coffee, or even just write them a note. I find that when I feel discouraged or just dry I like to change things up a bit and bless those around me.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Messes

Sometimes our lives feel like an unmade bed or a room with clothes flying everywhere. Sometimes we feel like a stack of dirty dishes waiting to be cleaned but we just do not have the time to clean them, Days go by and the weather isn't cooler. We feel like everything should be changing the way it should but it isn't. The truth is we were meant to live a life full of messes. We were not called to have a life full of fluffy blessings. The blessings come from the messes. He makes us beautiful by breaking us. There may not be a whole lot of change at first. There are always going to be messes but its our willingness to let him clean up that changes things. Its our willingness to live a messy life with a joyous attitude. For he "takes broken things and makes them beautiful.- Ellie Holcomb. We may feel like a garden that's waiting to sprout. Maybe the rains of his love haven't poured down, because we haven't trusted him with our messy life. Our life will continue to stay messy and bear unless we let the storms of his love thunder in our lives.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

5#: The Gift Count

81. Driving down the freeway with the wind hitting your face.
82. The blue of the sea.


83. A cloudless sky.
84. Discussions to discuss.
85. Beauty that God uses to fill us with.
86. Fresh ocean air.
87. Witnessing spontaneous vows of love.
88. Sunsets full of his splendor.

89. Mugs full of happiness.
90. Waves of his majesty.

91. A lighthouse full of guidance.
(This happens to be one of my favorite songs check it out its called My Lighthouse by Rend collective)
92. Cozy sea towns.
93. Pictures of nature.
94. Pink cottages.
95. Retired ships that has served there duty at sea.
96. Salty ocean air.
97. Sunlight hitting the trees.
98. A community of believers who never fail to encourage me.
99. Dancing
100. The art of Anticipating.
103. Little companions you call siblings

104. Random fits of laughter.
105. Sermons that feed the soul.
106. Sleepless nights that turn into restful ones.
107. God's peace.



Wednesday, October 8, 2014

He is not finished...

A lot is happening in our world today... People are shot, battles rage on, our government is slowly getting weaker,disease is spreading, and  the sky has been showing some beautiful but kinda scary signs in the sky. With all these things happening life seems heavy. It reminds me how fleeting life is. Honestly this is depressing. Staying strong is tiring. My hope is slowly fading. Here I am with my whole life ahead of me and yet it seems depressing, Life weighs heavy on my heart. As much as we find security in God. As much as we are excited to be able to dwell with him one day.... the truth is when we see his creation crumbling around us. We are reminded by the world around that life is fleeting and there's nothing we can do to stop it. It rips the hope right out of you. See that's the goal of the enemy. We slowly start to forget about hope and we slowly remember how depressing sin is. "You heavens above, rain down righteousness; let the clouds shower it down. Let the earth open wide, let salvation spring up, let righteousness grow with it; I, the Lord, have created it." Isaiah 45:8. See as we get older we  are reminded of a very real world where everything is chaos nothing is in order. If the very one who created the world is holding your hand right now. Then he is in control. This very uncontrollable world. Has always been in control. For he makes all thing work together for our good despite our sin. We may not see God working at all right now, But that does not mean he is not. I heard someone say once that the temptations of this world are even greater than anyone has had to face from the past generations. See God put us in this generation for a purpose, because he knew we could handle it. He placed you in your circumstance,because he knew you could handle it. Hold on to HIM, because he is the only secure unchanging thing in this world. Don't let go. No matter how many times you have sinned. Don't let go. No matter how many times you have lost hope and have gone into the world to find it. Come back. He has broken that chain.  And Every chain you will be tied down to after that. Don't let go. His hand is there to hold. He has provided everything you need. Don't let go. Remember that his love will always abound. We have a hope that sense Christ hasn't come back we know he is not finished yet.

                                       Sunsets always remind me of how the earth we live in is beautiful.