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.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Love without expectations

"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast..It is not proud..It is not self-seeking." 1Corinthians 13:4.
When was the last time we loved? Not because we had to or because they were are friend and had done something nice to us. When was the last time we loved because we could. I find myself getting caught up in trying to serve God but failing. Love is powerful. When we feel loved we are confident, joyful, we feel ready to concur the day, and sometimes we feel closer to God. When we love others without expectations we are making someones day even greater. Lately, I find myself serving God only to expect the benefits which for me is joy. When I'm joyful I find myself enjoying life a little bit more and serving God a little bit more. When was the last time we gave the gift of love not because we can look good or its another check on our checklist. But because we cared.  As we go out tomorrow and begin are day all over again lets ask ourselves "How can I love someone with expectations?" Even when life is going swell let us continue to ask ourselves this question.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Clouds

A couple evenings ago I caught a random photo shoot opportunity of the gorgeous clouds and the sunset. When ever I look back at those photos it reminds me of his peace. That God provides these eye candy moments to sometimes refresh us and sometimes to remind us that he's there always. He's waiting to bless us in every way possible. Life is short. How are we letting God bless us? As you look at these photos whatever is going on let the peace of God transcend in your heart. Maybe play this song in the backround  http://youtu.be/YX_x1O4xC4o














Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Blessings



This is song has been such a great reminder that his blessings come from our trials. Though I hate how sentimental this song is. I love the words. I would encourage you to just sit down and ponder the words shes singing. Through your storm you can have peace in this moment.


Saturday, August 23, 2014

#4 The gift count: Immeasurably more.

As school starts, doing homework, and drinking iced chai become my after school hobby. He has blessed and continues to bless me still even when I haven't felt on point spiritually.

51. Things to smash. (look up smash pad if confused).
52. Party's to plan.
53. Lighting storms

54.Amazing people at school I like to call my friends.
55. Getting a grade point average ones always dreamed about.
56. Getting to run track.
57. It is well. (This is one of my favorite hymms and bethel music recently did their own version mixed with a song they wrote! Literally one of my favorites) http://youtu.be/YNqo4Un2uZI
58. Last day of school.
60. God's provision.
61. Spontaneous photo shoots with friends
62. My leaders who are always willing to listen to me when I need to talk.
63. Having a new story to tell.
64. Having someone to share a memory with.
65.Cameras to capture God's creation.
66. For fans that cool you down.
67. Restless nights.
68. Late night bible reading.
69. Old English novels that make you think.
70. Sleeping in.
71. Covers that keep one warm and cozy.
72. Doughnut shops.

73.  That cool breeze that blows through your window.
74. Those hipster food trucks.
75. Mini apple pies. (From the food truck).

76. Ice pops.
77. Meeting people for coffee.
78. New friendships.
79. Celebrating new seasons of life.
80. The power of facetime.

"Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine. According to his power that is at work in us." Ephesians 3:20.
 So even if your counting the blessings like me but are scared and hopeless that life won't go well. Just know that he will go way beyond all that we can hope for. Everything we have dreamed of he will go farther than the distance for us,

Monday, August 11, 2014

Back to school challenges

So today was the first day of school for me.... as I am starting my junior year God is just refining me. Its hard. On top of that I'm reading a really good but challenging book called, All In by Mark Batterson pastor of national community church. There's a prayer in this book that was the prayer of the early Methodists.

"I am no longer my own, but thine. Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt; put me to doing, put me to suffering; let me be employed for thee or laid aside for thee, exalted for thee or brought low for thee; let me be full, let me be empty; let me have all things, let me have nothing; I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal. And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, thou art mine, and I am thine. So be it. And the covenant, which I have made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven. Amen." 
Are we willing to let God place us in our schools, jobs, etc.. so that we can live out his will? Are we willing to give ourselves to God so that we are no longer our own but his. So that when we walk, talk, and live. It will always be for him? No matter how much we sin and fall short are we willing to get back up and do Gods will? That is the question that God has been burdening my heart with. And friends its not fun but just remember that there are those who will never know until judgement day. That sacrifices will be made but didn't he ultimately sacrifice his life for us? So can't we sacrifice that friendship or opportunity? Are we willing to make this our prayer?