Sunday, April 14, 2013

Guatemala, Here I Come!

Today I was praying for the Lord to direct me on how to use my vacation effectively and decided that I should go on another mission trip. It's been since 2008 since I have been on one. Mission trips bring so much joy, rewards, and humbleness. They put life back into perspective. I knew I didn't want to go as far as Africa, so I was just praying that God would lead me. On April 15, my friend, Julie, asked me to "like" her company's Facebook page. That page was for Health Talent's International. God sure did speak. So I decided to do some research and approached Julie about it and she said they have trips to Guatemala that are all medical mission based. I've always wanted to do a medical missions trip, so I signed up to go in November on an eye surgery trip. I would love for you to pray with me for the following: 1. That God would be glorified by EVERY aspect of my trip 2. Each of us, as well as the nationals with whom we work and share with would have a personal and powerful encounter with God 3. The unconditional love of God would radiate in and through my life 4. God would put a hedge of protection around the entire trip and keep me safe 5. Satan would be bound from anything that distracts anyone from hearing the voice of God in the area where we’ll be sharing 6. All participating on this trip would be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit 7. God’s Word would be proclaimed with power and produce life change (transformation) 8. God would give me strength and good health 9. God would give me wisdom and knowledge 10. Divine appointments, both with those we share with as well as others we might encounter while traveling 11. God would provide for all my needs, physically, spiritually, and mentally 12. God would provide all my financial needs Blessings!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

A Burst of Love

Last night I was having a rough night just thinking about my singleness.  Just wondering why God has kept me single for so long? I pray and seek for answers, but he hasn't given them.  I feel like I am a great catch! Who wouldn't want an honest, genuine, level-headed, smart, funny, pretty girl who loves the Lord with all her heart.  I just broke down last night and had some bitterness and anger in my heart for God not bringing my future mate into my life.  And, as I was having my devotion this morning (how fitting), he spoke to me:

"For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own" - Matthew 6:32-34

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Holy Spirit Reign In Me

I just have to share and say that my church, The Hills Nashville, was so powerful today.

God really spoke to me and I'm ready for the Holy Spirit to take control over my life, my thoughts, my emotions, my feelings, my insecurities, my finances, etc..and have his way in me.  I'm ready for God to strip the dead things out of my life and give me a refreshing new LIFE that is Spirit-led.

We must let the Holy Spirit work in our lives, submitting to Him and dying to self in order to live life.  Something that really stood out to me was, "You can't hurt a dead man's feelings"-Pastor Ragsdale

Here some points from the message on Romans 8:
-the law of the Spirit is LIFE
-the Spirit helps us to move into abundant greatness
-the mind governed by the flesh is death and hostile towards God
-the mind governed by the Spirit is governed by life & peace
-the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead is the same Spirit that lives in us

Listen to this song and invite the Spirit in...

Sunday, May 6, 2012

My Life Is In His Hands

There is a quote that I heard at church two weeks ago that I wanted to share with you.  It's a quote that pastor said he wanted read at his funeral and I agree, I would want this at mine too!

Anglican Minister, author, pastor, theologian…J.C. Ryle…
“I have what is good for me. I shall live on earth until my work is done, and not a
moment longer. I shall be taken when I’m ripe for heaven and not a minute before. All
the powers of the world cannot take away my life until God permits. All the physicians of
earth cannot preserve it, when God calls me away.”

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Let Him Lead

As I was having my quiet time with the Lord today, he spoke some specific things to me and maybe this will speak to you too. He lead me to scriptures about letting go of my selfish desires and letting him lead in all areas of my life. The ones that he used to speak to me are:

Proverbs 3:5-6 says, "Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and He will make your paths straight." (NAS)

Proverbs 16:3-4a says, "Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. The Lord works out everything to its proper end." (NIV)

Proverbs 16:9 says, "In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps." (NIV)

Isaiah 14:24 says, "The LORD Almighty has sworn, "Surely, as I have planned, so it will be, and as I have purposed, so it will happen." (NIV)

Believing in those scriptures, how can we not trust the Lord? He says, that HIS plan is perfect and never fails. He has his hand over our life and no matter how much we try to force our own plans into our life, he is going to redirect our steps if we allow him to. We must be willing to surrender it all and wholeheartedly trust that he will work all things out for the good. Why would a God that loves us so much neglect us? He wouldn't, he gave his son for you and for me!


Thursday, February 9, 2012

No Matter the Distance, He Answers

My heart is so happy right now...

Today, I was sitting with my niece and nephew playing games and as I was sitting there I heard my niece singing "God of Wonders". So I joined in and she said that was her favorite song. I then started asking both of them more questions about Jesus and what they believed. They said that they love Jesus and that He is the ONLY God in the universe. My niece continues to say, "I love Jesus and he is my best friend!". Then my nephew recites me scriptures he has memorized. To hear that made my eyes well up with tears. I have been praying for their salvation for years and God answered. I truly believe that they both have given their life to Christ. We continued to sing more songs like "Jesus Loves Me" and "Jesus Loves the Little Children". Then they sang me "The B-I-B-L-E" and "I am a C-H-R-I-S-T-I-A-N".

I always wondered how God would answer my prayers and speak into their lives b/c they live so far away from me. Now I know that NOTHING is impossible for Christ. He will draw people near to him in his timing and reveal himself to people all over the world. Please join me in prayer for the rest of my family to know Christ personally.

Thank you Jesus for all you do! You are the light of the world and all glory belongs to you!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Praying in a Different Light

Sometimes, God uses people through books to speak to me. I just started reading "Kisses from Katie" by Katie Davis, who has a relentless love for the sweet orphans in Uganda. I haven't gotten very deep yet and she already amazes me. I wanted to share an excerpt with you that caught my attention:

"For as long as I can remember, one of my favorite Bible verses has been Psalm 37:4: "Delight yourself in the Lord and He will you give you the desires of your heart." I used to believe it meant that if I did what the Lord asked of me, followed His commandments, and was a "good girl," He would grant all my desires and make my dreams come true. Today, this is still one of my favorite passages of Scripture, but I have learned to interpret it in a totally different way. It is not about God making my dreams come true but about God changing my dreams into His dreams for my life."-KD

Psalm 37:4 is one of my favorite verses and I have never realized what it really meant until now. I will be praying that God will change my dreams into His dreams for my life. I am excited to see what God will do. We all have desires and sometimes we have a hard time letting God have control of them and just letting him do what is best for us, but I will allow him to take full control and do what he wants. I believe with all my heart that He is a Sovereign God and that I have no reason to worry about anything!