A short break

Sorry guys! I went on a short break last week to go out of town for cheer. It was… well a trip. I honestly thought this trip was going to be a lot of fun, however, I was extremely wrong.

I know not everyone in the world is a Christian, so there is a likely chance some people on my cheer team are not. I found this out the hard way this weekend when a select few decided to do something I wasn’t too fond of or accepting of. I noticed myself  becoming closed off and thinking they shouldn’t be doing this or saying that. I don’t know about y’all, but when life gets rough I get quiet and closed out. This isn’t going to solve anything unfortunately.

So what do I do in this situation? Well, I decided to be me. I mean how are you going to show people to Jesus if you don’t act like Him? A question I get a lot is why am I happy all the time. What is the source of it. Well, it’s Jesus. I haven’t always been a happy-go-lucky type of person. It wasn’t until Jesus stepped into my life and changed me.

Now, acting like Jesus and reaching people are two tough things to attempt, and being in that situation I fled at first. I didn’t want to be around anyone, and it took me awhile to figure out that this wasn’t helping anyone. So, I went back. I stood up to what I believe in. I said no to things I knew were wrong and told them why. Unfortunately, this didn’t stop their poor actions, but hopefully this will one day kick in and be a thought in the back of their minds. There isn’t much else to do. I’m pretty sure preaching to them wouldn’t fix anything either. So, the best I could do was take the high road and be myself.

It was hard to do and hard to watch, but the best thing to do was let God do God and show them Him through me. I know y’all are like “Where’s the punch line??”, there isn’t any. Sometimes being a Christian doesn’t mean a big show to change a person. Now, this isn’t always the case just my personal opinion stance on the situation.  In Philippians 2:12-13 it says, “Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.” 

I pray that in those moments God used me to set an impression on those people. That he used me to “fulfill his good purpose”. I hope you are living your life to “fulfill his good purpose” and continue to do that to reach other people.

Alright guys that’s enough from me, we will continue our series on Greater next week! Have a great day and fulfill your purpose!

Elisha

Today we are going to focus on chapter 3 of Greater. Specifically, our focus will be on a guy named Elisha. Elisha is introduced by Steven Furtick as a “nothing glamorous” ordinary guy “plowing a field”.

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Elisha’s life was a continuous cycle of waking up, working, eating, then sleeping. Nothing changed. You would think Elisha would dislike his basic life, but what he lacked in excitement he leveled out in stability.

I can relate to this. I have a very consistent schedule, however, as I type this my work schedule was just changed….interesting?? Anyhow, my schedule week-to-week is the same. School, work, cheer, eat, and try to find time to sleep. I’ve done this every week for the past 6 months.

But, watch out! Steven warns that things you use to say “I get to (do)” you’ll start saying “I have to (do)”. I slowly started seeing this trend in my daily life. I love what I do, I promise, but sometimes I am rushed and I’m more focused on finishing my work than enjoying it and putting my life and effort into it. (if you don’t know I work as an intern at my local church) 

I can definitely say I feel “stuck” in my routine. Sometimes it makes me question whether or not I’m really enjoying what I am doing or if I feel obligated to go it. I’m at a crossroads in my life. Do I continue to work with students or do I pursue a different direction? I’ve had a recent itch to work with the younger kids at my church. It’s the first place I volunteered way back when and recently I’ve been thinking maybe this is were my calling. I do have a long way to go before I have to make a decision, but it has been a frequent thought of mine the past couple of weeks.

In 1st Kings 19:19-20 it says, So Elijah went from there and found Elisha son of Shaphat. He was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen, and he himself was driving the twelfth pair. Elijah went up to him and threw his cloak around him. Elisha then left his oxen and ran after Elijah.”

Elisha didn’t hesitate to follow Elijah. He knew there was a greater calling him than plowing fields. I hope this calling is presented to me one day. That I’ll be called to something greater than me and something I can’t refuse. Maybe it’ll be student ministry or youth ministry, but for now I’m just the intern. Slowly, very slowly, I’m trying to figure it out (but not by myself, obviously, God and I have been having some one-on-one sessions about this).

