Monday, April 18, 2011

I am blessed

I don't have time to write tonight, but can I just say that I am blessed to have such an amazing fiancĂ©!
Seriously, I could have not asked God for a better guy to love me, lead me, and be there for me. He has stuck with me through so much and challenged me through it all.
 I'm a lucky girl:)

Thursday, April 14, 2011

edible playdough:)

Never assume that because edible is in the name of the product, that it is safe to eat large amounts!

Tuesday night we had a fear factor type competition here at the University. It was really fun and the winning team got $50 dollars each (money is a good way to get college students to participate)!
Well it just so happened that the girls on the team were given the challenge of eating a large lump of edible playdough that had extra salt added to it. Now that may seem like an easy challenge but it was horrible. I was gagging all over that lump of stuff but I at it anyways!
Now here's where the fun part comes in. "Edible" playdough has HIGH salt content and poison control says children who consume more than a TBSP of it should be hospitalized!
I had just eaten about a 1/2 cup.
Needless to say I got REALLY sick and had the worst pains in my stomach imaginable.
Next time, more research will be done on the "food" chosen for the competition:)
Don't worry, I am feeling just fine now after drinking TONS of water and just waiting it out.
Now I'm not one of those people who normally likes to make spiritual analogies to life. In fact, the people who do this with everything actually kind of annoy me sometimes. However, I've been thinking a lot about this lately and couldn't help but make this comparison.
I sat down in front of a large group of people and willingly ate something that was harmful to my body. In fact, if I ate enough of it it could have killed me. Did I even think twice? No! I just did it because everyone else did and I didn't even think about the possible side effects.
We (and I say we because I am guilty of this too) so often do this with so many things in life, especially in the Christian world. We don't even question things because everyone is doing it, or everyone just assumes it's safe when really it could be harming us.
What if, instead of just going with the flow, we took the time to see what God had to say about some of the things we do, some of the choices we make, or some of the words we say?
Jeremiah 29:13 "You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart"
It's time to stop being complacent and CARE about the choices we make, and whether they please God or are harming us.
Maybe all it would have taken is just one person to question, "is this safe to eat?" and several of us would have been saved a rough night.
Maybe all it would take is for one person to say "Is that a wise decision?" and save several people from a rough life reaping the consequences of poor decisions.
Just a thought...

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Why do we do what is right?

The amazing thing about being a Christian is that we never have everything completely figured out. There is always room to grow, and always the challenge to become more like Christ.
To be completely honest, during this busy time in my life, I have not felt the usual desire and pull towards seeking Christ. My natural reaction is to conclude that if I'm not seeking Christ, He is not seeking me, and He no longer accepts me. After all, that is the way a lot of our relationships react when we stop trying. 
In life group we are reading the book "Gospel in Life" about how grace changes everything. As I skimmed the pages yesterday, I realized how legalistic and destroying some of my attitudes can be. 
Rather than being motivated to obey (read my bible etc) so I will be accepted, I should know that I am accepted and because of that obey. You see?
The part about self-view and identity were also challenging to me. I constantly struggle with feeling like a failure and like I can't do anything right. That was usually the case growing up, and it's hard to change that mentality. However instead of my worth and identity being placed on how hard I work, or how moral I am and looking down on those who I think are lazier or less moral than I, my identity and self-worth are centered on the one who died for me. I am saved by sheer grace, so I can't look down on those who believe or practice something different from me. Only by grace am I what I am.
I admit that I sometimes mistakingly try to be my own Savior by obeying God's law rather than being justified by faith. 
Galations 2:16 says, "man is not justified by observing the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by observing the law because by observing the law no one will be justified."
John Calvin once said, "The point on which the world goes astray is in imagining that man, however partially defective he may be, still in some degree merits the favour of God by works...God reconciles us to himself, from regard NOT to our works but to Christ alone and by gratuitous adoption makes us his own children instead of children of wrath. So long as God regards our works, he finds no reason why he ought to love us."
The question then arises, where do works fit in? 
Martin Luther's response to this question was, "He that strayeth from the Christian righteousness, must needs fall into the righteousness of the law; that is to say, when he hath lost Christ, he must fall into the confidence of his own works. But...when I have Christan righteousness reigning in my heart...I do good works, how and wheresoever occasion arise....Whosoever is assuredly persuaded that Christ alone is his righteousness, doth not only cheerfully and gladly work well in his vocation, but also submitteth himself...to all manner of burdens, and to all dangers of the present life, because he knoweth that this is the will of God, and that this obedience pleaseth Him."


So instead of being motivated to do what is right out of fear and my own self-fulfillment, I as a Christian should joyfully be doing what is right because it is the will of the one who saved me and it pleases Him.
This has been extremely challenging to me!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Good reminder:)

Wake up to the sunlight with your windows open
Don’t hold in your anger or leave things unspoken
Wear your red dress use your good dishes
Make a big mess and make lots of wishes
Have what you want, but want what you have

And don’t spend your life looking back


Turn up the music Turn it up Loud
Take a few chances Let it all out
Because you won’t regret it
Looking back from where you have been
Because it’s not who you knew and it’s not what you did
it’s how you Live


So go to the ballgames and go to the ballet
And go see your folks more than just on the holidays
Kiss all your children Dance with your wife
Tell your husband you love him every night
Don’t run from the truth cause you can’t get away
Oh no
Just face it and you’ll be ok


Turn up the music Turn it up Loud
Take a few chances Let it all out
Because you won’t regret it
Looking back from where you have been
Because it’s not who you knew and it’s not what you did
it’s how you Live

Where ever you are and wherever you’ve been
Now is a time to begin So give to the needy and Pray for the grieving
Even when you don’t think that you can
Cause all that you do is bound to come back to you
So think of your fellow man
And make peace with God and Make peace with yourself
Oh yeah
Cause in the end there’s nobody elseTurn up the music Turn it up Loud
Take a few chances Let it all out
Because you won’t regret it
Looking back from where you have been
Because it’s not who you knew and it’s s not what you did
it’s s how you Live

Because it’s not who you knew and it’s not what you did
it’s how you Live

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