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It’s Everywhere…


2013
05.23

Part of the reason coming home from school can be difficult is that I miss the encouragement. It’s easy at a Christian College to be surrounded by believers who constantly uplift you and point you back to the Gospel. People ask you what you’ve been reading in the Word and what God has been teaching you recently. While this can be frustrating when you’ve been lukewarm, it’s an outstanding gift to be prompted in your walk. When at home, it’s waaaay to easy for me to become complacent. There’s a lack of motivation to study the Word, there’s a lack of ministry fulfillment; simply, a lack of spiritual growth. The Scripture warns about this type of Christian behavior. “‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.’” Rev. 3:15-16

Here’s the deal, God is not only at my school. Believers, the body of Christ, are not only at my school. I am not called to perfect righteousness only at school. I am a child of God, no matter where I am. “But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” John 1:12 I am an heir of the Kingdom of Heaven!! “And if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.” Romans 8:17

God has been reminding me of this a lot since being home. He knows my heart and understands my tendencies. Last Sunday, my paster preached on the danger of being lukewarm. He preached on Revelation chapter three. This for me was a good kick in the face, because I’ve been lazy about my relationship with God. It’s like since I’m taking a break for school, I’m taking a break from Him. Isn’t that disgusting?!…taking a break from the God of the universe, Who loves me and sent His glorious, perfect Son to take on my sins and the sins of the world and die a horrible death for them. Christ now sits on the right throne of God and intercedes on my behalf, every moment, and nothing I could ever do would take me out of His hand. He never takes a break from me; What crazy sauce would make me think I can take one from Him?

The following Monday, I attended a Bible study that one of the guys I go to school with started. It was fantastic. We’ll be going through the book of Galatians and discussing how God’s grace applies in our daily life (or rather how it IS our daily life.) Again, God never takes a break from grace. I’m so excited to go back. I love learning about God’s Word and exploring it with other believers.

I’ve also been realizing how surrounded I am with the body of Christ I am at home. My parents are a great example. I love talking about Scripture with them. My Church is also awesome and all of my friends. I’m seriously blessed.

Being at home is a great way satan can have a foothold. He wants believers to think they are doing just fine, because they might not be committing some terrible act. I have to remind myself of the definition of sin. It means to miss the mark, anything sort of the bulls eye. I don’t have to be lusting, stealing or committing murder to be in sin, even has a believer.

So, it’s everywhere. The stranded I have as a child of God, of perfection, is wherever I go. There’s no “break” from it. While I’m home I desire to continue growing in my walk with God and fellow believers.

 


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It’s Summer.


2013
05.20

Summer means something different for any given person. For some it means crazy adventures in foreign countries. For others it’s working all summer so they can return to school the coming fall. Then there’s those who sleep excessively, drink unbelievable amounts of coffee, and hangs with family and friends. I’m definitely the latter of the three and that’s what I’ve been doing. I’ve been home for two weeks, two days and still have a good 12 weeks to go.

It’s a weird process for me every time I’m away from school for a long period of time. I go from waking up by 6:00 am and having a full day ahead of me to waking up by 11:00 am and just doing whatever. At first, I just crash. My first week home I couldn’t stop sleeping. I almost fell asleep in church, standing up, singing. That level of pathetic as gone down since, but I still randomly fall asleep. As time goes by I’ll get busier and have more energy, it’s inevitable.

My favorite part of being home thus far is the people. Some how I got an extra scoop of blessing when it comes to the people in my life. At school, I’m completely surrounded by incredible friends and it’s no different at home. I’ve been able to see some of my close friends graduate from high school and now college. I’m hope to spend time this summer encouraging all those who have encouraged me through the years, including my parents.

July, I’ll be traveling to Dallas and staying for a few weeks to see my dad. Also, as a family, we’ll be traveling to Washington. I’m extra excited for this trip for a number of reasons. One being that I stinking love Washington and would love to live there some day. Two being that we’re flying my older sister to Seattle and I haven’t seen her in years. Three being Washington has some of the best coffee in the world. So yes, I do have a countdown on my phone.

So as you can probably guess, I have a pretty relaxed summer ahead of me. I do have a book list that I’m attempting to get through (mostly C.S. Lewis books and Chafer.) Also, I’m trying to get more involved with my church. I already miss my Christian College family, but it won’t be long till we reunite and it’s nice having a break.