Saturday, July 28, 2012

A Pretty Kind of Rain

Although this week was fun-filled I don’t have that many pictures to show you of what I actually did.

But it did rain. It was a pretty rain…the kind of rain where the sun is shining…
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…flowers are left spotted with raindrops…
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…ripples form in tiny puddles…
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…and the clouds afterward are beautiful…
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How was your week?

Thursday, July 26, 2012

You’re Already There


“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” Revelation 1:8

Friday, July 20, 2012

Pretty Things

Internet.

Relationships.

School.

TV.

All of these and plenty more are all of the “pretty things” in life that can keep us from God. Many of these things can fill up so much of our time that we put them before our relationship with God. All of these things can be good, but God is better. Too many times I get distracted by so many other things that I put off my quiet time with God. Too many times I come up with excuses for why such-and-such is important, that I’ll spend my time with Him later.

I was studying Philippians chapter 3 yesterday. As I read I looked for the things God values and desires. I found in verses 19-20 that God desires us to set our mind on heavenly things.

“Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.” –Philippians 3:19-20.

The earth is not our home. As Christians our citizenship is in heaven…and that is where we should keep our focus.

The song below fits so well with this post…I guess it should because I partly got the idea from it ;).

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Peek Into My Week


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Sarah and Emily with Allison, a little girl we babysit. They decided to dress up and dance to Veggie Tales :).

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I did a little “photo-shoot” with Sarah. She loves to have her picture taken ;).

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A few of the beautiful flowers blooming around our house.


Tuesday, July 10, 2012

There is No Plan B

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” --Matthew 28:19-20

“How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in Him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!’” –Romans 10:14-15

Yesterday I finished reading Radical by David Platt. In his book he emphasizes that there is no plan B for the lost.

The Bible says the only way to God is through Jesus. What about those who have never heard His name? How are they to know?

The answer is simple.

Jesus called…no, commanded…for believers to go and make disciples.

There is no plan B.

Think back to Romans 10:14-15.

There is no plan B.

God has commanded every single believer to spread the gospel and make disciples.

I was thinking the other day that it seems that we think we have the hard part. We’ve heard the gospel, so we’re responsible to tell the billions around the world who haven’t heard. But then I realized…we don’t have the hard part. The lost do. They are the ones who will die and suffer for eternity all because we sit back and think that somehow everything will turn out okay.

Think back now to the end of the Matthew 28:20…"And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age."

We are not going into the streets, the jungles, the desert, the mountains alone. Jesus promises that He will be with us always.

Jesus never promised things were going to be easy. In fact, in Radical David Platt points out that if we’re living like Jesus the world will hate us. When Jesus was on earth people hated him. But even if the world hates us it’s not like anything is out of God’s control, it’s not like there is anything He can’t handle.

One of my favorite verses in the Bible proves that…
“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” –John 16:33

There should be a burden on our hearts for the billions of lost out there. We should be proclaiming to the world Jesus’ name.

I’ve wrestled some with what I can do. I can’t exactly hop on a plane tomorrow and fly off to Africa. But God has put me where I am now for a reason…I just need to pray and ask Him to reveal to me exactly what that is.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy 4th!

Happy Independence Day!

We are so blessed by God to be able to live in a free country.

I hope you all had a fun day celebrating our freedom…I did!

We got together with family and had a good day playing games, eating (hamburgers…watermelon…ice cream…yum :)), and just hanging out.

Our fireworks show consisted of standing on the front sidewalk watching some set off by neighbors in the distance. Nothing fancy but they were still fireworks ;).

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Me, Lauren, and a couple of my cousins playing Monopoly :)

And let us remember the freedom Christ has given to those who will believe in Him…

“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved”
Ephesians 2:4-5