Thursday, October 27

Thoughts from Gee

The topic "lukewarm Christians" has been floating around in my a lot recently. I was texting my friend about this topic and here is what she had to say:

"God wants to know us. It says in Revelations 3:15-16 "I know the things that you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other! Bit since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth."
When you drink hot cocoa, do you like it when it is lukewarm or cold? No, you spit it out, try to drink it, or heat it back up again. It is the same with Christianity. God wants people for Him, He has to be able to trust us and we need to follow His ways.
If you had someone stay the night, would you like it if you didn't know the person? It would be awkward. It is the same in the Father's house. If He never know you, why would He want you to stay in His house. It is like a prison to those who don't know Him for they would be surrounded by God in heaven if they went. It would not be very fun for them.
Also, it ways in Matthew 15:8-9, "These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship is a farce, for they teach man made ideas as commands from God." God wants our heart as it says in Exodus 34:14, "You must worship no other gods, for the Lord, whose very name is Jealous, is a God who is jealous about his relationship with you."
He loves us so much, Hi wants all of our devotion. It also says in Matthew 22:37-40, "Jesus replied, 'you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: 'love your neighbor as yourself.' the entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments."
So He doesn't want a person who ignores Him and doesn't have a heart for Him."
-Ashley aka Gee Willikerz

Wednesday, October 26

A Servant's Heart

Christian Living

How do I live my life for Christ? 
I've grown up in a Christian home and gone to church my whole life. I learned John 3:16 when I was younger. I know that it is wrong to steal and lie and cheat on tests and kill people, and I know that I should be nice to my parents, brother, and sister, and the people around me. In the past when I went to church I resented it. I put a smile on my face and pretended to enjoy it but on the inside, I was fuming. My focus was definitely not on God. On the outside I looked like a good Christian, however on the inside I wasn't moving forward to God. But back then nobody knew what was going on in my heart. Right?
Wrong! God knows my heart. 


The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.
- 1 Samuel 16:7

So anyways, back to my first question. How do I live my life for Christ? I really don't think just going to church every Sunday, memorize John 3:16, and knowing that it is not ok to steal and lie and cheat on tests, and kill people. There is more to it than that. 

Christian Ethics:
Love must be without hypocrisy. Detest evil; cling to what is good. Show family affection to one another with brotherly love. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not lack diligence; be fervent in spirit; serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope; be patient in affliction; be persistent in prayer. Share with the saints in their needs; pursue hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; weep with those who weep. Be in agreement with one another. Do not be proud; instead, associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own estimation. Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Try to do what is honorable in everyone's eyes. If possible, on your part, live at peace with everyone. Friends, do not avenge yourselves; instead, leave room for His wrath. For it is written: Vengeance belongs to Me; I will repay, says the Lord. But

If your enemy is hungry, feed him.
If he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
For in so doing you will be heaping fiery coals on his head.

Do not be conquered by evil, but conquer evil with good.
-Romans 12:9-21

I think these verses do a pretty good job summing up how we should live for Christ. If you start seeking God with all of your heart and focusing on Him you will start really living for Him! It will be great!



Tuesday, October 25

Viand:

noun: an article of food.

Here are some crazy pictures of food art that I found on the internet. 
How would you like to have this apple with some peanut-butter?
The orange has come to life!
 A flock of sheep? Or a flock of cauliflower? O_o
Would you like some scrambled eggs? 
 Carving pumpkins? Nope! Watermelon.
Hey look! It's a hedgehog! 
 How would you feel about eating this for lunch?

Hope you guys enjoyed this! I thought it was kinda entertaining.

Thursday, October 20

Boots!

It has been a while since I have posted about horse stuff. One thing that about 99% of horse people have are boots. Boots are very nice to have! They are practical as well as stylish! You can use them to muck out a barn, or wear them with a dress!

There is the pull-on tall boot selection:












There is the pull-on short boot selection:



Then there is the lace-up boot selection:



Last but not least there is the muck boots selection:



Wednesday, October 19

A Servant's Heart

A Heart of Worship

I think it is important as a Christian spending sometime during our days with God worshiping Him and praising Him for all those things that He has done. It seems like I and so many other Christians spending our time with God asking Him to do things. Bringing our burdens to God is great, but we also need to have a thankful hear as well! Even when we have a "storm" raging in our life we should still be praising God! Isaiah 49:4 says,

"I have labored in vain,
I have spent my strength for nothing and futility;
yet my vindication is with the Lord,
and my reward is with my God."

