So in my last post I said that I would share what the Lord worked on my heart about at the youth conference. I still can't believe it went by that quickly! The preaching was amazing! So here goes....
Whew! Where do I start? I guess I will share some of the quotes that stuck out to me and then some of the decisions I made.
You ought to be the first one to show others how fun and inviting trusting the Lord can be. -Steven Barnes
The only thing you lose in the fire is what the world puts on you. -Dean Miller
I thought I would kind of explain to you this quote. Remember in the book of Daniel, the story about the 3 Hebrew boys who would not bow down to the statue, and they were thrown into the fire? Well the Bible says that their hands were bound with ropes and when they came out of the fire the only thing burned was the ropes that were put on them. What an amazing thought, how that when we are going through some trials in our life, if we trust in God, the only thing we will lose is what the world has put on us.
When God gives a commandment, He is doing it for our good and our protection. -Dean Miller
When's the last time you went to God in prayer and talked about Him and not only you? -Dean Miller
God is the only One who can take the trials in your life and make them blessings. -Scott Gray
YOU are the only one who chooses if YOU make it in the Christian walk or not. -Bob Gray 2
Your attitude determines what kind of person you become and what kind of influence you have on others.
So....Bro. Dean Miller preached a message about the 3 Hebrew boys in the furnace. He talked about having that strong kind of faith to be able to stand up for what you believe in and not be ashamed. That made me start thinking about the example I have on my friends. When I get together with them I usually don't bring up spiritual stuff because I am kind of scared about what they are going to think of me. Don't get me wrong, I love the Lord with all my heart and would never do anything to shame Him! But I wasn't the kind of girl that would look at my friend and say..."Hey, let's go read our Bibles together!, or, "Hey, we need to pray for so-and-so real quick" I realized that I wasn't being the right kind of friend. Later that week I sent a message to my friend and asked her to forgive me for not being the spiritual friend that I should.
Bro Bob Gray 2 preached a message about your sanctuary. He talked about having that one-on-one time with the Lord, and again the Lord spoke to my heart. I read my Bible every day and pray. But I realized that I do it just to check it off my list, not really spending that quality time with my Heavenly Father. So the next week I went to the store, picked out a huge notebook, and started a new prayer journal. So far, so good! I am really enjoying my one-on-one time with God. Also, after Bro. Gray preached that message me and my friend became sanctuary accountability partners. We keep each other accountable and check up on each other, and ask how our sanctuary is going. So thankful for wonderful friends like her!
I hope that was an encouragement to you! I am so glad to be able to have gone to that Youth Conference. Can't wait till next year!
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
This week some teen girls from my church and a couple others from a church in Port Charlotte had the amazing pleasure of going to the Deep South Youth Conference in Gulfport, Mississippi. It was wonderful! The Lord worked on all of our hearts and many decisions were made. I thought I would share with you some of the pictures and memories we made all along the way.
I plan on posting in the next few days about the messages that were preached and what kind of decisions were made! I am so thankful to be able to have gone with this wonderful group of girls! This week was amazing!
Monday, May 30, 2016
So much has happened since I last posted, I don't know where to start! :) There has been birthdays, youth activities, traveling, baptisms, and so much more! I love the life that the Lord has given to me!
Me and Beth had the opportunity to spend a week at our grandparents. We were able to see cousins, aunts, and uncles, and laugh and have fun!
Last Saturday we had a youth activity. All of us teens went bowling. There were six teen girls and three adults. And.......I beat Josh in bowling!!! Of course, that was my praise in Sunday School! (I just had to rub it in a little) :)
Sunday was an amazing day! My Dad preached an awesome message Sunday Morning, and we were able to see one of the teen girls accept Christ as her Savior! We also started our bus route two weeks ago and on the first Sunday we had ten kids ride! Our van is a 15 passenger van, so please pray for the Lord to provide us with a bus soon!
I am so thankful for my family, friends, and church family! The Lord is really working in our church! I can't wait to see what else He has in store!
Thursday, May 5, 2016
My sweet sister is now 6! I love this spunky, fun little girl so much! Today for her birthday she wanted to have a tea party and for dinner she wanted to have a picnic in the woods by our house. (I'll post pictures of that later) I had so much fun taking her birthday pictures. It was harder than I thought trying to get her to smile! The bugs were really bad in the flowers and she didn't really care for that! :)
In late April to the beginning of May, we have beautiful wildflowers everywhere, and I thought that would be a perfect spot to take her pictures. (Having little siblings is great for practicing photography too!)
I love it how the flowers are mostly yellow with a few white ones spread throughout it! I also love the look on Callie's face in the picture above! She was SO excited to smell all the flowers! ;)
I can't believe you are already six Callie! You are such a pretty girl! I love you more than words can say!