Tuesday, March 13, 2012
i just finished reading the book 1000 gifts. it was amazing. and its focus was noticing and counting the joys God places in front of you, like for instance,
the sound of the keys as i type,
or the feeling of warm air in this room..
anyways, i read how these little joys add up, and how they always give you something to hold on to, look to, even in the hard times..
this morning i wake up...sick...
but i have to go take a quiz for class,
one i was sure i was going to fail
but i throw on some clothes and go anyway.
as i walk, i count the blessings..
..laughter as the umbrella fails to do its work..
i settle into my desk, and take the quiz
i actually know ALL the answers! another blessing.
as i walk out of the building and into the storm, i see a leaf on the ground
i immediately know its for me. i pick it up, i thank God.
as i walk back to my dorm i am amazed at wind, and rain, i am in love with it.
as i approach the door i realize i forgot my key..
this turned into 30 minutes of standing outside my dorm in the storm..
all the while holding onto my leaf..
never letting go of the smallest joys, even when i was stuck in a storm.
Thursday, January 12, 2012
"Beauty is, without question, the most essential and the most misunderstood of all God's qualities"
"There is a radiance hidden in your heart that the world desperately needs"
"we are not living in the world our souls were made for"
"the wounds you have received have come to you for a purpose from one who knows all you are meant to be and fears you"
"we dont feel that we are irreplaceable, so we try and make ourselves useful"
"Renounce the agreements we made with the messages of our wounds"
"A woman becomes beautiful when she knows she's loved... This doesn't need to wait for a man... God longs to bring this into your life Himself."
"Following hard after JESUS is the heart's natural response when it has been captured and has fallen deeply in love with HIM"
"Worship is what we give our hearts away to in return for a promise of life"
"To pursue intimacy with Christ, you will have to fight for it"
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
So, If you are struggling with self worth loneliness, appearance, whatever it is. Looking at JESUS, and TRUTH about who you are to HIM, will differ from what you are currently letting the world tell you.
It's hard to remember and easy to forget. I KNOW. Ha. I do it all the time. Like ALL the time.
I'm going to ask this question every night. And really think and answer it.
Because HE is showing HIS love for you specifically, open your eyes and look for it.
Let's be confident in our relationship with JESUS.
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Sunday, January 1, 2012
Harry Potter ended.
I went to Haiti.
I turned 18.
I went on my very first date.
I started college at Simpson University.
My best friends had a baby girl and I love her so much.
My aunt beat breast cancer.
ANTHEM got a new youth pastor.
New years was actually enjoyable.
Yah..these are some of the big things that happened this year.. But God did so much more, HE was present in so many of the things I don't even remember. Thankyou JESUS for the things I've forgotten and the things I'll never forget.
HE IS GOOD. NOTHINGS GUNNA TAKE HIS PRAISE OUTTA MOUTH.
bring it 2012.
Saturday, December 31, 2011
Friday, December 23, 2011
its not worth it
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Your looking at me and shaking your head
My flesh fails
Why do You love me
Why do You care
I reach for something that was never there
I settle and and feel worthless because of my sin
Tears run down my face because the place I find myself in
I love You, I do
I want to love someone else too
Give me the strength for this wait
I don't want to feel anymore of this weight
Save me OH GOD save me please
Forgive this wretched women of me
I don't want to look anywhere but above
I mess up, sin and replace my first love
Your blood runs down
So do my tears
Soon I can't tell the difference
Thankyou Thankyou for the way that you died
The result of a lie, bleeding slow
I'm here below
On the ground in the dirt
Reaching toward Your feet
Out of the game I don't want to compete
With the world and it's images, standards and pleasures
It's fickle and folly when compared to Your measure
I don't deserve to be here
I'm dirty water
That's what I have to offer
To a God that's thirsty for who He made me
If I drank myself I think I'd be sick
But you swallow me whole and let me live
Friday, December 9, 2011
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
i think back on my time in high school as a christian, and i look at the commitments i made to God.
one of them was to not date or get in a relationship until college.
recently i was challenged to look back on that time, and i remember how insecure and worthless i felt or sometimes still feel when there is no guy interested in me.
but heres where God revealed Himself last night..
God knew my heart, He knew my goals, and He knew my commitment to HIM.
when there was no guy trying to get in the way and change that, it showed that God was actually respecting and protecting my heart.
so this has changed EVERYTHING about the way i view things now.
my God loves me, and He isnt trying to rob me of love, He is protecting my heart so that it can love.
