Thursday, October 27, 2011

Growing Up: Not A Little Girl

My brother, Austin (9) and Allie (me, 13)

 Imagine a little girl....skipping through fields of flowers, learning how to write, discovering her true identity, and uncovering her strong faith, step by step.  I am not a little girl anymore.  I wish I could be young forever. I wish that I will never have to make a life threatening decision.  I wish that I won't ever worry about the next day, afraid of what could be thrown at me.  God tells us to have the faith of a child.  Though we grow on the outside, let our hearts be dedicated to God by having the faith of a child.  Does a child try to please other people by showing off their faith?  I sometimes fall into that trap.  Does a child talk to God with a "grown up language" because they are afraid that God will underestimate their true self?  I don't think so, so why should we?  If we are no longer little children, then we should be able to recognize that God knows we grow up, so why try and prove it to Him?  We are who we are, and no one could ever impact the identity that God has given us.  I am growing up, and everyone around me can tell.  Through my faith, my responsibilities, my decisions, and my overall experiences through the mysteries of life, it is plain to see that I am no longer that little girl in pre-school just waiting for excitement.  I am...who God wants me to be...in the process of carrying out a mission...I am me.

Engage in Life

Have you ever decided to back away from something because you were afraid to fail?  I have done this too many times to count.  My simple solution is to take things head on in order to face your darkest fears, no matter how challenging it might be.  Life can be like a never-ending tunnel.  You don't know what lies ahead of you, but you do know where you are headed.  Basically, you don't know your life story until you have experienced it all; all we know, as Christians, is that we have a home waiting for us in HEAVEN!  Anyway, to back away from life is like hiding in a black hole that can take a while to replenish.  Yes, life is like a large mountain that will take our earthly lifespan to overcome.  When we get to heaven, all of this mountain is turned into a gold pathway to God.  That's what is so amazing about the obstacles of life.  If you never engage in life, then you will never accept the fact that there will be challenges that you will not be able to fully overcome.  Although, if we really and truly have God at the head of our lives, then God will allow you to overcome your fears.  Instead of backing away from the obstacles in your personal journey on this earth, charge them head on to engage in life to the fullest.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

My True Home

    God is always inside of me, but do I always put him first?  I can't revert back to the old way I used to live.  I'm fighting for nothing.  There is no prize within ambition for something other than God's purpose.  I need to keep my heart set on the true love, God.  Take away distractions and live by peace and love, just for God.  Show others his love; show others his strength; share his knowledge.  I belong with God, and I have for all of my life.  I was searching for somewhere of my own, but this is my home.



Just Accept It

We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned for us to accept the life that we have waiting for us.  A girl from my old soccer team posted this on Facebook.  The more I think about it, the more it alarms my mind.  We care so much about things on this earth.  There is so much that we hold onto because we are afraid to lose it.  I have realized that the more we hold onto something, the harder it will be to let go.  There used to be quite a few things that I was afraid to lose.  I grew out of most of those objects and am continuing to learn that God has a place where we can come as we are without being looked at in a funny way, or laughed at because your "out of style."  This place is heaven.  God puts us here on this earth to carry out a purpose unique for everyone. I am not going to spend my time worrying about physical things when I have the hope of heaven to keep me grounded.  "We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned for us to accept the life that we have waiting for us."  If we can let go of these things here on earth, then we can accept the fact that God has a place for us far better than anything on this earth could ever be.  God is my solution to every problem.  I mess up a lot...and I know that, but all I can do is ask for forgiveness and move on.  My life could be different afterwards, but I am not going to hold onto a life that I "once had."  I am going to continue to move forward in God's plan for me because I know that this is what God wants for me to do.  God has a plan.  I am not going to try and change his plan to fit my needs when he knows my needs better than I do. 

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Black and White Wednesday: Nothing but Love

This past summer, I went through a change that has had a major impact on my life.  I am a Christian!  I look at everything in such a different perspective than I used to.  The thing is that I am not just a Christian.  I really mean it from my heart.  I used to say that I was a Christian because I knew that it wasn't good if I wasn't.  Now I have this unfailing love in my heart and I really believe that I am saved.  Nothing but love.  