I like this verse because even though life is hard our reward is with God so we should praise Him! When we praise God we put our focus on Him and what He has done and will do instead of ourselves and what we want God to do. 

Why am I so depressed? Why this turmoil within me? Put your hope in God, for I will still praise Him, my Savior and my God.
-Psalm 42:5

To You, my strength, I sing praises, because God is my stronghold— my faithful God.
-Psalm 59:17

Here are some worship songs that I really like and we sing some of them at camp! They have really helped me have a heart of worship when I sing them out to God!

Reign In Us - Starfield

Happy Day - Jesus Culture

You Never Let Go - Jeremy Camp

Cannons - Phil Wickham

Desert Song - Hillsong United


Tuesday, October 18

On a Porch, an Old Man Swings

Here is a poem that I wrote. I hope you guys enjoy it! 

On a Porch, an Old Man Swings

The air so brisk,
A gust of wind rattles the leaves,
Somewhere a bird sings,
And a child screams.

On a porch an old man swings.

A child runs away from home,
He wants to be loved,
As the lonely boy turns to leave,
The old man does not let the boy come near,
To swing with the old man.

On a porch an old man swings.

Around the corner a bus comes to a stop,
A father comes home silent,
A war wages on,
For a father who lost his job.
Homeless, he asks for work,
He is turned away.

On a porch an old man swings.

More eye shadow to cover a bruise,
A tear slips down a wife’s cheek,
As she passes by,
She needs a friend,
The old man does not reach out his hand,
To comfort the woman in need.

On a porch an old man swings.

A teenage girl slowly walks past,
With her child,
She sees the old man’s judging glances,
High school is not a the time to raise a child,
She made a few bad choices,
She seeks forgiveness.
On a porch an old man swings.

The Lord in disguise,
A cripple comes near,
As the old man swings,
And rain begins to fall,

The old man turned to leave,
As a quiet voice said,
“Wait, please let me in.”
The old man slowly shook his head.
“I am sorry, but I cannot help you.”
“I am too old.”

The Lord appeared shining bright,
“Lord, it is you!”
The old man said in awe,
“Please come in and let me serve you.
Have you come to tell me,
Well done, my good and faithful servant?”
“When I was lonely,
 You did not invite me to sit with you,
When I needed work,
You did not offer me a job,
When I needed a friend,
You did not comfort me,
When I needed to be forgiven,
You did not forgive me.”

“Lord, when did I not help you?”
The run-away boy,
The homeless father looking for work,
The bruised wife,
And the girl with a child,
All came near the old man on the porch

“I tell you the truth,
Whatever you did not do,
 for one of the least of these,
You did not do for me.”
The old man stood silent.
“I’m sorry.” was all he could say.

One by one,
A hand was laid upon his shoulder,
He looked up,
And surrounded by angels!
All shining so brightly.

Tears welded up in the corners of his eye,
He had been forgiven!

No longer on his porch,
Did the old man swing,
Instead he went out in the world,
Helping those in need.

One cold winter day,
Many long years later,
The old man fell gravely ill.
That night the Lord came again,
And appeared beside his bed.
“Well done, my good and faithful servant.”
The Lord said.

The old man breathed his last breath,
As his soul left his body,
And went up to live with the Lord,
Now with children surrounding him,
On a porch the old man swings.

Monday, October 17

Thursday, October 13

Proverbs


A horse is prepared for the day of battle,

but victory comes from the LORD.
~Proverbs 21:31

Wednesday, October 12

A Servant's Heart

God Loves Us

O Lord, you have examined my heart
and know everything about me.
You know when I sit down or stand up.
You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.
You see me when I travel
and when I rest at home.
You know everything I do.
You know what I am going to say
even before I say it, Lord.
You go before me and follow me.
You place your hand of blessing on my head.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too great for me to understand!


I can never escape from your Spirit!

