Sunday, February 20, 2011

My Life Lately...

Last weekend, I went to visit my best friend, Lindsey, at LeTourneau. :) We were each other's Valentine. <3 I felt so blessed for being able to visit her! I survived the long drive, and gained a weekend of fun, love, insight, and worship. 

It's funny how the smallest things can make the biggest impact... When I was at LeTourneau, one of Lindsey's floor mates said something so simple, but so powerful! After sharing a verse she had read earlier that day, she said "I seriously love reading scripture. I am just so in love with this book!!" I was in awe. I was inspired. And, I can honestly say I am discovering everyday what it means to be in love with Jesus and his book! Truly in love. 

Here is my verse for last week... It's one I stumbled upon, and well, fell in love with.

"But God's foolishness is wiser than men, and God's weakness is stronger than men."
1 Corinthians 1:25

Neat perspective, huh? My strength doesn't even compare with God's weakness. And I know God is strong. So how could I possibly NOT depend on Him, give my life back to Him, and worship Him?

In other news, I HAVE REACHED MY 50% MARK FOR FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR ETHIOPIA! This means I am officially, for sure, without a doubt, on the trip. Why? After you reach the 50% mark, you can buy your plane ticket! :) GOD IS FAITHFUL. Korah, my mother, and I still need prayer, though! Look HERE for prayer requests and more information on my trip! Also, I am speaking at my school at the Baptist Student Ministry's free lunch this Wednesday about my trip. Please pray God speaks through me, and I don't get too nervous!! :)

In other other news, I cut my hair off. It was too poofy for my liking, so it's gone. That's what you get hair, for being unmanageable...

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Praise / Financial Support...

I am currently at 21.5% of my total financial need for Ethiopia, and 43% of my March 31st goal for financial support! To God be the glory! Please continue to pray for a worry-fee spirit and further preparation spiritually, mentally, physically, and emotionally. Thank guys! 


Monday, February 14, 2011

To the University of Cambridge, in New England...

"Students, to you 'tis given to scan the heights
Above, to traverse the ethereal space
And mark the systems of revolving worlds.
Still more, ye sons of science ye receive
The blissful news by messengers from Heav'n
How Jesus' blood for your redemption flows.
See Him with hands outstretched upon the cross;"

Phillis Wheatley 1773

Phillis Wheatley was an African American slave, brought to American from Africa to serve the Wheatley family, specifically to keep Mrs. Susannah Wheatley company. Susannah taught Phillis English and Latin enabling Phillis to become more and more educated. She became a published, prominent writer at the age of 19 or 20. Benjamin Franklin and John Hancock are two of the people who made sure she truly wrote what she claimed to have written, being that she was 1) female and 2) an African American slave. 

She was a firm believer in Jesus Christ and held true to Puritan beliefs, in the midst of the Enlightenment era of America. In the above excerpt, Phillis is giving a speech to the upper-class, white, male graduating class of Harvard University. She is telling them that as they make new scientific discoveries and allow knowledge acquisition to fill their lives, they should not lose sight of Jesus. He died on the cross for them... 

Amen to this! I was reading this in American Literature earlier today, and I was enthralled by Phillis's prose. They way she describes the students as "sons of science... mark[ing] the systems of revolving worlds" is so, so WELL-WRITTEN. 

I love how big a role God plays in past American Literature. Even as America claimed to have moved into Enlightenment thinking (social realm > spiritual realm; knowledge acquisition; independence and self-sufficiency), Phillis's poems are being published. God had His hand under our country then just as He does now, and He has his hand under our lives, lifting us up daily. That's powerful stuff people!

Happy Valentine's Day. <3 

Thursday, February 10, 2011


I want to be in Ethiopia now. It is so hard to wait, especially since most of my time is filled with studying or just hanging out. Not that I am not absolutely in love with my life. I am. God has brought me to this amazing school, where I have already met so many people. I am more CONFIDENT than ever before. But, my prayers for my heart to break for Korah are happening. I want to be there so badly. 
My prayer request regarding Ethiopia, that I am adding to the already long list. :), is for God to give me peace in this time of waiting.  I have exactly 92 days until I am on that plane, and that means I have 92 days of life to live glorifying Him in my studies, with my friendships, in all that I do. Thank you everyone, for your prayers. <3 

Gorgeous, Authentic Photographs:

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Momma was right...

