Day 4 – May Blogging Challenge

Day 4 – Best childhood memory

I don’t know that I have one standout favorite memory. Honestly my childhood is mostly a happy blur. If I think back I can pinpoint especially happy moments, but for the most part I just have a general idea of happy memories. If I have to pick, here are three.

1. May 2000 – (This is one of my earliest memories.) I was four. On my way home from Cubbies, I talked with my mom about what it meant to ask Jesus to be my Savior. She explained it to me and talked to me, helping me to make sure I knew what it meant. I insisted that I wanted to “ask Jesus into my heart.” She guided me to pray in my own words and ask Jesus to forgive me and be my Savior. I didn’t fully understand what it meant for me that day, but I just remember how happy I was and how excited I was to tell the rest of my family.

2. September 2005 – I was ten. My family went to the beach with another family. We were having a great time, and then Hurricane Katrina approached. We weren’t too near the path of the storm, but it was recommended that we evacuate. After our parents watched the weather and prayed about it, they decided that we would stay on the island. They were more worried about crossing the bridge to the mainland than staying in our beach house. Needless to say, we made it out just fine. The water didn’t rise very far at all. But afterwards the sea was really fun to swim in — lots of semi-high waves to ride on. :)

3. October 2006 – On a camping trip with my family, I got to hold a baby for a while. He fell asleep in my arms! It was the first time that had ever happened to me and I remember how much I loved it (and it’s still one of my very favorite things). I remember that even though it was a little uncomfortable I didn’t want to move for fear he would wake up. Even when someone offered to take him I didn’t want to give him up. :)

Care to share one of YOUR favorite childhood memories? I’d love to hear it!

Day 3 – May Blogging Challenge

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Day 3 – What makes you happy?

One of my favorite songs coming on the radio or Pandora.
Little kids and the cute things they say. Brightening someone’s day.
Seeing other happy people!
Blue skies and bright sunlight.
Discovering truth in Scripture.
Driving with the windows down and the radio up.
Learning something new.
The color yellow.
Doing something nice for someone else.
Being needed.
Answered prayer.
Reading a really good book.
Holding a baby.
Spending time outside.
Fireflies.
Laughter.
Rainbows.
Sunsets and sunrises.
The beach.

Just like I said yesterday, this is only a very small sample of the many things that make me happy. To see more, check out my other blog where I post one thing that I’m thankful for every day.

What makes YOU happy? Leave a comment about it!

Day 2 – May Blogging Challenge

To see my first post in this series, click here. 

Day 2: Favorite quotes

I love far too many quotes put them all here. I have blogged about some of them in my Wednesday Words posts. I also have a board on Pinterest with over 1,000 of my favorite quotes! For today, here is a small sample of the quotes I love.

"I have learned that I will not change the world. Jesus will do that. I can, however, change the world for one person. So I keep loving one person at a time. Because this is my call as a follower of Jesus." -- Katie Davis

“I have learned that I will not change the world. Jesus will do that. I can, however, change the world for one person. So I keep loving one person at a time. Because this is my call as a follower of Jesus.” — Katie Davis

“Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy.” — Thomas Merton

“To me, a lady is not frilly, flouncy, flippant, frivolous and fluff-brained, but she is gentle, she is gracious, she is godly and she is giving.” — Elisabeth Elliot

“The great thing to remember is that though our feelings come and go, God’s love for us does not.” — C. S. Lewis

“Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles, it empties today of its strength.” — Corrie Ten Boom

“Every experience God gives us, every person He puts into our lives, is the perfect preparation for a future only He can see.” — Corrie Ten Boom

“How completely satisfying to turn from our limitations to a God who has none.” — A. W. Tozer

“It is a safe thing to trust Him to fulfill the desires which He creates.” — Amy Carmichael

“Spread love wherever you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.” — Mother Teresa

“I do not at all understand the mystery of grace – only that it meets us where we are but does not leave us where it found us.” — Anne Lamott

Comment one of YOUR favorite quotes!

Day 1 – May Blogging Challenge

Hello to all my followers! As you know, I have not been very faithful in posting on my blog. I’m terribly sorry! But I have an idea to remedy this. My friend Maggie is doing a daily blog challenge this May, and I have decided to do it along with her. I’ll be posting once a day, according to the prompts in this lovely image (originally posted here) that I got from Pinterest (and edited slightly). :)

May 2014 Daily Blogging Challenge

So without further ado, here is day one!

