Saturday, December 31, 2011

30 Day Challenge: Day 1

A recent picture of you and 15 interesting facts about yourself


This pic is of my Friends Hannah, and Katie when they visited me about a week and a half ago.

  1. I have a freckle in my eye.
  2. My first stuffed animal I remember owning my family found on the side of the road.
  3. My name is Jason, and I was born in July…if you go from July to November taking the firs letter of every month, and you make it into a word, it spells Jason.  July, August, September, October, November…JASON.
  4. My grandma, on my dad's side, named me.
  5. My parents almost didn't have me.  My dad wanted to stop at three kids, but mom begged him to have one more…dad caved and, 24 years later, here I am.
  6. I've broken two bones in my life, and they were my cheek bones on my left and right cheek.
  7. My favorite toy as a child was my George Armstrong Custard action figure.
  8. Our family dog chewed the above mentioned action figure up.
  9. When I was about 5 years old I pulled my dad around in a wagon with sheer determination.
  10. By the time I was done with kindergarten, two girls had asked me to marry them, and I said yes to both.
  11. The two times I ever got in trouble in Public school was for my mouth.  One was for saying a word I didn't know was bad, and the other was for talking during study hall.
  12. I'm actually very socially awkward when placed into a new situation…once I feel comfortable…look out!
  13. Before I got saved at 8 years old, I used to ask people to pray that I would get saved.
  14. When I was younger, there were two things I would have told you I never wanted to be…a Pastor, and I never wanted to be in the Military.
  15. When I was a baby, my parents used to play classical music from a radio under my crib.



Day 01- A recent picture of you and 15 interesting facts about yourself
Day 02- The meaning behind your Blog name
Day 03- A picture of you and your friends
Day 04- A habit that you wish you didn’t have
Day 05- A picture of somewhere you’ve been to
Day 06- Favorite super hero and why
Day 07- A picture of someone/something that has the biggest impact on you
Day 08- Short term goals for this month and why
Day 09- Something you’re proud of in the past few days
Day 10- Songs you listen to the most (if you have iTunes, list the songs on your top 25 most played list)
Day 11- Another picture of you and your friends
Day 12- How you found out about Blogger and why you made one
Day 13- A letter to someone who has been an inspiration to you
Day 14- A picture of you and your family
Day 15- Put your iPod on shuffle: First 10 songs that play
Day 16- Another picture of yourself
Day 17- Someone (past or present) you would want to switch lives with for one day and why
Day 18- Plans/dreams/goals you have
Day 19- Nicknames you have; why do you have them
Day 20- Someone you see yourself marrying/being with in the future
Day 21- A picture of something that makes you happy
Day 22- What makes you different from everyone else
Day 23- Something you crave for a lot
Day 24- A letter to your parents
Day 25- What I would find in your bag/backpack
Day 26- What you think about your friends
Day 27- Why are you doing this 30 day challenge
Day 28- A picture of you last year and now, how have you changed since then?
Day 29- In this past month, what have you learned
Day 30- Your favorite song.

Friday, December 30, 2011

30 Day Challenge for the New Year

I did one of these last year too, and I just really wanted to do another, but different one this year.  So below I have listed what I will do each day of January.

Day 01- A recent picture of you and 15 interesting facts about yourself
Day 02- The meaning behind your Blog name
Day 03- A picture of you and your friends
Day 04- A habit that you wish you didn’t have
Day 05- A picture of somewhere you’ve been to
Day 06- Favorite super hero and why
Day 07- A picture of someone/something that has the biggest impact on you
Day 08- Short term goals for this month and why
Day 09- Something you’re proud of in the past few days
Day 10- Songs you listen to the most (if you have iTunes, list the songs on your top 25 most played list)
Day 11- Another picture of you and your friends
Day 12- How you found out about Blogger and why you made one
Day 13- A letter to someone who has been an inspiration to you
Day 14- A picture of you and your family
Day 15- Put your iPod on shuffle: First 10 songs that play
Day 16- Another picture of yourself
Day 17- Someone (past or present) you would want to switch lives with for one day and why
Day 18- Plans/dreams/goals you have
Day 19- Nicknames you have; why do you have them
Day 20- Someone you see yourself marrying/being with in the future
Day 21- A picture of something that makes you happy
Day 22- What makes you different from everyone else
Day 23- Something you crave for a lot
Day 24- A letter to your parents
Day 25- What I would find in your bag/backpack
Day 26- What you think about your friends
Day 27- Why are you doing this 30 day challenge
Day 28- A picture of you last year and now, how have you changed since then?
Day 29- In this past month, what have you learned
Day 30- Your favorite song.

