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...

Sarah F.
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....

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!