The God who sees ME

The God who sees ME

El Roi is my favorite name of God because it means the God who sees. He sees me. He wants to have a relationship with me and wants to know every detail of me life even though He is KING of the Universe. He is so good to me. He is my Lord and Savior. Nothing shall separate me from His love. He is All that I need and MORE!


Friday, December 30, 2011

Pursuing Jesus passionately


I was reading "Not a Fan" by Kyle Idleman and this section on passionately pursuing Jesus really stood out to me. I want this in my own life, but rarely have it. I am just going to type out the sections.

"Pursuing a romantic love will make us do some crazy things. When I was dating my soon-to-be wife, she borrowed my car to go visit her family about eighty miles away from where we went to college. She had only been gone for a day, but I missed her and wanted to be with her. I woke up in the middle of the night and couldn't stop thinking about her. I wanted to see her and tell her I loved her. I had to do something. My college roommate was sleeping in the bed across the room. I woke him up and told him my dilemma, but he couldn't do much to help because he didn't have a car. Suddenly, I had what seemed like a brilliant idea. I said to him, 'What if we just ride bikes over to her house?'

He was up for it, but this new plan presented us with a similar problem as before: neither of us owned bikes. Then my buddy reminded me of the bikes on campus. We decided it would be fine to "borrow" the bikes for our journey.

Knowing nothing about bicycles, I grabbed the first one I saw, which happened to be a Walmart special. It turns out that this is not the bike of choice for an eighty-mile journey down the flat roads of Kansas against constant headwind. After riding for hours, we decided to park our bikes and take a nap in a ditch on the side of the road. While we were sleeping, a state trooper saw us and pulled over to investigate. He woke me up by placing his boot on my shoulder and jostling me awake. I believe his exact words were, "Are you boys smokin' something? What are you doing riding bikes across Kansas?

I tried to explain" "I wanted to be with my fiancée." He rolled his eyes, shook his head, got in his car, and drove away. He thought I was crazy for doing such a thing. If Nat could see me now.

When we finally make it to Kansas, my wife's response was fairly similar to the state trooper's She thought I was nuts. But the moment I saw her I knew it was worth it."

"Jesus wants us to understand that following him is a pursuit that requires everything we have. Jesus tells a parable in Matthew 13 called "The Pearl of Great Price." It gives us a picture of what Jesus had in mind when he invited us to come after him. 'The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.' "

Jesus is that treasure! We should sell everything in our lives because we know the true treasure in that field! Fans are shallow and think spending energy on Jesus is too much work. Followers think it's a joy to sell everything and live radically for Jesus because they know that they are just scratching the surface of that treasure.

"Do you like me? yes? no? maybe? Remember these words of Jesus are the words of an invitation, not a command. Jesus begins the invitation to come after him with the word "if." That indicates that there is a choice in the matter. One of the most basic truths about love is that it can't be forced. If you try and force someone to love you it's almost a guarantee that they won't."
"Pursuing Jesus is your choice and Jesus wants to make it clear what you're agreeing to if you respond to his invitation. He will settle for nothing less than to be the great love and pursuit of your life. That's what he wants. At church, we sometimes talk about how "God wants your time," or "God wants your money," or "God wants your worship." But do you understand why we talk about those things?" "The reason we talk about hose things is not because God needs or wants those things; it's because he wants you. He wants your love. He longs for you to passionately pursue him, and all those things are come after indicators. They are outer signs that point to an inner reality that you love Jesus more than anything else."

The author tells how to regain that passionate love for Jesus; first to repent and then do as you did when you had that love for Jesus. "That's a great place to start in your relationship with Christ. Confess the sin of acedia (the attitude of "I don't care") in your life then start doing the things you did at first." "Recommit your love to God and then passionately pursue Him. David put it this way in Ps. 63:8 "My soul followeth hard after thee...."

Anyways, those are the parts that got my attention. Am I in love with Jesus? Am I pursuing Him? I am going to be striving to have that passionate relationship with Him. He is the Lover of our Souls. Follow Him today.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Blog Award

Rachelle from here awarded me these two awards. Thanks Rachelle, fun awards!



The Official Blog Award Rules:
the same for both awards

1. Thank and link back to the person who gave you the award.

2. Share 7 things about yourself.

3. Give the award to 15 other bloggers.

7 Things About Myself

1. I have two half siblings. Jennifer is 34 and married this year. She has a son who is 16 years old. She has a action-packed personality, always wanting to do something fun and exciting. Jonathan is older than Jen and has three daughters. He plays the guitar beautifully.

