Rock This House with Laura Story (Women’s Conference)

Hello! This past weekend was the greatest! Some ladies at my church invited me to go to Rock This House. RTH is a women’s conference with a special speaker each year. There was about 300 people there ( I’m pretty sure that is what I heard). This year was my first time going but I am already looking forward to next year!

Not only did Laura Story speak (and sing:D) but there an awesome acapella group that sang, a storyteller who brought the Bible to life, and heart cardboard testimonies:)  

If you don’t know Laura’s story (see what I did there;) lol) You should google or YouTube it! It is very inspiring and makes me wonder how she does it! She was very funny and real. What stood out about her was that she seemed so comfortable and at home! Like she was talking to us like she already knew us.

So yeah, you should definetly check her out! Have a great week yall! 

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Close To Home

The other day I went to hang out and swim with a group of teen girls from a local childrens home. There was about 11 girls in all from ages 12-16. Even though I only spent a couple hours with them, I got attached to them. Though I am a youth pastors wife, whenever I hang with teen girls I still get nervous. Life is so complicated for a young woman. You have pressure from every angle and there’s no safe place except home.. but these girls didn’t even have that. They either got sent to that shelter by the court, they went there because the foster system is full, or they got in trouble with the law.

There was this one girl in particular that I met today named Jamie. She was almost 15, and had such a joyful spirit! In the midst of whatever circumstances placed her there, she seemed upbeat and happy.  I was shocked when she told me that she used to lived on Foster Chapel road before being sent there… it was the same road I spent half of my childhood on??! How can someone so beautiful and happy and so close to my home end up there? How many other people around have gone through something and me not know? I get so caught up in my own little world that I don’t see other people as souls. Compassion is so rare and much needed. I wished I could have stayed longer just to watch the girls have fun and so I could try to fit all their names with their faces. But I do pray that God showers them each with His love and opens their eyes to know how much they are worth.

I hope this story reminds you to pray for those around you. And to pray that God changes your outlook on life. To help you look beyond what you can see to what only He can.

I dont know what God is trying to teach me through that day. Maybe it’s gratefulness, maybe it’s to bring me back to earth and show me how each person is a soul. Maybe it’s to soften my heart. I don’t know. I might not know for awhile.. but it has made me rethink not only my life but also the lives of those around me.

Mind Games

I think a lot. When I’m working, I think about work. When I’m with my friends and family, I think about recent events or things I thought was funny. When I’m at church I think about church stuff (and food thats waiting at home for me I’m not gonna lie;). When I’m at home, I think about everything. The cats, books, outside, how to keep my potted plants from dying,  what I’m gonna do the next day, what I should be cleaning but probably won’t, YouTube videos I want to watch, etc….
I’m sure you think alot too. If you’re reading this your probably thinking “What do I think about?” 😉

2 Corinthians 10:5 is possibly one of my favorite scriptures in the New Testament.

“Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;”

Did you catch that? Every thought captive. Not just the bad ones about your co-workers,  the lustful ones, the hateful ones, the ungrateful ones. EVERY thought.

Do you know how many thoughts on average a person has per day??
50,000 to 70,000. In one day?!!

That’s alot of thinking. How many of those thoughts have I brought captive to Christ? I’m gonna say in the low, well… under a hundred probably.  What about you? How many out of your 50,000 thoughts have you taken captive today? What have most of your thoughts consisted of?
We tend to think about the same things that we did the day before.

So how exactly do you captivate thoughts?  It’s not like you can trap them with rope and food like wild animals.
Hebrews 4:12 tells us of our thought-trapping device.

“For the word of God is quick,  and powerful,  and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing assunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

The Word of God can discern our thoughts for us. It can pierce through our flesh to our spirit.

We are suppose to meditate on scripture. Day and night.

Joshua 1:8a
“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night…”

Psalm 1:2 “But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.”

We are here to glorify God. Every thought we have should be to His glory!

Can you imagine how letting Satan get into your head 50,000 times a day will do to your relationship with God?

Can you imagine how bringing every thought captive to Christ 50,000 times a day will do to your relationship with Him?

It’s definitely a game changer.
I’m not saying that you and I will ever get to that point. We are human and will mess up every day, hour,  possibly minute. But isn’t it a humbling perspective to see how we much we fail in one day, and yet God’s grace still covers us?
Isn’t is awesome that Jesus took every thought captive while He was on Earth?

If you think your thinking doesn’t affect you, well you’re wrong. You are what you think. What you desire and long for stems from what you think about. How you view life’s circumstances is through the lens of what you think on.

Philippians 2:5 “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.”

As christians we should strive for our thinking to be like Christs. We are to be Christ-like. Try to align your thoughts up with the Bible, see how it effects your relationship with God.

Meet Catsy Cline

So our little family consisted of 2 cats Audrey Hairball and Chibi Bear, and a turtle named Noah. Until last week when we found a kitten under our house!

