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Take heed! Potential danger ahead!

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A bouquet of poinsettias looks innocent. The radiant color lights up the room and somehow brings peace to a mind that has constantly been in flight during a long day. Looking skin deep, this may be the case, but if we look a little deeper, there are dark intentions behind its sitting on the windowsill. Within the veins of this plant is a milky sap that is a potential danger to young children and pets if touched or consumed (there have only been two confirmed deaths due to consumption of this plant).

With this scenario in mind, let me tell you a story:
Walking into the dining hall of a castle, it's the sight you would usually see in a movie set in the 1500s: long, sturdy, possibly made of concrete, tables that stretch from one end of the room to the other with each side packed with happy and rowdy people. Nothing is too out of the ordinary until I walk along the side of the room and notice that different people are served distinctly different kinds of soups: one kind is a nasty lo…

TURN AROUND!

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Yes, friends, we go through storms in our lives, but God sees the greater picture: He sees that these circumstances that we're trudging through right now are for our overall good. We obviously can't see that, but we need to turn to God. We need to trust in Him. No matter how we feel, no matter what we think or hear from the devil's taunting whispers, we CAN make it because God resides within us through the Holy Spirit. DO NOT GIVE UP when you feel faint. Walk with your head high, knowing that God is standing by you.

All you gotta do is turn around and see God waiting for you to run to Him.


I'm in a song sharing mood, friends. Enjoy! :)

God bless!

For the wandering and lost.

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I love Pathways Community Church. One thing I greatly appreciate in particular is before starting the sermon, the pastor opens up the floor for community prayer so people can lift up prayer that is laid upon their hearts. I don't have the guts to pray aloud before the congregation, but this is what God laid on my heart this past Sunday:

Lord, the world is a dark and dirty place. Satan has definitely made certain of that. As we sit here this morning, many souls are being lost simply because they don't see God in their lives. I love the church, Father, but I plea to You: never let us forget that the church is beyond these four walls. Help us to go out and shine Your light in the dark. We yearn to be Your ambassadors. Work through us, Lord. It's the greatest privilege I could ever imagine.

We need a sense of urgency as followers of Christ. Our family and friends need our prayers. Whether it is us or someone else that comes into their lives, these people need Jesus. God works …

Give whatcha got.

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"Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions."
--1 John 3:18 (emphasis added).
I've recently had one of those deja vu moments where a topic keeps coming up within the same day or two. It's a freaky type of experience, but I feel like I'm in the process of learning an important lesson:
Thursday--She came into the office while I was working, crying about neck pain. Herfriend was at her side the entire time until someone came in ready to drive her to the hospital. She consoled her and said, "Text me whenyou get back? ... I love you." 
That is where the conviction started. The way in which she cared for her friend was inspiring. Am I that way toward my friends? Do I make it obvious to my friends and those around me that I sincerely care?
Saturday--YouVersion's Bible verse of the day was 1 John 3:18. 
Since I've arrived at Au Sable Institute, I've met a lot of great people, but it seems like I b…

Here's Happy! :)

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I don't like the fact that I've been a Debbie Downer the past couple posts. I want to share God's beauty and splendor amongst all of the evil of this world. Satan can't win a battle that God's already won, and the heavens above and all creation below constantly declare God's glory! :)
















God bless! :)

P.S. Apparently the American Toad wants to make a grand entrance because I have no idea how to shrink the picture (it doesn't show up on the page when I go to edit the post. O.o NINJA TOAD!). Ah well, I suppose. :)

How do I respond?