2. My dream vehicle is a turquoise or purple wrangler jeep. :D

3. I love to craft. Some are unusual: They are bobbin lace, origami, and indian bead loom.

4. The Lord lead me to delete my facebook because I was spending every free moment on it aka: addicted.

5. I would love to be a missionary to Mexico, if that is God's will. Y ahora estoy aprendiendo español.

6. I play the piano and flute.

7. I am getting to be more and more of a people person. :D

The 15 Bloggers I'm awarding...



Rebecca
Christina
Sarah
Olivia
Sarah F.
Emily
Caroline
Maggie
Hannah
Hannah P.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Beaded Necklace


I finished this necklace for a custom etsy order. I like the way it turned out...

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

CHRISTMAS is Jesus-mas!

Have you ever wondered why Christmas is not a time of drawing closer to God, but instead, through all the business, a pulling away?

A few weeks ago, I was talking to a dynamic young man. I asked him what his favorite part was about Christmas. He said that the Bible and the story of Jesus came alive with fresh insights that jumped off the page...That suprised me. I thought he would say something about how spending time with his family or the delicious food and bountiful desserts were his favorite parts. But no, he said it was the special verses in the Bible and the closeness to Jesus that were his favorite parts. That is how it should be!

My desire for THIS Christmas is that it is full of Jesus: Jesus-mas. "Mas" means "more" in spanish. That is particually significant to me because I have a burden for spanish speaking people. Our main focus for Christmas should be more of Jesus. This young man not only desires to have more of Jesus, but he speads more time with Him than most of us do. He has found a true gift of Christmas: fellowship with Jesus.

As, we settle into our homes for some the Christmas celebration, let's remember to humble our hearts and draw close to the One Who gave Himself for us.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Senior Pictures


Hey all, sorry about the size...they are kinda cut off..... here's the link where you can see more....

http://crystalsphotography1.blogspot.com/2011/09/kimberly.html













HI All,

Here's some of my senior pictures. Today is the day of the Christmas Conference! Yippee! Please pray for God's grace to be upon all the families attending. Hope you all are doing good!

Kim Krause

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Drake and Picture update





Hey everyone. My family and I are up in Chicago, helping at Head Quarters. Mr. Gothard asked us to help with a new hotel that he is purchasing. So, we've been up here since the end of Sept or the beginning of Oct (can't remember!) working. They were planning on having the Christmas Conference here, but the Lord had other plans. There are a lot of legal things that they are working through to completely own the building. Praise the Lord that He's opening the doors in His timing. Nearly every day, we've been cleaning and organizing the Drake. I don't have time to say much more, but I can post a few pics of the crazy times we've had!

~Kim

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

The Gospel- Eric Ludy

Eric Ludy made this video. How inspiring!
The Gospel is not simply being saved from the punishment of our sin.
The full gospel encompasses the purpose and the reason The Savior saved us.
We know what He has saved us from, but what has He saved us to?

Thursday, September 29, 2011

I will give myself unto prayer

I will give myself unto prayer – Psalm 109:4

(By the way, I took this picture up on a hill at the North Woods where I spent my time with God)

I read this in "Streams in the Desert" book this morning.

We are often in a religious hurry in our devotions. How much time do we spend in them daily? Can it not be easily reckoned in minutes? Who ever knew an eminently holy man who did not spend much of his time in prayer? Did ever a man exhibit much of the spirit of prayer, who did not devote much time in his closet?

Whitefield says, "Whole days and weeks have I spent prostrate on the ground, in silent or vocal prayer." "Fall upon your knees and grow there, is the language of another, who knew whereof he affirmed.

It has been said that no great work in literature or science was ever wrought by a man who did not love solitude. We may lay it down as an elemental principle of religion, that no large growth in holiness was ever gained by one who did not take time to be often, and love, alone with God.
From The Still Hour

"Come, come," He saith "O soul oppressed and weary,
Come to the shadows of my desert rest;
Come walk with Me far from life's babbling discords,
And peace shall breathe like music in thy breast.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Faith- John Wycliffe

I just read this today in my World Literature book. Wow, it really touched my heart about faith. I am going to put in bold and italics the parts that really got me.
John Wycliffe wrote this piece.

