Saturday, August 31, 2013

Oaxaca is...

Beautiful. I cannot explain so well my feelings and thoughts so far.
Right now I am sitting in a cake/cafe with 4 other students(both married couples starting at level one).
I have heard from others that my home is one if the nicest and with great people. This seems true! I am blessed with running water and flushing toilets... Not all homes have that. I have my own room, a door (only one in the house), a window with a screen and fans! I feel so blessed. The husband works all day + everyday except for Sunday and wife works all day except Saturdays and Sundays. They have two girls that are the sweetest. They always stare into my room when they walk by and wave at me... Whenever I come back home from being out the little one runs up and squeezes me.
Trees are everywhere giant and small ones... They look waxy and fake but are beautiful. Butterfly's are all over the place along with mosquitos. I have not yet walked down to the ocean but can see it... I hear it is warm and the sandy shore goes on forever.
The Spanish is constant, it's only been a few days and I've spoken and listened a huge amount. Yesterday I went to a hotel with my neighbors and their kids to swim. We swam from 11-5pm with a short lunch break in between... I cannot say enough how grateful I am to meet people that are welcoming and loving even with my struggling Spanish. I am grateful that God know me and exactly what I need. I am thankful that He is with me wherever I go and I am thankful for Holy Spirit alive in me working and speaking.

Well I haven't talked about this much so it's a lot and all over the place! This experience is so different than anything I've ever done... I'm alone but I'm not. It is good.

 I am praying Proverbs   3:21-24 and trying to memorize it.

 Keep sweet guys!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Glory, glory. Hallelujah, He reigns.

Packed + ready. 
No idea what to expect this year. No idea what  God has planned or what this will turn into. 
I am open to anything He has.
Yes the goal is Spanish, but it is all so much more than that.

Psalm 47

God Is King over All the Earth

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of the Sons of Korah.

47 Clap your hands, all peoples!
Shout to God with loud songs of joy!
For the Lord, the Most High, is to be feared,
a great king over all the earth.
He subdued peoples under us,
and nations under our feet.
He chose our heritage for us,
the pride of Jacob whom he loves. Selah
God has gone up with a shout,
the Lord with the sound of a trumpet.
Sing praises to God, sing praises!
Sing praises to our King, sing praises!
For God is the King of all the earth;
sing praises with a psalm!
God reigns over the nations;
God sits on his holy throne.
9 The princes of the peoples gather
as the people of the God of Abraham.
For the shields of the earth belong to God;
he is highly exalted!

We're not lost in the darkness, You are here.

My hope is in You God, I will not be moved. Anchor, never shaken.
All my hope is in You. 

"Let the darkness fear."

OK so this phrase just made sense to me. I mean it is pretty obvious, but now it has sunk in. This changes everything we do as followers of Jesus Christ! He makes us brave... He calls us out from the shore into the waves. 
Lately I have been fearful. Fearful of what is to come + of the unknown, Fearful of man + what could happen to me. Moving out of what is comfortable + familiar into foreign + at times uncomfortable ...
our goal in life is not to live comfortably. We are called to constantly step out with God because we are more than conquerors. 

So fear really has no place, none. The battle is won.  God has gone before us + fought for us. Jesus, Champion of heaven, He has made a way. Now it is our time to fight + carry the work out. We can walk boldly.

Yes we will be persecuted...
1 Corinthians 4:11-12; 2 Timothy 3: 12

Good, all glory + honor, power + praise be to Him who sits on the throne!  The darkness should fear, we are a threat with the power of Jesus alive, working in and through us. 

Check it. Rad.

John 14:27-28
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. 28 You heard me say to you, ‘I am going away, and I will come to you.’

John 16:33
"I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

Psalm 105:4
Seek the Lord and his strength;
seek his presence continually!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

B e r e a l


Tonight I went with my momma to the Oxnard Performing Arts Center to the Be Real event where All sons + daughters led worship among other worshipers. This verse was quoted and encouraged me, focusing my eyes on our King! 

Check it out!


Psalm 22:23-31

The Message (MSG)
22-24 Here’s the story I’ll tell my friends when they come to worship,
    and punctuate it with Hallelujahs:
Shout Hallelujah, you God-worshipers;
    give glory, you sons of Jacob;
    adore him, you daughters of Israel.
He has never let you down,
    never looked the other way
    when you were being kicked around.
He has never wandered off to do his own thing;
    he has been right there, listening.
25-26 Here in this great gathering for worship
    I have discovered this praise-life.
And I’ll do what I promised right here
    in front of the God-worshipers.
Down-and-outers sit at God’s table
    and eat their fill.
Everyone on the hunt for God
    is here, praising him.
“Live it up, from head to toe.
    Don’t ever quit!”
27-28 From the four corners of the earth
    people are coming to their senses,
    are running back to God.
Long-lost families
    are falling on their faces before him.
God has taken charge;
    from now on he has the last word.
29 All the power-mongers are before him
All the poor and powerless, too
Along with those who never got it together
30-31 Our children and their children
    will get in on this
As the word is passed along
    from parent to child.
Babies not yet conceived
    will hear the good news—
    that God does what he says.