Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!


MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!! :)
I am so thankful that we are able to celebrate the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ! But I can't help but think about the cross. The precious redeeming blood of Jesus- the one who's birth we celebrate today- covers me and allows me to stand justified before the Lord! For that, I am thankful. He was born to die and redeem His captive children!


"Forever etched upon my mind, is the look of Him who died, the Lamb I crucified. And now my life will sing the praise of pure atoning grace that looked on me and gladly took my place."

Thank You, Jesus!!!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Jesus, my only Hope

Jesus, My Only Hope- Sovereign Grace
I come into Your presence
With nothing in my hands
I only bring thanksgiving
For Jesus, God and Man
I cast myself on mercy
I cast myself on love
I trust Your gracious promise
To wash me with Your blood

I will not fear Your judgment
For me, no wrath I dread
For it was spent on Jesus
Poured out upon His head
When Satan’s accusations
Make my poor heart afraid
I hear my King declaring
“Father, that debt is paid”

Jesus my only hope, my only plea
My righteousness, my Great High Priest
Who intercedes for me before the throne
Jesus, I trust in You alone
I can't think of much more to say about Jesus than what this song says about Him. He is my only hope, plea, righteousness, Great High Priest, my Intercessor... He is my King!!! My life only has meaning in Him and through His cross! I am rejoicing in His redemption! :) I am so thankful for the pure, atoning blood of Jesus, that covers me from head to toe in His righteousness!!! Praise God!!! :)

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Romans 7

"O law, Christ is my righteousness, my treasure, and my work; I confess, O law, that I am neither godly nor righteous, but yet this I am sure of, that he is godly and righteous for me." - Luther

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Love Based Repentance

“In fear-based repentance, we don’t learn to hate the sin for itself, and it doesn’t lose its attractive power. We learn only to refrain from it for our own sake. But when we rejoice over God’s sacrificial, suffering love for us – seeing what it cost him to save us from sin – we learn to hate the sin for what it is. We see what the sin cost God. What most assures us of God’s unconditional love (Jesus’s costly death) is what most convicts us of the evil of sin. Fear-based repentance makes us hate ourselves. Joy-bases repentance makes us hate the sin.”
- Timothy Keller

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Jesus is not safe, but He is good.

"Who is this who comes from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah, this One who is glorious in His apparel, traveling in His garments of strength?-- 'I who speak in righteousness, mighty to save.' Why is Your apparel red, and Your garments like the one who treads in the winepress? 'I have trodden them in My anger, and trampled them in My fury; their blood is sprinkled upon My garments, and I have stained all My robes. For the day of vengeance is in My heart, and the year of My redeemed has come. I looked but there was no one to help, and I wondered there there was no one to uphold; Therefore, My own arm brought salvation for Me, and My own fury, it sustained me. I have trodden down the peoples in My anger, made them drunk in My fury, and brought down their strength to the earth." --- Isaiah 63:1-6

"Who is this- friend or foe? Why is His clothing spattered red? Has He been treading grapes in a winepress? Has He been making wine? Could the explanation be that simple and assuring? No. He has been taking vengeance on His enemies. He's been fighting for redemption. And He's done is all alone- not with a great army, but all by Himself. We didn't help Him. We don't even see Him until His victory is already complete. Look at Him out there, the way He's approaching us marching in the greatness of His strength. He's not even tired. He's energized, He's awesome, He is terrible in His wrath."
- Raymond C. Ortlund

Jesus- the Lion- is not safe, but He is good.

"Do not call conspiracy all that this people call conspiracy, and do not fear what they fear, nor be in dread. But the Lord of hosts, Him you shall honor as holy. Let Him be your fear, and Let Him be your dread." - Isaiah 8:12,13

Thursday, November 26, 2009

How Sweet The Name Of Jesus Sounds

How sweet the Name of Jesus sounds
in a believer's ear!
It soothes his sorrows, heals his wounds,
and drives away his fear.

It makes the wounded spirit whole,
and calms the troubled breast;
'tis manna to the hungry soul,
and to the weary, rest.

Dear Name, the rock on which I build,
my shield and hiding-place,
my never-failing treasury,
filled with boundless stores of grace!

Jesus! my Shepherd, Brother, Friend,
my Prophet, Priest and King,
my Lord, my Life, my Way, my End,
accept the praise I bring.

Weak is the effort of my heart,
and cold my warmest thought;
but when I see thee as thou art,
I'll praise thee as I ought.

Till then I would thy love proclaim
with every fleeting breath;
and may the music of thy Name
refresh my soul in death!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

What Makes You Differ?

“Christian! the only thing that makes you differ from the vilest being that pollutes the earth, or from the darkest fiend that gnaws his chains in hell, is the free grace of God!”

- Octavius Winslow

Monday, November 23, 2009

He Holds The Keys!

“He laid his right hand on me, saying, ‘Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last, and the Living One; and I was dead, and look! I am alive forever and ever, and I have the keys of death and Hades’” (Revelation 1:17-18).

Literally, Jesus says, ‘Stop being afraid..’ Why? Because Jesus Christ has walked into the gaping jaws of the greatest enemy there is. On the cross he let all the powers that threaten to undo us have their unrestrained way with him. He let death take him captive. And then he burst out of the prison and carried away the prison keys!”

- Darrell W. Johnson

Friday, November 20, 2009

What A Friend We Have In Jesus

What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.

Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged; take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness; take it to the Lord in prayer.

Are we weak and heavy laden. cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge, take it to the Lord in prayer.
Do your friends despise, forsake you? Take it to the Lord in prayer!
In His arms He'll take and shield yo; you will find a solace there.

Blessed Savior, Thou hast promised Thou wilt all our burden bear
May we ever, Lord, be bringing all to Thee in earnest prayer.
Soon in glory bright unclouded there will be no need for prayer
Rapture, praise, and endless worship will be our sweetest portion there!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

In Your Presence

"Here in Your presence, we are undone."
What does it mean to be undone in the presence of God? I think of our reputations or "masks". The ones we strive to build tall and beautiful- unshakable and "strong". They are what people see and know us by. Reputations are walls built around who we really are, to hide what we don't think is good enough to be accepted or loved.
But, in the presence of God, the locks of our reputations and our guards are undone and we are completely vulnerable before Him. No walls or barriers. All bounds are eliminated and its just plain, old, unlovable us. But the wonderful truth is that God loves us that way. He loves us, no matter how unlovable we are.
Father, show me Your strong love.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Birthday Fun

I love these girls! :) Tonight we went to a birthday party to celebrate our friend's birthday and it was so fun to be able to spend time with them! :) Ash, Me, And Steffy!! :)

Monday, November 9, 2009

SIN

I hate sin.
"For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high things that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled." 2 Corinthians 10:4-6

Friday, November 6, 2009

Prayer:

"And the cry of my heart is to bring You praise from the inside out!"

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Beyond Words

My God is.... :) :) :)

:)

Happy Birthday Mommy!! :)

I think I'm gonna bake a cake! :)

Monday, November 2, 2009

52

My mom would be turning 52 this Thursday.

