04-23-2014

My Heart is Like a Hamster

I will be honest. I overslept this morning. :-/ So with about fifteen minutes to write a blog post, I want to share with you a verse that I read yesterday while reading through my Old Testament Bible reading plan.

“So take diligent heed to yourselves to love the Lord your God.” ~ Joshua 23:11

This verse is only a sentence long, but it is packed with truth. This verse prompts believers to love the Lord in a way that is:

1. Intentional - You do not just wake up and happen to love the Lord. You have to purpose to do it.

2. Careful - Furthermore, loving the Lord is something that you have to be careful to do in the right manner.  How do we know what loving Him in the right manner is? We know because He tells us in His Word. We have to carefully examine the Scriptures and examine our lives to make sure that we are matching up. It reminds me of the verse, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.”

3. Faithful - Otherwise, know as diligence. We must be consistent; consistent in intentionally seeking to love the Lord and in carefully studying His word.

Friends, I am a visual learner. I like to have a real life analogies to help me understand principles. This is a silly analogy, but it helps me understand this concept.

One time I was watching a pair of hamsters while their owners cleaned out their cages. I was trying to keep them contained in a basket. If I did not keep my eyes on them, one of them would try to pop out. In its desire to have its way, the hamster did not care if it fell over the edge and a long way onto the ground. It took a lot of diligence to keep both of them in there!

As ridiculous as this analogy is, it reminds me of the diligence I must have in loving the Lord. If I do not purpose to watch over my heart, I will fall over the edge. I must diligently watch my wayward heart lest I fall into sin and the peril that comes with sin. My own heart is like a hamster always seeking to do its own thing, regardless of the consequences. I must diligently watch over it to keep it in check and to direct it in loving the Lord.

That was a stupid analogy, I know. But my guess is that you will remember that ridiculous analogy. ;-) 

04-22-2014

Spiritually Homeless

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1 Corinthians 6:11. Christ took us in when we were spiritually homeless.

My heart has broken a lot recently. It has broken every time I see someone begging for money or food. It is always outside of the grocery store or some other place where I have to walk by with an abundance. I can’t walk by with a trunk full of groceries and leave someone with nothing. (I wrote about why I give money to the homeless here.)

I know they may be pan-handling. I know they may be lying. I know they may be using the money I give them to buy drugs. But I have to do what the Lord has convicted me to do.

Because once upon a time, I was filthy with nothing to offer. I took the gifts that I was given and I used them to gratify my own desires. I always took and never gave. I lied, I stole, I cheated. But it did not get me anything. I still had nothing.

I was not homeless. But I was spiritually homeless. I wandered without hope, filthy with the ugliness of my sin. Until one day, a man offered to take me into His family. He did not care that I was dirty. He did not care that I was selfish. He even pursued me when I tried to go the other way.

His name was Jesus Christ. He adopted me as His own, washed my of my sin, and promised me an eternal home with Him forever.

I love because He first loved me. I give because He has given up His own life for me on the cross.

 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality,nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. 1 Corinthians 6:9-11

04-21-2014

Missions Mondays #3

Hi friends! Today I want to introduce you to Britney! Britney has a personal blog called Mint Chocolate Chips Moments and she also founded a blog called The Quiet Place. Britney has a desire to encourage young women in their walks with the Lord. Today Britney is co-hosting the third Missions Mondays link-up with me. When you get a moment, go check her blogs out and join the third link-up!

Missions Mondays
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The Quiet Place

Missions Mondays is a way to share what we are learning about missions and to encourage one another in the goal of reaching others for Christ.

Link up a specific blog post that you have written (at any point) so that others may be challenged by what you are learning.

1. Click on “Click here to enter” and follow the prompts to add your post.

2. Visit other blogs and learn about what the Lord is teaching them.

3. Share your blog posts on Twitter or Instagram using #missionsmondays.

 



04-18-2014

A Love Story: Her Version, pt. 2

If you missed part one, you can read it here.