I hope y’all liked my commentary on Chapter 3 of Greater by Steven Furtick. If y’all feel a little stuck in your life like me I encourage you to talk to God about it. Living a stagnate life is boring and not what God wants for you. Get out there and live contagiously. Hope y’all have a great week and see y’all back next time!

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” –Hebrews 12:1-3

GREATER

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I know. I’m sorry, I could have come up with a more creative title, but I really wanted to tell y’all what book I’m reading for the next few weeks. It’s Greater by Steven Furtick. I’ve never met Steven Furtick in person, but he has come to my church to speak a few times and is coming back next year for C3 conference (which is really exciting because he’s a really great speaker).

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Anyway, I’ve read the first 2 chapters of the book and so far I like it. I’m not one to read nonfiction books, let alone books based upon Christianity. I’d much rather read the Bible or a small daily devotional if I had the choice. Mostly because I feel those types of books tell me what I need to do and what I’m doing wrong. However, Furtick… Steven… it’s weird calling him either individually… Steven multiple times says he isn’t trying to say if you do this your life will be better, give up this and your prays will be answered, and so-on. He is trying to talk about Jesus and the Bible and how to live a “greater” life.

Steven warns “Most believers aren’t in imminent danger of ruining their lives. They’re facing a danger that’s far greater: wasting them.” When Steven said that it made sense to me. A lot of the time I feel like I’m wasting my life and that I’m not good enough to do the crazy acts and miracles Jesus did. In John 14:12 it says, “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me  will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.” I pretty sure I’ll never be able to cure the blind, but that doesn’t mean I can’t do greater things with Jesus in my heart compared to when I live my life selfishly for my own betterment.

Greater: the life-altering understanding that God is ready to accomplish a kind of greatness in you life that is entirely out of human reach. Beyond Steve Jobs. Beyond what you see in yourself on your best day. But exactly what God has seen in you all along.

Steven hasn’t exactly defined how to live a greater life yet, but he says when you do your confidence in God will grow, and the clarity to know what steps are next in your life, and the courage to do things you wouldn’t necessarily want to do.

That’s just chapter one people. Now on to chapter two. Which I liked a lot, even if it made my own self doubts and shortcomings come to mind. It talked about our “lesser loser life“. Steven tells about his life, but since this is my blog I’ll tell y’all about mine.

I was born in Plano, TX on Oct. 5th, 1994. I grew up in the up and coming city of McKinney. I didn’t know God, I never went to church, and that just how life was. My parents divorced when I was 6 yrs old, and my mom and I continued to live in McKinney until I was 9 yrs old. My dad remarried and shortly after I moved to Plano and switched houses every week between my mom and dad until I was 18 yrs old. Some where in between that time I was introduced to God (read about my story in my past blog post Six Degrees of Separation). Now, unlike Steven I didn’t convince 7 families to leave their lives to build a church, however, I did leave the life I use to have to live a greater one. (except it took awhile to figure out this new life would lead to a greater one)

Backtracking to chapter 1, Steven mentioned some Christians wasting their lives, and I stated that I felt this was a relevant thought that I had for myself. I don’t have doubt that God exists, but I have doubts that I’m worthy enough or I’ll ever live up to the expectations I think God has for me. Steven words it just right, “If the devil can’t suck us into the lesser loser life through complacency, he’ll trap us with condemnation. We believe God can do great things. But we crop ourselves out of the picture.”

Hopefully through this book I/we can learn to live greater lives. We can stop “cropping” ourselves out of Gods plan and wasting the lives He gave us to live and do things like Jesus did in the Bible. Maybe it isn’t multiplying fish and bread, but we’re here for a reason and it’s to live a greater life.

