My dad is one of the most giving, compassionate people I’ve ever known. Although he can be rather stubborn at times (if I do say so myself hahaha), he truly puts all his energy into what he really cares about. I often tease him and complain about him (not going to lie), but I’m so blessed to have someone like him in my life. Many times, I’m so wrapped up in myself that I don’t acknowledge the impact he has in my life, but God is continually teaching me about more of Heavenly father through my earthly father.
My daddykins loves making me happy hehehe. He always provides for me, loves surprising me, and is always there to help. Even when I mess around and completely screw things up, he responds in love (after a lecture…but ya know). I don’t appreciate him so many times, but God’s slowly opening my eyes to the blessings He’s given me, even if they are hidden behind the shadow of my pride. I love my earthly daddy :)
My dad’s love for me continually reminds me of the ever-present, everlasting love that God has for me. I tend to see God as the person who gets annoyed and frustrated at me when I mess up (and that’s a lot), but that’s a misunderstanding of God’s character. He’s jealous and just, but He’s also a patient and loving Father. Hmm…I just lost my train of thought…where was I going with this….hahaha. But I guess I just want to say that my dad’s constant willingness to provide for me and his patience towards me even when I mess up is guiding me in seeing the love that my Heavenly Father has for me. And I’m forever grateful for that.
Matthew 7:11 (ESV) If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in Heaven give good things to those who ask him!
and the message of this verse is so important that it’s repeated a second time!
Luke 11:13 (ESV) If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the Heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!
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Are you a Christian who’s a student? Or a student who’s a Christian?
Are you a Christian who’s an athlete? Or an athlete who’s a Christian?
Are you a Christian who’s a musician? Or a musician who’s a Christian?
Remember who your true identity is found in.
This was something God really touched my heart with and reminded me tonight. It’s quite a simple statement, but especially challenging to live by. I’ve been really consumed with the need to succeed, and I’ve allowed it to take over many areas of my life for the past few weeks. God is good and His mercies are new every morning, though. He graciously reminded me of my true identity in Him, an identity that neither grades nor audition results nor achievements nor powers of darkness nor anything in this present age can destroy.
It’s been a couple of days filled with the unexpected. But surprisingly, I’m still smiling. These couple of days have been a testament of how good God is regardless of the chaos happening around me. He remains faithful, and I have assurance that He’ll provide a way to work everything out for my good, and for His glory. :))))
The four sweethearts at the end of that Jimmy Kimmel segment I Told My Kids I Ate All Their Halloween Candy.
Here is the compiled version.
I went and viewed the full videos for these kids and omg, seeing their whole reaction is even better. They love their candy andaresad butstillreact so well.
Ryan, the “feel happy” kid, is just that good-hearted.
Madeline, the third one, is incredibly sweet throughout, impossibly mature.
Ciara (who I misspelled, whoops, sorry) is this big happy ball of energy and quickly calms down but you guys, her brother Carter! He is so upset! BECAUSE HE’S WORRIED ABOUT HIS MOM EATING ALL THAT IN ONE DAY AND GETTING CAVITIES. I can never have children. They couldn’t possibly measure up to Carter.
I was mindlessly scrolling through my fb news feed today, and this really spoke to me:
"Jesus’ words to you today— ‘The one thing you absolutely need is the one thing you can never lose: My Presence with you.’"
This week was pretty rough, but today was a beautiful reminder from God about the things that make an eternal difference and what really matters in this temporary earthly life that He has blessed me with.
Good News Club completely exceeded everything I expected; the work that God has planned and is doing cannot be expressed with words…it’s absolutely indescribable. Some things happened during the club that were unexpected, but they worked together to make an amazing first club!
We prayed for 10 kids, and God sent 20! 21, to be exact! Haha it’s just like Hudson Taylor! I have complete faith that this club will continue to grow, in both kids and volunteers and that God is going to do PHENOMENAL works in this club and those being held in other schools.
Praying for more volunteers and for the gospel and good news of Christ to take root in these childrens’ hearts.
God is so good to meeee! hehehe
We played A Mighty Fortress is Our God for a short, simple warm-up in orch today (although I don’t think people realized the song we were playing haha). And after that, I found out I made it into region orch. Coincidence? I think not :)
I also got a 98 on my math test :)
Today completely exceeded my expectations.
I had region orch auditions yesterday, and was slightly nervous about the results for a good chunk of today. I was going about my day as usual, praying and asking God to steady my heart, and He revealed himself to me in the most unlikely circumstance!
I was in english, reading Macbeth with my class. yada yada…more plot…yada yada…more analysis…and then I read the line where Lady Macduff asks her son how he will live if his father dies, and her son says, “As birds do, mother.”
Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Matthew 6:26 (ESV)
I had been praying for God to ease my worries about my audition and fill me with his peace, and he answered my prayer in a way that I never expected :) He is so, so good. I’m trusting him completely with my the results of my audition, and I will glorify Him no matter what the circumstance, whether I make it in or not. His name will be glorified.
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