Chilling HOPE

I have been listening to the song “27 Million” by Matt Redman and LZ7 on repeat this morning. This is a song that was recorded at Passion 2012. It proclaims the truth that there is more in this world than our comfortable homes with our families. We can’t refuse it anymore. We can’t shut our eyes and wish it would go away. We have to lift up our hands and praise God for what He is going to do, how He is going to use us, and how many people He is already speaking to…but most importantly we have to RISE UP.

I get chills every single time I hear this song…

…every time I think about the sweet face of a 4 yr. old child who is forced to have sex 5-10 times a day…

…every girl I see with a broken heart because someone spoke evil over her…

…every conversation I have about someone seeking the healing hand of Jesus because of the CRAP people do…

…every time I think about the woman who asked Christine Cain, “Why didn’t you come sooner?!”…

…every little girl that ends up in tears because she “isn’t enough”…

…every time…

Jesus has really been revealing a lot to me the past few days (but ESPECIALLY this morning). There are so many things happening today that we as THE CHURCH should not be allowing ON OUR WATCH!

* More slaves in the world today than any other time in our history

* Suicide on the rise

* People enjoyaddicted to the sex industry

* Families being ripped apart DAILY

One line of this song says it all…”27 million, ARE YOU JOKING?!” Yeah! You said it all right there…are you joking me?? What you have to realize is the fact that 27 million is not just a number…it’s…

people.

Do something now…

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Happy Valentines Day My Loves!

How many Valentine’s Days have you spent sad? How many times have you wished you had a box of chocolates, or some roses? How many years have you wished for something more on the most popular day for bad sweet greeting cards and cheesy cute stuffed animals? Yeah…it sounds silly when you really stop and think about it right? Now don’t worry, this is not another complaining post about how horrible Valentine’s Day is…this is not a “I hate single’s-awareness day” post. This is actually the exact opposite…

I want to share something incredible with you. Not so much something, but someONE. Jesus Christ. His love for you is so incredible! Jesus is the lover of your soul. The ultimate romancer, He is everything.

You are not alone.

Hebrews 13:5 — “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

John 15:15 — “I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.”

You are not single.

Revelations 19:7 — “Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory!For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready.”

You are not unloved.

Ephesians 1:3-8 — “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.

You are not incomplete.

Colossians 2:9-10 — “For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority.

You are not insecure.

Romans 8:31-39 — “What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died more than that, who was raised to life is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written:”For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughter”No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

YOU MATTER. YOU ARE DEARLY LOVED. YOU ARE CHERISHED. YOU ARE ADORED. YOU ARE WANTED.

He is there for you. He is waiting for you to turn around and run into His arms. That’s the beauty of it! IT’S FREE!

Something cool at Oklahoma State…

My campus is being IGNITED with the love of Jesus today. There are tons of people walking around passing out valentines from Jesus today!!! Is that not so cool?!? Last week, one of God’s beautiful daughters decided that she wanted this year to be different. She posted a video on facebook proclaiming the love of Jesus to every single one of her friends. Just like many of us, she was seeing the numerous “I wish I had a special someone” posts on facebook, and she was tired of it. She was torn up about it, torn up enough to make a difference. She inspired many people to gather together and make over 200 valentines to pass out that said different things such as “Jesus loves you.” I don’t know what you think about that, but that is so FREAKING COOL!!!!

The reality of this is…what took so long? Why did it take the body of Christ this long to step up and step out? We are so good at accepting the love of Jesus, and knowing He cares for us. What about all the people that don’t know the love of Jesus. We should be so overwhelmed by the love of Jesus that we can’t help but share it! Why is it so “hard” to share the love of Christ and proclaim His name to those that don’t know?! We have found something so incredible; we are so engulfed by this love that we base our entire life off of it. Everything we do and believe is based off of this love, and we are selfish and keep it to ourselves?! Share the love of Jesus! Love the world that He created enough to share Him! He is the light that shines bright through you, share Him in your actions, but that’s just not enough. Bring up His name! Honor Him with your words! Speak the name of Jesus and share His words with those around you! There are so many people one talk away from joining our family! Why can’t YOU be the one to welcome them home?! Share the love of Jesus, and make sure everyone knows that they are not alone. They are not single. They are not hopeless, and the love of Jesus is BETTER than any chocolate you could ever eat! (That’s saying a lot coming from me!)

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY MY LOVES! EMBRACE THE HOLY DIVINE LOVE OF OUR SAVIOR! LET THIS BE A DAY THAT HE ROMANCES YOU ALL DAY LONG AND SHARE IT WITH THOSE  THAT NEED IT!

