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It's the most wonderful time of the year.

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"For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven." --Ecclesiastes 3:1.

For me, this time of year is a season of change. I don't want to leave the place that has been my home away from home for three and a half years, but I'm sure God has greater plans for me.

I'm feeling sentimental, and this is one of those things that would be a bit lengthy for a Facebook post, so here goes nothing (or here goes everything, depending on how you look at it... :P).

First, I'm going to tell you how I made a hiccup during my devos a few nights ago. For December, my RA gave us a 31 Day Scripture Writing Plan. For day 8, I had to write Psalm 72:1-7. I didn't know until I was done (isn't that always the way?) that I accidentally wrote out Psalm 71:1-7 instead, but look at this! It's beautiful for this season of transitioning to the unknown:
"O Lord, I have come to you for protection; don't let me be disgraced. Save me and rescue me, fo…

Let me tell you a story.

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"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened" (Matthew 7:7-8).

On my car ride back to campus tonight, I heard plenty of hints to tell of my story because God has made me a storyteller.

Here's the gist: A door is not declared shut until God says so. 

I love this truth. It boggles my mind. I feel like the longer I follow Christ, the more I see His sense of humor as He orchestrates our joys and trials. Let me give you an example that I'm currently going through, and you have permission to laugh with me! :)

I'm looking for grad school. I have been looking for grad school for over a year. That's kind of a long time... I've been told that looking for grad school is essentially signing up for a three-credit class. I didn't believe the professor who told me that, but now it makes complete sense! I …

Just a friendly public service announcement....

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As of late, I've noticed that my posts have been covering the same general topic, so I'm sorry for the repetition, but I'm not sorry at the same time because it's an issue that every Christian faces one time or another and it should not be faced alone. A good friend told me today that we should stay attached to the Vine. Okay fellow branches, let's help one another with a worldly issue that we combat far too often: fear.

This is going to be a continuation of a post I wrote almost two years ago, but it's definitely an interesting concept: how do we see ourselves in the Bible? How do we relate to the characters in this epic non-fiction novel?

Allow me to introduce myself as Joshua. Read with me in Deuteronomy 31:1-8 along with Joshua 1:6-9 so you don't get confused with my attempt at an analogy:

I came into college knowing that in four years, I would get my degree. It didn't seem like a huge deal because I was a naive little freshman coming into college …

Your beloved needs You now.

This is a beautiful hymn that we were introduced to tonight at Evensong. It spoke so directly to my circumstances, I can't see it any other way but God revealing to me that it's all going to be okay. 

Even though it may not feel like it right now, God is at work and God provides peace that surpasses all understanding. Although I may fear of what lies ahead because I am facing a path that is swallowed by the dark, God wants me to embrace the beauty of the mystery and trust in Him. As followers of Christ, we can look back at all God has done and believe in our hearts that He will sustain all of our needs just as He has done before!

"Be Still My Soul"

Be still, my soul; the Lord is on thy side;
Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain;
Leave to thy God to order and provide;
In every change He faithful will remain.
Be still, my soul; thy best, thy heavenly, Friend
Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.

Be still, my soul; thy God doth undertake
To guide the future as…

Calling ALL prayer warriors!

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"Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interest, but also for the interest of others." --Philippians 2:3-4.

"Are any of you suffering hardships? You should pray. Are any of you happy? You should sing praises. Are any of you sick? You should call for the elders of the church to come and pray over you, anointing you with oil in the name of the Lord. Such a prayer offered in faith will heal the sick, and the Lord will make you well. And if you have committed any sins, you will be forgiven." --James 5:13-15.

I had a strange thought process randomly happen last night, and I can't think of any reason other than God trying to give me a little bit of advice about my prayer life.

I suddenly had a flashback of a time that my friend messaged me on Facebook something along the lines of "Check my most recent post. I think you'll appr…

Moving on....

Proverbs 16 is a good wake-up call to anyone who is looking ahead to a new chapter of life and is shaking in their seat because as of right now, the next chapter is a big question mark on a blank page.

"We can make our own plans, but the LORD gives the right answer." (v.1)
"We can make our own plans, but the LORD determines our steps." (v. 9)


I'm also speaking to myself when I say this, but holy cow! What do you need to be worried about?? Yes, you can have timelines with deadlines or meta-spreadsheets of twenty professors from nineteen of the fifty states in attempts to apply for grad school years in advance (oh wait, maybe that's just me....); but bottom line is that God already knows what's going to happen! ISN'T THAT AMAZING!?

So next time anxiety arises from the wrinkles of your frontal lobe, remember Romans 15 and pray this prayer with me: "God, O Source of hope, fill me completely with joy and peace because I trust in You. Overflow me wit…

A Letter to the Worry Wart

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"Cast ALL your anxiety on him because he cares for you." --1 Peter 5:7.

