Tuesday, November 29, 2011

What does it feel like to change the world?

Well changing the world feels like...
The burn of your knees when you are praying for the lost
The sweat running down your face as you build a home for someone who never had one
The butterflies in your stomach before you sing, preach, or declare the name of Jesus before a crowd
The headache you get after tutoring for endless hours just so that a child could begin to understand to read
The shiver that goes down your spine when there is no heat for your bucket shower
Changing the world feels like
Your hands in someone else's as you lead them in their first prayer
The pain in your foot when step on a Lego while cleaning the church nursery
The heartache when you see a child with sores on their skin
Paint drying on your hands as you paint a community school
Your stomach growling when you give up a meal for someone who didn't get one
Changing the world doesn't take a whole lot... Just the willingness to do it.

Monday, November 21, 2011

I am God's Possession

Now therefore, if you will obey My voice in truth and keep My covenant, then you shall be My own peculiar possession and treasure from among and above all peoples; for all the earth is Mine.
Exodus 19:5

Saturday, November 19, 2011

My God!

My God is SO creative. I was just randomly thinging about how creative He is. He made sunsets. I would have never thought of making sunsets!! He made us! You and me! How creative is that? He decided "Oh! Today I am going to make Grace. And she is going to be just how I want her to be. I am going to give her hands so that she can comfort the lonely. I am going to give her feet so that she can go place and declare my name. I am going to give a mouth that she won't always use correctly but I will teach her and tell her how to share my love."
Come on people! That's my God. My God made fingers and toes. My God made knees and elbows. My God freckles and hair. My God got creative and made me how I am. He gave me all I have for a reason. And I am NOT going to waste what my creative God has given me!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Water

Aquafina
Ozarka
Daisani
ArrowHead
Fiji
Metromint
Lemon Water
Or... Heaven forbid... TAP WATER

In Panama the water tasted like chlorine because it had to be purified
HERE when we can't have the right type of water or if there is a boil alert we get ticked off.
Most people... Don't even have remotely clean water.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Wow Grace... You STINK!

You know the services where they talk about how we (Christians) have gotten too close to the "stinch" of sin? And we need to "walk the walk"? They kinda seem contradictory to me...

Never have I ever come back from a mission trip and smelled like roses. The more I choose to walk the walk as a Christian the less I have the "sweet smell of Christ". People think that because Jesus is who He is that He (and all things pertaining to him) are coated in perfume and glorified sparkles! But it is NOT! Jesus walked the walk be walking alongside lepers and tax-collectors. He walked miles upon miles to do what God wanted Him to. So now as present day Christians we need to obey God and walk the walk but ONLY if that is comfortable to us. Only if we don't have to leave our red-brick houses, comfy beds, or hot showers. "I'll follow God and I'll do whatever He says... As long as I don't have to give up my summer, spring-break, or vacation days." I can not tell you how many times I told someone that I was going on a trip and they said, "That's awesome! I would totally do that if... The time was better, I had more money, I didn't already have plans, etc... But I'll pray for you and do things here for God." Only to hear when I return, "How was trip? O that's great I gotta go." I think Christians need to start smelling like Christians! We need to step away from comfort and go sit next to the homeless, hug orphans, pray for the sick, and break down the walls around our hearts that are blocking us from following what God wants us to do!

So lets start actually being the body of Christ not just acting it out on Sunday mornings! Let's smell like Jesus and do what Jesus did!

Apologies for the smell,
Grace

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Haiti... OH HOW I MISS THEE!!

I got home at midnight(ish) Saturday... Slept til around 11. And I am DETERMINED to go back! We got to go to a Haitian church and a (very well taken care of) orphanage, we worked hard every other day digging trenches for the wall around the medical/dental clinic in Gantier, and I met some great Christians that I am proud to call friends!

The Team!In the Tap-Tap!
Precious little girl
Working hard

I can not wait to go back,
Grace
Ephesians 4:1

Friday, September 2, 2011

All packed up!

