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Breath of Fresh Air

I work behind a desk.

Horrible start, I know, but I stand behind the front desk of a YMCA, and I watch in envy as people walk in and are able to move about freely and workout. I continue, though, typing in paperwork, answering the incoming calls, and managing the flow of members. I am so caught up in my little world behind the desk, that when I step outside to leave, it feels as though I’m taking my first real breath of the day.

wind blown

There is a world happening around me, and I am selfish to acknowledge it.

I’m going to be honest, there are days when all I think about is the next thing I need to get done; rushing, hurrying to accomplish something. What I don’t take time to realize is, the world around me will continue to turn, the birds will still chirp in the mornings, and my life is a grain of sand compared to the billions of other lives on the planet. In short, the world will continue to revolve, whether I acknowledge it or not.

Why not breathe in every second you can?

I went running the other day, and in the middle of this grueling 8-mile run, I realized I hadn’t thought about anything the entire run- my mind was clear. (This rarely ever happens, by the way.) Usually, I run to relieve stress and I’m constantly thinking of that stressor throughout the whole run, but this run was different.

running

All I could think of during this run, was how beautiful the day was. I didn’t have a single thought about homework, student loans, work hours or the incessant pain resonating from my feet (begging me to stop, most likely.) I kept looking around at the parks I passed by, the happiness of dogs splashing in the lake, the breeze keeping me comfortably cool and being in awe of the beauty.

“This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

-Psalm 118:24

I stopped thinking of the things I couldn’t control, and started thanking God for giving me legs to run with, giving me strength and endurance, and most of all for the day he so-beautifully made.

Some days, I believe it would be easier to sulk in my own moodiness, but I have to mentally kick myself in the hiney and remind myself that God did not put me on this planet, so I could hate half of my days on it.

Choose to be happier. Go outside and breathe in the almost-fall air. And most importantly, wake up with a thankful heart that God gave you another day on this planet.

Rejoice

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My Testimony: Born Again in Christ

My Testimony: Born Again in Christ

Have you ever had an experience where you’re sitting in church while the pastor is preaching, and you immediately feel God pushing you to get something off your chest? And the pastor could have said something completely ordinary, like, “My grand kids went swimming yesterday,” but in that instance of time, you felt led to tell your entire testimony.

This happened to me a few weeks ago.

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Choosing Money Over God?

Choosing Money Over God?

When I was little, I would get $100 each Christmas, and I was dead-determined to make that $100 last ALL year long. I was taught to save my money and always look for good deals when shopping, and that was the motto I stuck to as I grew up. I would never buy anything expensive, because I knew I should be saving my money, and I didn’t dare go on spontaneous shopping sprees with friends.

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Passion- The Final Hours

Passion- The Final Hours

Today, the final day, began with community groups. There was a subtle sadness as each group gathered, knowing it would be our last time together to bond. As we all took group photos and added each other on Instagram, we dove deeper into each scripture. This morning, we studied through the scripture of Colossians, and how Paul wrote to the church, giving sermons and instructions through growing in maturity with Christ. 

After community groups, Levi Lusko took the stage to give a sermon of endurance through the fragrance of Christ. Lusko shared part of his testimony of pain and suffering through the death of his little girl. It was inspiring to hear how such suffering lead him to find a testimony that would reach out to others. Lusko explained fragrance as this: “Fragrance is taking something precious and crushing it.” This is what God does to us; He crushes us to build us into the fragrance of himself. In our times of suffering, God will take our broken pieces and form something beautiful we would have never expected. This really spoke to me, because there was a time in my life when I was broken, and Jesus took my broken pieces and made me whole in His image. If you ever want an inspiring read, “Through the Eyes of a Lion” by Levi Lasko will bring you to tears (in a good way). 

After Lusko finished up, the Passion band played to conclude the trip. I will honestly tell you, I wasn’t sure what God had in store for me this week, and I was hesitant to find out. I prayed for my heart to be opened, and His spirit to guide me where I need to go. He opened up multiple opportunities for me this week and I am so very thankful. He opened job opportunities, future opportunities, and even an opportunity to share my broken-to-whole testimony. I wouldn’t have been able to do any of that without the strength of my savior, Jesus Christ, by my  side. God is good, everyone!