Tuesday, February 23, 2010


"Shout for joy to God, all the earth; sing the glory of his name; give to him glorious praise!"
Psalm 66:1
I am going to keep this post short and sweet, but I just want to challenge everyone to seek out the joy in every situation. I have noticed the amount of joy that has been in my life has pretty much been overwhelming the last few weeks, and I have just been overflowing with joy. No matter what situations come up in our lives we must seek out the joy. James 1:2-4. Finding the joy in every situation makes living life so much more enJOYable. There are plenty of things around me going on that are hard to get through, and cause pain and hurt in my life and other people's lives close to me, but seeking out joy has caused me to find the strength of the Lord to get through all of these situations. Praise the Lord for the joy he provides!!

Olympic Curling

This is a very pointless post, but I want to make sure I write this down somewhere, because it is going to happen!! One of my favorite things about every two years is the Olympics, its a true passion of mine to watch every second!! I would love to be an Olympian! One of my favorite sports in the Olympics is Curling (I realize I am probably one of the only Americans dumb enough to say that). Just for the record, I blame my parents for not getting me started on my Olympic future, because they did NOT get me plugged into a Curling Club, and did not offer that to me as a sport to play while growing up (and if you know me, I have played every other one out there). Mom and Dad, if you read this, sorry for the low blow but come on guys..what were you thinking!! However, there is light at the end of the tunnel...the good news is: Olympic Curlers can be old!! So, that means I have time to get plugged in to a Curling Club (yes, I did look them up online, and there are none in Mississippi so I have to transfer colleges again..haha JK!!) and begin the rigorous training involved with becoming an Olympic Curler! Anyways, with all of that said, here is the point of this pointless post. I made a bet with my current roommates. My roommate Taylor, who has no faith in my dream and hates tattoos, and my roommate Brittany, who has a tattoo and thinks I dream too much, both have to get a tattoo of the Olympic rings somewhere on their body if I make it to the Olympics by 2030. Haha, I know that sounds like a long time, but come on..I haven't even played the sport yet! Its 20 years, so I figure if I can compete competitivey in all the sports I have up to now in 21 years, then I can master a new sport in 20 years if its my only focus!! So, moral of the story is I will begin pursuing my dream to become an Olympic Curler over the next 20 years. Wish me luck!!


"Anyone, then, who know the good he ought to do and doesnt do it, sins."
James 4:17
I know a lot of people don't like tattoos, and that is totally fine, but I got one anyways. haha. I never thought I would ever get a tat! It just didn't seem like something I felt the need to have, but then I got one. Haha. So, I figured here is a great place to go into why I got the tattoo, and the reason behind this verse! It all started in November 08. Just as a catch up, I had just transferred to MSU, and was really involved in Campus Crusades. We went on a retreat one weekend and challenged each other to start getting into the Bible more. Anywho, I was really starting to dig into the word of God for the first time in my life. Which is another sad story in itself, that I was living this life claiming to follow the Lord, but not relying on his word, or seeking him in that way at all. I started going to Starbucks on campus at 7 every morning, and truly studying the Bible and fellowshipping with amazing people. I started to see the scripture in new ways. I found a true desire to read his word. Then I came across James 4:17 (James has always been my favorite book because it is so straight forward, and I am so ADD; it really hits me hard). As many times as I have read this verse it never stuck out like it did that day. It did more then hit me hard, which it did, pretty sure I got a bruise! But it changed me. It didn't really change my lifestyle all that much, but it changed my heart. I have always been a "good girl", and certain things have never been a big struggle for me. However, I was choosing to do and not to do certain things based on what people thought of me, not based on the word of God and what he wanted of me. I started to realize a lot of things about my life then. Now, a little over a year later, I have seen that verse play such a huge role in my life. When I was in high school there were certain things I considered sin in my life, and that I struggled with, including pride, selfishness, gossip, etc. And all of those things I still consider struggles in my life, however, the Lord has changed my heart so much in the past 4 years. I have seen that the things I once saw as ok in my life, I am now seeing as sin or the things that I still see as sin in my life, I take more seriously and am convicted more strongly of. The Lord will always be changing and working in our lives if we just allow him to do so. He has shown me that the sin and convictions I had as an 18 year old are going to be different then the ones I have as a 21 year old and a 25 year old and so on, FOREVER. The amazing and cool thing about it all, is that this verse, not only is it so so true, but it reminds me as I grow in the Lord, I still have sin, it will just be different. It wont go away, and I need to seek him in everything to conquer it!! (Romans 8:37) One of my biggest struggles in my life (and don't go try and confirm this with my family, because they could go off for days about this, just trust me) is my laziness. I am a very lazy human being, however, suprisingly I have a good work ethic. This verse has convicted me of so much in the month it has resided on my wrist. I get up every morning, and look at it (or the HUGE canvas I have it painted on in my room) and I remember that the Lord has called me to live for him in EVERYTHING I do!! If I choose not to do something that I know I should be doing, because I am lazy, then it is sin. Simple as that!! And praise the Lord for his grace and mercy on us when we do sin!! Anyways, I hope I didn't bore anyone. I am just very passionate about it (which is a good thing, cause it will be there forever!). Hope this inspires someone (not to necessarily get a tat, cause I could have some angry parents attacking me) but to live your life for the Lord (hopefully then I will have parents happy with me.)

Monday, February 22, 2010

New to Blog

So, this isn't the first time I have tried to start blogging; hopefully this time will be successful (if I can write more than 3 posts then I consider that success). I just want to be able to use this blog as a space for me to really share what the Lord is doing in my life. He works in me everyday in all sorts of ways. I have learned a lot about rejoicing in the small things lately, and I would love to share them! So hopefully, if anyone reads this at all, the Lord can speak through me and change someone's heart for the best!