Weekly Verse

The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness light has dawned. Isaiah 9:2

Sunday, September 30, 2012

He Reigns

Life is good. Really it's truly wonderful! We all live, love and laugh a lot and even when we face hardships it always turns out for the better. I think that is truly STUPENDOUS!
 It amazes me that some people will look at all of the great things that happen and think it happens by accident...it's exceedingly obvious to me that we have someone up there--aka in heaven--looking out for us!

God does AMAZING things! Without Him, I personally would be lost... for that reason I think we owe Him all of our PRAISE, LOVE, and DEVOTION!

Jesus fills me with such joy that I just want to share it with the ENTIRE WORLD! I just want to sing so everyone can hear me--God reigns over the entire earth and He loves you and me! His love is always there and He wants us to be happy. We have someone who looks out for us... isn't that something we should celebrate? This song, He Reigns, by Newsboys inspires me to PRAISE God!
People world wide are shouting out to God-- So join the movement and PRAISE Him because HE REIGNS!!

Thursday, September 27, 2012


We are human. We are wonderful, funny, sinful, and sometimes we get a little lost. That is when we need to turn to our Father, for help.
Being human we do screw up, but luckily we have the OPPORTUNITY to put God in CONTROL. If we relinquish our control and let God direct our lives and our paths, we can't go wrong! We need to take our hands off the wheel and let God DRIVE. 

Carrie Underwood's song, Jesus Take the Wheel, is such and inspiring song. We need to admit that we don't know where we're going, and we need to give all of the power to CHRIST! No matter what has happened it's never too late to turn to God--isn't that such an AMAZING promise? God is so WONDERFUL that He will always be there to point us in the right direction. Since He made our path, how can He be wrong? 
 If we turn to God when we feel LOST and in all aspects of our lives, He will show us which way to go! You just have to stop trying to control everything and let God DRIVE in your life.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012


Speaking from experience, it can be really easy to lose hope and faith in God. We pray and when what we ask for doesn't happen ,we assume that God didn't answer. Maybe He did, but He just said no. I believe that we need to always have FAITH in God and trust that He will do things in our best interests!
God knows the plans He has for you--in other words, DON'T WORRY! Trust God to work everything. He will give you everything you need so don't spend all you're time worrying about it. Instead cast your anxieties on Christ! 
When you choose to BELIEVE and TRUST in God, everything will happen in it's correct time. God knows what He's doing, so keep your FAITH in Him! With FAITH and our God, ANYTHING is possible! 
Having FAITH won't always be easy--people and circumstances will make us doubt... but it is important to remember that God is ALWAYS there! If we have FAITH in Him we can accomplish anything! 


 "He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20
With a little FAITH, TRUST and God on our side, there is nothing we can't accomplish! He is wonderful and He will strengthen us. We can do ANYTHING that He calls us to do as long as we keep the FAITH!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012


Do you ever feel EMPTY, like you have nothing to live for? Maybe you live solely for yourself and you feel like your existence here has no rhyme or reason. God is the answer. He supplies a purpose, a love and joy that you can't find anywhere else!
Christ is our one true SAVIOR. He FILLS us when we are empty. Many people go their entire lives without finding something to live for or to work for. They go their entire lives living for THEMSELVES instead of having a true purpose. That's great, but is it really fulfilling? Each of us has a NEED. Something that we yearn for--that we have a HUNGER for. Acceptance. Love. Joy. We look into ourselves and others to supply these things... but the truth is that men will fail. God, however, prevails! He never gives up on us or leaves us.
God's love, acceptance, understanding and forgiveness never runs dry--He NEVER fails! He's like the best best friend imaginable! He will never let you down. He always works to better you. He never leaves your side. He's pretty awesome if you ask me! And, personally, I felt EMPTY without God. Now that I have Him as a part of my life, I feel FULL and WONDERFUL!
God is my all. He gives me everything I love, and everything I need--even if I don't always like it. He is the best guardian and friend that I could ever have. I proudly call myself a Jesus Freak! God gives me a purpose and without Him I would be lost and feel alone. He FILLS me and He can fill you too!

God brings such unexplainable joy, peace, and forgiveness that if you don't have God, you don't know what your missing. Don't spend another day EMPTY--Let God FILL you!

Monday, September 24, 2012


Everyone has tough days, crabby days, and blah days, but you can also have SHINING days! Days when your happiness, beauty and joy shine out of you, for the entire world to see! YOU, through your happiness, can lift people up!

