Monday, July 25, 2016

Getting Closer!

No song for today's blog post. Just wanted to give an update on my fundraising since several people have been asking. God has been so faithful and gracious in the people He has put in my life. So far, I have over $2,000!! It is so humbling to receive financial support like this from the body of Christ. I cannot begin to express my thanks and also how much I appreciate how many of you are praying for me.

Only 10 days left until I leave! I'm slowly getting things together and I am getting very excited. I know it will be tough as I adjust and figure out where exactly I will fit in, but I'm looking forward to seeing what God will do these next few months.

Today I was reading the first chapter of 2 Corinthians. It is a great chapter if you want to read it real fast. Verse 9 really stuck out to me. It says: "We felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves, but on God, who raises the dead." Wow. They were so distressed that they didn't even want to live anymore, but Paul says that this helped them to rely on God more. I know it's true that when you are going through a tough time, it helps you to draw closer to God. I pray that I will rely on Him when the storms come and I am no longer "comfortable" and hopefully this will draw me closer to Him.

Thank you to everyone who has been so supportive as I start this journey. It really has opened my eyes to how blessed I am and how the body of Christ is truly a body, with everyone working together to show Christ's love.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Beautiful Bride

Beautiful Bride- Fly Leaf:

Unified diversity
Functioning as one body
Every part encouraged by the other
No one independent of another
You're irreplaceable, indispensable
You're incredible, incredible
Beautiful bride
Body of Christ
One flesh abiding
Strong and unifying
Fighting ends in forgiveness
Unite and fight all division
Beautiful bride
Strengthen your arms now
Train your fingers for battle
Urgency's here now
Train your fingers for battle
Fighting this violence
With your feet wrapped in peace
Sad tears and silence
Now screams of joy
Victory
I love this song by flyleaf. It wraps up perfectly what the body of Christ should be. We need to be strong, encouraging one another while also preparing for battle, "fighting this violence," as the song says. I've also been reading about the body of Christ in 1 Corinthians 12:12-29. Verse 27 says: "All of you together are Christ's body and each of you is a part of it." This was a great reminder that everyone has a different gift, but we are all used by God to help the body. As the song says, we are "unified diversity." I feel that Christ-Reconciled Church is striving towards this goal and it is exciting and encouraging to be a part of.
The picture at the top is of a group of people who represent the meaning of "strong." I was blessed (for the most part) to be able to take a fitness class for 4 weeks. It started at 5:15 am and ended at 6:45 twice a week. I died a little every morning but it was always worth it afterwards. And the people in the class were so motivating and encouraging. This is the most important aspect because I know I wouldn't have been able to do anything that I did these past four weeks without them. The same goes for all my running buddies that I ran with Saturday morning and at the Crazy 8s race. The difference between running by myself and running with other people is amazing. I think the church should look like this. We need to keep each other accountable while motivating each other to get out of our comfort zone and push ourselves every day. We can't do it alone. Tanner, who spoke at church today, also mentioned this in his sermon. We have to get out of our comfy chair (I hope your reading this Tanner) and share Christ with those around us, whether it be through actions or words. Yes, this is a hard thing to do, but if we are seeking God first and have the body of Christ encouraging us, then God will be able to use us in the way He wants.
Thank you boot-campers for being such an encouraging group of people. And thank you CRC family for being a church that truly represents the body of Christ.