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What Passion Can Do

November 29, 2011 — Leave a comment

“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” 1 Timothy 4:11 (NIV) 

Growing up in my youth group I remember learning this verse and hearing sermons about it. Our youth leaders would always remind us that just because we were teenagers did not mean that we couldn’t make a lasting impact, and so this verse was given to us often. Now, when I look at my son and think about his future, this verse comes to mind. I have prayed since the day I found out I was pregnant that he would be a world changer. I pray that he will follow God’s plan for his life and make a difference in the lives of others. What better verse to go with that prayer than this one? I remember just from when I was young being so passionate and wanting to see change but fearing what others would say or think. If only I would have put this verse to use more often maybe I wouldn’t have been so afraid. I knew the verse, but I don’t think that I truly tried to grasp it and live by it, because lets face it… I was young, and young people can’t make a difference, or that is how it feels. I want all my children to know that they do not have to be a grow adult to make a difference and to see change happen. If they are passionate about what they want to see changed then they can do more good than an adult who has no passion! Our children are the future, they must believe in themselves and believe that they can make a difference.

Photo Credit: Linh Do

Beautiful Worship

September 7, 2011 — Leave a comment

“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” Psalm 19:1 (NIV)

“I see Your face in every sunrise. The colors of the morning are inside Your eyes. The world awakens in the light of the day, I look up to the sky and say, You’re beautiful” Phil Wickham, You’re Beautiful 

The beauty of God is all around us. We can easily worship Him just by seeing the beauty of what He has created. Continually being aware of God and all that He does is one way I try to make my worship something more than what I do only at church. There are plenty days though when I go about my day involved in my normal routine and sadly I do not take the minute to realize His presence or even the beauty of what He has created. Where I live it has been a long hot and dry summer with few rain showers far between the other. This week has been amazing! It has been in the 80s or lower all week. I absolutely love it! I find myself with the windows open, taking Eli out on the porch to swing and just simply taking in the beauty of this weather that God has blessed us with. I fell that this glimpse of the fall weather that is around the corner (which by the way is my absolute favorite season) has made me more aware of God’s beauty and presence in all He created. I don’t know about you, but I don’t like the heat and so I did not enjoy being outside much when it was as hot as it has been. I know that I must remind myself to find the beauty even on those hot summer days, it’s just easier to realize it on these cool days. Even though I may complain and forget when it is so hot out, God gives us these days as a reminder. Fall is not here yet. We will probably have a few more hot days before we officially reach fall. But, I am going to let this week stay fresh in my mind to remind me to find the beauty even on those hot days and worship God, the One that created it all!