-Just Do Something
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Thursday, December 1, 2011
“I am too ashamed and disgraced, my God, to lift up my face to you, because our sins are higher than our heads and our guilt has reached to the heavens. From the days of our ancestors until now, our guilt has been great. Because of our sins, we and our kings and our priests have been subjected to the sword and captivity, to pillage and humiliation at the hand of foreign kings, as it is today.
“But now, for a brief moment, the LORD our God has been gracious in leaving us a remnant and giving us a firm place in his sanctuary, and so our God gives light to our eyes and a little relief in our bondage. Though we are slaves, our God has not forsaken us in our bondage. He has shown us kindness in the sight of the kings of Persia: He has granted us new life to rebuild the house of our God and repair its ruins, and he has given us a wall of protection in Judah and Jerusalem.
“But now, our God, what can we say after this? For we have forsaken the commands you gave through your servants the prophets when you said: ‘The land you are entering to possess is a land polluted by the corruption of its peoples. By their detestable practices they have filled it with their impurity from one end to the other. Therefore, do not give your daughters in marriage to their sons or take their daughters for your sons. Do not seek a treaty of friendship with them at any time, that you may be strong and eat the good things of the land and leave it to your children as an everlasting inheritance.’
“What has happened to us is a result of our evil deeds and our great guilt, and yet, our God, you have punished us less than our sins deserved and have given us a remnant like this. Shall we then break your commands again and intermarry with the peoples who commit such detestable practices? Would you not be angry enough with us to destroy us, leaving us no remnant or survivor? LORD, the God of Israel, you are righteous! We are left this day as a remnant. Here we are before you in our guilt, though because of it not one of us can stand in your presence.”
Friday, November 25, 2011
hint hint to that future man in my life. :)
Saturday, November 19, 2011
so today i found this leaf that is about 3x the size of my head. i absolutely love this leaf. God seriously has been blowing my mind lately at all of the things He has made. i mean, look at this leaf! and i just found it on the ground, it just... fell out of a tree... i WISH i could of seen the tree this leaf came out of, i mean, a whole tree of GIANT leafs!! wow.
Sunday, November 6, 2011
God is so present in so many of the little things we see all the time. HE is so beautiful.
im always curious at the different ways we all see God.. so i wonder, what do you see that takes your breath away? that is so beautiful the only way to describe it as something only God could have made. becuase HE made it for you. doesn't that just make you want to praise HIM.
those living far away fear your wonders; where morning dawns and evening fades you call forth songs of joy. psalm 65:8
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Risen King Church
"HE has put a life i our reach that is centered on JESUS Christ."
"When you rise up from that voice that knows YOUR name, you will hold your head high because you are HIS daughter."
"Find a way to do something with the way God has made you"
"It will radically change the way you learn in the classroom when your feet are in the trenches of service."
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
this is a place that has become apart of my heart. i allow God to throw me so far out of my comfort zone, i worship God with all that i am, and i take the knowledge of those around me and let God change my heart and motivate me for action. this is my new home. its awesome when you find a place your comfortable being uncomfortable in.
Sunday, October 23, 2011
this person, these thoughts they are not me
yet who i am let them into my mind
slowly they changed my heart and my eyes
i stand here now ashamed and strayed
i just want to become the girl YOU made
these thoughts and this focus only adds to flesh
let me find meaning before i lose the rest
the rest of me, the girl with YOUR heart
the rest i find, only in YOUR arms
loneliness is bitter but YOU are sweet
i will never get up from my knees
here i will stay with one thing in mind
the hope that YOUR presence will someday be mine
not looking around waiting to see
but being okay with it just being me
God YOU are worth all of my love
please open my eyes to what YOU'VE put in my cup
i am unworthy yet always loved
i know this by the death of YOUR Son
no other man can define my worth
forever and always i will do YOUR work
Saturday, October 22, 2011
ive been doing this way too much lately. and theres lots of influences and reasons why, but its all on me, im responsible for how i react to what is given to me. im so sick and tired of feeling like this. because HE knows what i need to serve HIM for the day, why would i question it, or want more, or even less? idk i just cant stop thinking about it. there's no way i can do this without God. but theres also no way id ever want to do this without God. so win win. so to those readers, look at what Gods given you, and DO SOMETHING with it. and its okay to look at what HE's given others too, only if your looking to encourage them toward fruitfulness, if not, don't force dissatisfaction on yourself. you have a reason to be joyful. God put something inside you that connects with something HE's given you today, don't let anything ruin that. its not worth it. your eyes wander easily, but it takes training to keep them on JESUS. i'm refreshing my heart and my mind, and re-training my eyes. and its already exciting me.
