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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…

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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 …