Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Corner of the Universe

Highlight of the Day:
Went over to Tom and Brynns today for some fun and games! Played some perpetual commotion which i haven't played in forever! Whenever i play i always think of playing it at otway with laura davis :) good times. I just love board games. They are so much fun and bring people together! I could play board games all day....but i don't think there is anyone else who would want to do that i guess i'm out of luck!

Picture of the Day:
Mountains in New Zealand. Beautiful. Take me there now please?

Song of the Day:
This is Our Song by Camp Rock 2 Cast
Okay so i'm not a huge jonas or demi fan but i love this song. i can't help but smile every time i listen to it. It just makes me happy inside! Reminds me of summer, good times and good friends. :)
Thought of the Day:
So tonight i went a laid out on the blob deck and star gazed. Just sitting there and looking up into the sky made me realize how big the universe is and how small i am compared to it. Just thinking about the universe overwhelms me. There is so much more to this life then my little bubble that i am in. This world, this universe, is so incredible and amazing and i haven't even begun to experience it and all its wonders that it holds. As i take in these thoughts of mine i can't help but feel safe and at peace. The one who created this universe, the sun, the moon, every star in the sky, this world...he also created me. and if he can create this entire universe and hold it in his hands, then how can he not take care of me. We are even more important to him then the stars in the sky. Nothing is impossible for him. He created everything around us. He made every little piece of this universe. What greater thing is there? There is nothing He can't do. and even though we are a tiny little piece of his creation, even though we are just a corner of this universe, he still loves us and cares for us. How great is that?

Monday, September 27, 2010

Life is wonderful!!

Highlight of the Day:
Everything! Today was so wonderful! First off i got to sleep in and when i woke up i was super happy for no reason! Waking up happy is always good! Then i decide to go take a walk outside and when i get out there, to my surprise, i find that it is wonderfully, incredibly, amazingly beautiful outside! So i take about a 45 minute walk around camp. I was smiling the entire time and probably could have continued walking around the entire day! Everything was just so beautiful today! The clear blue sky, the sun beaming down between the beautiful trees, the butterflies that fly by me, the random bursts of flowers, the sound of birds around me, everything! God created such a beautiful world for us to enjoy! and that is what i did today!

Picture of the Day:
Sadly i forgot to take my camera with me on my walk....:( o well i have the beautiful pictures in my head...haha

Verse(s) of the Day:
Psalm 19:1-4
The heavens proclaim the glory of God.
      The skies display his craftsmanship.
 Day after day they continue to speak;
      night after night they make him known.
 They speak without a sound or word;
      their voice is never heard.
 Yet their message has gone throughout the earth,
      and their words to all the world.

This Psalm just explained today perfectly :)

1 Corinthians 2:9
No eye has seen, no ear has heard,
  and no mind has imagined
  what God has prepared
    for those who love him.

 Just stop and think about that verse. We will never be able to even imagine with our own minds how great and how awesome Heaven will be. And its just there waiting for us to experience it. As long as we love Him here on earth we will have endless joy with Him in Heaven, so much that we don't even have a small idea of it! How awesome is that? So awesome. haha

Song(s) of the day:
My day was full of music so i feel the need to share it all.
Light a Way by He is We- 
I woke up to this song and it started off my day wonderfully! It makes me want to learn how to play the guitar so i can play and sing it!
 You Make Me Sing, Dearly Loved, Firefly, Hurricane, Unfailing Love by Jimmy Needham-
I'm a little obsessed with Jimmy Needham right now...All these songs are so good so if you haven't heard of them or him, look him up. now. :)
I Will Waste My Life by Misty Edwards-
LOVE this song. I went and just danced to it today and it was incredible. I don't know if you have ever danced or felt this way, but i felt like i was flying, like i was completely free and in another world. It was

Thought of the Day:
If you try you can find happiness in anything. Seriously. If you reallllly try you can. Seeing things through joyful eyes and a happy mind turns this life that we live into something so wonderful that you can't help but feel blessed and want to share it with the whole world! So try
it. Find the good in every little thing in life. Its there. You just have to be looking for it. Life is wonderful. 

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Day by Day

So i was reading some other peoples blogs and i really liked one that kind of documented their lives day by day. I think it would be cool to be able to look back on this blog and reminisce each day! haha so i'm going to give it a try....I was never good at keeping a day by day journal so its probably not going to be exactly day by day....but i'm going to try!

Highlight of the Day:
Going out on the boat on Lake Livingston! It was such a beautiful day to just be out on the water. Also tubing with Brynn is the funniest thing ever. Her constant screaming and commentary the whole time made me laugh the entire time i was tubing!

Picture of the Day:
The pretty Lake Livingston!

Verse of the Day:
1 John 2:15-17
Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you.  For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.
It's just crazy to think that everything we own and everything we've ever wanted and strive for in this world will pass away. So why are we so attached? Why are we so obsessed with the things of this world when we know that its all going to be gone one day? Everything that we stress over, everything we worry ourselves with everyday isn't going to exist one day. So why do we stress, why do we worry? It's such an easy concept, just let go. None of it truly matters int he long run so stop holding on to it. But yet its so hard to let go. We have been brought up being taught that these things of the world are important, that its life. But its not! This world is not ours and the things of this world is not ours either. We are given them, we are renting them in a way, to help us live out Gods will for us and then they will pass. So im challenging myself, and you, yes you, to re-evaluate life. Reset my priorities. Stop holding on to things i don't need. Stop wanting things i don't need. Stop trying to please myself and what i feel i need in this life. Realize whats truly important, living for God. Because that will last forever.