Mornings alone in the field are interesting. The silence (with small breaks in between for point counts) is a great opportunity for God to give me a news flash. Here's a little letter to worry warts/spazzes/control freaks/etc. out there, including myself (especially myself):

Hey Spazz,

In case you were wondering, you are human. What does that mean? You are not perfect and never will be. Don't strive for it by attempting to have all control. Frankly, there are times in which you cannot have control no matter how hard you try. In my experience, it only gives you a reward of disappointment and defeat. Here's a scenario that will give you a little something to think about:

For my research, I need to wade through midsection-high grasses and follow a GPS to point counts where I listen to birds for fifteen minutes and record where they sing. Cool, right? Not so much when you're in an open field,…

God Sighting Showcase

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Blessings are everywhere. God's greatness is shown through the world He has made. We just need to work toward actively seeking out the beauty and not take it for granted.

Psalm 118:24
"This is the day the LORD has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it." 

#GodSighting

God bless! :)

Remember God.

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It's quite apparent that blogging is unfortunately not high on my priority list, but I am still here, and most importantly, God is continuously working behind the scenes of daily life.

The environment of living at a scientific field research base is interesting. There is a system of who gets what space in the refrigerator, hiking is a must, and fishing for dinner (quite literally fishing in the lake on site and frying the fish that night) is a definite possibility. All of this is wonderful, but this field station is one step closer to the real world in a sense that profanities are thrown about without a second thought and nobody goes to church. The Christian bubble no longer keeps me safe, and I am the minority. All of this may be the case, but my constant prayer is that I see God in the many detailed steps of my day. I praise Him for the details because I know He orchestrates them for my good. Pictured is a cup fungus a few friends and I found while we went on a hike one evening…

White knuckles and sweet peas.

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I love peas. Yes, I remember the days when I had to be forced to the kitchen table and I could not go outside and play with my sister until every pea on my plate was eaten. Ten years later, I'm eager to have them to the point of craving the little buggers. A week and a half ago, I remember telling my roommate that peas sounded so good, but school hadn't served them in a while and I didn't have any cans of peas of my own (I probably could've drained a can and eaten the entire thing cold... that's how excited I was about peas... no joke). Over the course of the week, I had peas at a meal at least five times. It boggled my mind, and God showed me something other than that I must have been lacking vitamin K. Let's hold this thought...

As a senior in my third year of college, it's kind of crazy that I'm going to be walking across a stage in just a few short months and going headfirst into the real world with no idea as to where I'm going. The whole &quo…

He never ceases to amaze.

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What we define as a cliche is not much of a cliche unless it is overstated, making us misrepresent the importance of the statement. When talking about "Christian cliches," we are sometimes simply going through the motions in attempts to comfort ourselves or others by saying that God has a reason for our struggles and will provide peace in our tribulations. Well, that's great and all, but it doesn't mean much while I'm struggling. The meaning is certainly there, but we don't see it at the time. It's when we see God working that our eyes open to the truth of these "cliches."

I'm not particularly fond of the idea of my family moving to a different state despite my wanderlust (ironic, eh?), so when my parents kick into overdrive of finding a new house out of state... needless to say, my first reaction is that I'm a bit upset. Typical, right? There are so many memories in this house: it's my HOME. What am I going to do without this house…

Btw, just a tidbit...

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Just in case you've forgotten (speaking to myself as well), when Satan is at work, he really works. He knows our weaknesses and takes advantage of them like a parasite. I know I have recently felt him attack me because, let's be honest here, I'm a control freak and a perfectionist especially when it comes to my academic performance. Yes, I have had self-pity parties with thoughts like "their GPA is higher which must make me less of a human being" and "I studied hard and got a lower grade than the person next to me who didn't study a wink." Yes, these thoughts will happen, but we can't let Satan control us like that!

If you are like me and need encouragement and motivation, remember who your Savior is. Remember that God has a purpose for you and a grade in a class, or whatever your circumstance is, will not change that purpose. Remember that God doesn't call the qualified; He qualifies the called!

I read this verse last night in my devotiona…

How can it be?

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Well, hello, Blogger! It's been a while. I could go on about how busy life has been being an official senior in college and all, but that's for another time of day.

Right now, this post is a challenge for me and whoever else chooses to stop by to OPEN OUR EYES. Are we aware of how gifted we are? Are we aware of how loved we are by the Almighty?

As of late, I have had the message of "how can it be" running into me and reintroducing itself. How can it be? How can it be what?

Let me tell you:

"And can it bethat I should gain an interest in the Saviour's blood?"

"Jesus, how can it be? He loves me! He is for me!"

"You plead my cause, You right my wrongs, You break my chains, You overcome, You gave your life to give me mine. You say that I am free:how can it be?"

This question has a sense of dumbfounded ecstasy: How can it be that could You possibly justify sacrificing Your life for me? This sacrifice of life that Jesus gave on the cross …