WOW. This summer has been unexpectedly busier than I have expected. SO, heres what I’ve been up to!
FAMILY VACATION. AKA my favorite time of the year!
This summer my family of 6 and my grandparents rented a cabin on a lake and was it ever so fun. We fished, we boated, we hiked, we shot airsoft guns, and much more fun. The best part of this cabin was that it had no phone service or internet. At first I was really intimidated because I’d be gone for a week, and I love to keep in touch with my boyfriend, but it turned out so wonderfully. I think it was a blessing in disguise because I have never had so much fun with my family. Every night we played games and during the day we spent time together without the distractions of phones.
My sister’s boyfriend and mine got to spend a few days at the cabin with us and that was such a joy to see them! They were stuck sharing beds with my 2 brothers, so lucky them!
So here is a picture of our little adventures of hanging outside. It was drizzling so I slapped on my rain boots and made him take pictures with me before he went home. The cabin was situated in the middle of the woods with not a cabin in sight. It was so secluded and serene. Another thing about this cabin that I LOVED was that there were wildflowers EVERYWHERE. I am a flower child so naturally I picked them.
These ones were my favorites. Funny story. So i picked a bunch of these and put them in a vase. A few days later I was admiring them when I noticed that there were hundreds of tiny green bugs ALL OVER the stems of them. I no longer loved them as much…
Not only were the flowers cute, but so were the turtles! Here is a picture I snapped of us feeding a turtle cantaloupe:
And my last adventure I’ll share with you include one of my favorite activities…hiking! There’s just something about the adventure of exploring God’s beautiful creations!
Take time to breathe in the beauty of God’s creation friends. Beauty, Joy and Serenity. Take a step back from technology and a step forward with your relationships. Be interested in those you connect with, and not interested with those on social media sites.
You are loved!
Last week was crazy busy but I am back!
This week at church my pastor talked about noticing those who go unnoticed and being aware of what is happening in our communities.
Heres something to think about:
How many times have you passed someone who is eating lunch alone? Whether it be at school or in general.
How many times have you walked passed a homeless person without even giving the slightest smile?
Have you ever just stopped and picked up the trash right in front of you at the park to make someone else’s job a bit easier? Or done something not for praise or personal reasons, but just to help someone else out?
Or even just purchased a random persons meal for them to brighten their day.
It’s the little things that count! It really spoke to me because often times I am a girl with a plan and my eyes are focused on where I am going, and not whats happening around me. My prayer for today is that God would help us to open our eyes, and ears to see all that He wants us to see and hear. That we would have a burden for those in our community and hearts after God that give us the courage to take the leap of faith. I pray that God would help us to have courageous hearts and that those in our communities be touched by Him. I don’t know about you guys, but I want to be comfortable with the uncomfortable. As well as to be okay with the inconvenient.
My pastor pointed out the story of Bartimaeus in Mark 10:46-52. It talks about a blind man Bartimaeus who heard that Jesus was coming and he kept shouting, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me” (verse 47). There was a huge crowd of people leaving the city and Bartimaeus wanted to be heard so he was yelling for Jesus. Many people told him to be quiet, but Jesus noticed him and asked him what He could do for him. Bartimaeus said, “Rabbi, I want to see.” And Jesus healed him. It’s a short story and I encourage you to read it. It goes to show that Jesus noticed Bartimaeus, the guy who was broken and just needed help. Jesus went directly to him even though there was a huge crowd of people and it was inconvenient to find him, but He did. He asked Baritmaeus what He could do for him. I want to be like that. No matter the circumstance, to approach those who need help or are going unnoticed. To ask what I could do for them. What do you say friends, lets open our eyes in our communities and ask them what we can do for them.
Lord help us to see what you see.
You are loved!
A few weeks ago I shared A little about my story of coming to Christ, (check out my last post!) and this last Sunday I was baptized. It was the most joyful day of my life. My younger brother and I had made the decision to get baptized a few weeks prior. Upon approaching the day, we were both so excited and nervous that we just couldn’t wait for the day to come!
We got to church that Sunday morning and the presence of the room was full of joy and peace. Bright and smiling faces all came together to take the next step in their faith. We got together in groups with pastors and prayed together. Prayer is so powerful and joy flooded the room.
We then lined up for the big moment. My feet hit the water, and I felt so overwhelmed by God’s presence that I couldn’t help but smile ear to ear. The pastor then said, “I baptize you in the name of the father, the son, and the holy spirit,” and it happened. The old is gone the new has come. I am MADE NEW. This was hands down the best moment of my life. The moment where I proclaimed to the world that it’s Christ I am living for. After I was baptized I walked off and turned around to watch my nine year old brother get baptized. It was such an emotional experience for me, and I could not be more proud of him. To experience this with him was so amazing. He came out of the water, lifted His hands to heaven and jumped for joy. God is good! Kids are the best.
Here’s a couple of verses I’ll leave you with:
“Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will recieve the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Acts 2:38
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 2 Corinthians 5:17
Bless you all! You are loved!
So heres my story.
I’ve grown up going to church ever since I was born and that’s all I’ve ever known. Church was and is my home. Which is the greatest thing that has ever happened. I love the church so much because it’s all of God’s children coming together as brothers and sisters, worshipping His wonderful name. I dedicated my life to Christ as a young girl when I was in elementary school. I remember being in Sunday school, and they asked all of us kids if we wanted to pray and ask God into our hearts. I was a shy little gal and decided to do it on my own. To this day I remember where I was, and where my feet were planted because that moment is life changing, even as a young girl. Eventually I made it to middle school and then high school where I was heavily involved in youth group. I had made the best of friends. In high school my school best friends had found their way in to different friend groups and I felt alone, but God had some amazing friendships in store for me in youth group. In tenth grade, I realized that I had all of these amazing friends but my relationship with God had faded. I wanted that relationship so badly because I have had it before. I prayed about it and God directed my family and I to a new church which had relit my passion for God. Now I am not saying that to be a Christian means you go to church, but this new church had spoken a message of worship that hit me. They reminded me to open up my heart and trust Him to take control. To this day I still go to that church and I am still in love with it. This church is on fire for God and I could not be more excited to be a part of it.
