Sunday, November 27, 2011

Colors of Love: Thanksgiving


Thanksgiving was GREAT! It was a time of rest, reunion, and thanks.  I got to see my cousins from Little Rock, Arkansas.  Here are some pictures of their smiling faces and how they are such a great example of God's creation.  All their smiles are different shades of love.








Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Headphones!

  There will always be an obstacle standing in the way to our goals; large or small, thick or thin, they will be there.  A common obstacle for us all is the devil.  He will try to push and pull us in every which way until we decide to fall.  We can't let that happen.  We aren't going to cave in because the devil wants us to.  We are going to keep trying.  Sometimes, there will be non-believers who challenge us to throw away our faith.  Don't let the devil win.  Keep moving forward.  When all of these obstacles just appear before our eyes, we need to put on our headphones.  Let's just put a shield over our ears to keep us from hearing the negative thoughts around us.  When we decide to put on our headphones, God will be spilling into our ears rather than the ugly actions of the devil.  At times, we won't physically be able to protect our ears with headphones.  This is why we learn to have an invisible pair right in our pocket.  If we train ourselves to only focus on the positive and avoid the people who try and tear us down, then we will be able to withdraw from any misleading schemes.  People will try and shoot you down with cold, bitter words, but when we use our headphones to block them out, then we won't have to worry about competing to get the higher stand.  The bigger person is the person who follows God.  God would not want us to compete with our bitter, self-leading words.  God wants us to be the Christians that he is forming us to be.  He wants us to be strong by ignoring the devil and escaping from the challenge of competing with anyone who might pick a fight.  Let's all accept the challenge to put on our headphones and ignore the misleading paths around us.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Comfort in Your Weakness

This is my first post for "Colors of Love."  It is a photo series about God's wondrous miracles all around us.  Colors of love resembles all of the different areas and shades of God's love through the things he has created on Earth.  This first week is about comfort in our weakness.  When we feel like backing out because the fight is weak, we give up on quitting and persevere on winning.  When we do this, God shines through our hearts by showing others the radiant gifts he has established in our identity.  The gifts that God gives us obtain a part of us and are something special and something to be accepted.  It is not in our desire to wish them away but to embrace them and live them out.  When your heart is stuck in a low place because of a weakness or hardship, just remember this verse:  "That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties.  For when I am weak, then I am strong.
-2 Corinthians 12:10."





Sunday, November 13, 2011

Oh, Remind Me!

  All I have ever wanted to be is a writer.  I enjoy finding the perfect words to use when writing a paragraph.  I enjoy searching through old pieces of writing, whether a blog post, a saved file on my computer, or a printed out copy of work that I had completed during school, and remembering where my heart was when I wrote those pieces.  Most of all, I enjoy the freedom in the ability of being yourself when you write.  Through my words, I am only myself.  When I lose track of my life's position, I pull out an old blog post, and God reminds me who I am.  God reminds me that I have a talent.  I am developing my faith each and every day, and my writing is just another way for me to inch even closer to God.  So when I do fall behind and lack motivation, a simple blog post is all I need to remind me of God's purpose for my life.  I don't know where I will be years from now, but I do know that God will use me to make a difference in others' lives.  That is all I have ever wanted to do.  I caught a glimpse of what that feels like just the other day.  I got to share my steps of faith with one of my distant friends.  She told me this:  "Allie, that is an amazing story.  You just changed my life.  You have inspired me more to do everything through Him."  Do you know how good that felt?  Imagine doing that as an occupation.  Imagine becoming a writer and touching people through your words every day!  I can only hope for the day when I am a professional, inspirational writer signing copies of my books and watching it touch the hearts of my readers.  I am counting down the moments...just waiting for God to show me my mission.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

A Bigger Picture

  Do you know the days when you are so focused on yourself that you can't seem to find the true meaning of happiness?  Well, have you ever thought that there is a whole world out there besides yourself?  Maybe you are going through the motions of life and completely missing the big picture...God.  Before I accepted Jesus into my heart, this was my life.  I didn't know that I could live in a way where everyone could see the light in my heart.  I was so focused on myself that I couldn't see anyone else in this world.  I am going to share my journey of faith with all of you who want to listen.

   I was living for myself and myself only.  I did know that there was a God and I "said" that he was living in my heart, even though he really wasn't.  I was one of those people who went around being someone I wasn't.  I got caught up in life and only cared about popularity and how other people looked at me.  Then, the summer of my 13th birthday is when my life was changed forever.  I went on a summer trip with Hope Church, and I truly accepted Jesus into my heart.  I finally understood that life was too tough to handle on my own, so I turned all of my worries over to God.  Now, it is as if the whole world is so different than I used to see it.  There are actually people out there who are suffering..really suffering.  Some of those people don't even have God.  I can't imagine how they can get up every morning and go through each and every day living without God.  Now, it is as if I could make a difference in someone else's life and noticing that makes me open my eyes to see something other than myself.  It really changed who I am inside.  I am so glad that I found out what it truly means to be a Christian because it has changed my life forever.  I just realized that life is so much more than hardships and people that try to tear you down.  There is a God out there who loves me for me, and no one could ever take that away from me.  I am new...and I'm finally not just saying it...I am living it, and that is what makes the difference inside.

   So there is a bigger picture.  There are people other than yourself living in this world, too.  When you finally decide to embrace this fact, then you can lead a totally different lifestyle.  You can learn to lead a life where sharing God's message is a priority.  You can learn to live a life where loving someone else is not a big task, no matter who they are or what their past is.  You can learn to live for God..with God.  The moment you recognize that you can be the change in someone else's life is the moment that your eyes begin to open.  That is the beginning of a new start.  The beginning of a life where God is in control.  It is the beginning of a new you....a person who lives with God.

Don't Step Down


Don't back away..don't give up...it all depends on you.  You are the only person that can make that decision for yourself.  Are you going to keep trying, or will you give up?  Whatever it is you want to achieve, don't let it go!  A dream is a dream to be kept..not one to forget.  No matter how many times the world denies you, prove them that their wrong.  Tell them that you can achieve anything you wish.  You can achieve anything you set your heart to.  Of course, you can only do this with God.  God allows us to be the best we can be and do the greatest things in life.  All we have to do, is believe in ourselves and our dream will come true.






Dream BIG!  Photography is one of my many dreams...and I am going to do it to the best of my ability in order to achieve my dream.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

God Is Always By My Side


No matter how many times we feel lonely and scared, God is always by our side!  Joshua 1:9 says, "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous.  Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go."  God wants us to be bold and discover things about ourselves that we didn't even know were possible.  While we are here on this earth, God wants us to find out why we are here, otherwise known as catching sight of our true identity.  He wants us to carry out the purpose that He created us to fulfill.  There will be bumps along the way, but that is what makes us who we truly are.  Learning to be bold during those tough experiences is what teaches us to be so strong through our whole life.  We learn to recognize that God is in control, and He doesn't place anything in our lives that He knows we can't handle.  God will always be there, no matter what.  Let us put our faith in Him and seek the individual purpose that we all have.

Early Morning Fog

At times, fog may appear in our lives, but we just have to put it behind us while we watch God continue to bless us with each new day.  As fog does come up, it will all go away in God's time, and God won't ever put us through something He knows we can't handle.