Thanks for read my post for the week. If y’all have any questions or feedback be sure to leave a comment below! Hope y’all are having a great day and see y’all next week!

Farewell Spring Break 2014

Tomorrow is Monday. This means Spring Break is over, my friends are heading back to their colleges, and my sleep schedule is really off and I’m going to be a little grouchy for the next week while I try to make up for it. I’m really sad actually. I had a pretty decent Spring Break. I caught up with my friends and didn’t have any homework for a week. I jut relaxed and took a breather for 9 days. (Pictured: MK, Bradley, Nataly, Me, and Gus. Lincoln showed up later so he isn’t in the picture…obviously).

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Anyway, my Spring Break isn’t the main topic of this post. This actually is going to be a short post about something extra exciting coming up next week! I’m not sure if you have noticed but to the right of my blog there’s a Goodreads Widget of a few books I want to read and guess what?! I have one in my possession and starting next week I will read a few chapters (they’re pretty short) and tell y’all about my readings. What’s the book you might ask? I’m not telling, you’ll have to stay tuned for next week! Get excited, because I am!

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If y’all are in the same boat as me and have to go back to school next week I have a verse for you to get you through it. It’s found in Philippians 4:6-7, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

I know Mondays are tough, but we can make it! Look on the bright side only 2 months left until summer!

What a Week

Last week wasn’t too hot for me, however, this week was a total turn around. So many great things some how got cram-packed together. Seriously if you read last weeks post you knew I had stressful 7 days, but I prayed about it and everything turned around!

Tuesday, I had the absolute joy of going to the Lorde concert down in Dallas with 3 of my best friends. Nataly and I currently go to UTD, but our other 2 friends, Bradley and Lincoln, go to UT in Austin and they drove down for the evening. It was an amazing night and an incredible concert. Lorde performed so well she completely blew me away and the opening act, Lo-Fang, was a surprise too. It definitely was a night I’d relive again… and again. (In the picture it goes Lincoln, me, Bradley, and Nataly)

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Wednesday, at my church we have a youth program called “The Mix”. It’s 6th-12th grade students and we get together to have fun and expand our knowledge on Jesus and what the Bible has to say. I remember going as a student and now I’m an intern there and it’s a whole different experience. Last week we had 5 students gets baptized! It was different watching a student get baptized compared to a friend from school. At The Mix we call ourselves a movement of students that are set on taking over this generation, and that’s what these students are. Week-in and week-out I’m amazed by these students who thirst for the knowledge of the bible and have such a great love for Jesus. Wednesday is continually a highlight of my week.

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Thursday, I had a crazy day. I had brunch with my friend Nataly, but I forgot my wallet and she thankfully paid for my food. Then after class I rushed to my dorm for my roommate to let me in before she left so I won’t be locked out. Literally, I kid you not, 5 seconds after I got off the elevator to my floor the power went out. There was a power-outage all over campus and multiple people got stuck in the elevators in the buildings effected. But praise Jesus He didn’t leave me stuck in an elevator! Not only that I had a government test due that day and I can only imagine the stress and strain that would have put on me if I were to get stuck.

Friday was my little sisters birthday, she turned 11. Linsey and a couple of her closest friends went to Great Wolf Lodge for the night and went to the water park and MagiQuest. She had a blast, and I guess I did too if watching 12 eleven yr olds is a fun evening… (I’m kidding of course!)

Saturday, I had a Basketball game to cheer at and boy was that a game! (Seriously, watch the video linked here!) The UTD boys basketball team is in the NCAA tournament and Saturday they had to win the game to continue on in the tournament to make the “sweet sixteen” top teams. If you didn’t watch the video (which you should it’s only 45 second!) then you would know the teams were tied by the end of the 2nd half. So, overtime was called and it didn’t look too good for UTD. However, they caught up. There’s 9 seconds on the clock and we’re 4 or 5 points behind. The other team fowled so we shot 2 pts then we fowled they missed theirs we dribble the ball down the court and at the buzzer shoot a three pointer! It was insane. I honestly couldn’t believe I show that play right before my eyes (literally, because I’m on the court) Also my family came to the game for a little bit which was exciting too and made the game even better. (Yes, this is my sister Taylor. She is my step-sister so that explains why we don’t look a like. I get questions all the time asking if I’m adopted…I’m not)