God is all that I ask for.


My beautiful Bichon!

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A cotton tree that we passed on the way to church tonight.  I HAD to get out and take a picture....yeah I looked like a dork but it was worth it!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Friday, October 14, 2011

Theme of the Week: Light

  Ruthie and I:  Photo of the week - Light!  Light is an amazing quality of the world.  God has given us light.  He has made us new.  I am so blessed that I can see things so clearly now because of God's light.







Thursday, October 13, 2011

Satisfied!

  One word.  Satisfied.  What does it mean to you?  Content?  Thankful?  Enough?  Those three words, for me, describe the word "satisfied" to the fullest.  Are you satisfied with your life...your decisions...your attitude?  Are you satisfied with yourself?  Be satisfied!  Let your attitude be happy and your choices be right.  Know that God put you here on this Earth for a reason and that YOU have a purpose meant only for you.  Be satisfied with who you are and the way God created you to be.  Trust in God, and He will allow you to be satisfied.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

A Beautiful Creation From God

             First of all, God has a purpose for us all.  He made you to be someone so, so special.  I know that there are times when we all run to something other than God.  We put our trust in something we shouldn’t to cover up our weakness.  When we feel pain, hurt, or worry, there is a possibility that we aren’t letting God be our guidance.  When you are lost in the middle of life, it seems like you will never find a way out.  We catch ourselves wondering if our lives will ever change.  It seems that so many things on this earth are lost and without hope, but you and me have hope.  This I know.  God allows great things to happen when we least expect them.  He makes beautiful things out of darkness.  God also creates works of art within all of our hearts.  All around us are signs of hope.  There are signs sent from God that continuously tell us to keep persevering.   We have to continue to keep our head up through good and bad.  Out of messed up choices and decisions, chaos arises, but God helps our lives get found again.  Once again, God makes beautiful creations out of us, just as we are.  We don’t have to change for God.  God is pleased with us without the disguise that we sometimes use to avoid problems that interfere with our regular routines of life.  That is what is so glorious about God’s love.   God has made me a new person.  He has showed me that life can be so great if you let it be.  I have found my savior.  God saved me.  He saves me every day from dumb temptations that I am lead to resist.  I am so happy now that God is in my life.  He isn’t just there on Sundays when I go to church, but every day.  When I seek him, he answers me.  When I need him, I can feel him.  Believing is trust without seeing.  You have to believe that God can really save you, and then he will.  He sure did save me from the struggles of the world and the struggles of life.  God is in me.  Let him come in you and allow you to see things more clearly.  Let him lead your life in everything that you do.  Anytime you feel sad or tempted to do something you shouldn’t, pull out this blog post and reread it.  Re-discover the light that comes from God’s wonderful love.  

Works of Art

God has created a work of art within our hearts.  He has also shown his love for us through the things on this earth.  These flowers and plants are His, not ours.  We might have grown them from a seed, but who made that possible? GOD!  Thank you Jesus, for everything, especially the works of art in us and on earth. 









Monday, October 10, 2011

Loneliness

Don’t cry;
It will be alright.
Don’t lose hope;
There will soon be light.

Long for the days;
Where hurt is no more.
Pray to the one;
Who lets you soar.

On wings like eagles;
Rise high above.
Try not to get down;
Be filled with love.

  We all know what lonesome feels like.  Do we decide to engage in it, or can we be set free?  God will always love us, and there is nothing that he can't fulfill.  Sometimes, we seek love from someone other than God, and we catch ourselves in a pit.  It is so hard to trust someone with complete faith that they will respect your struggles and comfort you even when they find it difficult.  Each person comes with imperfections, and as a family of Christ, we should learn to accept all people along with those imperfections.  We often discover that no one is perfect, and each person has flaws of their own.  Do you know the feeling when you feel so connected to God?  That feeling is irreplaceable.  That feeling, for me, always comforts my soul and distracts me from the cold-hearted reality of the world.  When your faith starts to die down, ask God to replenish the missing piece.  Ask God to complete your spiritual needs.  If you ask, then your prayers shall be answered.  Don't wait for the light to come to you; go out and get it.  If you meet God, then God will meet you.  As Christians, we have to be careful not to insist that we know everything about life because we have God.  God knows everything, and we are His followers.