We are officially packed up and ready to move out EARLY in the morning! For those that are/were not aware Mom, Dad, Laura, and I leave tomorrow for Haiti! We will be there for a week. I don't know what type of work we are going to be doing. At first we were going to do electrical stuff but then we couldn't find an electrician... They have something we will do... We just don't know what it is. But I know that God will use us to do great this with the people of Haiti!

We must be at the airport at 4:30 am... ENJOY SLEEPING IN ON SATURDAY! Cause I won't be... We should arrive in Haiti around 3pm and there is a 2-3 hour drive to the place we will be staying/working. We will be coming back the 10th. Pray for safe and SMOOTH travels, that we didn't forget anything, that no one will get sick/hurt, and most importantly that God will change lives!! Thanks everyone!

Serving Him,
Grace

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Talmidim (The Servants) By: For Today

I absolutely love this song! If you get a chance listen to it because it is So beautiful. (Heads up if you are like me and once you find a good song you start looking at more songs by that group For Today is a Christian Heavy Metal band. This song isn't but most of their other music is.)
Lord of glory, make us worthy to possess your name. Lord of glory, make us worthy to possess your name. And give us a new name. And call us your people, God. And give us a new name.

"I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. You will live in the land I gave to your forefathers; you will be my people and I will be your God."

Lord of glory, make us worthy to possess your name. Lord of glory, make us worthy to possess your name. And give us a new name. And call us your people, God. And give us a new name.
And through all of this, there is nothing, absolutely nothing, no fear, no insecurity, no doubt, no hesitation that will ever, ever stop us. Because we are the sons of the living God, because we are the children of the Almighty, because we are the residents of the kingdom of heaven, and we are soldiers in an army of the immortal. And when we speak life, life happens, and when we speak healing, healing happens, and when we speak truth, truth happens. And when we go take what we found to a dead world, we'll see it come to life again, and when we take what we found to a hopeless world, we'll see hope come back. We'll see the heart of our world start beating again, and we'll see the color come back into people's faces. Absolutely nothing will ever stop that. Mountains will move before us, and oceans will part before us, and the dead will raise before us. And the world will know that our God is the God that heals, and our God is a God that lives, and our God is a God that loves, and like anything that anyone has ever felt before, because we are fearless, and because we are His hands, and because we are His feet. Forever, and ever.

Lord of glory, make us worthy to possess your name. (x6)

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

How deep the Father's Love!

How deep the Father's love for us
How vast beyond all measure
That He should give His only Son
And make a wretch His treasure
How great the pain of searing loss
The Father turns His face away
As wounds which mar the Chosen One
Bring many sons to glory

Behold the man upon the cross
My sin upon His shoulders
Ashamed, I hear my mocking voice
Call out among the scoffers
It was my sin that held Him there
Until it was accomplished
His dying breath has brought me life
I know that it is finished

I will not boast in anything
No gifts, no power, no wisdom
But I will boast in Jesus Christ
His death and resurrection
Why should I gain from His reward
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom

Why should I gain from His reward
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom

Y'all take a minute and think... How deep IS our Father's love for us! It's deeper than the deepest oceans, wider than the widest canyons, longer than you could ever comprehend, and higher than and plane or spaceship could take you! It blows minds, knocks off socks, and never ceases to amaze! This love rights wrongs, forgives sin, and makes you a child of the Most High God!! This love can wrap you in the arms of Christ, it can give you strength, and comfort you in hard times. And when you think you can see the end of it off in the distance you do a take-back and realize no it continues on out of sight! That's the love that MY SAVIOR shows me even when I can hear my voice shouting against Him. Even when I see my past in the rear view mirror telling me I can't be forgiven. My Jesus wraps me in His arms, holds me close, and whispers in my ear that I am loved and forgiven.