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Finally, I end my week with Sunday. Sunday I spend a majority of my day at church. I had the pleasure of being a bobble head and standing around campus with a sign saying “I’m a big hypocrite.” to promote our news series at church. After that I go to FC Kids (our k-5th grade students) to serve with the 4th and 5th grade students. I love this part of my day because I get to help with the special needs and there’s two girls in my class who I’ve “side-by-side”-ed with for over a year now. They’re literally the best kids ever and I love hanging out with them during service every week. After church my mom and I went out to lunch and had some mother daughter time which I love to do when we can (and the place we ate at was to die for, I believe it was Eatzis. I would recommend the lemon cranberry chicken salad). After lunch I rushed to my friend Bradley’s house because him and Lincoln are on Spring Break and came back into town for the week. We hung out all day and Monday morning and it was great to catch up and just hangout (and watch the end of Breaking Bad, because we promised we would watch it together)

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So to sum up this extremely long post about my week, I would like to remind y’all of the power of prayer. Just praying to God to help get you through a tough situation will get you through it! I can personally attest to it, praying has added a whole new dimension to my life I didn’t have before in ways I can’t explain. Before I end I would like to end with a verse I found this week in Mark 11:24 NKJV:

“Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.”

Hope y’all are having a great week and enjoy the spring weather! Don’t forget to comment below if you have any questions or feedback, I’d love to hear from y’all! Also, I know I usually draw my pictures, but I can’t find my cord to my tablet so I hope the original pictures will suffice for the week!

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This was one of those high stress weeks for me, and it took a serious toll on my bible studies. I wasn’t able to crack open my bible like I usually can during the week (except for once, but that was on Sunday and that doesn’t count!). So, you could say I was M.I.A. with my bible for the past 5 days.

I could definitely tell a difference in the way my week went because of my lack of reading. I felt more stressed and that time was slipping away from me. But I got my fix today (Friday) and searched for verses and devotionals online (and in my bible) that focused specifically on busy schedules and lives.

One that really popped out at me was in Matthew 11 verse 28-30.

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Jesus is telling us to give him our burdens lean on him for understanding and for relief. Our way isn’t the high way, but his way is the right way. He’s basically a spiritual garbage dump for all your stress and it’s free with no gimmicks! How sweet is it?! #prettyflippin’sweet

A verse like this gives me relief and a heavy weight off my shoulders. I believe completely in this verse that just sitting down to read your bible, pray to Him, and just spend time in the quiet moments to just reflect to Him everything will go according to plan. In Jeremiah 29:11 He tells us He has a plan for our lives and I know he has the best plan for all who follow Him, so I do my best to follow that path as much as I allow myself to follow it.

I hope this next week no matter how busy you are or stressed out or overwhelmed you get to take the time to talk to God or crack open your bible (or in some cases open your bible app) and take the time to emerge yourself in His presence. I can almost (because He’s God and I’m not) promise that by doing this throughout your week will make your stress levels go down a couple notches.

***Especially pray and search for guidance when you are at your breaking point!***

I wish y’all a stress free week and a warm one too with spring approaching! (At least here in Texas that is!)

Acts of Generosity

The Winter Olympics are coming to a close, and to be completely honest the Winter Olympics aren’t my favorite. The events just don’t capture my attention has much as the Summer Olympics do. However, I do watch on occasion a few events when it’s on just for the fun of it.

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There was a segment on a late night TV news show showing the Men’s cross country skiing event. There was one man, Russian Anton Gafarov, who’s ski broke after a bad fall, but that didn’t stop him from trying to finish the race. It was a tough thing to watch. It breaks your heart to keep watching some one who has trained many years for this only to have to struggle to the finish line.

