12.30.2010

New Years Resolutions

Happy New Year!
What an adventure 2010 has been. Such a year of mistakes and of growth, such an incredible year. But this blog is too look forward to next year. To open my heart up and let the Lord continue to mould me into a beautiful child of his. So here's to a new year! A fresh start!


Resolutions of 2011:


1) To learn to be vulnerable (1 Thessalonians 5:11)


2) To lean on God before I lean on people (Proverbs 3:5)


3) To change 5 people's lives in a dramatic way (Matthew 28:19)


4) To not be afraid to commit  (Jeremiah 29:11)


5) I want to stand out and not fit the norms (John 15)


6) To have the world hate me (John 15:18-19)


7)To consume less (Matthew 6:19)


8)To trust God more. To gain an understanding of the Lord's justice for the hurting ( Psalm 140:12, Isaiah 41:17)


9) To realize I'm beautiful~these self esteem issues need to be gone by 2011:) (Psalm 139:14)


10) Give more to those who have less (Proverbs 19:17, Proverbs 22:9)


11) To stay in shape physically, mentally and spiritually (Hebrews 12:1-3)


12) To protect my heart in my relationship (Song of Solomon 2:7)

Lord willing I will live another year and I hope to accomplish a few more of these in 2011!

12.29.2010

If we are the body

A familiar song by Casting Crowns has recently taken a fresh to my heart.
It's called if we are the body and it questions what Christ's body is doing in the church and the world today. To be honest I think I heard this song over a hundred times but this afternoon the Lord used this piece of music to go deeper in my heart. God really questioned me on what I was doing to glorify his Kingdom? So often I tell myself that I'm doing 'ok' in my relationship with the Lord and with others. So often I focus on the 'important' things in my life that really serve no significance at all.
This song opened my eyes once again, to the pain that so many experience on a daily basis and made me question once again what I am doing about it. This song also challenges to church, a place that should resemble Christ and asks if we are truly showing Christ.

This afternoon I have been asked why aren't his arms reaching and his hands healing? I encourage you to check out this song and let the words ring in your soul. If you've heard this song before I pray that this song will ring afresh in your heart. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAWeHo8E70E

With love.
Mads

12.24.2010

An aching heart.

I love Christmas! Maybe I should write that again just to make sure this is clear. I love Christmas! From seeing my family to the birth of Christ, Christmas is def. my favourite time of the year. Ever since I was a little girl I would race downstairs and see what Santa had in store for me that year. Christmas has always brought a joy in my life. I love to celebrate Christmas and love the thrill that it brings!

But this afternoon my heart aches for so many precious people that tonight and tomorrow are just another day. These people won't know if they will live to see the next day; nor what it holds. For me my night is all planned out. From church service to playing cards with the family, opening our novels before bedtime to putting out cookies and milk, (even though I'm 18) the night is simply magical. But for too many tonight is just another night. For over 27 million slaves in our world right now, its another reminder that they have no control. For the millions of girls in the sex trade they know that tomorrow will be like any other day: being raped and sold, time and time again. Throughout all the busiest that Christmas brings, I'm taking this half hour to pray and remember these precious children, adults and elderly all around the world that won't be able to celebrate the birth of the Saviour. I pray so dearly that I would learn to think less of myself and more of others. I believe in the power of prayer and I hope my prayer touches the life of someone tonight. That maybe tonight one girl trapped in the sex trade won't be rapped and can try to sleep for more than a few hours.
I hope that my attitude will reflect nothing that is selfish this Christmas but only a selfless heart. There are so many people in our own community that needs someone to love on them. We all have gifts. We all have things we are good at and the Lord really wants to use us to reach the hurting. I realize that every Christmas, millions of people will not celebrate it, but I have a goal that I can touch lives through Christ throughout the year so that Christmas 2011 there will be a few more smiling and rejoicing.

So to all the ones that are hurting right now, know i'm praying for you and that the maker of the universe loves you.

12.23.2010

Forever His

Sitting by my fireplace, drinking tea and re reading the Christmas story has been a beautiful experience. Tonight I read from Mary's perspective and realized just how close Christmas is again.

Thoughts are always flooding through my mind and it's sometimes so hard to turn them off. I decided as a new years resolution that blogging would be something that I started. However tonight, I realized the name for my blog and decided to start a little bit early. This occurred when I realized another piece of the Lord's love for me. 
While re reading the Christmas story he whispered into my heart that I am forever his. That he is never going to leave me no matter how screwed up I am. That he wants to meet me and my fragile heart right where I'm at. That I'm his. That is why my blog is called Forever His. My heavenly father is always going to be mine and I his.

Merry Christmas!

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