We all fall short to the glory of God, whether we are the shy child in a third-world country or a first-world Christian radio host. Today, I was shocked to hear about the arrest of John Balyo, one of the hosts of WCSG 91.3 in Grand Rapids. A mix of anger and grief overwhelmed me, and the mixed reactions didn't help my feelings any more. A good majority of people just want to put a bullet in his skull for raping a 12-year-old boy, which is completely understandable due to the severity of the issue (and frankly, it's just sickening to think about). The last thing I want to do, though, is to join the bandwagon of saying I want to off him. 
Maybe I have a bias due to my history with WCSG and how the radio station has made a great influence on my life (but now that I think about it, Balyo didn't make the station how it was. He was just a voice between songs. It was Christ moving through the songs that changed my life, not him), I don't know. I just feel like it is saying a …

Onomatopoeia: 1, 2, 3!

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"If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn't love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal." --1 Corinthians 13:1; NLT.

"And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words." --Mattew 6:7; ESV.

Yeah, it's been a while. I miss having time to blog. Due to sleep deprivation, blog posts between June 10 and August 18 might be a little scatterbrained. Please forgive me in advance.

I will never forget the day when we were at our lock-in at Lincoln Lake Camp, minding our own business singing along, when all of a sudden, the youth pastor stops us in mid-singing to question us: "You are singing these lyrics, but are you really listening to yourself singing those words? Are you truly living out those words? Now sing it again and really mean it."

I often run into this problem: I go to Evensong, lift my hands in praise, bawl like a baby, leav…

"Just call My Name."

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Prayer. To some, it's monotonous. To others, it comes completely natural. There are some people who are afraid to pray or don't feel worthy to call on God because of what they've done or think of doing. Remember that God sent Jesus to redeem you because He loves you. Prayer is the one thing that we constantly look over because we don't directly see the results of its power, but when we do, we shrug it off and call it a coincidence (I've done it before, and I felt like a fool after the fact).

There are other people, and I believe these people break my heart the most, that don't pray because they don't feel they need to. I struggle with this too: I always run to God when trials come my way, but I fail to praise Him through the sunny days. Prayer is essential through the storms and the walks in the park. God yearns for a relationship with us, and prayer is a way to initiate a relationship with Him. Your prayers don't just bounce off the ceiling either. God…

Shape me, Lord! Have Your way in me!

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If you're a human being, you understand at one point or another the heartbreak of seeing a person not acting fulfilled or appreciative of a gift that you put so much thought and heart into getting them, yet they throw away your consideration as if it is nothing. God feels this, too, every single day.

Before we were born, God had an idea in mind of the exactness of how we would be created: the purpose we would have, the gifts and talents we would possess, what difference we would make during our short times on Earth, everything. He knew before we were conceived what our strengths would be, our goals and ambitions, our first loves... He also knew before we were conceived what our family dynamics would be, our greatest insecurities, fears, and weaknesses. All of this was brought to us as a gift of identity, wrapped with the Great Commission that God calls us to live for.

What happens instead? We magnify the flaws in our lives and complain:I could be stronger, I could be smarter, Why…

Stand firm in the faith.

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"But I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth." --Exodus 9:16.

"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations." --Jeremiah 1:5.

"For you created me my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb." --Psalm 139:13.

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'" --Jeremiah 29:11.

"You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart." --Jeremiah 29:13.

From all of the stories I have heard from people who have far more experience in the subject than me, the real world is tough. It's nothing compared to college. Hearing that and knowing how college sometimes rocks my sanity to the point of nonexistence, how on Earth do I know that I ca…

Topsy Turvey Times

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Turn in your Bibles to Psalm 30 if you could, please! This will be majority of what I refer to this time around. Let's look at a couple verses in particular:
"For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning" (v. 5). "Hear, LORD, and be merciful to me; LORD, be my help. You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent. LORD my God, I will praise you forever" (v. 10-12).  Most of this blog post will be an update of my personal life, but God grants us the opportunity to walk with Him and build a testimony so we can share it, right? I pray this encourages someone tonight.

