Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Gifts from God

Some of the gifts God has given me that I added to my 1,000 gifts

The tiny moon, way up in the sky, casting it’s light over the sea

Little crabs and big crabs scurrying along the shore

The pleasure of reading a good book

A song to remind me that Christ is holy, He is worthy, He is the Lamb of God

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This doesn’t really have anything to do with this post but I was reminded of an encouraging verse today and wanted to share it with you…

“You will seek Me and find Me, when you seek with all your heart.” –Jeremiah 29:13

Monday, August 27, 2012

Back From the Beach…

We’re back from the beach! God blessed us with a great time and gorgeous weather.
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Emily and Abby getting splashed by waves. The past few years we’ve been going on vacation with some good friends of ours, the Macons.
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A dolphin! We were able to see them a few times :)
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Lulu’s…one of our favorite restaurants.
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Crab hunting!
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Monday, August 20, 2012

1,000 Gifts

Ann Voskamp wrote a book called One Thousand Gifts. Although, I myself have not read it (yet) my mom has. So now as a family we have begun a search of 1,000 gifts. As we sit at the dinner table we take our notebooks and write down gifts God has given us.

Recently I heard a song called “Good to be Alive” by Jason Gray.



With hearing the song and starting 1000 gifts I’ve been thinking more on the need to enjoy the moment and not take each day for granted, or any gift God has given me for granted.

I want to be on the look out each day for the all the things God has given me…from the big things to the little things. I want to stop, close my eyes, breath in, listen to the birds chirp, and thank God for the moment, for each breath given to me.

I’m planning on blogging about my gifts fairly often so be on the lookout ;).

A couple gifts right now…

Walking along the warm, summer sand with little sister following along, filling in my foot prints.

Watching dolphins jump around in the ocean.

Yes, we are at the beach…so this might be the only post you’ll see for a while. I’ll be back soon!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Gain…Losing Self to Gain Christ

Last month some girls and I at church decided we wanted to start getting together every month with the rest of the girls in our youth group to study God’s Word together. Every month we pick a chapter to read throughout the month and then get together to discuss it.

We call it “Gain…losing self to gain Christ.”

This past month’s reading was Philippians 3 so I decided I would share with you what I got from it this month.

I have a few questions that I used to study with so I’ll be sharing through my answer to the questions.
What does God value?
  • “…rejoice in the Lord.” (Philippians 3:1) – God values the joy we find in Him.
  • “and put no confidence in the flesh” (Philippians 3:3) – God values our confidence in Him alone.
  • “because Jesus Christ has made me His own” (Philippians 3:12) – God values us.

What is God revealing in these verses?

- Jesus should be our goal. We should make it our goal to be like Him and press on to achieve it. Everything on this earth should be counted as loss, rubbish, for “our citizenship is in heaven” (Philippians 3:20)


One of the verses that really stuck out to me as I would read was verse 12:

“Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me His own.” –Philippians 3:12

Too many times we take for granted that Christ has made us His own. Christ deserves more than we give Him. Many times we don’t strain to become like Jesus. We don’t always give our everything. We don’t always give Christ everything He deserves.

Our main goal in life should be to strain forward to become like Jesus.

Although there is so much more I could share I’ll close with this verse…

“Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For His sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ” –Philippians 3:8

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

He Makes the Impossible Possible

God is a great God.
He makes the impossible possible.
Who else can create an entire universe by only speaking?
Who else can part the Red Sea for His people to walk on dry ground?
Who else can make a man be swallowed by a fish and survive?
Who else can close the mouths of hungry lions to keep His faithful servant from being eaten?
Who else can make the lame to walk, the deaf to hear, the blind to see, and the dead to live?

I began reading the book of Luke yesterday. In the first chapter Luke writes about the angel telling Mary, a virgin, that she would give birth to a Son, Jesus. As the angel was speaking to her he said, “For nothing will be impossible with God.” (Luke 1:37).

Nothing.

We see all throughout Scripture that God is an awesome and powerful God and that nothing is impossible for Him.

There is nothing He cannot do. So many times we fail to trust Him though. We pray without faith, not really believing that what we ask for He will answer. Or we believe that He will answer but that it will not be in the way we want it.

If we really believe that God is such a great God and His plan is so perfect why do we fail to trust Him? Why don’t we turn over everything to Him and rest in His goodness and faithfulness instead of worrying about it ourselves?

It’s something I need to work on.

Trusting God.

Why not trust Him?

After all, He makes the impossible possible.

He is a great God.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Psalm 103

Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and all that is within me,
bless His holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget not all His benefits,
who forgives all your iniquity,
who heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit,
who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
who satisfies you with good
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

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The Lord works righteousness
and justice for all who are oppressed.
He made known His ways to Moses,
His acts to the people of Israel.
The Lord is merciful and gracious,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
He will not always chide,
now will He keep His anger forever.
He does not deal with us according to our sins,
nor repay us according to our iniquities.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is His steadfast love toward those who fear Him;
as far as the east is from the west,
so far does He remove our transgressions from us.
As a father shows compassion to his children,
so the Lord shows compassion on those who fear Him.
For He knows our frame;
He remembers that we are dust.

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As for man, his days are like grass;
he flourishes like a flower of the field;
for the wind passes over it, an it is gone,
and its place knows it no more.
But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him,
and His righteousness to children’s children,
to those who keep His covenant
and remember to do His commandments.
The Lord has established His throne in the heavens,
and His kingdom rules over all.

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Bless the Lord, O you His angels,
you mighty ones who do His word,
obeying the voice of His word!
Bless the Lord, all His hosts,
His ministers, who do His will!
Bless the Lord, all His works,
in all places of His dominion.
Bless the Lord, O my soul!

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