"The ground of all goodness is stedfast faith, or belief. This, through grace and mercy, is obtained of God. Faith was the principal ground that enabled the woman of Canaan to obtain health of soul and of body, of Christ, for her daughter, who was evil treated of a devil, as the Gospel witnesseth. And the centurion was much praised of Christ for the stedfast belief that he had in the power of his Godhead. Faith is likened to the loadstar, for it showeth the haven of grace to men rowing in the sea of this world. Faith is the eastern star that leads spiritual kings to worship Jesus Christ, through withstanding of sin, as the east star led three kings when Christ was born.

Faith or belief is as a stone lying in the goundation of a strong building, that beareth up all the work. For as the building standeth stiffly that is well grounded upon a stone, so each virtuous deed is strong when it is grounded upon the solidity of belief. For upon this stone, that is, solid faith, Christ said that He would build His church, that is, man's soul. A man that hath lost his right eye is unable to defend himself in battle, for his shield hides his left eye, and so he has no sight to defend himself from his enemy; even so he that has lost the right eye of true faith, is unable to withstand or fight agianst his spiritual enemy, the devil. Saints, as St. Paul saith, through stedfastness and true faith, overcame kingdoms. (Heb. 11). They overcame the kingdoms of their flesh through holiness of soul and body; and the kingdom of the world by setting at nought riches; and the kingdom of the fiend through patience and meekness.

The want of stedfast faith is the chief cause why men fall into deadly sin. For if a man truly believed that soon after he committed a sin, he should lose one of his limbs, he would, through that belief, keep himself, and flee from that sin. How much more if he believed that God would punish him in body and soul for evermore, if he died in that sin? If man's belief and trust were firmly set in God, all fear of man, fantasies, and fear of this world, would grieve him but little, or not at all. Christ said to His disciple, that is their faith were as great as the seed of mustard, and they should say to this hill, Pass hence, it should pass; and nothing should be impossible to them. St. Jerome saith that faith is likened to the corn of seed. If the corn of seed be not broken, the virtue thereof is not known; but the more it is pounded, even the stronger it smelleth; even so a man who is firmly grounded in the faith, the more he is pounded by persecution, the greater and the more fervent is his belief. Thus if man's faith were as great as the mustard seed, he should remove from himself the hill of pride, and all other false deceits of the fiend.

This faith maketh our souls so able to receive heavenly gifts, that we may get whatever we desire of the faithful Lord. Oh, blessed is the soul that believeth right and liveth well, and in well living keepeth true faith. While Peter had true faith, he want upon the sea as upon dry land; but when the firmness of his faith failed, he began to sink, and therefore Christ reproved him as of little faith. Thus it fares with us, who are staggering and unstedfast with the wind of each temptation or fear. Therefore, brethren, let us set all our belief and full trust on Him, Who is Almighty, and not in any vain thing that may fail in any time. Trust we stedfastly that nothing may grieve us father than He will suffer it, and all things which He sendeth come for the best. And let no wealth of this failing world, neither tribulation, draw our hearts from firm belief in God. Let us not put our belief or trust in charms, or in dreams, or an other fantasies; but only in Almighty God. For it is full perilous, as holy doctors say, to scatter man's belief about any such. And let each man and woman take heed to themselves, for good living makes man to have firm belief, and trust in God, and evil works draw him into despair, as John Chrysostom saith.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Picture update

Hello!
Here are random photos that explain what I've been doing lately. :D


I went over to Nancy's house and Sarah joined us to make salsa. We had a really fun time out on the farm. These are pictures that Sarah took, I took them off her blog to add to this post... The salsa turned out SOOO yummy! It was great to spend time together talking about spiritual things and spending time working on home making things.



In late July, we went to the beach with a dear family. The sunset was gorgeous. The waves were perfectly warm and exhilarating. We had fun taking pictures and jumping the waves after a long day in the vehicle.
I have also been spending a lot of time working on my etsy shop www.peppersnoodles.etsy.com. Etsy is an online shopping center for handmade and vintage items, and supplies. It has been an interesting experience. In fact, I took a week long "fast" from etsy and just sought God to see if it was something He wanted me to do. God showed me through His Word, that as long as I made Him my focus and relied on Him through the process then it wasn't a bad thing to sell things. He also showed me that I need to balance selling things and work with wisdom, love, and kindness. He DOES have the answers, right in His Word!
Mom has started making these purses for etsy. It's really neat how the shop is relationship building for mom and I. We've spent lots of time talking over ideas on how to improve our shop and items. I am so thankful that my mom is interesting in helping me and willing to invest time in tedious pictures and all the things that are involved in having a shop.