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Saturday, October 15, 2011
New International Version (NIV)
32 Remember those earlier days after you had received the light, when you endured in a great conflict full of suffering. 33 Sometimes you were publicly exposed to insult and persecution; at other times you stood side by side with those who were so treated. 34 You suffered along with those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions. 35 So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.
36 You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.
Friday, October 14, 2011
Monday, October 10, 2011
it was kind of a hard night, but HE was in that place. and HE spoke to me, when i didnt deserve it.
Send out YOUR light and YOUR truth;
let them lead me;
let them bring me to YOUR holy hill
and to YOUR dwelling!
then i will go to the alter of God,
to God my exceeding joy,
and i will praise YOU with the lyre,
O GOD, my GOD,
why are you cast down, O my soul,
and why are you in turmoil within me?
hope in God, for i shall again praise HIM
my salvation and my GOD.
"God did not create us to be comfortable
and God has better things to do than make us comfortable"
YOU are the love i need
there's no place id rather be than here in YOUR love
set a fire down on my soul
that i cant contain
that i cant control
i want more of YOU GOD
Friday, October 7, 2011
"she glances at the photo, and the pilot light of memory flickers in her eyes"
"it is one thing to photograph people. it is another to make others care about them by revealing the core of their humanness."
"Sometimes I do get to places just when God's ready to have somebody click the shutter."
"My portraits are more about me than they are about the people I photograph."
"I didn't want to tell the tree or weed what it was. I wanted it to tell me something and through me express its meaning in nature."
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
This quote was said at Unite.. and it really got me thinking about the importance of obedience. and how when you are obedient its enough to keep you going. you might not be feeling God, but your fire doesn't go out because of something as human as a feeling. so when you cant feel God, don't give up, the fire inside you can still build as long as you feed it. and when the feeling or desire comes back, it'll be that much more overwhelming. maybe you need to be refined, and the bigger fire you build, the more you become like JESUS through it.
keep doing work.
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
let YOUR face shine, that we may be
nothing's gonna take Your praise out of my mouth
As long as I shall live,
As long as I shall live,
'Cause He's a great God.
He's a great God.
You are my love and all of my life
You are the love i need
remind my soul i am YOURS
i am forever YOURS
Monday, October 3, 2011
Friday, September 30, 2011
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Quotes from the night:
disagreement does not equal disunity
God has created unity, we are just going to celebrate it
being who we are here when we leave here
there is no designated time for prayer
My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one—I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.
let loose the passions inside you
Sunday, September 25, 2011
"i wont add anything to JESUS Christ as a requirement to be happy"
"the only eyes that count are ravished by you, thats the only comfort that cant be quenched."
"God works with very weak people"
Monday, July 18, 2011
Friday, March 25, 2011
Monday, February 21, 2011
Monday, December 27, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010
October 13, 2010
I think sometimes I forget how lucky I am. How much God loves me. how much I took and take for granted, even though I don’t see it yet. I forget how God supplies what I need. I just looked back on something, something that made me feel amazing, loved, beautiful, but something I ended giving up, but I couldn’t even focus on the fact that I didn’t have it anymore. All I could focus on was how God still made me feel amazing, loved and beautiful, and I didn’t even notice. Sometimes what you give up isn’t a sacrifice at all, because really, if you do it because your obeying JESUS, then He’ll replace those worldly worth’s with some that give so much more truth. Sometimes I takes looking back on what you had, to see what God has really given you.
Saturday, November 20, 2010
turned and twisted the truths I knew
my heart was fragile, your schemes perfected
knowing which darkness could blacken my light
my lack of knowledge allowed light to diminish
my naïveness thought it was still there
you take mistakes and turn them into character
numb to grace but never not aware of it
your expectations were low and easy to please
left me falsely believing I had achieved
your opportunity arose October ninetieth
the night I hid broken, with nothing to believe
you took it and ran, I did nothing but follow
nothing I thought yet it took everything I knew
throwing me into things I thought would prove worth
your words in my head convincing me I was dirt
a new belief became of it, one with no hope
yet it strung me along because I thought it would work
a tiring cycle of empty pleasure and tears
somehow I ended up writing this here
I recognized your wickedness, deceit and incompetence
you expanded my weakness, made me succumb to your power
but I stand here now with incomparable strength
as you tremble below me because you have nothing I fear
you see, your words only worked before I knew truth
JESUS changed this person you once used
for the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing,
but to us who are being saved, it is the power of God.
