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Life Happens

Sometimes people come into your life and you know right away that they were meant to be there, to serve some sort of purpose, teach you a lesson, or to help you figure out who you are or who you want to become. Some people stay in our lives for awhile, leave footprints in our hearts, and we are never, ever the same.

And sometimes things happen to you that may seem horrible, painful, and unfair at first, but in reflection you find that without overcoming those obstacles you would have never realised your potential, strength, willpower, or heart. Everything happens for a reason, nothing happens by chance or by means of luck. Illness, injury, love, lost moments of true greatness, and sheer stupidity all occur to test the limits of your soul. Without these small tests, whatever they may be, life would be like a smoothly paved, straight flat road to nowhere. It would be safe and comfortable, but dull and utterly pointless. The people you meet who affect your life, and the success and downfalls you experience help to create who you become.

reality check.

To know the value of 1 year, ask the student who failed the final exam.
To know the value of 1 month, as the mother of a pre-mature baby.
To know the value of 1 week, ask the editor of a weekly magazine.
To know the value of 1 day, ask the wage earner who has 6 children.
To know the value of 1 hour, ask the lonely woman waiting for her Boaz.
To know the value of 1 minute, ask the person who missed their plane.
To know the value of 1 second, ask the person who survived the accident.
To know the value of a fraction of a second, ask the Olympic SILVER medalist.

In other words every minute counts.
Every minute spent in pursuit of God adds up to finding Him. 
Split your lunch hour in half and search! 
Turn off the soaps and search!
Get out of that bed and search! 
Turn off the www and search! 
He’s not hiding from you; He’s just waiting for you!


I've had this song on my heart all last night and today.  I can't listen to it enough.  It really ministers to my spirit.

Writer's Block: Blast to the past

I would tell myself to just be ME, and to be completely confident in who God has made me.  

Growing up in school, I always was a very quiet girl.  I never really let too many people see the 'real' me.  I think I was always afraid of what people would think, if they saw me for who I really was.  So, I became a wallflower and just tried to blend in, never drawing any attention to myself.  Because of this, high school was a really rough time in my life.  I dreaded going to school.  There were many mornings that I spent crying in the bathroom before leaving for school, because I hated it so much.  I was always praying for God's joy to fill me, but it was a constant battle.  I didn't have many friends at school.  Lunch time was the hardest.  I spent many days eating by myself.  It was then that I realized what it truly felt like to be alone. 

Looking back on those times, I now know that the Lord allowed me to go through all of that for a reason.  He was teaching me what total dependence on Him felt like.  He was also maturing me and teaching me that there will always be people judging me, but that I have to be completely confident in who I am, and not let what other people think of me define me.

God is still working on me.  However, I can look back on where I once was, and where I am today, and I see such a huge change!  I have come so far and it's all because of Him.

When you realize your true worth as a daughter or son of Christ, everything changes!

"You were born an original. Don't die a copy" - John Mason

thats whats uppp

i thought i'd write a little to let you know what's been going on in my life lately...

i've been back at NGU for two weeks now, although it feels like much longer than that.  my classes are going pretty well.  i have class on monday, wednesday, and friday.  

tomorrow i start my student teaching, which i'll do all day on tuesdays and thursdays this semester.  i'm going to be in a 3rd grade classroom at a school about 40 minutes away.  i can't wait to meet my cooperating teacher and new students!

i'm really enjoying my year so far.  although it makes me sad not having a lot of my friends here this year (those that graduated in may), i have made so many wonderful new friends!  i'm definitely feeling blessed.

i'll probably be writing again tomorrow to let you know how my first day of student teaching goes.  please pray for me if you think of it!


Just a Kiss

my new favorite song :) wanted to share it with you!

Instructions for Christian Living

I came across this passage in Scripture earlier today. It talks about how to live the Christian life. Often times when I read the Bible, I like to read the same passage in the NIV version and then in the Message version, so I'm gonna include both here.

Ephesians 4:17-24

So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, and they are full of greed. That, however, is not the way of life you learned when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.  [NIV]

And so I insist—and God backs me up on this—that there be no going along with the crowd, the empty-headed, mindless crowd. They've refused for so long to deal with God that they've lost touch not only with God but with reality itself. They can't think straight anymore. Feeling no pain, they let themselves go in sexual obsession, addicted to every sort of perversion. But that's no life for you. You learned Christ! My assumption is that you have paid careful attention to him, been well instructed in the truth precisely as we have it in Jesus. Since, then, we do not have the excuse of ignorance, everything—and I do mean everything—connected with that old way of life has to go. It's rotten through and through. Get rid of it! And then take on an entirely new way of life—a God-fashioned life, a life renewed from the inside and working itself into your conduct as God accurately reproduces his character in you.  [Message]


I read this quote and had to share it...so good!

"In friendship...we think we have chosen our peers. In reality a few years' difference in the dates of our births, a few more miles between certain houses, the choice of one university instead of another...the accident of a topic being raised or not raised at a first meeting--any of these chances might have kept us apart. But, for a Christian, there are, strictly speaking no chances. A secret master of ceremonies has been at work. Christ, who said to the disciples, "Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you," can truly say to every group of Christian friends, "Ye have not chosen one another but I have chosen you for one another." The friendship is not a reward for our discriminating and good taste in finding one another out. It is the instrument by which God reveals to each of us the beauties of others."

— C.S. Lewis

Writer's Block: Friends 4 ever

Do you have a best friend? How old is your friendship?

Rachel and I have been best friends for almost 10 years now!! I love this girl as if she was my sister and am so blessed to have her in my life.

Writer's Block: Get in my belly

What is your mother’s specialty dish? In other words, what food makes you salivate at the thought of it?
chocolate truffle cake !!!
it tastes like it came straight from heaven.