Quotes I Love || September 2016

Friday, September 30, 2016

I could hardly believe it, the other day, as I flipped my calendar from August to September. Had an entire summer seriously gone by? And now it's prime fall. Leaves are falling, it's getting (wayyy too) cold outside, I'm wearing a jacket everywhere I go - hashtag nooooooo -  and school is in full swing. Between nursing homework, working at a little daycare, leading Bright Lights, and doing photo shoots here and there, the schedule seems packed. And yet, in His amazing grace, the Lord has made this season one of the most fruitful yet.


~ Getting to meet up with my mentor. Oh my goodness, I feel so incredibly blessed to have such a sweet, Christ-centered woman in my life who prays with me and for me, and pushes me further into Jesus. The other day, as we were discussing an amazing book ("Wrestling Prayer" by Eric and Leslie Ludy), she made a beautiful statement that I have been pondering:

"We are just shadows, dancing in Christ's light." Nicole Botruff. 

~ Being so refreshed by my Jesus. Okay, so lately I have been tempted to feel a bit burnt out in children's ministry; I have always loved being with kiddos, and they are truly my favorite age group ever, but a little while back I had stared to allow myself to feel overwhelmed and stressed. A few weeks ago, I ordered "Set Apart Motherhood" by Leslie Ludy (yes, I know I'm obsessed with their books, but that's just because they continually point me to Jesus!) and I was so refreshed and re-inspired to jump back into that room full of toddlers and just keep showing Jesus' love to them.

"I have learned that those 'I can't handle it' or 'I'm exhausted' moments present great opportunities for victory in my mothering. Not victory in my own strength but in the strength of Jesus Christ. In my weakness, His strength can be made perfect. But I must allow that supernatural work of grace to be accomplished in my soul by trusting Him for strength and peace, instead of giving in to how I am feeling in the moment. 'I can't handle it' feelings must immediately be countered with a 'God can handle it' attitude." Leslie Ludy, Set-Apart Motherhood, p.30
~ "SAY THE WORD" by Hillsong United. I have been listening to this song over and over lately. When I was working though 2 hours worth of homework the other day, I literally replayed this song 10 times.

~ The Old Testament. I have been reading though the OT lately, and I have been super, super, super encouraged. I have been re-reading these verses out of my journal a lot lately:

"...Up; for this is the day in which the Lord has delivered Sisera into your hands; has not the Lord your God gone before you?..." (Judges 4:14).
"Be strong and of good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He it is that does go with you; He will not fail you or forsake you" (Deuteronomy 31:6).
"He is the Rock, His work is perfect; for all His ways are judgment; a God of truth and without iniquity, just and righteous is He" (Deuteronomy 32:4).
"When you go out to battle against your enemies, and see horses, and chariots, and a people more than you, be not afraid of them; for the Lord your God is with you..." (Deuteronomy 20:1).
"...To [the Lord] shall you cleave..." (Deuteronomy 10:20).
"Have I not sent thee?" (Judges 6:14c).       

~ THE TRUE WOMAN CONFERENCE. I am so thankful to have had the privilege to travel with some sweet friends to Indianapolis to attend Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth's "Cry Out 16" conference. It was such sweet time of  getting to meet other girls who are seeking Jesus, and to hear some wonderful speakers. I had the privilege of meeting the lovely Mary Kassian, and I was soooo excited; she had taught the second session, and I was totally blessed by this one statement she made:
"If you have Jesus, you will always have enough."  
I have been posting some photos from the event on my photography Instagram account, and I am looking forward to finishing going through all my notes and photos from the weekend!


Lately I have been thinking about these words:

1. Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
Recently, I have been listening to this lovely hymn over and over. The words are so worshipful, and they really minister to my heart; my favorite little phrase in this song is "ponder anew what the Almighty can do."

Ponder anew.

I love that! Like, take a step back and drop all you know for a moment, and just ponder all over again the greatness of our God. Definitely so important.

2. "Only One Life, Twill' Soon Be Past." (C.T. Studd).
I have often used this pressing quote in place of my bio on social media because I want to be reminded constantly that "only what's done for Christ will last." These words of C.T. Studd make me evaluate what I'm doing and ask myself a question:
When I stand before God and answer to Him for what I did at this moment, will I regretfully explain that I lived in light of how I felt, or will I be able to say, "by your grace, Lord, I lived that moment in light of the Cross"?

