Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Olympic Games

A friend sent this article to me called "Now come the Olympic Games." It is by Rubel Shelly, and it is a great read. Here's a clip at the end that I really really enjoyed:

Life is a mysterious mix that refuses to yield to bumper-sticker solutions. Your situation today neither tells God’s opinion of you nor reveals your worth as a man or woman in his image. It is simply what it is. How you choose to deal with it translates your faith into deeds and defines your relationship with God.

“Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him” (James 1:12 NIV).

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Finally...

As you know from my previous post, I've been really wanting to see Blue Like Jazz.

TONIGHT...I am getting that chance to go see it with some friends. So super excited!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Grace

"Grace, she comes with a heavy load
Memories, they can't be erased
Like a pill I swallow, that makes me well
And leaves an awful taste."
-Needtobreathe

I feel like this is something that I didn't understand at first, but after hearing someone else tell me how this impacts their life, I understand it a bit more. Grace frees us from so much sin, so much pain, when we don't deserve it at all. And sometimes thinking about all that Grace wipes away in our lives, how Grace makes us well and gives us second chances, but it leaves an awful taste, because we don't deserve Grace at all. But that's the love of God. Unconditional love. To give us Grace everyday when we do not deserve it at all. God is true Love because of the gift of Grace he gives so freely.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Changes

Grew up in a small town.  And when the rain would fall down I'd just stare out my window.  Dreaming of what could be and if I'd end up happy...I would pray.

Trying hard to reach out, but when I tried to speak out felt like no one could hear me.  Wanted to belong here, but something felt so wrong here.  So I prayed I could break away...

I'll spread my wings and I'll learn how to fly.  I'll do what it takes til' I touch the sky.  And I'll make a wish, take a chance, make a change, and breakaway.  Out of the darkness and into the sun,
but I won't forget all the ones that I love.  I'll take a risk, take a chance, make a change, and breakaway.

Wanna feel the warm breeze.  Sleep under a palm tree.  Feel the rush of the ocean.  Get onboard a fast train.  Travel on a jet plane, far away...and breakaway

Buildings with a hundred floors.  Swinging around revolving doors.  
Maybe I don't know where they'll take me, but gotta keep moving on, moving on, fly away, breakaway...

I'll spread my wings, and I'll learn how to fly,
though it's not easy to tell you goodbye, I gotta take a risk, take a chance, make a change, and breakaway.  Out of the darkness and into the sun, but I won't forget the place I come from.  I gotta take a risk, take a chance, make a change, and breakaway, breakaway, breakaway.

-Kelly Clarkson