Everyone has an internal "light" inside of them. No, we don't actually glow...sorry to get your hopes up... but we do radiate a certain vibe. Being around someone whose crabby, can put you in a bad mood...the same thing can happen with GOOD moods, too! Happiness and love are GREAT lights to shine... but the best thing to show others is God's light!
"In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven." Matthew 5:16
If you glorify God, and you act in a loving and godly way, that light will SHINE out, and people will be able to see God through YOU! Like this song by Jamie Grace,
If you strive to show Jesus in everything you do, you will truly SHINE. People will appreciate your love and kindness even if they don't know Jesus-- BONUS: you might even allow someone to get to know God, by YOUR actions!!
This isn't always going to be easy... we all have rough days, but remember to never let anything or anyone stop you from SHINING.

Sunday, September 23, 2012


Who are you? Do you describe yourself as pretty, preppy, kind, or sweet? Or are you ever called things like a nerd....
....Or a Jesus Freak...
Whatever you are called or considered, you should LOVE yourself! Own your personality, don't try to hide it! Society today makes us think that we have to be a certain thing.... but you DON'T!
Seriously, don't be afraid to stand out a little! God created you to be YOU, not to imitate someone else. God made you UNIQUE! Love yourself-- every aspect of you!

 Never change who YOU are! Not for anyone. Of course if there are aspects of your personality that you don't like or are unpleasing to God--like sins and stuff-- then by all means, make the change! But don't try to be someone else. You were made to be YOU-- UNIQUE. So don't change or cover up what God has created you to be.

Saturday, September 22, 2012


If you're like me, you have high standards for yourself, but you should definitely NOT hold yourself to a standard of perfection! Perfection is IMPOSSIBLE to attain. I don't mean to be negative, but it's true. We're people-- we screw up!
I'm sure you've heard the word GRACE before--it's a pretty common word-- but do you know what it really MEANS? Here's the actual definition of grace...

Grace is all about LOVE, KINDNESS, FORGIVENESS, and BEAUTY--a pretty amazing word! It encompasses many of the best traits that you could have. Know the best example of grace? God himself! Part 2 of the definition of grace is about God! He showed us--the unlovable and unworthy-- love, kindness, forgiveness, and He showed us what true beauty is! Because of God's GRACE we can live freely and happily--I think that God's grace is worth more than all of the riches in the world!

Chris Tomlin's song, Your Grace in Enough, is such a great example of how wonderful God's GRACE really is! Grace is a great word to live by. So, swap your standard of perfection to a standard of GRACE!

When you start trying to hold yourself to that standard of grace, soon enough you will begin to GROW in grace! The more you think and act with love and kindness, the more grace you will have, and God will even shine through you--He is the creator of grace after all!
Go out into the world and GROW in GRACE. Show the world how wonderful FORGIVENESS, LOVE, KINDNESS, and GOD can be!!

Thursday, September 20, 2012


So many teenage girls have such a contorted view of love and romance--not to say that teenage girls are the only ones. In this day and age, a false portraying of love is everywhere you look. Many girls think that they have to change for a guy, and many guys think that the modern definition of sexy is all that's important in a girl. Well...

In my opinion, a true relationship is one that will last... 
and in which neither side has to change or compromise themselves. Compromise IS necessary in a relationship, but not in the way of giving up your purity. 

Never let anyone change who you are at heart. It's when you're heart is effected that you are truly changed--this goes for anything, not just romantic relationships. Lots of people rush into relationships-- because they feel unloved, or helpless if they aren't in a one. Many people will even change themselves JUST to get a boyfriend or girlfriend. That seems wrong to me.... and can lead to heartbreak.

This song, Not the One, by Zoegirl, serves as a great reminder that we shouldn't let ourselves be disrespected in a relationship, and that we need to focus on the most important relationship of all-- our relationship with CHRIST!

People often forget that before you can be someone else's, you must first understand who YOU are, and you must also understand WHOSE you are. No one should NEED  a relationship to feel beautiful or loved... we have GOD for that! He loves us more than any person ever can, and that is something truly WONDERFUL! I think we should all take a moment and go back to God's definition of love....

This doesn't apply to romantic relationships only... it applies to ANYONE and EVERYONE! My challenge to you is to really think about the true definition of love and try to apply it in your life--not just to a romantic interest, but to a friend or colleague. Go and SPREAD the love!

Monday, September 17, 2012


 Ever feel lost or confused? Like your life has spun out of control? Well, I have the answer. GOD. Turn your life over to God and let Him LEAD you-- He knows what he's doing! After all, God is.... 

 I'm sure you remember the Christmas story--God lead the wise men, and the Shepard to the RIGHT PLACE! He didn't lead them astray. God lead the Israelites to the promised land too! He can, and will do the same for you. He knows what He's doing, so if we trust in Him, He will show us which path to take.

