Archive | February 2015

Be A Hero

And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him and said,”The Lord is with you, you mighty man of valor!” Gideon said to him, “O my lord, if the Lord is with us, then why has all this happened to us? And where are all His miracles which our fathers told us about, saying, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up from Egypt? But now the Lord has forsaken us and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites.” 

Then the Lord said to him and said,” Go in this might of yours and you shall save Israel from the hand of the Midianites. Have I not sent you?”

So he said to Him,”O my Lord, how can I save Israel? Indeed my clan is the weakest in Manasseh. and I am the least in my fathers house.” 

And the Lord said to him,”Surely I will be with you, and you shall defeat the Midianites as one man.”

– Judges 6:12-16

 

Gideon had personal issues.

He is the lowest in his dad’s house, his father worshiped Baal, and he is just the ordinary everyday guy with nothing special about him.

Which is why he immediately has his guard up when the Angel of the Lord tells him to save his entire nation.

He protests, he tries to convince God that he has the wrong guy. Even through complaining about God, whining, and protesting, the Angel just listens, probably nodding his head to say,”Yes, I’ve heard this many times before.” Gideon tries to get his point across, but nothing seems to work. God has different ideas.

Gideon is completely obsessed in the idea of staying normal and unnoticed (kind of like Emmett from Lego Movie 😀 ) that he doesn’t understand how he can help. He tests God, with the fleece thing:

  So Gideon said to God, “If You will save Israel by my hand as You have said— look, I shall put a fleece of wool on the threshing floor; if there is dew on the fleece only, and it is dry on all the ground, then I shall know that You will save Israel by my hand, as You have said.” And it was so. When he rose early the next morning and squeezed the fleece together, he wrung the dew out of the fleece, a bowlful of water. Then Gideon said to God, “Do not be angry with me, but let me speak just once more: Let me test, I pray, just once more with the fleece; let it now be dry only on the fleece, but on all the ground let there be dew.” And God did so that night. It was dry on the fleece only, but there was dew on all the ground. 

– Judges 6:36-40

After the fleece thing, Gideon finally submits and lets God do what He wants with him. After gathering a large army, God doesn’t want it and tests the men and finally comes down to only 300 men (Judges 7). Gideon and his valiant three hundred seem like a punchline. Especially when the Lord tells them to go down to the Midianite camp and smash pots with a torch in hand and blow trumpets. Fat chance.

But the ruckus frightens the Midianites and they flee (Judges 8).

So, what is the purpose of an entire recap of the tale of Gideon? Simple. Allow me to explain.

Submission.

If the entire world just submit to God, it would be a better place.

Like Gideon, we have our excuses, our complaints, our reasons that seem just like little baby fixer uppers to God but seem like impossibilities to us. We have an entire army of Midianites in front of us and we don’t rise and submit and trust our God. We have to test Him and question Him; getting all the answers.

Newsflash: We will never know why, how or when God will do something.

My entire life, as far back as I can remember, I have always asked,”Why me? Why am I the one to do this?” or perhaps it’s,”When will I do this and why?” I have moved a good many times in my thirteen years (at least it seems like many), and after getting 99.9% settled, He gets us up and moves us to where He wants us. I have, in fact known later on some reasons why. He knows. He knew why.

Just like Gideon, we have the opportunity to be a hero for him. We have a battle to fight, a victory to be won! Trust the God who made you and who knows all things and let him lead you into battle and save your people. Let him turn you into a different person than you were yesterday! Give Him a chance to chisel at you and make you into a masterpiece. Become an unrecognized girl to a hero! Let him work in your like. Just like he did for Gideon.

All for now,

Emily 😀

P.S. Here’s a poll for enjoyment! I’ll give results at the end of the month!

 

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This entry was posted on February 26, 2015.

The Power of Twenty-One

Why?

Why?

Sometimes it’s hard to accept life; to feel it’s pain, and see it’s turmoil. I don’t understand how such an evil can posses someone. You see it throughout history; the Assyrians, the Babylonians, the Nazis, the members of ISIS. There are too many to count, yet so little to do to fight.

Why do we have to live in this world full of suffering and death? Why am I here in my cozy home when twenty-one Egyptian Christians were beheaded on a beach in Libya for saying no to denouncing Christ? Why am I here in my cozy home when the people of Paris live in terror after the murder of Charlie Hebdo? Why must I be safe and comfy and blessed when millions of women and girls my age are sold to men who will abuse them and hurt them? Why?