It’s kinda a funny story… Last Tuesday me and Tj (my husband) decided to go to the local animal shelter to look for a dog to adopt! We have really been wanting a puppy recently. We looked around and even though I wished I could take every dog there home with me… we left empty handed to think about which ones we seen and who would fit best for us.
That night, it rained hard for about 3 hours straight. But through the sound of the rain we kept hearing a meowing sound from under our house! I crawled under there and found a kitten I had seen the momma carry across our yard earlier that day. We wanted a dog but I guess God decided we needed another cat;)

We named her Catsy Cline and she is spoilt rotten!

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As you can see…  she loves sleeping! ;P

My Struggle With Diligence

Lately I have felt so unmotivated to read, study, write, even pray. I don’t feel inspired or close to God.  Sometimes, I will feel like this for months, of just being numb. I know how hard hard it is to read and pray everyday.  It shouldn’t be…. but for me it is the most difficult thing to do sometimes. Either I’m too tired or just lazy. I don’t feel like reading the Bible because I don’t want to put the effort into it. I would rather relax by doing my own thing like watching YouTube videos, reading books, listening to music, or watching tv. I know that Christians in other countries have died trying to get Bibles and that many people and have died for God’s Word. I have been told that and guilt tripped my whole life into reading my Bible. Either by teachers at school, elders at church, even my friends. Yeah I feel guilty for not reading it… but I won’t feel convicted. God’s conviction will do alot more to my heart than someone making me feel guilty ever will.

So reading the Bible and praying is the most basic thing in the Christian walk. Yet also the most crucial…. and difficult. Sometimes, I will read my Bible consistently and I will feel so close to God. Other times, I won’t read for a month and I will just feel… numb. I know this isn’t how the Christian walk is suppose to be. Whenever I feel detached from God, that is when it’s crucial that I read and pray! Not give it a break and try again later because God apparently isn’t in a talkative mood at the moment. No, when He remains silent it is then that I should remain diligent!

Proverbs 13:4 “The soul of the luggars desireth, and hath nothing: but the sould of the diligent shall be made fat.”

No, it doesn’t feel good. A lot of times reading and praying seems worse than doing dishes or folding laundry (gag!!).

Last Sunday, my husband preached over Matthew 15:21-28. A woman goes to Jesus crying after him to save her daughter who was possessed. What did Jesus do? He ignored her…. So she went back home and and gave up trying to talk with Him and instead was a bland, numb woman who felt empty inside for forever…

Just kidding that’s probably what I would do.. (I do it now). This Canaanite woman went a step further.. she worshipped him! And asked again! But what did Jesus say to her? “It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to the dogs.” Um.. I don’t nknow about you but if someone has just told me I wasn’t good enough for them and compared me to a dog… I would probably cry;P But.. she answered him, “Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from the master’s table.” She showed diligence. She didn’t give up when Jesus remained silent. She didn’t get angry.  She kept at it.

Next time God is silent when I seek Him, or He answers in a way I don’t like… maybe I should keep at it. (By the way, her daughter was healed. Don’t you think because she had to seek him diligently and press a little harder that when her daughter was healed, it was that much more satisfying?).

Luke 11:9 “And I say unto you, Ask,  and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock and it shall be opened unto you.”

Keep in mind… the promise God makes us in Luke 11:9 doesn’t say how many times we have to knock or how long we will have to seek.. But it does promise that we will find.

“Breathe” by Priscilla Shirer Week 1 Insights

So lately I have been doing the Breathe study by Priscilla Shirer. It is a 5 week long study that you can do by yourself,  or with a group of people. Since I’m doing this study by myself, I decided to just buy the book. But audio lessons and video lessons are available too(My next study I do from her I will be buying the audio lessons to go with it).

So even though I just finished Week 2,  today I’ll be writing a couple key points I learned from Week 1. Since this was two weeks ago… this post probably won’t be very long.

Week 1 taught me that I had my view of the Sabbath all wrong. It’s not just a day you go to church and worship God. The Sabbath or, and Sabbath Margin, is a lifestyle. It should free us from our life taking control over us. To keep blessings from becoming bondages.
Another point I learned was that Creation wasn’t complete until the Sabbath. God didn’t rest because He was tired? He’s God!!!! He rested because He created rest on the 7th day! Genesis 2:2 says that on the seventh day, God completed His work! Week 1 of this study made me realize the things I was putting above the Sabbath. That I have chains I don’t want to let go of because it would mean I would have to trust God. I’m just like the Israelites who when gathering manna, tried to gather extra for the next day because they didn’t trust God.  I have become a slave to work!  It also made me realize that in our culture, we have turned a day of rest into a burden. Since when has anyone felt rested on a Sunday? I haven’t in yeeeaaarrss. Because there’s choir practice, buses, making food, sticking to the church schedule so it all runs smoothly…. Sunday’s are no longer a blessing ( which God intended them to be) but a burden.

This week helped me set boundaries in my life so I don’t become taken over by things, people, church, work, etc….

For the past year I have struggled with juggling life and finding time for everything and everyone… My life really has become a master over me and I never knew it. I can’t begin to tell you how much of a blessing this study has been so far! If you are interested in thia study,  I bought mine at Lifeway.com for around 9$!

Stay tuned for my insights from Week 2:)

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