I remember on her 50th birthday how I didn't want to stay home from church and celebrate it with her. I threw a fit at first, but ended up getting over myself and enjoying the time celebrating with my mom. And I'm so glad I did because it was the last birthday I was able to celebrate with her. I'm so thankful that I was able to spend that time with her.

I miss her. I'm sure I've said that a million times since she died, but I can't think of what else to say. I can't say "I wish..." or "If only..." because those things are not true. I can't dwell on what what isn't true. I can only trust the Lord with what is. And what is is that she is gone. I can only say that I miss her and remember the things that I miss about her.

I miss her laugh and smile she gets when she's really happy. I miss her long comforting hugs. I miss the look she would give when was really proud of me and said she loved me. I miss her calling me her Rosebud. I miss her mexican accent. I miss her hands and feet. I miss every wrinkle on her face. I miss her cute little quirks and her love for old things. I miss her smell. I miss her presence. I miss all of her SO much.

Friday, October 30, 2009

How He loves us so

"I don't have time to maintain these regrets when I think about the way He loves us."


How does He loves us?


"The Lord has appeared of old to me saying: 'Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you." (Jeremiah 31:3)


"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." (John 3:16)


"But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved.)" (Ephesians 2:4,5)


"But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit." (Titus 3:4-5)


"'Come now, and let us reason together' says the Lord, 'Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool.'" (Isaiah 1:18)


"But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob, and He who formed you, O Israel: 'Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are Mine." (Isaiah 43:1)



Oh, how He loves us so!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Overwhelmed

Friday, October 23, 2009

WHY?! I am so angry...

I am so angry. I know that anger isn't good, but I can't help but be angry and heart broken over something like this.

On Monday a sweet 7 year old girl named Somer Thompson when missing in Florida when she was walking home from school. They searched all over for her. On Wednesday night, they found the body of a little girl buried in a landfill (A huge pile of garbage). Thursday morning, they identified it as being Somer. I was devastated

On Wednesday night another little girl, 9 years old, named Elizabeth Olten went missing in Missouri when she was walking home from a friend's house. After hearing about Somer Thompson, I was heart broken, so I prayed for this little girl Elizabeth, hoping that she was unharmed and safe. Today, they found her body in a wooded area near her home. She is gone too.

WHY?! Why do people do these things? HOW could someone take a child's life?! I can only imagine how scared these sweet babies were when their murders were taking their lives. I am so burdened for these little girls. The people who did this are sick and disturbed. Who knows what these little ones had to endure once they were taken. I only hope they weren't sexually assaulted by whoever did this. This is horrible... I am devastated...

I don't understand how these people aren't completely consumed with guilt right now. I hope that they are so overwhelmed with guilt. I hope and pray they the Lord would give them a STRONG conviction and that they turn themselves in. These people do not deserve to live among people. They deserve to be completely isolated from all people for the rest of their lives- miserable.

I just do not understand... :(

Remember God

READ THIS FIRST.
How true is it? How true is it that we sin when we forget God? I have been learning lately what the things that take me away, or make me forget, God are in my life and have been limiting my association with them. (For me it is watching TV, Spending time on Facebook, Reading books that aren't Christian literature.) I have found that when I stop doing whatever it is that takes me away from Him, I think "Oh... God, I forgot You are here..." And when I hear those words it breaks my heart.
Watching TV, going on the Internet, and reading isn't sinning, but it does make me forget my Maker. Of course I want to stay away from sin because it is not in God's will for me, but I don't just want to stop there. I want to live a life that is PLEASING to my King in everything I do. Is it pleasing when I spend more time on the Internet, catching up with all of my friends and hearing all the latest news, than "meditating on the glorious splendor of His majesty"? Is He well pleased when I start obsessing over what is going to happen to so-and-so on this or that show next week? Does it please my God when I ignore Him? The answer to all of these questions is "no".
When we forget God, is when we sin. I can testify that this is truth because, when I do not keep every thought captive and meditate on the Lord, thoughts of temptation come. When I do these activities, they make me forget my King and put me in a position that leads to sin.
My desire is to please God. Not forget Him and shame Him.
"Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the LORD, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass. He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday." (Psalm 37:3-6)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

:D

Today I painted my nails black for the first time, and I really like how they turned out!!


(I feel like this would be a blog Jillian would post!) :)



Black nails and natural hair!! :)

Saturday, October 17, 2009

From Utter Darkness To Marvelous Light!

Imagine that you're walking in pitch dark. You hear nothing, you see nothing, but you keep walking. With every step you take, you trip and fall, you scrape your knees, and hit your head. As you climb through the darkness, your hands get rough and calloused, and your feet begin to bleed. You have no sense of direction and see nothing but darkness. Utter despair.



Then, turning your head a little to the right, you catch a glimpse of something behind you... light. You stand up and turn towards it. You can SEE every step that is before you being illuminated and the path is straight and certain. "And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying 'This is the way, walk in it.' when you turn to the right or to the left." You are being guided by the Hand of the Almighty One. Complete Peace.



These are the two examples of how someone will choose to live their life. Either in total darkness, or marvelous light. There is no in between. Either you will serve God or the devil. There is no medium. The bible says "Anyone who isn’t with me opposes me, and anyone who isn’t working with me is actually working against me." (Matthew 12:30)



Who are you serving? The king of darkness, whose only goal is to "steal, kill, and destroy" you. Or the King of kings; Lord of Life; Jesus Christ, who loves you and wants the best for you?

Before Jesus, there was no other choice but to walk in darkness. Man was eternally separated from God because God is perfect, holy, and set apart- He can have no sin before Him, and because we are sinful people by nature, we cannot be with God. The wages of sin in death- the penalty for our sin is eternity separated from God in hell. But the bible says "But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." (Rom. 5:8). Jesus lived a perfect life, without any sin (the life we could not live). And was brutally beaten to the point where you couldn't even tell that He was a man, was put on a rough wooden cross, with nails driven through His hands and feet, and died to take all of our sin on Himself. He was laid in a tomb and then, three days later, He rose from the dead and is alive to this very day!! :) God loves you and wants you to serve Him, and not the things of those world.



Jesus said "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and no one comes to the Father, but by me." (John 14:6) "If you confess with your mouth, the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved." (Romans 10:9) Praying to God a prayer of repentance and proclaiming Jesus in your heart and with your mouth as Lord of your life, is how to be saved. God is calling you.



The illustration I painted for you at the beginning of this blog is one of repentance. Repentance is this- You're walking one way, but you stop walking that way, turn around, and walk the complete opposite way- stopping the life of sin you're living and determining to live a life following the plans that GOD has for you.


What's your decision- will you continue to walk in darkness, or in His marvelous Light?

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Why Do You Let Me Stay here? - She&Him



LOVE it! <3

She&Him is a great band... love their music... Christmas present idea right here... ;)

Monday, October 12, 2009

God Is Sovereign


Isn't she just beautiful? :) I find myself wanting to call her a lot lately and it's a bummer to have to realize, again, why I can't. However, I am confident that my Lord has everything planned out for the good because His word promises it. Of course I miss her and wish that things could be different, but I know that God is sovereign and I love that I can put my full weight on Him.

