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!

Friday, February 6

Do we view God rightly?

They knew God, but they wouldn't worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish idea's of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused. And instead of worshiping the glorious, ever-living God, they worshiped idols made to look like mere people and birds and animals and reptiles. 
- Romans 1:21-24

"The essence of idolatry is the entertainment of thoughts about God that are unworthy of Him"
- A. W. Tozer

Recently I have been pondering; what are my thoughts of God, and are they worthy of who He is? Am I viewing Him as someone make in my likeness, taking on some character traits that I think God should be? When I look toward God, I want to see Him for who He really is. I want to see Him in all His glory, righteousness, holiness, sovereignty, justice, and infinitude. And at the same time I want to see Him as love, mercy, grace, faithful, and good. I don't want my past experiences or hurts, the things I've heard or seen, my own disappointments or desires form an image of that is clouded and misguided. 

"Left to ourselves we tend immediately to reduce God to manageable terms. We want to get Him where we can use Him, or at least know where He is when we need Him. We want a God we can in some measure control. We need the feeling of security that comes from knowing what God is like, and what He is like is of course a composite of all the religious pictures we have seen, all the best people we have known or heard about, and all the sublime ideas we have entertained. 
If this sounds strange to modern ears, it is only because we have for a full half century taken God for granted. The glory of God has not been revealed to this generation of men. The God of contemporary Christianity is only slightly superior to the gods of Greece and Rome, if indeed He is not actually inferior to them in that He is weak and helpless while they at least had power."
- A. W. Tozer

So how do I view God rightly? 

In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.
- Jeremiah 29:12-13

And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.
- Luke 11:9-10

To view God rightly, I must put aside past beliefs of Him that lead me to believe He is someone other than whom he really is. To sit before His throne with my heart wide open and ask Him to reveal Himself to me. As I read, study, and meditate on His Word He will transform me into a new person by changing the way I think. 
Oh that I would know God. That He would reveal Himself to me the same way He revealed Himself to Moses. May my heart ache within me to know God and for all my other desires fade away, until He consumes all of me. To know my Creator; that is the most important part of life.

Your unfailing love, Oh Lord, is as vast as the heavens; your faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds. Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains; your justice, like the ocean depths. You care fore people and animals alike, Oh Lord. How precious is your unfailing love Oh God! All humanity finds shelter in the shadow of your wings. You feed them from the abundance of your own house, letting them drink from your river of delights. For you are the fountain of life, the light by which we see.
- Psalm 36:5-9

More scripture:
- Romans 12:2
- Joshua 1:8
- John 14:26

Thursday, February 5

It's Been a While...

I can't believe it's been over a year since I posted last! But, I have decided it it time to start it up again. Over the last few days I have been updating information on this blog and giving it a new look and a new name. The idea behind Project 28:19 comes from Matthew 28:19 were Jesus calls us to go into all the nations to make disciples. Recently the Lord has placed the word "Commission" on my heart. And everybody who grew up in Sunday School knows that the "Great Commission" comes from Matthew 28:19. To be a disciple of Christ while going out and bringing more people to Him to become His disciples may be the most important thing you could do with your life.
I really want to make discipleship the main point of this blog. From what it means to be a disciple. And how to make disciples.
I also chose the coffee theme, because 1) I really like coffee, and 2) I love the coffee shop atmosphere when I am having my own God time, or meeting with friends.
So, I am excited to get started blogging again and I'm sure there will be more changes yet to come!