8th Grade Girls

 8th Grade Girls, 
    You girls have really been on my heart lately and I wanted to share with you some of the stuff God has really been challenging me, and teaching me lately. 
    I have been doing a study recently that talks about "Discovering who God is and Who I am." I have been really challenged through this and I really wanted to share it with you! Also look up the scripture as you read along! 

In John 1:1-5 its talks about Light vs. Darkness and how the light (followers of Christ) shines in the darkness (meaning the world ), and the darkness has not overcome it! I feel like that is an awesome thought  that we are the light in this dark world and there is NO way darkness can over power you, Although sometimes our lights begin to not shine as bright due to the stressful circumstances and experiences around us, which begins to form our specific view of God, although often our view of God does not line up with who he really is!

He Never Changes!

When we think about our view of God we have to go down to the core and think of " How do I view Myself? " I know as girls, we can be our own worst enemy, we see our every flaw we hear every negative thought about others or just envious thoughts for another. But often the way we view ourselves is WAY different than the way God views us.

As I look around I constantly catch myself comparing myself to... wow! everything... My clothes, My make-up, my hair, my body, my friends, boys... the list just never ends! I know we all struggle with this stuff, and believe me if i could turn it off I would! Basically all these thoughts,comparisons and insecurities boil down to 2 questions... 

1. WHOSE am I ? (Who do I belong too?) 
2. WHO am I? (Our Identity). 

There are many ways we try to answer these questions, and I have come up with 8 misconceptions... See if you fit into one or more of these ( I found myself fitting into a couple)

Misconception 1.
-A Relationship
  * Who I am with, will determine who I am
  * Matthew 10:37-39

Misconception 2
-Body Image
  * Who and what I PORTRAY will determine who I am 
  * 1 Peter 3:3-4

Misconception 3
 * How much I know will determine who I am and who I become 
 * 1 Corinthians 2:9-13
Misconception 4 
- Future Plans and Profession
 * What I become/do will determine who I am 
 * Philippians 3:1-10 

Misconception 5
- How much I have will determine who I am
 * Matthew 6:24

Misconception 6
-What I do and How much I do for a religious practice or system will determine who I am
 *Matthew 6:1-4
 *Matthew 7:21-23

Misconception 7
- Activities and Hobbies
 * What I choose to like will determine who I am
 * Matthew 4:18-22

Misconception 8
- Opinions from Others
 * The way people perceive me will determine who I am 

I know we all struggle with this, but there is a point in our lives when we put the "little miss princess" away and stand up and be the woman of God we were intended to be. I know this was a long read but I want to leave you with one last scripture and I want each of you to know how much I love you! I hope this was something you needed to hear! You are all beautiful, inside and out. I know at this age things can be tough with friends or family or even just yourself... Be strong girls! Dive into his word!! I promise this too shall pass, I made it through middle school and this is YOUR LAST YEAR TILL HIGH SCHOOL!!!!  Read this last passage and take it too heart! I LOVE YOU ALL! 

Psalm 139

 1 You have searched me, LORD,
   and you know me. 

2 You know when I sit and when I rise;
   you perceive my thoughts from afar. 

3 You discern my going out and my lying down;
   you are familiar with all my ways. 

4 Before a word is on my tongue
   you, LORD, know it completely. 

5 You hem me in behind and before,
   and you lay your hand upon me. 

6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
   too lofty for me to attain.

 7 Where can I go from your Spirit?
   Where can I flee from your presence? 

8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
   if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. 

9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
   if I settle on the far side of the sea, 

10 even there your hand will guide me,
   your right hand will hold me fast. 

11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
   and the light become night around me,” 

12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
   the night will shine like the day,
   for darkness is as light to you.

*Love This Next Passage!*
 13 For you created my inmost being;
   you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
   your works are wonderful,
   I know that full well. 
15 My frame was not hidden from you
   when I was made in the secret place,
   when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. 

16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
   all the days ordained for me were written in your book
   before one of them came to be. 

17 How precious to me are your thoughts, God!
   How vast is the sum of them! 

18 Were I to count them,
   they would outnumber the grains of sand—
   when I awake, I am still with you.

 19 If only you, God, would slay the wicked!
   Away from me, you who are bloodthirsty! 

20 They speak of you with evil intent;
   your adversaries misuse your name. 

21 Do I not hate those who hate you, LORD,
   and abhor those who are in rebellion against you? 

22 I have nothing but hatred for them;
   I count them my enemies. 

23 Search me, God, and know my heart;
   test me and know my anxious thoughts. 

24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
   and lead me in the way everlasting.


Room Life at LU

A new chapter in my life has unfolded and I wanted to take the time to update you on all the excitement :)

First and foremost I have to start with the most crucial part... The room mates! 
I live in an apartment style dorm. I have two roommates and 6 "quad mates." I am only going to tell you about my room mates :)
First there is Faith:

She is from New-Mexico and  is a free spirit. She decided to scare me before we moved in at LU, making me believe she was a morbid lover. Ya, she got me... and I still don't think the joke was all that hilarious. ANYWAYS, she has ended up being a joy to be around. She loves to eat Sun Chips in the middle of the night... In case you didn't know, sun chips now come in ECO FRIENDLY bags, who ever thought that was a good idea is a MORON, those bags are the loudest things ever!   She loves the Lord and proves it with the way she lives out his word daily. 

and then there is the INFAMOUS Julie Park... the asian:
Whom we all love, but sometime cannot understand... Literally.

Julie is from Northern Virginia. Her family is from Korea. She loves her computer...I thought she would be smart, hince the whole asian thing but her computer is a sony... who owns a sony computer at Liberty University, Mac is the only way. She is a sweet girl who loves sappy love movies. We don't know what she does all day because she is never in the room except 5 min before curfew. She is a professional on the Ukele and I am currently trying my hardest to play the famous IZ song. 

I love it here at LU. I will update you on the other aspects of my new life here... I just don't have the time now :) This is a new time in my life and can be stressful at times, but I take comfort in knowing that this is God wants me to be. He is everywhere here and there is a since of excitement in every student. 
Thank you to all the people that keep checking on me, it means more than you could ever imagine!

‎"Forget the former things, do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up: do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland... the people I formed for myself that they may proclaim my praise." 
- Isaiah 43:18-19,21

April 27,2010

I'm excited to start back up in the blogging world! 
Life has been pretty crazy lately, Im transferring schools (not sure where yet) so I am getting all that craziness situated. Exams are starting up, so those are always exciting. Life has thrown some exciting new things in my life lately and it sure knows how to stress me out! 

I have been praying for God's direction with my life, I have a hard time with patience and quietly waiting on God's answers especially during this time. I love seeing how God has brought my family over these past 2 1/2 years. The Journey has been tough but looking back its amazing seeing his hand moving and placing us in just the right places, once again in quiet ways. You live your life today and you don't realize how God helps you with the little things until later when the puzzle is beginning to create a picture. 

This summer I have the opportunity to help out with FBCA student ministry, mostly ministering and mentoring some middle school girls. I am super excited! I also will still be nannying Jackson and Emi Franklin, I couldn't ask for a better job! This summer is going to be very busy but full of awesome opportunities for spiritual growth. I want God to use me this summer to make a difference in some sweet girls lives.
I take comfort in knowing God's making the plans, so I don't have too :)

May 2008