1. Self portrait and five random facts about yourself

For the self portrait part of this prompt, I made a collage of some selfie-ish pictures I’ve taken on my iPod touch. I’m not a big fan of selfies, so I don’t take many, but here is a sample of my life in pictures…

This is me...

And now for five random facts about me:

  1. My first love, my Savior, and best friend is Jesus Christ. I love learning more about Him daily and strive to let Him mold me into the girl/woman He wants me to be.
  2. I’m left handed. And no one else in my family is.
  3. I’m six feet tall. Yep, really! There are some annoyances that come along with my height, but all in all I love being tall!
  4. I volunteer at a therapeutic horseback riding program for people with disabilities. I absolutely love it! I’m studying Special Education to learn how to better serve these amazing individuals.
  5. My favorite seasons are fall and spring. In my mind, that’s perfect weather.

I shared, now it’s your turn! Comment at least one random fact about YOU!

Destroying My Desires

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I’ve been thinking a lot lately about my habit of doing what I want even if it most likely doesn’t line up with what I know to be true. I have a calling from God: to bring Him glory. But yet I still turn away and do what I want to do even if it pulls me from Him. Here are some scriptures I dug up on the subject:

Romans 13:14
But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.

Galatians 5:16-17
But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do.

Galatians 5:24
And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

Ephesians 4:20-24
But that is not the way you learned Christ! — assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.

1 John 2:15-17
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world— the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life —is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.

The Bible is very clear. As followers of Christ, we are not to do what we want, but what our God wants us to do. We are not to give into our desires for comfort, happiness, and ease. We are to walk in the Spirit. We are to put off that old self and be renewed in the spirit of our minds. Our desire should be to be like Christ, not to seek our own happiness. I struggle with this for sure.

That’s all from me today. I’m sorry I haven’t posted in a while. I am busy, but some of my busyness comes from the fact that I let my desires come before the desires my Savior has for me. When I let my desires take over, my life seems to fall apart. But when I let His desires for me fill all my vision, that is where I find true peace.

Do you have anything to add? Another scripture reference? A story to share? Comment below. :)

Wednesday Words #9

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“A journey of 1,000 miles begins with a single step.” – Lao Tzu

Now I don’t always quote ancient Chinese philosophers and I don’t know much about Lao Tzu, but this proverb was just what I needed to hear today. I was (once again) feeling overwhelmed by all that I had to do.

I have to study for at least four whole hours each day?

I have to finish this 100 page reading assignment in only three days?

I have to be study and prepare for an exam that I will take in less than 2 weeks?

Those all sound so big and scary. Four whole hours. 100 pages. An exam and less than two weeks. How will I do it? But that’s when I remember that “a journey of 1,000 miles begins with a single step.” One single step.

Four hours of study? The first step is simply to sit down and actually study.

100 pages? I have to start by opening the book and reading the first page.

An exam in two weeks? I simply start studying.

There are definitely times when I need to look at the big picture. There are times to keep deadlines in mind. There are times when I really need that kind of motivation. But there are other times when I really just need to take that first step and watch as the 1,000 mile journey flies by.

And it’s when I stop living in the future and just start taking steps that I remember that my God is Immanuel, God with us (Matthew 1:23). He isn’t just waiting for me at the end of this challenge. He is God with me. Right here, right now. Giving me strength to take that first step and every single one after it. He’s not far ahead at the finish line; He walks beside me, strengthening me, supporting me, and upholding me.

Instead of looking only at the big picture, I need to take that first step, remembering that my God is with me all the way.

On Being a Vessel

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2 Corinthians 4:7 ESV
But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.

We have God’s power inside of each of us, but our bodies are mere jars made of clay.

We struggle.
We have difficulty.
We fail.
We become overwhelmed.
We are weak.
We are easily broken.
And the list goes on.

But this is for a purpose! It is best that way, so that others may see that the power within us is not from ourselves, but from our God! Any greatness and power that we may show has nothing to do with us. We have nothing that was not given to us by God (1 Corinthians 4:7; John 3:27; James 1:17). Therefore, He should be glorified for all that we do.

I have a natural desire to want the glory for the things I do. This verse helps me to remember that I should bring glory to Him and not to myself, for I could never do the things I do without His power.

I am only a jar of clay, a vessel for His use.