Friday, December 31, 2010

Thoughts from 2010, and looking forward to 2011...

2010...what was it like? I think it was the year of spiritual lessons. God has taught me sooo much this year. I've gone through personal struggles in my walk with the Lord...have I learned all my lessons? Unfortunately...no. You know how it is...we as stubborn backsliding Christians have to make the same mistake over and over again before we learn. At least I know that's how it is with me. But I can honestly say that I'm trying to rely on Christ more each day. I'm trying read my bible more, and pray.

What were the big events that will make me remember 2010? Well, I became an Uncle for the third time...my first nephew (Connor David Hunsicker).
My sister Sara got married to Samuel Abbott Hopkins.
I got accepted to Northland Baptist Bible College.
I turned 23 years old (scary...I know!).
And I think that's about all I can think of right now...

This year is going to be the year of new beginnings. I will be getting out of the Navy and starting college. I'm pretty excited, but at the same time kind of nervous. But God is in control...

What will 2011 hold for me? Well, I can honestly say that I want to do my best this year to just rest in Christ. Let Him have greater control in my life, and just try to live in a way that's pleasing to Him...

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Does Jesus Care?

by : Frank E. Graeff

Does Jesus care when my heart is pained
Too deeply for mirth or song,
As the burdens press, and the cares distress,
And the way grows weary and long?

Oh, yes, He cares, I know He cares,
His heart is touched with my grief;
When the days are weary, the long nights dreary,
I know my Savior cares.

Does Jesus care when my way is dark
With a nameless dread and fear?
As the daylight fades into deep night shades,
Does He care enough to be near?

Oh, yes, He cares, I know He cares,
His heart is touched with my grief;
When the days are weary, the long nights dreary,
I know my Savior cares.


Does Jesus care when I’ve tried and failed
To resist some temptation strong;
When for my deep grief there is no relief,
Though my tears flow all the night long?

Oh, yes, He cares, I know He cares,
His heart is touched with my grief;
When the days are weary, the long nights dreary,
I know my Savior cares.


Does Jesus care when I’ve said “goodbye”
To the dearest on earth to me,
And my sad heart aches till it nearly breaks—
Is it aught to Him? Does He see?

Oh, yes, He cares, I know He cares,
His heart is touched with my grief;
When the days are weary, the long nights dreary,
I know my Savior cares.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Marks of the True Christian

Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be conceited. Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, "Vengeance is mine, I will repay says the Lord." To the contrary, "if your neighbor is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head." Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Romans 12:9-21

I was reading this passage in my bible reading last night, and I must confess that I have a long way to go in most of these areas. But we should do our best as Christians to live lives that are marked by these attributes.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

He Is Jesus

There’s a treasure great in beauty

Far surpassing earth’s great wealth

He is Jesus, Prince of Glory

Source of all grace, peace and health

There’s a fountain ever flowing

Satisfying all who drink

It is Jesus, Spring of Joy

To all who hail Him as their King

***

There’s a power, holy power

Breaking bonds of captive men

He is Jesus, mighty Jesus

Holy warrior and sinner’s friend

There’s a Savior rich in mercy

Quick to pardon all our sins

It is Jesus, Great Redeemer

Reconciling God and man

***

There’s a glorious Lord returning

And all will bow to Him alone

He is Jesus, King of Nations

Reigning from His gracious throne

There is One to whom our praises

Will through every age ascend

It is Jesus, King forever

Whose wondrous rule will never end

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© 2003 Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI)

Saturday, December 18, 2010

I am Rich!

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.
II Corinthians 8:9

Think about this. Our Lord and savior Jesus Christ, up in heaven surrounded by angels singing praises to Him. Yet, he came to this earth to live in human form for us. He came as a babe, was raised by human parents, whom He had created. Obeying them with joy...having to suffer the limitations of a human body. Being treated badly, again by humans he had created. He could have called down 1 angel to destroy all his critics, but He did not. He was hung on a tree with nails through His hands, once again by those he had created. By his death we received salvation, and are now rich partakers of His glory. What Love was bestowed on us in his action. We truly are rich in Christ!

When Love Came Down

When love came down to earth
And made His home with men,
The hopeless found a hope,
The sinner found a friend.
Not to the powerful
But to the poor He came,
And humble, hungry hearts
Were satisfied again.

What joy, what peace has come to us!
What hope, what help, what love!

When every unclean thought,
And every sinful deed
Was scourged upon His back
And hammered through His feet.
The Innocent is cursed,
The guilty are released;
The punishment of God
On God has brought me peace.

What joy, what peace has come to us!
What hope, what help, what love!

Come lay your heavy load
Down at the Master’s feet;
Your shame will be removed,
Your joy will be complete.
Come crucify your pride,
And enter as a child;
For those who bow down low
He’ll lift up to His side.

What joy, what peace has come to us!
What hope, what help, what love!

Stuart Townend
Copyright © 2001 Thankyou Music

Monday, December 13, 2010

Good Quote



Stick with your work. Do not flinch because the lion roars; do not stop to stone the devil’s dogs; do not fool away your time chasing the devil’s rabbits. Do your work. Let liars lie, let sectarians quarrel, let critics malign, let enemies accuse, let the devil do his worst; but see to it nothing hinders you from fulfilling with joy the work God has given you. He has not commanded you to be admired or esteemed. He has never bidden you to defend your character. He has not set you at work to contradict falsehood about yourself which Satan’s or God’s servants may start to peddle, or to track down every rumor that threatens your reputation. If you do these things, you will do nothing else; you will be at work for yourself and not for the Lord. Keep at your work. Let your aim be as steady as a star. You may be assaulted, wronged, insulted, slandered, wounded and rejected, misunderstood, or assigned impure motives; you may be abused by foes, forsaken by friends, and despised and rejected of men. But see to it with steadfast determination, with unfaltering zeal, that you pursue the great purpose of your life and object of your being until at last you can say, “I have finished the work which Thou gavest me to do.”

-Anonymous

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Northland

Alright...so you all know how anxious I've been lately about college. I submitted my application back in September, and I have received lots of emails for just sending in more information to continue the application process, but nothing telling me if I got accepted or not.

I wasn't sending any emails asking if I got accepted because I didn't want to be a nag.

Well, the other day I was talking on the phone with my Dad, and he was saying to me: "You know it might be a good idea to email or call them because it shows you are being proactive." So I finally emailed them this morning. I figured I wouldn't get a response until Monday, since it was the weekend. So...just in case I didn't get accepted, I started filling out an application to BJ this morning. But while I was filling out the application I got an email form Northland...I guess they sent me an email that I didn't get because...I've been accepted! I'm so excited! Now comes all the preparations...

Thank you to everyone for all your prayers, they were appreciated, and obviously God answered!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Once in Royal David's City


Once in royal Davids city, 
Stood a lowly cattle shed, 
Where a mother laid her Baby, 
In a manger for His bed: 
Mary was that mother mild, 
Jesus Christ, her little Child. 

He came down to earth from heaven, 
Who is God and Lord of all, 
And His shelter was a stable, 
And His cradle was a stall: 
With the poor, and mean, and lowly, 
Lived on earth our Saviour holy. 

For He is our childhood's pattern; 
Day by day, like us, He grew; 
He was little, weak, and helpless, 
Tears and smiles, like us He knew; 
And He cares when we are sad, 
And he shares when we are glad. 

And our eyes at last shall see Him, 
Through His own redeeming love; 
For that Child so dear and gentle, 
Is our Lord in heaven above: 
And He leads His children on, 
To the place where He is gone.