Resting in His arms,
Grace

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

The pictures I promised

Panama was AMAZING! Words can not say how great it was. Before I post the pictures I'll give a quick snippet of what it was like and what I learned. We did many different types of ministry. We did hut-to-hut (going from "hut to hut" doing odd jobs and praying for the people), we did VBS, we played games with the teenagers, we went to village meetings, etc. One day during hut-to-hut my group went and helped a lady with her dishes, nothing unusual. The only thing she had for us to do was to wash her dishes. Two of the people started to wash dishes and I started a conversation with her. One thing led to another and I got to present the Gospel to her. I prayed with her and we moved on. I don't know if she became a Christian or if anything happened, but I do know that it changed me. In that moment I realized that God could use me. Little Grace was used by God. All I had to do was open myself to God!

The lady's hut
The hammocks!!!
Rebecca... She always ran up to me
Boan hugging his little bag of candy
She was my little baby... She was 2 and a little angel. She did not want us to leave.
Bucket showers! Step 1: take the cold water and dump it on your body. Step 2: Add soap and shampoo. Step 3: Once again use the cold cold water to try and remove as much soap and shampoo as possible. How did we condition our hair or shave? That's simple We didn't...



I miss it all SO much! It was beyond words...

His servant,
Grace


Saturday, July 23, 2011

I am BACK!

I have so much to say and ZERO time to say it. For now I want to thank everyone who prayed and/or gave money to help me get there. The trip was beyond words and I will post some pictures later. I am headed to North Carolina for two weeks and will have to post after that. tHANKS AGAIN!

~gRACE

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Yes...

Yes it is true... I leave Saturday! Let's count that would be Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, SATURDAY! IT IS SOO CLOSE! God is going to do amazing things! I can not wait to see what God has planned to do when we get there. God is going to change hearts and lives! These two weeks... Are going to be worth everything! I just can't wait!!!

Trying to be patient,
Grace

Monday, July 4, 2011

Divine Intervention

Divine Intervention by: Lecrae
Intro:
You know in intervention they tell you that you're hurting somebody who loves you, and divine intervention's no different, yea, the moment is now

Hook:
Here is my moment, here is my lifetime
All that I have I will give to You
In this moment, 'cause nothing really matters at all

Verse 1:
God created days, weeks, summer, spring, winter, fall
Yup, became weak so You could free us from the fall
You hold the earth in Your palm with Your great power
You always have the time the way You transcend hours
Wind and the waves tsunami is 'round
But You walk on top of them both
They humbly bow
Before I work I need a couple tools
You spoke the earth into existence, no auto tune
More than auto tune, more than minor key
'Cause I've been missing all the notes
In the minor keys and the major ones
And the key to life is coming to the end of it
And embracing Christ

Hook:
Here is my moment, here is my lifetime
All that I have I will give to You
In this moment, 'cause nothing really matters at all
Everything that this heart longs for other than You I will let die
Take all that I am 'cause nothing really matters right now
This is my moment

Verse 2:
I holla empty me
So hollow be my name
You're so immense
But condescend and dwell inside my frame
You restrain the waves
And tame fierce lions
I mean fierce liars, crush empires
We all hanging by a thread cutting at the wires
Ignorant that all the sin lead to hellfire
And when I yell fire, they tell me false alarm
'Cause they don't smell the smoke and they don't sense the harm
Something worse than the black plague's coming
And nothing under the sun can save us from it
There's no hope but divine intervention
And Christ saves victims who are dying from addiction

Hook:
Here is my moment, here is my lifetime
All that I have I will give to You
In this moment, 'cause nothing really matters at all
Everything that this heart longs for other than You I will let die
Take all that I am 'cause nothing really matters right now
This is my moment

Verse 3:
They say in God we trust
But what's the bigger sin
That we don't trust in Him
But trust the stuff on which its written (that's money)
'Cause we all dying and we all trying
To stay alive but the truth we ain't all buying
Those of us who buy it, We're never bought from
We gon' live free forever
We are gonna live forever in the Savior's arms
It's all needles in arms full of life's drugs
Lust, pride, hate, death running through our blood
Need a blood donor, need a transfusion
He's over hanging on the cross for your substitution
So in conclusion, only one solution
Trust divine intervention as your resolution

Hook:
Here is my moment, here is my lifetime
All that I have I will give to You
In this moment, 'cause nothing really matters at all
Everything that this heart longs for other than You I will let die
Take all that I am 'cause nothing really matters right now
This is my moment

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Searching for truth in a world of lies?

