The Shores of Lake Michigan

12 03 2012

Water. We sit on it’s edge and we watch it. We listen to it. We enjoy it. Sometimes, we are even mesmerized by it. People are drawn to the water because of it’s beauty, its ability to refresh and the fun it creates. But have you ever thought of why? Maybe because it is consistent.

We like consistencies. We are comfortable that way. Water is constant. It ebbs  and flows, it soothes and sloshes. When watching it from the shore, we know what is going to happen.

But sometimes it appears differently. If a rock is in the way, it moves around it. If the wind picks up, it stirs. It appears to change. It seems inconsistent, but it’s still water, it just has something to work around.

God. He is consistent, never changing, but sometimes in life there is a rock or some wind. It seems as if God is being inconsistent; saying one thing in the Bible but doing something different in real life. It seems like He is not who He says He is. But it’s just a rock we’ve put in His way.

God and Water. Ever thought the two could be alike?





The Girls Speak

17 10 2011

This video is a little older, but I haven’t put it up in awhile so I thought I’d give you another chance to check it out!





Are You Serving? Or Being Served?

13 10 2011

This past week I became a youth leader in a Jr. High youth group and absolutely love it! After 2 days of being their I knew that these were the people God was telling me to invest in. He has called me to serve. He has called us to serve.

I go to a Christian university and it’s easy to just do Christianity. We are required to go to convo (basically chapel) 3 times a week and then some of us go to church Wednesday nights and Sundays. We have Bible studies all over campus and prayer groups every Tuesday night. We pray in class and the teachers aren’t afraid of the gospel. All of these things are great! And I appreciate them a lot! But, it’s not good to simply let people serve us. We can’t sit and wait for people to feed us the word of God and only invest in our lives. We must invest in theirs as well! Jesus said…

“If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.” Mark 9:35 (emphasis added)

We need to serve. But here’s the catch, you can’t just pray that God will help you invest in peoples lives. You have to be willing to work at investing in their lives by intentionally reaching out to them. It’s not always the easiest thing to do, but then again, God never called us to live an easy life.





Faith-Not an Emotion

10 09 2011

This is a daily devotional from the book My Utmost For His Highest. I just had to share it with you all!

“For a while, we are fully aware of God’s concern for us. But then, when God begins to use us in His work, we begin to take on a pitiful look and talk only of our trials and difficulties. And all the while God is trying to make us do our work as hidden people who are not in the spotlight. None of us would be hidden spiritually if we could help it. Can we do our work when it seems that God has sealed up heaven? Some of us always want to be brightly illuminated saints with golden halos and with the continual glow of inspiration, and to have other saints of God dealing with us all the time. A self-assured saint is of no value to God. He is abnormal, unfit for daily life, and completely unlike God. We are here, not as immature angels, but as men and women, to do the work of this world. And we are to do it with an infinitely greater power to withstand the struggle because we have been born from above.

If we continually try to bring back those exceptional moments of inspiration, it is a sign that it is not God we want. We are becoming obsessed with the moments when God did come and speak with us, and we are insisting that He do it again. But what God wants us to do is to “walk by faith.” How many of us have set ourselves aside as if to say, “I cannot do anything else until God appears to me”? He will never do it. We will have to get up on our own, without any inspiration and without any sudden touch from God. Then comes our surprise and we find ourselves exclaiming, “Why, He was there all the time, and I never knew it!” Never live for those exceptional moments— they are surprises. God will give us His touches of inspiration only when He sees that we are not in danger of being led away by them. We must never consider our moments of inspiration as the standard way of life— our work is our standard.”





The Girl translator

29 08 2011

So, I’m going to start a new thing called “The Girl Translator.” I will try to think of things girls say and tell you what we mean by them. The thing is, sometimes girls try to give you hints because we don’t want to hurt you or make ourselves look bad. With that being said here comes the first one…

Scenario:

You meet a girl in class and hit it off. You have no mutual friends and never run into each other, so the only way to hang out is to be intentional about it. You exchange phone numbers, add each other on facebook, or do whatever it is that you do to communicate, and you message her saying something like “Hey! Want to hang out sometime this week?”

Stop.

If her response is “Yeah! Sure, that’d be fun.” It means that she might interested in getting to know you as more than just a friend.

If her response is something like, “Sure, let’s get a group together and do something!” It’s translated into, “I really do want to hang out with you and get to know you! But I don’t like you as anything more than a friend so I am going to hang out with you, but only, with other people so I don’t lead you on.”

A lot of girls don’t like being straight up because they don’t want to hurt you. Getting a group together is her way of dropping a hint that she’s not interested without coming across as a jerk.  Giving you hints is our way of trying to get out of saying “I don’t like you as anything more than a friend…” The problem with this is that, for the most part, you guys don’t pick up those hints.

What are something girls say/do that you want to understand? I hope this helped in understanding us a little bit more!





Hello?

10 08 2011

Our relationship with God can feel a lot like playing phone tag. You call Him but He doesn’t seem to answer; you can’t hear Him. A little while later He calls back but you don’t hear Him. You, in a sense, hit “ignore”.  Then you call Him again and you get the same response. He calls you and He gets the same response. This cycle can go on and on and frankly, it’s frustrating. We want to hear Him but the problem is we don’t want to listen. Maybe it would be better to say that we simply don’t listen or don’t know how to, but we, as Christians, cannot hit “ignore.” We must talk and listen to the God who created us. Our lives won’t work without listening to Him, but we must listen! He doesn’t always get in our face about things. Sometimes it’s His still small voice that we must find. Sometimes it’s in the quiet that God is revealed.

Take a step back and find a quiet, calm, place to pray, listen, and read your Bible. Spend some much needed time with God. Don’t get frustrated when that time is hard. It’s hard to get the world out of head to focus on God, but when we do it satisfies.

“O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.” Psalm 63:1





7 08 2011

Random, stupid, but my friend thinks it’s hilarious. Sadly, I’d have to say, I agree. Although, I’m not sure why!