John 3:16

John 3:16
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Love is real.

When shadows turn to faces, and when faces take on names
When names tell us their stories, of their brokenness and pain
When love flows through the cities, through the grid of all the streets
Under bridges in the alleys, like blood through our veins

Love is real
Love will bleed
Love will heal
Love will need

When love is used like money, it turns into our greed
When love is more like water, then everyone will drink
So let it flow through all our cities, and flood them like the sea
Fill the souls that hunger, Lord give us what we need

Love change the world …Love change the world …
You can see it when
He walks around
You can feel it when He moves the ground

We’re all colored with a crimson stain
Can you see it now, can you see Him now
From the clouds to the world below
From the mountain to the city of gold

Love is coming like an urgent rain
Can you feel it now, can you feel Him now??

Above the Golden State --Streets

I just got back two days ago from Europe. I was priviledged to get to serve on another mission trip with my little brother, Zach, again. ( Who is turning 18 tomorrow! Oh how they grow up so fast!! ) We traveled on July 17th, 2009 to Satu Mare, Romania, and we got back July 30th, 2009. We stayed there for 2 weeks and did Vacation Bible School with kids in two different villages, and also did construction on a camp that Stockcreek Baptist Church is working on building. This trip was incredible, to say the least, and i've made connections with people that, I pray, will last a lifetime!

Each day we'd get up early and go do VBS with the kids in Baba Novac, Romania. Then we'd go to the construction site in the afternoon and see if there was anything we could help them with. Zach was on the construction team and they worked so hard, everyday! The kids were special! That culture is different from anything i've ever experienced, but i really like it. Europe is so different! The worship services at the church lasted like 2 to 2 1/2 hours each time, and by the end of it, i really liked it! A lot of people were involved in the service, speaking, praying, singing. It felt like a real body of people, coming together and sharing ideas, rather than just a handful of people, putting on a show.

Travelling was not fun, for the most part. We travelled for two days (the 17th and 18th) and I didn't sleep for over 32 hours. People in Paris are rude, sometimes, though. Sheesh. I got pushed around in the airport and it was not fun.

I've posted all of my pictures on my facebook page, and all those who actually read this blog have my facebook page, so you all can look at them there.

I pray I can go back to Satu Mare, one day.

If you have any questions, let me know!!!

I love you all.

Love is real.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Leaving tomorrow.

It's been too long since I've updated this thing. It's been a CRAZY semester. This school year has definitely been the hardest school year of my whole 3 years in college. And I'll bet next semester will only get worse with Psychopharmacology and Principles of Psych Research Lecture/Lab.... I hope summer crawls by!!

Speaking of summertime...

ferrocarril nicaragua Pictures, Images and Photos

I'm going back to Nicaragua!! We leave tomorrow at 10 am to drive down to Atlanta, GA, where we'll fly out at around 6:40 pm, and arrive in Managua, Nicaragua about 3 1/2 hours later. We'll drive up to Somotillo (a 4 hour drive) and sleep at the mission house that night. The next day (we'll probably get in late, so it will likely be later that day) we will begin our mission work!! Can't wait! I'll have pictures when I get back, hopefully!

Please be in prayer for our team. There are 7 of us going, and we'll be going to different villages for the first week we're there, then we'll spend a couple of days at an orphanage in Carazo, a town outside of Managua. I have to admit, I am probably most looking forward to the time I'll get to spend at the orphanage. They support 51 children, from age 3 to 20.

I can't wait

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

CSM Drama 2009 "Puppet"

Saturday, March 7, 2009

This blog is short and pointless!

It's spring break, and it's beautiful outside!! I love it.

Two roads diverged in the middle of my life
I heard a wise man say
I took the road less traveled by
And that has made the difference every night and every day.

--Larry Norman

That is one of my favorite quotes! And it's found in one of my favorite books, The Shack.
some of the adults in my church are starting a book club about this book, and it's going to be a great time of fellowship and growth. I love discussing things that are moving like this book.
We'll be looking at both positive aspects and negative aspects of the book, and discussing what we think about it and how it relates to our lives and who God is.