No! God will continue to be true even when every person is false. Romans 3:4a

Friday, July 1, 2011

Before the Throne

Before the Throne By: Shane and Shane

Before the throne of God above
I have a strong, a perfect plea:
A great High Priest, whose name is Love,
Who ever lives and pleads for me.

My name is graven on his hands,
My name is written on his heart;
I know that while in heaven he stands
No tongue can bid me thence depart
No tongue can bid me thence depart.

When Satan tempts me to despair,
And tells me of the guilt within,
Upward I look, and see him there
Who made an end of all my sin.

Because a sinless Savior died,
My sinful soul is counted free;
For God, the Just, is satisfied
To look on Him and pardon me
To look on Him and pardon me

Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Praise the One,
Risen Son of God!

Behold him there, the risen Lamb
My perfect, spotless righteousness,
The great unchangeable I AM,
The King of glory and of grace!

One in himself, I cannot die
My soul is purchased by his blood
My life is hid with Christ on high,
With Christ, my Savior and my God
With Christ, my Savior and my God
_______________________________

I love this song! It is so powerful and tells just how much we should depend on Christ and that we aren't a thing unless we are in Him and He in us. Satan may try to distract me and keep me from doing my mission of sharing Christ's love... But HE WILL NEVER get the victory!!! Becuase victory is Christ! He has paid it all. He has lifted burdens and squashed sin! He fills me with love, joy, strength, courage, and His power. He fills me where I overflow onto others! I won't give Satan a foothole. He will try and get me down. He will try and keep from Christ. But I have a secret... I am hidden in Christ! He won't be able to find my heart in this body because it is in Christ! I am not my own!!!! The word Christian literally means little Christ. We better start acting like we carry His name... We better start changed our perspectives.. We better start dying to self! Because He is just waiting for us to hand it all over. We can't do it. It has to be through Him. Will you die?

Hidden in Christ,
Grace

Sunday, June 26, 2011

What is there to worry about?

There is SOOO much to worry about right now!
1. School
2. Panama
3. Medication
4. Packing
5. Having everything
6. General stress
7. I don't know anyone that will be on my trip
8. Flying to a different country without my mom there!!
9. What if I don't like my team
THE LIST GOES ON AND ON AND ON!!!!

But you know what? I'm not really that stressed out.
Usually I'd be running in circles and bouncing off walls from panic, worry, and stress. But I'm not.

Weird? YES! But I know why...
It's because I have peace. Why am I doing this in the first place? For JESUS!! Others need to be able to see how He has changed my life. And one of the MANY MANY MANY ways that He has changed me (more recently actually) is worry! Last year I went to Moldova for 10 days. AMAZING TRIP! But I stressed out soooo bad. While there I read the following passage in my devo...

Matthew 6:25-34
Don't Worry
25 "So I tell you, don't worry about the food or drink you need to live, or about the clothes you need for your body. Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothes. 26 Look at the birds in the air. They don't plant or harvest or store food in barns, but your heavenly Father feeds them. And you know that you are worth much more than the birds. 27 You cannot add any time to your life by worrying about it.
28 "And why do you worry about clothes? Look at how the lilies in the field grow. They don't work or make clothes for themselves. 29 But I tell you that even Solomon with his riches was not dressed as beautifully as one of these flowers.30 God clothes the grass in the field, which is alive today but tomorrow is thrown into the fire. So you can be even more sure that God will clothe you. Don't have so little faith!31 Don't worry and say, 'What will we eat?' or 'What will we drink?' or 'What will we wear?'32 The people who don't know God keep trying to get these things, and your Father in heaven knows you need them. 33 Seek first God's kingdom and what God wants. Then all your other needs will be met as well. 34 So don't worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will have its own worries. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Christ says not to worry. Not about what to eat or who I'll be with or what will happen. NOTHING! Because God will provide. I gave my life away. Grace is dead. Grace died on the cross. Grace is as far away from here as the east is from the west. Grace will never be seen again. CHRIST lives here now. This body isn't Grace's... It's Jesus'. I am going not for Grace but for Jesus. (Check out Galatians 2:20)

