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{ cooking and listening to sermons }

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Today while I was cooking I listened to these sermons:

The Sufficiency of the Word of God

Big Sin, Big Judgement, Big Grace

Why Do You Hesitate?

All very, very good! You should take time and listen to theses!!!

 

• Bible Study •

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So looking forward to Bible study tonight! Literally my favorite night of the week.❤

Thy Will…

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So I’m going to start sharing songs that mean a lot to me on Wednesdays! Today’s is Thy Will by, Hillary Scott. I hear it on our Christian radio all the time and absolutely l o v e it! It really means a lot to me. I have sang it with tears in my eyes when I want to yell out to God and ask Him why He is doing this. I have sang it with joy in my heart because I want to follow God’s will. I have sang it when I didn’t want to follow Him. I have sang it when I am done fighting and surrender to Him. It has been my go to song in tough places…

 

Thy Will – Hillary Scott

I’m so confused
I know I heard you loud and clear
So, I followed through
Somehow I ended up here
I don’t wanna think
I may never understand
That my broken heart is a part of your plan
When I try to pray
All I’ve got is hurt and these four words

Thy will be done
Thy will be done
Thy will be done
I know you’re good
But this don’t feel good right now
And I know you think
Of things I could never think about
It’s hard to count it all joy
Distracted by the noise
Just trying to make sense
Of all your promises
Sometimes I gotta stop
Remember that you’re God
And I am not
So

Thy will be done
Thy will be done
Thy will be done
Like a child on my knees all that comes to me is
Thy will be done
Thy will be done
Thy will

I know you see me
I know you hear me, Lord
Your plans are for me
Goodness you have in store
I know you hear me
I know you see me, Lord
Your plans are for me
Good news you have in store

So, thy will be done
Thy will be done
Thy will be done
Like a child on my knees all that comes to me is
Thy will be done
Thy will be done
Thy will be done
I know you see me
I know you hear me, Lord

* I was writing and this exact song came on!!!

This year has been a tough one. Full of joy and hard times. But the hard spots have drawn me closer to God than I ever have been before. He is so real to me. His Word is alive and it speaks to me. It calms my fears, comforts my hurting heart. Strengthens my faith. Puts joy in my heart so I can sing and dance when everything else feels hopelessly messed up. Gives me a reason to smile when inside I’m hurting and feel like quitting. But then God breathes new life and determination into my heart. Because He never gave up on me I can’t give up on the people in my life who cause me pain. He alone is the reason I can get up and face the problems.

This year my little sister told us that she hates God and she will have nothing to do with Him. One of my best friends left my church. And she lives two and a half hours away so I hardly see her. We have had a lot of family issues go on… A lot. I have felt trapped by things that have gone on. Even though I was totally free… And I may have another friend that I won’t get to see much. These friends are all very, very close to my heart. But even though I have cried and called out to God and asked why He has taken them away I am thankful for these hard times. They have made me run to God. They have given me a longing for God’s Word like never before. They have grown my prayer life and made it stronger. They have also strengthened my relationships with my friends. I had taken my friend for granted, and when she was taken away I realized how she meant to me and how much my other friends meant to me. So I am thankful for this because it has made me appreciate my friends anbeid relationships like never before.

I have had many good things happen this year also… I found the courage to do what God wanted me to do, start a prayer group with my friends. This has drawn us closer together and to God. It is the most amazing thing ever. We used to never talk about Christianity and that. Now it is perfectly normal for us to talk about prayer, faith, the Bible and whenever. You can read the post from when this all happened here. There has been many other things happen that have blessed me. One of the big things happened in August. There was a family we had met a long time ago but hadn’t really gotten to know and we saw them again at a rodeo and we planned a night to get together for dinner. And since then we have gotten together every week sometimes three times a week! Sounds crazy but it is soooo awesome! Now I have new friends in this family that I’m really close to. So God took away my dear friend but He gave me new friends. They didn’t take her place but they are also very, very special to me. I thank God for them daily!