"God is NOT ninety-nine percent sovereign. He is one hundred percent sovereign, or not sovereign at all!"

"My soul waits silently for God alone, for my expectation is from Him." Psalm 62:5

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Revelations 22:20- Soon, and Very Soon



Soon and very soon
My King is coming
Robed in righteousness
And crowned with love
When I see Him I
Shall be made like Him
Soon and very soon

Soon and very soon
I'll be going
To the place He has prepared for me
There my sin erased
My shame forgotten
Soon and very soon

I will be with the One I love
With unveiled face I'll see Him
There my soul will be satisfied
Soon and very soon

Soon and very soon
See the procession
The angels and the elders
'Round the throne
At his feet I lay
My crown's my worship
Soon and very soon

I will be with the One I love
With unveiled face I'll see Him
There my soul will be satisfied
Soon and very soon

Though I have not seen Him
My heart knows Him well
Jesus Christ the Lamb
The Lord of heaven

I will be with One I love
With unveiled face I'll see Him
There my soul will be satisfied
Soon and very soon
Soon and very soon
Soon and very soon

Sunday, October 4, 2009

No Wrath. Not Ever.

“Here’s a gospel truth that is just astounding and meant to comfort your guilty, burdened soul: because Jesus Christ perfectly obeyed every facet of the law in your place and then dies bearing all the guilt and wrath that was rightfully yours, you are no longer obliged to obey the law as a way to avoid his wrath. God has already poured out every drop of his wrath on his Son in your place. You are no longer subject to wrath, because wrath is the result of transgression or sin, and sins can be committed only when there is a law that has been violated. So now, if you’re in Christ, there is no law that you can break that will bring God’s punitive wrath upon you, or, as Paul put it, ‘Where there is no law there is no transgression,’ and hence, so ‘wrath.’ No wrath for you because you’re in Christ, and God has no wrath left for him. No wrath. Not ever.”

- Elyse M. Fitzpatrick

WOW! I am so thankful and encouraged by this!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Morning Rays!

5:34am. Stepping outside, the cold morning air met my flush face, giving it an awakening hello of brisk Autumn wind! I shut the door behind me, and with darkness still reigning in the sky, I made my way down the driveway, and to the sidewalk. I began walking and speaking with my King! While singing praise to His name, soft pinks and purples began to appear in the morning sky. The Artist had begun His painting! I stopped, amazed, and pondered His works- "When I consider Your heavens, the works of Your fingers, the moon and the starts, which You ordained, what is man that You are mindful of him...?" What glorious things You have made, my King! What beautiful works You have allowed us to see! Moments later, the sky was filled with oranges and blues, and the combination of the colorful light was breath-taking. Rays of majestic light filled both the horizon and my heart! The Artist completed His first wondrous work of the day! I stood amazed at it's beauty and anticipated the glory He would reveal at that evening's sunset!

Your creation, my King, is beautiful!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Discipline

Annnnnd breathe..... :)

Friday, September 18, 2009

Immovable Me

Sometimes I wish that I wasn't so easily influenced by things. Not that what influences me is necessarily "bad", because I don't think it is. Its more of changes in opinion on a style of clothes, taste in music and movies, opinions on certain situations, etc. Not a huge deal, but when it changes what makes me ME, it becomes a problem. I don't want to be so easily influenced by other's opinions and styles. I want to be consistent and immovable when it comes to what I think and believe.

It's not all bad, though, because when I am doing something wrong and someone calls me out on it, I am quick to listen and change it. But again, its not so great when I do that in many different situations.

This is a babbling blog. Just stating, that I wish I wasn't so easily influenced. Praying that the Lord would give me consistency in my talk, dress, opinions, and actions and that He would give me discernment and wisdom on when and how to change what I am doing. He is faithful to give wisdom to those who ask it of Him. (James 1:5)

"But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy."
James 3:17

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Holy, Pure, and Precious Blood

I AM forgiven, washed clean, made pure, and precious in the eyes of God because Jesus has washed me with His holy, pure, and precious blood. I am so thankful!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Power, Love, and a Sound Mind

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind."
-- 2 Timothy 1:6
This verse is awesome! Story behind my experience with it:
Last night I went to sleep around 8:45, but woke up at 10pm with a spirit of worry and fear. It was almost unbearable. I went online to get my mind off of whatever it was that was consuming my thoughts, but the fear was still there. By 1, I was way tired, so I went to bed. But I just could NOT sleep. I started praying for the Lord to relieve my spirit from this fear and worry, but I was dwelling in the feeling. I knew that it was the enemy attacking, and it just seemed like too much. Then, I heard "For God has not given us a spirit of fear.... but of a sound mind." I thought.. "Wow.. He has given us a spirit of a sound mind!! I don't need to fear or dwell on this because He has given me a spirit of a sound mind." I meditated on that for a moment. But I didn't remember the other things mentioned in the verse.. after repeating it over and over in my mind, I figured out that one of them is "love". He has given us a spirit of love... and I meditated on that. I really wanted to know the entire verse because my relief just didn't feel complete, and after many minutes of trying to figure it out, I turned to my bible and read "For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of POWER!" That was it! I no longer need to let this fear and worry have any power or control over me, because the Lord has given me a spirit of POWER- power over this fear and the enemy.

What a wonderful promise our heavenly Father has given us!! :)

"For God has NOT given us a spirit of fear, but if POWER, and of LOVE, and of a SOUND MIND."

Thank You, Jesus!! :)

Friday, August 21, 2009

Kari Anne!

This is my friend and "sis" Kari! I love her SOOOO much and tomorrow she is leaving to go to college like 90 miles away. :( Now, I know its not forever, but its still for a while. See, she is pretty awesome... we have laughed at random jokes, cried when sad things happened, wrestled each other in the soapy slip in slide at camp, and annoyed each other with silly accents and poking.. I'm definitely going to miss not having that ALL of the time. I'll miss our Cherry on Top trips.. especially ones in BIG vans that smell like dirty. ;) Of course she is going to come back home every once in a while, and I will, Lord-willing, go visit her, but I'll miss seeing her every Sunday at church!! Bottom line, she is leaving and I'm sad, but excited for her cause it's going to be an awesome growing opportunity for her! Kari Anne is Uh-Mazing and she's gonna ROCK in College!!! :)

The End! :)

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Being Content

Today I was thinking "Why can't I have HER family?... Why do I have to live where I do?... Why can't I have anything other than what I've been given?" and the Lord brought to my mind "Be content with such things as you have..." I was trying to find it in my bible and for some reason I couldn't find it. Then I heard "For I will never leave you nor forsake you." and I knew RIGHT away that it was Hebrews 13:5.

I think its funny how people tend to leave out the beginning of Hebrews 13:5 and only say the last part of how the Lord will never leave you nor forsake you. It's a great promise, but their's more to it. The beginning of the verse not only explains the rest of it, but it is also very encouraging and convicting for people, specifically girls, who live in this day and age. So many girls find themselves in the very situation I caught myself in today- coveting what other's have and wanting anything other than what they have been given. Take looks for instance. Girls are constantly comparing their looks to their friends or to other people around them. Even if it isn't intentional, it happens. And not just with body type or hair color, but with clothes, and accessories as well. We tend to not be content with the things we have.

