4.26.2011

HALF WAY:)





Today I am just so excited to tell you that I have reached day 30 of my t-shirt challenge. April 26 marks the half way point of my 60 day challenge (which is today!)


Here's a few remarks and reflections that I am feeling at the half way point:


 I miss my clothes! Although accessorizing has been so fun with a t-shirt at the same time there is so many awesome tops that I wish I could buy/wear. It's spring time and the warmer weather is coming and I wish I could wear some summer dresses! This brought me to a very humbling reflection on Good Friday. I was getting ready for work and I am encouraged to look "nice" on holidays at the restaurant. I could have worn the cutest outfits but I found such a hard time trying to come up with something that would work. Nothing that morning looked nice with a grey tee. I ended up being very frustrated over something so little as "looking nice." The Lord spoke straight to my heart and made me think about how people with one shirt "look nice." They sleep in that shirt, do chores, sweat, get it wet in the rain etc.- What happens when they want to look nice? Here I still have my closet full of clothes and jewellery to make an outfit look nice. I instantly felt so selfish of complaining and even fretting about not knowing what to wear.


During work I thought and prayed once again that the Lord would continue to humble me in such a selfish and self centred world that I live in. That he would mould my heart to be more like his and give me his eyes to the see more of the injustice around the world and ways I could help right here in Elmira. My heart is helping people and the biggest lesson I've learnt from this challenge so far is that all this "stuff" is hindering me from being closer to Christ.


I have been realizing more and more how our North American society is structured. We have tv shows called "what not to wear" and a cosmetic industry making billions of dollars for us to "look good, hot, sexy, presentable." Magazines flood the racks with how to look beautiful, get the right guy, look sexy this summer etc. Is this really something I need to be consumed with?


In my quiet time with God that day he led me to 1 Peter 1:1 which says:
"Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who reside as aliens, scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, who are chose"


God totally spoke to my heart and the word "aliens" jumped right off the page. Peter is writing to people who follow Christ and he calls them aliens- why? Because they don't "fit in" with society and what society is looking for. If I am a follower of Christ I should look at those "what not to wear" tv shows and feel like an alien. I should feel that I don't fit in- because those are things just not of Christ.


I just love how God uses his living word to speak to our hearts directly- all the time.


I am excited to go for another thirty days in my t-shirt challenge and have God transform me more and more into an alien of this world!





4.24.2011

Endings and Beginnings.

So this post is dedicated to finishing my first year! What a wonderful and amazing these past 8 months have been. So many new friends, knowledge and crazy times. Definitely a lot of ups and downs throughout the year but I know that one thing remained the same: God is faithful and his planning is perfect. I serve a God who has perfect timing to everything. Who knew that heading in university I would be leaving for a year to serve in South Africa! I love that I can trust in God with everything knowing full well that he will give me everything I need.

So here's to an amazing first year! From making new friends, to learning some incredible things and to falling more in love with Christ.

My first day moving into residence in September- seems like SO long ago!



& coming home again after moving back last Monday!

Blessings- Mads.

4.17.2011

In need of LOVE



This past month has been tough, I'll be honest. There has been more than enough ups and downs with my heart. End of school, end of a few friendships and of residence living.

Sometimes I just feel so overwhelmed and get caught up in things that don't really matter. Exams are so stressful to me and instead of relying on God for my daily bread I turn to worldly things that leave me so empty. I've asked God to reshape and re-mold me into the women of God he wants me to be. I never realize how painful of a process it could be but I know that God is so much better than any worldly thing- even if i'm so tempted to receive my love from the world.

I've realized this past week that I am so in need of love but in need of God's love and that nothing compares to his love: everything will fall short. In talking to a friend tonight my favourite Psalm was brought up. These words ring so loud in my heart tonight as I am drawing all my strength from God and his everlasting love.

Here is Psalm 63 I hope it gives you the encouragement and challenge that the Lord showed me tonight- I highlighted the parts that stood out to me tonight


 1 You, God, are my God,
   earnestly I seek you;
I thirst for you,
   my whole being longs for you
,
in a dry and parched land
   where there is no water.
 2 I have seen you in the sanctuary
   and beheld your power and your glory.
3 Because your love is better than life,
   my lips will glorify you. 
4 I will praise you as long as I live,
   and in your name I will lift up my hands.
5 I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods;
   with singing lips my mouth will praise you.
 6 On my bed I remember you;
   I think of you through the watches of the night.
7 Because you are my help,
   I sing in the shadow of your wings.
8 I cling to you;
   your right hand upholds me.
 9 Those who want to kill me will be destroyed;
   they will go down to the depths of the earth.
10 They will be given over to the sword
   and become food for jackals.
 11 But the king will rejoice in God;
   all who swear by God will glory in him,
   while the mouths of liars will be silenced.


4.11.2011

Day 15

So far I have worn the same grey t-shirt for fifteen days! Hurray!

This exciting and challenging experience has taught me more than I thought.

First, I am excited to put on the same shirt every day. I thought it would be really difficult however the conversations that have started from me wearing this shirt has been so encouraging and so fun. I have been able to talk about sweat shops, wants and needs and our North American culture more than I would have imaged. People are interested and inspired which is the whole purpose of this shirt challenge so I'm thrilled!

I have picked up on people's language! This part has made me very discouraged because the way the majority of people talk about what they have is disgusting. We are the richest people in the world and yet I constantly hear "I don't have anything to wear," "I'm so broke and have no money." "I NEED this - I NEED that etc." These comments have been eye-opening because they are all FALSE. People take so much for granted (including me) and it is very frustrating. This shirt challenge has opened my eyes to see how selfish and self centred some people are.

Third lesson: Thankfulness. This shirt challenge has taught me to be thankful. Thankful that I have a shirt. Thankful that I get to educate myself and others about very important issues.
This challenge has made me more thankful in general and I'm so blessed and humbled by this experience.

Only 45 days left!

Here are a few pics of the grey tee;)




4.06.2011

Community

That word rings so loud in my ear every day. I attended a residence that is all about community and we stress that here at Grebel.

Words can't describe how much I will miss this place all the beautiful friendships that I have made. The president of the college blessed our meal and he thanked God for all the memories we will get to cherish. I love that word: cherish. I will cherish the warmth of this place, sitting with everyone at meals, community supper, having our doors open all the time and for the most incredible people I have met and encountered. 

I will so dearly miss Grebel and last night was such a bitter-sweet time of celebrating my second term here!

A few pictures of the night:)










4.03.2011

Praying for you!

I decided to paint (I know, so weird for me)  a jar and put prayer requests in it that people have asked me to pray about and things I have told people I would commit to praying for. This way I won't forget and as I pick 4 out a day those 4 will be on my mind all day- who knows - maybe you'll be on my mind all day sometime soon!

If you want prayer email me and I would more than LOVE to commit to praying for you. I 100% believe in the power of prayer.




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