Tuesday, December 29

New Beginnings

I am sad yet excited to move on from this blog. A new season is starting up in my life and it it time to let go of the old one. You can find my new blog HERE!

Sunday, November 1

Monday, September 28

Pieces


My New favorite song by Amanda Cook. Simply beautiful. Check out her CD Brave New World.


Friday, September 4

The Joys of the Dog Park


Yes, I like taking my dog to the dog park! I love it because she can run around off her leash with other dogs and get her exercise and I don't have to do anything! It is also a great place for her to learn how to be around other dogs and other people and get along with them. She works on listening to me even when she is all distracted from everything that is going on around her. #livingthatsinglelife


Wednesday, September 2

The More I Seek You

Sometimes I feel like I become so focused on what is going on around me instead of going to the One who made me. I get so focused on what I'm either doing or not doing for the Kingdom, or to further myself in life down the road, or if I'm successful. And then I see my imperfections instead of His perfections. I see where I am failing at everything instead of seeing His victories. I look at other peoples lives and their success, and my flawed and inferior life. I forget the One who gave me this life, who calls me His, and says I'm perfect. I allow my feelings to determine my joy, instead of looking to my God and seeking His definition of joy.
So here I am, standing at this cross road. I can either choose to follow the path of myself, or follow the path towards Jesus. I desire to follow God, yet my imperfections, my failures, my flaws say I won't make it. I can't do it. I'll never be good enough. I can never rise above. I am nothing, worthless, and alone.
I cannot allow myself to follow the path of myself. To follow it is to agree with these lies. "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows.) -John 10:10 (AMP) These lies are stealing, killing, and destroying my life.
Now the path that leads to Jesus looks all narrow and hard to go by, but He said that he came so that I may have and enjoy life, and to have it in abundance. I can't enjoy life if I believe these lies.
So, I am choosing to follow this path that leads to Jesus. How can I turn away from these lies?

"Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God's right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. And when Christ who is your life is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory."
-Colossians 3:1-4 (NLT)

This new life I have, this path to Jesus, this is the direction I want to go. My focus should be Jesus. I don't want to see anything except Jesus. I don't want to hear anything except Jesus. I don't want to think about anything except Jesus. My focus must be Jesus. In all that I do, He must be the reason. 
Once again I choose to take the path that leads to Jesus. I am choosing to look towards Him. And here is His response to my choice:

"But if one loves God truly [with affectionate reverence, prompt obedience, and grateful recognition of His blessing], he is known by God [recognized as worthy of His intimacy and love, and he is owned by Him."
-1 Corinthians 8:3 (AMP)




Tuesday, September 1

Beauty in Everything


The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
-Psalm 19:1

Monday, August 31

52 Week Bible Reading Plan

Here is my favorite Bible Reading Plan. I think it is really helpful to have a plan when reading through the Bible. It keeps you motivated and on track. So, if you don't have a plan, try this one out!


Sunday, August 30

Friday, July 17

Colorado, Conference, and Coffee

Last week I was able to go back to Colorado Springs for Desperation Conference! This is the conference that I got to work for when I was in DLA! It was incredible to be apart of the conference with my friends from Colorado this year! There were many great Worship Leaders and Speakers there. One of them was Lisa Bevere. She was awesome! I was able to get her books, and meet her! While I was there I spent a lot of time at a coffee shop that is near where I stayed. It was a good trip and I look forward to the next time I get to go!

Thursday, July 2

To Go on a Road Trip

From Tacoma, WA to Fort Bragg CA and back in 3 days and 2 nights! I feel accomplished!


The first two days we drove along the cost on Highway 101. There were a bunch of towns we drove through that had 25 MPH speed limits. But the view was spectacular! Our second day we stopped in Eureka, CA to see Caitlin! That was pretty great! We also got to drive through a couple drive-through trees. Those are very different from just the big trees. Then we drove though a couple rollercoaster roads in the middle of nowhere. Finally we made it! Our destination was Fort Bragg, CA. That is where the glass beach is. It was beautiful! The ocean was so blue and the beach was covered with sea glass. Although if you don't actually stand on the beach itself (by the water) it's difficult to see the glass. After that we got back in the  car and headed home! The last day was a painfully long drive with a quick stop in Portland, OR. But after 1569.4 Miles we made it home! What an adventure!








Friday, April 3

A Study on Beliefs

I'm curious to know what people thing about these topics, so please leave comments, and let me know your beliefs!

1) What are your views about God?
2) How should we live?
3) Who is Jesus? / What are your beliefs about him?
4) How do you know what is right or wrong? / What is sin?
5) How do you right your wrongs? / What is salvation?
6) What are your views on heaven and how do we get there?
7) What is the Holy Spirit?
8) What is the Kingdom of Heaven?

