Monday, August 24, 2009

For I will Yet Praise Him

This last week has not been real encouraging in the worlds view of encouraging, but in God's body! Even though there is still no job, my computer crashing and erasing everything, forgetting to role my windows up in my car (twice) while its raining, and dropping almost everything I pick up - I have found some joy. Those things are: the community I have the blessing to partake in this year, the beautiful children that I am surrounded by, the Love that my home brings to me all the way from A-ville, and the complete everlasting hope that my heavenly Father pours out upon me!

It was so easy just to focus on the bad even when knowing and saying that the Lord will provide. It's believing that HE WILL PROVIDE! It's not just words, its deep actual belief that my creator will not let me become defeated, but will provide in time, in His timing. I've told people that before and am now in that situation. I want to believe and want to trust that He will provide. I want the words that come out of my mouth to be more than just words; I want myself to believe that they are complete truth!


Psalm 42:11
Why are you downcast, O my soul
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise him,
my Savior and my God.


Tuesday, August 18, 2009


It has been 5 days since move in, and things are going great. The transition was not bad at all. Of course there was a little stress with all the meetings and information, but over all it went really well. I have to say that I am very glad to have met the entire house before moving in or it would have been really awkward. We have had our moments, but it's been fairly easy getting comfortable! Aubree and Micah are great (house parents) and have been really helpful in making us all feel at home! Liza, their daughter is so sweet and so much fun. The whole house is very welcoming and a great place to be and I am very thankful!

We had our first meetings with our leaders over our internships. I am working with Brittney Becker and know her already pretty well, so I was more then excited to hear that I would be working with her. I am interning with Broad River Community Church (BRCC) in organizing the weekly email, updating the email lists, making announcements about upcoming events, planning certain events, typing out the Sunday worship slides, communicating with all the team leaders, coming up with volunteer and outreach opportunities, and scheduling greeters. I am very excited! My first church wide email will be sent out tomorrow...pretty nerve wrecking actually.

My first "event" that I am over is the Volunteer Fair that is on the 30th. I have to make announcements for that, contact all the team leaders of the different ministries and make sure I have all of their info that I need, order food for that night, set up, etc. It's pretty crazy, but I am really enjoying it. I love this type of thing, and when I actually get to make it my own really excites me! Even so I have to remind myself that BRCC is not like any other church out there, they are their own body and they like it that way. It's really cool to see how much they put in making a strong community together and really strive to have strong relationships with one another the way God intended it in the first place. It will definitely be a blessing to be a part of that this year.

This week time will be taken up by internship things that need done like making flyers, sign up sheets, sending out the email, contacting team leaders, and then job hunting. No interviews yet, but I am still trusting that the Lord has it under control and that it will come!

I hope all who are reading this are being blessed by the Lord and that they will be encouraged to know that God is doing a work not only here but everywhere. He loves you and wants you to know that He is standing right by you! Be Blessed!

Friday, August 14, 2009

The Journey Beginning

"The Journey of a thousand miles begins with one step"

This quote is on a ring of mine that I found at JCPenny of all places. It was so appropriate for whats about to happen in the next stage of my life. Moving to another place, living with 8 (well 12) new people, being in serious discipleship, working, building community, serving, searching what the Lord has for my life is HUGE! It's not only taking a leap leap of faith, but taking my WAY out of my comfort zone. Lord be with me... (laughs). God has a plan, I just know it. He will use this time to pluck things out that need to be plucked, grow in me things that need growth, and reveal things to me that need revealing. God has a plan, I just know it!

So here I go, on that journey, taking that first step!

Eph. 3:14-21

Monday, August 10, 2009

Peace beyond and above the Circumstances

In church yesterday my Pastor spoke on Hannah and just what an amazing woman she was. How she was not able to have children and the persecution that came with that from Elkanna's other wife. How she would go every year to the temple and ask the Lord for a son and that she would give him right back to Him to serve in the temple! My pastor brought up the thought on how Hannah knew that the Lord was going to use her son in mighty ways and wanted to fulfill that call by having the son that she truly longed for, even so it needed to be in Gods timing (1 Samuel 1). God's timing is so perfect, but it usually is never on our time! When we ask for healing, direction, peace, help, ect. His timing and His plan to answer that is to ultimately glorify Him no matter what. I had the realization that God has to know that our hearts must be right with Him so that when that prayer is answered that we give God the glory and gratitude He deserves! It's all because of Him that we are even here, so why not give Him the glory for all that we do? What keeps us from doing that every day, what makes us forget that the God who created this world also created the breath that makes you and I live every day? When do we show gratitude for just living to God?

In having this realization there has been such peace. Knowing that even though there are prayers of mine that have not been answered there is still time for the God of All to do His work, but ultimately it is up to Him and He must receive all the praise! And believe it or not, there is peace with that! Peace in the fact that He will provide, He will heal, He will give direction if my heart is in the right place, seeking after Him, and being obedient to what His word tells me to do! It is peace beyond and above the circumstances in life! God has it under control and He wants you to know that!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

7 Days till Move in!!

Today begins the count down of moving into CDH!! Everyone is really excited to just get started and see what's going to happen in this year of discipleship and community! I can't wait to get started and to be in such an amazing community! My prayer is that the Lord would do as He pleases and use us to do His work. That He would reveal to us what true community is and allow us to find our true purpose in the body of Christ! He has been so good in providing so far and I trust that He will do so each month. I'm still praying for a job, but I know that He will provide! Thank you Jesus for this opportunity and I want to be overtaken by You and Your Spirit! Move this year and in the years to come Lord. Show Your heart to us and allow us to act on what you call us to do!