Signs of Autumn

Autumn is here, and with new scenery, comes new photos!







Friday, October 7, 2011

Favorite Photo Friday: Vintage Fence

 I took a walk behind my house to find these rugged fences at a perfect photo site.  Enjoy my vintage fences!


Photo of the Week: Water

My best friend and I are doing a theme of the week picture.  This week's theme is water!  Enjoy!






Love Me

"I will love you for you; not for what you have done or what you will become.  I will love you for you; I will give you the love, the love that you never knew."  JJ Heller's song What Love Really Means describes in great detail that God loves you even through your sinful actions.  Is it so hard to love someone else even though they aren't just like you?  Is it so difficult to look at a person without judging them by first appearance?  Is it really that hard to love someone for themselves?  For some of us, we have a disguise that we put on when we are around people.  This disguise hides us from what is really going on in our lives.  We act like we are just fine when our whole world is crashing down.  And for others of us, we beg for sympathy to find someone that really cares.  Even though some people can be deceiving, God is always true.  God will always love you for you even though you still do wrong and sin.  How majestic is God's true love!  God never lets go of you!  He will always be right by your side even when you try to ignore Him.  He is always there.  He never leaves you behind nor forsakes you of your problems.  Friends, teachers, and even family will leave you behind at times in your life.  They may not mean to, but it happens.  With God, it never will happen.  It most certainly hasn't happened before.  God's love is deeper than an ocean and wider than the universe.  The depth of God's love is so deep that we could never come close to matching His perfection.  He is wonderful and all-powerful!  Never run away from God because he is the one who will always be true to you.

Monday, October 3, 2011

A Heart of God

One day, a man was walking on the street with his two kids and a basket full of goods that he was fortunate enough to gather.  They were all wearing dirty clothes that hadn't been washed in days.  When the man stopped to sit under a bridge, his kids sat down looking so grateful to be alive.  As a large black van was rushing by, the children in the car quickly asked the mother why there were people sitting on the street.  The mother then replied, "Their father wasn't educated enough to maintain a job.  He is probably lazy too."  The children then stared in wonder of life at a different point of view.  As another car is passing by, a tan box car to be exact, a man of young age steps out of the car after it pulled over to a complete stop.  This man approaches the family of three sitting under the bridge and handed the father a one-hundred dollar bill.  The father of the two kids then said to this man, "I appreciate your concern, but I have all I need right here with me."  The man stares at him in complete awe.  Suddenly, with his nerves racing from thought to thought, he asks the father if he could pray with him.  The father then said, "I would like that a lot."  So the man from the tan box car begins his prayer with the father and children.  By the end of the prayer, all three members of the family were in tears that stretched from the corner of their eyes, all the way down to their chins.  All three had large tear stains on their faces.  That father still wonders why this is God's plan for them.  Also, that father has hope that there are greater things in his future.


       
             The moral of this story is to see that all hearts take a different perspective on life.  The hearts that contain Jesus are much more appreciative and content of the lives they have while lost hearts continue to wonder of the miracles that happen in this world.  The mother in the van was judgmental and unfair, but little did she know that the father sitting under that bridge was not only homeless as a single parent of two children, but he had cancer and wouldn't live for much longer as well.  Life is tough, and we are faced with situations that we would have never even dreamed about.  We have to keep our head up to avoid the devil with his deceitful ways of getting us into dark tunnels that can seem everlasting from finding light.  Don't be judgmental of people and their situations because you have never had the struggle of walking in their shoes.  Being homeless isn't a fairytale that reminds us of our great fortune, and it isn't a rumor passed around from different sides of the world.

                                                          Being homeless is a true story.