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Thursday, September 23, 2010
and just accept and claim their words as your own,
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Its like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered.
Full of darkness and danger they were, and sometimes you didn’t want to know the end.
Because how could the end be happy?
How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened?
But in the end, its only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass.
A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer.
Those were the stories that stayed with you.
That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why.
But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now.
Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back only they didn't.
they kept going because they were holding on to something.
Sunday, September 12, 2010
This commitment isn’t going to be easy. When JESUS committed to changing the world, He had to suffer and die before He had His victory. JESUS never gave up.
He didn’t stop when the flesh was torn from His back
when He was so whipped He was unrecognizable
He didn’t stop when a nail was hammered into his wrists and feet
when He was thirsty and tired
He didn’t stop when blood ran into His eyes from the thorns digging into His head
He didn’t even stop when a person in His same position mocked Him..
but WHY WOULD WE NOT DO EVERYTHING.. IF IT WORKS.
JESUS did that to change the world, why would we expect to do any less to change woodland..
I write this letter for you. My name is Elizabeth. I am a girl that hang out with a group of silly, goofy, crazy, knuckleheads. JESUS has my heart, and i will never stop searching for His. I love reading the Bible. His word gives me so much more life. I love worshiping Him too. I am a part of a group that loves eachother and everyone else.
the reason I am writing you this letter is because I refuse to ignore the death I see all around me. the life I have can no longer bare the pain of loneliness and discouragement. I am tired of leaving so much change up to chance. So I am going to do something.
I am refusing to believe the lies of this town, I know truth
I am through with compromise, I want change
I will never settle, my worth is proved by His blood
I am done with defeat, my God is for me
I don’t care what you may think, or say, or do, the Holy Spirit leads me.
and right now, I am being led to cause chaos in the middle of this comfort. I have a passion that can shake darkness. And woodland… im not alone.
31What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?
Monday, August 16, 2010
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
12See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. 13But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness. 14We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first.
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Friday, June 4, 2010
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Tempting my wandering eyes
But every pursuit brings me closer to the truth
That only You can satisfy
Never meant to, never meant to resist You
I never want to, never want to be against You, against You
I wanna get lost in your arms
I wanna get lost
And lose my way into your heart
Cuz there’s so many voices
Telling me how to get lost in this life
So right now I wanna get lost in you
Before I lose myself
-I never imagined at the start
The thousand ways I could find my heart
Caught in a web of compromise
Stuck in the prison of my own lies
Looking out for yourself no matter what I say.
And I know that you're holding me back,
And it's time for a change, so I'm giving you away.
Chasing love where it can't be found.
And Heart, we've fallen out,
Cause all of your emotions
Have led me to doubt. Only Jesus can save us now.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge.
He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
I call to the LORD, who is worthy of praise,
and I am saved from my enemies.
The cords of death entangled me;
the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me.
The cords of the grave coiled around me;
the snares of death confronted me.
In my distress I called to the LORD;
I cried to my God for help.
From his temple he heard my voice;
my cry came before him, into his ears.
The earth trembled and quaked,
and the foundations of the mountains shook;
they trembled because he was angry.
Smoke rose from his nostrils;
consuming fire came from his mouth,
burning coals blazed out of it.
He parted the heavens and came down;
dark clouds were under his feet.
He mounted the cherubim and flew;
he soared on the wings of the wind.
He made darkness his covering, his canopy around him—
the dark rain clouds of the sky.
Out of the brightness of his presence clouds advanced,
with hailstones and bolts of lightning.
The LORD thundered from heaven;
the voice of the Most High resounded.
He shot his arrows and scattered the enemies ,
great bolts of lightning and routed them.
The valleys of the sea were exposed
and the foundations of the earth laid bare
at your rebuke, O LORD,
at the blast of breath from your nostrils.
He reached down from on high and took hold of me;
he drew me out of deep waters.
He rescued me from my powerful enemy,
from my foes, who were too strong for me.
They confronted me in the day of my disaster,
but the LORD was my support.
He brought me out into a spacious place;
he rescued me because he delighted in me.
The LORD has dealt with me according to my righteousness;
according to the cleanness of my hands he has rewarded me.