Hello, Friday…I’ve missed you!

We’ve managed to survive another week, yay!  This week seemed to trickle by but alas, Friday has come and I am excited to go home for the weekend to celebrate Fall Festival 2012.  But, before I head out for the weekend I thought I would share my top 5 from this week.

  1. Football, skinny jeans, and moccasins #fallhasarrived #enoughsaid
  2. I’ve got some fundraising pictures for sale 🙂 Learn more about the mission trip I will be going on and how you can support me here!
  3. I took a nap on Wednesday after work and I am pretty sure it was the best nap ever thanks to these guys
  4. I wish I could spend more gloomy days eating tomato soup and grilled cheese and reading magazines
  5. God is good 🙂

So there is my week for ya…pretty awesome I’d say!  Here’s to the weekend and another week of blessons (Blessings+Lessons)

And!!! Make sure to check out Lauren @FromMyGreyDeskBlog for the rest of the link-up’s.

I Once was Lost, but Now I’m Found…

Just a little note of encouragement for you all on this beautiful Thursday afternoon:

God really spoke this too me today as I was packing for a weekend trip home.  As I shared in a previous post, I have a lot of negativity about going home–it is where the devil knows I’m venerable and is always after my heart.  But, today God reminded me that when I gave Him my heart, He gave me back everything that the world took away from me–my confidence, self-control, dreams…everything.

When I drive home tomorrow, I will not be afraid for the devil no longer has power over me because God has put power IN me.  God will be with me where ever I go, especially home.

Is there a place in your life that the devil knows your weaknesses?  As hard as it can be, we need to put our trust in God alone for we are warned in Matthew 6:19-21

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break and steal.  But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

When you put your trust in the world, the only guarantee is brokenness…and I found that out the hard way.  But since giving my life to God, I have experiences so many of His wonderful blessings!  He has be able to restore in me what the world tried to break and steal.  Never in my life have I ever felt so beautiful and equipped.  God is so good.  I am at a loss of words.

But, it wasn’t an easy journey.  God had to break me even more to help Him build me back together.  It was rough.  Somedays I wanted to give up on me…and Him.  I didn’t know what He was doing and why He was doing the things He was.  But now, as I look back at even just the past year of my life I’ve been able to understand how everything has managed to work out and in accordance to His great plan for me.

This song really sums up my life…all along God was there.  He is the only thing that can fill me up even when the world leaves me feeling broken.  And now, I’ve found what I was looking for through Him–and actually, He is MORE than I could have ever wanted/needed.  He is good.

God has a plan for YOU too.  He really does.  If you don’t believe me, just ask Him 🙂  He’ll be there to listen to you…and actually, He’s there, right by your side, right now.  He’s been there along and will always be there, waiting patiently for you.

Captivated by His Creation

This post has been brewin’ for a few weeks now–I was just waiting for God to solidify His message and help to to understand the significance of it.  Ironically, I was chatting with my beautiful mother on the phone when it all clicked–ironic because this whole ‘idea’ began a few weeks ago while I was sitting around a campfire with my family.

It was that night that my mother asked my siblings and I each what our favorite Summer 2012 memory was.  Of course my brother loved going to the zoo and my sister was still gawking over her recently purchased Nook Tablet. I however, couldn’t decide; I did so much this summer and in that moment everything I did this past summer flashed through my mind.  But as my mind flipped through the metal photographs, I was suddenly able to answer the question–

“My favorite memory of this summer was on Lead Team Retreat when we laid under the darkest sky I have ever seen and stargazed.”

I can’t remember how many shooting stars I saw that night, but I do remember singing this song (in my head of course because no one should ever be subjected to hearing me sing and because Kari Jobe is so anointed):

Please note how awesome the background is on the this video as well 🙂

I wish I could share the beauty of that night…but I can’t.  I can however say that since that night, I have been completely captivated by the stars.  Which has led me to look at them every chance I can 🙂

Unfortunately, I live in a bigger city where lights illuminate the sky and mask some of the stars.  However, one recent night the sky was darker than normal (in my opinion).  So, in lieu of the occasion my roomie and and I decided to make hot cocoa and go to the overlook and gaze upon the ever beautiful stars.

I was again captivated by the beauty of our Lord’s creations.  No amount of words or megapixels could ever truly accurately share the beauty of them.  They are so indescribably beautiful.

Here is my point and what God has been trying to tell me: Jesus IS the stars.

He covers the earth just like the stars, yet not everyone sees His beauty for what it is–never ending.  Really though–can you look across a starry night sky and find the beginning or end?  No, and THAT is what Jesus’s love is…never ending and unfailing.  Can you describe Jesus’s love?  Well you can try really hard to but at the end of the day, we don’t even know how much He loves us because He loves us so much!  We only understand a small portion of His love, just like we only see a small portion of the stars (at a time).  That is just how it is.

But unlike the stars, Jesus is available to us and for us night AND day.  We don’t have to ‘wait’ for night to fall or the perfect conditions for us to see/feel His love and presence.  Although (I might add), some of us do–we wait for life to be good for us to praise Him when the blessings are coming in like ants at a picnic and everything is ‘perfect.’

But what about the times of trouble…think of the cloudy nights–even though you can’t see the stars, it doesn’t mean that they aren’t there  🙂  They are.   And I would have to say that they might be shining even brighter to fight through the clouds.  In our times of trouble, Jesus wants us so much more.

Looking at the lyrics to the video, I just love the chorus of the song:

The stars in the sky will hang there
’til You tell them to
The faith in my heart will still sing
Of what Your love can do
And even when life weighs heavy on me
I know You’re in control
And You’re all I need
The stars in the sky will hang there
’til You tell them to

Jesus is in control of this world and everything in it.  If He can manage all of the millions of stars, I am pretty sure He can handle our troubles as well.

Matthew 11:28 (NIV)

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

† Amen