Monday, December 13, 2010
Can't believe finals week is already here! I look forward to obliterating them all...well obliterating may be an overstatement.
I just can't wait to get home. It feels like eternity since Thanksgiving. I'm tired, somewhat feeling down (yes it does happen contrary to popular belief), and I don't want to study.
Ok, phew. Now that my bellyaching is out of the way, I better study!
Monday, November 15, 2010
This is one that despite my normally positive attitude, I have had trouble doing. Feelings and emotions quickly get in the way, and I have a choice to either dwell on it or rejoice and be glad. Why does giving into emotions have to be the easier route?
That's why I think a lot of Christians have lost their joy; they're letting circumstances and people get in the way and steal their joy that God has given to them. They have the same mindset as the world.
Don't get me wrong! Rejoicing is by no means easy; especially when that 10-page paper that you haven't even started is due tomorrow, or when you have a conflict with a friend.
But you can rejoice, knowing that even though we may have trouble He has overcome the world (John 16:32-33)! This is not a time to be depressed or down; this is a time to be excited! Full of life! Full of God! When the world sees us, they will want what we have!
Am I shoving aside struggles and confusion? No! Those things can have a negative effect on our emotions. However, if we meditate on that confusion instead of going to the Word of God to find our answer, we're going to be stuck in a rut! I'm not saying that struggles and confusion don't come; I'm stating that when they do come we can stand against it. Just don't make the problem bigger than our God. Rejoice and be glad! Even Paul had to say it again: REJOICE!
And no sky contains
No doubt restrains
All You are
The greatness of our God
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
However, in the week and a half I have ben on this diet, I have found ways to get creative. Since the deli here at school doesn't really have gluten free stuff (except for Fritos:]), I have gone to the caf alot more. It is much easier to find gluten free stuff in the caf rather than the deli :/ However I did have a hamburger with no bun. A little weird yes, but I got to eat!!!
It has been frustrating no lie. Everytime I pass the dessert table in the caf I have to tell myself, "keep walking keep walking!" Also it seems like the stuff I can eat is well...limited.
However, I don't plan on staying off gluten forever! I mean c'mon, after all HIMSELF took my infirmities and bore my diseases! :)
Thursday, June 17, 2010
It has indeed been a wonderful summer so far! I just got back from two weeks in Carthage, MO helping a grandmother take care of three kids while their sister is in St. Judes Hospital and it was awesome!
While their family is together this week, could you keep them in your prayers? :) The sister in St. Judes is making progress and the doctors say that the chemo is working as it should :) Hallelujah!
Anyway, in a few days I will be heading down to my old church in Shreveport, LA to go on a missions trip with them!
We will be ministering to the Apache tribe at the Indian Reservation there in Arizona! This group of people has a high suicide rate and the legal drinking age starts at twelve. This truly is a broken people who need Jesus desperately. They are one of the most unevangelized groups in the world.
By God's grace and favor, we have already raised enough money to go on the trip! Praise the Lord!
Be praying for us as we minister to these people and show them God's love and mercy!
Be praying for protection for our group from thieves, robbers, ect.
Be praying for God's Holy Spirit to be on us as we talk with and share Jesus with these people
Go and make disciples of all nations baptizing them in the Name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Friday, May 28, 2010
It's amazing what kids can do if you let them get away with it.
I mean, half the stuff I see these kids do, I woulda got a spanking for!
However, it has given me a new respect for mothers as a whole. It is more and more clear to me that this job is not for sissies!!!
They are the ones who hold us when we have nightmares, who feed us, clothe us, and make sure we're understanding what we're learning in school.
I remember Mama helping me with my math while I was crying, frustrated, and I repeated over and over that I could never do it! In the end, Mama was frustrated as well.
Mothers do so much, and it just makes me sad to realize that many of the kids I see in this show including myself have never really appreciated Mom for doing all of this!
I resolve to help my mother more while I am at the house and to always let her know that she is loved and appreciated!
One more concern of mine was taken care of just recently:
I went up to Mama. "Mama," I said. "Did I ever cuss at you, kick you, hit you, spit on you? If I did, I'm sooooo sorry!"
Mama just looked at me and grinned. "If you ever did any of those things," she said. "You only did it once."
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Hm. I'm either gonna be fighting or running away before Jesus comes in!
This one has been envy. It has bothered me without end that I am the only one amongst my friends who doesn't have a car (or the skill to drive one) and I can't just come and go as I please.