But I guess that goes for all people. We aren't content with our house, our car, our paycheck, our parents, our siblings, our church, our city, our looks, our possessions, our co-workers, our hair supplies, our lack or abundance of food, and the list can go on... Its the truth.

So with that in mind, listen to what the bible has to say about our covetousness and our not being content:
"Let your conduct be WITHOUT covetousness; be CONTENT with such things as you HAVE. For He Himself has said, 'I will never leave you nor forsake you.'"
-- Hebrews 13:5

We HAVE the King of Kings with us always. If we learn to make Him our everything, we will be content with such things as we have, even if we have nothing at all. Because as long as we have Jesus, we lack nothing. Therefore, we should be content always, because Jesus will never forsake me and you.

Guilty

I hate those times when you mess things up and sorry isn't good enough to fix things. Those are the times that leave you feeling guilty with no way out.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Glorious Hope!

Thought: What would have happened if Christ had never died and became the propitiation for our sins?

Greater thought: What would have happened if Christ did not raise from that death?

These are the thoughts in my mind today. I began to wonder where I would be if I never knew Christ, then I thought of where the world would be if Jesus never came! I was saddened at the thought.

If Christ never came down from His glorious throne in heaven, and lived as a humble servant, never sinning, we would be lost without hope. If He would have never willingly died a brutal death, fit only for a criminal, in our place because of our sin and rebellion against God, we would have no life. If Christ would have not become the sacrifice for our filthy and unforgivable sin, we would be consumed in it until we died.

But, He did. He did come to this earth from on High and He did live a perfect, sinless life, only to be killed on our behalf! We can be forgiven because of His death and God's grace! Our sins are washed away by the blood of Jesus Christ!

"But God demonstrates His own love toward us in that, while we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
--Romans 5:8

And what if He had just died and stayed dead? If that were the case, we would still be dead in our sins. If He would have just died, He would be like every other false prophet who lived for other's, like Buddha, and Muhammad. If He would have just died, we would not have the hope of being alive in Him.

But, He did raise from the dead on that wondrous third day, by the power of the Almighty King of Kings! Oh what hope we have in Christ! He is ALIVE and therefore, we are alive in Him!

"Now if we died in Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. For the death He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life He lives, He lives to God."
-- Romans 6:8-10

OH WHAT A GLORIOUS HOPE WE HAVE IN CHRIST! :)

Monday, August 10, 2009

Beautiful

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Scarlet




Beautiful...

Satan's lies, now bowing to the truth!

I see forgiveness over taking hatred
Pride and prejudice, now giving way to love
I see depression replaced with joy and gladness
And Satan's lies, now bowing to the truth
OH!!!!
Come quickly, Lord Jesus!!! :)

Monday, August 3, 2009

Love is Here- His Name is Jesus

I'm heart broken for those who don't see how much Jesus loves them, has loved them, and always will love them. So much lately I have been reminded of how lost and broken our world is. Girls are searching for happiness, love, and satisfaction in guys, but their search is in vain. Flirting with, messing around with, and sleeping with guys is not the answer to happiness, love, or satisfaction. I wish that I could sit down with every girl who has placed herself in that position and tell them how very much they are loved; that they are so precious, and a timeless treasure to their Father in heaven; that they deserve so much more than a one night stand and a broken heart. I wish I could express to them the greatest love story of all time, of how Jesus died to set them free of the pain they know so well. I wish I could tell every girl who is looking for love in all the wrong places, that they can call off the search, because love is here and His name is Jesus.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Christ Has Loved Us

“There is no other solution to the marvellous mysteries of His Incarnation and Sacrificial Death but this: Christ has loved us.


There is not a circumstance of our Lord’s history which is not another form or manifestation of love.


His incarnation is love stooping.
His sympathy is love weeping.
His compassion is love supporting.
His grace is love acting.
His teaching is the voice of love.
His silence is the repose of love.
His patience is the restraint of love.
His obedience is the labor of love.
His suffering is the travail of love.
His cross is the altar of love.
His death is the burnt offering of love.
His resurrection is the triumph of love.
His ascension into heaven is the enthronement of love.
His sitting down at the right hand of God is the intercession of love.


Such is the deep, the vast, the boundless ocean of Christ’s love!”


—Octavius Winslow

Monday, July 27, 2009

Wonderful News!

I have wonderful news! This morning, I had a long talk with Gracie about all that will be expected of her once we start bonding. She seemed to be following me, until I told her that I go to church multiple times a week. She was a little uneasy about going to church with me so much. She told me "I don't believe in that stuff." So, I felt the need to tell her about Jesus, and after a good, long talk, she made a decision! Gracie accepted Jesus into her parts!!!!!!! :D

And LOOK! She is already reading her bible!!

I think this is going to be a great friendship!! :)

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Who Is Like You

The thought of You is baffling, my mind can’t wrap around You
This human cup cannot contain heaven’s glory flood


Who is like you Lord, who was and is to come
Forever worshipped and adored
We pour our hearts here before Your throne
This is for You alone


The sight of You leaves me speechless
One glimpse and I am undone
This weight of glory stirs my soul
And I fall face down


Who is like You Lord, who was and is to come
Forever worshipped and adored
We pour our hearts here before Your throne
This is for You, You


All I can say is holy
All I can do is fall on my face
And cry holy


Who is like You Lord, who was and is to come
Forever worshipped and adored
We pour our hearts here before Your throne
This is for You alone

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

The Most Hallowed Spot

“Persuaded, as we are, that the foot of the cross is the nearest spot to Heaven, that Heaven’s choicest blessings are found only there; that, beneath its warm sunshine the holy fruit of the Spirit ripens, and that under its sacred shade the sweetest repose is found; that, never is the believing soul so near to God, in such intimate fellowship with Christ, more really under the direct teaching of the Holy Spirit, as when there, we would sincerely employ every scriptural argument and put forth every persuasive motive to allure the reader to this hallowed spot, assured that, once he finds himself in believing, loving adoration at the foot of Christ’s cross, he has found himself at the focus of all divine glory, and at the confluence of all spiritual blessing.”


– Octavius Winslow

Monday, July 13, 2009

It Is Well

My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!
My sin, not in part but the whole,
was nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more!
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

PRAISE THE LORD, PRAISE THE LORD, O MY SOUL!!!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

You Are My All In All

You're everything
the Beginning and the End
the First and the Last, You are
the great I AM.

Jesus, Lamb of God,
worthy is Your name.
Jesus, precious Lamb of God,
worthy is Your name!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

I hate death.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Who is occupying the throne today?

“In our vision of ultimate reality, who is occupying the throne today? Are we authentic New Testament Christians, whose vision is filled with Christ crucified, risen and reigning? Is guilt still reigning, and death? Or is grace reigning, and life?