Another wonderful but hard thing is I have heard God’s call for my life. I’ve heard it loud and clear. But I have no clue how things will play out in my life. I believe He is calling me to the mission field, to the unreached people of Africa. You can read more about it here. There is times when I am in tears because the thought of leaving those who are close to my heart (my horse is included in this. lol) is so painful. But then I remember that God has a bigger better plan than I could ever imagine. And I find myself longing to go share the Gospel with people who have not heard of Jesus and His salvation. I feel Africa calling… I want the years to hurry by so I can go.

So through the hard times and the good… God can give us the strength to praise Him in the storm, trust Him through everything, be joyful and smile when we are hurting and surrender our lives and dreams to Him. So whether I marry or not, whether I loose all my friends or not, whether I have an easy life or a hard one, God has a plan that is better than I can imagine and He is still good!

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“And shall I pray Thee change Thy will, my Father,
Until it be according unto mine?
But, no, Lord, no, that never shall be, rather
I pray Thee blend my human will with Thine.

I pray Thee hush the hurrying, eager longing,
I pray Thee soothe the pangs of keen desire—
See in my quiet places, wishes thronging—
Forbid them, Lord, purge, though it be with fire.”
Amy Carmichael

 

• these verses •

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Reading these tonight and discussing them during family Bible time… so close to my heart!❤  God fell in love with me and saved me when I was the scum of the Earth. He saw my deepest secrets but still wanted me… He wants you too. Taking the broken and making them whole is His greatest delight! He is there waiting for you. He’s head over heels in l o v e with you!!! He can make great things out of our wicked hearts…

 

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This is how I always feel after going shopping! Ugh… modest clothes are sooooo hard to find. Anyone else have that problem?!

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Last week’s sermon – at Morning Star Church

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Last Sunday we drove up to where my brother and sister-in-law live to spend the day with them and go to church with them since it was their new church we have never been. When we pulled in the parking lot I didn’t see my brother around waiting and I began feeling nervous. I do not like visiting new churches because I feel like I stand out/don’t fit in/have no clue what to talk about if someone does come up to me/there’s no one around my age. Anyway we went around the front and he was there. But the second I walked in I felt welcomed. I didn’t feel like I stood out like I normally do when I visit new churches. The service started and the opening song was one I have sang a lot and really love. Behold Our God. Anyway to get to the point of this post I loved the church, loved the sermon and wish it wasn’t two and a half hours away!

This month they are going through what their church believes. And the Sunday we were there it was about global missions. What a work of God! My church rarely talks about missions in sermons so it was really special to me. And also because I believe God is calling me to missions. The sermon text was from Isaiah 49:1-7  I love verse 6!

Isaiah 49:1-7
The Servant of the Lord
1 Listen to me, O coastlands,
and give attention, you peoples from afar.
The Lord called me from the womb,
from the body of my mother he named my name.
2 He made my mouth like a sharp sword;
in the shadow of his hand he hid me;
he made me a polished arrow;
in his quiver he hid me away.
3 And he said to me, “You are my servant,
Israel, in whom I will be glorified.”
4 But I said, “I have labored in vain;
I have spent my strength for nothing and vanity;
yet surely my right is with the Lord,
and my recompense with my God.”
5 And now the Lord says,
he who formed me from the womb to be his servant,
to bring Jacob back to him;
and that Israel might be gathered to him—
for I am honored in the eyes of the Lord,
and my God has become my strength—
6 he says:
“It is too light a thing that you should be my servant
to raise up the tribes of Jacob
and to bring back the preserved of Israel;
I will make you as a light for the nations,
that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.”
7 Thus says the Lord,
the Redeemer of Israel and his Holy One,
to one deeply despised, abhorred by the nation,
the servant of rulers:
“Kings shall see and arise;
princes, and they shall prostrate themselves;
because of the Lord, who is faithful,
the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you.”
So please take time to listen to this sermon. My notes were very messed up. : ( I tried to make it so they made sense and could be posted but there was a lot of parts missing because I was too busy listening! I felt like the sermon was just for me. I believe you will be blessed by it… Please listen to it! 

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