So again, I strive to be thankful in all circumstances as the Bible tells me to.
This one's gonna be a toughie...
Monday, May 24, 2010
And lovin' it!
However, I have been dealing with some fleshy things. Flesh tells me, "stay home and go to college in state."
Not that I don't like North Central--I LOVE LOVE LOVE it! The people there are wonderful! Wish I could hug each and every one of them right now! But at North Central I'm on my own. I'm not the kid who was out the door the minute I turned 18--God had to tell me! And I'm not sure why but several times during last semester I felt very homesick.
Coming to NCU has gotten me out of my comfort zone for sure. But my flesh hates it. Why? Because home is easier. Home is familiar. Home is comfortable.
So yes that has been a major struggle of mine.
But I already have my mind made up--when the time comes to go back to NCU I'm going no matter how I feel. Why?
"No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God."
Selah :) Thank You Jesus, for enabling me to do that which You have called me to.
Saturday, May 1, 2010
They had one from Isaiah 54:11-55:2, one from Genesis the story of creation, and one from the Psalms! There were others but the one from Isaiah fascinated me most of all! Probably the best passage to lead someone to the Lord with! :)
The Dead Sea Scrolls are going to be in the museum until October 24th 2010. Good summer educational trip for your elementary, junior high, or high school kids! There were more than just the scrolls in the exhibit! There were artifacts from that day like the bowls, flasks, and much more! I highly encourage you to go! It's 28 dollars a person if you're an adult though :/
Here are some pictures from our adventure! These are from the other exhibits as they would not allow us to take pictures of the scrolls themselves :( sad day!
Here is the website if you wanna get tickets!
Seriously, just do it! :)
we had to wear wristbands :)
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Before you stop reading this post, let me make my case.
First off, why do you have to stick those labels to us? I mean, we do believe that God prospers those who seek Him first (Matthew 6:32-33) but the label sounds like an insult the way most people use it.
Here it is right at ya.
These people who preach against us need to listen to us again. We use Scripture. We look at the Hebrew and Greek behind the words. And we're practicing what we believe.
Don't get onto the "televagelists" as they have been labeled and talk badly about them for having an airplane! I mean, c'mon! God has blessed their ministry and their families! BE HAPPY FOR THEM!
And God can and will do the same thing for you! He is no respector of persons! Acts 10:33-35.
For further reading check out Mark 11:22-24.
Sunday, April 11, 2010
A place where ministers and missionaries are born.
A place where your calling is realized.
And a place where amidst the studying, socializing, and extra curriculars you sometimes forget why you're here.
Thankfully, I have the Holy Spirit for that!
I had been wondering why in the world I was here all the way at NCU! I'm fourteen hours away from my home, and am not one who was eager to get away from the nest. This semester, I have struggled with homesickness like you wouldn't believe. But I'm still pressing on.
People often ask me "Why are you all the way at NCU when you could have..." and then name some other college or university with an amazing this program or that program.
Well let me tell you why.
It started in 6th grade. My first summer at church camp. I will never forget it.
My mother came as a camp counselor, and I was excited beyond belief--I was going to church camp!
I expected great things while I was there. I had heard stories of people getting saved, healed, and delivered. No way was I going to miss anything.
And then Mom and I met her.
She was a Deaf teenager by the name of Destanie Hendrix, she had come with an Interpreter, who was a Christian. Mama, having been an interpreter herself back in the day, was asked to help interpret the services for Destanie.
But during a service one night, I found the interpreter (I wish I could remember her name!!!) crying. I asked her if she was alright and she said "I'm worried about Destanie."
"Why?" I asked. "Is she sick?"
"No," the interpreter replied. "It's her soul."
That hit me like a ton of bricks.
At that moment, I knew my life's purpose. To bring the Word of God to the Deaf community, and show them the love of Jesus.
I long to reach out to those both Deaf and hearing, who are hurting and feel lost and alone. I long to hold a child who is heartbroken and be able to tell him that God loves him. And so do I.
That is why I'm here.
Lord, strengthen me, for this task that You have called me to. You said that it was not Your will that any should perish but all come to repentance. I thank You for being with me here at NCU, for being my Source, my guide, my best friend. I thank You for enabling me to do that which You have called me to. I praise Your holy Name, You are great.
In Jesus' precious Name,
Sunday, April 4, 2010
Sheesh. So many have cliche'd it to the point where all we do is go to church and sing a few songs.
Meditate on THIS!!!!!
