Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Seek Justice, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly With Your God

"People aren't confused by the gospel

They're confused by us
Jesus is the only way to God
But we are not the only way to Jesus
This world doesn't need my tie, or my hoodie
My denomination or my translation of the Bible
They just need Jesus
We can be passionate about what we believe
But we can't strap ourselves to the Gospel
Cause we're slowing it down
Jesus is going to save the world
But maybe the best thing we can do
Is just get out of the way"
Casting Crowns-What this world needs

The title comes from the Casting Crown song, 'Courageous'. 

Casting Crown is a band formed by youth pastor Mark Hall, and consists of seven members now, most who serve as minsters in a Eagles Landing First Baptist Church in Georgia, USA.

Mark Hall performs the lead vocals for the band and his voice is so easy to listen to!

Beautiful tone and the female vocals match so perfectly with his voice and make the songs sound complete.

The main reason I enjoy Casting Crowns, and it's not just because of the amazing music but because of their words.

I've yet to come across a band in which I can connect so deeply and with such understanding the words in which they sing.

They are stories, peoples stories they sing, truth in God's word it's and being able to capture that and provide people in their concerts the ability to sing along and make the words their own, because it's their story to, it's my story and it's my path to Jesus

This song it called East to West and it's so beautiful and speaks so clearly about a pivotal point in Jesus life, his death and resurrection and why he did just those things for me and you.

East to West by CC

Here I am, Lord, and I'm drowning in your sea of forgetfulness

The chains of yesterday surround me
I yearn for peace and rest
I don't want to end up where You found me
And it echoes in my mind, keeps me awake tonight
I know You've cast my sin as far as the east is from the west
And I stand before You now as though I've never sinned
But today I feel like I'm just one mistake away
From You leaving me this way

Jesus, can You show me just how far the east is from the west
'cause I can't bear to see the man I've been come rising up in me again
In the arms of Your mercy I find rest
'cause You know just how far the east is from the west
From one scarred hand to the other

I start the day, the war begins, endless reminding of my sin
Time and time again Your truth is drowned out by the storm I'm in
Today I feel like I'm just one mistake away
From You leaving me this way

Jesus, can You show me just how far the east is from the west
'cause I can't bear to see the man I've been come rising up in me again
In the arms of Your mercy I find rest
'cause You know just how far the east is from the west
From one scarred hand to the other

I know You've washed me white, turned my darkness into light
I need Your peace to get me through, to get me through this night
I can't live by what I feel, but by the truth Your word reveals
I'm not holding on to You, but You're holding on to me
You're holding on to me

Jesus, You know just how far the east is from the west
I don't have to see the man I've been come rising up in me again
In the arms of Your mercy I find rest
'cause You know just how far the east is from the west
From one scarred hand to the other
One scarred hand to the other
From one scarred hand to the other

Friday, March 21, 2014

Being Me

Sometimes when I approach a blog I think about how well my writing will be, whether it'll be interesting enough, if anyone will read it, will it be coherent.

Lots of things flowing through my brain about the whether or not it's worth writing a most, but along the way I'll read another blog encouraging me to write for me and only me and not for popularity and be myself.

So as for the whether or not my post's will be coherent is up in the air and I will try, but I am a very non-coherent person.

I'm chopping and changing conversation constantly and S is always telling me to stop and give him a bit of contexts because he can't read my mind and doesn't know where I'm up too.

So as I write this it's 11 o'clock at night, the AFL is on in the back ground (yes I said AFL...) and I'm tired. It has been a long week.

Uni is getting more and more stressful and I'm definitely treading water right now.

Not only do I have uni, where in the next two weeks I'll have more then half of the assignments for this marks and will also determine my future as a nurse, I also have work.

Getting lots of extra shifts working front till and in bench at the pharmacy as well as the my regular weekly day of webster packing, that alone is tiring, just learning all this new information on top of uni, luckily they kind of go together, as I am learning medications which helps working at a pharmacy.

The campsite S and I did our internship at and where we really met for the first time, runs an Easter Camp every second year, and this year, S and I are organising it, which is creeping up on us and I don't know where to look when I've got so much other stuff going on.

Not only am I organising a camp I am also a youth leader at my church and sing in the band some sundays, this sunday included and I'm ALWAYS nervous about getting up to sing because I'm not all that confident with my ability to sing, but we also have a youth led service next sunday that we need to organise.

So life is pretty busy at the moment. 

But although when I look into the future and make a list of all the todo things, I feel an odd calmness and ability to succeed, (minus the singing, I'll never feel like I can succeed at that) I know God is in control, that after this month it will calm down a little and I can hunker down and concentrate on uni and study.

I desperately want to be graduating uni at the end of next year! Praying everyday for a renewed energy to take on the tasks at hand. Just have to stop knitting!!!

Hope your life isn't as hectic and you have a great weekend, I'm working on uni assignments and study, what's on your agenda?

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

{Lent} Week 2

So lent has been going really well and tomorrow marks two weeks since my last bit of chocolate.

I haven't been doing as well with the exercise, though I walk around so much as work and uni that I feel that it equates to 30 minutes a day.

The thing with lent and giving up chocolate is that it's not as hard as I expect it to be.

I'm not trying to sound like a saint or anything but it's been really good not eating chocolate, almost like opening my mind to other foods and snacks in the world.

I am a creature of habit and tend to just grab and eat the same old thing everyday because it's easier.

It's forcing me to open up my mind to new foods which is great.

As for the running, well, I ran last wednesday when I had a day free, but I have honestly not had a free couple hours to go running and recuperate, usually I use that as an excuse, but between uni, 21st, and working, I've been finding it quite hard to fit one in, and sure enough if  I do I'm too tired to run.

Like right now I got home from uni at 2pm and have working starting at 4 in 45 minutes.

I will run this wednesday though, maybe try and keep wednesdays open for running.

Hope you lenten plans are going well!

God bless!!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Day 1 - {Lent} Thankful Thursday

Day 1 - {LENT}

So lent started yesterday with ASH wednesday.

Lent is the 40 days before Easter, the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Ash Wednesday reminds us that it was dust the we came from, and to dust we shall return.

Lent is also a time that one decides to give something up, thousands of years ago the norm was fast for certain days around Easter and even for lent, eating only once a day. 

Today you can chose to fast, and have one meal once the sun has set, but most of will chose to give up one item that they see as being a hinderance to themselves or harmful, or just a good idea to give up, things like chocolate, or soft drink, or facebook.

This year I am giving up chocolate.

Yes chocolate, I have eaten so indulgently of chocolate in the last year and a half and it has to stop! It takes 30 days to make a habit so hopefully 40 days will help develop a healthy relationship with chocolate and I can find something else to snack on.

Something I've started thinking of lately as well is the decision to pick something up during lent as well as giving something up.

So I am deciding to give up and hr of my time each day, half an hr to a walk, of any kind of any pace, just to be outside and walking, and a half hr to reading my bible. Something I have always struggled with and forget how much I learn from the bible!

Lent is about remembering, and being thankful. I have so much, and others have so little, life is precious and the items in this world we feel is important are really not. 

Because we need to remember that we are dust, and to dust we shall return. 

Linking up with A Parenting Life for Thankful Thursday

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