However, there’s hope. A Canadian coach, Justin Wadsworth,  runs out onto the track and takes his broken ski off and replaces it. This was a true act of kindness, one that has been shown multiple times in the Olympics like when a girl in the ski event who’s pole broke and a Norwegian Coach runs out and gives her a new one even when she pushes his athlete off the medal podium.

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These are the acts of kindness the world needs. Even though these people aren’t from the same country they are unified by the sport they love. And that’s what I love about the Olympics; the love and appreciation for the sport.

This inspires me. It inspires me to step out and be kind to those even if it’s for no reason and has nothing to benefit myself.

Things like this are the kind of actions people need to see and strive to imitate in their lives too. The simplest acts of kindness can make a change that can ripple on to others. Even a small act like paying for the persons food behind you at the drive-thru can make someones day.

I know this isn’t the typical post for my blog with it being only about kindness and not about Jesus or being a devotional, however, I would like to end this with these verses about kindness:

But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil.” - Luke 6:35 

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” - 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 

Reflection on C3 Night

Have you ever waited for something to finally come and when it does you aren’t expecting it? Well, it felt like C3 last year was just yesterday and now it’s coming back.

I’m really excited for C3 this year, because it’s my first year to go more than just one day. If you don’t know what C3 it’s a huge church conference. C3 stands for Creative Church Culture. However it’s not just church related it’s relevant to everyone. It teaches the tools and skills people need to be a great leader in all aspects of their life.

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C3 is a 3 day all day conference. However, for myself I’ll only be going to the “C3 nights”. They’re free and open to the public. It’s going be a night full of worship, learning and reuniting with old friends.

Wednesday kicked off the first night and we had a special guest: Tony Royster. He’s ranked #1 as the worlds best drummer and has been on tour with Jay-Z  for the past 7 years. Before service he had a drum solo and it was incredible. Not only that he also came out at the end of the night and played with the band during the last song. He was even kind enough to take some pictures with our campus after service. (He’s the guy in the red Chicago Bulls shirt in the picture below)

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During the actual service we had our head pastor, Ed Young, open up for C3 and preach for us.  His sermon started about how there’s points in our lives when we tried to run our own lives. However, the moment we give control of our lives to Christ things start to change. But, this choice can’t be forced upon us it has to be something we give willingly and fully.

Pastor Ed then leads to the topic of Hell. Pastor Ed does a great job of adding humor into such a serious topic by joking around with what he’s saying.

“I’m not here to scare the Hell out of you. I’m here to scare the Hell into you.”

Pastor Ed goes into his points of the sermon shortly after introducing the topic of the night starting with: The Reality of Hell. He uses the story in Luke 16 about Lazarus and a wealthy man. Lazarus was a poor man, a beggar. Lazarus would sit outside this wealthy mans gate and beg for just scraps and crumbs, but the rich man never gave him anything. Eventually they both died and the rich man is sent to Hades while Lazarus is chillin with Abraham not suffering from the flames of Hell. Essentially the rich man in Hell begs for any acts of mercy to quench his suffering, but Abraham tells him it too late.

“Then he cried and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.’ But Abraham said, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented.’” -Luke 16:24-25 NKJV

Pastor Ed then brings up, after the story, that Hell isn’t made for humans. It’s for the Devil and demons and God meant Heaven for humans. Everyone is given the chance to go to heaven, however, not everyone goes. Like I mentioned early Hell is a serious topic, one that people should take very seriously. And the Agony of Hell is a point that people need to see and understand. In Luke 16:24-25 is a prime example of how miserable Hell is and how a drop of water will be just satisfying enough to temporarily comfort the once rich man.

“We are born with a reservation in Hell. Jesus lived a righteous life… and offered us an opportunity to put him in the center of our lives. The reservation is canceled and we are offered to live in Heaven forever, and ever, and ever, and ever.”

