No Doubt

No, I’m not talking about the rock band. I’m talking about what it takes to make it in this life.  I know for a fact that I have a lot of doubts; I have so many doubts I can’t count them on my fingers.  I have doubts about my future, my career choice, my life. And, I even used to have doubts about my faith.

You know, that is a hard thing to admit.  Growing up Christian, I was always around the faith and people with that faith.  But, it’s perfectly normal to doubt.  I mean, it’s a weird thing, religion.  Everyone gathers in one room and prays and sings and listens to the same sermon.  It was just strange to me for a period in my life.  I believed in Jesus and God and everything, but religion was just weird.

Then, I would think about how so many other people believed what I believed.  It helped me get through whatever doubts I was having at the time.  I remember reading the story of Doubting Thomas, where he doesn’t really think Jesus has risen, and when he sees Him, he doesn’t believe it is Him until he can touch the wounds. John 20:26-28 says, A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you!’ Then he said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.’ Thomas said to him, ‘My Lord and my God!'”  He realized that Jesus had risen!

It’s so amazing to see how even though Thomas doubted, he saw the light and the good that Jesus is.  Even if you have doubts, go to the Word and the Lord and search and seek what you have doubts about.

Keep on being the positive influence on the world around you, and I’ll keep you keeping on.  God bless,

Paige

Matthew 14:31, after Jesus walks on water, talking to Peter– “Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. ‘You of little faith,’ he said, ‘why did you doubt?'”

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Giving Thanks, Part 2

There is seriously so much to be thankful for.  I’m thankful for my family, friends, education, and my future.  But, most of all, I’m thankful for the love the Lord has shown me, even when I don’t deserve it…which is so often.  Psalm 100:4 says, “Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.”  It’s amazing to see how people are so enthralled with turkeys and black Friday sales, when really this holiday is just about giving thanks to the Lord for what He’s done for us.

God has blessed me sooooo much more than I deserve.  I’m able to go to college to better myself, I have the opportunity to go mission in different places, and I have the freedom share the amazing news about God and how he sent his Son to save me.  I can go prayer walking with friends on campus, I can go to church whenever I really want to, and I have the talents given to me by God to share the Good News with music.

Happy Thanksgiving, and remember the true meaning behind the holiday (besides the Pilgrims and the Native Americans).  Continue to give thanks, even after this holiday, and I’ll keep staying thankful.  God bless,

Paige

Philippians 4:6-“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

All the Time…God is Good

So, today was the bake auction at church today. This was to help with support of my upcoming mission trip to Mexico.  I was really looking forward to it, but I was also freaking out a bit.  I didn’t know how many people were bringing anything, and so I begged people to bring things. I was expecting three or four people to bring a couple of items.  No…there was a full table of desserts and baked goods for the auction today.  I wasn’t even expecting people to bring desserts, let alone buy all of them.  I was thinking I would make around $100…well, my entire trip was paid for through the wonderful support of those who purchased the delicious baked goods, the magnificent bakers who brought all of the goods, and those who helped clean and everything else that needed to be done.  I was so shocked! It was amazing to see the support from my church family.  I mean, Matthew 17:20 says, “He replied, ‘Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small aa mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, “Move from here to there,” and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.'”  I love to see the faith move through people the way it moves through me! I have learned lately that just a little bit of faith can really do wonders.

Well, I kept it short and sweet today.  You stay faithful the working and wonderful Lord, and I will, too! God bless,

Paige

Romans 10:10-“For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.”

Giving Thanks

Well, it is the official start of Thanksgiving break for many college students across America.  Or, at least for me.  My only class today got out fifteen minutes early and started the holiday season out just right.  I can’t wait to go back home to see all my friends from high school I haven’t seen in, can it be, five months!  I’m ready to reminisce, hear tales from their experiences, and just hang out like old times.

Sunday is going to be a massive day of crazy.  I’m singing at church, there is a Thanksgiving lunch (FREE FOOD SUNDAY!), my niece’s birthday party (3 years old, I can’t believe it), plus a bake auction to help raise funds for my mission trip.  I’ll talk more about my mission trip in a later post.

So, I just want to give a little blurb about what I’m thankful for.  I’m thankful for:

  • great friends I’ve made in college
  • great friends I still have from high school
  • my Mexico mission trip (almost fully funded now!)
  • the support I see from my church and friends for the mission trip
  • college in general
  • my roommates
  • the fact that I am loved by the Lord
  • the sunshine outside the window at this very moment
  • the encouragement I see everywhere

I’m so blessed by everything around me.  I see that on a daily basis, and I absolutely love it.  Well, keep on being an encouraging person to people and I’ll keep on being encouraged! God bless,

Paige

Psalm 69:30- “I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving.”