To be sure, sin and Satan may seem to be reigning still, since many continue to bow down to them. But their reign is an illusion, a bluff. For at the cross they were decisively defeated, dethroned and disarmed.

Now Christ reigns, exalted to the Father’s right hand, with all things under his feet, welcoming the nations, and waiting for his remaining enemies to be made his footstool.”

—John Stott

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Savior

Shepherd, Savior, Pasture Maker,
hold onto my hand,
and You said I AM.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

The Day and Way the Addiction Began

When it comes to memories, most people make it a point to remember things like previous birthday parties, prom nights, wedding days, etc. But for me, its a little different.


As I walked into my kitchen on this, chilled and lovely morning, I reached for the coffee pot and poured out what was left from my dad's morning fix. I proceeded to fill the glass pot with water, walked to the coffee maker, poured it in, and walked out of the room. 6 minutes later, I returned. The aroma of something wonderful was in the air. I pulled out my favorite coffee mug from the drainer and filled it with what is commonly known as, Joe, bean juice, or the Christian's alcohol. ;) I have not gotten to the point where drinking it black is actually appetizing to me, so, like I do every morning, I opened the fridge, pulled out my French Vanilla Coffee Mate creamer, opened the top and began to pour it into my drink. As the creamer hit the coffee's surface a memory rushed to mind, like it does every morning when I get to this point. A fond memory of the day I got addicted to coffee...


It was 5am on a Saturday morning, 2 years ago. There was a scheduled sunrise service for the HS SWAT kids at the church that morning. There were maybe 10 of us there, and of the 10, the ones I remember being there are Me, Kylie Campbell, Daniel Hooper, Tyler Bianco, Christina Craig, and Kendall DeWitt. Many of us were having trouble staying awake, considering the hour of day, so someone came up with the idea to make coffee, which is full of caffeine and would wake us right up. So, Kendall went over to the coffee maker and started the brew. She waited a few minutes and then began pouring out the drinks, and as she did, I made a comment of how tired I was. At that moment, she turned to me and said "You should try some coffee." (In a persuasive sort of way.) I was hesitant. Coffee was never something I thought was disgusting, in fact, I always sort of liked the taste of it. But I had never had it straight from the coffee maker. I walked over to her and she poured me a cup. Then the conversation went something like this:


"You want creamer" said Kendall, in a sort of matter-of-fact way.


"Umm Okay.." April replied.


"Here taste it and tell me if you like it. You may want to put more creamer in." Kendall said.


*April took a sip and sorta cringed at the lack of sweetness*


"More Creamer, please!" April said in an urgent voice.


"Here, this should be good. After a while, you'll be able to tell if you have enough creamer, just by the color of the coffee." Kendall said informatively.


At that moment, April took one sip and the taste, mixed with the glorious smell and jolt of caffeine, gave April a feeling she had never known before- the feeling of being addicted to coffee.

The rest of it is history. That was the day and way that my coffee addiction began, and, every morning as I pour my french vanilla creamer into my cup of Joe, I remember the statement Kendall made "You'll be able to tell if you have enough creamer just by the color of the coffee."

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

We Stand In It

“Justified believers enjoy a blessing far greater than a periodic approach to God or an occasional audience with the king. We are privileged to live in the temple and in the palace. Our relationship with God, into which justification has brought us, is not sporadic but continuous, not precarious but secure. We do not fall in and out of grace like courtiers who may find themselves in and out of favour with their sovereign, or politicians with the public. No, we stand in it, for that is the nature of grace. Nothing can separate us from God’s love.”
—John Stott

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Sweet, Sweet Sound

I am an instrument of the living God
My life a melody to His name
More than the songs I sing
Worship is everything
I live to glorify my King


Hear the song of my life
Let it be a sweet, sweet sound
Let it be a sweet, sweet sound
I raise this anthem high
Let it be a sweet, sweet sound
Let it be a sweet, sweet sound


Through all the mire and clay
You're washing me with grace
You carry me, oh Lord, through it all
So I will testify even in the fire
I live to praise my Savior


Hear the song of my life
Let it be a sweet, sweet sound
Let it be a sweet, sweet sound
I raise this anthem high
Let it be a sweet, sweet sound
Let it be a sweet, sweet sound


Let everything that has breath
Praise the Lord, Praise the Lord
And all creation will sing Hallelujah


Hear the song of my life
Let it be a sweet, sweet sound
Let it be a sweet, sweet sound
I raise this anthem high
Let it be a sweet, sweet sound
Let it be a sweet, sweet sound


A sweet, sweet sound
A sweet, sweet sound

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Jesus

Jesus, the most beautiful name that I know.

Monday, June 15, 2009

I am devastated

I heard devastating news today... I feel so betrayed... I don't even know what to say...



My heart is broken...



I found out today, that the love of my life, that man who delivered news to me so perfectly and was, not only a pleasure to watch, but my soon to be husband.. Anderson Cooper.... is a homosexual...





I AM SO SAD!



I had NO idea! hahaahah Okay.. its sad that he is a homosexual.. but I feel so dumb for not knowing!! hahaah





ANDERSON, NOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, June 8, 2009

El Shaddai

I am being reminded that it is completely by the grace of God that I have salvation. It is through His blood that I have been set free. It is by His love that I have stepped out of darkness and into His marvelous light. He alone has done a great work in me. Who is this great God that I have the undeserved privilege of serving? What could He possibly find lovable in such an unlovable person like me? I am nothing, I am lower than dust compared to Him. He is the God of grace and Lord most high! He is sovereign and mighty. My God is God of ALL the earth and when He speaks, mountains crumble!! He is El Shaddai (God Almighty).

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

A Crazy, Random, Sis Story! :)


Apparently using Dove shampoo with Finesse conditioner is the hot thing right now... so hot that you can use this combination and 6 hours later, randomly bring it up in a conversation, only to find out that your Sis used the same exact combination that day because she too, was out of her Dove conditioner....

Okay, most of you won't understand why this is so crazy.. but trust me, this is NUTS!

My friend (Sis) Bethany and I were hanging out tonight after church and we were just wrapping up the conversation. But I randomly said something along the lines of "So, today, I used Finesse conditioner and my Dove shampoo because I was out of Dove conditioner... have you ever used Finesse before?" And this is all I got out before she said "Close the door... Are you kidding me?! Finesse conditioner?" It turns out that she was out of her Dove conditioner too and the only thing in her shower, which she had never even seen before, was Finesse conditioner!! We were sitting there like.. amazed that we both happened to be out of our Dove conditioner and the ONLY conditioner we both could find was Finesse.... How much more random, or specific, could you get?!!?? HAHA

THAT IS CRAZY! Sis, I feel like we are living the same life, but in different bodies! hahahaha! :) Oh man... good times, good times. :)

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Senior Portraits

So, I went and took Senior Portraits at the beginning of May and it took me an entire month to decide which ones to get. The photographer took like 70, and I had to pic a couple from that. I picked three... and here they are.. (I don't know for sure that I can have these on my computer.. but I DID buy them.. so I think it's okay... lol)

Pic #1


Pic #2


Pic #3

So here they are... I am glad to have finally ordered them. It was fun. I went to the Botanical Gardens are UCR to take the outside ones and then the photographer's studio for the last one. This lady is an AWESOME photographer! Her name is Christine Racz. Check out her site HERE!

