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Good Evening World!

Hello world, I have returned! Did you miss me? If you’ve been wondering where I’ve been for the last 3 month, look no further. I’ve been working at camp (in the media area). Not to be boastful, but I was well loved. Sadly it wasn’t for my good looks, but because I was the one taking pictures and giving out candy. Haha – in all seriousness though, I loved my job! I grew in my leadership abilities and developed personally.

Here’s one of the pictures I took of the sunset last week! God is a great painter, Amen? Amen!

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Anyways, I’m looking forward to another great school year in college! And my brother is coming to the same institute as me, so it’s going to be a good time! Some people may not be happy about school starting soon – or may even be anxious. However, I’m really excited about everything that’s to come (Obviously, since my brother is coming & that’s super awesome!).

This year I hope to write more music and learn how to play the guitar. I mean, I can play a few chords, but not fast and in the context of a song. So I don’t really count that as ‘being able to play’ the instrument.

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I’m expecting God to do incredible things this year!

On the topic of family, here ya go!

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Five Minute Prayers & Casual Thoughts

Some Thoughts

Growing up in the church I have heard my whole life that Christianity is “not a religion” but a “relationship”. I am not saying that this is a wrong thought – on the contrary. However, I do feel that the church has failed to teach children from a young age how to live out that relationship. I have been gradually realizing that this faith journey is about more than just “five minute prayers” and “casual thoughts” that are cast heavenward throughout the day.

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Now this is not to say that I’ve been conscious about myself thinking this way. It is more likely a subconscious attitude I was not aware of.

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In our fast paced world, the faith-minded person has increasingly less time to devote to prayer and other godly things. Maybe it’s more of an issue related to poor time management. However, there is no doubt that our culture is more busy now than in years past.

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In any kind of relationship do you expect to only exchange a few words in passing and assume that you’re best friends? Of course not! We are all aware that to have a good friendship with someone takes time and effort. You need to have conversations with that person and spend time getting to know them in different contexts. Why then do we assume that our relationship with God would be any different?

You may be saying, “But God is all-knowing. He should already know everything about me. He should just answer when he hears my prayer.” Yes, God is all-knowing. however, he still desires a close relationship with us. He wants to hear from us. How was your day? What are your hopes and dreams? What are you struggling with? God wants to spent time with us. Although, he is omniscient, we are not. That is another reason (and benefit) to dedicate ourselves to deepening our relationship with him.

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If any of us wonder why we are not moving forward, why we cannot hear God, or many other questions, the first thing to ask ourselves is: “how is my connection with God?” Now, I understand that even the most devote individual, will go through dry seasons. This is by no means a “step-by-step”, “one-size-fits-all” solution. However, these are some thoughts that I resonate with, that may help someone else out there reading this right now.

To sum it all up, this faith we are called to, needs to be lived in dependance on Christ and according to the truth found in his Word.

Digging Deeper

“[To have Faith in Christ] means, of course, trying to do all that He says. There would be no sense in saying you trusted a person if you would not take his advice. Thus if you have really handed yourself over to Him, it must follow that you are trying to obey Him. But trying in a new way, a less worried way. Not doing these things in order to be saved, but because He has begun to save you already. Not hoping to get to Heaven as a reward for your actions, but inevitably wanting to act in a certain way because a first faint gleam of Heaven is already inside you.” – C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity 

“We need never shout across the spaces to an absent God. He is nearer than our own soul, closer than our most secret thoughts” – A.W. Tozer

1. God Is On The Move by 7eventh Time Down

2. The Proof Of Your Love by for KING & COUNTRY

3. Wake Me Up (Amnesia) by Group 1 Crew

Your Breath

The other day, during worship we sang a song that’s relatively new to me. It struck a chord (pun not intended) in me. The song is “Great Are You Lord” by All Sons and Daughters. I hope you are encouraged, as I was.

The words of the chorus especially have a strong impact on me every time I hear and sing it.

It’s your breath in our lungs.

So we pour out our praise

We pour out our praise.

It’s your breath in our lungs

So we pour out our praise to you only.

This song holds a special meaning to me because I first heard it soon after being diagnosed with asthma last winter. It is a scary thing to not be able to breathe properly. It took some time to get my asthma under control with the right level of medication. However, through struggling to breathe, I developed a new sense of appreciation for each breath I’m given.

People don’t normally have to think about or concentrate on about breathing, it just naturally happens. So it can easily be taken for granted. My past experience and daily life are now a constant reminder that each breath I have is a precious gift. I give praise to God for the life He gives, for each breath and every new day to learn and walk with Him.

You give life, You are love

You bring light to the darkness

You give hope, You restore

Every heart that has been broken.

Great are You Lord.