Ebony is my cat. I love her. This summer I have been helping a lot at home, finishing up projects and doing yard work. I was out picking up pine cones and mowing when my cat joined me... I couldn't resist the beautiful lighting and sweet kitty!
A red doily I took pictures of for etsy.


I love Johannah and Elleanna SOOO much. They are just like my little sisters. We've known their family since 2006, when they came up to the Character Inn to visit their brother in college. I was blessed to have my little sisters over for the afternoon where we dressed up and acted out the story of Esther... This is at Esther's banquet for the King (me... I also played a handmaiden), and Haman (Elleanna, and she played another Handmaiden too). It was neat because we had fun while rehearsing God's Word and His protection for His people.
Then another time the girls came over Johannah helped me take pictures of Kit for etsy and then we played dress up again, but doing the story of baby Moses.
If you have seen me lately, this is what is in my sewing bad. I have been busy making rings and doilies out of thin cotton thread.


Last but not least, Guitar. Sarah has been teaching how to play the guitar! It's been fun and challenging as I stretch my small hands. Thank you Sarah for teaching me!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Cynicism vs. Rejoicing

Cynicism vs. Rejoicing


Cynicism means one believes that happiness can be achieved by obtaining a high moral standard. Sadly, the cynic tries to please his own desires rather than pleasing the Lord or meeting the needs of others. Even by having a high moral standard, the cynic lives an unhappy and cross life. Although God does command us to add virtue our faith (2 Peter 1:5), virtue does not give lasting happiness. The cynic also has a pessimistic attitude about life; everything is always on the sad or dismal side. God wants us as believers to rejoice in all circumstances, good or bad (Romans 12:12, 1 Thess. 5:16). In addition, the Bible tells us not to live for our own pleasure (1 Timothy 5:6), but instead deny ourselves (Mark 8:34-35) and follow Jesus. To summarize, a cynic is someone who lives for himself and who is depressed about life. We all are guilty of doing this at some point, but God can give us strength to counteract the negative with rejoicing always.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Faith in the Book of Numbers




Faith in the Book of Numbers


Moses was given faith in his middle age when he had a God encounter in the burning bush. Before this, faith was not a particularly strong point in his life, but that is why God gave him faith to accomplish such a big job. One incident in which Moses’ sin nature got the better of him was when the children of Israel complained that they had no water. Irritated by their ungratefulness, Moses took their plea to the Lord. God told him specifically that he should speak to the rock, and the water they needed would come out of the rock. Just as he was about to do as God commanded, he lost some of his faith, along with his patience and his temper. He hit the rock twice instead of speaking to the rock. This disobedience took away the opportunity he had to lead the Children of Israel into the Promised Land. Today, we can learn from his lack of faith. First, we should trust the Lord completely, knowing that He has a blessing at the end. One thing we can be comforted in is that when we fail and mess up, God is always faithful and always with us, exchanging our blunders for His God-given plans.

Monday, September 19, 2011

He satisfies me- Insights from Psalms



Just wanted to post what stood out to me in God's Word.

Psalm 105:40-41,43 and Psalm 107:9
The people asked, and He brought quails, and satisfied them with the Bread of Heaven. He opened the rock, and the waters gushed out; they ran in the dry places like a river. And he brought forth his people with joy, and his chosen with gladness.

For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.

Personalized:

Kimberly asked and Jesus gave her everlasting food. He satisfied her with Himself. He gave her His water, not a trickling stream, but a gushing rapid! God's Word is a gushing fountain of promises and words to satisfy our hearts! The dry places are my heart before He fills it... Then He gives me joy and gladness. My life is barren and void without Him, now He is my all in all, giving true joy and fullness.

Picture:

I chose this picture because I am a child in His eyes. Also the rain symbolizes His Word rushing into my life, drenching me with His grace. The girl has a happy contented look on her face; that is how I am when I've been with Jesus.

Will you let Him satisfy you today?

