Monthly Archives: March 2013

Today is the Day

Today is the day!
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Today is the day that proves the validity of all other days. The day that brings light and truth to every day before it. Today is the day we understand fully that the previous days were not in vain. That there was reason for every day prior.

See if today had not happened every other day of jesus’ whole life I talked about yesterday would have been insignificant. Without today those calling jesus just another prophet would have walked away being correct. Without today jesus would have been just another man who was punished and died an extremely brutal death on a cross. Without today death would have won. Without today the enemy would still be victorious.

All parts of jesus’ life are vital. We needed his virgin birth. We needed his instructions and teaching on earth. We needed to see him perform miracles and healings. We needed his friend to betray him for money. We needed him to walk the path to Golgotha. We needed him to be beaten and ridiculed. We needed him to breathe that last breath and take on our sins. We needed him to be buried in the tomb and guards to be placed around the grave.
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But today is the day. Today is the day we needed him to rise from the grave. To no longer be held behind that rock in the grave. To walk among his friends again and hear the words proclaimed, “HE IS RISEN!”

With today jesus finalized everything he came to earth to do. He lived his great and marvelous life here on earth and then ascended to heaven to reign with our father. But he didn’t leave us empty handed. For his promises are never void. And as he promised he would send the spirit to live among us so he did!

Today is the day!


“Early on Sunday morning as the new day was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went out to visit the tomb. Suddenly there was a great earthquake! For an angel of the lord came down from heaven, rolled aside the stone and sat on it. The angel spoke to the women. ‘Don’t be afraid!’ he said. ‘I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen. Come see where his body was lying.”- Matthew 28:1-2, 5-6

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“That Sunday evening the disciples were meeting behind locked doors for fear of the Jewish leaders. Suddenly, Jesus was standing there among them! ‘Peace be with you,’ he said. As he spoke, he showed them the wounds in his hands and his side. They were filled with joy when they saw the Lord! Again he said, ‘Peace be with you. As the father has sent me, so I am sending you.’ Then he breathed on them and said, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit.”- John 20:19-22

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What Is Your Favorite Holiday?

Ask a group of people their favorite holiday and well over half of them are going to say Christmas. Other answers thrown in there may include Thanksgiving, New Years, Halloween or the Fourth of July. Maybe, just maybe, if you ask enough people one of them will say Easter.

I really don’t care to debate the best holiday and reasons why it stands far above others. I’ve just been thinking a lot about how much Christmas and Easter go together. Without the celebration of Christmas there would be nothing to celebrate at Easter. Likewise without the celebration of Easter there would be nothing to celebrate at Christmas.
I mean yes you can give presents to people and expect them to do the same to you. Or you can hide easter eggs and let the little children go find them.
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But you can’t celebrate a risen king without celebrating a savior born in Bethlehem. You can’t celebrate a little baby born in a manger without celebrating the empty tomb. And you sure can’t celebrate a life of miracles performed, people healed, teachings, lessons on servant hood, lightness brought into a world of darkness without celebrating both a man who was born in a stable and who took on the sins of the world and died only to rise from the grave three days later.

You can sit and debate whether Christmas is the best holiday because you get presents. A new tv, lots of cool clothes and the best new toy out on the market. Or Easter is the best holiday because it clearly has the best candy. I mean you have peeps, robin’s eggs, peanut butter eggs, jelly beans!

But if your argument comes from either one of these standpoints you are missing it completely. You are missing what is being celebrated. You are missing the parallelism these two holidays, although months apart, have with each other.
During the Christmas season it is fun and wonderful to celebrate the little baby who was born of a virgin. The baby who slept among the animals upon first entering the world. A little baby whose parents were commoners, not a king and queen. A baby who was God in flesh.
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During Easter festivities it is exciting to celebrate a man who humbled himself to become flesh and live a life knowing it would end in death. A man who loved enough to give his life so that others may live. A man who knew it would be an excruciating death but trusted his father enough to say I will drink from this cup if it is your will. A man whose body was placed in a tomb only to RISE FROM THE GRAVE! A man who arisen from the grave walked among men and women again. A man who promised the Spirit would live among us as he went to reign in heaven with his father. A man who gave it all for you and me.

See the undeniable parallelism here? We can’t think of one without the other. The life can’t be separated. We can’t choose to box his birth in to just Christmas time. Or remember his resurrection only at Easter. They walk hand in hand. If you just want to celebrate the birth of someone why not choose a king on earth? If you want to celebrate a man who rose from the dead why not celebrate Lazarus?

