joy.

strength.

Something that has been on my heart a lot lately has been how to ask for strength.

I know, KNOW, that I am NOT strong enough to do anything on my own. When I try, God is REALLY good about reminding me that I am NOT. πŸ™‚

But, how often do we all find ourselves asking God to GIVE us strength?

“God, give me the strength to finish this shift at work.”

“God, give me the strength to make it through this bad day.”

“God, give me the strength to keep from crying, even though I really, really want to.”

But, I don’t think that’s what God has in mind.

Sure, He wants us to rely on Him to be our strength.

BUT.

I don’t think He wants to GIVE us strength.

I think He wants to simply BE our strength.

Instead of asking FOR strength, trying praying for God to BE your strength.

This acknowledges that you are giving it fully over to Him, not trying to “help” Him run the show.

It has definitely helped me, that’s for sure. πŸ™‚

Just a thought for the day!

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examining my life.

Today, I have spent a TON of time thinking about a big decision that I need to make soon. It has kind of come out of nowhere, and there are many pros and cons. I spent so much time thinking about it, actually, that I ended up not feeling well. πŸ˜› Thank goodness that I had a night class that soon got my mind off of it for awhile. πŸ™‚

Anyways, this decision will significantly alter the next couple of years of my life. It won’t alter it negatively either way, but whatever I decide will cause some changes (one decision more so than the other).I think I have made a decision, and am cautiously pursuing it slowly.

Please just pray with me that if the decision I chose isn’t God’s plan, the doors will slam shut immediately. πŸ™‚

I will share more when I can. πŸ™‚

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some “assistance?”

I had some assistance for my midnight laundry change over…

Come on now, why do YOU get the good clothes?

Hey…hey…Hey! Where did those pants go? Hey? What is going on here?

I don’t think I like this…I feel a little…strange.

Where did everything go?

Aww…what do you mean? You’re going to make me sleep in a cold room all by myself with no clothes to curl up in?

Wait…what is THIS stuff? It’s cold…and wet…not warm and fluffy like that other stuff!

Fine…I’m outta here.

(And yes, there was a moment of panic when I frantically checked each picture to make sure there were no visible undergarments. Thankfully the cat is large enough to cover any offenders. πŸ™‚ )

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one of those simple little things.

I am sipping on a beverage that takes me back many years through my memories. The first time I had this drink was on my grandma’s farm in Bazine, Kansas. Wait, you haven’t heard of it? Neither had I. It’s out in the middle of NOWHERE.

The population is 334 people. And that was an increase from the 2000 population.

But anyways.

We used to go out and spend time on the farm over the five or so year period that she lived there; covering most of my elementary school age years. There are so many memories from the time we would spend there…riding my first horse, hours on the four wheeler, my first plane ride (in a three passenger plane that took off from their neighbor’s driveway, no lie.) and the area in the middle of the row of cedar trees we called the “playhouse.”

Hidden in the trees, it was cool and dimly lit – perfect for the hot summer days in Western Kansas. We would spend HOURS out there…we had an old oven that didn’t work, table and chairs, and other various odds and ends. It was a place for imagination to take place, that’s for sure!

Anyways, one weekend our whole family had gone out to the farm (often times it was just us kids, but several times we all went). We had cooked hot dogs over a bonfire for the first time, and watched The Princess Diaries at least 5 times (I was ADDICTED to that movie…I still watch it when it’s on TV. :))

For one of the meals we had, my grandma made this drink for us. So simple, but so good. I seriously drank WAY too much, and if it was possible to get drunk on a non-alcoholic beverage…I definitely was. I was wired, couldn’t stop giggling, and was just super silly.

It hasn’t since had that effect on me, but I still LOVE making a glass! πŸ™‚

Here it is…try it sometime. You will be SHOCKED. And your kids will love it!

Basically you need:

-Tropical Punch Kool Aid powdered mix

-Some sort of lemon lime soda (Sierra Mist, Sprite, 7-Up) or Ginger Ale

Then you essentially just add the soda to the powder and make it like normal kool aid, just using the soda instead of water. And you don’t have to add sugar. πŸ™‚

Enjoy!

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beautiful things out of dust.

This summer, I traveled with a group from my college to coastal Andrah Pradesh, India.

(It’s the area in purple.)