Because the darkness is attractive and nice. It brings a curiosity to our wicked hearts and we just want to touch it. The same evil of adultery is the same evil that martyred those twenty-one men. The same evil of lying behind my parents back is the same evil that murdered Charlie Hebdo and terrorized the people of Paris. Yes, there is no difference between cheating than there is stealing, lying, committing adultery, murdering, fornicating, or any kind of sin. Any.

When I walk into a Hindu temple for example, I am to be honest, disgusted, but also intrigued by the guy on the wall with 20 arms, blue skin, and a snake around his neck. Or if I see a woman with a low shirt and short shorts, I get a sick feeling, but also wonder to myself,”I wonder what it’s like to wear something like that?” You feel disgusted and intrigued at the same time.

Just dib-dabbling into a bit of darkness gives us the opportunity to become just like ISIS, a Nazi, a terrorist, a communist, an abusive person, a drunkard, an adulterer, or even a murderer. Just because we are redeemed by Christ doesn’t mean we are perfect. We are still human and sin is still in the world. However, just touch the darkness and see how much will stay with you.

Two verses come to mind when I write these words:

The heart is deceitful an desperately wicked: who can know it?

– Jeremiah 17:9

And:

…reject every kind of evil…

– Thessalonians 5:22

I can’t help but wonder to myself,”I’m a Christian, so why do I feel intrigued?” There’s just one simple answer:

You are human and there is nothing you can do about it! You are not in heaven yet, you are making the journey to heaven, but until you get there, you will never ever be the perfect person you want to be. Of course you can try, but you’ll never get there! A lot of people will make a big mistake and just say,”Ah, shoot! Well I’m human and I’m not perfect.” This is called sloppy grace; when someone keeps messing up and asks forgiveness but never tries to stop his/her wrong doing.

I am grieved that twenty-one of our brothers were beheaded for our Lord. I am angry, sad, weepy, and helpless that I can’t do anything accept pray (that is however the best thing). I have realized however how blessed I truly am by it and I think I am forever changed. I am here in my perfect bubble life and am safe. It’s not fair, right? But, that is what I was called to do (for now, anyway). My life is abundantly blessed by God, therefore I must enjoy it onto the glory of God! Live my life like it says in Ecclesiastes for my Lord! Enjoy the blessings Christ has given me for His kingdom. Ride that horse, play that game, watch that movie, hear that music, sing that song, dance that dance, run that race with joy until the end for the glory of Christ, God’s way. Why am I blessed? Because the Father wanted it for me. That’s why.

So, I think that is all I have to say, I would love to say more, but, math is waiting. Good day my fellow peeps and enjoy life and flee the danger. I would say that this is another discovery in an over-sized lime green moon chair, but it was a talk at the dinner table and written in an OSLGMC (over sized lime green moon chair 😀 ).

Farewell,

Emily ;D

 

 

 

 

This entry was posted on February 17, 2015.

A Short Post of Tribute for My Daddy

My dad is the best man in the whole wide world. He stands for God and lives for Him with his whole heart.

My dad plays an important part in my life and I love him a lot! I really wouldn’t be the same without my wonderful father.

Sometimes people underestimate my dad and don’t appreciate him. But, I want him to know that I love him and appreciate him for all he does for the whole family! My dad is talented and he has great ideas! The scripture that comes to mind when I think about my dad is 1 Corinthians 16:13.

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong.
-1 Corinthians 16:13

My dad is a 1 Corinthians 16:13 man to the tee and I know without a doubt that he is a man of courage. He is strong.

Today, lots of girls will be caught up in bad situations (drugs, boys, and even sex) because their dad was never around to show them what to look for. It’s said that when a girl finds her husband, she’s likely to marry someone with the same facial features as her father!

And I believe it.

My dad is one of my favorite people on this earth.

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He was the sideline judge at almost all my soccer games. 😀

 

He was the sideline judge at my soccer game, the one to say congrats at my piano recital, and the one to tell me how special I am.

Well dad, this isn’t the longest post in the world, but I just want to tell you how much I love you and that I’m thankful for your love to me. I thank God for you everyday for what a great dad I’ve got.

I love you,

Emily ;D

 

This entry was posted on February 12, 2015.

The Five Facts of Life

Hello, world!

I slept rather good last night, except for my dream about a hotel I was staying at that exploded. Perhaps I should skip snacks at seven o’clock. However, my dream was a good dream, although one might call it an exceptionally bad one. I believe it brings something to light.

I am a busy girl.