God WILL reveal a path--even when it's hard to see.
We can ALWAYS rely on God, in any circumstance! He is ALWAYS there for us. In many cases, we try to live life our own way, and for ourselves. When we really should be living for HIM! Try giving God control of your life. FOLLOW what He tells you to do-- He will LEAD you in the right direction!  
This song, You Lead, by Jamie Grace illustrates this wonderfully:

Sunday, September 16, 2012


Isn't God just WONDERFUL? Just look outside at the world around you, think about all the GOOD in your life and most importantly think about why and when you have been happiest. In my life and my opinion, I have always been happiest when I have God! He makes me feel ALIVE! Not only do I feel alive, but because I have accepted Jesus, I AM ALIVE in Christ!

I absolutely adore this song! Doesn't it just make you want to get up and dance and sing? Well, it does for me! Besides, it talks about something that is SUPER important... the fact that because Jesus died for us, we can be truly ALIVE--It's amazing, isn't it? The fact that someone would love us that much just blows my mind! Then on top of all of that, God watches out for us, AND He fills us with JOY, LOVE, and PEACE.
If you aren't ALIVE in Jesus and you have nothing to live for, and no cause to work for, what's the point? Because God gives us the chance to come ALIVE, we should be more than thankful! He gives us a purpose and a plan. He will never leave us. God has shown me how truly PHENOMENAL life can be! And I just want to share it with the world!
I think that we should all take the time to thank God... after all, He gives us LOVE, JOY, A PURPOSE, and He makes us ALIVE! What could be greater than that?

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Beauty from Pain

During this stressful time of year, we all face hard times. We all go through tribulation and pain, but luckily God brings BEAUTY from pain! Check out this song by BarlowGirl, Beauty from Pain.

I don't know about you, but God fills me with joy!! Because during trial and tribulation, He is always there AND He will make good come from the bad! You may think that you have absolutely nothing to offer to the world, but that's the WONDER of it all! God makes SOMETHING from NOTHING.

 Changing something rough and tough into something BEAUTIFUL can't be easy. It will take time and a whole lot of difficulties to make it through to the end result, but God is with us through it ALL.

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ he is a NEW creation; the old has gone and the NEW has come." 2 Corinthians 5:17
If you have God in your life, you are and are becoming a NEW CREATION!! Your past has been put behind you and you can move on to newer and better things! You have to let God shape you, let Him make you NEW.
That isn't something easy, and it probably won't happen over night, but NEVER GIVE UP. 

YOU can do it! YOU can become NEW. YOU can move past all of your regrets. If you let God into your life and you put Him in control, YOU can become NEW, because God brings beauty from pain. 

Wednesday, September 5, 2012


With s------ (I don't even want to say the word) starting, every teacher, high school, elementary and college student knows that this is a stressful time of year. With all of the homework to get done, assignments to grade, and lack of sleep (the last one is by far the worst), many of us forget that we need to make time for God. On top of that... He will help us through the STRESS!
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

 1 Peter 5:7
Give God your worries and your STRESS. He will take the anxiety away from you. If you are stressed out, spend some time with God!

Often times, when we get busy, we tend to ZIP through life. We could all use a little reminder to STOP AND SMELL THE ROSES! Enjoy the GLORY of God's creation! It truly is beautiful.

Never let yourself get so busy that you forget God or the BEAUTY of this world! This song, Starry Night by Chris August does a really great job of summing it up!
God is AWESOME and GLORIOUS and WONDERFUL! He puts BEAUTY everywhere around us! Why would we ignore that over a little STRESS? Be sure to make TIME for God.


Saturday, September 1, 2012

Rise Up

I adore Dr. Seuss books. Do you know why? Because he has such good messages! He tells us to WORK HARD. To always be OPTIMISTIC. To NOT discriminate. Here is one of his wonderful quotes...

I think that Dr. Seuss REALLY knows what he's talking about! We live in a world of corruption and sin, with evil is at every turn. There are people out there dying of starvation and in wars. Not to mention thousands of homeless people and that's only the tip of the iceberg. That isn't going to change, UNLESS someone like you cares enough to do something about it!

It may seem like we are fighting a losing battle, but with enough determination and God on our side ANYTHING is possible! So NEVER GIVE UP! Keep working hard to accomplish a goal. HELP people. Fight the good fight. And RISE UP for God.
This song, from the Second Baptist Church and sung by Lauren Camey, is called Rise Up.

It amazes me how many people are dancing in this video! Plus, each and everyone of them donated a pair of shoes to the needy! This goes to show that you are NOT ALONE. There are thousands of Christians around the world--and I'm sure there are others in your area. If each of us would RISE UP, with our vast numbers, think about what we could do?