Wednesday, March 25

Wednesday, March 18

Created for a Purpose


"Prayer is a response to God's love. To who God is. A romance."

"The one thing I ask of the LORD--the thing I seek most--is to live in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, delighting in the LORD's perfections and meditating in his Temple."
 -Psalm 27:4

Oh, that my heart's desire would be to make Jesus the only priority of my life. That I would be so hungry for Him, that nothing else in this world would matter. To sit at the feet of Jesus...how beautiful the thought. To remain hungry for Him even when that means I must walk away from the crowd, and walk the path alone. Why oh heart, do you choose your own selfish pleasures? Why oh mind, do you entertain thoughts that aren't pointing towards God? Why oh lips, do you speak words of hate and not of love? 
Why is it that seeking God is one of the hardest thing to pursue? Yes, there are times in our lives where the presence of God is so thick that we can't imagine doing anything else but worshiping Him. Yet in our day to day lives, so much fills our time. However, it is in the moments where we come before the Lord, and seek His face, that we become who we were created to be. 
Who were we created to be then? Why did God create us? We were made for His pleasure. We were made to delight in the Lord, and for Him to delight in us. Because we were made in His image and likeness of God, we are able to know God, love God, worship God, serve God, and fellowship with God. It gives God pleasure to have a genuine relationship with us. 
Stop for a moment and ponder that. It gives God pleasure to have a genuine relationship with us. 

God did not create human beings because He needed them. As God, He needs nothing. In all eternity past, He felt no loneliness, so He was not looking for a “friend.” He loves us, but this is not the same as needing us. If we had never existed, God would still be God—the unchanging One (Malachi 3:6). The I AM (Exodus 3:14) was never dissatisfied with His own eternal existence. When He made the universe, He did what pleased Himself, and since God is perfect, His action was perfect. “It was very good” (Genesis 1:31).

Yet this sovereign God finds pleasure in having a genuine relationship with us! The more I realize the love that God has for me, the more I am drawn to Him. And once again my heart cries out, "God make me hungry for you! May you be my only passion! May I seek your face only."


Monday, March 16

King Jesus

One of my favorite songs from a favorite worship leader.


My Sister

March 12th was my sister's birthday. It's kind of hard to believe that she is 17!

Tuesday, March 10

Intimacy // Into-Me-See


Intimacy with God is a hard thing to attain. The word "intimacy" carries with it the aspects of a relationship with someone where you are vulnerable, loving, trusting, etc. To have an intimate relationship with God means that the deepest part of you is having a relationship with a deep part of God.

 "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him." But it was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit. For his Spirit searches out everything and shows us God's deep secrets.
-1 Corinthians 2:9-10

"To speak of being near to or far from God is to use language in a sense always understood when applied to our ordinary human relationships. A man may say, "I feel that my son is coming nearer to me as he gets older," and yet that son has lived by his father's side since he was born and has never been away from home more than a day or so in his entire life. What then can the father mean? Obviously he is speaking of experience. He means that the boy is coming to know him more intimately and with deeper understanding, that the barriers of thought and feeling between the two are disappearing, that father and son are becoming more closely united in mind and heart."
-A. W. Tozer

Intimacy is giving my all to God, and for Him to fill me with His all. To come before Him not because I want Him to give me something, or make me happy, or for me to vent out my frustrations. But, to come before Him because I get to spend time with my God and be in His presence. To know His heart, and to feel His love. To cry out to God saying,


"O God, you are my God;
I earnestly search for you.
My soul thirsts for you;
my whole body longs for you
in this parched and weary land
where there is no water.
 I have seen you in your sanctuary
and gazed upon your power and glory.
 Your unfailing love is better than life itself;
how I praise you!
 I will praise you as long as I live,
lifting up my hands to you in prayer.
You satisfy me more than the richest feast.
I will praise you with songs of joy.
 I lie awake thinking of you,
meditating on you through the night.
 Because you are my helper,
I sing for joy in the shadow of your wings.
 I cling to you;
your strong right hand holds me securely."
-Psalm 63:1-8

Some moments with God are so personal, touching, lovely, that words can't describe it. These moments are so intimate, and so close to the heart, that it isn't something easily explained. It's in these moments that you feel God. He reveals Himself to us, and He becomes our only focus and desire. 

