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Throwback Thursday #17

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From my Tumblr in December of 2010.

James 2:14-26

“14What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? 15If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? 17So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
18But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. 19You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder! 20Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless? 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up his son Isaac on the altar? 22You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by his works; 23and the Scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”—and he was called a friend of God. 24You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone. 25And in the same way was not also Rahab the prostitute justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way? 26For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.”

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Throwback Thursday #16

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From my Tumblr in December of 2010.

Some thoughts on confession…

I think a lot of the time we think of confession as becoming pure or for just receiving forgiveness. Confessing sin isn’t just about coming clean, it’s also about discipleship. Of course people need to confess their sin so that the Lord will forgive (1 John 1:9) but the people we disciple need to know when we’ve made a mistake so they don’t repeat those acts themselves. If they see their mentor sin, and their mentor never confesses that the act was a sin, how is the one being discipled to know it was a sin? Then you have caused your brother or sister to stumble. It could also cause you to look like a hypocrite. If you tell the one you are discipling not to do an act similar to the one you did, he will call you a hypocrite and lose all respect for you – your witness will be tarnished. As Christians we need to be honest with ourselves and with each other. That is the only way iron can sharpen iron (Proverbs 27:17).

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Throwback Thursday #15

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From a Myspace blog post I wrote in high school.

Wow… God’s Awesome!!!

ok so this morning in church i did something that pretty much is one of the biggest, most important things i could have done in my life….ever. i committed my life to missions. i always knew i was going to be a missionary but i never really was like “ok God i promise to do what you want me to do for my career. my future is all Yours” until today. mr bill talked about obeying God and getting into the right ministry because every christian is called to do some kind of ministry, so we need to ask God to let us know where we need to be and what we need to do. so God told me that it was time to make that promise so i did. and it was so awesome! i could just tell that it was right.

and then i get home and i’m checking my mail and the daily verse thing for today is: “Choose to love the LORD your God and to obey Him and commit yourself to Him, for He is your life.”  -Deuteronomy

isnt that totally crazy!! God is so awesome. i just thought i’d share that with ya’ll because that verse fit perfectly for everything thats going on right now!

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Throwback Thursday #13

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From a Myspace blog post I wrote in 2006.

Wow, can you say “God speaking to me!”

Revelation 2:2 –

2I know what you do, how you work hard and never give up. I know you do not put up with the false teachings of evil people. You have tested those who say they are apostles but really are not, and you found they are liars. 3You have patience and have suffered troubles for my name and have not given up. 4But I have this against you: you have left the love you had in the beginning.  5So remember where you were before you fell. Change your hearts and do what you did at first.

i think its when we become content with our relationship with God is when we should worry. a healthy relationship means desiring more. i think when you know you don’t have enough of God is when your are at least on the right track. i think we get off that track when we forget our first love (Jesus), and when we stop desiring Him, when we want to be better people but forget why. i know that the grace of God saves us not the stuff we do, but we sometimes we begin to believe that the good stuff we do will make our relationship better. i think that’s backwards. that we should seek the relationship first, remember our first love, the reason for the good stuff we do. and then the stuff is done in love not in vein.

this was just my opinion, God just really spoke to me when reading this. i’ve been having a problem with doing things for God in vein lately… kind of thinking out loud. what do you think?

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Throwback Thursday #12

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From my Tumblr in August 2012.

Well, our first year of marriage is over, and I have to say that it was awesome! People kept telling us,”The first year is so hard” or “The first year is the hardest.” But we both agree that it honestly wasn’t so hard and if the first year is the hardest, then the rest of our lives is going to be so great!! I love Cody more than I did the day we got married, and it has been proven to us that we’ll grow in love with each other more every day. Honestly, lately I’ve often found myself looking at him and thinking, “I never knew I could love someone this much.”

The months leading up to the close of our first year of marriage and in to our second year were filled with business and lots of traveling. Cody was gone most of the summer ministering to students by playing at kids camps all over Texas. Thankfully, he was able to be home on the weekends with enough time for us to go on a date and for him to be able to lead worship for our church. Then, the week before our anniversary (the same week we were on a mission trip to Mexico), Justen, my brother-in-law, was diagnosed with Leukemia. Heartbreak. We left Mexico and were dropped of in San Antonio at the hospital where Justen was receiving chemo treatments. We stayed there for about half a week, including the day of our anniversary (which means no, we didn’t get to eat the top tear of our wedding cake). Cody did take me on a pretty great date, though:) We went downtown (San A) to Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, and to Hard Rock Cafe. It was awesome. I wasn’t back in Fort Worth for more than a couple hours before I had to leave for Florida to help with Kortney’s wedding. I was there for a week and a half before Cody came up the day before the wedding. Two days later we finally came home. After three weeks of last minute traveling, we were both so relieved to be home. Since Cody had been gone from work to do worship stuff, they had to technically “let him go” with the ability to rehire him when he was done. We knew that going in to it, but now he hasn’t had a job in more than two weeks (prayers!!). He actually finally got re-hired today and will start again tomorrow. But let me just say that I’m so thankful we learned how to regularly put money in savings early in our marriage, because I don’t know what we would be doing if we didn’t have savings. God also provided for us the opportunities Cody has had working with Myna Media doing web design stuff (which has actually lead to the possibility of a permanent position… we would love… But we will see).

All this to say, we’ve had a rough month or so. But even through the time gone, the heartache, and the traveling, every day I can’t help but think what a great husband I have, and every day I love him even more. This first year of marraige has been one big learning and growing experience. And I hope it never stops. I began learning and practicing what it means to be a good, Godly wife. And through Cody’s leadership I’ve seen what an amazing, Godly husband looks like. I’m so thankful for the knowledge and wisdom that God has given us through this first year of marriage. Even if we don’t get anything else, I hope we continue to receive wisdom in our marriage.

I know our marriage is so young, as we are also, but I want to share the wisdom and knowledge that I have with others to hopefully bless and allow others to gain this as well.

  • Involve. Do things together. Play games, go on walks, cook, laugh, make music, etc. Just because you may not be in to crafts like your wife is, or videogames like your husband is, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy those things with them. Participate in your spouse’s hobbies with them. Involve yourself in your spouse’s hobbies.
  • Serve. When you entered into this marriage covenant, you are no longer responsible for just one person, you’re now responsible for two. You’re a team. A partnership. One. Your spouse should now be your priority. Your spouse should be first on your list. If you’re spouse is down, lift them up. Always say yes. Serve your spouse like you take care of yourself, remembering that they are now part of you.
  • Communicate. Talk.to.each.other. I know this may seem like a pretty obvious answer, but its surprising how little some couples actually express their feelings to their spouse. It’s also surprising how horrible some couples talk to one another. Rude attitudes, doubt, bitterness, careless. Another obvious statement: talk to your spouse how you want to be talked to. Listen to what your spouse is saying and respond with love, patience, grace, and selflessness. If you have a problem with something your spouse did or said, tell them. Always be honest. Communicate your thoughts and feelings with your spouse, and make sure you know your spouse’s thoughts and feelings as well.
  • Pray. Praying for one another has got to be the most important. I’ve definitely found that if we’ve been lazy about praying for each other, tension will rise or our communication will tend to be less effective. And personally, I tend to be more selfish when I’ve been lazy about praying for my husband. Not only is praying for your spouse incredibly important, but pray with your spouse as well. Share prayer requests, burdens to pray for, share things that you are thankful for, and praise God for those things together. Joining in each other in prayer really does help to tie your hearts together. Pray for each other, with each other.

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