Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Everyday | Make It Count

I saw this video on facebook yesterday and it really inspired me. It's so easy to get caught up in a system or an everyday schedule, but what if we dared ourselves to explore, go on adventures, or simply step out of our comfort zones and do something crazy?

||Whatever your dreams are
 ||Whatever your adventure
 ||Wherever you go
 ||Whatever you do
Make It Count.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Friday, April 6, 2012

Good Friday | How Love Wins

Lord Jesus,

Today is the day we remember the sacrifice You made. You surrendered Your holy body so that the sinners who placed You upon that cross could be saved. In all You did, You gave up Yourself freely so that we may be given the gift of grace through Your blood. Everything that was done to You is what we deserve, but You loved us with such an unconditional, pure love that You died in our place so we could know You, love You, and live for You. You gave it all, Lord. There is no excuse of why I should not do the same for You. You took the scourging, the crown of thorns, the beatings, the pain....
You took them all without a word escaping from Your lips. You took it all for me.
While Your hands and feet were being nailed into the cross, You remembered me.
God, Your love has no limits. I will never know how much it cost to see my sins upon that cross.
Let me never forget all that You did for me and are continuing to do for me.
All I can say is thank you.

This is how love wins
every single time
climbing high upon a tree for someone else to die
this is how love heals
the deepest part of you
letting Himself bleed into the middle of your wounds
this is what love says
standing at the door
you don't have to be who you've been before
silenced by His voice
death can't speak again
this is how love wins.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Me, Myself, and Monday | College

As most of you all know, I have been taking online college classes this entire school year (which ends in 3 weeks!!) and will be heading off to college this upcoming fall. To say that I am excited would be a HUGE understatement. This college search adventure has had so many ups and downs and loop-ti-loops but I'm so thankful for every second of it because this process has really grown me as a person. My faith and trust in God has skyrocketed these past few months and I can honestly say that I am truly happy with my life. Five months ago? You may have gotten a different answer. Just shows how much God can work out in five months.

I honestly can't believe it is April. Like, hello?? Where did the past eight months of my life go? Fall semester feels like it happened 10 months ago. Crazy crazy crazzzaaayyy. This school year seems like it lasted a long time, but went by really quickly. I realize that makes absolutely no sense...
Moving on.

April is an extremely busy month for me. Really busy. Not only is this my last month of school before summer break (can I get an AMEN), but this is also the month I have to make my final decision on the school I will be living/studying at for the next four years. Normally, I would be freaking out at this point. Full out - FREAKING OUT. Big decisions do not go well with me, and considering that this is the MOST important decision I will have to make so far, I'm sure you can understand the level of stress that could be bursting through the charts at this point.

While I absolutely could be freaking out right now, I am absolutely not doing so. I have so much peace right now; I can't even tell you how awesome it feels to say that. I am not worried, or stressed about any of this because I know that God has it and everything will work out just the way it is supposed to. God has just been working so much and I'm so thankful. SO thankful.

Getting accepted into a college that I forgot I applied to and getting a totally unexpected scholarship.
Being denied by a school that I was positive I would get into.
Not hearing back from a college because they lost my paper work.
Going to a freshman admitted day.
Praising Jesus through all of it.

When I got rejected from that one school, I was really okay about it. I read the letter, and just thanked God for closing the door.

People probably think I'm weird, and I am a-okay with that. I am so happy. Like, running around in a field laughing my head off type of happy. I mean, I'm grinning writing this whole post for goodness sake! God is my heartbeat and I have been so overwhelmed for His love for me. My heart breaks for so many teens out there who have been hurt or judged. I just want to give them all great big hugs and remind them that God hasn't left them. I have been praying so much more lately and it has been amazing. Prayer is so beautiful and so meaningful. It simply amazes me that God knows me and knows the thoughts I think and the words I speak before I even say them. That He listens and answers.

I hope you all are having a fantastic start to your week and that you guys are continually seeking God every day! xox
Keep strong.