My Talk

God is good. He gave me words. I was able to deliver them in a thought-out manner. I was able to be transparent and vulnerable without being too upsetting (I think). I was able to deliver my challenge to the upperclassmen and guys without sounding snobbish or conceited.

Basically, this was what I talked about. I shared my story and how I “did church” for so long. About a year and a half ago, the puppy I raised to be a guide dog (who I had poured my heart and life into) went back for advanced training and was dropped for health problems. I fought with God for months over WHY he had to have Arturo be dropped? Wasn’t it easier just to have him make it? Is it really too much to ask? But after 2 months of fighting God, I realized that He is sovreign and had (and still does have!) a perfect plan for me. I learned to surrender.

At that point, I really wanted to focus on God. When He’s THAT good to you, how can you not respond by love, adoration, and sacrifice? That’s when I found the Rebelution and God used Alex and Brett to totally and compeletly transform my life and give me ways to practically live out my faith. Their posts to this day inspire me to live out what I believe and really DO HARD THINGS.

Ladies and Gents, life is tough. But God wants us to do His will, even if it’s hard, even if it means giving up comfort. It’s the right thing, it’s the smart thing, it’s the hard thing.

From there, I shared my 3 challenges with my youth group:

  1. Identify “watershed moments” in your life (times when God has really touched you in some way)
  2. Check out the Rebelution and consider coming to the Portland Conference with me
  3. Be leaders. ESPECIALLY the upperclassmen (if we don’t lead, who will???) and the guys (we girls want SO MUCH for the guys to lead, so do it, guys!)

Between the tears when I talked about Arturo and fighting with God, and the passion when talking about the Rebelution, I think God was really able to use me in some way. At least I hope. As one of my friends reminded me going in to this, “even if only one person is affected through your testimony, you’ve reached success.” Thanks for the words of encouragement, Josh.

And to anyone reading this, step up. Do what God’s calling you to do. It might be hard. It probably will be. But hard things cause us to grow. God wants us to grow. God loves us SO MUCH that He sent His only son to take our punishment. Jesus, God’s Son, willingly died a terrible and brutal death because He wants us to be saved from our sins. Guys, that’s the ultimate. All we have to do is accept the free gift of Jesus dying for us, and we can have a personal relationship with God. And it rocks. Life with God is better than anything you can ever imagine. That’s the point of my talk to my youth group. That’s the point of my life.

God is good. God is loving. God is faithful. God is merciful. God is just. God is caring. God is amazing.

Word.

March 25, 2008. Tags: , , , . Church, Lessons from God. Leave a comment.

This Tuesday

Well….this Tuesday, I’m going to be sharing my testimony with my youth group, and challenge them to take their faith more seriously. This is something that’s been on my heart for a while, and my youth pastor asked me to talk tomorrow (3/25). I’d appreicate prayers for what I say exactly. I have an outline, but I love to improv and go with the flow so what I actually say may be different from my outline. 🙂

Thanks everyone!

March 24, 2008. Lessons from God. Leave a comment.

He has risen!

He is risen indeed! Happy Resurrection Sunday to all of you…what a wonderful day. Our God is living, active, and sitting at the right hand of the throne of God!!!!

March 23, 2008. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Mark Driscoll on Atonement

This past Sunday, I was privelaged do get to go to the Ballard campus to watch Mark Driscoll preach live. It was such a wonderful experience, and I’m very glad I was able to go!

That week, Mark spoke on the Day of Atonement and how Jesus fufilled everything that the 2 lambs were required for in the Old Testament.

The message itself was very powerful. Blunt, factual, and some could say “bad”, but it really made me think.

This message can be found here.

March 20, 2008. Lessons from God. Leave a comment.

Lessons from Songs

Music has always touched me, and trying to pick songs for the youth retreat has put me back in the “music mode.” These are some of the songs that have touched me, and why.

One of my dear friends shared the song “Let It All Out” by Relient K with me while I was struggling with several things in my life. Today I was mulling over it, and thinking about the lyrics. I love the chorus:

“and you said I know that this will hurt
but if I don’t break your heart then things will just get worse
If the burden seems too much to bear
Remember
the end will justify the pain it took to get us there”

 How true this is. It’s like the saying “no pain, no gain.” At times, life hurts. Sometimes it seems easiest to curl up in a ball and die. But I can always reach to the hope that God is growing me through the pain.

Another one of the songs I was thinking over this week, was “It Is Well” by Horatio G. Spafford. Yes, this is a hymn. But this was written after Mr. Spafford’s son had died of an illness, he had lost all his property, and as he was viewing where his daughters had drowned after the ship they were traveling on had sunk. The first verse says:

“When peace like a river attendeth my way,
when sorrows like sea billows roll,
whatever my lot,
Thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul.”

I have prayed those last 3 lines many times. WHATEVER God puts in my path, whether great things or horrid ones, I need to have peace and know God has a plan.

One more song for today, “Fellow Traveler” by Ginny Owens. Again, its chorus has a few lines which catch me every time:

“Fellow traveler, let me take you,
to a place where I find rest.
Fellow seeker, let me show you,
where I find true happiness.
Fellow begger, I have good news,
I know where there is bread.”

What a beautiful way to explain witnessing. I heard someone once say sharing Jesus with someone is, “one beggar showing another beggar where to find bread.”

March 4, 2008. Lessons from God. Leave a comment.