Sunday, February 28, 2010
I'm continually amazed when I read God's word and all of His promises to us, when I hear His voice, when I feel His presence. In addition to this, I'm also amazed at how selfish we are as humans...especially humans who have a promise from an almighty God that He will never forsake us and that we will never be separated from the love of our God because of Christ Jesus.
God reveals Himself so strongly to me... I learned a lot about why and how this works for me when I had the opportunity to attend The Greenroom Conference at Seacoast. As an artist, a worshipper, and a leader, God has created me to see Him in the beauty of His Earth, in paint, in music, my own voice, the eyes of children, and my list could go on forever. These are the things that my God has created my soul to be filled with and to worship Him with.
It is because of these things that I am also taken back when I realize the items in my life that are not pleasing to Him and do not glorify Him. How can such beautiful things that God has provided for me honestly fit in the same heart as sin? And when we become aware of the mess in our lives, we can clean it up. Lately, God has revealed to me how we can so easily fall into the trap of "being okay" with our mistakes by finding others who will wallow in our messiness with us. It's much easier to give up when you avoid those who will call you out on your junk. I'm guilty of it to the nth degree and I see it all the time in my friends and in my students and it breaks my heart, because I've been there and it isn't what God wants for us. I'm empowered by His promise that He will forever be with me and always provide for me...and I know that it in no way means life will be easy. But that's why there's the rest of the Bible....to guide us through the tough spots. His word encourages us to lift each other up, hold each other accountable, and carry each others burden's.
Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:1-2
Think of ways to encourage one another to outburst of love and good deeds. Hebrews 10:24
So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11
Monday, February 15, 2010
I have to admit, as soon as as Michael started singing and they superimposed Janet next to him, a few small tears made their way down my cheek (partly because I'm a Michael Jackson fan and partly because it was so ridiculous). Props to Justin Bieber (who I only just discovered last week and am totally in love with along with every other 14 year old girl in the US) for successfully singing Lionel Richie's part. Wyclef Jean's tribal wailing was interesting as well but totally okay because he is the most deserving of a spot in this line-up. Josh Groban sounded like an angel as usual. Overall, we really could have done without the random outburst of "I'm On a Boat"-esque rapping, T-Pains 5 minute auto-tuneage, and Miley Cyrus. And I would have really liked seeing more than 1 Jonas in the choir as well as atleast know who Bizzy Bone and Nipsey Hussle are. Lil' Wayne must have invited them.
Saturday, February 13, 2010
4. As if car vandalism via malicious run-away buggies in the Wal-Mart parking lot isn't bad enough on a normal day, shoppers find that the snow makes that extra 4 feet to the buggy drop an impossible journey . This results in multiple gangs of buggies throughout the parking lot just waiting to peg the back of cars.
Friday, February 12, 2010
1. a small piece snipped off; a small bit, scrap, or fragment
2. moments that make up my interesting, entertaining, blessed, and precious life
I feel that an explanation for Snippets is due, which therefore requires a story. I was wandering around the grocery store in Wilmington with my sister (as we do because we haven't quite mastered working in order of the items on our list) when we came to the dairy aisle. We needed whipping cream which I found much entertainment out of the "wh" in the whipping (ooo-whhhhipping cream!!). Shea finds enjoyment in my random thoughts (and humor which basically means that she's equally as odd minded as me because she understands it) and feels as if I need an outlet to share not only my thoughts, but my encounters, catastrophes, and entertaining moments.