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So, I was youtube searching and came across this video…

Nuf Said!


{July 31, 2008}   The Great Outdoors

I love camping, fishing, hiking and pretty much anything else outdoors. I can deal with bugs unless they startle me. I don’t mind roughing it and can go without electricity and make up for extended periods of time. Your probably wondering why I’m saying all of this. I just want to be clear that I am not a frilly girl who can’t deal with the great outdoors. But, tonight the reason its 3:37AM and I still haven’t hit the sleeping bag is because of these so called bugs. I waited until too late to crawl in my tent. As I walked toward my tent i saw a web. One spider I can deal with. I killed the spider and then randomly decided to check and make sure there were no more hiding in the crawl space above the tent. To my not so pleasant surprise I found MORE spiders! This time they were where I could not reach them. Hence, not allowing me to pass into the tent. Upon closer inspection I realized my other great fear had come true. A couple of weeks ago while camping I awoke to a tent covered in ants (and when i say covered i mean COVERED) and two spiders greeting me at the door. As I looked at my tent closer in the darkness of the night I realized that once again my tent was being taken over by ants. Go figure. So that means a couple more hours up before i can see to kill all the bugs and catch some shut eye….oh how i love the great outdoors 🙂

{July 16, 2008}   A New Respect

Through a series of events and cancellations,  I found myself facing the challenge of leading small group yesterday. And, to be perfectly honest, I was terrified! I text messaged a couple of my guy friends that lead different groups asking for advice. Without fail, each answered the way I thought they would. Pray and get into the Word. Knowing I had less than 24 hours to prepare for group did not make it any easier. Looking at the Bible I couldn’t see how people like Brad and Perry do this! There are so many options for lessons and so much information. I spent a while working and was really excited about presenting it to the group. With everybody away at the Gauntlet only two people showed up, and both were girls, so we were able to discuss the passage and some other things in depth. It turned out AMAZING, but I now have a new respect for people who do this every week. They are awesome and have to be in tune with God. Kudos to all the ministers and small group leaders out there!

{July 6, 2008}   A Tiny Speck

Have you ever laid out under the hundreds of thousands stars and truly understood how great God is. I was listening to Matt Chandler on my Ipod this weekend as I sat out on the lake. He said that we go to the mountains and the beaches for vacation because it shows us how small we are and how significant God is. It is a form of worship, awe-inspiring worship. This hit home for me because the times I feel closest to God are those moments in which I see how great He is. Whether at the lake, the ocean, the mountains, or even a field looking up at the night sky, all I want to do is praise Him. One time at church camp, we had our last night service and then they loaded us up in the back of trucks. The air was thick with the presence of the Lord and anticipation was great. Where were we going? What were we doing? When we arrived we were in a field with trees surrounding everywhere. The night sky was alive with stars. As amazing as the stars were, they were not what had captivated everyone’s attention. The trees surrounding the field where we were sitting captivated everyone. The were huge thick trees that were filled with lightning bugs. Thousands of lighting bugs lit the trees like they were decorated for Christmas. It was the most amazing thing I have ever seen and probably one of the more moving last night campfires I have been to. I think Psalm 8:1-5 sums up what I’m describing.

O Lord, our Lord,

how majestic is your name in all the earth!

You have set your glory

above the heavens.

From the lips of children and infants

you have ordained praise

because of your enemies

to silence the foe and the avenger.

When i consider your heavens,

the work of your fingers,

the moon and the stars,

which you have set in place,

what is man that you are mindful of him,

the son of man that you care for him?

You made him a little lower than

the heavenly beings

and crowned him with glory

and honor.

Psalm 8:1-5 (NIV)

Wow! God is amazing. So next time you want to feel small compared to a great God, all you have to do is take a walk outside and look up towards the sky. It will rock your world. Another thing that has rocked many of my friends worlds and mine is Pretty Place. Abba you are amazing and I can’t believe how much you have done for me and how unworthy I am of it!

{July 2, 2008}   I Stand Amazed

Have you ever had that feeling that God is washing through you and around you? It’s such an amazing feeling you want to hold onto it forever and ever. It’s nothing but pure, unblemished peace. It amazes me how great and awesome God is. After watching facing the giants for the five hundredth time, I feel stoked about God working in us, through us, and around us. Lately God has been telling me to continue to pray for rain, but to also prepare for it. Not rain in the literal since, but God’s about to do something hardcore awesome. I pray that He changes our hearts for Him. I pray that what breaks His heart will break mine. I come humbly before God knowing that He has the power to start a revolution. Set the fire in our hearts for you. I have now words to describe how incredibly awesome God is. And even if I did, I still think that it would not fully describe how awesome He is.

