I haven’t been doing the best job at exemplifying Christ. To exemplify Christ is taking on the very nature of who He is and we can’t do that without first KNOWING His nature. And to know His nature, we have to study His nature.Read More
We spent the morning with the Salvation Army in downtown LA. We cooked spaghetti, cut veggies, washed dishes, and sang while we did it. We were preparing meals to take to the people on Skid Row. As the time arrived, we packed up the food truck and got in our cars to head out. I remember the ride was quiet. It was like we were all anticipating what was about to happen.
I felt nervous and excited. Nervous, because I didn't know what to expect. Excited, because we were about to impact lives.
As we turned the corner to Skid Row, it got quieter. It's like our hearts broke in that moment. I've seen homeless people before and I've seen broken people before, but this was a whole different level that I wasn't expecting.
I remember taking it all in as we stepped out of the car. I remember being very overwhelmed as I saw the devastation around me. You could feel it. Defeat and brokenness hangs heavy on those streets.
But we weren't going to let those feelings take us over. We set them aside and we focused on loving others. Even those who yelled at us, because we ran out of food.
There were all kinds of people on the streets; young and old, mentally disabled and sane, veterans and civilians, black and white. Brokenness does not discriminate. But the wonderful thing is, neither does Jesus.
Jesus finds value in all of us. He finds value in the poor of LA and the rich of LA. He finds value in the people of America and the people of the Middle East. He finds value in you and He finds value in me.
So what does that mean for us?
We have to learn to look passed our own brokenness and misconceptions of love in order to truly value others. We can't just look at the surface level, because if we do that then we will never understand.
We have to learn our own value. We have to know that God has created every part of us and that there is purpose in each of us. Once we can understand our value, it becomes easier to see the value God placed in each and every person.
There are people out there who have lost their identity. There are people who have decided to set in their brokenness. They don't understand their value and they don't understand the love of the Father.
That's why you and I have to grab a hold of our value AND theirs. If someone doesn't know their value, its up to us to be the hands and feet of Jesus.
Let's make a decision today to show love by understanding the value of life. Let's make a commitment to follow the greatest commandment: to love god and to love people.
“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
That's kind of what it's like when we lose sight of our calling in life. It feels dark and confusing. But when we put on our spiritual glasses, we gain Kingdom Vision. We optimize the power of heaven in our lives and increase the refection of Jesus in our hearts.Read More
You may wonder, "What does living boldly have to do with love?" I'm here to make the argument that living boldly has everything to do with love. You see, I believe that Jesus lived a life of boldness. He wasn't timid or afraid. He didn't let fear or personal opinions get in the way of the love that He showed so graciously.Read More
Jesus even invites us to rest. He tells us to come to Him when we are weary, broken, stressed and He WILL give us rest. Rest and peace come solely from Jesus. He is the peace-giver.Read More
I feel that "resolutions" have become watered down pipe dreams. (Ouch.)
I know that might not be what you wanted to hear, but it's the truth. If you look up the definition of resolution it says, "a firm decision to do or not to do something". To me this means that it is supposed to be a commitment. Something that we are dedicated to. But more often than not, it is something we say rather than do. It's something that starts off with good intentions, but ends with hurt feelings and defeat.
It's easy to ask God for more. It's easy to pray for provision. Its easy to dream and plan accordingly. There's nothing wrong with any of these things, but what are we going to do right now? What are we going to do with what God has already blessed us with?Read More
My husband and I have been married for just over a year and over this past year we have been learning to live together and figure out what works for us. We've probably all heard the saying, "never stop dating your spouse". Well I believe that to be true.
So whether you're married, engaged, dating, or single as a Pringle I'm here to give some insight into relationships, dating, and keeping things interesting.
I wrote a blog post this summer about my favorite Christian resources, so I thought I would add to/update that list. I love finding new Christian books or podcasts or bloggers, etc. to learn from. I believe God has given us all words to say and He uses us as vessels to speak into others.
So here is an addition to my previous post "Favorite Christian Resources". PS Hover over the headings and they will turn green, then click on the link. :)
I love Christmas and the holiday season. I love to go shopping to find people gifts that they would love. Giving gifts is one way that I show love or appreciation to others. The reality, however, is that most of us are on budget and sometimes there just isn't enough money in the budget to buy gifts for everyone that you want to buy gifts for.
So what do you of when your gift budget is either very small or non-existent?
This is a letter to the girl who feels she just can't go on. To the girl who feels the weight of the world on her shoulders. To the girl who is stressed about finals. To the girl who is stressed about making decisions. To the girl who feels nothing is changing, yet everything is changing at the same time. To the girl who feels left behind . To the girl who is just like you and just like me.Read More
Every day and every moment can be a learning experience. As many of you know, my husband and I road tripped with our family to Arizona for a wedding. We started in Oklahoma, went through Texas and New Mexico, and then ended in Arizona. (Of course, we then had to take the trip back too.)
I started the trip with the mindset that I was going to learn something new... that I was going to hear from God. I made sure to take notes anytime I felt something was significant and then other things were just unforgettable.
Most of us have an idea in our minds of what spiritual growth is and what it isn’t. Sometimes, our ideas are limited to our own experiences or preconceptions, and we don’t really branch out much farther than that.
That was definitely the case for me as a young Christian, but thankfully, as I grew and matured in my faith, I came to see that there are actually many ways to grow spiritually, and there are also certain key elements of spiritual growth that will help the maturing process.
There are so many of these key elements, but I’d like to share three that were really powerful for me and made the biggest impact on my spiritual growth, so here they are.
It's easy to think that we have nothing to give, but that's just a lie the enemy tells us. The enemy wants us to stop giving, because if we're not giving then the Kingdom isn't growing. The thing that catapults the Kingdom is good stewardship.Read More
You see, when we compare ourselves to others, we begin to compare our callings as well. And when we do this, we begin to take God's sacred plan for our lives and twist it into something else. It's a dangerous path to get on, yet it is so easy to get there.Read More
It does no good for us to set in a church building if we are not going to be the church outside those four walls.Read More
You see, it's not just about feelings. It's not just about goose bumps or tears. It's not just about a moment in church. It's about change. It's about passion. It's about being witnesses to every part of this world.Read More
On October 15, 2016 I married Jarin Gage Watkins. Our one year anniversary is today, so in honor of that I thought I would write a post about our wedding day.Read More
I’d encountered Him at church services and youth camps, but never one-on-one in the middle of the night, no altar call, no preacher, not even any music being played to “usher in His presence”.Read More