June 30, 2006 at 3:50 pm (Uncategorized)

wow. this week was truly incredible. we knew that God was going to move this week, but none of us were prepared for how quickly or how powerfully He moved. God truly is good…He is faithful to fulfill His purpose in each of us, and He desires to give us life to the full.

the Lord renewed my passion for teenagers. i fought the decision to go into full-time ministry hard, but this week confirmed that decision. i cannot deny the fact that my passion is getting to know teenagers and helping them understand that God truly is worthy to be followed. the days are not always easy (neither are the nights…) but the Lord is faithful to provide the strength and comfort we need so that we can be used to the fullest extent possible.

we must remember our calling. we must remember Who we belong to and what we are asked to do. we took 93 kids to camp this year, but there are 200,000 teenagers in tulsa who did not go. we must focus on the task at hand and remember that eternity has already come.

As you look around right now, wouldn’t you say that in about four months it will be time to harvest? Well, I’m telling you to open your eyes and take a good look at what’s right in front of you. These Samaritan fields are ripe. It’s harvest time! The Harvester isn’t waiting. He’s taking his pay, gathering in this grain that’s ripe for eternal life. Now the Sower is arm in arm with the Harvester, triumphant. That’s the truth of the saying, ‘This one sows, that one harvests.’ I sent you to harvest a field you never worked. Without lifting a finger, you have walked in on a field worked long and hard by others.
John 4:37-38

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June 22, 2006 at 11:15 pm (Uncategorized)

i’m not one to normally read fiction….but seriously, frank peretti is rocking my world. this is the third book i have read by him. i am impressed again by how well written it is. the book is packed with theology….i love it. i highly suggest you buy his books (or borrow a copy) and read some of his stuff.

i keep thinking that i will get too old to learn something new (i mean come on, 22 is coming, i’m practically ancient) and yet God continues to teach me things everyday. i have been camping out in proverbs, searching for a bit of wisdom (thank you, andy stanley), and the Lord has really been showing me some things. proverbs 24:27 talks about finishing the work in the fields before you build your house. that verse has hit me on so many levels…it is funny, but i feel like i have been learning from that all week long (they say i’m a bit slow). one, the Lord has shown me that i need to start my mornings off with my quiet time, not end my day with it. i cannot prepare myself to be the woman God asks me to be, i must ask the Lord to take care of that. two, i cannot build myself a future until i am content with my present, and removed from the past. three, i cannot build my mansion (or my crown) when the fields are ripe for harvest, and we have yet to bring it all in. the Lord is calling my attention to the details of my work…each moment, each dollar, and each task should be done to the best of my ability. they are for His glory, and i am in a unique position…they directly impact His kingdom. i should be watching for opportunities to portray His grace, and i should be living according the purpose He desires to fulfill in me.

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June 3, 2006 at 2:10 am (Uncategorized)

it is done. it has come and gone, and somehow, i feel like it was never here. i am still reeling from the fact that i did it. i’m ready for home and balance, but it seems like it was too quick. i’m all about clinging…somehow i wanted to hold on to the what if. it seems like more of comfort to have an opportunity ahead of you as opposed to a memory behind you.

moving on seems to be a theme lately. i can only go so far when i am still tied to things of the past. it is like wearing a bungee cord–i will get yanked back everytime, and i will never gain ground. i get way too ahead of myself, and forgot why i am here. the Lord has been showing me that He wants me to be patient and wait completely on Him. He is asking me to take my faith to the next level…to live everyday in such a way that i rely completely on His strength…to love the Lord, my God, with all of my heart, all of my soul, and all of my mind.

and that, my friend, is what they call closure.

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June 2, 2006 at 11:00 am (Uncategorized)

i can’t help it…i have to journal our daily excursions in california.

yesterday was tons of fun. we went to hollywood blvd yesterday morning. we saw the chinese theatre, the walk of fame, and the kodak theatre. i took an ipod picture (meaning i mimicked the silhouette’s dance moves) and took a picture next to irwin finkle’s star (i don’t know him, but i like his name). april took a picture next to lefty frizzle…because she is left handed.

next we went to rodeo drive. don’t let that sentence structure fool you…we did not leave hollywood blvd and arrive at rodeo drive. we took quite the detour…i thought for sure they had moved rodeo drive. not to worry, we found it! we took a picture in front of Tiffany’s with a poptart in our hands…a modern day Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

we continued on, and arrived at Santa Monica Pier. we hung out, chatted it up, and played a thrilling game of frisbee (notice the sarcasm). i do not catch well or throw well. it was much more exercise for the other 2 playing…they had to chase it when i threw.

please notice: not once is it mentioned that we ate a meal. we forgot.

funny story of the day:
we walked to the end of SM Pier, and got stopped by a man doing caricatures. he apparently thought i would want to talk, so he struck up a conversation with me. moral of the conversation–i need a boyfriend to play connect-the-dots with my freckles because that would be very “exciting”. he told me he had one freckle…i got a little nervous thinking he would show it to me…then he told me its all over (he was black). needless to say, i blushed and walked away.

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June 1, 2006 at 2:40 am (Uncategorized)

i am back in the wonderful state of california…i sometimes forget how much i love it here until i return. arriving this evening was a little bit like coming home.

april and i decided prior to leaving that we will have a very eventful trip. we are both very aware of our tendency to get in the middle of things, so we are prepared for whatever lies ahead. we saw a bit of fun on the airplane…that is for sure. for one, the lavatory door fell off (in an airplane, the word is lavatory) mid-flight (somewhere over arizona). two, this kid next to us had a laughing monkey that kept us laughing the entire trip. and three, a man decided to stay in the lavatory during the landing. i laughed…a lot.

i’ve been thinking a lot about what is to come. one of my favorite things about jesus is the fact that he can be trusted even when we do not know what lies ahead. i do not know what tomorrow will bring, but i know Who i love and Who i belong to. perhaps He will extend an invitation for me to love someone else, but tonight, jesus is all i need.

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