:] love this

A crucifixion type love. 

WHOA. Yes & amen.

AMEN! Yes! “A Crucifixion Type Love”.

Lesson Learned:

Sometimes, you just need to curl up in a ball under a bunch of blankets and have a good, long cry.

davidmhur said: Awesome blog. God Bless.

Thank you! :) God bless you too!

A single day in your courts is better than a thousand anywhere else! I would rather be a gatekeeper in the house of my God then live the good life in the homes of the wicked. For the LORD God is our sun and our shield. He gives us grace and glory. The LORD will withhold no good thing from those who do what is right. O LORD of Heaven’s Armies, what joy for those who trust in you.

This is the 5k that I’ll be running this summer! It’s called “The Color Run”.. Check it out! :)

Conversation with My Mom.
Mom:You'll never guess who in our family is pregnant...
Me:Who? You don't sound very happy about it...
Mom:That stupid tramp dog that runs all over town.
Me:Mom! That's horrible! You shouldn't talk about anyone that way!
Mom:No, I mean literally it's our stupid dog that got herself pregnant.
Hahahaha. I couldn't stop laughing.
Health Update..

Okay, so last time I wrote about my health I mentioned how I had lost a seriously significant amount of weight in a short period of time, but I was really stepping it up and trying to eat more protein and such.


I’ve been doing super good about eating more protein everyday! I typically avoid things like meat and milk because they make my stomach hurt, but I’ve been trying to eat yogurt and nuts and beans everyday. And I typically eat fairly healthy everyday with spinach salads and drinking water and eating fruit and just overall making good food choices. So because of this I was super convinced that I would start packing on some pounds and would get back to a healthier weight..

Well, think again.

I weighed myself the other day and I have lost EVEN MORE weight since the last time I weighed myself. Majorly uncool. Plus I’ve noticed that this past week or so, everytime I eat I feel sick. Like I honestly just got back from lunch and even though I ate decently healthy I seriously feel like I’m going to throw up. These past few days I’ve noticed whenever I eat I just don’t feel good at all, and have been having really bad stomach aches and such.

So I’ve made a deal with myself that if I loose 3 more pounds, I need to go see the doctor. And I hate going to the doctor so I really don’t want to go if I don’t have to, but it’s getting to the point that I hate eating because it just makes me feel so sick. And I really want to be healthy above all else, and my current weight is NOT healthy.

So yeah. Prayers would seriously be appreciated. That everything is okay and I start gaining healthy weight and I would just overall be a very healthy girl. Thanks in advance for praying, friends! :)

Hey Mom, if you could get free gas by farting, would you pay me to stand and fart gas into your car?
it is seriously my DREAM to have a library in my house someday.

it is seriously my DREAM to have a library in my house someday.

Dating & Marriage.

No, I’m not engaged or getting married anytime soon, haha.

But! Today I found this blogger who wrote a few posts on "Things I Wish I Knew Before I Got Married.", and it sparked my interest and I started to read..

And it was just so good! It was just really encouraging and eye-opening, and even though I’m not getting married in the very near future, it was just really cool to read these articles and think about how I could apply this not just to marriage, but also dating and relationships, and certain things I can be praying about and working on NOW so that when I do get married someday, my husband and I can work together and put these things into practice so we can cultivate and work on making our marriage stronger and happier and one that truly honors God.

Here are some of the articles I read. I would definitely encourage you to check them out, even if you’re not getting married anytime soon. They’re pretty short, but really worth reading and praying about. Just click on the links below and enjoy :)

                          Things I Wish I Knew Before I Got Married:

                                You will find other people attractive.

                              You will always marry the wrong person.

                           Your job is to fall in love with who they become.

                  We have to get into good routines early and fight to keep them.

So Good!

Luke 6:12-38.

This morning I read this, and I can honestly say I was so encouraged.. SO encouraged. I mean, it’s not like I haven’t read these words of Jesus before. I have. But after last night’s intense prayer time with God, and then this morning having my eyes opened to something God wanted to show me, and then reading this was seriously just what I needed to hear. Isn’t it so incredibly crazy cool when you’re praying about something and then you open up God’s word and it’s like God is showing you EXACTLY what you were asking about? God’s word IS living and active. It’s just amazing how awesome our God is!

I’m going to encourage everyone to go read these words, slowly and intentionally, soaking up and taking in every single bit of what Jesus wants you to hear. And hey! Beforehand I would even ask that God would open up your eyes and speak to you personally, showing you how you can apply this to your life and become more like him. It really is so good. You won’t regret it!

I hope reading this is just as much a blessing to you as it was to me! Have a beautiful day, friends! :)

Anonymous said: You've been prayed for tonight! "The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace." Numbers 6:24-26

Okay this is so wonderful because last night especially I really needed prayer! I was feeling so discouraged, and was up tossing and turning and praying until the early morning, and then waking up to read this was SUCH a blessing! Thank you SO much! :) And next time you don’t have to be “anonymous”.. I would love to know who you are :) Thanks again so much!

adam g.: In Need of Some Renewing


I was really blessed by a conversation with a new friend the other day, and its made me realize a few things; or maybe just finally understand what it is that I’ve been realizing for a while:

I’m tired.

I feel as though school, and a long list of other things have taken everything out of me lately. In fact, shortly after the conversation I mentioned above, another friend looked at me and said “You look tired.” And when I was home a few weeks ago, my mom even urged me to see someone if I was feeling depressed. And I seriously considered for a day whether or not I was, and I’m quite sure I’m not. I still realize I have a beautiful life, and thank God for that every day. In no way am I consistently upset or even “down.” But I am tired.