I just started reading Radical by David Platt after a recommendation... well, long conversation with my mother about an epiphany that was "rocking her world." Already chapter one, BAM, ouch. Too much truth. Truth in the convicting, want-to-deny-it-but-can't, want-to-stop-reading-but-can't kind of way. Here is the passage that hit the hardest.

"We are giving into the dangerous temptation to take the Jesus of the Bible and twist him into a version of Jesus we are more comfortable with. A nice, middle-class, American Jesus. A Jesus who doesn't mind materialism and who would never call us to give away everything we have. A Jesus who would not expect us to forsake our closest relationships so that he receives all our affection. A Jesus who is fine with nominal devotion that does not infringe on our comforts, because, after all, he loves us just the way we are. A Jesus who wants us to be balanced, who wants us to avoid dangerous extremes, and who, for that matter, wants us to avoid danger altogether. A Jesus who brings comfort and prosperity as we live out our Christian spin on the American dream."

He goes on to write...

"But do you and I realize what we are doing at this point? We are molding Jesus into our image. He is beginning to look a lot like us because, after all, this is whom we are most comfortable with. And the danger now is that when we gather in our church buildings to sing and lift up our hands in worship, we may not actually be worshipping the Jesus of the Bible. Instead we may be worshipping ourselves. 

That is some tough stuff to read. Although, it is comforting to read, and to know, that my spontaneous decision to travel to a country I know nothing about, to a completely different world that the one I have been blessed to live in, is not as crazy as I originally thought. :)

I CANNOT wait to be in Ethiopia. I want to tell the women how beautiful they are. That they are made beautifully in His image! Our skin will not be the same color, our clothing will not be the same, our language will not be the same, but we will share the fact that our Almighty Creator made us EXACTLY how he wanted us. How can you even argue with that?

I want to hug and cuddle with the incredibly resilient children. I want to shed tears of misunderstanding, only understanding that only God is in control. I want to be there, to be changed.

I thought it would be a while before I started to really desire to be in Ethiopia. Well, it's happening. God has gripped my heart. Our only purpose on this earth is to let the billions of people who have never heard of Jesus KNOW ABOUT HIM! It is stated clear as day in the Bible. How after 18 years have I missed it? I was caught up in being a teenager; I was worried about boys, college, friends, work... When all I should be worried about is letting everything I do be towards the growth of His eternal kingdom! Ethiopia here I come! I have so far to go (literally, Africa is FAR!), but I am excited to let everyday be one of glory to Him.

  No more wishy-washy-ness. 

Now on to Chapter 2.. Man, Mr. David Platt, you sure wrote a good book! :P

Sunday, February 6, 2011


I am officially announcing my trip to Ethiopia this coming May! 

God very quickly placed Ethiopia on my heart and in my mind after attending Acquire the Fire back in January. I knew after the conference that I wanted to go somewhere to tell about God. Global Expeditions is a great organization specifically designed to send young people to spread the gospel! So, I knew I wanted to go with Global Expeditions. I went online to to look at the different trips. Well... there are so many! Where God wanted me was very quickly my prayer! For a reason I can only attribute to God, Ethiopia was always at the forefront of my mind and soon my heart. So I applied for the trip to Ethiopia from May 14-26 and got on the team! I cannot be more excited!! :)

I will be traveling to the village of Korah, right outside Addis Ababa (the capitol city). The village is one of great, unbelievable poverty. Children and adults alike search for food at the local trash dump. Nobody travels to this village because they believe the residents are cursed. In short, Korah is in desperate need of love. God's love! They need to feel important, and God is just the guy to go that! He who knew each of them before they were even born. He who made them wonderfully. He who makes no mistakes. He who can offer them an eternal life in Heaven! Anyways, please please please watch this video so you can get an idea of where I am going and who I will be serving in Korah!

The Village of Korah - A short documentary from Session 7 Media on Vimeo.

I will not be able to go to Ethiopia without your help! I need prayer!! Lots of prayer! The enemy will be doing what he can to prevent me from going, so please pray for these things:
- Financial Support
- Personal spiritual preparation 
- Political stability in Ethiopia
- Safe travel

I am also asking for you to pray about possibly being a financial supporter. I will be posting how to donate to my mission fund a little later. Until then, please pray! 

I will be updating soon! Thank you to all who follow me and for your prayer! God is in control! 

His Hands and Feet,