Monday, November 21, 2011

He is able.

"Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us" -Ephesians 3:20

Last night was one of the most incredible nights of worship I have ever experienced.

Last night, thousands of voices blended together to lift His name high.

Last night showed me that God is still very much at work in Springfield.

Last night reminded me that He is able.

I had the honor of attending the Hillsong Live concert at JRA last night with some friends. Mallory, Will, and I stood in line until the doors opened, and then Daniel and I met up in the VIP section. We were literally right up front. A few of the band members came out about thirty minutes before and handed out free t-shirts, and then the actual concert started. They started the evening off with God Is Able and ended with Take It All. It was amazing. There was no insecurity or second guessing as people lifted their hands and cried out to God. I've never experienced anything like that, and it has forever changed me.

On another note, Thanksgiving is this week! Say hello to yummy food, no school, and family time. I have so many things to be thankful for this year, so here's a little sampling...

-Family who is dysfunctional, but fun all the same
-Leaders that never fail in stepping up when it counts
-Close friends who constantly challenge me and support me
-A house to live in
-Food to eat
-A God who is able

Have a happy Thanksgiving and be blessed, friends!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011


Ok, bloggies, I promise I'm still alive. Things have just been insanely crazy around my house for, well, a few months actually. Every day I sit at the computer and think, "Oh, I need to blog today..." but then it never happens. Fail.

One thing that's been on my heart lately has been prioritizing. I've never had an issue with this when it comes to big things. Church will always come before anything other than family, and family will always come before friends. But I sweat it over the small stuff. For instance, a few weeks ago, I had planned on going to a football game. There are some friends of mine in the band that I promised I would watch march. However, my best friends from co-op, ended up having her sixteenth birthday party that night. What the heck was I supposed to do? I'd promised I would watch the band, but I knew Brittany would be upset if I didn't come to her party. In the end, I ended up going to the birthday party. I realized that five years from now, the memories that I would make celebrating her sixteenth would have more significance than the ones I would make at a football game. But that doesn't mean that decision was easy.

I have this issue with people-pleasing. I don't like to say 'no'. And sometimes, that comes back to bite me right in the tush. People ask me to do things, and I agree, and before I know it I have no free time. Not only do I not have any free time, I have no study time whatsoever. That reflected on a test I got back this week. Ouch. So this week I'm going to practice saying 'no'. I'll get back to you on that...

Have a blessed week!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Simple Plan.

I've been trying to write for the past few days, but either my computer wouldn't cooperate, or my brain wouldn't. But here I am with a working brain and a working computer, ready to share my thoughts. I'm sure they will be very insightful. Ha.

This past year has been so crazy busy, I can't even begin to describe it. And at first, I loved being busy and having stuff to do and places to go every day. But now it's gotten kind of old. Okay, really old. I just want one week where all I do is school and church. Because I feel like I've gotten so caught up in all that I have to do, that those two things get put on the back burner. Of course I still do school, but I'm not focused. Of course I still go to everything at church, but I'm not focused. They are just two more things I have to check off of my list. It shouldn't be that way. Ever.

As I was trying to plan out this next month in my planner, a verse came to me.

"Be still, and know that I am God."

It reminded me that I don't always have to have a plan. I like to micro-manage (one of many faults), so that's a hard concept for me to grasp. But it's a necessary one. So many times I say, "If my plan fails, then God will handle it" when instead I should be saying, "It's okay, God's got it covered." When did His Will stop being enough? When did I decide that my plan was more important that God's? I don't know when it happened, but it was obviously a major lapse in judgement. I'm still working out how to put His plan first, so if you have any bits of wisdom, please feel free to share.

There's a lot happening in my head, but I need to process it up there and then put it in to words, so stay tuned for more deep thoughts. (Again, ha).

I'll leave you with this video....

I may or may not have the entire first verse and chorus memorized. Just sayin'...

Friday, November 4, 2011

Street legal.

Yes, friends, the rumors are true. I am street legal. Today I got my drivers license. What,what?!