Electric Devices

Nowadays it is impossible, unless you are Amish, to go one day without using a form of electricity. Whether it is by driving a car, using your computer, calling a friend, or gaming across thousands of miles of cyberspace, we cannot get away from electrons.

Why is it so addicting? Why can we not resist the temptation to get on Facebook while researching something for a paper? That PS2 is just calling your name every time you walk by it, after brushing your teeth at night. YOU HAVE TO GAME!!!!  Sometimes,, it becomes like nicotine, without your daily dosage for the day, you feel like your world is crumbling.

I sometimes find myself being so addicted to Facebook that I at least have to get on once a day..AT LEAST..sometimes it’s in the morning and at night. Now, I have the wonderful blog-world too. I just have to make sure that I’m not more into these worldly electronics, than I am into God.

Today, I was singing a song in church, when the pastor said, “Let’s change the word from ‘Him’ to ‘You’ and make it personal”

It completely put a smile on my face, just changing that one word…I was more singing to God, and not to the people around me. It kinda refreshed my life. I need more time for God.

Blogging helps. Just writing down my thoughts, helps me reconnect to God. Whenever I’m writing about Jesus Christ, I end up talking to Him, through my blog. It’s really neat. Kinda like the world just doesn’t exist. Like one of my friends said, “I write in my journal to God, like a blog about my life with Him.”

Well, I think I’ve digressed a bit.
So, I thank God for electricity, because without cars, my netbook, and light bulbs, I would be a vegetable.

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The Difference of Opinion

OK, I’m at work this morning and my co-worker says something to me about a song, sung by The Fray. She says, “I am not sure what they lyrics mean.” So, we decided to look up the lyrics and listen to the song at the same time. After giving each other our own, marvelous understandings of the song, we looked at the comments that random people around the world left, telling others their opinion on the song. I read them and some of them just blew me away…well, I will start by giving you the song:

You Found Me by The Fray

There was a ton of controversy on this song, I am amazed. Some of my favorite comments were these:

“I can relate to this. I think we as people always ask, ‘where were You?’ to God, when certain negative things happen in life. But, when the good things happen, do we as people say ‘thank you’ to God for being there? Sadly, we don’t always. I will certainly be more aware of that.”

“…God is always there for us, and when we perceive God finally helping us, we expected it sooner, when in reality He was always with us…God doesn’t separate from us, we separate from Him.”

“I think this guy is asking God where God has been, not realizing that He was always there waiting for him. He’s realizing that after everyone fails him, he then looks for God and finds that He is there waiting.”

These people, I feel, got this song pretty spot on. We always go through trials not remembering what Jesus’ brother, James told us:

“Consider it pure joy my brothers, when you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.”

Sheesh, James gave us the answer right there…that’s what we are to do, find the joy in every situation, especially in trials. But, how often is it that we really do look to God, first thing? When we’re going through a tough spot, is it not natural tendency to go to our closest friend or relative?

My favorite comment and one that needs some applause was from this one guy who read the blog of Isaac Slade, the lead singer of The Fray. He said:

“Isaac Slade wrote, ‘You Found Me is a tough song for me. It is about the disappointment, the heart ache, the let down that comes with life. Sometimes you’re let down, sometimes you’re the one who lets someone else down. It gets hard to know who you can trust, who you can count on. This song came out of a tough time, and i”m still right in the thick of it. There is some difficult circumstances my family and friends have  been going through over the past year or so and it’s been overwhelming. It wears on me. It demands so much of my faith to keep believing, keep hoping in the unseen. Sometimes the tunnel has a light at the end, but usually they just look black as night. This song is about that feeling, and the hope that I still have, buried deep in my chest.”

Thank God for that guy going to the origin of the song!

So, its just mind boggling to me, the many differences of opinion that can be aroused by one song. People look at the same lyrics, to the same music, by the same people, and view it SO differently. It’s how people grow up, different things that affect their lives, how they were taught, new perspectives they’ve developed, and a whole bunch of things like that, those are why we have so many controversial topics in life.

Because We Are All Different.

I just felt like writing about this because well, its just so interesting to me how people think.

Always Waiting…

Stellar Kart is one of my all time favorite bands. They sing this song labeled, “Always Waiting”. I absolutely love it, because it is SO relative to everyone, and I mean EVERYONE.

I got touched by this song, because I’ve been doing this a lot! I am always waiting for anything, but now. I am waiting for the upcoming days, the next events that I’ve planned for in my life, or dreaming about things in the future. I don’t appreciate ‘the now’ anymore. I pray that God helps me focus on Him and what is happening in my life NOW rather than what will be. It kinda reminds me about that verse in Philippians.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Do not be anxious about anything…pahaha, I FAIL!!!!!!!! I am always anxious about the next event in my life. I guess I just need to work on that 🙂

These are part of the lyrics to SK’s song:

You never find peace of mind on your own,
You can’t be content when you live in tomorrow,
He is the one you should be looking for.