"It is important that we get still to wait on God. And it is best that we get alone, preferably with our Bible outspread before us. Then if we will we may draw near to God and begin to hear Him speak to us in our hearts. I think for the average person the progression will be something like this: First a sound as of a Presence walking in the garden. Then a voice, more intelligible, but still far from clear. Then the happy moment when the Spirit begins to illuminate the Scriptures, and that which had been only a sound, or at best a voice, now becomes an intelligible word, warm and intimate and clear as the word of a dear friend. Then will come life and light, and best of all, ability to see and rest in and embrace Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord and All."
-A. W. Tozer

"Come close to God, and God will come close to you."
-James 4:8a

When God comes close to us, life changes. It changes because He came to give us life. A life that is active and thriving, real and genuine, devoted to God and blessed. He came to give us the life we were designed for. The life we crave for. To know God and be known by God. To have intimacy with God.

I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.
-John 10:10b

The word "life" in Greek is zóé 2222 (Stongs). It means life (physical and spiritual). All life , throughout the universe, is derived – it always (only) comes from and is sustained by God's self-existent life. The Lord intimately shares His gift of life with people, creating each in His image which gives all the capacity to know His eternal life.

"Merely to live among men requires of us years of hard toil and much care and attention to the things of this world. In sharp contrast to this is our life in the Spirit. There we enjoy another and higher kind of life; we are children of God; we possess heavenly status and enjoy intimate fellowship with Christ."
-A. W. Tozer

“O God, I have tasted Thy goodness, and it has both satisfied me and made me thirsty for more. I am painfully conscious of my need for further grace. I am ashamed of my lack of desire. O God, the Triune God, I want to want Thee; I long to be filled with longing; I thirst to be made more thirsty still. Show me Thy glory, I pray Thee, so that I may know Thee indeed. Begin in mercy a new work of love within me. Say to my soul, ‘Rise up my love, my fair one, and come away.’ Then give me grace to rise and follow Thee up from this misty lowland where I have wandered so long.”
-A. W. Tozer

Monday, March 9

Wednesday, March 4

Growing Up


“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” 
- Anaïs Nin

Sunday, March 1

Friday, February 20

Early Mornings


I've been waking up early this week for training for my new job. I laughed when I saw this!

Wednesday, February 18

Tuesday, February 17

God's Chisel

My pastor showed this video on Sunday, and I though it was really good. So now I am sharing it with you.

Saturday, February 14

A Hike with my Sis

"I smile because you are my sister, I laugh because you can't do anything about it."

Friday, February 13

Puppy Love




Happy Valentine's Day!!!

Thursday, February 12

Before the Throne


I saw the Lord. He was sitting on a lofty throne, and the train of his robe filled the Temple.
- Isaiah 6:1

I saw the LORD sitting on His throne, and all the host of heaven standing by Him on His right and on His left.
- 1 Kings 22:19

God reigns above the nations, sitting on his holy throne.
- Psalm 47:8

Thrones were set in place, and the Ancient of Days took his seat. His clothing was as white as snow; the hair of his head was white like wool. His throne was flaming with fire, and its wheels were all ablaze. A river of fire was flowing, coming out from before him. Thousands upon thousands attended him; ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him. The court was seated, and the books were opened.
- Daniel 7:9-10

Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat upon it, from whose presence earth and heaven fled away, and no place was found for them.
- Revelation 20:11

Over the last day or so I have been pondering what it will be like to stand before the throne of God. What will that be like to stand before my Creator? I feel this excitement and wonder. I also feel fear as I think about standing before God. The Ancient One. The Holy One. The One who holds all power. The Righteous God. What will it be like to look upon His glory? 
I do believe that God hasn't given us a spirit of fear. But I also think we should be in awe of Him. To have the highest respect for Him. Because it is He who gives me the air I need. And it is He who keeps my heart beating. He is the One who gives me life and with just one thought, He could take it away. 
I think about the universe and all the stars and galaxies and how vast it is. And then I think how God is so much greater that even the heavens. Looking at how big the stars are makes me realize how small I am. I'm not even a speck compared to all God has made. 
Yet He called me. He wants me. 
This leads me to the thought of standing before God. And I ask myself these questions.
As I stand before God, what will He say? Will Jesus stand there waiting for me? How will He look at me? Will his all knowing eyes pierce through me? Will he smile at me?
Will my knees go weak, and will I fall before Him trembling.
At this thought, I wanted to cry because I realized how unworthy I really am. I don't deserve this. Who am I that my God would take notice of me and call me by name. Even as a follower of Him I mess up. I fail Him daily. And he knows how imperfect I really am. Yet He still calls me worthy. How can this be?! He still wants me!
I wonder, as I'm on my knees before my King, will he come towards me? Will he stretch out His hand ready to receive me? 
As I take it, will I feel the hole in his hand? Will I finally understand completely that He died for me? That it was my sin that He died for? So that I may be with Him?
Will He smile down at me as He helps me up? What will He say, or will He stay silent?
Will He embrace me and wrap His arms around me? What will it be like to fill His love pouring out of Him to me? What will His voice sound like? 
Who is this God I serve that He would take notice in me and call me by name?