He is worthy of my every breath.

3. We Must Allow Him to Shape Every Dimension of How We Live (Leslie Ludy).

If you actually open up your Bible and read it, you're going to find out something really fast: Jesus is stunning. And I am not. In and of myself, I am a selfish, flesh-following, lazy, disgusting human being, but when I allow Jesus to come and have all of me, when I allow Him to wreck my life and rebuild it His way, we begin to see something beautiful.

And it's not Cassidy.

It's all due to Him. The one who loves the lowly, reaches the broken, strengthens the weak, holds the hurting--that's the One who wants to overtake your life, starting right now. Starting right in that one area of your life you want to hold back from Him. He died for that place in your life. "Wherever you are, be all there" Jim Elliot once said, but I would like to say, wherever you are, be all His. (By the way, I love Jim Elliot, I just wanted to build off of that.)

So my friend, believe it or not, you're are choosing at this very moment whom your are living for. May our hearts always cry "JESUS!"

4. Run a Rescue Shop Within a Yard of Hell (C.T. Studd).

I am alive.

And that's not for no reason. I live to bring glory to my King; to know Him and to make Him known. Am I living my everyday life with a "today" perspective, or an eternal perspective? When I talk with others in my life, is it my greatest joy to speak of Him?

Oh yes, and it's not "my everyday"; I have nothing that I have not been given. And it is all from Him. So, today is all HIS.

I have been thinking about how much every person in my life needs the Gospel; I have been saved for for about 1,825 days, and guess what? I still need Jesus today just as much as I needed Him at moment one. And I want to have such a love for my Jesus that it is never ever an aching duty*, or adopt an "oh, well I guess I should probably share the Gospel with them" kind of attitude. He is my savior; I am His unworthy servant, and He has asked me to go. To go and make Him known.

As October arrives, I am keeping Amy Carmichael's words in mind; "We who love our Lord...will voluntarily and gladly lay aside the things that charm the world, so that we may be charmed and ravished with the things of heaven." He is so faithful; there's one more month behind me, and everything else He has in store before me. He will carry me! What a comfort that is to know.

*Even if it does feel like a duty at moments, I tell my feelings "No!" They are not in charge of this life any longer. They have been given up to Christ, and are His to do whatever He sees fit with them. I must continue to share the Gospel even when I don't "feel like it." There's great joy in speaking of the One  who can save even me.

An Eric Ludy Sermon to Totally Check Out!

Sunday, September 11, 2016

I had the privilege of meeting Eric Ludy this past spring; I was sooo excited and I could barely contain myself! (And I guess he could tell since he said, "Wow you're really enthusiastic!" I was like.... Ohhh, I need to calm down! ;)). I have been so encouraged by Eric and Leslie's ministry, and today I want to share a message of Eric's.

A few years back, I hear this Eric Ludy sermon called "The Auschwitz Within." And I was so convicted and encouraged by it, and I hope y'all will watch it too! In this message, Eric shares about Evan--a man whose life was radically abandoned to the King of kings. One day, Evan was brutally murdered, and practically forgotten by everyone. His family does not remember his life, except perhaps in shame. There wasn't a funeral upon his death. The individual who killed Evan wasn't even tried. 

Evan was aborted.

The current "church culture" of  America is not one that stands for life and advocates on the vulnerable one's behalf; rather we too often look the other way while another precious life slips away. In this sermon, Pastor Eric strongly exhorts the church that we are called to stand. We must be a voice for these children. 

I am 100% certain that your life will be impacted, touched, and convicted by this message. With transparency and boldness, Eric stands with these little, precious lives. His reason for doing so? Because Jesus is standing for these lives. We must stand with Him! Do not miss out on this inspiring, and deeply challenging message:

{P.S. Also check out some of his other messages (that I totally love!)- The Sin of SilenceCanon, the Basis for Bravehearted FaithThe Amen Life [LOVE this one]The Cave of SufferingDoes God Still Heal?Grace for Dealing with PeopleWhen a Pastor Lives a Double Life, and, if you've ever wondered what in the world "Ellerslie" is, check this one out- The History of Ellerslie.}