Alright. These past couple weeks have been a little bit dampening on my happy-go-lucky spirits. As a college student, it's naturally pretty hectic, but at this time of the year, I'm concerned about what I'm goi…

{Blogger Spotlight}

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Life With My Dance Teacher : Be There!: “Do not be afraid, for I am with you…” --Isaiah 43:5

I love this blog post by Robbie Iobst. I especially love this quote:
"In the world of Christianity, we often think that because we are honored to follow Jesus, we have the responsibility to fix others and their problems. But many times, we get in the Spirit's way in an effort to be spiritual." In my group of friends at college, there are many--myself included--who yearn to help others in times of sadness, despair, frustration, etc. but we sometimes make the situations worse without realizing it. We also have the possibility of accidentally taking the burden on our shoulders as our own, which isn't healthy seeing how we have our own lives to worry about.

My mom phrases it beautifully when it comes to this: "Be sure to care, not carry."

The quote that I mentioned, too, reminds me of a song (surprising, right?):
"People aren't confused by the Gospel; they'…

Let's have a chat, Mirror.

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"Then God said, 'Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness....'" --Genesis 1:26a.

"Your beauty should not come from outward adornment such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight." --1 Peter 3:3-4.

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well." --Psalm 139:14

Whether we like it or not, society make an impact--big or small-- on how we view life. In that view of life, there is our definition of beauty and whether or not we meet that standard. I've written on this topic before, but it's important for us to realize something: Satan's usual accomplice in the mission to tear us apart is the simple reflective surface in which we view ourselves. He whispers in our ears that we aren't good enough:

DISGR…

Let's make things a little easier.

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Recently, I have been informed that my URL is ridiculously long, and the question was posed: "How on Earth do people find you with a site name like THAT?!" Well, to make things a little easier for those who like to directly search for my site, I used the nifty tinyURL site and made a short and sweet version... it still comes to the same place! It's just ten times shorter. Haha!

<<http://tinyurl.com/gingertalk9z>>

Remember this name. Tell your friends! :)

God bless!

Bring in the Cheese! :)

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"Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will." --Romans 12:2.

"The King will reply, 'Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you have done for me.'" --Matthew 25:40.

"Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it." --Hebrews 13:2.

The world is drifting farther and farther from God: we see this every morning when we turn on the daily news. Some would say we are leaving Eden, the perfect picture of how God created us to live. We all know how the story goes: sin corrupts that beautiful serene picture and replaced the peace with chaos and life with murder and suicide. Rather than succumbing to the ways of the world, constantly living in love like Jesus did and still …

To the rebellious heart.

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If you haven't noticed, I'm kind of in a video sharing frenzy right now (if you call two videos a frenzy.. I digress). The first time I heard this song, my heart broke. I love the story of the prodigal son, and the fact that Sovereign Grace Music beautifully depicted this story through music and actionJones depicted this story through pictures brings me to tears every time. We are prone to wander because we feel that our way is the best. We go our own way and fall because we are not perfect. No matter how hard we try to keep ourselves from falling, we find ourselves on the ground. Failure is inevitable without Christ, BUT God loves us and will not leave us to fall away into nothing. He holds out His arms for us to come back to Him. He celebrates when His child who was once lost is now found; we were dead, but now we find life in His arms.*

Calm your heart, rebel. Find security in the foundation that is firm: Jesus Christ. Look to the cross and see how much He loves you.

God b…

Don't lie.

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Because of the fall, homes are broken: relationships are shattered because of words and actions that cannot be taken back. Domestic abuse is a real thing that I have never experienced, but many do. Rather than trying to cover up the bruises and wounds with lies, someone needs to be told that can help you out of the situation. Do not take the abuse anymore. Stand up with the strength that God promises when you call on His name.

God bless!

So....how about that heat?

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"See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland." --Isaiah 43:19

"But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." --Isaiah 40:31


I personally would love to see some heat right now. I don't like having high temperatures in the single digits, and the snow is pretty, but I just want Spring to come. I digress.