We worked with a group called India Christian Ministries (ICM) that has several different ministries around this area of the country. One of their main ministries is Sarah’s Covenant Homes (SCH). SCH is a home where special needs children, who are essentially abandoned and left to die because they are seen as a curse in India, are taken in and loved, nursed to health, and educated. This home has over 100 special needs children in a very small area.

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These children are given a chance to live. Most, if any of them, would probably not be alive right now if it weren’t for this ministry taking them in and loving them.

But as you can imagine, it is expensive. Crazy expensive.

Consider this…

  • Over 100 children to feed daily.
  • Several children in diapers.
  • Over 100 special needs children, all in need of a wide range of medications.
  • Over 100 special needs children who need some sort of surgery or care.
  • Over 100 special needs children to clothe, occupy, and educate.

So, as you can imagine, they need a LOT of help. Obviously physical help, but also financial help.

SO.

Are you crafty?

Or do you have something awesome laying around your house that you would give up for a good cause that you think someone would pay big bucks for?

Consider this link: http://www.auctionsforacause.blogspot.com/

Sarah, the children, and God would really appreciate it. πŸ˜€

And, if you can’t/aren’t interested in donating an item to the auction but want to help out, let me know. I can hook you up with ways to donate directly!

Here are a few more of the beautiful faces at this home…I dare you not to smile and fall in love. πŸ™‚

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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self, meet me.

This week, I have learned a lot about myself.

Things I didn’t know before just a few days ago.

Let me share a few of them with you. πŸ™‚

1) I’ve learned that God really is ALL I need.

How many times have we prayed it, sang it, wanted really hard to believe it, but know deep down that we aren’t sure we really mean it? I know for me, that number of times has been a LOT over the past 20 years. But…I’m finally to the point where I really do believe it. If you know me very well, you probably know that I hate to be alone. But this week, I have spent most of my time alone – by choice. I’ve rejoiced when I should be lonely and upset, I’ve felt full when I should feel empty. I’ve experienced peace and joy when I should have been an absolute mess. Finally…finally…I really do believe it. And I know that this will affect every moment, every relationship, every attitude, every decision from here on out.

2) I’ve learned that I am content.

I never, ever, ever thought I could be content in the situation I am in. Never. In fact, fear of this position has caused me to do a lot of things I regret. Yet, now I am in it. And you know what? I am content. In Philippians 4:11, Paul says that he has learned to be content in whatever situation he is in. Philippians is my favorite book of the Bible, and so I’ve spent a long time wanting this verse to be true of me. And it finally is! I am content to be in this state, this state I have been petrified of, for as long as God has for me to be in it! For a week? For three years? For 26 years? For the rest of my life? I have learned to be content.

3) I have learned that I am more patient than I thought.

I’ve never been a very patient person. Yet, this week, I have shocked the pants off myself with the attitude of patience I have developed. Patience in every aspect in my life. It’s crazy talk. But, crazy GOOD talk.

4) I have learned that God is always, always, always watching out for me.

I’ve never doubted it. But it has been confirmed over and over again this week. While struggling earlier this week, He came through in huge ways. First, I got a random message from someone telling me they really felt that they needed to share something with me that was on their heart. What they had to share was about the EXACT situation I was struggling with. And it was EXACTLY what I needed to hear. Later that day, I was discussing it with someone else. They shared a story with me from their life that lined up almost identical, and the good that came out of their situation gave me hope. In addition, I have had some great people come through for me. A professor looked me in the eye as they told class they had felt a real burden on the way to class this morning that someone really needed prayer, and that they would be sure to be praying for whatever the situation may be. The perfect songs have come on the radio at the perfect time. With each thing that has happened, it’s like I can see God smiling and saying, “I told you so.”

Now, I’m not perfect. So while I know these things today, I may struggle with them tomorrow. But, I am so blessed to know that I have finally reachedΒ  these things I have been striving for for so long. I love knowing that it doesn’t matter what comes, I am content, God has my back, and I will patiently wait until He brings the next thing my way! I barely recognize myself because of these philosophical changes I’ve made over the past few days. And I KNOW that it will positively effect every relationship from here on out.

I won’t be a clingy friend anymore…because I am content on my own! It’s nice to have people, but I don’t need them. I know that I will take great joy in spending some time with those close to me, but spending a lot of time on my own too!

I won’t be rushing through life anymore, waiting for this to happen. I am content in the here and now and patiently awaiting what’s next!

I know, I KNOW, that I can’t try and run my life anymore. It’s more fun to ride than drive. πŸ™‚

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