Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Hallelujah: God Be Praised




“ I will run, I will run this race,
And I will do it all for love,
Your love compels me forward,
Your love controls my heart,
And I just cannot get away.

So I will fight this good fight of faith,
And I will do it all for love.
You are my great reward,
You're so worth fighting for
And I can't wait to see Your face."


 I recently stumbled across this sweet song and it really stirred my thoughts. I began to reflected on my life and how many times I have tired to run this race alone. Many times, when I become overwhelmingly busy with the task of life, I set aside precious time with my Heavenly Father, in order to complete them. In just a short amount of time, it becomes so easy to lose my sight on the reason I am here. Yes, it is important to take care of the task we have set before us in this life, we read in Gen. 12:5 that God put Adam in the garden of Eden "to dress it and keep it". We also read in Pro. 31:27 that the virtuous woman, "looketh well to the ways of her household and eateth not the bread of idleness", but who gives us the ability to complete these task? God. I know personally when I forgot where my strength comes from, I than began seeking out strength in myself, thinking ‘I can handle this!” and allowing my emotions and flesh to lead me. This weak source only leads me to selfish desires and causes me to forget the reason I am here; to glorify, honor, and praise God. How? Through selfless love and always looking to serve others and put their needs before my own. I need to constantly be reminding my self that everything in this world is TEMPORAL. 


 What really matters? Why am I here? To keep God’s commandments until He comes back or I meet Him in heaven. Daily, I have to pick up my cross and follow Him, Secondly, it is not about me. The root of sin is pride and selfishness, it’s not what can I get out off this life but what can I give in this life to please my heavenly Father and show gratitude for what His precious Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ, died for. Each day in this life, I should wake up remembering, He died for me. 

  I love to think on Micah 6:8..”what doeth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?” So when I begin to think again, “I can do this!”, that’s when I need to stop, pick up God’s living Word and let His spirit lead me back to the path of righteousness.


  

 Below is a short list of what I wrote in my journal a couple of weeks ago to keep me from straying. Especially during this time of my life in college, when it’s so easy to let my flesh take over me. May it be a humbling reminder for me and I pray, an encouragement to others.


1. Set your mind on eternity. The moment I take my eyes off this, I instantly become discontent. 


"If ye then be risen in Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right had of God. Set your affections on things above not on things of the earth." - Colossians 3:1-2



 "While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal." - 2 Corinthians 4:18


2. Serve for God, not man or self. everything I do here on earth should be for God and His glory.


"For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ." 

- Galatians 1:10


 "Not with eye service, as men pleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men." 

- Ephesians 6:6-7


3. Serve others with gladness. Be excited when the Lord gives you opportunities to show your love for Him, by serving others. Be looking for ways to serve and follow in Christ foots steps, as the name Christian states; Christ-like.


"Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others." - Philippians 2:3-4


"Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing." - Psalm 100:2


4. Take advantage of every minute, “redeeming the time, for the days are evil”. Serve God every minute of the day and don’t take your eyes off Jesus. Reminding yourself, this world is temporal and everything in it will vanish. Don’t set your heart on possessions, but on Words, God’s Words, in His love letter to us, because we truly will live happily ever after with it.  - Ephesians 5


5. Don’t over-think but over-pray. Which I don’t think we can ever over-pray. Remember, “..the prayer of the upright is His delight.” Pro. 15:8. If you fall, confess your sin to God and ask Him to guide you back to His Truths and Way. I know He will, if you're seeking to walk humbly with Him. 


"Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." 

- Philippians 3:13-14


 "Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." 

- Philippians 4:6-7


6. Remember, God’s Word is ALIVE. As you read it with humility, God’s spirit will change your desires to His desires, so read it daily and constantly, especially when Satan whispers lies to you and your flesh takes lead. 


"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." - John 1:1


"For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." -Hebrews 4:12

Monday, August 8, 2016

Going Out West

I'm back! :) It has been such a long time since I've sat down and took some time to spend on my blog! Almost two years! Haha! With a list of excuses I could go through, I'll just cut to the chase and say I'm here and Lord willing, I hope to be posting more often. Going out west. Was SO amazing and a trip I'll never forget! Beginning in Las Vegas, Nevada and ending in Oceanside, California I was blessed to meet some of my sweet brothers and sisters in Christ along with experiencing new things.
The best part of this trip was I didn't travel alone! I flew out with three preachers; my dad, Elder Sam Bryant, and Elder Craig Blair. It was awesome, I really enjoyed listening to their conversations and learning a thing or two. ;)
You may be wondering why I flew with three preachers, well the whole reason this trip to Las Vegas came about was because of a dear sweet group of people. Which I can now happily call, the members of Las Vegas Primitive Baptist Church! :) The center of this trip was to constitute their church. Many Elders came from all around to join in this sweet and exciting service! My favorite part was to watch each of them be baptized and see the joy in my dad! My dad has been helping and serving this group for few years. I've heard him speak of them often in church and at home, and I was so excited to finally meet them! The love they have for the Lord is so encouraging. Remembering that a light shines brighter in a dark place, this church is brighter than ever. I pray this church will be a light to those seeking peace in a dark world.

Bro. Buddy Abernathy (my dad) and Bro. Chris McCool (my pastor) both working hard together!

                                              Mason, John Morgan, and Austin, ready to sing!



                                                                  Sweet fellowship!