I have to miss this coming Monday, but i'll be at the rest of them, and i'm very excited about it! Anyone is welcome!

I have several CDs that I want to get..
Mat Kearney "Closer to Love"

The Fray "The Fray"

Coldplay "A Hundred Million Suns"

The Killers "Day and Age"

I even want Britney Spears CD because i'm really into dance music right now.

Anyone want to buy me one of these??


I am definitely in the mood for sushi.

sushi Pictures, Images and Photos

Have a good weekend!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

All Your hope, and all my pride...

I had a great time in Atlanta this weekend! I got to see my Granddaddy for the first time in a long time and it was great! I love my family.

I also got to ride the bus.. and the MARTA (aka scary subway). I did not necessarily enjoy this part of Atlanta, but I'd still definitely visit again. Mostly because when I got to see Louie Giglio and Chris Tomlin and Christy Nockels, it made up for anything else!

They were amazing, and I'll try to post pictures in a later post, no time today! I only took a few anyway, because I was way too into the worship and listening to the vision they have for Atlanta and the world. It's a beautiful thing.

I would rather be cast away.
Separated from the human race
if i don't bring You glory.
I want to hide in You
The Way, the Life, the Truth
So I can disappear
And love is all there is to see
Coming out of me
And You become clear
As I disappear

Do you ever get tired of things always being about you? I'm not pointing fingers, except at myself, I guess. It's so exhausting always worrying about what affects me. how I feel about things. how I can help myself, better myself, make others look at me. I go through stages like this, sometimes.
I honestly do not live my life this way, always being consumed with selfishness. I used to be that way, before I found that God has a great purpose for my life. Now, I try to live most days trying to do things for other people and love other people. And I don't say that to seem "spiritual" or "holier-than-thou." I'm not holier than anything, or anyone. I'm really just being honest, and trying to get out of this rut!

I think i'm going to re-read this book. Just to help me gain some perspective.

Take my heart, and wring it out
In Your hands and watch it all collapse
Take Your Love, and drive it in
Into my soul, and never leave again...

because I am so afraid that I’ll find myself alone
Looking for a savior, looking for a home
I am so afraid that I’ll find myself alone
Looking for a savior, Lookin for a home
So don’t leave me here alone

All Your hope, and all my pride
All this time to watch it all collide
When everyone seems to say, “You can work it out”
Under my skin, I’m shaking and I can’t get out

So don’t leave me here

This is not what You've said; it’s all in my head
And I throw my anger at You instead
So don’t give up on me, I want to believe
That You’ll never leave me, but...
I am so afraid that I’ll find myself alone
Looking for a savior, looking for a home
I am so afraid that I’ll find myself alone
Deep into the ages, deep into the fold
I am so afraid that I’ll find myself alone
Looking for a savior, looking for a home

So don’t leave me here alone
Don't leave me here.... alone....

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.

Left my fear by the side of the road
Hear You speak.... Won't let go
Fall to my knees as I lift my hands to pray
Got every reason to be here again
Father's love that draws me in
And all my eyes wanna see is a glimpse of You

All I need is You
All I need is You Lord...Is you Lord

One more day and it's not the same
Your spirit calls my heart to sing
Drawn to the voice of my Saviour once again
Where would my soul be without Your Son
Gave His life to save the earth
Rest in the thought that You're watching over me

All I need is You
All I need is You Lord...Is You Lord

You hold the universe
You hold everyone on earth

I need You.
I want You.
I choose You.

The next time you're driving down the road, and you see someone whose job it is to stand outside and hold a sign for a business, see it as an opportunity to love someone.

If it's hot, bring them a cold sweet tea to cool them off and maybe some food to keep them going.

If it's cold, bring them a hot coffee or cappuchino to warm them up.

You'd be amazed at how much you can brighten someone's day by taking care of a need.

"And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him."

~~Colossians 3:14-17

Friday, January 30, 2009

How can we be silent?

Compassion International

Heart Support Pictures, Images and Photos

Here are some of my favorite things:

See His Love

How He Loves

We Cry Out

Million Voices

All I need is you

Surely We Can Change--David Crowder*Band

So we must choose what our hands will do...