So do any of things really matter? If God promises to take care of me and He loves me SO much do I really need to stress out? Do I really need to worry? Do I need to panic about my toothpaste being airplane acceptable? NO! Because I am not here anymore. Nothing is about ME. It is about the one who lives in me. The one who loves, forgives, saves, and cares for me!

So why worry?
Dead on the cross,
Grace

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Boot Camp 2011!!!

IT WAS AMAZING!!
Intense... Yes
Fun... Yes
Fantastically Mind-Blowing... YES!!

I studied the covenant and how impartant it is. I worshipped God with every little thing in me. I made GREAT friends. I learned SO much this past week. I don't really know what to say... Or how to explain it... Here are a couple pictures that will give a glimpse of the fun I had.

Monday, June 13, 2011

VBS and Kay Arthur's Boot Camp

VBS and Jr. High loves Jackson were last week. In the morning I taught 19 2nd graders about Jesus and the afternoon I did intense yard work at Mission First. LONG LONG WEEK! But it was definitely worth it!! Kids lives were changed, we got closer as a church group, and the yard looks amazing!!

This next week Laura and I will be going to Kay Arthur's student boot camp! Very very excited!!! We will be studying God's covenant relationships. Sorry this is so short but I have to finish packing I leave in the morning!!

Have a great week,
Grace

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Me, The Question, and What to Be

Me. Plain and simple right? Wrong. Every single person has so much hidden underneath the surface. Secrets, lies, and questions that are itching to be released and answered. For example... What are we supposed to do with life?

I will tell you the answer that I come up with but first we have to go way back. Adam and Eve. The original humans. Their purpose and our purpose is one and the same. So what were they made to do? Back in the garden... They named the other animals... They took care of what God had given them... But most importantly they worshipped God. God created the world and all that is in it so that we could reflect his glory. He didn't make us to go to school, get a job, or even tell the world about Himself. He made EVERYONE so that we could worship Him and show His love and mercy.

What is life for? It is for us to worship God. Reaching the world, loving on people, and all the things that we DO come out of the over flow. All of our love goes to Him and He fills us with joy, faith, and love. He fills us to a point that we can't hold it in we share Christ with the world out of the overflow of our hearts. God first, people second, and we come at the end.

Serving from the overflow,
Grace

Sunday, May 22, 2011

The Bible is...

The Bible is NOT a collection of made up stories...
The Bible is NOT a list of excuses...
The Bible is NOT a religious crutch...
The Bible is NOT old and of no use...
The Bible is NOT a giant list of rules and regulations...
The Bible is NOT a just some book...
The Bible IS God's Word!
The Bible IS Truth!
The Bible IS Life!
The Bible IS the story of Salvation!
The Bible IS God's Love Letter to YOU!

Never underestimate God's word/the Bible.

Loving like Christ,
Grace
2 Timothy 3:16
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Hide and Seek

Jeremiah 29:11
 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

More likely than not you have played your fair share of games of hide and go seek. Everyone hides but one person and the "it" tries to find everyone before they get to base. That is just how it is with God. God is like base. We need to reach base to win. "It" is like the devil. He will try everything he can to get us out of the game. He will try to distract us from our goal. He pursues us like a roaring lion. But we need to keep our hearts and minds focused on our Savior. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Guard your heart for it is the well-spring of life. We can not let him win. We need to reach base and bring as many people with us we can. Jesus is the only way to get to base. He is standing at base reaching out for us to grab His hand... Will you take it?

