Saturday, March 24, 2012

a biblical please?

This question has been floating around in my brain for about a week, and I haven't been able to land on an answer. Here's the question...

Do we too often respond to circumstances with "whatever God wants will happen" or "what's meant to be will be," in essence throwing our hands up and taking the easy way out, when perhaps we are supposed to instead find out what it is God wants?
The Bible says "we have the mind of Christ" (1 Corinthians 2:16). It also says "understand what the will of the Lord is" (Ephesians 5:17).
So, rather than spouting off the easy, comforting "whatever is meant to be will happen," should we instead seek the thoughts of God and find out "what is meant to be"... and then be submissive and proactive in that?

I understand that saying "what God wants will happen" is not always just easy and comforting... it does require faith. I'm just wondering if it's the right approach in all situations.
Any thoughts? I'd really like to hear them.

Monday, March 19, 2012

When You Love Someone by Bethany Dillon

This morning it was a fight to wake up
Those words still ringing in my head
Never felt like such a fool in front of anyone
I guess that's what you do when you love someone

I was in Nashville, you were driving home
Wish I was in the passenger seat
I just needed you to know I'm coming undone
That's what you do when you love someone

Just give me time if you need more
There's no way to ever really know
How to protect yourself or predict the outcome
But you'll do anything when you love someone

I just hung up the phone
You've got a way of changing my day
You proved me wrong, I was convinced I was alone
I guess that's what you do when you love someone

Monday, March 5, 2012

something greater.

This is a picture of a 3-year-old Ethiopian girl and her daddy.
This is a picture of a little girl who cannot walk, run, or play with other kids because she was born with club feet.
This is a picture of a life with very little hope.
Yet, this is a picture of hope.
This is a picture of a little girl who now gets to have corrective surgery from the Christian doctors who work with CURE International.
This is a picture of a child whose surgery has been fully paid for by people who have never met her.
This is a picture of a family who will be introduced to Jesus at the CURE hospital.
This is a picture of how, by something as small as donating a dollar, or something as big as performing surgeries, or anywhere in between, we can all be a part of something greater than ourselves.

I want to be a part of something greater than myself. I want to make a difference in the world, in whatever part of the world I am in. I want to be one little person playing my little part in God's beautiful plan, but I want to KNOW that I'm touching lives and that it all really matters and that I'm giving my life to something great.
Sometimes, like tonight, it's more complicated than it should be -- details, money, applications, safety, closed doors. It's frustrating. Like, I just want to love on hurting people, just want to serve. But there's so much standing between where I am and where I want to be. And I'm not really even sure where that is, if it's right where I am, or down the road, or in some other state or some other country. All I know is I'm longing to lose myself in the beauty of doing God's work.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

total randomness.

Random Facts Running Through My Head
by Ashley

1. Mocha Cheesecake ice cream is really fancy and yummy.
2. My dog sheds a lot.
3. This thing sitting next to me that's made of cedar wood smells really good.
4. I absolutely cannot wait to be done with my AA degree in May.
5. I have Taylor Swift's song "Stay Beautiful" in my head.
6. My house is kinda messy.
7. It's going to storm again tomorrow.
8. I'm wearing completely mismatching clothes right now.
9. Cardio Ballroom Workout with Julianne Huff is super intense.
10. Today someone thought I was engaged.
11. One week from Sunday is the first soccer game of the season.
12. Pajama pants with pockets are cool.
13. It's dark outside.
14. I have a lot to do at work tomorrow.
15. Yesterday I heard "Go the Distance" from Hercules in some unidentifiable foreign language.
16. One time my family and I watched Mulan in Spanish.
17. I'm trying to learn how to French braid my own hair.
18. Rain boots are hard to drive in.
19. There's a coloring book and box of crayons on the chair next to me.
20. That's all.