Thought of the Day:
Laughter is truly the best medicine. You can't think of negative, sad things when you are laughing. Its impossible. Just try it. Go ahead.......see? impossible. So when the next time your in a bad mood, find something or someone funny. I bet it will help. I just want to laugh all day! So make me laugh. Do it. I dare you. :)

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The Life of Cho-Yeh Intern i haven't blogged in a million years. Sorry to those of you who have have kept up with the blog! Well the reason i haven't blogged in a while is because of how busy i have been lately. As i have said previously i am now an intern at cho-yeh for the semester! Its been about a month and even though there are many days where i wish i was still in school right now, i love this job and i love what i am doing here. A lot of people have asked me what exactly we do here....well i will tell you :) Being and intern here we pretty much work with the retreats that come into camp all year round. We set up things for them and get there living spaces ready, we make sure they have everything they need while they are here like water and supplies, we lifeguard, belay, lead them in low ropes games and run paintball for them. We build relationships with them and make sure there stay here is awesome! Its a pretty exhausting job and we work all day, non-stop. But i love working here because of the people. I love meeting all these new people and getting to help them have fun and help them grow. Its amazing when we get feedback from the groups of how great of a time they had. Thats when the work is all worth it! So yeah thats basically what i have been doing for the past month!

If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it;but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.
 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
1 Corinthians 13:1-7

This is just a passage i've been really reflecting on lately....Just how important loving others is. How everything in our life is completely worthless and meaningless if we don't love others. All our work and all our knowledge will mean nothing in the end if we didn't take the time to truly love others and do everything out of love. And love is hard...its hard to love everyone and just look at what love consists of! patience, kindness, faithfulness, hopefulness, endurance....and its void of jealousy, rudeness, proudness and boastfulness! Thats not easy...but if we don't try then what was the meaning of everything we did in our life? So yeah thats just been a focus of mine, doing everything i do out of love for others, seeing others through loving eyes, its hard and its a struggle but life without love is meaningless and i don't know about you but i don't want my life to be meaningless!

Monday, August 2, 2010

The Speed of Life

"Things are always changing, as fast as everything stays the same." 

Sooo life is crazy. Things can change so quickly that you don't even have time to process it. Since posting this blog i had a few people suggest looking into an internship at cho-yeh. I figured why not, i really had nothing to lose. So i sent out an email and got a reply back pretty quickly saying that they had a spot open for me and that i could start as soon as i could get down there! So there you go. I will now be a cho-yeh intern for the next semester. Which means i will be living in livingston, tx for a whole semester. Its definitely going to be interesting and its probably going to be a lot of work but i'm excited for this opportunity to come into my life and i think i'm just going to take it and run with it and see where i end up! Thank you to everyone who has been there for me during this time of my life. I have been so blessed to have you guys as friends. Seriously. I don't know what i did to deserve all of you in my life. God is so good and i know that he will provide for my family just like he provided me. I just have to keep trusting him!
Proverbs 3:5-6

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Upcoming Adventures

"Joy is what happens when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things are.  Joy is not necessarily what happens when things unfold according to our plans."

(So i decided to start this blog because there has been so many changes in my life and so many people in my life that don't know about any of it so i thought it would be easier to just create a blog to explain!)

All i can say is that this past year has been filled with changes. From moving to virgina to college to working at cho-yeh it all has truly been an adventure. But God is not done with my adventures yet! My father has recently lost his job. My mom trys to act like everything is okay but i can tell that we are struggling financially until my dad can find a new job. He has sent out many applications for many different things and has only gotten one interview from a company in california. This whole situation has made me think about my future. Earlier this summer i had debated whether or not i wanted to return to ocu for many reasons that would take to long to explain here. Talking to my parents about it i decided i would look for a cheaper school for me to attend to make it easier but of course it is to late to transfer anywhere. I think that i have decided that it would be best for me to take a semester off to just take time to think of what i really want to do/where i want to go. Also this would be a good time for me to get a job and earn money to help support my family. Its so crazy to think that i won't be going to a school next semester and i don't think i've accepted the fact because this has all happened so fast. I don't even know where we will be living next semester so i can't even begin to imagine what i will be doing. In a way it's kind of exciting not knowing where i'm going to end up. I trust that God has a great plan for me that he will reveal in his own time. Sometimes i wish he would reveal it a little faster and when i want it to but i know thats not going to happen and thats probably a good thing!

I have so many emotions happening to me at this point in my life. I'm so sad about not going back to my friends at ocu. You guys where so great and always there for me when i needed you and it's going to be hard not coming back and seeing you next semester. I'm worried about my family and what is going to happen to us and where we are going. I'm scared because i won't be surrounded by close friends anymore who were always there for me. This will truly be a test of my strength and my faith in God. I know that we will get through this  and i'm determined to keep the joy alive in my life right now! Thank you to all of you who have been praying for me and my family! It really means a lot and i can't thank you enough for your support.