Holding His hand,
Grace

Saturday, May 7, 2011

For the Love of Words and Free Moving Body Parts

The beginning of Psalm 46:10 says "Be still and know that I am God."

For those that know me well you know that I can not sit still... or whisper well. I LOVE that God gave me a fully functional body and mouth that works. (Sometimes too well...) Libraries, airplanes, and I don't mix that well. Going to Moldova on the long plane over the ocean... Not a terrific memory. So why did God tell me of all people to be still? STILL! Not my thing. But still doesn't exactly mean like statue stiff. I means to slow down. Reading a verse while going out the door while drinking a chocolate milkshake doesn't allow God to step in. Sit down at night before you go to sleep and read a passage or verse and let God tell you what He has to reveal to you. You will be blown away at all is hidden in His words.


 Romans 16:25 25 Glory to God who can make you strong in faith by the Good News that I tell people and by the message about Jesus Christ. The message about Christ is the secret that was hidden for long ages past but is now made known. God has a messgae of salvation, mercy, and love for us. We just have to be still and KNOW that He is God. He is in control and He is the most important thing in our lives. God's plan is for us to know Him and understand Him more each day. Follow His plan and everything else can wait. He has revealed His secret to us if we take the time to sit down and read His story and listen to His small voice.

Resting in Him,
Grace

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Tornado watch at Mission First

Due to a thunderstorm and strong winds Wednesday the tornado sirens went off.... While Mom, Laura, and I were volunteering at Mission First. Some took it well. Others assumed that we were all about to die. And the majority complained...That they didn't get their SNACK! Needless to say it was a long 30 minutes in the hallway...

Three lessons here.

1. Don't be at Mission First when you have to take cover from a tornado
2. You can never have too much patience
3. The #1 most important thing to K-6 graders is.... Snack Time!

Practicing Patience,
Grace

Friday, April 22, 2011

Romans 8:31-39

31 So what should we say about this? If God is for us, no one can defeat us. 32 He did not spare his own Son but gave him for us all. So with Jesus, God will surely give us all things.33 Who can accuse the people God has chosen? No one, because God is the One who makes them right. 34 Who can say God's people are guilty? No one, because Christ Jesus died, but he was also raised from the dead, and now he is on God's right side, appealing to God for us. 35 Can anything separate us from the love Christ has for us? Can troubles or problems or sufferings or hunger or nakedness or danger or violent death? 36 As it is written in the Scriptures:
    "For you we are in danger of death all the time.
       People think we are worth no more than sheep to be killed." — Psalm 44:22

 37 But in all these things we are completely victorious through God who showed his love for us. 38 Yes, I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor ruling spirits, nothing now, nothing in the future, no powers,39 nothing above us, nothing below us, nor anything else in the whole world will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
(New Century Version)

Nothing! Not your past, present, or future. Not even life or death! No angels or demons. NO POWER! NOTHING can separate us from the love of Christ! There is absolutely no way to be separated from His love. It is that Strong!

In love with Him,
Grace

Monday, April 18, 2011

Round 1 Complete!!!

Yep that is correct round 1 of shots bites the dust. Two down two to go!! I will have to go back next month to get my yellow fever shot because they went bad when they lost power at the medical mall and I will get another Hep A shot in 6 months. My arm is sore and a little puffy but the shots themselves didn't really hurt. Here's a quick picture...

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Peter Pan is Over... and a cool verse!

The past two Mondays I have been playing a Lost Boy in Peter Pan!! It has been so much fun! My homeschool group (CHEC) has really put on  great show! I have made some great new friends and had fun with old friends! And it is over.... SO sad! But I must say we did it with good form ;) ! (The picture is of all the lost boys) I can not wait until next year!


Here is a verse that Has really been on my heart recently...

Proverbs 4:11-12
11 I am guiding you in the way of wisdom,
       and I am leading you on the right path.
 12 Nothing will hold you back;
       you will not be overwhelmed.
In all the craziness of high school and all that comes with it God with walk you through it all!