God made Him who had no sin, to be sin for us, so that through Him we may become the righteousness of God!
He spoiled the principalities and made a show of them openly, triumphing over them through the cross
Surely He has borne my griefs and carried my pains.
I mean really really meditate on these!
My God will meet all your needs according to His riches and glory in Christ Jesus!!
Good grief, get excited!!! You don't have to go to hell!!!! You don't have to stay sick!!! You don't have to remain in poverty!
That's something to shout about!!!
Saturday, March 20, 2010
I'm doing a research paper on women working vs staying at the home with the kids. I had no idea how serious of an issue this was with kids until today.
We had a Steps 2 Beauty sleepover at a local church this weekend. During one of our talks we discussed our sign language song that we were teaching the girls called "In My Arms" by Plumb. If you listen to the song, you can very plainly see that the lyrics are a mother's words to her infant baby. It was so obvious!
However when we asked these ten plus 2-3rd graders who was doing the narrating in this song, we heard answers like "day care worker," "babysitter," and "mom's friend," from about nine out of the ten or eleven girls we had! Only one said "Mama."
My heart aches for her! It's barely comprehendible to someone like me who grew up in a house where Mama stayed home with us and was always there to dry our tears, help us with school, hug us, or give us discipline and instruction.
Now I have a close relationship with my parents and I feel like I can go to them for just about anything!
How many kids miss out on a relationship so precious and so needed in this society?
To all of the 60s feminist ladies.....is having someone else raise your kids worth it?
Is having someone else sing lullabys and giving the children care and attention that you could be giving them worth it?
Is having someone else's morals and values influencing your baby worth it?
Is being distant from your children in later years worth it?
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
I love this song!
And yes, the Healer was in the Chapel today ready to heal me!
But I wasn't ready to be healed.
I knew it would happen if I just dared to believe that God keeps His promises and doesn't let me down.
It just so happened that during one of our songs today, the anointing fell. The faith I needed to do what God had dealt with me to do to receive my healing had dropped in my heart. I had been feeding on God's Word concerning healing for quite some time. Hey faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word (Romans 10:17) And guess what?
I did nothing.
Why do we let fear hold us back from receiving God's goodness?
I didn't trust His goodness this time!
But I will next time!!!! :)
Monday, March 15, 2010
It's taking all the self discipline I have just to get out of bed to go to class every morning, and I honestly don't know why. Last semester, I was like a drag-race vehicle from morning to night. Always full of joy. Always happy.
Well not always, but those obstacles were overcome! Hallelujah!
I heard a minister I greatly respect say "you can tell you're sliding spiritually if you are losing your joy."
When I thought about it, it's true.
So instead of moping around defeated all the time, I need to walk by faith, put a smile on my face, speak the Word and GO!!!! I can honestly say that God's promises have never failed me in that respect.
It got me through a tough semester in the fall. God hasn't changed. So I better get off my franny, speak the Word, and do what I know!
Jesus is the same whether I'm at home or at school. As He is, so are we in this world. 1 John 4:17
Friday, March 12, 2010
Spring Break has been sooooo refreshing! I've gotten to sleep in almost everyday, go to Shreveport and see my brother and my best friends there, got to go shopping with my friend Katie, and got to see my cousin and her b-ball team take the State Championship title!
I can't believe I have to go back in two days. Sigh.
Why can't Spring Break be two weeks instead of one?
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
You may wonder why I have this picture up with the words "when reading God's Word don't run the stop sign."
And I'm telling you why now.
It's because Christians don't take God at His Word.
Oh, they'll believe Matthew 8:17 which says "surely He hath borne our griefs and carried our pains."
But when the symptoms hit full force they'll give up. And when you try to tell them what the Bible says about their situation, they'll say "yeah but...."
Now what does the period in our English language mean?
It means Stop.
Notice there is no "but" after "surely He hath borne our griefs." However, so many Christians seem to think there is!
Don't look at the problem and tell God how big it is. Look at what the Word says about your problem and tell your problem how big your God is!
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Steps2Beauty is an organization here on campus that strives to help girls find their worth in Christ, and that God sees them as beautiful.
This weekend we helped out at a Purity retreat and it was flat out amazing! Best of all, one of the girls we got the privilege of ministering to accepted Jesus as her Savior! Hallelujah!
Thursday, January 21, 2010
17A man in the crowd answered, "Teacher, I brought you my son, who is possessed by a spirit that has robbed him of speech. 18Whenever it seizes him, it throws him to the ground. He foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth and becomes rigid. I asked your disciples to drive out the spirit, but they could not."