So after a long week without hearing anything, I figured that he was not interested. But then the day after we got back from our trip, he Skyped me randomly and we talked for about an hour! I was over the moon!

One of my best friends was staying with me for a good portion of the summer and her and I started Skyping Nick almost every day. The three of us talked, laughed, and discussed theology. It was such a good way to get to know Nick a little more in a very casual setting.

When my friend left, I was a little worried that Nick and I would stop talking. Or that he would want to keep Skyping her, not me! However, she went back home and Nick kept calling me!

In August, school started up again and Nick came back out to school. The first week of school was dreadful. I did not hear anything from Nick so I thought he must have seen me in person and changed his mind about me!

Then one day, he texts me and asks if I want to hang out! YES. It was our first time hanging out one-on-one. We played Scrabble on our first “hang out” and it was horribly awkward and incredibly fun!

From there, we started hanging out on a regular basis. He and I would sit and talk in a booth in our cafeteria between classes. I loved hearing his heart for the Lord and seeing the way that he thought through things.

There is a funny story of how Nick asked my dad permission to date me, but I am trying to keep this post at about two minutes so I am not going to include it. 

In October, Nick asked me if I would go to the fall party with him at our school and a couple of days later he asked me if I would start a relationship with him. I don’t remember a word of what he said – but I knew that he was someone who wanted to pursue Christ as much as I did and that he wanted to honor Him in this relationship.

We were 18 and 19 years old, so we did not “officially” date for about six more months. Our parents knew that we had a long time to go before we could possibly get married and wisely asked us to take things slowly.

From there, we just spent a lot of time hanging out with my family and hanging out with other friends. I started to see Nick’s sincere heart for the Lord and was attracted to his gentle and kind spirit. I am so thankful that the Lord brought us together!

Stay tuned for Nick’s version of the love story!

Love story

At the 1940′s themed fall event // Our first date at the LA Philharmonic!

 

04-17-2014

A Love Story: Her Version

I met my husband Nick when I was a freshman at The Master’s College. He teases me because I just thought of him as a friend initially. He was shorter than me and younger than me and it honestly did not cross my mind to think of him in a romantic way! (Sorry, babe!)

We had mutual friends and all of us would hang out in a group. We had hilarious game nights, late night taco runs, and even a trip to Disneyland together. We all had a really good time hanging out together and are all still very close to this day!

Love story

First trip to Disneyland // Wedding Party // We are all still friends!

 

Almost exactly four years ago, Nick and I had our first one on one conversation. I was supposed to go to the beach with my two best friends, but I had stayed home to help my mom get ready for Easter. Nick and I had been chatting on Skype, when he suggested that we video chat. I think we talked for an hour that first time.

Up until that point, we had talked a lot but only in a group setting. During that conversation, Nick told me about his desire to be a pastor and it was the first time that I heard about his passion for ministry. I came away from that conversation thinking, Wow, he is an awesome guy and I love his heart for the Lord.

The next day was Easter and Nick was supposed to come over to my family’s home to celebrate (along with several other college students). I found myself checking my phone constantly to see if he was on his way. That is weird, I thought. I have never been anxious/nervous to see him before. That was the first time that I realized I was interested in him.

There was only a month of school left at that point and throughout the last month I did not have a lot of opportunity to talk to him. I knew that he was going back to New Hampshire for the summer and I did not think we would talk at all.

Nick left for the summer and I was very sad. I knew that he had no idea that I was interested in him. I did not initiate talking to him at all because I did not want to manipulate the situation at all and I wanted to know that if something happened that it was not my doing it was the Lord’s. I don’t know if I would counsel that to everyone, it was just a personal decision I had made.

About a week after he left, he randomly video Skyped me. We talked for an hour (maybe even two!) and I was in heaven! I was leaving for a week trip with my family and I casually let him know that we would be in the car for long hours and I would probably be bored… so if he wanted to text me… He did not get the hint…I spent a very long week hoping that he would text me.

To be continued…

 

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