Sunday, September 4, 2011

All I have is Christ



Let these words sink in... Christ is so amazing, words can not describe His love!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

A Messenger's Life



A Messenger’s Life

There I wandered in the wide path leading to hell and destruction. I was so destitute and hopeless. I had tried all of sin’s pleasures, and found no happiness or lasting joy. Just as I was about to give up, I saw it. A faint glow that grew brighter came towards me. It grew brighter and brighter until it reached a full blazing SON. I fell on my face before Him to keep from being blinded because of His glory. When I looked at myself, I wore sin and shame, old filthy rags. Then amazingly, He took my old filthy rags off and threw them down that hill we were on. I stood there, naked and ashamed, my true self revealed. In spite of that, He took HIS garment of righteousness, glorious and shining, and put it on me! My sin and shame for His righteous? Yes, that’s my Lord! But that’s not all, He could have stopped there, giving me new life and hope, but instead, He made me His child. He told me that I had a special destiny that He had planned from the beginning. I was speechless. Then He gave me warrior’s armor and told me that this was another part of His never-ending gifts, part of His plan for me: to be His child with a special job. I was to tell everyone about Him and pass on His love.


I quickly got up, excited about this new mission. With His Name on my lips, I ran to spread the Word. Some listened and some rejected me, but that did not matter because I was doing what He wanted. I was His messenger armed with His love and gospel! There were many who came to that old hill as I had done. He welcomed them and made them His children. Just the thought of all these new brothers and sisters excited me and encouraged me to keep doing what He wanted me to do. However, there were days in the journey that I did not feel like sharing Him. Some days I failed miserably and sat and did nothing of value. Each day was a battle to do what was right. Some times I would win by His power and others times give in to evil temptations. When I would make mistakes like this, He was always willing to take me and clean me up, giving me fresh enthusiasm for Him. After each one of these talks with Him, my face would be lit up, reflecting the SON.


And so, the days passed as He used me, His messenger, to share that love with others. There were people who hated Him and His message. One day, I shared His Word with a large group of people. I noticed the people who hated Him were whispering. They were spreading a terrible lie that I was trying to start sedition. The people were scared rather then happy at my words. Those in authority came and sentenced me to be hanged. I did not think of it as the end, but rather the beginning. As they threw the rope around my neck, all I could think of was that in a few moments, I would see Him face to face. My Savior then gave me a new song, that I sang to the people as they tightened the rope. He was calling me home forever! When everything got black (as most people say), or light (as I remember), I saw Him standing there at the gate with open arms. I ran and fell again flat on my face. This was MY Savior! Then, He told me to stand up. As I did, I looked into His kind eyes. He simply said, “My child, I love you!” And now, I am still here, basking in the love of Jesus and am safe in His arms.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

5 Day Challenge- Procrastination


Can you believe I've been procrastinating on writing about procrastinating! Please forgive me!

This section is more like a week focus rather than a day focus. It's short too, but gets us thinking.

Procrastination

What is it: Procrastination is that sneaky habit of putting off until tomorrow what can (and should) be done today. Often the temptation to procrastinate is strongest when our schedules are the most uninteresting, overwhelming, or unpleasant!

Why it's wrong: "...to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin" (James 4:17).

How to overcome it: Ask the Lord to show you His perspective on procrastination and to show you the root attitude that underlies it. If you have difficulty in this area, share it with your parents or guardians. Ask them to pray with you and to hold you accountable for developing persistent work habits. Then...begin to break "unconquerable" tasks down into smaller jobs and discipline yourself to do the unpleasant jobs first.

Why bother: This may seem like "much ado about nothing," but training yourself in the discipline of persistent work when you are young is very important–the Lord uses disciplined soldiers!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Divided - the movie


Divided is an amazing movie that a young man, Philip Leclerc, researched and made. He basically went around and interviewed teens and pastors about the topic of why Christian teens leave the Church. I am posting about it because it is everything I believe in personally. Scott Brown is the main pastor interviewed, and his explanation was the best I've heard. Our pastor Boyd Dellinger was interviewed as well.

You can watch the movie for free on the website: dividedthemovie.com

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Rebecca's graduation


Hello! I was just going to tell you all about the fantastic time I had at my friend's house. Rebecca lives up in Virginia about 4 1/2 hours away from me.  So my family and I drove up on the Friday the 22nd for her graduation. We arrived at the church in the afternoon, where later the ceremony would be. Mom and Dad left to stay at a bed and breakfast and I got to help set up for the graduation. It was so neat to meet all of Rebecca's friends and family. I really am blessed to know this sister in Christ. Her coach spoke for the graduation and I loved how he influenced her not only in basket ball, but in her spiritual walk as well. He gave advise to her as she is heading off to college in the fall. 
After the graduation, I got to spend the night at Rebecca's house. We had a great time!
In the morning, Rebecca took me to Jamestown. How special! Just the two of us walked around in the old village. One thing I never knew was that the first pilgrims to come over were men... no women or children, so the had to "send" over the women. The women were picked by their social status for brides and some of the lower class ones were indentured slaves. How would you like to be a mail order bride?
Then we ate a SUPER good lunch (chicken salad and chocolate pie) and drove back home.
Big thank you to Rebecca! And thanks to God for His hand in our relationship from the very beginning. 