In a few weeks my church is having another baptism service. I use the word ‘another’ because I have yet to be baptized. I want to be baptized oh so badly, but it seems as though fear is holding me back. Fear of standing in front of a huge crowd of people, fear that I will be judged because I’ve waited so long, and fear because I haven’t gone underwater in years. I have holes in my eardrums and have had way too many surgeries on them. My ears used to hurt really bad after going underwater so I just stopped.
Talk about a list of fears, but does God want us to fear? To go through life worrying about every little thing? So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10
Today at church we talked about bravery and oh boy did God nudge me. It’s time. It’s time to let go of fear. It’s time to proclaim my love for Him. It’s time to GO where He is calling me to go.
With that being said, today I’ve decided to go for it and get baptized in a few weeks. I couldn’t be more nervous (lots of people-HA) and excited. But putting our faith in God can only mean greater things are ahead!
But when they believed Philip as he proclaimed the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. Acts 8:12
Be brave today friends!
You are loved!
This week I bought Rend Collectives album The Art of Celebration, and oh my goodness is it good. Every morning when I drive to school that CD is on repeat. Over the past year or so I have challenged myself to only listen to Christian music, and it has lead to worship filled car rides.
Fun fact: I bought my car from my grandparents and my grandma said to me, “Amber you’re recieving a car filled with worship and prayers.” How great is that. She has such a sweet heart and I adore her!
Anyways, to worship as I am going to school, or work, has brought so much joy to my life. To rise up in the morning praising, and spending time with the One who has given me this day is so powerful.
The song that I have been loving from the Rend Collective CD is “Joy.” It’s got such a great beat, but most importantly the words speak right to you! As the name of the song states, it’s about the joy that God gives us and speaks such truth. I tend to find myself complaining, or stressed and worried, but this song always reminds me to find joy is the rough times. This song is always playing in my head and brings a smile to my face. It’s a reminder to keep our eyes focused on all He is doing in us and through us. To smile because He is making all things new! Today I choose JOY!
Shout with joy to God, all the earth! Sing the glory of His name; make His praise glorious! Psalm 66:1-2
You are loved!
•Comment below what you are joyful for today & go check out Rend Collectives CD (you won’t regret it)•
Hey hey friends!
Something absolutely crazy happened this week! In my last post I wrote about my future, and how I didn’t get in to the dental assisting program at my college. It was devastating. (Scroll down and read the post before this one to hear about it). So, this last Saturday I was in the kitchen doing the dishes (yay). My parents had just gotten back from going out to breakfast, and my mom hands me the mail. Guys, I had mail!
Side note: I don’t know about you guys but getting mail just makes my day. It’s so spontaneous; I love it!
Anyways, the letter was from my college and I assumed it was another letter describing my leftover loan money. But, it was not! I opened up the letter, read the word congratulations, and immediately tears flooded my eyes. I found myself so happy that I was jumping up and down crying. If you haven’t guessed it, I got accepted! When I first got rejected I was third on the alternate list, and I never would have thought that three people wouldn’t want it.
My parents embraced me, my sister did a happy dance at work (I wasn’t even there-love her), and my aunt and uncle sent me the sweetest card with some yummy popcorn. I love my family, their hearts are so big it fills me with joy.
In that moment of rejection God told me to trust Him with my future. A week later and God illustrates just how much He is taking care of me and my future. Sometimes I am so blind to what God is doing in me, and I focus on all that I can do to take care of things on my own, which never works out. Today I am choosing to trust in Him holding my future.
I challenge you to trust that He is in control and to lift your worries up to Him knowing He will guide you!
Bless all of your weeks!
You are Loved!
Wow. So I had this post planned out, but here I am and my brain has can’t seem to spit the words out. Recently I found out that I didn’t get in to the dental assisting program I had hoped for. My mom called me saying I had gotten my letter and she told me the news while I was at school. Honestly, I was devastated at first (but didn’t show it- the usual). I had my life all planned out. I’d get in to the program, start this fall, and be out of school and working in two years. That plan sounded superb to me. It still does. As I think about the future, I am anxious to get on with my life. I can’t wait to be married, have a steady job, and have kids. My pinterest board has my life planned out from my dream wedding plans, to my future house plans. (Check my page out and follow me: @ambernn). Weeks before I received the letter, I had been praying about it, and God gave me peace knowing that no matter what happens, it’s all in His hands. When I received the news initially, I was really bummed. But as I thought about it God nudged me with some peace saying He’s got me. I realized that not only my future career will come on His timing, but so will the rest of my dreams. If we spend all of our time stressing about the future we have planned for ourselves we aren’t trusting God and His plans for our future. He know’s us best, and has our futures planned and designed uniquely for all of us. Not only aren’t we trusting Him but we are shoving Him aside. We are placing ourselves above Him, and therefore can lose sight of Him. Instead of worrying about your future TRUST and KNOW he is holding you. His plan for your life is hopeful friends because he knows you more than anyone. I’ll leave you guys with these verses:
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.” Psalm 32:8
The secret things (such as our futures) belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all of the words of this law. Deuteronomy 29:29
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
Lift your worries about your future up to God and rest in His peace. Let Him guide you through this life.
You are loved!
P.S. Comment any prayer requests. I would love to be praying for you all!