That second line is really quite eye-catching. It’s abundantly true, if we’re always looking forward to something that hasn’t happened yet, we will never be content. So, STOP IT!!! My problem: I can’t…for some reason in my head, I always think about the next day and how I think everything will go. But, of course when the day comes and my plans follow through, it’s never how I thought they would go. Sometimes they are better, sometimes lacking in my expectations…but that’s  a bunny trail.

So, I wonder, will I always be waiting for anything but now? I guess by asking that question I’m totally messing up already…sheesh, this mind of mine is hard to keep up with…

Busy Busy Busy

Psalm 46:10a

“Be still, and know that I am God..”

Check that out…seriously, God wants me ‘be still’? Is He out of His mind? I have a social life to keep up with, school to deal with, chores, parents, the list goes on…but do we really have an excuse? Why can’t we take five minutes out of our everyday lives and be still? Are we incapable of clearing our schedules for our Creator?

Time…everything has to do with time in our lives. I have an eight o’clock appointment, work, school, soccer, music, etc. We base our lives on time. I commend you if you can go one day without ever looking at a clock!!!

Our busy schedules and rambling minds keep us from reconnecting with the Big Guy. I have had this problem many times in my life. I would rather read a Ted Dekker book than read my Bible, would rather play my guitars: Cooper and Kai, than stop and pray, would prefer to spend a morning sleeping in and not talking to God about how thankful I am for giving me that day…my list continues.

It was a chore for me to read my Bible everyday. I am competitive so I gave myself the challenge of reading my Bible at least five minutes everyday. I continued for two weeks, and you know what? by the third week, I jumped into bed at night excited to see what God was going to show me next. I realized that I was talking to God, but not focusing on Him…kind of like what us teens do with our parents sometimes…

So, just taking time before my beauty sleep to reconnect with God and spending a moment ‘being still’  helped my entire life. Seriously, I’m not joking with you. I noticed that my life turned towards Christ more often in more situations. I would end up praying for patience when a woman was in line talking to the cashier when I was in a hurry, rather than tapping my foot and exclaiming my rushed circumstance to the pair. I became more outspoken with my love for Jesus Christ.

It truly is amazing what two weeks can do to a person, if your focus is in the right place.

You up for the two-week “Be Still” challenge?

Read your Bible everyday for at least five minutes. But, pray that God would set your heart in the right place and to show you where your life needs changing, before you begin reading.

I would love to know how this affects your life 🙂

Welcoming Changes

So, today I decided that I would take the challenge of writing a blog. I don’t know how much work it takes, but I have a need to write my thoughts down. “A need?” you ask. Yes, a need. If I don’t write down my thoughts they will eat me up inside. I review the day when I’m falling asleep at night, and sometimes that causes insomnia. Those nights are when God shows me what I need to change in my life. If I talk to myself and ramble on and on about the nonsense of the day I learn nothing, but if I bring my issues to God and pray about them, He directs my paths.
So, here I am, age seventeen, a young woman, sharing my thoughts to anyone who is willing to read them.

I should begin by declaring that Jesus Christ is vividly in my life and that I will not go one post without typing His name.

Anywho…this year I have gone through many changes, such as welcoming my seventeenth year of life. January 4th was my birthday, and on the 10th a wonderful Christian guy came to my house to ask my father’s permission to date me. My father agreed and now I hold another man in my heart, his name is Cameron. I could probably write an entire blog on the wonderful things about him, but I will save you from my ranting, unless you oppose my self-control on that topic and would like to read a post on that.

Another change was that I bought a Toshiba netbook at Best Buy. His name began as “Mac”, because of the fact that he is a PC. Then thanks to a close friend of mine, I changed his name to TobyMac. “Why Toby?” you ask. Because Toby is short for Toshiba. Hehe, isn’t it marvelous? So, TobyMac has helped inspire me to start this blog.

I also want to keep up this blog while I am away, doing mission work in Panama City, Panama. It will be my first time going out of the United States and Canada. I am learning Spanish this semester in school, so that I will at least know some basic conversation.  I aced my first test, 100%! whoohoo! So, that’s one way I am preparing for my new adventure.

Another way is preparing a letter to send off to friends and family, to ask for prayer and financial support.

My mom and I have sewed some skirts, because that will be the majority of my dress while away from home. I am not so much for skirts, but I know that God is calling me down there, so I think I can bear it for three months.

I will be staying with a family that I have never met, but my mom and the father of the family were best friends in College. Their family’s last name is Weet. They have been missionaries down there for twenty years!!!

You might think I’m crazy, going to a new country, one in which I will hardly know the language, and where I will be staying with people I don’t know…well, maybe I am crazy…but I believe that God has given me the love of travel and a passion for bringing people to Christ.

While down there I will be helping out with an orphanage, school, and music in the Weet’s church. I’m sure I’ll be helping with many random things, but my main objective is to help in anyway God directs me.

Well, I guess this is my first blog post, I hope you readers have enjoyed the beginning of welcoming changes.