{June 16, 2008}   Sunsets

When I was waiting on my friends from the ATL to get here Saturday, I sat and watched a Clemson sunset. It never gets old. It is probably one of the most amazing sunsets I have ever seen in my life. So take a break and watch the sun set 🙂

{June 4, 2008}   Summer ’08

So as not to waste my summer away sitting around, I’ve decided to do as everyone else has in blog world and make a to do list for the summer! I’m going to edit it and change it as i go along. And when i finish something I’m gonna record it on here. 🙂 So here it goes…

  • Go to a service @ Elevation
  • Go to a 7/22
  • Read Velvet Elvis,(just finished it! AMAZING)! When God writes your Love Story, A Woman After God’s Own Heart, and Screwtape Letters at the moment. 🙂
  • Get my tattoo
  • Go sailing
  • Take a chance
  • Read all of the New Testament and a good portion of the Old Testament

Well that’s all I have for the moment…

Acts is probably one of my favorite books of the Bible. I think it would be amazing to be able to travel and spread Christ’s love the way Paul does! Maybe one day God will open the door for me to do something like that. So anyways, I was reading in Acts and hit these verses and was utterly captivated.

Acts 5:33-39 (NIV)

When they heard this, they were furious and wanted to put them to death. But a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law, who was honored by all the people, stood up in the Sanhedrin and ordered that the men be put outside for a little while. Then he addressed them: “Men of Israel, consider carefully what you intend to do to these men. Some time ago Theudas appeared, claiming to be somebody, and about four hundred men rallied to him. He was killed, all his followers were dispersed, and it all came to nothing. After him, Judas the Galilean appeared in the days of the census and led a band of people in revolt. He too was killed, and all his followers were scattered. Therefore, in the present case I advise you: Leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.”

Wow. Enough said. I mean really this is amazing! Like God is really moving through this. My first thought was about this Gamaliel dude. I mean why did he stand up for the apostles? It would have been easy for him to totally say put these men to death. But, he didn’t. Instead, he challenged all the others in the Sanhedrin. I believe that God put these things in his heart. In a weird way it makes me think about the impact that I can make on others through my words and actions. Although this probably wasn’t the main focus of the passage my mind wanders to the things that I do and say on a daily basis that probably does not give glory to God. Anyway, the most AMAZING thing about this passage that utterly stood out to me the first time I read it was the way Gamaliel said that if the actions of the apostles were truly of God then nothing would be able to stop them. Acts was written a little less than 2000 years ago! And we still proclaim the name of Jesus. If that doesn’t stop you in your tracks and say, hey, what we believe is really true I don’t know what will. Gamaliel gives two examples of men who claimed to be what they were not, only to die and their followers scatter. Jesus wasn’t lying when he said he was the son of God. The proof is in the pudding so to speak. We still believe that this man named Jesus is the savior of our sins. Almost 2000 years later! Another thing that really got me was the calling God put into this passage. It gives Christians a verse to claim when it feels like they aren’t going to make it. When it feels like they are being persecuted and are failing. “For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.” Wow. To have God on my side, makes me feel as if I can conquer all that is put in front of me if I trust in God. If God wants it to happen he is powerful enough to make it happen. My prayer is that I will become a vessel that he can use. I pray that I can continue to grow and not be afraid to tell others about him. I want to help reach the world for him.

{May 25, 2008}   Thankfull? Maybe

The words to that country song are running through my head right now… “sometimes I thank God for unanswered prayers.” I had the unfortunate pleasure of running into my ex-boyfriend today at the lake. I knew it was bound to happen, but for some reason we manage to miss each other every time. He is the boy I “loved”. You know the type. The smooth talker that you think you are going to be with forever. Your first love. When I saw him today that song became true for me. I realized that all the time i spent mad at God after we broke up, was a complete waste. He is nothing like he was back then. And I realized in that instance that God didn’t want me to go back to that. I sat there and thanked him for those unanswered nights of prayer where I didn’t see God’s big picture. I had wanted my way and had gotten mad at God about it. I turned my back on Him because he wouldn’t answer my wishes. Now looking at the things i have now. The friends i have made, the people i have met, the lives I’ve affected, I realize the bigger picture. So next time I decide to doubt God’s perfect plan and timing. I will look back on this experience and remember that He knows what he’s doing. I found this on Godtube and it pretty much sums it all up. (p.s. you gotta watch it to the end!)

{May 22, 2008}   Dude It’s Crazy!

I’m chilling on here for the last few minutes before i got to head out to work, and just had a realization. I clicked on the news to see what was going on in the world today (something i really don’t do enough) and all i saw were negative disasters. An earthquake in china killing and losing people, shortages, and disasters filled the first page. The realization that hit gave me a sick feeling. Here I am eating my chicken fingers and on my laptop in my apartment thinking only of myself, when there are so many others around the world that are struggling. I have been acting single minded. My prayer for today is that we as Christ’s people will take the focus off of ourselves and put it onto God.

et cetera