It's a common phrase to call a troubling time in our lives a time when we're "walking through a desert" primarily because of the story in the Old Testament with God sending the Israelites to wander in the desert for forty years after not going into the Promised Land as He called them to. We may not have to deal with the dehydration and sunburn, but like the Israelites, we are tired when we hit these moments in our walks with God. I persona…

Choose your spectacles.

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Holy cow! Happy March! My opinion on the debate from FEBRUARY is long overdue. Well, here's my take. I'd love to hear other people's opinions as well. :)

I have heard from a multitude of professors in my college career that when it comes to the creation-evolution debate, evidence provided from both sides is essentially the same evidence: the same numbers and observations are being presented. The difference lies in the perspective in which the evidence is examined. I believe that the Ken Ham-Bill Nye debate shows us a great example of this idea. Here, we have two intelligent men in their fields of study, but in essence, this debate was loaded with circular reasoning, defensive listening, and logical fallacies. One that especially struck me was when Nye blatantly said "...the problem, Mr. Ham, is you" in the context of religious scientists fully believing in the evolutionary theory. To me, that kind of personal attack toward Ham is incredibly unprofessional. I do …

The heat is on!

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For those of you who are like me and were raised in public schools, this will be a ground shaker for you: Answers in Genesis CEO Ken Ham and Bill Nye the Science Guy (yeah, I know!) are going to be undergoing the biggest debate in Creation/Evolution history! I don't know about you, but I'm definitely streaming this on February 4th.

Personally, I am all for what Ken Ham represents at AiG. I hope to be someday be one of the many scientists that dedicate their research to glorifying God. With a debate, of course there must be an opposition. Some of my acquaintances believe that Ham is going to be dished on a silver dish by Nye primarily because of the attitude that Ham has toward Creationism and how he presents it. It's kind of understandable: I grew up watching Bill Nye the Science guy. He's a familiar face; therefore, it would seem logical to lean more toward him. I didn't learn about Ham and what he believes until my freshman year of college. What does Ham have to…

We are here, we are here, we are here!

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I have just recently learned about this directory that compiles a multitude of Christian blogs together so believers can look at all that is offered to read. I thought that was intriguing, so I'm going to give it a try. Hopefully the directory people like what I have to offer for the glory of God. :)

I guess I'll be the blogspot guinea pig (I'm probably not the first one to do this, but it looks complicated.. I mean, look at the text links I need to paste. It looks like a different language! We'll see how it goes! :D).

<a href="http://faithfulbloggers.com" alt="Christian 

<a href=”http://faithfulbloggers.com”>Christian Bloggers</a>

God bless!

WWJD?

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For those of you who are not aware of what this abbreviation means, the title of this post is asking you "What Would Jesus Do?" It is a question that has been asked to me ever since I was barely able to read with my beginner Bible, but it's a difficult question to answer!

Tonight, I had the privilege of just laying on my bed, allowing my brain to wander. I was surprised where it landed and decided to linger: it stayed back at a time last year where I was going through immense heartbreak from a person who I thought was my friend but soon found after 2013 began that he wasn't. Even worse, they weren't.

Anyways, I didn't know why I would go back to that time in my life--that night that a person I thought was my friend was embracing me, crying in my ear as I crumbled into a vulnerable mush in her arms. It was a God moment by far, but why after so long was my mind going there? Old feelings began to rise: frustration, confusion, anger, depression...so many question…

CATCHING UP!

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Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, a very Merry Un-Birthday to you, and Happy Kiss-A-Ginger day (didn't know about this one until this evening. Crazy, eh? O.o)! Phew. I think I got everything...

God certainly provides at all times. From our last litter of three puppies, the last (but certainly not least, the porker is just like his daddy! haha) went to his forever loving home yesterday. Everyone is so happy! Praise God! :) And of course there were plenty of laughs (see below).


I pray that you all had a great start to your 2014 and have a blessed year! Let's see where God takes this blog and all of us this year. :)

God bless!