But if you want to celebrate the whole life of a man who gave up the reigning beside his father in heaven to be born in a dirty stable beside animals, be friends with thieves, liars, and his followers, die on the cross, rise from the grave, and then ascend to heaven to reign with his father again Jesus is your man.
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He is the one whose life is to be celebrated during the Christmas season, the Easter season and every other day of the year!

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You Are What You Eat

You know the phrase you are what you eat
Let’s twist it around a little bit
Consider the phrase you are what you’re called
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For example, you are called beautiful
Therefore you are beautiful
You are called a great athlete
Therefore you are a great athlete

Sounds a little ridiculous right
Just because someone calls me a great athlete
Doesn’t mean I can automatically throw a touchdown pass spot on sixty yards down the field
Just because someone says I am beautiful
Doesn’t mean I can go stand on stage and win a beauty pageant

So clearly the phrase you are what you’re called
Should be considered inaccurate and not true
Just because you are called something doesn’t mean that is what you are
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Up until a few days ago I would have probably argued this point very strongly
But you see the examples I gave you were positive ones
Uplifting and encouraging descriptions of people

But what if someone called you stupid
Or a terrible athlete
Or a trouble maker
Or a horrible friend
Or unloved
Or friendless
Or worthless

Do these things define you?
Do these words become who you are?

Again up until a few days ago I would have said that clearly they don’t
Just because someone calls you those things doesn’t mean that is who you are
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But a recent conversation has completely changed my opinion on this
I sat and listened without saying much
But the words I heard caught me so off guard
And were piercing to my heart

She literally said she believed she was stupid
She told me no one like her
And why did she say these things
Because after hearing them time after time
She just took on that role
She let them become her self-identity

As the chatter stopped and the only noise was the rumble of the tires on the road
My mind was racing with how words can so easily bind us
How we begin to believe the lies

And then that place in my gut started making me feel nauseous
The words I was hearing her say were more than a reality check for me
They were feelings of guilt and shame and pain
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Oh how many times I’ve been on the end of destroying people
How often my words have been negative and demoralizing to others worth
My words have cut and pierced others
I’ve brought pain and hurt without blinking an eye

Oh how I never want to go back to that
God did not give me words to cut others
But to uplift and encourage and show self-worth

Call someone stupid enough times
And in their minds they will genuinely believe they are stupid
Tell someone no one likes them over and over
And eventually they will buy into that lie and believe they are worthless
Tell someone their dreams are irresponsible and will never work
And sooner or later they will stop dreaming all together

Your words are valuable

important

defining

significant

weighty

Not just to you
But to those you are saying them to

If the words you are calling other people were words others used to describe you
Would you want to crawl under a rock and hide or smile a big smile?

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I Wish…

After a conversation yesterday
I have a new understanding for the phrase
Have no regrets

Many times in life I haven’t fully understand that phrase
Or better yet have disagreed with it
People have wanted to do something crazy sounding so they just said
Have no regrets and went on with life

But yesterday my eyes were opened to what it means for me
As I was in the middle of this conversation I kept hearing
I wish I had (fill in the blank)
The more I heard it the more I felt sad for this person
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I wish I would have waited until later in life to get married
I wish I would have majored in something different in college
I wish I would have gone into the army
I wish I would have traveled more before having kids

The whole afternoon these thoughts kept running through my mind
There was so much wishing for things to be different
Wishing that decisions made could be reversed
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This wishing in my mind was the same as regrets
Regretting the decisions made
Regretting how time had been spent living this life

All afternoon I had this feeling that many people live their life this way
Opportunities and choices are right in front of our face
But we play it safe
We don’t jump off the cliff
Trusting that God is going to keep us from crashing at the bottom
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And then months or years later we wish we would have taken the chance
We wish we wouldn’t have been afraid
We wish would have taken the opportunity of a lifetime

We regret not jumping at the chance to make life changing decisions

If you ask me that’s a terrible way of living
It’s actually not living at all
It’s going through motions, routines, habits
Without ever making a game changing play
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I realized through this conversation just a little more of why I do what I do
I don’t want to look back in a few months
Wishing I wouldn’t have been disobedient to God
I don’t want to miss out on the great things
He has ahead of me because I was afraid to jump
I don’t want to wish I would have made the game changing play

I want to be right in the middle of that play every day
I want to live without regrets

What do you wish you had done differently in life?
It’s not too late to jump!

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Haters Gone Hate

I don’t know if you know this little fact about me or not but I absolutely LOVE getting mail. I love it so much I even enjoy trash mail. You know what I’m talking about…applications for credit cards, coupons for places I never go to, ads for magazines. Mail with my name is my mail. I just love the sliding of my finger under the flap. The suspense of what will be inside. The goodness to come.