Sunday, June 26, 2011

Meaningful thoughts

This morning, I got up at 7:00 and just started reading my bible. Usually, I get up and get dressed etc, then read my bible, but this morning I just decide to dive in first thing. The Psalms were full of God's goodness and love and how we should praise Him. I am just full of love for Him right now! God has used this time to really uplift my spirit. I was reading in Job as well, and even through the trials, Job couldn't curse God and die. Instead, he asked "why?" and then worshiped God.

Psalm 143:6,8,10 described my personal feelings today.

I stretch forth my hands unto Thee: my soul thirsts after Thee, as a thirsty land. Selah.
Cause me to hear Thy loving–kindness in the morning; for in Thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk (I've been struggling with knowing the next step and figuring out my future); for I lift up my soul unto Thee.
Teach me to do Thy will; for Thou art my God: Thy Spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.


I also had two songs totally unrelated to one another, but they are on my heart too.



"This Gift of Love"
We sang this at the Valentines Banquet at HQ this year. I love the atmosphere and the love shown. Thank you all for putting that together! For some reason it wasn't loading! Sorry all!



"My Jesus I love Thee"
Watching the pictures on this video got me... Jesus is a real, and sometimes, seeing a picture, helps me remember that. The words also struck my heart.

Monday, June 20, 2011

What Guys Think About Modesty – Video

What Guys Think About Modesty



This is such a powerful message. Please share all around!

You are Beautiful in His eyes

Never forget that God created you BEAUTIFUL in His eyes. I love these verses that tell the fact so vividly. Soak up the promises of God with the lies believed.

You are beautiful: "You grew up and became a beautiful jewel." (Ezek. 16:7 NLT)

You are treasured: "The LORD your God has chosen you to be his own special treasure. (Deut. 7:6 NLT)

You are honored: "You are precious to me. You are honored, and I love you." (Isa. 43:4 NLT)

You are one of a kind: "I knew you before I formed you in your mother's womb. Before you were born I set you apart." (Jer. 1:5 NLT)

You are loved: "He loves us with unfailing love." (Ps. 117:2 NTL)

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Clay in the Hands of a Potter


Jeremiah 18:6
Behold, as the clay is in the Potter's hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel. 

This morning, I was flipping through my bible actually on the way to another passage when my eye caught this verse. Lately, I've been lamenting over my insufficiencies. I am not as diligent, not as loving, not as faithful as I want to be, but God reminded me through this verse that I'm a work in progress. And He's got it all in control. :D It's so comforting to "hand over" the control and just let Him be the Potter.

Even when I do mess-up in life, He's there to take our ruined vessel and make it into something different. Surprisingly, this was in His plan and the vessel He makes is more beautiful than any we could have imagined or dreamed up.


Jeremiah 18:4
And the vessel that he made of clay was marred (ruined) in the hand of the Potter: 


(Notice the Potter, never let go of the clay?)

so He made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the Potter to make it.


I have had this beautiful song running in my head from the Wild's I think. It was based on

Isaiah 61:3
To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.


I think it's so neat that God laid this song on my heart then gave me a verse to go with it. This was very comforting to me.

Here is a site that really has some good analogies on the Potter and Clay.

Friday, June 17, 2011

One dress-100 days-for orphans

I just found this website through another blog and I just had to share it. This young lady is wearing the same black dress every day for 100 days to raise money for the orphans in India.

http://misselainious.com/




Kimberly-18 years old

Hello Everyone, 

I just wanted to write and say that I'm now 18 years old. Here's some pictures of the special day. 



I was asked by a friend what my goals were for this year. It was very hard even to begin thinking of all the possible goals I could have for this one year. But if I would choose one thing, I would really love to be completely focused on Jesus. I could pick a task to be done or some character I would like to posses, but all of that is nothing if I am not focusing on Jesus. As I focus completely on Him, my attitude should be more cheerful, I should have more of a servants heart, and I won't be swayed by the glamor of the world. Pray for me as I endeavor to make Jesus Christ my all.