I Cannot Tell

I cannot tell why He the King of Heaven,
Should leave the peace of all eternity,
Why God Himself should lay aside His splendor,
To leave the Father’s side and come to me.
But this I know: our silence filled with singing,
And all our darkness fled from heaven’s light
When Christ the Lord, so human, yet so holy,
In love was born a child for me that holy night.

I cannot tell why Christ the Father’s only Son,
In garden lonely bowed His sacred head,
The ground stained dark with blood-like
            sweat from holy brow,
The cup of sin He took there in my stead.
But this I know the solders led the Son of God
To walk the street to face the hate-filled ones,
They spit upon the holy, sinless Lamb of God,
Then led Him forth to crucify God’s Son.

I cannot tell why all the hosts of Heaven,
Watched silently this seeming sad defeat,
The mocking words, the crown of thorns
            that pierced His brow,
The tearing flesh, the nail-pierced hands and feet.
But this I know that God the Father turned away,
He could not bear the sin-clad form below,
There all alone, on Calvary’s hill Christ bore our sin,
He bowed His head and conquered our great foe.

I cannot tell why He, the Joy of Heaven,
Should give Himself to suffer for my sin,
Why Holy God should love me in my shamefulness,
Why He should die to draw my soul to Him.
But this I know: that Christ the Lord is risen,
And praise His name, He’s risen now in me!
Because He lives, I’ll rise to life eternal!
He took my guilty heart, and I’m forever free!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Calvary's Love...

I found this poem on a friends blog.  It's kind of long, but well worth the read!

If I belittle those whom I am called to serve, talk of their weak points in contrast perhaps with what I think of as my strong points; if I adopt a superior attitude, forgetting "Who made thee to differ? And what hast thou that thou hast not received?" then I know nothing of Calvary love.

If I find myself taking lapses for granted, "Oh, that's what they always do," "Oh, of course she talks like that, he acts like that," then I know nothing of Calvary love.

If I can enjoy a joke at the expense of another; if I can in any way slight another in conversation, or even in thought, then I know nothing of Calvary love.

If I can write an unkind letter, speak an unkind word, think an unkind thought without grief and shame, then I know nothing of Calvary love.

If I do not feel far more for the grieved Savior than for my worried self when troublesome things occur, then I know nothing of Calvary love.

If I can rebuke without a pang, then I know nothing of Calvary love.
If my attitude be one of fear, not faith, about one who has disappointed me; if I say, "Just what I expected" if a fall occurs, then I know nothing of Calvary love.

If I am afraid to speak the truth, lest I lose affection, or lest the one concerned should say, "You do not understand," or because I fear to lose my reputation for kindness; if I put my own good name before the other's highest good, then I know nothing of Calvary love.

If I hold on to choices of any kind, just because they are my choice, then I know nothing of Calvary love.

If I am soft to myself and slide comfortably into self-pity and self-sympathy; If I do not by the grace of God practice fortitude, then I know nothing of Calvary love.

If I myself dominate myself, if my thoughts revolve round myself, if I am so occupied with myself I rarely have "a heart at leisure from itself," then I know nothing of Calvary love.

If, the moment I am conscious of the shadow of self crossing my threshold, I do not shut the door, and keep that door shut, then I know nothing of Calvary love.

If I cannot in honest happiness take the second place (or the twentieth); if I cannot take the first without making a fuss about my unworthiness, then I know nothing of Calvary love.

If I take offense easily, if I am content to continue in a cool unfriendliness, though friendship be possible, then I know nothing of Calvary love.

If I feel injured when another lays to my charge things that I know not, forgetting that my sinless Savior trod this path to the end, then I know nothing of Calvary love.

If I feel bitter toward those who condemn me, as it seems to me, unjustly, forgetting that if they knew me as I know myself they would condemn me much more, then I know nothing of Calvary love.

If souls can suffer alongside, and I hardly know it, because the spirit of discernment is not in me, then I know nothing of Calvary love.

If the praise of others elates me and their blame depresses me; if I cannot rest under misunderstanding without defending myself; if I love to be loved more than to love, to be served more than to serve, then I know nothing of Calvary love.

