Thursday, February 28, 2019

❄ February ❅ 2019 ❆

beautiful sunset
driving in the country
writing letters again
deleting stuff
editing & selling photography
began reading __not a fan.__
needing Jesus more and more
worship band
found a lost book
got rid of stuff
a walk in the woods__God's glory is evident if we look__don't take it all for granted
^going off the main path^remembering &  finding beautiful scenery
if we seek Him we are going to find Him...but are we going to seek Him?
experimenting with ramen noodles
eating ramen noodles and watching __Faith Like Potatoes__with a friend
new experiences
sunday night dinners with family
a lot of self-reflection
a lot of hard times personally, but that's ok
YLFTL get together
picnic with friends
young people's gathering
women's conference
beautiful things
a lot of good things....

praise: God has been working, blessing, and providing.
prayer requests: health for all my family and healing, personal relationship with God to be stronger

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Pics from Today....

Took these 2-23-19.

"Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come."
—Matthew 24:42

"'He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death' or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away."
—Revelation 21:4

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

What if we loved?

What if we loved others—
A little bolder,
A little bigger,
A little stronger,
A little more evidently,
A little more respectfully,
A little more with our actions,
A little more selflessly,
A little more with our heart,
A little more steadily,
A little more without turning away at anything that may not agree with us,
A little more resiliently...

Now let me ask you a question:
What would happen...if we really loved?
Would new and good change come?
Could we lead someone closer to Jesus?
Could we brighten up someone's day? Even our day?
Could we help stop evil, and start good?

1 Peter 3:9
"Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called that you may inherit a blessing."

Matthew 22:37—39
"Jesus replied: 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'"

This song doesn't completely have to do with what is written above, but I thought of it, and so here it is. It's a good song, and does have some to do with this post. :D We are all learning to love.
Learning to Love, by Consumed By Fire

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Wishing for a Valentine or Already Have One?

Hello! I wrote this post in 2017, when !y blog was named Living in Faith and Fun, but am re-posting this blog post today. I know it holds metaphors, and might be a little cheesy, etc. in some people's eyes, but it holds a lot of truth. Comment below on your thoughts! Have a wonderful day!

Wishing for a Valentine? Got one? Listen up, y'all. :)
Well, believe it or not, you have One who is asking to be your Valentine.
Do you know who I am talking about?
No, it's not your school/church crush, it's not that cashier at Walmart, and it's not the teller at the bank.

It's God...straight up! :P

So sure, this might seem classic for a Christian to say. But no matter how much you commercialize it, how much you say it, how much you try to share it, it will ALWAYS be true, even after this world has passed away.

He wants to be your love. Your first, truest, sincerest lover, and #1 love.
This doesn't necessarily mean your first love as in He was the first one you loved ever, but instead your "first in your life" love. [The one you put above all others.] You love Him more than A.N.Y.T.H.I.N.G.—even life itself. Sounds radical, right?

That's crazy love—in a good way.

Are you willing to take the challenge and let God be your #1 love?

This love, however, does not stop being celebrated after today, Valentine's Day, but should be reflected upon and rejoiced in everyday for the rest of your days--eternity!

And get this. He has already decided on you to be His Valentine, even if you choose not to be back.
Isaiah 43:1 says (and this is God speaking):
"Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are Mine."
See! Right there: "You are Mine"! 😋 I know that this may not be the context they meant it in, but God still chooses us. So even if you don't answer Him back, God loves you deeply, and has already chosen you. Will you accept Him? If so, don't wait 'til later. Do it now, and step into His intimate love.
"This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent us His son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins."
1 John 4:10 (NIV)

So how do you do this? How do you accept Him? And also, how do you become His child, and receive salvation? How do you become saved?

Ask Jesus into your heart, to be the Lord and savior of your life, and to be your one true love. Confess with your mouth and believe in your heart that Jesus is Lord and that God has raised Him from the dead after He died for our sins on the cross.
If you're already a Christian, you can still do this!
Ask God to help you let Him be your first lover.

And whether you have a Valentine this year or not, you still can receive and allow this True, Forever Valentine in your life! His love will never pass away.

And don't forget! He sacrificed His life for you--'cuz He loves you! He always has, and always will. HE CREATED YOU TO LOVE!

Wanting a love letter?
The Bible is your answer.
There is a lot of good verses in there, supporting the truth that God loves you!
Isaiah 43: 1-7 is a good one, and so many others, especially in the New Testament.

Wanting a love song?

1 Corinthians 13
1 John
Isaiah 43
Romans 5:8
& try Googling verses about love, and you can probably find lots more!

And before you go...I want you to watch this video, a testimony to God's love.
Because this is the truth: we have to go to God, yes, and follow Him, but ultimately this life is NOT ABOUT US. It is about God. We have to surrender. Let Him be our Valentine, FOREVER, but no, it ultimately is not about us. It's about God. And He loves us, and goes unimaginable lengths to show us.

