Monday, November 23, 2009

Balance Beam

I don't want to go where the majority goes. I want to live a radical life for Christ!

One of my favorite quotes from "Crazy Love" by Francis Chan...

Something is wrong when our lives make sense to unbelievers.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Hills and Valleys

"Say you're with me
There's gold ahead
There's golden dreams
And life's hills and valleys
Yeah, will you hold on with me?
Let me take us
Let me take us away

I wouldn't know just how sweet this tastes now
No, if at first I did not go through
The bitter times, the bitter places
I'll stay alert for new battles
But, for now, we're here."

Oh Bryce...we'll see you Thursday night!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Things are not going like I planned,
but it is okay because I know God's plans are always so much

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

My Mind Has Officially Been Blown.

The other day, while driving in the car, I was overcome by the most simple, crazy, overwhelming thought.

With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand
years are like a day.
- 2 Peter 3:8
Even though my mind can't begin to understand God's incomprehensible concept of time, It is amazing to me that He walks so intimately with us every hour and every minute of every single 24hr. day. To Him, my life is nothing but a blink and it is gone, yet He is so near to me and is such a relational God.
I am so madly in love with my savior and his indescribable ways!

Monday, November 9, 2009

A Song in My Heart

I love music. Nothing pleases me more than an iTunes gift card and a well stocked iPod.

Another interesting thing I have realized about myself is that I am a hummer. I unconsciously hum just about everywhere I go. I say unconsciously because it was not until just a few weeks ago when my mom commented that I am her "hummer." I always have a song in my heart and on my mind. Because of my love of music, I have realized the impact that different types of music have on me.

I clearly remember taking one of the first math tests of freshman year and I was extremely nervous. On top of my nervousness, I had a "top 10" song stuck in my head. I recall feeling very frustrated that I could not get the catchy tune out of my mind and focus on the task at hand. I look back and it upsets me that I was listening to that music in the first place. How annoying!

In contrast, while taking the SAT in October, I was in the middle of an English section when a song popped into my head. I had been so focused and clear minded throughout the test so when this song came out of nowhere I was so mad! I was like "No, no, no!!! Get out, get out, get out!" I realize now that what I thought then as a hindrance was actually a blessing! This is the song that came to my mind…

Oh great and mighty one,

With one desire we come

That you would reign that you would reign in us

We're offering up our lives

A living sacrifice

That you would reign that you would reign in us.

Reign In Us by Starfield

I look back at that SAT experience and thank God for the calm in the chaos. With all of the stress and going on in my mind, I know God brought that song to my mind to bring me peace. What a neat example of God just loving on me! I could talk on and on about his crazy love for us!

Anyways, if I could encourage you to one thing, I would tell you to fill your heart and mind with uplifting, Christian music. God has used this amazing music to minister to me so much. Whenever I hum or whistle or randomly think of one of these God-glorifying songs, they make me focus on Him. What a blessing!

Especially for you- I have placed a temporary box with a list of my favorite worship songs to the right. Enjoy!