Next Pastor Ed hits on the topic of: The Evangelism of Hell. The rich man in Luke 16 tries to beg Abraham to somehow warn his brothers about Hell, however, these attempts are rejected: “‘They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.’ And he said, ‘No, father Abraham; but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ But he said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.’” – Luke 16:29-31 It’s told in the Bible somewhere that when one goes to Hell they remember every instance that they had the opportunity to accept Christ and when they go there they pray that everyone alive will avoid Hell because it’s that awful and miserable.

The best way to avoid Hell is to reach to others who don’t know Jesus. But, you can only reach to those who want to be reached. It’s a tough reality to face, but it’s true. The Growth of Hell is a constant thing, “Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able. When once the Master of the house has risen up and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock at the door, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open for us,’ and He will answer and say to you, ‘I do not know you, where you are from,’.” – Luke 13:24-25

“I just checked the stats about death. It’s still hovering at about 100%. 1-out-of-1 die.”

Pastor Ed wraps up the night by saying, “God doesn’t want us to go to Hell, but He’s not going to keep you from Hell.” He then asks why he does what he does. Talking about the “Pros and Cons” of working for the church. He asks the audience repeatably, “Is there a Hell?” he goes on to say, “If there’s not a Hell I’ll sell this (the church)… I could be fishing right now.” And the truth behind this is clarifying. Why spend the money, time, and effort if there’s not a Hell?

Concluding this post I’d like to leave you with this verse it’s found in Luke 13 verses 28-30, “There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, for you will see Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and all the prophets in the Kingdom of God, but you will be thrown out. And people will come from all over the world—from east and west, north and south—to take their places in the Kingdom of God. And note this: Some who seem least important now will be the greatest then, and some who are the greatest now will be least important then.”

Six Degrees of Separation

For my major in school I have to take a basic design principles class. It was during one of these classes we watched this documentary about Six Degrees of Separation. This concept really got me thinking about how this is extremely relevant in the way that people find God… or at least how I did.

For myself, I didn’t just wake up one day and go to church. It was nothing like that at all, I was introduced to it. Of course, I was a lot younger when I started to go to church and things happened in between then and a few years ago when I actually started to understand what church was and who God is and what he has planned for my life.

To sum it up, prior to being introduced to church I had no idea what church was about or who God is.

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So, I started from point ‘A’ when I was invited to church. My first experience was Vacation Bible School (VBS) and that was really fun. I played a bunch of games, got a t-shirt, met some friends, and sang some songs about my best friend being the creator of the universe. At this point, I still didn’t know who God was, but it was a starting point toward my relationship with Him.

Many years later I was signed up for church camp. This camp was built by the same church VBS was held by and it was that summer before 8th grade point ‘B’ started.

It was during camp I realized I wasn’t just singing songs, but worshiping. I wasn’t going to camp to make new friends, but to learn who God is. At the end of the week I was baptized and had a new found relationship that filled a hole I never knew existed.

However, I still didn’t get on the going to church every weekend wagon until a few years later. I definitely believed God existed, but church made me uncomfortable because most the time I was alone which was a major reason why it took so long for me to start going.

So, summer of junior year begins and it’s time for church camp. I met the youth pastor at my campus (if I wasn’t clear before my church has many locations because it’s a satellite church) and when I got home he got me more involved at church and I started serving with his wife in the children’s ministry and started going to the student service Wednesday nights and meeting people (even if it was extremely hard to do). Every week I was getting more involved and serving more time up there. And that’s point ‘C’.

Point ‘D’ was a difficult period and still is for me. That was inviting people to go with me to Wednesday or Sunday service. I invited everyone I knew and it was like pulling teeth to get just one to even consider going with me. Eventually a couple gave in and went with me a few times, which was awesome when they could come, but if they couldn’t it felt like I failed. Even now inviting people is terrifying and difficult to do.