If I crave hungrily to be used to show the way of liberty to a soul in bondage, instead of caring only that it be delivered; if I nurse my disappointment when I fail, instead of asking that to another the word of release may be given, then I know nothing of Calvary love.

If I do not forget about such a trifle as personal success, so that it never crosses my mind, or if it does, is never given room there; if the cup of flattery tastes sweet to me, then I know nothing of Calvary love.

If in the fellowship of service I seek to attach a friend to myself, so that others are caused to feel unwanted; if my friendships do not draw others deeper in, but are ungenerous (to myself, for myself), then I know nothing of Calvary love.

If I refuse to allow one who is dear to me to suffer for the sake of Christ, if I do not see such suffering as the greatest honor that can be offered to any follower of the Crucified, then I know nothing of Calvary love.

If I slip into the place that can be filled by Christ alone, making myself the first necessity to a soul instead of leading it to fasten upon Him, then I know nothing of Calvary love.

If my interest in the work of others is cool; if I think in terms of my own special work; if the burdens of others are not my burdens too, and their joys mine, then I know nothing of Calvary love.

If I wonder why something trying is allowed, and press for prayer that it may be removed; if I cannot be trusted with any disappointment, and cannot go on in peace under any mystery, then I know nothing of Calvary love.

If the ultimate, the hardest, cannot be asked of me; if my fellows hesitate to ask it and turn to someone else, then I know nothing of Calvary love.

If I covet any place on earth but the dust at the foot of the Cross, then I know nothing of Calvary love.

That which I know not, teach Thou me, O Lord, my God.

-Amy Carmichael

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Home...

Well...by God's grace, finals went extremely well!  I passed all my classes too!

I'm home now...we had a Christmas concert at church tonight, and it wen't really well!

I also talked to my pastor today, and he said he wants me to preach while I'm home, so please pray that my preparation goes well, and that God is glorified in my preaching, and my preparation for it!

If I don't do a blog post before Christmas...Merry Christmas to you all!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Almost home...

Well, finals are this coming week.  It's hard to believe I'm already almost done with my first semester of college.  It has definitely been an exciting semester.  I have learned so much, and have made so many good friends!

My last final in on Thursday, but I'm taking some friends to the Airport Friday morning, so I have to stay until then, but I'm leaving very early in the morning.  I should be getting home sometime late in the evening. 

In morning devotions on Friday, Doc "O" asked us what the major lesson was that God taught us this semester. I didn't have to think long...it's definitely an increased desire to know God in my heart. To have a deeper understanding of His attributes, and what they indicate about His character. Steadfast love, abounding grace, his Faithfulness, he's the cornerstone, the foundation...the list could go on. The whole bible is filled with descriptive words of Him...and I can't get enough of them...before I had a head knowledge of his attributes, but I hadn't really allowed them to sink in. But I've certainly not "arrived" at a complete understanding of my God, I never will...the Christians life should never cease to seek to understand God better...this is an ongoing process.


Your view of God is the most important thing about you...
-A. W. Tozer

Friday, December 9, 2011

Joy Has Dawned

by: Keith Getty, Stuart Townend

Joy has dawned upon the world
Promised from creation
God's salvation now unfurled
Hope for ev'ry nation

Not with fanfares from above
Not with scenes of glory
But a humble gift of love
Jesus born of Mary

Sounds of wonder fill the sky
With the songs of angels
As the mighty Prince of life
Shelters in a stable

Hands that set each star in place
Shaped the earth in darkness
Cling now to a mother's breast
Vuln'rable and helpless

Shepherds bow before the lamb
Gazing at the glory
Gifts of men from distant lands
Prophesy the story

Gold, a King is born today
Incense, God is with us
Myrrh, His death will make a way
And by His blood He'll win us

Son of Adam, Son of heaven
Given as a ransom
Reconciling God and man
Christ, our mighty champion

What a Savior, what a Friend
What a glorious myst'ry
Once a babe in Bethlehem
Now the Lord of hist'ry
When the prosecutor makes you doubt your salvation...get on the phone with your Defense Attorney and never get off...that way, the next time the prosecutor calls, he gets a busy signal...

-Doc "O"

Saturday, December 3, 2011

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

I know I've posted this quote before...but I need this reminder right now...there are some things going on here at Northland that reminded me of this quote I read on a blog post Dr. Olson wrote about a year ago. Once again people are criticizing Northland and members of its administration...we, the Students of Northland International University, love you Dr. Olson, and we stand behind you...