Just Your A-Typical College Student

Normal college kids go out and party at night.  Our college even has an unspoken night of drinking: “Thirsty Thursdays.”  I, on the other hand, am nothing like “normal college kids.”  I go to church Thursday nights, then normally stay after and play board games with other people…that is my normal.  I am actually at the BSU most of the week: Tuesday is small group, Thursday is evening service, plus weekend events and whatnot.

I’m not saying I haven’t been exposed or tempted; temptation is everywhere.  I just try to expose myself to the positive things.  Like Philippians 4:8 says, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”  I just don’t feel the need to go out and party.  Sometimes, I think that I’m not getting the “real college experience.”  What am I talking about??? The college experience is what I make of it.  I don’t WANT to do any of that.  So, I’m just really blessed I don’t give in to the pressures of being away from home.  My roommates, thankfully, don’t go out and party.  Our weeknights normally consist of movies (with tons of popcorn, obviously).  We turn in early, we wake up early.

I love being an a-typical college kid. To quote Relient K: “Do what will make God happy, do what you feel is right, only but one thing matters, learn how to live your life.” I’m just trying to learn how to live my life to glorify the Lord every day.  Well, you keep being you, and I’ll keep being me.  God bless,

Paige

Ecclesiastes 11:9-“You who are young, be happy while you are young, and let your heart give you joy in the days of your youth. Follow the ways of your heart and whatever your eyes see, but know that for all these things God will bring you into judgment.”

Get Real

Meeting up with a good friend for some prayer time really sparked something in me that I have been trying to get over for a while; I am always happy, or it looks that way often. Now, don’t turn your back on this in the very beginning.  I’m just saying I don’t tend to show my emotions to people…I have one default emotion and that’s pretty much what everyone sees on a daily basis.  I’ve come to the realization that I am not an emotional girly-girl who cries at anything and everything. And I’m perfectly content with that…believe me.

I think this kind of goes back to yesterday where I talked about idolatry.  External idolatry, though very important to take care of, isn’t as important as internal idolatry.  You can always see when someone is superficial or materialistic; you can’t see when someone has that idolatry on their heart.  It’s kind of the same with emotions…you can always see an outward emotion, but when something is of the heart, you can never see that.

I think it’s almost like I’m not real with people, or myself.  Even Jesus wept (John 11:35). This has just been something that has been tugging on my heart lately.  I think preparing for my upcoming mission trip has helped me get in that mindset to have a yearning of compassion for people.  I have had my share of heartaches in my life, and I know what it’s like to have a hard time with things.  I just want to be able to share what I’ve learned and experienced with people who are looking for that shoulder to cry on.

So, while I work on that, you work on being you and walking with the Lord daily.  God bless,

Paige

Psalm 19:1-“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.”

Hipsters, Jesus, and, of course, Pizza

So, today I received my first taste of a, dare I say it, hipster church.  I got to go to Redeemer KC with a few friends from school.  It was so intimidating; I’m so used to 100-150 people, all of whom know my name.  But, once I broke through that weird, emotional barrier every single new person has, I found myself fitting in with these other Christians.  It was, to say the least, a fantastic and eye-opening experience.  I was so used to older (no offense) people who wanted the same hymns every Sunday.  This church broke what I had always thought church was and rearranged my thoughts about it.

Not only was the church itself pretty darn cool, the service was absolutely wonderful.  The preacher spoke on idolatry, and what that really means to Christians.  If you don’t think you have other idols besides God, good for you, but I highly doubt it.  I mean, everyone at some point in their life has chosen something above God…I know I have.  The preacher emphasized how we need to run, flee from idolatry; it is nothing but a call to the evil in this world…idolatry equals death.  When you idolize something more than you adore and worship God, you are switching teams…playing for the enemy.  The service really hit home to me because sometimes I really feel like I idolize things, even minor things, more than I adore the Lord.  If you want to listen to it, you can find it on iTunes, or redeemerkansascity.org.  Seriously, their services are amazing.

I’m just going to add to this that lunch was also amazing…no joke.  After the service, we went to a little pizza shop called dBronx.  They have this unexpectedly delicious pizza that has a zillion different toppings on it.  I am kind of a purist when it comes to pizza, but I had to try this.  It had mushrooms, olives, peppers, pepperoni, etc.  Oh, man…good stuff.  If you’re ever in the downtown KC area, try the Bronx Special pizza..well worth the money.

Well, this is goodbye for today.  Hopefully, you’ll come back tomorrow to find out other little quirks about me.

Psalm 115:1-“Not to us, O LORD, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness.”