Going back to point ‘C’, I started volunteering and getting more involved. This leads to point ‘E’ when I was asked to volunteer at the same church camp I went to every summer since 8th grade. I was both flattered and terrified… mostly terrified because teaching and leading students to Christ is a big deal. The time in-between the call and camp passed by and I made the familiar drive up to camp.

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I met my other trainer in my group and the girls slowly arrived one-by-one, and my anxiety slowly built up every second. However, the minute day 1 started my relationship with my campers made my anxiety melt away. They were a lively group, but that only made the week more fun and our bond stronger. I never in a million years thought I had even the tiniest urge to be in any type of leadership position.

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Finally, point ‘E’ sparked point ‘F’. Point ‘F’ took a little bit of time to figure out, and to be honest I’m still trying to work it out. To sum it up I found a longing to work at my church. I don’t know where or what I want to do, but all I know is my church is my home. It’s where I am most of the time and where I want to be. I don’t see a future anywhere else. Honestly, I wished I found this out a little sooner so I would’t have had to go through a full semester of Mechanical Engineering classes… but it’s all part of Gods plan and His way is the best way.

So, now I’m interning at my church and I love every minute of it. I don’t always do the most exciting of things, but its leading me somewhere. Eventually that somewhere might lead me into another six degrees of separation to my final destination where ever that maybe, but for now I just going with the flow.

It’s crazy to think that if I just changed one point in all this where I’d be right now. Possibly in Mississippi cheering and still majoring in Engineering. Or in Austin with my friends studying who knows what. But that wasn’t Gods plan for me, he planned me to miss my application to UT and to dislike long drives to Mississippi and to find a desired role of  leadership in my church and meet some of the greatest people I will ever know.

MIX

Jeremiah 29:11

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

Back to Life, Back to Reality

It’s back to good ole UTD for me this week. 2nd semester has started and that means school work, cheerleading, and buying a lot of expensive textbooks. Fortunately, since I experienced 1st semester last year I’m handling it far better this go around.

Study

Last semester I wasn’t as fine tuned to reading my bible as I am now.  For some reason I had the thought if I just randomly started reading somewhere that was Gods message for me for the day… Now, not so much.

Since then I’ve joined a bible study that is crazy deep and the woman running it has so much knowledge  of the Bible it’s insane. I’ve only gone 2 or 3 times but I’ve learned more sitting and listening to her speak than I have trying to take on the Bible by myself.

Bible

This first week back I was reflecting on the first time I went to Ms.M’s (just for her privacy) bible study and the things we discussed.

We talked about how Jesus is the bridegroom and we need to always be prepared for Him and she gave us this verse in Matthew 25 verses 1-13. This talks about 10 virgins who are going to meet the bridegroom and 5 were prepared and had the oil for their lamps and the other 5 didn’t and when the 5 went to finally meet the bridegroom they were shut out and in Matthew 25:13 it says “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.”

This is a very real verse to me because it’s the truth. No one knows when Jesus is coming back even if thousands are convinced they do. However, when the day comes for Him to return I want to be ready and not unprepared and left behind like the 5 virgins. This just puts that fear into perspective and is a constant reminder to always be on my A-game even with my busy schedule.

Also, we read a verse in Hebrews I liked a lot that made me want to read more in the chapter that was relevant to this topic of His return. It’s in Hebrews 10:23-25,

“Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.”

I felt this block of verses spoke volumes to me that this is what my A-game should be like in preparation for His return. Not just for me BUT to also encourage others. This inspired me because that’s exactly what I’m wanting to do through this very blog.

Encouragement

So, that’s my verse of the week: Hebrews 10:23-25. I hope it gives you the encouragement and guide to live your life for and like Christ everyday.

Remember, don’t be a stranger! Leave me some feedback on what y’all want next week as far as content goes. Did you guys like the incorporation of what my bible study talks about? Or just the verses I really liked this week? Both? Leave it down below, I’d love to read it!