19"O unbelieving generation," Jesus replied, "how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy to me."
20So they brought him. When the spirit saw Jesus, it immediately threw the boy into a convulsion. He fell to the ground and rolled around, foaming at the mouth.
21Jesus asked the boy's father, "How long has he been like this?"
"From childhood," he answered. 22"It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us."
23" 'If you can'?" said Jesus. "Everything is possible for him who believes."
24Immediately the boy's father exclaimed, "I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!"
25When Jesus saw that a crowd was running to the scene, he rebuked the evila]" style="font-size: 0.75em; line-height: 0.5em; ">[a] spirit. "You deaf and mute spirit," he said, "I command you, come out of him and never enter him again."
26The spirit shrieked, convulsed him violently and came out. The boy looked so much like a corpse that many said, "He's dead." 27But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him to his feet, and he stood up.
Why did Jesus get onto the disciples like He did. If you keep reading, it says that they had so little faith. He goes onto mention that even faith the size of a mustard seed would move a mountain!!!!
I know alot of people don't like to hear that they don't have alot of faith. But it's true. God got ahold of me with that when I was just fifteen.
I was listening to Kenneth Copeland, and needless to say, was shocked to find out that it WAS God's will to heal all-after all, Jesus didn't tell anyone that God was not willing to heal them. In fact, according to Mark 6:5-6, the few times He didn't is because He COULD NOT! "And He was amazed at their lack of faith."
That hit me like a wet noodle. Then I made a decision to put what I was hearing into practice.
It's a good thing I did too, because a few weeks later, I came down with the flu.
It all started at a varsity basketball game. I was a cheerleader in high school and during my freshmen year I was captain of the squad. In the middle of the halftime chant at a state tournament game, I completely lost my voice-AH! How embarrassing!
When the chant was over, I gathered the squad together, and using some Sign Language, informed them that my voice was gone. They were sympathetic, but at the same time found it rather amusing :)
When I got home that night, Mama immediately poured me a cup of hot Jell-O and put me to bed. I was desperate. We still had another game tomorrow morning, and if my voice was not better I would not be allowed to participate.
So after Mama had finished praying for me and had shut off the light, I turned my lamp on, eager to get my hands on those healing Scriptures I had memorized. I said them over and over again, and rebuked the devil. I then turned off the light satisfied, knowing that one way or the other, I was going to get results simply because I dared to believe His promises.
Next morning, I woke up rather late. Although I was sad about missing the game due to my still having laryngitis, I welcomed the break. It had been extremely busy with school, chores, and leading the squad, so I took it as a day off. Even though I still had not seen results, I remained stubborn and refused to permit laryngitis to stay.
However, it looked like my prayers, confessions, and standing on God's promises were not doing me any good, because later on, I found out that I had the flu. Fantastic.
Oh, it made me mad! No, not at God, at the devil. I guess he saw that I was ready to fight, and was trying to break my resistance.
By the grace of God, even after I was told that I had the flu, I set my face like flint, refusing to believe anything about my physical body other than what the Word of God said, even as my body was being assaulted with symptom after symptom. It got to the point where I couldn't even lift my head off the pillow because it hurt so badly.
Nevertheless I remained firm in my belief that God did not author sickness, nor was it His will for my life. I asked Mama to prop me up with pillows so that I could listen to sermons and read healing scriptures. That was the only thing I did the entire time I was on the bed of sickness. Mama was real good to me during that time, bringing me Jell-O and soup. She believed right along with me the whole time.
A day and a half later, I was up and out of bed, doing chores for Mama and playing the game of catch-up where schoolwork was concerned.
To which I say TO GOD BE ALL THE GLORY!!!!!! :DDD
I can honestly say that none of His promises have ever failed me since. It has been four years since I got that revelation and I am just as excited about it today as I was four years earlier!
Mark 11:22-24. 22"Havea]" style="font-size: 0.75em; line-height: 0.5em; ">[a] faith in God," Jesus answered. 23"I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. 24Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
25During the fourth watch of the night Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. "It's a ghost," they said, and cried out in fear.
27But Jesus immediately said to them: "Take courage! It is I. Don't be afraid."
28"Lord, if it's you," Peter replied, "tell me to come to you on the water."
29"Come," he said.
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, "Lord, save me!"
31Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. "You of little faith," he said, "why did you doubt?"