Thursday, July 31, 2008

0 J U L Y 8

July 2008 - h a r d but g o o d :)

This month has probably been one of the most stretching, challenging times in my life. The transition from the world as a student to the world as a professional has been much more difficult then expected. Seriously, I'm creating a required senior seminar course on LIFE. Aside from that, there has been a lack of stability in my life - living with a family, no job, ect.

I think I was due for a growing season in my life...and so JULY came - and it did just that.
It hasn't been easy, ha no no it hasn't.
During this time, I have grown greatly in relationship and prayer with God.
Often I ask myself...honestly, what would I do if I didn't have Jesus...His love, His promise, His comfort...on and on - He's got it all.

I have said it before that I have wanted to live these words of David -
Psalm 63:
Oh God, you are my God.
Earnestly I seek You.
My soul thirsts for You.
My body longs for You.
In a dry and weary land,
where there is no water.
I want to struggle and thirst for Him.
I want it to be hard and long for Him.
I want to fall to my knees and cry out to the Lord.
because I can't do it on my own.

This has been July for me --Psalm 63.
and I am thankful. really, I am.

In Job 2:10, it says "If we take happiness from God's hand, should we not take sorrow too?"

Although July has been an amazing growing month for me...I am finding myself losing sight of the growth. There will definitely be many more hard times in my life...who knows, probably just around the corner. ha.
BUT I don't want to only seek the Lord when I am in NEED of Him.
Yeah, I needed Him in July...but what about August...tomorrow...right now??
It is so easy to find myself so heavily in prayer with God only when I need Him.
There are people and ministries to be prayed for always.

I did some growing in July
but if i don't seek God 12 months
all is lost.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Don't Blink

Today I am reminded at how short life is.
We go to bed thinking tomorrow will be here, but we are never promised tomorrow.
embrace EVERY moment. you don't get them back. they are gone. over. past.
live your life NOW. don't wait.

Being with Jesus one day will be a beautiful thing. gosh, will it ever...but we have a call to life here on earth.
Am I living out that calling each day or am I looking to fill my time elsewhere?
yep. i'm guilty. i've got to stop talking about passions and start living them out.

and lyrics speak...

i love you
all of my hope is in You
Jesus Christ, take my life.
take all of me.

I have got to surrender my selfishness. pride. EVERY day.
I will be of no use if I don't.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008


random thought...but
gosh, there are so many things i want to do in life...

yep, i'm going to start a list now so i won't let it all get away.

why can't you be a surfer in hawaii and a snowboarder in colorado?
why doesn't life work that way?
i guess it can, right. we have a choice.
sometimes we forget that. i know i do.

Saturday, July 19, 2008


Saw John Mayer in concert last night. so sweet.
endured the rain and wait.
i like that he is real...
his lyrics actually carry some kind of substance.
good stuff.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

face to face

I am experiencing a whole new level of Jesus.
His love.
His grace.
His strength.

and to know...
You know the depths of my heart, and You love me the same.

The Family Vaca

North Myrtle Beach, SC - a week vaca with the whole fam.

Some highlights to remember:

-ran the road every morning.
-got stopped by some hippies who offered us meth. no worries, we declined ha.
-went and saw a random band play covers - called Black Label Band.
-almost wrecked like 10 times, thanks to my bro/sister's driving.
-skim boarded
-rode the banana boat
-saw a guy catch a sea turtle from the shore - size of a basketball.
-same guy also caught a couple baby sharks.
-kayaked in the ocean.
-tried to get a surfboard from sis's friend - never happened grr.
-wore matching shirts with the fam...twice. yahhh. ha.
-boogie boarded
-fell asleep and fried my back - not so smart.
-threw the football lots.
-watched fireworks on the beach both left and right - they were as far as thee eye could see.
-listened to brennan manning speak on the ipod over the beach waves, so good.
-saw lots of family

good times in the scarolina.