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Balboa Beach

I went to the beach today for the first time in 2 years. LONG over-due. I went with my sister and my nephew. Here are a few pics from it. My nephew is the CUTEST!



He has the MOST beautiful blue eyes. I love Him!!! :)

He calls them "Crack-uhhrs" Lol :)

He was rocking the shades on the car ride over.

My first beach picture of the year! :) (More to come!)

We were sitting and watching the waves and every time a wave would crash my nephew would say "WOOOOW!" He was so amazed. Even little children are amazed at God's creation!

The format of this blog is probably whack, because I did some weird spaces between the pictures, but yea.. sorry. I love the beach. Balboa is my fave. I got to walk down the pier and down the boardwalk. Today was simply lovely. :)

Thursday, May 28, 2009

S-I-C-K


This is me being sick. It started on Tuesday. When I came home from school, I took a nap because I wasn't feeling too great, but when I woke up 2 hours later, I felt even worse! So the rest of the day I felt groggy, but I chose to ignore it. I went to sleep and woke up Wednesday morning and had to rush to get ready for school, went to school, took a test, went to breakfast with my grandma and then went to her house. I felt alright in the morning, but toward the afternoon I felt a little sick, then I went to church and came home. I went to sleep pretty early, so imagine my surprise when I woke up and looked at my clock to see that it was10:30am!!!! I was in shock, for sure! I tried to think of why in the world I slept in so late and then started to notice that my body was not only sore, but weak.. and it hit me... I am SICK!! NOOOO! My voice is a little gone and I have a fever of 99.8. I have been laying on the couch most of the day, which, might I add, is not my idea of having a good day. I want to get up and clean or something, but every time I get up, I have a head rush.. and I get tired... haha So, this is my sick blog.

You're a trooper for reading all of this! haha!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Irresistible Attractions

“The crucified Christ has irresistible attractions. When He stoops into the utmost suffering and scorn, even the brutal must relent. A living Savior men may love, but a crucified Savior they must love. If they perceive that He loved them and gave Himself for them, their hearts are stolen away. The city of Mansoul is captured before the siege begins, when the Prince Emmanuel uncovers the beauties of His dying love before the eyes of rebellious ones.”
- Charles Spurgeon, The Power of the Cross of Christ


This is the most beautiful description I have ever heard of Jesus Christ's crucifixion.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Rock Of Ages

"While I draw this fleeting breath,
when mine eyes shall close in death,
when I soar to worlds unknown,
see thee on thy judgment throne,
Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
let me hide myself in thee."

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Come Messy

“Jesus does not say, ‘Come to me, all you who have learned how to concentrate in prayer, whose minds no longer wander, and I will give you rest.’ No, Jesus opens his arms to his needy children and says, ‘Come to me, all who are weary and heaven-laden, and I will give you rest.’

The criteria for coming to Jesus is messiness. Come overwhelmed with life. Come with your wandering mind. Come messy.”

—Paul Miller

Thursday, May 21, 2009

In the Garden

I come to the garden alone,
While the dew is still on the roses,
And the voice I hear, falling on my ear,
The Son of God discloses.

And He walks with me, and He talks with me,
And He tells me I am His own,
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other has ever known.


He speaks, and the sound of His voice,
Is so sweet the birds hush their singing,
And the melody that He gave to me,
Within my heart is ringing.

And He walks with me, and He talks with me,
And He tells me I am His own,
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other has ever known.


I'd stay in the garden with Him,
Tho' the night around me be falling,
But He bids me go, thro' the voice of woe,
His voice to me is calling.

And He walks with me, and He talks with me,
And He tells me I am His own,
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other has ever known.

Even so

"And Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
Even so, it is well with my soul. "

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Salvation

"What else needs to be done? Isn't salvation enough?"
-- Paul Washer
Wow..

Monday, May 18, 2009

Confusion in the midst of chaos

In the chaos, in confusion, I know You're sovereign still.

Overwhelmed

"Hear my cry, O God;
Attend to my prayer.
From the end of the earth I will
cry to You;
When my heart is
overwhelmed;
Lead me to the rock that is
higher than I."
-- Psalm 61:1,2

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Our Aim

"To feast on the glory of God in Christ forever is the aim of our being created and redeemed." -- John Piper

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Fixing Whats Been Broken

Sometimes things seem so unfixable. It feels like everything is going wrong and there is no escape, like you'll never be able to fix the things you've broken or changed.

I know that that isn't the truth and that everything is fixable. I know that only Jesus can fix it. Its just a matter of letting Him do it. He CAN do it, but you have to LET Him...

Friday, May 15, 2009

Yea...

Jesus knows.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Lies, Truth, Restoration

Jesus is good for making this happen.



I was avoiding it at all costs, but what the Lord wants will always happen. Every attempt I made to avoid submitting to the Lord's will was in vain... His will is what prevailed. His will is what always prevails.



Though for now I am overwhelmed, I know that in the end, everything will be for the absolute best. He knows what is best..



"Let it be to me according to your word.”

-- Luke 1:38

Monday, May 11, 2009

Toes- First Attempt

Today I went to the store and I saw that they had a pretty good deal on nail polish, so I jumped on the opportunity and bought a bottle of white nail polish and clear. I have decided that I want to try and give myself a pedicure with a french tip (For you guys who have no idea what that is, I will post a picture at the end of this blog.)


Well, I came home and got busy, but I just spend the last 20 minutes attempting to give myself a pedicure. I messed up many times, but finally, it was a success!! :)


Yay for cheap nail polish and free pedicures!! :)

Saturday, May 9, 2009

It Is Well With My Soul

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.

My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

For me, be it Christ, be it Christ hence to live:
If Jordan above me shall roll,
No pang shall be mine, for in death as in life
Thou wilt whisper Thy peace to my soul.

But, Lord, ’tis for Thee, for Thy coming we wait,
The sky, not the grave, is our goal;
Oh, trump of the angel! Oh, voice of the Lord!
Blessed hope, blessed rest of my soul!

And Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
Even so, it is well with my soul.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

TRUTH!

The word of God is TRUTH!!!! :D

I am SO thankful and so at peace to know that!!!!! :)

Monday, May 4, 2009

There You Are...

"Wherever you go, there you are."

That saying is so true. You can never escape yourself. You can go to the most beautiful places and do the most outrageous things, but at the end of the day, when everyone has gone home and all of the distractions are gone, you are still you. You can't escape who you are. No amount of fun, or anything, will ever change that. If you are looking to get away from yourself, you're looking in vain. It's not possible, no matter how much you wish it was.

List Of Words

Remembering.
Thinking.
Regretting.
Wishing.
Wanting.
Waiting.
Wanting.
Wishing.
Regretting.
Thinking.
Remembering.

Phone, Meet Water!

I dropped my phone in a cup of water today and it is... TOAST! I am getting a new one either tomorrow or Wednesday, but until then, I cannot be reached on my phone. Just thought I'd let you all know! :)

I hope you all are having a blessed day!