Members names: Nancy Anderson, Janyce Benson, Michael Flock, Valerie Flock, Cheryl McClellan, Terri Nelson, Cinthia Nelson, Frances Reilley, Adrienne Uselding, Michael Uselding, Austyn Uselding, Jack Young, Margo Young



 

All the elders who attended:

What a wonderful experience! God is amazing. If you have a chance, please say a prayer for Las Vegas PBC as they continue to seek a pastor. :)



After Las Vegas, we set out for California. Leaving the preachers and traveling by van with my boyfriend Austin and his family. I can't even begin to express how much fun I had with them! So blessed to have shared in their adventurous vacation.
Our first destination was Disneyland, where we would be for four days. Let's just say it was SO MUCH FUN.
 Captain Fanny-Pack behind us!! AH! :D



60th Anniversary for Disneyland!

Riding the trolley. 
       Smile and Wave Boys.                                                                          


Favorite Ride:
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad or California Screamin or Star Tours or OR, I just don't know. They were all so good!


 Matterhorn!












  For my horse crazy sisters! ;)
                                                It's a small world!
California Adventure Land! Very cool place!













Tower of Terror! Yes, I was terrified. ;)





Downtown Disney!











Final stop, Oceanside and San Diego, California.

A beautiful place! Seeing the Pacific Ocean for the first time was a true blessing! We all had a wonderful time soaking up the sun and diving through the waves. The best part about it was experiencing so many first.



 I think the best trips you can take, are to view the glorious creations of our heavenly Father!
 He has designed the most beautiful things, and to view and stand in awe of it, will fill you with gratitude, joy, and peace.








After being on the beach, we all became hungry and decided to eat some awesome pizza and watch a movie. :)

ZigZag Pizza!! So good!



SEAWORLD. San Diego, CA.

                                                                               








Dolphin show!












Killer Whales, such a pretty animal.




 Favorite show! Sea Lions!
It was hilarious!

                                                       Had so much fun with  Austin!

Coffee in Cali.
Our last day in California, we decided to explore and found a very hipster coffee shop. ;)

My Tuxedo Mocha. Dark and white chocolate!




 Mason and Ashleigh, such hipsters. ;)



Live, Laugh, Love. Simple quote but life is so much easier with it! :)


San Diego, CA




I really liked getting to see San Diego, such a pretty place! The weather was perfect and the sites were beautiful! I wouldn't mind living there. ;)
 

 

 


 So sweet, love these two!

 
 
                                                                                            Dinner! Fancy Sweet potato fries

 and bacon wedge salad! SO good!
  "Wanna a fast pass!!" ;D

                                                 Favorite quote of the trip!! Love them so much!




Homeward Bound!
A bitter sweet moment, we headed home.
Sad to say goodbye to all the fun but happy to go home to family! :)


The last morning of our trip, Austin and I were able to see the sun rise. Talk about beautiful!! God is amazing, and if this is just what the sun looks like shining bright, imagine what The Son will look like. Can't wait for that glorious day!




What else can I say, well actually a lot but I'll try to bring this post to a close. ;) Let's just say I loved this trip. I don't think I'll ever forget it! It was a true blessing from God. I just can't express how thankful and excited I am to see God's light shining through His people in Las Vegas, and how blessed I was to fellowship and spend time with The McCools. I'm thankful for the love in their family and the joy and laughter they have with each other! <3


Saturday, November 15, 2014

Remember Thanksgiving.


 I love Fall.
 The weather is just right,
 the skies are bright blue, 
and the leaves are all sorts of different colors!



Thanksgiving is coming soon and I'm looking forward to it. I love the fact that its a day set aside to reflect on all the blessing we have in our lives! Sometimes its easy to forget all we have, especially when we get in the mind set that I won't be happy unless I have a new possession. These "things" will make you happy for a moment but they will eventually become old or out of style. We shouldn't look to material things to make us happy because they won't. We should be thankful for the things we already have. One thing we should be very thankful for is God's Word. His word is something we need to walk and live by everyday. Its a map to know what turns to take. The Bible sustains us, guides us, comforts us, strengthens us and so much more.  Joy and peace is there, waiting for us right on our book shelf. One of my favorite Authors put it this way:
"True spiritual joy is not happiness. Happiness is an emotion, a state of good fortune and success related to our circumstances. If all is going well, we are happy, but as soon as some dark cloud or irritation enters our life, our feeling of happiness vanishes. Spiritual joy is not dependent on circumstances, but on the spiritual realities of God's goodness, ( being thankful for what He gives us) His unconditional love for you, and His ultimate victory over sin and darkness. Spiritual joy is not an experience that comes from favorable circumstances but is a sense of well-being that abides in the heart of the person who knows all is well between himself and the Lord." ~ Elizabeth George
I use to be bad at  putting true effort in my bible study, I still am sometimes.
But God's Word is teaching me SO much. Read your bible and if you don't know where to start go to Proverbs! There are 31 chapters, one for each day of the month. :)

 Take God's word more personally and realize how important it is. Don't you want to know more about the person who made you! He MADE you. Just think about that for a minute. He made you and put you on this earth to shine as a bright light through all this darkness. He's your Heavenly Father. He gave you everything you have. From food to eternal life in Heaven. Doesn't that just make you want to serve Him and know Him even more! I know I do and reading your Bible is the first step. :)


Word's that's encourage me and hopefully you to read your Bible sometime soon:


All Scripture is given by the inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
~2 Timothy 3:16-17


Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. ~Psalm 119:105


Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put there trust in Him. ~Proverbs 30:5


Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy, at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. ~Psalms 16:11