Family

15 07 2011

I was out with friends for some half off appetizers at Applebees when the “girlfriend” of one of the guys got brought up.  He claimed that she “wasn’t his girlfriend” and after that comment, the typical “oh yeah, sure she’s not” conversation proceeded. When someone asked when she was coming in to town to visit, I was quick point out that no one brings a girl home without dating her.  I teased him about it a little bit but then his response stopped me. He said “Actually, I really want to know what my family has to say before we start dating.” Stop. Take a note. This rocks!

If your family is even slightly close to each other, they know you better than anybody. They can usually tell right away if she, or in my case he, isn’t good for you. Take their advice and listen to what they have to say!

It’s respectful and shows the character of the guy when he wants to know what the people closest to him have to say. It means he’s not blindly getting into anything based only on emotions; he’s taking it seriously. I feel like that is something a lot of people miss; the aspect of seriousness that dating should have. It should be the time you use to find out whether you are going to marry the person; not just play around with them.

Through the comment that “Steven” made, he gained my respect. I think the way he is handling the relationship is awesome and very encouraging! I also felt bad about teasing him because my thought was “oh, he’s just another guy afraid of commitment and doesn’t know what he thinks about it all.” When the reality was the exact opposite! So, “Steven”, if you read this…Sorry about that! :)





Devo #30

4 06 2011

“It should be your JOY to be tried and tested by God because you know that HE is molding your character into CHRIST-LIKENESS.” – Martha Peace

I’m not gonna lie, today wasn’t the easiest day of my life. But, something I learned was that in the pain, we can find JOY. As I was hurting for a friend, talking with them, praying for them, and seeking out what the Bible says, I found that through the hurt in the situation there is joy because of the love.  To hurt for others is joy. To know that I am getting a taste of what it must feel like for God, is incredible.

Joy isn’t happiness because happiness is simply a feeling. Joy can be a struggle. Joy doesn’t always happen when things are going fine. James 1 :2 says

” Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.”

Joy comes when we learn to love like God and trust fully in Him.

-Kelly





Sexual Healing

1 06 2011

This guy did an awesome job! I love it! He is deep in a very tangible and understandable way.

 





Devo 29

20 05 2011

How do we live for today? What does it look like to live as though today is your last but plan like you have a thousand years left? I’m not altogether sure, but I do know that we, as Christians, can’t live only in the future. We have to plan for it, but we can’t live in it. We have to be willing to pull our attention to the day so that we can be used by God.LIve LIfe Now

One thing I’ve found is that when I am focused only on the future, I can’t live to the fullest right now. The Spirit can’t lead me. I won’t allow it to because I’m not looking for people to love, help, or encourage.

I am a future person and I have this horrible habit of living in it. I focus on college and how much I want to graduate, but in that I miss the time I have left with my family and friends. I miss the opportunities God gives me to love on the people around me. So use TODAY. Allow God to use you and look for ways to be used by Him.

-Kelly





Devo 27

28 04 2011

We are selfish. Have you ever noticed that? If you haven’t, you need to open your eyes to the world and get out of your own little bubble because there are more people than just you hurting.

This weekend my friend’s had the shock of a lifetime. A good friend of theirs took his own life. Hearing this broke my heart! Suicide is a very real reality and the pain of it is excruciating! As I watch my friends hurt, I hurt and it puts my life in perspective. My little “hardships” that I’m going through right now are so small in comparison.

We work together at a sandwich place, and as they grieve it shows at work. They can’t hide it or put it aside while at their job, it simply doesn’t work that way. But some of our coworkers are less than sympathetic at times. They can’t see past themselves and their “problems.” They can’t put away their selfishness and just support, encourage, and love these people in the midst of this pain! This drives me crazy! The pain is unbearable for them and you can see it in their eyes! The least we can do is put aside ourselves and understand that life isn’t all about US.

When we step back and take a look at our lives, what do we focus on? Is it how to make my life better? Or is it how to be selfless? Take a look around you. I guarantee you have people in your life who are hurting more than you are.





Could You Shake His Hand?

20 04 2011

“Above all, I just want to do what God wants me to do… and I want to be able to come out of this relationship and be able to shake her husbands hand and look him in the eye”- a very wise friend of mine

This is a crazy statement to me. This statement screams man of God. Could you honestly say that you treat your relationship with your girlfriend in a way that neither of you will regret later? Are you treating her like you want your future wife to be treated by her boyfriends before you? Just some food for thought. What do you think?





Devo 26

12 04 2011

This song has been the cry of my heart this week!

 

THERE’S A PEACE THAT FLOODS MY SOUL
WHEN THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS IN CONTROL
AND THERE’S A JOY, NO BOUNDS CAN HOLD
WHEN THE SPIRIT BLOWS A FRESH WIND THROUGH MY SOUL
HOLY SPIRIT FLOW THROUGH ME
TOUCH MY HEART AND THERE WILL, THERE WILL BE

SUCH JOY SUCH UNSPEAKABLE JOY
SUCH PEACE AND EVERLASTING PEACE
SUCH LOVE PURE AND HOLY LOVE
SPIRIT HAVE YOUR WAY IN ME