Friday, April 23, 2010

Amazing Grace

The other day at Movement Youth, Pastor Joe was singing Amazing Grace during worship. Obviously this song is amazing because of how great God's Grace is, but it is more than that for me. I get a feeling of over-joy when I hear it! If you don't understand what I mean by over-joy, I mean my whole being feels consumed with so much joy it's hard to contain it! I smile so ridiculously much through this song that I'm never sure what to do with myself. So I listened to the well known chorus...
"Amazing grace
How sweet the sound
That saves a wretch like me
I once was lost
And now I'm found
Was blind but now I see"

And I heard God comforting me in this song. I'm moving to Orlando in a few weeks, and this large change has been on my mind a whole lot ever since the plans started arising. I'm excited on many levels about the change and move, yet I am also very nervous and quite scared. I've been through a move before. Moves scare me. Frighten me, actually. Starting new again, especially when I feel comfortable here... Yes, I know there are a few people I know who live in Orlando, but they're not who I've been close to for the past year or so. Anyway, my point, Amazing Grace. When the lyrics said, "I once was lost, and now I'm found, was blind, but now I see." I got a huge comfort. When I moved to Florida from Cali, I did not personally know God. In fact, I had never stepped into a church until I arrived here. So the last time I moved, I was "lost" and "blind". And I made it through that, God was comforting me before I even knew to acknowledge Him. And now that I know God on a personal level, I can be less nervous, and less scared for this move. See now I know God has the right friends, the right job, the right church, the right housing location, the right classes, and the right roommates for me all picked out for a purpose. And I know that my God would never tell me to take a step in a direction that he did not trust for me to make it through. God believes in me, even if I don't. This gives me confidence. Confidence that the Christ in me will still shine no matter where my home resides, where I work, where I attend church, etc..[you get the]
And this could easily be a testimony for others. Especially if you're going through any type of change, remember that God works out all for the good. Remember that God has things set up for you to succeed. And he believe's in you, even if you or the world doesn't.

Love you all,

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Support in the Wind

What do you think of when you see a kite?

Does it remind you of your childhood. Young, Free, Happy, Amused...
When I first think of a kite, I think about the times I would go to Bodega Bay, California when I was young. [For those of you who don't know, I grew up in Sonoma, California, and moved to Florida when I was 13.] It was about an hour drive to this beach. On the way there we would always stop at this little souvenir store that sold tons of colorful kites. [not to mention the BEST salt-water taffy...yummm]
Now when I see kite's, I see a whole new perspective.
I look at the structure of the kite, what holds the kite together in the heavy wind. The cross. The cross that holds the diamond shape together, so it is not getting beaten up in the wind, and is able to sustain momentum even in the strongest winds. [Are you getting the comparison?] Sometimes life has some really rough winds that try and tear us apart. Whether that be stress within school, family, relationships, employment, ourselves, etc... Yet when we rely on His strength that sustains us, His peace that comforts us, His love that surrounds us, His life that is in us, or Him dying on the cross so His blessings and promises could be possible for us. To life happy, to live abundantly, to live Free! When I think of a kite. I think of Jesus, I think so how I have to rely on His strength to hold my head high, no matter what I'm going through. No one is perfect, minus Jesus, but we can strive to be as close to the God image we were meant to be. And we don't have to do this because it's what God expects us to do, we can do it because we want to, because we want God's life and His fruits to be coming through every pore or our being. Because within God's presence we share a unearthly happiness that not one human or worldy thing could replace.
The scripture in Habakkuk 3: 17-18: Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.
I think about how, no matter how messed up life is [or how strong the wind tries to tear me apart] God is always there and because of that I can rejoice! So...

Be free, free like a kite. Relying on the cross for support in the wind.

Love you all,


Saturday, April 03, 2010


[This is my first blog, so I suppose it's quite typical for me to put a small message here about...stuff. First off, one of my best friends, BrittanyRose, inspired me to start writing blogs. Our blog names start with the same word. Yes, I did this on purpose. [Hope you're okay with this Britt!] For weeks I had been wanting to start writing, and now when I get the time [when I say time, I mean I'm putting aside sleep for a short bit.] I don't feel as inspired with as much words. Though it will be a process. For now I'm going to my roots of a original blogging norm for myself.  Poetry.]

This poem was written Monday March 29, 2010 while I was listening to worship music at Revolution Church of Arcadia. God told me to get a pen and some paper, this is what came out...

There's a spirit inside of you,
So very desperate to move.
Forget the pain, there is love covering you.
His love, full of compassion and grace,
Wanting to break through.
Through your walls,
Through your anger,
Through your fears,
To set free your dreams,
And prove the Christ in you.
Child be calm,
There's peace readily available for you.
Your flesh was forgiven,
And now it's time to let His spirit show through.
Show through and begin the Revolution in you,
Because there's a movement in you.
A movement that praises your Redeemer.
A movement that reflects your Savior.
A movement that is steadfast.
And declaring the whole of you.
Declaring to the world who lives in you.
So stand up,
And share who died for you,
Will you?

God is seriously infatuated with you. [when I say "you" I mean every single human being on this earth, no matter who you are inside and/or out.] He really does LOVE all of his people. He sent His son to die for you and then He sent His Spirit to live in you. His spirit was sent to comfort you when you're sad, to help you when you're struggling, and guide you to make wise decisions. Though as awesome as it is to know His spirit is inside of you, it's ever more awesome to tell the people who do not know Christ's spirit is inside of them. Revelation is a beautiful thing, and when a mass amount of people get a revelation it starts a movement, which creates a Revolution.