Theological Stomp

Recently, I had a wonderful theological discussion with two teachers, one which I don’t know well, and the other which is very close to me; Jose and Sanna. The conversation began when the name “Obama” came up between two other teachers. Politics came up and I shared my opinion on how I believe, because the Bible states it (Romans 13:1), that there is a reason for Obama being our president, no matter if it’s God punishing us or not. Then, Jose asked me about a book that I was reading, and then we began discussing religion; how I’m Southern Baptist. We got into the topic of God knowing everything we do, before we do, or not. It was great to talk to two wonderful Christians, who weren’t afraid to share their opinion, but with a soft heart; willing to hear the other’s side and being open to change.

I presented that I was in between opinions and we all gave Biblical foundation, and at the end of the conversation all agreed that:

1. It’s great to get together with other Christians and discuss theology to grow in our walk with Christ-even if we don’t come to a conclusion that we all agree on.

2. Biblical foundation is extremely important and the only relevant evidence.
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Good discussion-woke me up and kept my day running and talking with God!

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Sunday, I went to a STOMP concert with Sanna, Joel, Josh, and Nair. WOW, I was so pumped before the concert, and then WOWZERS was I crazy afterwards; dancing crazy and using my fingers as drumsticks.
Sanna: ‘Stop dancing, Sarah, you’re gonna get us in trouble’
Me: ‘I’m sorry, but that concert just got me pumped! I love stuff like that!’
Josh: ‘You’re gonna get us in trouble with the cops.’
Joel: ‘Sarah..stop.’
Sanna: ‘Sarah, do you have your passport on you?’

Me: After I stopped dancing, ‘No..why?’
Sanna: “If you get stopped by the police and you don’t have your passport, then we’ll all get in trouble…not to mention they might thing you’re smoking something.”

Ahh they love me, we all had a blast-including eating McD’s afterwards…

The concert was ABSOLUTELY amazing though, we got the pleasure of watching their last Panama performance, this trip at least.

I will try to upload the video of one of the best scenes, to my facebook..but no promises.
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Well, another few days gone by and more progress on the church has come! Three days left…it’s going by so fast!

Prayer requests:
Donna && Randy; for strength of body, mind, and soul as they complete the remodeling of the church and the resting time afterwards, when they will share time with a few old friends (including their pastor and his wife, from the states).
All the workers; for endurance and dedication.
The congregation; to reach out to those who are around them, to come see the new church, this coming Sunday-for the first service in the new sanctuary.
The rest of us who need prayers about bodily strength and rest.

Thanks so much for all your prayers-they are truly answered by our Master-I have been a witness to them.

God bless

Examples

(Check out my Facebook for updated pictures of the church)

“Lord of Lords”

Beholding your beauty is all that I long for
To worship You Jesus is my soul’s desire
For this very heart you have shaped for your pleasure
The purpose to lift your name high

Here in surrender, in pure adoration
I enter your courts with an offering of praise
I am Your servant come to bring you glory
As is fit for the work of your hands

Chorus:
Now unto the lamb who sits on the throne
Be glory and honor and praise
All of creation resounds with the song
Worship and praise Him the Lord of Lords

Spirit now living and dwelling within me
Keep my eyes fixed ever on Jesus’ face
Let not the things of this world ever sway me
I’ll run ’till I finish the race
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Another wonderfully powerful song that inspires my Faith.

Speaking of inspiration, I cannot believe how much devotion has been around me and I was totally oblivious to it…

Throughout the years that I have been alive, my parents have always worked hard. They devote themselves to those around them; just as Donna and Randy. When we built my church back in Michigan, I didn’t help out as much as I should have. Being a girl and young is no excuse, I was able to do enough to speed up the process…but my selfish heart got in the way.

Jonathan, Jordan, and Jesse are all examples to me of how I should have acted in the building process of my church. Giving time, having an open heart, patience, devotion, endurance, striving, and willing to have sleep deprivation-these are ALL examples of what I have been slapped in the face with; a hit of reality. They work alongside their mother and father to complete the church, and have been doing so since January.

Where was all this in my life before?

Having a heart that is shaped for God’s pleasure, with the purpose to lift His name high…was I lifting His name and worshiping Him when I stayed at home and watched t.v. while my dad was away at the church slaving over stacks of wood, sanding them, cutting them, etc..?
.No.

No matter how old or young I am, my heart should always be open to the tasks where God can use me for His glory.
I can think of a great petition of people who have been examples to me throughout my years-whether it was for how to be a servant, or how to love, or how to dress. The range of advice and living examples have shaped who I am today.

Lord, bless those who have blessed others, and continue to keep our hearts open to service which You’ve called.

The Door

“Hosanna”

I see the king of glory
Coming on the clouds with fire
The whole earth shakes
The whole earth shakes

I see His love and mercy
Washing over all our sin
The people sing
The people sing

[Chorus]
Hosanna
Hosanna
Hosanna in the highest

I see a generation
Rising up to take their place
With selfless faith
With selfless faith

I see a near revival
Stirring as we pray and seek
We’re on our knees
We’re on our knees

[Chorus]

Heal my heart and make it clean
Open up my eyes to the things unseen
Show me how to love like you have loved me

Break my heart from what breaks yours
Everything I am for your kingdoms cause
As I go from nothing to
Eternity

[Chorus x2]

Hosanna in the highest

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This song really touched my life when I first heard it, and it still stirs up my love for Christ.