God fills and sustains us. He enables us to grow in Him and fulfill our purpose. And through whatever fear, struggle or hardship we’re facing, He is right there with us. He is the light that illuminates our life and guides our way. We can trust in Him.

“The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” ~Psalm 18:2

Thanksgiving

I would like to start off by wishing you a very happy Canadian Thanksgiving! I apologize for my lack of blogging lately. Since the start of September, I seem to have been sucked up in the vortex of college and homework. I’ve been working to find a balance in my life, but I have yet to perfect my schedule. Thank you to everyone who has stuck with me and for your understanding and patience.

The Footprints Prayer has been floating through my head for the past week, so I’ve decided to share it with you.

“Last night I had a dream. I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord. Across the sky flashed scenes from my life. For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand: one belonged to me, the other to the Lord.

After the last scene of my life flashed before me, I looked back at the footprints in the sand. I noticed that at many times along the path of my life, especially at the very lowest and saddest times, there was only one set of footprints.

This really troubled me, so I asked the Lord about it. ‘Lord, you said once I decided to follow you, You’d walk with me all the way. But I noticed that during the saddest and most troublesome times of my life, there was only one set of footprints. I don’t understand why, when I needed You the most, You would leave me.’

The Lord replied, ‘My son, my precious child, I love you and I would never leave you. During your times of suffering, when you could see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you.'”

Personally, I am thankful for the way God has been moving and working in my life. Life hasn’t always been easy, but God has remained faithful. He’s never left me.

Secondly, I am giving thanks today for my family. I am very blessed to have my parents, and their love and support, as well as a brother who I’m very close with. A relevant Bible verse I remember my brother and I memorizing as kids is Psalm 100.

“Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.

Worship the LORD with gladness;

Come before him with joyful songs.

Know that the LORD is God

it is he who made us and we are his*;

we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving

and his courts with praise;

give thanks to him and praise his name.

For the LORD is good and his love endures forever;

his faithfulness continues through all generations”

*Or and not we ourselves

Thirdly, I am thankful for old and new friends. I’m at a stage in life where there are a lot of transitions. I am thankful for the friends who have stuck with me over the years. I’m also grateful for the new friends I’ve had the chance to meet and get to know these past few months. I’m looking forward to seeing these friendships grow stronger through this year and in the future.

This is a time to count all of the blessings that have been given to us. I know that this season can be painful for some of us, so wherever we are right now, let’s remember that we’re not alone. There are people – friends and family – who care about you, and if you feel alone, through grace we have a God that cares for and loves us. It may sound cliché, but He’s only a prayer away.

Thursday Thoughts – Good Morning

Good morning! It’s still morning where I am, so I can say that. And it’s a pretty cold today… even for August. Personally, I’d like to keep the cold weather away until at least September. I feel a bit ridiculous sitting in this coffee shop wearing a big sweater jacket and sweat pants while drinking tea. Also am self-conscious considering that there are others here in short sleeves. But oh well, I guess I’ll be the warm one today.

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I love tea. One thing that’s great about tea is there are so many kinds and they all do something different. Tea can help easy anxiety, relax you, detox your system, keep you awake, and more.

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To be honest, I haven’t had the best start to my day. It’s been a fight against stress and anxiety, so that’s how I ended up in a coffee shop drinking a soothing peppermint tea and eating a bagel.

I’ve been learning that you can’t always change your circumstances; sometimes things won’t go your way. What I do have control of is how I react to situations and issues that come up in my life. So today I have chosen to not best myself up for having a moment of weakness or being anxious. I’m going to go slow and take the time I need for myself.

God won’t always solve every problem in life, but He has promised to be by my side every step along the way. This morning and today I’m living in that promise, that God is walking with me through my trials. In the good and the bad, I know that He never fails. I am so glad in my ever-changing life, that He is my rock and fortress, my shield.

If anyone of you are having a bad day, or week, or are in a low right now, know that you’re never alone. There are many others who feel the same way as you and are struggling too. And God knows what you’re going through. So be encouraged and encourage those around you. Let’s walk through life together.

“Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind. Always.”

-A

Word for the Year

Wow! It’s my first post of 2015! I saw the idea of choosing a word for the year from this blog post: http://notesfrominnisfree.blogspot.ca/2015/01/word-for-year.html

And I decided that I wanted to do it this year! I didn’t put very much thought into it, since immediately this word came to me: renew. For this next year I want to renew myself. Spiritually, I want to renew my relationship with God and grow closer to Him again. I also want to renew and strengthen old and new friendships. And I want more confidence in standing firmly where I am.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:2)

“And have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. Here is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all. Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.” (Colossians 3: 10-12)

R = Recharge and Reflect

E =  Engage

N = New Purpose

E = Expand (knowledge, friends, etc.)

W = Worship

So, are you doing a ‘word of the year’?

-A