I can never get away from your presence!
If I go up to heaven, you are there;
if I go down to the grave, you are there.
If I ride the wings of the morning,
if I dwell by the farthest oceans,
even there your hand will guide me,
and your strength will support me.
I could ask the darkness to hide me
and the light around me to become night—
but even in darkness I cannot hide from you.
To you the night shines as bright as day.
Darkness and light are the same to you.



You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body

and knit me together in my mother’s womb.
Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.
You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion,
as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.
You saw me before I was born.
Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
Every moment was laid out
before a single day had passed.



How precious are your thoughts about me, O God.

They cannot be numbered!
I can’t even count them;
they outnumber the grains of sand!
And when I wake up,
you are still with me!



O God, if only you would destroy the wicked!

Get out of my life, you murderers!
They blaspheme you;
your enemies misuse your name.

O Lord, shouldn't I hate those who hate you?
Shouldn't I despise those who oppose you?

Yes, I hate them with total hatred,

for your enemies are my enemies.


Search me, O God, and know my heart;

test me and know my anxious thoughts.
Point out anything in me that offends you,

and lead me along the path of everlasting life.

~Psalm 139

I really love this Psalm because it shows me how God loves us and how He knows everything about us. Recently I have been really frustrated and I've felt alone, but when I read this I know God is here right beside me and He's been beside me the whole time! I think it is so amazing how God doesn't just know everything about us, He wants to know everything about us. It's not just something He knows because He is God but it is something He wants to know. 

It is so important to just sit in God's presents and tell Him what's going on in our lives. Sometimes He is going to tell us things we don't want to hear but it is so good for us to hear those things! Recently I feel like God has been telling me that I need Him to change my heart about a person, or a situation, or whatever else is going on in my life that I get frustrated with. I want to hold on to that frustration and be miserable and make everybody around me unhappy, but God tells me to give it to Him. He wants me to find joy as I fallow Him,  not sit and be miserable because I don't like something. 

Well, those are my thoughts. Spend some time with God! He is amazing and He is really cool when you actually get to know Him!


Saturday, October 8

Investigating the Bible

Why Weren't Jesus' Legs Broken on the Cross?

Read John 19:28-37

Breaking the legs of victims on the cross was a common practice by the Romans to speed up death. Soldiers would use the steel shaft of a short Roman spear to shatter the person's lower leg bones. This would prevent the individual from pushing up with his legs so he could breathe, and death by asphyxiation would result in a matter of minutes.

When the soldiers approached Jesus, they determined that he was already dead, and one used his spear to pierce Jesus' side to confirm it (see John 19:34)
. This fulfilled another Old Testament prophecy about the Messiah: his bones would remain unbroken (see Psalm 34:19-20
).


Adapted from interview with Dr. Alexander Metherell.


This is from an email I got and it is really cool so I decided to post it on here.

Thursday, October 6

Bible Study Tools

These are some great tools that have helped me out as I've read and studied the Bible. They are really great so I am going to write about them and I hope you find them useful. So here are things that I've used to help me study.

1) The Bible. This is the most important thing you will need. It is hard to read and study it if you don't have it.




The Bible in the middle is the one I have, and the Bibles on either side are Bibles that my friends have. These are all really good study Bibles that will help you understand it better.

2) A journal. This has been real helpful for me, because I am able to write down my thoughts, and verses that I like and what I got out of those verses. No this is not a diary where everyday I write, 'Dear Diary' and talk about gossip and what went on that day. A journal can be really useful to gather my thoughts and write interesting verses I find. I try to keep out negative things such as gossip in my journal.





3) A highlighter. I love having my little Sharpie highlighter with me because I am able to highlight stuff in my Bible of course! It makes things easier to find when you are trying to look them up again because it makes verses that you previously highlighted stand out in your Bible.



4) A good pen or pencil. I like using a gel pen to write in my journal. Some people might like to use pencils, others might like a fine ball-point black or blue pen. I on the other hand like a little bit of color in my journal so I use gel pens.



5) A Post-it flag permanent marker. This is one of my favorite new pens I use when I read my Bible because it has these little sticky tabs that I can stick in my Bible to mark a page and I can write on the tab to tell me what that page is being marked. It's real great!
Please leave comments about tools that you use to help you when you are