Wednesday, March 9, 2011

She Speaks Scholarship Contest

What is She Speaks you may ask? It is a conference that teaches you how to become a better blogger, speaker, writer and leader. Whatever your passion is, it will help you make the most out of it.

I have been wanting to attend this conference for two years now. I haven't been able to due to various issues. I have been contemplating writing a book and wanting to speak about God to an interested audience. I practice this a little through my job at lunch but I can see the beginning of a passion. I have a fear of speaking in front of people (a really big fear) so it is hard for me to admit that this is becoming one of my passions. God must be doing something big in me for me to even want to pursue this. My life is His and for that I say YES!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

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Monday, April 5, 2010

Dear Jesus,

Today is Good Friday and my thoughts go back more than 2,000 years ago when this day brought blood from your forehead due to the anticipation of what was about to happen to you. You knew what would happen, what needed to be done. You knew how the whole day would be played out from the betrayal of Judas to your death on the cross. You asked if there was any other way that this could be accomplished, that this cup be taken from you. But there wasn't. Your love for me was worth more than what you were about to endure. Your love for people who would choose to go against your teaching, people who would deny you, people who would spit on you, people who would sin against you and hurt you over and over again. People who would laugh at your pain as they whipped you with nails. You did this for them. Everything that you went through should have been done to them because you weren't the one who sinned, they were. I am. Yet you took it for them, for me. You took our punishment so that we wouldn't have to. You brought us love, hope and peace that we could never have on our own. Yet we still choose the wrong attitude, the wrong response, the wrong choice, the wrong thought daily. Still you never give up on us, you never stop loving us hoping one day, before it's too late, we'll choose you. I choose you Jesus! Thank you for the greatest gift anyone can give me. Thank you for never leaving me. Thank you for paying a debt I could never pay. You are my hero!

In your name,

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

As I've gotten older I have had the "I don't want to grow up" attitude. Due to unfortunate circumstances in my childhood, I have had to grow up quickly with more responsibility put on me earlier than it should have been. Needless to say my happiness as a child was strained at times.
Because of this I have found the easiest way to handle conflict was to accept it whether I agreed or not, or to run away from it when it got to be too hard to bear. I still occasionally do that today as an adult. Fortunately for me, God loves me enough to change that. He has brought me to a place that is not so easy to run from. He tells me to stay where I am no matter how difficult it might be for me.
He is closer to me now than He has ever been before. Although it seems really hard at times, I know this is where I need to be. Do I still refuse to grow up? Yes. But maturing in my walk with with Christ and being obedient to Him, now that's a definate possibility.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

If you haven't already read "What Happens When Women Say Yes to God" by Lysa TerKeurst, can I just tell you that you're missing out on an amazing book! I recently finished reading this book and can't tell you how it has changed my life. Lysa is an amazing woman of God and you can see her heart throughout this book.

I have drawn so much closer to God just by taking Lysa's advice and saying "Yes" to Him. Hearing God's voice and being "radically obedient" (as Lysa says) will definately take you to amazing places. I have changed from reading this book and others in my life have noticed.

If you want to experience God like never before, read this book and listen for Him to speak to you. It will rock your world!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Amazing is defined as a great surprise or wonder. When I think of the word amazing it instantly brings to mind Amazing Grace. Grace is defined as the exercise of love, kindness, mercy, favor; a reprive (to bring relief). Now in my mind grace alone is a pretty big deal, but when you add amazing to it it becomes, well...amazing! Think about that for a minute, if grace is to exercise love, kindness and mercy to bring relief from something, then amazing grace means a big surprise of love, kindness and mercy to bring relief. That means we are surprised by the amount of love and kindness given to us to bring relief in our lives. That's a huge deal when no one really deserves that big of a pardon. All we have to do to receive that amazing grace is to accept Jesus into our hearts and live our lives for Him. I don't know about you but considering some of my sins, I'm getting on that train!
Think of all the times you've ever hurt anyone, even if you didn't mean to hurt them and all you had to do to be forgiven was ask. They not only forgave you but it was never brought up or thought about again, and their love for you never changed. Now think about that happening over and over again and again. You kept asking for forgiveness and they kept on forgiving, never stopped loving you and never thought about giving up on you.
Now reverse roles and imagine you're the one doing the forgiving. That would be really hard for me, especially that forgetting part. And then my love not only couldn't stop, but it would have to continue to grow for that individual. That's how our God looks at us. I know what you're going to say, "That's why He's God and we're not." But just imagine what kind of world we would have if everyone just tried to forgive and let go even if it's only on a small scale. If 6 billion people could try just a little bit every day not to lose their tempers, not to be jealous, not to brag, not to gossip, not to be too proud to say I'm sorry and to forgive just a little everyday.
It's not easy to forgive, believe me I struggle with holding grudges everyday. But everyday I chip away at it a little bit more until one day it's gone. I'm thankful my heavenly Father doesn't have to do it that way - He just forgives me and loves me just as I am.
Amazing SWEET the sound!