But as much as I enjoy getting trash mail there is nothing like receiving a personal letter. Letters from dear friends. Words of encouragement. A happy birthday wish. Just a simply thinking about you. Or even yet a thoughtful hello. Mail is a favorite of mine.

So this week when I got a personal letter in the mail there was a big smile across my face. I couldn’t wait to see who it was from and what they had to say. As I opened it I saw it was a handwritten letter. This was so wonderful. Someone took so much time to sit down and thoughtfully write a letter to me.
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By the time I finished reading the letter I wanted to just shred or burn it. I never wanted to have to open the mailbox again. The thought of opening another letter made me sick. In about three minutes receiving mail had gone from one of my biggest joys to a huge disappoint and something to dread Monday-Saturday. Praise God the mail doesn’t run on Sundays.

This letter didn’t help me escape to a nice, happy place. It didn’t offer words of encouragement. It wasn’t to say hello or thinking of you. It was to tell me I should truly consider why I am moving to the Philippines. It was to tell me that this doesn’t sound like the place God wants me to go.

As I’ve thought over this letter for days now I’ve realized how much I’ve wanted people to be on board with me moving to the Philippines. Since coming home from the race I’ve wanted to tell people about what God’s calling me to next and for them to be as excited for me as I am. I’ve yearned to hear peoples’ excitement minus all the questioning. I’ve desired to hear them say they are glad I’ve figured out God’s calling without wondering if this is a selfish decision. And the letter was only more confirmation that I desire those things.
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Missionaries have always been highly regarded with those I’m surrounded by. It’s always been said that missionaries are special people to give up this high society life and move to another country. People have always viewed them as super talented men and women who God has called to do great things for his kingdom.

As it’s become my turn to follow God’s calling to another country all of a sudden views and opinions have changed. Now it’s a dangerous thing. It’s something where people always question how you will financially survive. Going to live in another country is running away from all of the problems in America. People wonder if you’re actually going because God is calling you or because you don’t know what else to do with your life.

The (not so) love letter has also shown me how dependent I am on you. I don’t just desire for your support, encouragement and excitement.  I have to have it. I have to have people who are willing to be the body of Christ and encourage me as I go. I have to have people who are willing to be prayer warriors and fight for the Filipinos through prayer as I fight for them from the front lines. I have to have people who are willing to invest in the work God is doing in the Philippines. I have to have people who are willing to financially help me feed the kids on the streets. I have to have you.
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I can’t do this without you.
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I’m Hot Then I’m Cold

The temperature outside is a silly thing
As I’m outside one second I’m cold
The next I’m sweating and ready to strip my clothes off

The clouds and the wind seemed to go hand in hand
When the sun was hitting down on my skin
And the breeze was non-existent I would begin to sweat a little

But when the sun was behind the clouds
And the wind was hitting me in my face I noticed chill bumps on my arms

As soon as I began to sweat just a little I verbally wished
The sun would go behind the clouds and the breeze would blow

However as soon as the wind was blowing and I was getting chilly
I then wished the sun would come back out and hit me in the face with a blast of warmth

This continued every couple of minutes for close to an hour
If it was sunny I wanted it to be cloudy
If it was cloudy I wanted it to be sunny
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After constantly changing my mind on what I wanted
I couldn’t help but laugh at the ridiculousness of my wants

I kept wanting the opposite of what I had
I was never pleased or satisfied
It was always too hot or too cold

I couldn’t help but realize how I’ve been treating God this very same way
I’ve been noticing what he isn’t giving me
Instead of realizing how immensely blessed I am by his goodness every day
If things are one way I’ve been wanting the opposite
Instead of reveling in the blessings he’s already given me

I’ve been struggling to find things to do to keep myself entertained
Instead of realizing the immense time God has given me to spend with him
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My heart has been desiring to wake up every morning with a purpose of serving others
Instead of realizing I have people right in front of my face to serve

I’ve wanted to hide away or just sit quiet when in large groups
Instead of seeing the people God has surrounded me with who need me to love them back

I’ve been frustrated with technology
Instead of knowing that the internet and cell phones are God’s way to help me stay connected

I have wanted to avoid conversations because I’ve been afraid I wouldn’t have answers
Instead of trusting that people ask questions because they care
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I have been completely missing out on God’s goodness surrounding me in every direction
And that’s just not ok
I don’t want to be the person who wants cold when it’s hot
And hot when it’s cold
I want to be the person who is thankful for hot when it’s hot
And thankful for cold when it’s cold

What blessings has God given you that you’re overlooking?

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