Friday, November 10, 2017

Nothing Shall Take What Lives Within

My heart was really torn after what happened to the church in Sutherland Springs, Texas this past week. I just can not imagine going through something like that. Last Wednesday night, I was blessed to hear a comforting message from the pastor of Bethlehem Primitive Baptist Church, Elder Tim McCool. Speaking from Revelation 6:10-11, he reminded us that Our God is a Just God, Holy and True and even though man may take this outward body NOTHING can take away what's living within it. Praise God! In relation to all of this, I was led to write a short poem. May it be, I hope and pray, a comfort to others.


Fear, doubt, and trouble, come in as a warring thunder. Where is that silver lining, beyond these dark, thick, clouds asunder? We look to what surrounds us, what is amongst, finding no line of silver, a question unconquered. Is this a hidden treasure, we must seek to find?

With a sigh, we find a hidden place and a book of Holy, by our side. In past, this book had served, to guard our hearts and minds; what is this? We question, where is that silver line? Touching it’s pages and pondering each word we find, It speaks, “let My peace, rule this place, one more time.

Our eyes grow heavy, unable to stay, We leave this book of Holy, hoping to return some day. Once again, walking about through this world’s passing time; We find disruptions and distractions that we grieve and despise. Our hearts brake within us, running back to that secret place we cry, “How long, oh Lord, holy and true, doth thou not judge and avenge our blood?"

We open the book of Holy, to hear a still small voice inside; Rest, He says, for I AM THE GREAT I AM, and nothing shall take this Word of Holy, that's living here within.
-Lydia A.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Twenty-One. An Official Adult.


    September 3rd, I turned 21! Ah! How crazy time flies. I am super excited to do a blog entry. Each month, I like to look back on journal entries and read my devotional notes and see God's working hand in my life. For this past month of August, I've decided to count the blessings along with it. Asking myself, where in my notes can I read and say, "thank you Lord, for guiding me." One of my favorite quotes is this, "It's not joy that makes us grateful, it's gratitude that makes us joyful." I love the truth behind this; A heart of gratitude and praise for all the Lord has done and does for us, I am finding more and more brings such joy and contentment in this life, even through hard situations that we may not understand. So as a way to reflect and a place for me to look back on, I am going to share a few bits and pieces of my daily devotional entries here with you. Along with a few pictures from my adventurous birthday outing with my mom, sister, and cousin.

Photo Credits to my beautiful cousin, Aiden and sweet sister, Chloe :)

 Before I list a few entries, I want to say that my studies are never in one spot it seems. No matter how many times I try to start a reading plan through the bible, I always end up jumping around to different scriptures or reading about the life of an individual in the bible. Not to say there is a right or wrong way, because I need to finish my reading plan! Haha! However, I think it is important to follow the leading of the Lord's Spirit. That is why praying before reading your bible is very helpful. I like to think of it this way, I'm asking God for help with something in my life, and in my hand's is His spoken answers. The bible is His love letter to us and truly a "How To Manual" for a Christian's life.


8/11/17
Don't lose sight of the big picture:
I AM HERE TO GLORIFY GOD.
"If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen." -1 Peter 4:11

8/13/17
"The sword of the Lord and Gideon!" -Judges 7
"My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are my ways your ways."-Isaiah 55:8
The bible constantly shows us circumstances that seem impossible to fix in man's eyes but the Lord always delivers in a "impossible in man's eyes" way! Giving Him all the more glory and honor that He desires!

8/18/17
Give to the needy and poor, don't become lazy and idle with the gifts and knowledge of grace the Lord has given you;
"Behold, this was the inequity of thy sister Sodom: pride, fullness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the needy and poor."
-Ezekiel 16:49 

8/20/17
"Memory fails, but Christ doesn't."
"And there sins and inequities will I remember no more."- Hebrews 10:17

8/21/17
LOVE MUST DO SOMETHING. 
Love, if we keep it active on purpose as we do things for others, we can keep from being selfish, idle, and unfruitful.
 "Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?
 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth."
-1 John 3:16-18

8/26/17
"God calls us to be faithful not successful."
You will never regret any time spent on your relationship with the Lord, and His ministry. 
"Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?"
-Proverbs 20:6

8/27/17
Look for the blessings in life and think on eternity. Be the cheerful source of medicine for someone else. Talk of your hope in Christ.

"A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones." -Proverbs 17:22
"Pleasant words are as sweet as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones." -Proverbs 16:24



My 21st birthday was such a fun celebration, with NO alcohol involved. ;)
We decided to take a trip to one of my favorite parks in Columbus, MS. I first discovered this park in 2013, while my family and I were in transition of moving from Florida to Alabama. My dad was working a job in Alabama and renting a home in Columbus, MS (it was only about a 30 minute drive apart) while the rest of the family was packing and look for a home in Alabama. During the time of looking for houses my mom, Chloe, Abel, and I stayed a month with dad in Columbus. This time of my life was very exciting and "unknowing" I guess you could say. However, this being my fourth move, I've learned to just buckle up and enjoy the ride! God has always surprised us with what we never thought could be and I love that! It's the being patient part that usually gets us and still does sometimes. ;)
















Aiden and Chloe
Love these girls! <3






The Crew!



Coffee House On 5th! 
 

Now some brunch @ Cracker Barrel of course! 
 
I'm in heaven. Oh how I love you, candles.

   










Our brunch friend.
 My excitement for mommy taking me to cracker barrel! :D


My brunch:
  BACON. enough said.



Since my birthday fell on a Sunday this year, we decided to have this adventurous outing the day before. Truly was a birthday weekend of joyful blessings and I am thanking God for it. 
Below, is a picture of the sunset at my church on my actual birthday. Since turning 18, I've decided to take a picture of the sunset every year on my birthday. Just a weird tradition of my own. ;) I almost missed this one! 

"Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth."
 -Colossians 3:2
Hope you enjoyed reading!
May God bless you and guide you. <3


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