Mother's Day

I am very much over all of this Mother's Day hype. Can it be May 11th already? Thank you!

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Face to Face

I am so amazed by Jesus! What He has shown me in this last week has been remarkable! He answers prayers. When you pray, He hears!!!!!!! :)

I am so thankful for Him. I love Him.

"How beautiful the blood-flow! How merciful the love shown! The King of glory poured out- victorious are we now!"

It's all because of Jesus we're alive! His precious blood was poured out in love. Never has blood-shed been so beautiful! I can't wait to see my Jesus face to face!!

None But Jesus

None But Jesus-- Hillsong
In the quiet, in the stillness
I know that you are God
In the secret of your presence
I know there I am restored
When you call I won't refuse
Each new day, again I'll choose


There is no one else for me
None but Jesus
Crucified to set me free
Now I live to bring Him praise


In the chaos, in confusion
I know you're sovereign still
In the moment of my weakness
You give me grace to do your will
When you call I won't delay
This my song through all my days


There is no one else for me
None but Jesus
Crucified to set me free
Now I live to bring Him praise


I am yours and you are mine...


All my delight is in you Lord
All of my hope
All of my strength
All my delight is in you Lord
Forevermore

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Psalm 46:10

Still-- Hillsong

Hide me now
Under Your wings
Cover me
Within Your mighty hand

When the oceans rise and thunders roar
I will soar with You above the storm
Father You are King over the flood
I will be still and know You are God

Find rest my soul
In Christ alone
Know His power
In quietness and trust

When the oceans rise and thunders roar
I will soar with You above the storm
Father You are King over the flood
I will be still and know You are God

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Birthday, Sick, Faithful

Today is my daddy's birthday. He is 48! :) My sister took him to Disneyland and I am glad she did because they had a GREAT time! :) I had school this morning, so I didn't go. But the Lord knew. I stayed home and got to clean the house for my dad today. Also, I got really sick. I had been feeling, for the past couple days, that I was going to get sick, and I've been trying to tell myself that I really wasn't getting sick, but today, I couldn't deny the truth. I am exhausted.

God is so faithful. Like SO faithful. He knows EVERYTHING! He knows when something isn't going to work out and He knows how to make it work anyway! He is so good!!

I'm off to clean or do homework or something. Have a good day!! :)

Wonderful Cross

Oh the wonderful cross! Oh the wonderful cross! Bids me come and die and find that I may truly live. Oh the wonderful cross! Oh the wonderful cross! All who gather here, by grace draw near, and bless Your name!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Colorful!


This is one of my fave pics of me and my sister. It's great! She is so beautiful! :)

Saturday, April 25, 2009

A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS

(THIS WAS WRITTEN ON AND ABOUT SATURDAY)

Here is my day so far:

This morning, starting at mid-night I was at an over-nighter at the church for the Girls in the HS ministry at church. It was SO FUN! :) We did Karaoke and danced around and played games- a total blast! After all of that, we sat and watched the movie Enchanted and all laughed and awwwed at every cute moment. That ended at about 3 and I made an attempt to get a decent night's sleep, but utterly FAILED! I couldn't get to sleep, for who knows what reason. I laid there for a good hour to an hour and a half trying to sleep. Finally, I dosed off, but was awaken 45 minutes later. There was no reason I woke up, I just did. After wiping my sleepy eyes, I got up and went downstairs to use EL BANO and when I came out I saw that my fried was WIDE awake working on a project, so I decided to join her... well... watch her and talk. lol. So I did that until about 7 when all of the other girls started waking up, and then got dressed and ready for the day. We ate our donuts and I decided to call my dad to pick me up. I said bye to everyone, grabbed my stuff, and left.

Here is where my day took a bad turn and kept going down the wrong road: I got home and planned to take a 20 minute power nap before I spent the rest of the day doing homework, but that 20 minute power nap turned into a 2 hour REAL nap. I woke up in shock and slightly frustrated that now I was behind in my plans. I jumped up and started getting ready to go to CBU to do homework, but when I went looking for my bag from the sleepover to get my hairbrush out, but to my not-so-pleasant surprise, I couldn't find it ANYWHERE! I looked high + low, retraced every step and NOTHING! So I called and txt a few people to find out if they saw it and then I remembered EXACTLY where I left it-- on The couch at the church. GREAT!

Now that I was not only behind schedule, but was distracted by the fact that I left something so valuable somewhere, I needed to make sure I got to CBU on time. So I packed my book bag with my laptop and books and headed to the car. My dad dropped me off and not even 10 seconds after I get out of the car, my book bag BREAKS and my computer, I thought, was done for! There was no way to fix my bag, so I just held it. Thankfully the Lord preserved my computer! But GREAT!

So I walk over to the library and right when I hit the steps it dawned on me, I don't have my folder!! NOT AGAIN! I called my dad and asked him to bring it to me and he said yes. (I left it on the couch at home. What is up with me and leaving things on couches?! HA!) He brought me the folder and I finally made my way to the library to do my homework.

Today has just NOT been my day. I am exhausted and want to sleep, but can't because I have homework... I could have spent this time power-napping, but I felt like writing a blog about how unfortunate my day has been. What's next? A bird poops on me?! hahah ;)


(AFTER ALL OF THE BAD STUFF)

I ended up going to my friend's cottage to do more homework and my day got better. I didn't get much homework done, but did have a pretty good day. We decided to go for a walk because it was SUCH a beautiful day so off we went. Around the theater, around the courtyard, and then inside of the James Building. (It's my favorite building and love walking around in it.) We went all the way over to the Staples room, and then to the Staples room lobby (Or so Liz and I named it) We sat and talked for a brief moment and then we went off to find a secret room! She showed it to me and then my day was perfect. I could die happily after that...

So my day started out HORRIBLY but turned out to be magnificent. God is good! :)

Friday, April 24, 2009

ME AND SARAH ARE BFF!!

So, I was hanging out with my friend Sarah the other day when she was in her hometown in Alaska and I realized that I didn't have a picture of me and her. So we posed to take a picture, but her being the big politician that she is, saw a fan of hers and waved right when I took the picture... Silly Sarah.. This is how it turned out.

I love this picture of us!!

:)

ITS A WOLF!

The other night after church, my friend Bethany and I went to go Taco Bell it up (It's the cool new way to tell someone you want to eat at Taco Bell. Bethany is genius. ;) ) cause were HUNGRY!! We get to Taco Bell, pull in the drive thru and then order a bean and cheese burrito, an enchurrito with green sauce, not red, and no onions, and two cups of water. We pull up to the window, laugh, get the food, and then drive off into the parking lot to find a spot to park and eat. We find it, park, pray, get the food out and BAM! We discovered that we forgot our waters, so Bethany, being the brave girl that she is, got out and walked up to the building, got the waters, and then came back! Now it was time to eat- finally!