I came back to campus this fall with an idea of how rough this semester’s course load and life would be, but I had no clue. I came back with energy, life, excitement, and a passionate seeking of the Lord, and it seems that at some point this fall those things got lost somewhere.

It was when I was sitting, asking God for a topic for a prayer meeting this week that I realized, I don’t think I’m completely alone in this. I sat in Starbucks and listened to people studying around me complain to one another about how rough life seems at the moment. Like me, it was classes for the guy to my right; a relationship for the girl to my left; and slew of interviews for the guy sitting across from me. And what I realized is this: what these people need, and what I have (but fail to realize much of the time), is God.

At that moment a friend I had planned a meeting with sat down across from me, looked me in the eyes and the first words from her mouth were, “I’m in need of some renewing.” We continued to have a long conversation about how we often fail to recognize and draw our strength and spirit from the Lord. We allow college and life to dictate our schedules. We go, go, go. We fill up our days with studying, relationships, and sleeping when we get a chance. But the problem is, we can’t go on by our own energy for long. The world around us will wear us down. It has put out the light of many men who forgot to consistently look for life and energy from the Lord. And that’s the real problem, at least for me. I can schedule God into a time slot I like to call “quiet time.” But I’m not always looking to him for strength in day to day happenings. I fail to turn to him for life in those moments when that paper never seems finished, or scheduling just one more thing feels like it will break me. God doesn’t abide by my “quiet time,” and when I fail to look to Him outside of that, it doesn’t take long for this world to wear me down.

I apologize for the length of this, and I’ll stop boring you now. But, God has shown me that I, and the people around me on this campus, are tired. And I think it’s because we’re not letting God completely into the schedules that this world demands of us; we’re not looking to Him for all of our energy to get through everything. And it’s allowing this world to exhaust us.


1. Don’t allow your schedule to dictate your time with the Lord. He’s not on your schedule. Look to him continuously for strength and life. “Pray without ceasing.”

2. Ask the friends around you how they’re feeling, be an encouragement, and point them toward the Lord for their strength and flowing waters. They’re probably tired too.

“Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” - John 7:38 

This is seriously so relevant to my life right now. I really, really needed to read this. Such a blessing and encouragement.

"Then Jesus said, "Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest." -Matthew 11:28

Combating expectations as young Christians: Sunday class thought


I teach Luke in college class every Sunday morning, while I was reading through Luke 6 and this passage in particular last night something occurred to me. It reads

27 “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. 29 If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. 30 Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. 31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.

32 “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. 33 And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. 35 But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. 36Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

The first thing that stood out to me after reading this passage again is that the reason we are supposed to live this radically is because it separates us from Sinners. Simply saying we are Christians now a days holds no meaning because of all the hypocrisy surrounding it. I read somewhere today that said 76% of Americans identify themselves as some type of Christian. So how do we stand out from the hypocrites then if our words hold no value? How do we identify ourselves as real Christians when everyone is a “Christian?” He explains it here, it’s by our actions and our lifestyle. We are called to live differently from sinners, called to live radically. I mean to literally love your enemies and those who hate you, talk about getting yourself noticed. If Jesus came down simply to tell us how to live and didn’t live it out himself would his words be so powerful? No, the reason Jesus’ life is so remarkable and inspirational to us because he lived out the words he preached, he showed people what it means to live radically.

The second part that stood out to me was “Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. 36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.” Basically this passage can summarize God’s relationship with humans. HE loves us despite those who do not love him. He gives to us and expects nothing in return when all we do is take. He blesses us when we curse him.

So why do we need to live like this then, because God lives this way with us! If we are to truly be God like let’s follow his example. Let’s get attention for our radical lives, let’s show the world we are Christians by how we choose to live!

I love this. Definitely needed to read this.

Auston Jones: Cutting down to grow


When most people talk about spiritual growth, they talk about adding something.

-Read the Bible more.

-Serve more in church.

-Spend more time in prayer.

While these are all good things, we should also be aware of when we need to cut something out of our life in order to continue to grow spiritually.

Hebrews 12:1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us…

Notice how it says “lay aside every weight, and sin…” Most people just think about the sin in their lives that are holding them back. Few people realize that there are morally neutral things that are stealing from them spiritual power. While it may not outright be a sin, it’s a weight that is holding you down.

For me it was Netflix and video games. While they may not necessarily be a sin, they aren’t beneficial and are certainly a “weight” in my life that is hindering me from running the race set before me.

While it is important to add stuff into your life, what can be just as if not more important is taking away the sin and weight in your life that is stopping you from fulfilling the calling God has placed on you.

What is it for you? What is there in your life that may not be a sin in the typical sense, but is taking time and energy that could be better allocated to your spiritual growth? What are you doing to get rid of it?

Lately I’ve been really praying about giving up some specific things in my life (like watching certain tv shows) and honestly.. I’ve been super reluctant to do so. And I’m like, “Oh but I really do love this show and it’s super funny and I really don’t waste THAT much time watching it..” Yeah, excuses excuses. I really don’t want ANY kind of weight holding me down.. and I really could be doing so many better things with my time. It’s time I start praying more for the strength and stronger desire to give up any kind of weight that’s been holding me back from not being able to run full force towards Jesus. Prayers, please? :)