Love,
Grace

Friday, March 18, 2011

Returning home :l

Both sad and happy combine.... So I'm just :|

Nashville Report!!!!
Amazing Amazing Amazing!! It was (can you guess...) AMAZING! We worked at a homeless shelter which was very productive and we definitely got dirty. (And for my group had a lot of sneezing too) The people were fantastic. Two little old ladies and a group of intellectually challenged people taught us how to worship without limits. We were blessed beyond belief! We had so much fun connecting with the people that we helped and being filled with joy over the small things because big things are great but every little thing counts too.

This week...
School is back.... Bible drill is here.... and play practice everyday.... I enjoy most of this but all together? AAAAH!! Please pray for God to control it because it is craziness and AAAAAAAH!

Now you understand how my world is working right now... I'm ready for it to be mid-April.

Friday, March 11, 2011

To Nashville We GO!!

Tomorrow tomorrow I love you tomorrow! Why? Because I am going to Nashville!!! Yay! Our church youth choir leaves tomorrow for Nashville on our choir tour/mission trip. I am pumped!! It will be fun and we will do everything in Jesus name. We'll be spending Sunday morning in Birmingham and visit David Platt's church. After that we hit the road again and make it to Nashville. For fun we will go to a Predator's hockey game... Fun... ish. And we will visit a recording studio. Our missions will be at local homeless shelters and an old folks home. We will sing at different places and spread God's love. Pray for us while we are away. About 50 people are going so all prayers will definitely be appreciated.

My love to you all!
Grace

Monday, February 21, 2011

Jungles. Big Bugs. And... SHOTS!

Grace's jungle adventure.  Grace and the jungle. Grace vs. Bugs.

AH! Here is a good one. God's adventure for Grace!

Okay. To the beginning. I had been planning on doing a mission trip with my church this year. For many different reasons it won't be happening this year. So I began to look for other options. I looked at maybe Romania or maybe Ireland. But God kept saying no, no, no. He had other plans for me. So I thought maybe Asia or Africa or even Australia. Australia didn't have good timing. Africa wouldn't work out. Asia's timing wouldn't work either. I had been praying God said keep looking. No where that I wanted to go was working. So, of course, at the end of me God moved. And when He moved I followed and He moved south. (I was trying to avoid that because I never felt like I wanted to go to Latin America/South America region.) So I looked at past pictures and videos of different trips. (I hoped that I wouldn't get called there and I wouldn't have to go there.) Well God said, "You will have a heart for these people." And BAM! Now I am going to Panama for two weeks. To be honest... I CAN NOT WAIT! It is going to be amazing working with the children in Panama. I can't wait to down there witnessing to the people. It won't be an easy trip... sleeping in hammocks and eating who knows what... oh and SHOTS! I despise shots. Anyway! I applied and was accepted and would thoroughly appreciate it if everyone would please please please pray for me as I prepare for the trip. Pray for team unity and safety. And that lives will be changed for God's glory. The trip is July 9-23 this summer. If you have anyone has questions feel free to ask.

Living for Christ,
Grace

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Cycles, Routines, and Normal

Getting up, getting dressed, brushing your teeth, fixing your hair, etc. it is all part of the morning routine. You always do these things. Then you go about your day and go to bed then you wake up and do it all over again. It's become a cycle. And that's fine you know what to expect each day you know what to do. You have it all planned out. But has God become a cycle/routine thing. Bless this food to the nourishment of our bodies and us to thy service amen. Has that become what you do. Or do you look for ways to please Him everyday. Do you look for the small things like carrying someones groceries or picking something up for someone. Or are you so focused on the next thing in your routine to even take notice of what is going on around you. God is too big to be in your pocket and too great to take for granted. He loves you and don't forget it. Now share that love with others. Live like you believe what you hear in church. And don't make your prayers a routine. Make them a meaningful conversation with your Savior that loves you!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

I Refuse!!!

