Sunday, August 12, 2018

Rough Spots

There was a quote that I read recently by Anne Keary that inspired this post.
So, here I am going to share bits of what it was talking about, and my personal input, elaborations, etc., even if it's not the exact meaning Anne Keary was trying to get across originally. Here we go....☺ (Read quote here if you want, but I can't say I understand or completely agree with all of it. The link goes to someone else's blog, but I don't know the blog or blogger.)

There can be little hindrances and distractions from the day that keep us from doing what we have planned out for the day, and maybe even just time in the day set aside to focus on God....

But, like the quote talks about, it's these little rough spots are the parts of the day that we can "best offer to God."
So, when something happens in your day that you didn't plan or didn't want that may hinder you from doing what you did plan, like a flat tire or a setback at work, or even forgetting to get something at the grocery store, we can give it to God, follow His example on how to deal with it (what would Jesus do), and be grateful. And one good thing about these experiences is that they sometimes bring to your attention things you may need to change (like an attitude, a situation in your life, a way you deal with something, etc.)

Try to do what Jesus would do when these situations come up, and in a thankful way.
Whether small, medium, or large, give it to God, let Him use it, learn from it, and move on. It'll be okay.

When you go to God & change your attitude, every hindrance can become a help—strengthening you, instead of keeping you down.

What are your thoughts? I would like to hear what you think.

Have a blessed day!
—Your sister in Christ

P.S. Don't forget about the giveaway!
Will you donate or sponsor a child for $33/month, providing food, education, etc.? This need is real, and you can make a difference!

If you are not interested in helping out in that way, you can still enter the giveaway, and spread the word!


Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Give It to God, and Don't Take it Back

Hello readers!
We all have bumps in the road, but we need not let that stop us from continuing on the road we are supposed to walk and in trusting God.
When a bump occurs, what do you do?
You give it to God.
You pray and say that you give it to Him, and you choose to trust Him and follow His will in the situation. You can even ask Him to lead you in what you should do if you need to do something, etc.
Then, following God, do your part (like forgiving, apologizing, making something right, resolving something as far as you personally can, calming down, doing the right thing and not the wrong thing, encouraging peace, agreeing to disagree, etc.), and then leave it up to God, and just be attentive to Him if there is any more you must do in the situation.

I am mainly talking about situations with other people in this post, just so you know. :)

"If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone."
—Romans 12:18 (NIV)

Then, if/when you think about it, pray! Don't worry!

"Don't worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses every thought, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus."
—Philippians 4:6-7 (HCSB)

(I encourage you to look up Phil. 4:6-7 in different versions including NKJV, NLT, & NIV.)

And after you give it to God, NEVER TAKE IT BACK.
Read this... ↓

See how bad that sounds?
We shouldn't want to be like that—but that is kind of what we could be saying if we take (or want to take) something back into our own hands after we were supposed to have given it to God!

Let's take the challenge: trust God and His timing!

You see, if you give something to God, things change.
You can find peace, just like Philippians 4 was talking about, and you don't have to worry, either. God's got it, and He will make all things good in His timing for those who seek Him.

"And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them."
—Romans 8:28

If you are a Christian, following God, and seeking His will in your life, I believe Romans 8:28 applies to you.

If you are not a Christian, what are you waiting for? God's arms are open wide, and He has wanted a relationship with you ever since you were born—and even before that!

"...If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved."
—Romans 10:9

"For 'everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.'"
—Romans 10:13

Love from your sister in Christ,

Friday, August 3, 2018

Please completely read this!

Okay, everyone. I have been on a journey for months now, seeking sponsors. Yes, you may be tired of hearing this same message, but please hear me out. I am working with ChildFund International to help 30 kids in countries where $33/month will literally change their life and impact their future for the better. They need us--they need you and your support. And if you sponsor you will be able to speak into their life as well, for you get to write to them! I have personally experienced this, and am currently waiting to hear back. No, I don't have an income yet, but I am sponsoring in faith. Nothing is impossible with God. ☺
I ask you share this post and please consider sponsoring--contact me directly if you want to sponsor. If you go through the ChildFund website it will not help me with my goal.
Please pray!!!  Not just for me, but for the kids and lives affected.

Have a great day! Bless you all!
-Amy Lane

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

// July 2018 //

The important stuff:
Camp changed me!

Glory and thanks be to God for providing for me to go!

I was in a rough spot with my relationship with God, but now it's better, though still not perfect. I want to be strong everyday in my walk with Him. I got some hope at camp that I want to keep, even though life is hard.

I want to be who God made me, not try to chase other hopefully there will be a lot of good changes in my life!

Lots of good came out of camp and I will hopefully share some more of it later.

I am a child of God, and I am called to some kind of ministry, even if that is just in my everyday life.
I watched a movie last night that shed some light on the whole "being called" thing. It's called This is Our Time (trailer below). It was saying that with God's calling, it's not about what to can do, but being who God wants you to be.

Please pray for me about this stuff, because it is a fight, though we already know who wins in the end—God!

Though it's not exactly the same message, here is one of the messages that was shared at camp(this is the same guy who spoke at camp):

Decided to get rid of a lot of books, and also some other stuff.
3 performances at elderly care facilities, and 1 or 2 elsewhere.
Hanging out with friends at the 4-H fair.
Interning at an art camp.
Going to my first real youth camp! River Point!
Started crocheting a blanket after my friend inspired me.

I'm NOT Taking a Break

Hey! So I said that I was taking a break! Well, I AM NOT GOING TO take a break after all!

P. S. Don't forget the giveaway!
Will you sponsor a child for $33 a month, providing food, education, etc.?
Even if not, you can enter to win coffee and spread the word!


Sunday, July 29, 2018

Camp & Live God Loud & Prayer Requests

I just got back from River Pointe Camp! It was amazing! I will post more later. I know I am suppose to be taking a break from blogging, but I want to post this. So consider me taking an overall break unless I BREAK that break (:P did you catch that?), like right now. :) However, know that I might start posting again and cancel my break or be kinda on it and kinda off it at the same time, which is probably what might happen because I want to post about camp.
Anyway, totally recommend River Pointe Camp.
But this post is partly about how I am starting to read a book called Live God Loud, and it literally is tying in with a whole bunch of stuff from camp!
(Thanks, Sonya, for the book & camp experience!)
I can't tell you an overall rating yet because I picked it up again just today (I have started it in the past, but never finished), but so far it's pretty great! There has been a few little parts that I question a little/don't completely agree with, but other than that it's good so far.
Live God Loud by Ron Luce
Not my picture. Click here for source.
Prayer requests:
That God will make it clear to me whether He wants me to pursue a medical career or not.
Wisdom in handling situations, in the words I say, & relationships.
That God will provide for me to be a missionary if He wants me to be.
That He will show me where He wants me to go with ministry.
That I will continue to draw nearer to God and stronger in my relationship with Him, faith, and fruits of the Spirit.
Some friends/acquaintances who have made wrong decisions, and they need to make them right (you know, as much as they can & in the right ways).
My brother's protection as he works two sometimes challenging jobs.
My other brother's real salvation.
For my sister to have understanding, and wisdom.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

No Borders by Ginny Owens

This is a good song I found today.
Let us love one another with Christ's true love.