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!


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.