White Water Rafting and God

20 07 2011

Today, I went white water rafting with my brother and future-sister-in-law in Colorado down the Arkansas river. About half way through the trip, our guide pulls us along side the bank and says we can get out and jump off a rock across the river. To get there, we had to jump off a smaller rock, into a currant, and swim to the other side. You had to swim hard and as if you were trying to go up stream to keep from getting swept down river. Once we were on the other side and had our fun jumping off the rocks, we had to jump off a different rock, into the same rough water, and swim back to our raft. It was a lot of fun and when we all got back to the raft one out of breath lady asked, “So what class rapids did we just swim through?” Our guide just looked at her with a puzzled smile and answered “That was a swift current.” A few of us chuckled at that one.

I thought about this scenario, and realized this can be applied to our lives. Just like the woman thought the water was worse than it was, we also tend to think the things we go through are worse than they are. The water was rough and hard to swim through, just as our circumstances can be hard to get through. But sometimes stepping back and looking at it gives us a different perspective. God can also use people, like the guide, to bring us to reality and say “It’s really not that bad.”

God is there for you when you are in the middle of the swift current. Reach out and grab His hand like Peter did when he walked on water (read Matthew 14 for full story).

“Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”

31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “Why did you doubt?”

Matthew 14:29-31

Just my thought after a fun day of rafting!



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 31

13 07 2011

I have been reading the book The Case for Faith by Lee Strobel and a man gave a very good illustration for faith. He asked if he were to pull something out of his pocket, hold it in his hand so we couldn’t see it, and tell us it was a dime, would we believe him? My answer would be “yes.” I  have no reason to believe otherwise and I have faith that he’s telling the truth. He then said that he was about to kill that faith. As soon as he opened his hand the faith will die because we have the solid fact of knowing. We no longer need faith in him because we can see it with our own eyes.

In the same way, God has shown us proof of His existence (which would be the same as telling us the dime was in the hand), but if He were to reveal Himself fully, we would have no need for faith; we would have too much knowledge. Faith is complete trust and confidence in someone or something. We wouldn’t have need for it if God showed Himself to us in a way which created no doubt or uncertainty. Just like when the hand was opened, our faith died, the same would happen with our relationships with God.


Who Am I?

27 06 2011

Have you ever asked yourself that question? If you haven’t, ask yourself the question right now “Who Am I?” Right off the bat I think of the obvious things such as name, age, job, school, people I hang out with, ect. But these things don’t define who you are. They show aspects about you.

So, who am I?

Am I the same person at church, work, school, or even when I’m alone?

This is a very big question that we should all answer. If we can’t answer it, it’s something we need to struggle through.

I start wondering who I am as soon as I start to drift from God. Without Him, my life doesn’t make sense and I don’t know what my purpose is. I struggle with the question “Who Am I?” just as much as the next person, but the difference might be that I know I am a daughter of Christ and through Him I can be who He created me to be! I just have allow Him to shape me. WAY easier said then done.

It’s kind of scary when you step back and take a look at your life, isn’t it? A lot of the time, we don’t like what we see. A bad thing? I don’t think so. When we see the bad, it’s easier to fix instead of not recognizing it’s there. The hard part is changing.



20 06 2011

In honor of Fathers Day, here is a funny video…


15 06 2011

Here is my summer challenge….

Find a good, solid, guy friend. School’s out, so maybe you aren’t as connected with your peers, but that’s not always a bad thing. In fact, maybe that’s the best thing for you right now! Everybody needs that one person to keep them accountable, help, listen, love, laugh with, tease, cry with, and struggle through life with. You, as a guy, need a guy to be that person.

I have 2 friends who I would consider my “best friends.” One is a guy and one is a girl. I talk to them both about a lot of things! But the relationships are different, not better or worse, just different. The interaction is different, the conversations are different, the way we show each other we care is different. Just as it should be.

You need a guy friend to stand by you just as I need my girl friend to stand by me. It’s good to have friends of both genders, but having a solid friend of the same gender is the best!

Where should you find said friends? Try getting involved in a church youth group! You’ll be amazed at how quickly you’ll find someone going through exactly what you’re going through! But don’t be surprised if it takes a little bit of work. You have to be a friend to have a friend.

9 06 2011

The ending on this video is the best!