Just a little something to ponder.



 

Tuesday, February 10

In the Quiet Moments


“We need never shout across the spaces to an absent God. He is nearer than our own soul, closer than our most secret thoughts” -A. W. Tozer

Monday, February 9

The Stars Declare

The heavens are bright,
For the stars are alight.
The King is coming,
And the sky is stunning!
The stars rejoice from the story that they write.

The magi look up and at their glancing,
They see the king and the mother dancing.
The king drew near,
And in the sky it was clear;
That from the brightness of the stars, they were romancing.

A little later they did see,
A coronation of a regal star there will be.
A sign that the King is on his way.
This happened in a glorious array;
On the mighty lion, to be a decree.

Behold! The King you've been expecting,
He will be the God you've been rejecting.
A virgin clothed with the sun;
At her feet the new moon will stun.
A babe will be born who's life will cause redirecting.

The darkness hates the light.
A battle they did fight.
With the death of the King, everything started to shake.
The veil split, the sky grew dark, the ground began to quake.
A blood red moon appeared in the sky that night.

At the virgin's feet, a full moon rose.
A life fully lived the star shows.
The darkness seemed to have won, 
But the Kind had just begun.
He defeated death and his foes.

He now rules forever more.
In our lives, he does restore,
So we may worship him who sits on the throne.
To him, we have been made known.
This is our King, the one we stand for.


This poem I wrote is based off of the star of Bethlehem from Bethlehem star. It's a pretty cool site that you should check out!

Sunday, February 8

Things every 20-something should work on

As a 20-something, I'm always thinking up new lists that I need to do or not do to help better my life. It is good to set goals that help us strive to mature and become successful adults. They keep us on track and challenge us to continue to grow.

1) Setting time aside for God
Even if it is five minutes through out your day, choose to commit your time to the Lord. Spend time in prayer and enter into a relationship with God. Go deeper in the Word. If you want to know what God is saying, read the Bible. It is His words to us. And take time to worship God for who He is. Take time to praise Him for what He has done for you.

2) Have meaningful conversations
Work on having conversations that build you and the person you're talking with up. Be genuine when you ask them questions and invest in their lives. Move past the surface level chats, into more intimate and personal talks. And talk with someone who is older than you or different from you. Learn from them.

3) Forgive
Forgive people and yourself from past hurts, mistakes, failures... Don't let these things hold you back from living your life in freedom. Forgive and then move past it.

4) Invest in your relationships
Invest in your family, friends, co-workers, and dating/marriage relationships. Having meaningful conversation with the people you want to invest in. Be the friend you want to have. "Whoever forgives someone’s sin makes a friend, but gossiping about the sin breaks up friendships." -Proverbs 17:9 (NCV)

5) Have a job
Working gives us a sense of purpose in life. It also produces money which is important if you want to live in today's society. But when you work, treat it like a mission field. Bring the light of Christ into your work place. 

6) Be generous with your money
Don't take it for granted but realize that it was a gift from God and use it for God. Give to your church. Try sponsoring a child from somewhere around the world. Or support a local charity.

7) Be wise with your money
Don't spend it on everything you want at that moment. But invest it and save it. Make a budget and stick with it. Learn about credit and build up your credit score. And of course avoid debt.

8)Prioritize your life
Use your time wisely. Don't let Netflix and social media eat up your time. Pick a couple hobbies and pursue those to the fullest instead of halfheartedly keeping up with many different projects. Find your passion and pursue it.

9) Maintain a mentor
Have someone who will invest in your life, and hold you accountable. Find someone who is willing to meet with you regularly to share life with you.

10) Learn new skills
Keep your mind sharp. Learn something new like typing or parallel parking or a new language or writing a cover letter or cooking or riding a bike. Never stop learning.

11) Be adventurous
Try something new. Go somewhere you've never been that's near your home. Talk to a stranger. Go camping. Climb a mountain. Swim with sharks. Take a road trip. Travel out of state or to another country.

12) Make healthy habits
Exercise regularly. Add colorful foods to your diet. Try fasting from sugar for a week. Drink more water.

I'm sure I could make a list of 100 things to work on and still not cover them all. But try to challenge yourself to pick a couple of these points that you want to work on in your life.
In the posts to come I want to look deeper at each of these points and talk about the practical ways to work on them in our lives.

Saturday, February 7

Meet Mocha Mae


This last year I was able to get a puppy! She is a Border Collie mix and will be 1 year in April. I got her from a dog shelter in Colorado when she was 10 weeks, and since then she has grown into a very healthy, happy, playful, and obnoxious puppy!