So hang in there, and watch this testimony--it's amazing!

Let's take the challenge of making God our #1 love!

The Bible says: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind" (Luke 10:27).

Not only should He be your first love, but He NEEDS to be your first love.

God bless you all!

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Wherever God is, Whatever God Wants

brown wooden map board

“…I will not be overcome, I will not be overcome, You are my hope, You are my hope…”  (A song by Hope Church Worship, but I don’t know the title)
The first time I heard this song, I think they used both the words “home” and “hope”, starting with home, but I am still not sure about the whole thing. When they switched to “hope” I didn’t know at first, and kept singing “home”. For me at the time, this was more important than getting the words right, though, so it was okay.
Wherever God is, that’s my home, AND I’M OKAY WITH THAT.
Wherever God leads me, I choose to embrace it, even though it may be really hard to leave what I think of as home; even though it may be hard to leave many things.
“Where the spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom”    (Where the Spirit of the Lord Is, by Hillsong Worship)
If God calls me to change, I hope I change, because that is the kind of change I shouldn’t regret in the end. Whether physical or of another sort, His change means that there is something more He has in store for us, more people for me to touch with Him, and more He wants me to experience…and that can be exciting, though scary to our carnal minds at times. However, we are not meant to be carnally minded, but spiritually minded. R o m a n s   8 : 6.  Cast your cares on Him, for He cares for you.  1  P e t e r  5 : 7 ,  P s a l m  5 5 : 2 2
If we don’t change with Him, and follow the Lord, we will never reach our full potential.  E s t h e r  4 : 1 4 .  If we don’t make Christ our home, and our hope, then we will never be filled.
Don’t let fear, and longing for a different or past life stop you from stepping into the amazing life God has planned for you. Don’t hold back anything from God, but let Him use it all.
“…He can use it all…”             (Use It All, by Kacey Baugh & Rachel Barrentine)

Monday, February 4, 2019

God Calls the Likely & the Unlikely.

silhouette of person jumping during dawn
You don’t have to be a pro.
God called us all to sharing the gospel…we just don’t all respond.
God called a man, who, at infancy had a death sentence but was miraculously raised by the same family who wanted to kill him. When he was older, he murdered a man, and fled into the wilderness.  Now that you know some of his back story, just think about this: though he was a murderer and fugitive from his adoptive family, God wanted him to lead His country into freedom, and worship.  Yes, he had a hard time, and even had his brother (blood, not adoptive) speak for him because he was worried about his stutter. This man’s name was Moses.
God called a girl, an orphan, raised by her cousin, whose people were under racial scorn, to become a queen, and save God’s people from annihilation. Yes, she had a hard time, and procrastinated some, but ultimately, she followed God, and He provided, and worked wonders. Her name was Hadassah, or Esther, as she is more broadly known.    E s t h e r   4 : 1 4
God used David, a poor boy with great faith, and the courage to stand up to defend God when a giant—a huge, tall, and strong warrior—dared to speak against God, etc. God made David king, and used him to lead His people and country even before officially becoming the king of Israel.  Even so, while he was king he ordered an innocent man to be killed and stole the same man’s wife, among other things. However, God still used him, even after that, and loved him no less.
Now don’t tell me God just uses the ones who are seemingly perfect (take note that no one is perfect). God uses EVERYONE, if they let Him use them.
God doesn’t like sin, and doesn’t condone it, but He will not let that get in the way of Him using you for a greater purpose—His wonderful purpose—and that is why there is GRACE. Why? He loves us, He created us, He knows that sin can be turned into a testimony that will bring even more into His kingdom, and He wants a relationship with us, etc.
Don’t think for a moment that God can’t use you. Whether you were raised in church or on the streets.
Don’t think for a moment that God can’t use the ones around you. I once saw a quote that went something like this, “Don’t judge people because they sin differently than you do”, and it’s so true. We all sin, and we all fall short of the glory of God. Sin is sin, and grace is grace. Choose to through the eyes of GRACE, not judgement. Leave the judging to the just Judge, God.
So do you have something unresolved? Go to God, and He will forgive. Then, forgive yourself, and move on…and into God’s amazing calling for you.
You don’t have to know the next step to follow God, just take the step in front of you. You don’t have to focus on the last moment or the next moment, just this moment.
Trust God with the rest, for He is capable, loving, and awesome!

Friday, February 1, 2019

Dear Nashville

Nashville, I long to hear your music
Once again

Nashville, I miss your "magic"
And the dreams it brought to life and gave me

Nashville, I hope to see you again
You are somehow a part of me now

Nashville, I hope I never forget
How you changed my life forever