Sometimes I,
I just want to close my eyes
And act like everyone’s alright
When I know they’re not.
This world needs God
But it’s easier to stand and watch.
I could pray a prayer and just move on
Like nothing’s wrong.
But I refuse.
‘Cause I don’t want to live like I don’t care.
I don’t want to say another empty prayer.
Oh, I refuse to
Sit around and wait for someone else
To do what God has called me to do myself.
Oh, I could choose
Not to move but I refuse.
I can hear the least of these
Crying out so desperately,
And I know we are the hands and feet
Of you, oh God.
So, if you say move,
Then it’s time for me to follow through,
And do what I was made to do.
Show them who you are.
To stand and watch
The weary and lost
Cry out for help.
I refuse
To turn my back
And try and act like all is well.
I refuse
To stay unchanged,
To wait another day,
To die to myself.
I refuse
To make one more excuse.
‘Cause I don’t want to live like I don’t care.
I don’t want to say another empty prayer.
Oh, I refuse to
Sit around and wait for someone else
To do what God has called me to do myself.
Oh, I could choose
Not to move but I refuse.

I love this song. The words have such a beautiful meaning to me! For my life I WILL refuse to live without telling others about Christ!! I will be His hands and feet!

Will you join me??

Live a life of Love,
Grace

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Every secret you have... He knows!

It struck me last  week-end how two things I knew about God changed my perspective on Him.  My church hosted the third Krave Conference. We brought in different churches and worshipped our Savior. The speaker was Bryant Bush (BB). One thing that he said I don't think I will ever forget!

A. God loves you! He sent His very own son to Earth to die for you! John 3:16 talks about that and how He did so that you can be with Him forever in Heaven. But the way love is used is amazing for a true biblical definition of love we turn to 1 Corinthians 13:13 "So these three things continue forever: faith, hope, and love. And the greatest of these is love." In Matthew 17:20 Jesus talks about having faith as small as a mustard seed you can make mountains fall into the sea! And love is greater than that!! And God loves you SOO much!!

B. Most of y'all know but God knows everything about you.  Even how hairs are on your head! Psalm 139: 2-4 talks about He knows when you get up and lay down! He even knows the words you are going to say before they even escape your lips!! He knows everything! Even your deepest darkest secrets... Every mistake you ever made...

C. And those tegether make BAM! God knows all the awful and great things you have done. The secrets and the bad habits... And He STILL LOVES YOU JUST AS MUCH!!!

True love.
You'll find it in Christ alone.

My life in His hands,
Grace

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Since I will die...

No matter what race, religion, or amount of money we will all die. I have made a decision for this year. (kind of a resolution for life)

-> #1 goal for Life<-
Since I will die one day I will take as many friends, family, enemies, and random people with me to see my Heavenly Father as possible, by leading them to the foot of the cross. I will try to take every oppurtunity possible to share the fire that burns in me with those I meet everyday.


I dare you to take up your cross and join in my pursuit to follow in the shadow of my Savior!!


Following my Leader,
Grace

Thursday, January 6, 2011

They are going to DIE!

67% of the world is dying!! And they are going to keep dying if we keep on doing so little about it! I had this awful illness and I still struggle with it everyday. You probably have faced this sickness also. It is very dangerous and it takes over your life if you don't fight it daily! The good news is that I have found a cure! And many of y'all know the cure too... We are just afraid to share it. This disease is self, lies, cruelty, anger, and SIN. Jesus is the cure. If the world was physically dying and we knew the cure we would share it and distribute it like crazy. But when we know the meaning to life and the way to Heaven. We hide in the corner. Why? That gives you no benefit. It gives the world no benefit. And most importantly it gives GOD no benefit. God created you and you turned away. Then He sent the cure to our selfish disease in the form of His son. He gave up HIS SON! The least we can do is to tell everyone about Him. No matter what the circumstances. The cure is Jesus. Tell someone about it!!!

In Love With Him,
Grace