I wake up early, feed the dogs and horse, eat my own breakfast, practice piano, do my schoolwork, ride my horse, go to activities, and eat dinner, then hit the hay. That is my average everyday schedule. I love the things I do, let’s just put it that way.

But, with all the things I do, I am so busy sometimes that I often ponder and ask myself this,”What is life all about?” I do so many things and live for those very things, that I wonder what am I truly living for? If I died today, say in a hotel that were exploding, could I be able to say I lived for what I was called for? I’m not sure.

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

– Matthew 28:19-20 ESV

 

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

– 1 Corinthians 10:31 ESV

 

Looking at what Christ says about life shows us lots of things:

1. This is not my life.

I was created for a purpose that only the Lord currently knows, and like 1 Corinthians 10:31 says, everything I do (including my life) is for the glory of Christ; not my own. My life is something He has made to help get the word out and share His love with others. This life is the life Christ wants us to live for His glory and show everyone (1 Timothy 4:12) His light, love, and sacrifice.

2. My life is a reflection for others to follow

Like Matthew 28:19-20 says, we make disciples with our lives and we gather and make an army for Christ! We go and serve anyone of any nation, any color, any day when Our Father says,”Go.” We are called by Christ to preach the gospel no matter what our age (this goes for u and me).

3. I must obey

You are my friends if you do what I command.

– John 15:4

For me, this is hardest. I don’t know why, but sometimes I can’t obey without a fight. I’m being honest. All humans have self will and they want things done their way or no way at all. The reason we had to have Christ come is because Eve had her own agenda and ate the fruit after God warned them millions of times. Because, when the serpent came to Eve, he acted all smooth and comfy, “God didn’t really mean to say you’ll die, because you won’t!” Eve was still unsure and she quoted God with a slight alteration,”Oh, no um, God said we couldn’t eat of it or touch it lest we die.” Then, after more persuasion, she ate the fruit.

When I am called to obey, I get temptations telling me not to do what I was called. Like Eve, we talk to our temptations and ponder about them for a while. NEWS FLASH: Don’t talk to temptations if you don’t want to get tricked.

4. My spiritual gifts and talents are from Christ

And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, administrating, and various kinds of tongues.

– 1 Corinthians 12:28 ESV

So, what is a spiritual gift/talent? Really, they are two different things. A spiritual gift is something Christ gives us to help the church. For example: You could say your spiritual gift is encouragement or kindness to someone in times of trouble. Or perhaps it’s prayer; someone who has the gift of prayer can deliver beautiful blessings on your life through intercession through the Spirit.

A talent is something that you are good at to proclaim the Kingdom of God! For example: I enjoy riding horses and I’m good at it. It’s a passion that Christ has given me that I love to do. Maybe, later on, I can give lessons to children who don’t know Christ and use it as a ministry. Same goes for piano. I love to play, and maybe I can play for my church and again, use it for the Kingdom of God.

Your spiritual gift and talent proclaim the name of Christ whenever you use it for His Glory. He gave it to you, so you must use it for Him somehow.

5. He made your life; enjoy it!

So I commend the enjoyment of life, because there is nothing better for a person under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany them in their toil all the days of the life God has given them under the sun.

– Ecclesiastes 8:15 NIV

In the midst of honoring Christ, we are actually called to enjoy life! He made our everyday, and  all our beautiful memories and moments. If we’re always “I don’t have fun because I’m a Christian,” that’s just wrong. It’s like in Lois Lowry’s the Giver, no one could have fun; there was no color, no joy, no emotion, no memories of the old world. That is, until the end (I won’t say anymore in case you haven’t read it 😀 ). The point is, life was made in the beginning to be enjoyed in the garden by Adam and Eve. True, this world is no perfect garden, and we must accept it’s pain like Jonas had to accept it from the Giver, but in it’s midst, let’s make the best of it and have fun. Enjoying yourself isn’t a sin. As I’ve said before, saying no thanks to fun is rejecting a perfect gift God is giving you because He loves to see that smile, hear that giggle.

So, in case you are ever trapped in an exploding hotel, you know what you did right and that Christ is the meaning of life, and in the end we’ll be there with Him when He says,”Well done, good and faithful servant.”

All for now,

Emily 😀                        P.S. I realize that when I wrote Thursday update, it was really Tuesday. 😉

This entry was posted on February 10, 2015.

Thursday Update

Hi, world!

I have a fairly good reason (not excuse; don’t get me wrong :D) for not updating recently. I am sick. Don’t judge me for drinking tea, blowing my nose, and watching Reba with mom :).

All for now,

Emily 😀

 

This entry was posted on February 4, 2015.