This past Saturday, I sang it with Sanna and two other people, to lead the youth group in worship (this song was new to most). We sang it in Spanish and it amazed me how it still touched my life almost the same. For the first time I realized that if my heart is open to God’s holy presence, that it doesn’t matter what language the worship song is in, or how melodic the music is…God is there; He is present wherever two or more are.

Some days, when I hear this song, I feel like having my own Bible study, worship service, and prayer time. And how wonderful it is, that I have written down the Spanish lyrics, with chords, so that I can play it on guitar at a young girls bible group tomorrow after school.

I love it when the Lord directs my attention to a door to strengthen our relationship.

This song; it’s the door right now.

Look it up and listen to it, I hope it effects you as greatly as it does me.

Inspiring Lifestyle

While riding in the car with three friends, the question was asked “Name one person who has affected your life for the good”

Now, I excluded family and Jesus.
One person who has motivated my Christian walk to be deeper and closer to Jesus, is an amazing young woman.

I am not extremely close with her, but no matter what, she doesn’t give up on friends. She is always there to talk and give advice, she’s the kind of friend that you could call at three in the morning.
Just through the way she lives her life affects me; she acknowledges her weaknesses and faults, trying to change them. She follows her Saviour closely and although she is not perfect, she strives for it.

She is an encourager, hugger, prayer warrior, role model, athletic, gorgeous, servant of Christ.

I have had conversations with her that have changed my life and my reactions.

Krista Back, is her name and she is one of the many people who have changed my life by simply being who she is and living her life for Christ.

Thank you SO much for your friendship, Krista, I hope you realize how much I appreciate you and how much your love your Hosanna has changed my life. Keep on being you and growing in your Christ-like character!

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So tell me, who’s your ‘Krista’?
Be sure to tell them how much you mean to them, and how much you appreciate their love…maybe you’ll change their life…

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Update:
Rooms are being primed and the sanctuary is getting cleaned out, ready for the final steps! (however many that may be)

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I can already see a big change in me, since I’ve been down here.

I think differently sometimes, I respond differently sometimes, and change has come to the way I love Christ back.

I cannot wait to see what God does next!!!

Quickly!

So, I have no idea how often I will be able to update you all. Because: I have a schedule now!

Get up around 6:30
tutor and help teach at the school until 3:30
(possibly take a short nap)
power walk to the church
work at the church until (at least) 10
go back to the house,  take a shower, go to bed.

.Repeat.

I’m extremely excited, although horribly tired, with the life that I am experiencing right now. I feel like I am needed and being helpful here; speeding up the process and assisting those who need it.

The church is coming along wonderfully! Although many may be discouraged with the great amount of work to still be done, we’ve come along ways-even since I’ve been here!
Ceiling tiles are being put up, the sound booth is finished, walls are being sanded and primed, there are doors that are being chipped, etc…

so much is going on, and it amazes me the amount of work that gets done when the people of God trust in Him and sacrifice their time for their magnificent Creator.

The people that have helped out with the remodeling of I.B.A. (the church) always amaze me.

Why do I lose sight?

Lord, why do I lose sight of You? Why do I not trust You all the time? Why can’t I stay on my spiritual high? Where does the drop come from?
I know the wonderful feelings and how great You are, Lord, so why can’t I just bask in Your presence all the time?

I just got done with one of those “God-moments” where my entire life got refreshed with the love of Christ.

Music set the tone, with Sanna and I having our hearts open and ready to tell and listen.

I learn so much in silence though…I never experienced this sort of healing and renewing of my spirit through this method-but it effects me just the same as a week at camp.

Starting fresh with Christ and asking Him to show me what is wrong in my life, what I need to change, and how I can improve my walk with Him, that’s what needs to be my everyday melody.

How can I keep God fervently in my life each day, and not only on the weekends or in church?

I  once blogged about being “Busy Busy Busy” (click on it and it’ll direct you to the post) and how we have diminished the command to ‘be still’.

I think that this is the turning point in my relationship with Christ. I need to set aside more time to focus on God and not on work, or my busy day. Five minutes is FAR less than what should be. Although, it is a great starting point, but after two weeks and you’re in the habit of reading-start going longer with your relationship with Christ and write to Him or talk/pray.

Those spiritual high moments help me realize what a valley I was in before. I really need to start pushing myself up the mountain and keep going and going and use the momentum to get up the next one, as I go and focus more on God, it will get easier as I get stronger.

I believe that God can change me and make me this person that I need to be.

..Baptize my heart, O Lord

..Lead me to the cross, Jesus

..When the music fades, let me keep living

..King of endless worth, be praised

..Rid me of myself

..I’ll stand with arms high and heart abandoned

Help us

love You

better and

not lose

sight.


Q&V-quote and verse

I have realized that when I only have a few minutes to sit down, I can still blog and encourage you, my readers.
WITH A QUOTE AND BIBLE VERSE!

I hope to try to write more often…it stuns me how easily the days pass by without word on here.

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“The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.”

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“We were filled with laughter, and we sang for joy. And the other nations said, ‘What amazing things the LORD has done for them.'”-Psalm 126:2

..have you laughed today? 😉