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11
Aug
11

Unconditional Love

My husband and I have recently discovered our first true taste of responsibility: a puppy! Talk about a change in lifestyle! We are learning to multi-task and keep an eye on the dog no matter what we are doing (good practice for kids I’m sure!). We are learning lessons about each other (many of which are quite comical) and of course learning things from our cute little puppy. One of the biggest lessons I have learned is unconditional love. No matter how upset my puppy may be about being in her crate, she is ALWAYS thrilled to see me when I walk in the door. No matter how mad my puppy may make me (and yes, she makes me very mad sometimes) I still love being with her.

It’s amazing to think that many times our relationship with God works the same way. He loves us…no matter how many times we misbehave or break the rules. He wants to spend time with us. And no matter how many times we may think we know what’s best for us, He is the ultimate provider for our needs. It is nice to be reminded that God is my keeper. I can walk through life with confidence knowing that God is in control!

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14
Jul
11

A Servant’s Heart

“Worship the Lord your God and serve Him only.” (Luke 4:8)

Life goes fast. I’m going through this time right now where I am realizing I am actually a grown up. I guess I thought it might feel different or I would have this great “growing-up” moment. That didn’t seem to be the case. I felt like I blinked and “bam!” I was a real adult.

One of the things I am learning is that life doesn’t always come like you expect. I always thought I would go straight into full time ministry. Instead, God called me to the public school system. (Ouch!) One of the biggest lessons I have learned through this is that God calls you to be a servant…everywhere! Being His servant is not glamorous or prestigious or even revered by other people. It can be…but it usually isn’t. Serving God through every situation means being Jesus to the difficult people around you. God is calling us to serve Him even when we don’t feel like it. He will change your heart once you commit to doing everything (and I mean everything) for Him.

24
Apr
11

God’s Blessing

“For he says, ‘In the time of my favor I heard you and in the day of salvation I helped you.’ I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.”

2 Corinthians 6:2

I read this scripture the morning I was taking my two middle school choirs to competition. It was one of those mornings when I was anxious, nervous, and worried about the day’s events. I felt like God just reached down and reminded me that He is always in control.

As Christians, we have no reason to walk in fear. God has promised us prosperity. Even when the path looks dim, He is the light we need to keep walking. The amazing thing is that the more you live for Christ, the more He pours out His blessing upon you…even in the midst of hardship. One of my personal goals is to live a transparent life. Working with middle school students all day and high schoolers here at church I have realized the value of being “real.” I want these kids to see that when you choose to live right you reap God’s blessings. You may not get “caught” in an act of sin, but you are cheating yourself of God’s best for you.

If you draw near to God, He will give you comfort when you need it most. He will remind you that He has your best interests at heart. Let that be your comfort today. Walk in God’s best and be comforted!

31
Jan
11

Delight in the Lord

Now is the time for new goals, new routines, and new dreams. It is the time of year where we make personal, family, and professional goals. As we enter this New Year, I challenge you to set new goals in your relationship with God. We have so many desires and dreams, but do those great plans include God? It’s so easy get caught up in what we want and why without thinking about what God has for us.

One of my favorite verses is Psalm 37:4: “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” The beauty of this verse is that the moment we truly “delight” in the Lord, he BECOMES the desire of our hearts. All other earthly goals fade when we are comparing it to the spiritual or heavenly goals that he has for us. In the morning when I pray for the day, I pray that God might open my spiritual eyes to what he wants me to accomplish. I have these great goals of teaching music literacy and great vocal production, but God has greater things in mind. He wants me to teach His character and to love all of my students with the love that only He can give.

I ask you to take a deep look at your goals for this year. Do they include God? Let him lead you. Delight yourself in the Lord and HE WILL be the desire of your heart. That is my prayer for you this year.

11
Jan
11

Empowering the Young

Recently, my husband Bryan and I were asked to speak to an elevate group of high school students on “true love.” Because we have a unique “fairy tale” story, I thought this would be an easy task for both of us. As we were talking to those high school kids and I was looking around at their faces, I remembered the hardship that being a young teenager brings. As adults, we often feel more secure in ourselves and ready to take on the world. In contrast, teenagers aren’t even sure of who they are and they definitely are not ready to face the world and everything in it.

I know that the only way I survived those glorious teenage years was through the love and support of my Savior, my parents, and my church. As a church, we need to create secure walls for these students and an opportunity for them to be real and to seek what their soul truly desires. We need to be empowering teenagers to live the full life that God intended.

“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set and example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith, and in purity.” -1 Timothy 4:12

This verse indicates that teenagers are fully capable of setting an example to us adults. We are so blessed here at CBC to be surrounded by so many spiritually active teenagers. Whenever one of the students leads a devotional in Puresound, I am blown away at the way they touch my life and the truth in their worship. Let’s not only learn from the young, but empower them to teach us along the way.

04
Nov
10

God is my Guide

“For this God is our God forever and ever; He will be our guide even to the end.”

-Psalm 48:14

For those of you who know me well, you have probably noticed that my life has gone through some dramatic changes in the past few years. I have graduated from college, gotten married, and begun work at a local middle school in San Antonio. About the only thing that has stayed constant in my life is the Word of God and my constant reminder of how much I need it.

Through all of this change (good and bad) and the joys and sorrows of this new phase of life, I have come to realize (yet again) that it is God who guides my steps. Even at times when I may not like the path He has chosen, I know that in the end, His ways are higher than mine. Last year I felt God leading me to stay at my school and teach even though I personally felt very unhappy in the situation. I chose to follow God’s path instead of my own. Because of that, I am now involved in a student led Bible Study that meets during the week. I am also seeing the effects of Christ in the lives of my students—even some that may not know Him personally…yet.

Though I haven’t written much since school has began, I am finally able to sit down and exclaim, “Look what God has done!” He has directed my path and rewarded me for walking in the way that He has shown. Take heart if you are walking in the dark. God knows the path you take and if it is in His will, He is sure to light the way

12
Aug
10

The “Real” Effective Day

I am a huge list maker. Sometimes I have so many lists going on that I get confused and write the same task down multiple times! My measurement of an effective day often consists of how many items I checked off my list. However, God is teaching me that He has a different standard by which to measure our days.

Psalm 90:12 says “Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” We often live as though our lives will go on indefinitely. We assume that we can call that person next week or talk to our friends about Jesus at a later date. God has a plan for us right now. He has His own “to do” list in mind. We need to learn to stop assuming that our plans are always God’s plans.

This principle applies to everyone no matter what your tasks and responsibilities in life may be. Sometimes we have to stop unloading the dishwasher and instead visit with our family. We have stop running errands and call an old friend. Ultimately, life is about relationships. Our mission is to be “Jesus” to everyone we meet. As a choir teacher, I sometimes think my most important job is to teach music. Last year, I had tears in my eyes as I looked around my room and saw it was full of middle school kids singing praises to God in their own worship service. My job was to provide a safe place for them to do that. That is so much more important than teaching them how to read music!

I encourage you to start asking God how you can be more effective for Him. Find out what His list is for you each day and take a leap of faith. I can guarantee that you won’t be disappointed.




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