 

Sometimes A Girl Just Needs to Get Tangled

There are many days in my life where I notice I can’t do things.  I am a girl with a lot of creativity, a lot of dreams, a big heart, and not a lot of time.  I find myself constantly thinking, constantly wanting, constantly dreaming, constantly stressing myself out.  Why do I do this, you may ask…I have NO IDEA.  Sometimes I wish I could just shut my brain off and not dream, not desire more, not think.  The reality of that is…the more I try to shut my brain off, the more it works itself into a crazy tussle.

Jesus truly has blessed me with a big heart to serve.  There are so many things I think about, I want to save all the orphans, I want to rescue every slave, I want to buy all of my friends caramel apples to brighten their day, I want to smile at every single person having a bad day.  The reality of all these things is that one person can’t do them all.  None of these dreams are bad.  There is nothing wrong with having a heart overflowing with love.  That is if you’re careful with it…

There are many times I want to love the world, and I don’t receive love back.  There are many times I want to save every person, and I can’t even save one.  There are many days that I want to brighten with the joy I find in Jesus, and I can’t make one person laugh.  The blunt and honest truth is I have been seeing a lot of disappointment these days.  I have tried to save the world, encourage my friends, support and affirm those around me, plan trips, take rides…you name it and I’ll do it!  Even though I have been feeling a little bogged down, Jesus has still revealed Himself.

If you’re not careful with a big heart, you could easily find yourself investing your life completely in the arms of another human.  Giving your heart to anyone but Jesus is asking for disappointment.  It’s not fair to yourself and it’s not fair to them.  No one can fill the shoes of Jesus, and it’s really not fair for us to hold them to that impossible standard…The Lord has given me such a joy from doing all these things!  Is it always easy and full of fun? No, it’s not fun to get tossed aside.  It’s not fun to be rejected, or smile with no reciprocation.  It’s even harder to constantly get thrown aside by your friends, but the greatest thing is that JESUS IS ENOUGH.  He fills my cup in the mornings before the sun even begins to rise.  He overflows my cup with His goodness before anyone around me has the chance to bring me down.  I don’t need the return, and I can keep dreaming; my mind can keep racing because Jesus has so much to say to me 🙂 Sometimes Jesus simply wants me to rest in Him, and let me have a day for just…rest…

Wouldn’t be just wonderful to actually be in the boat with all the glorious lights around you?!? Gives me chills every single time!

These are the days I get to paint my nails, eat lots of cookies, lounge on the couch, pop in Tangled, and enjoy the goodness Jesus speaks through that movie.  My mind relaxes, and I don’t even remember the disappointments of the day.  I forget that things didn’t go like I wanted them to, and I simply rest in Jesus.  (I’m secretly thankful for a minute that people made me sad that day) 😉

This is one of those days…

Self-Photo Challenge

Ok, so I usually like to make my blog about something completely different than myself…or do I? I don’t know…I never know what to write, but one thing that has really been on my heart is how easy it is for us to criticize ourselves.  It breaks my heart when I hear people speak badly about himself/herself.  One thing I really like to do is compliment people and love on them.  I am really good at noticing how beautiful other people are, and I LOVE to tell them repeatedly how beautiful Jesus made them!

The thing that hit me this week was this: “how often do I take the time to notice how beautiful God made me?” It is so super easy for me to compliment my friends and tell them how amazingly beautiful Jesus made them, but rarely do I look in the mirror and say, “Dang Meg! Jesus did a good job on you!”  That needs to change!  Practice what you preach right?!?  I’m not saying I need to become obsessed with myself, but I do need to be thankful, and notice the beauty that God created me to be.

I was challenged with this when I read my BEAUTIFUL friend Kara-Kae James Blog! She is taking the “Self-Photo Challenge” from The Paper Mama’s blog.  Now this is a contest, but I think it’s more fun just to do it for me 🙂 I am taking the challenge of noticing the beauty that Jesus made me, and I am doing that with this post right here!

Obsessing over…

Going overseas! I wanna do mission trips all the time! I can’t stop thinking about helping children all over the world! AHHHH! Here I am! Send ME!

Working on…

Stinking schoolwork…MUST GRADUATE! : /

Thinking about…

Taking a nap later on! I’m extremely tired, so my excitement is derived from the joys of an afternoon nap! WOOT! WOOOOOT!

Anticipating…

Spring Break! I wanna go camping with Jesus!!!!

Listening to…

My teacher talking while laying on the floor (no joke….he is on the floor giving his presentation)

Eating…

Right now…powder sugar doughnuts and drinking a mocho frapp from Starbucks 🙂

Wishing…

I was done with school! Classes are beating me up!