So as we ate, I listened to her tell me a story but I got VERY distracted. By what, you ask? BY A WOLF!!!!!!!!!!! There was a scary wolf in the parking lot!!!!!! Okay... so it had a collar on... and it wasn't scraggly and vicious... but it looked like a wolf!! Hey! It could have been someone's pet wolf!! People have some pretty crazy pets these days!!! ;D

After the whole "wolf" thing, we settled down and continued with our conversation, finished eating, and then she drove to my house, dropped me off, and went home. The whole point of this blog was to tell everyone that I saw a wolf-dog at Taco Bell on Wednesday night... :D


On a side note, I am very much in awe of God. He just knows. He is great... The fact that He used someone to do something so awesome makes me amazed!!!

Hope you all have a blessed day!!

God is so so so good!!!!!!!! :)

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

The PERFECT Dress


It's perfect!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

QUOTE BOOK ENTRY

I am proud to announce that Elizabeth Mousa has added a new entry to the infamous QUOTE BOOK.

"Sometimes I talk in status update."
-- April McLean


This is EPIC!

I feel like a little girl whose daddy bought her a pony or something!! I would like to thank Facebook and Twitter for being so supportive. I couldn't have done it without you! Thank you. Thank you so much.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Powerful Words

God IS powerful.
She was full of the power and the blinding glow of God.
Every word she spoke, was like a treasure flowing from her mouth.
Respected by all. Every part of her.

She started to change...
Not so powerful, not so bright.
She seemed to be holding back.
For quite a while at that.
Comfort set in.

Then, out of no where, she pulls out her secret weapon,
And throws it with all of her might.
It hit more powerful than ever.
Penetrating my very soul.
There is power in truth.
Respect has been restored.
I know my place.
God IS powerful.

The Enemy Has Been Defeated!

The Lord's peace is such a wonderful thing. When He grants you His peace, it's the most calming thing ever. Knowing, and I mean REALLY knowing, that He is in complete control brings such peace. I gave Him every care when I couldn't handle it and He took my load and made it lighter. He took my yoke and replaced it with His. What a wonderful God.

"The enemy has been defeated
Death couldn't hold you down.
We're gonna lift our voices in victory
We're gonna make Your praises Loud
Shout unto God with a voice of triumph
Shout unto God with a voice of praise!
Shout unto God with a voice of triumph
We lift Your name up
We life Your name up!"

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Wordle


I liked this "Wordle" better. :)

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Kari Anne. :)


You have all met my Sis Bethany. Well, this is my other Sis Kari. I love her so much! She is funny and athletic.. and she is REALLY pretty. :) She blesses me so much! :)

Friday, April 17, 2009

House-Wife Training

The plus side of being the only girl in my house is that I get to do all of the cleaning and cooking. It's practice! :)

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Cookie

Just BE Christian.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Nyssa! :D

This is my friend Nyssa and I on Easter morning.

Nyssa is so beautiful and I am so thankful that the Lord has her in my life. We were up since 2 that morning... SUPER exhausted, but rejoicing because Jesus is alive! :)

Registered Voter

I sent in my voter registration form today!!! :)

I am almost an official registered voter.

One life goal completed!!!! :)

FINALLY!! :)

I am oddly ecstatic about this. I'm such a nerd. haha! : )

Monday, April 13, 2009

Joy In The Fellowship Of God

"O God, You are my God;
Early will I seek You;
My soul thirsts for You;
My flesh longs for You;
In a dry and thirsty land
where there is not water."
Psalm 63:1

At All Times

At all times I will sing of Your greatness
At all times I will sing of Your love
At all times I will say You are faithful
For Your goodness remains and Your love is the same at all times.

SISTERS

This picture is amazing. Lol. It's a picture of me, my Sis, and my sister. We found it quite interesting that I look like a mix between the two of them!! :) I love this picture. :) :) :)

I am excited to see what the Lord has planned for my life in this next year. I am happy to be starting a new year and to finally be 18!!!!!!!!! :0) Yay!!!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Happy Birthday To Me... ;)


These girls made my birthday so lovely! I love each and every one of them SO much!! :) They bless me so very much!!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Thou Art Fairer, Lord Jesus

Fairest Lord Jesus

Fairest Lord Jesus,
Ruler of all nature,
O Thou of God and man the Son;
Thee will I cherish,Thee will I honor,
Thou, my soul's glory, joy, and crown.

Fair are the meadows,
Fairer still the woodlands,
Robed in the blooming garb of spring;
Jesus is fairer,
Jesus is purer,
Who makes the woeful heart to sing.

Fair is the sunshine,
Fairer still the moonlight
And all the twinkling, starry host;
Jesus shines brighter,
Jesus shines purer
Than all the angels can boast.

Beautiful Savior,
Lord of all nations,
Son of God and Son of man!
Glory and honor,
Praise, adoration,
Now and forevermore be Thine!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Your Mom Joke

Why did your mom cross the road?










Why did she leave the kitchen in the first place?!
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

Stop Time

"I wanna break every clock, the hands of time could never move again. We could stay in this moment, for the rest of our lives. Is it over now? Hey, Hey, is it over now? I wanna be your last first kiss that you'll ever have."
-- "Inevitable" By Anberlin

The Amazing Disappearing Woman

TA- DA! I MADE MYSELF DISAPPEAR!

Well, not entirely... and not really... Just from Facebook and Myspace. I know what most of you are thinking "Hasn't she done that a million times? She always ends up getting a new one anyway." And that is true. I am not going to say "But this time, I am done for good!" because, honestly, I don't know that I am. I just know that Facebook and Myspace are the BIGGEST time wasters. I spent multiple hours on the two sites doing absolutely nothing. And I am sure that it is not the will of the Father for me to stare mindlessly at a computer screen for half of a day or more. I don't want to waste anymore of the time that the Lord has given me.

So this is basically just a public announcement to everyone that I cannot be reached on Facebook or Myspace anymore. However, you can email me at aprilcmclean@gmail.com. :) Also, if you have my number, feel free to call/txt me whenever! :)

I hope you all have a blessed day!

"This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it!" Psalm 118:24

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Gospel Rap!!

Yo listen up! I got a story to tell,
on how to get to heaven, and not to hell.
But first there's a few things you should know,
You're a sinner and you're bound to reap what you sow.


By our nature, we are destined to death
But one man changed that when He took His last breath.
But wait, hold up! That's not the end,
Three days later, He rose up again!

His name is Jesus, Savior of mankind.
Now no one has to be left behind.

Repent from your sins
And flee this foolish life.
This world is fleeting
It ain't worth the strife.

One simple thing, you have to do
is confess with your mouth and believe it's true.
Say this prayer and soon you'll be
In His heavenly dwelling for eternity.

Hardest Thing Ever


I miss her so much...
(Biggest understatement of the year)


Mr.Acronym

I want to get a beagle and name him Mr.Acronym.
:]

Monday, April 6, 2009

I am

...exhausted.

Easter

Easter is Sunday! Whoo!!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

No Title

"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God."
(Romans 12:1,2)

"'Come now, let us reason together,' says the Lord, 'Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool. If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land; but if you refuse and rebel, you shall be devoured by the sword'"
(Isaiah 1:18-20)