We’re Gonna Party Like It’s My Birthday

So, yesterday was kind of a big deal. It was my twentieth birthday. Yes, I am officially two decades old. Do I feel old? Not any older than usual, but hopefully that will change. What happened twenty years ago?

Gas was only about one dollar.

Bill Clinton had just finished his first year as president.

It was only four dollars to go to the movies (at night!).

Snoop Lion was actually called Snoop Doggy Dog.

Forest Gump, The Shawkshank Redemption, and The Lion King were released.

Anyway, a lot has changed since then. We have Internet that doesn’t take up an entire room, cell phones are smaller than bricks, and we have our first black president.  I’m really glad to have survived the ’90s, the millennium, and all the “end-of-the-world” accusations. Zombies, natural disasters, you name it.

My birthday was so delightful. I got to spend my day relaxing with some amazing people who brighten my life on a daily. They were actually willing to spend nearly an entire day with me, which is crazy to think. I’ve been so blessed by my experiences and (probably) wouldn’t change it for the world.

I’m thankful for you readers. Thanks for being there for me through all the different things that has happened in the past two years. It’s been a happy birthday.

Love,

Paige

2 Corinthians 5:17– “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”

In It To Win It

IMG_20130828_215324Hey there, dear readers! I hope your Labor Day is as chill as mine is so far! Today I want to dedicate this blog to the 27 million people in slavery right now.

People don’t realize how prevalent slavery is in the world today.  There are approximately 27 million people in slavery right at this very moment, which is more than any other time in history. (1)   The United States Department of Justice website has this about human trafficking:

 “Contrary to some misconceptions, human trafficking crimes do not require any

smuggling or movement of the victim. While undocumented migrants can be

particularly vulnerable to coercion because of their fear of authorities, traffickers

have demonstrated their ability to exploit other vulnerable populations and have

preyed just as aggressively on documented guest workers and U.S. citizen children.

Indeed, because of the vulnerability of minors, where minors are offered for

commercial sex the statutes do not require proof of force, fraud, or coercion.” (2)

International Justice Mission has been fighting against modern day slavery since 1997, and they aren’t stopping anytime soon.  Slavery is happening in our backyard as well as foreign countries like Moldova and Bolivia. (3)

It’s so amazing that I actually get to be a part of this organization.  My school just started it’s own chapter literally a week ago, and I get to be on the board.  I’m the campus chapter fundraising and special events coordinator for our organization, which is such a blessing because I get to be one of the people raising awareness and raising funds for such a rampant issue. (4)  If you want more information, check out ijm.org.  That’s the official website for IJM, and I really encourage you to explore that website, dig deeper into what human trafficking is, and to see for yourself how extreme this issue really is.  Here’s a short clip, just giving an introduction to IJM and what it stands for.  Anyway, I hope you have learned a little bit about what we stand for and why we stand up against injustice.

Love,

Paige

Job 19:25-“As for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, And at the last He will take His stand on the earth.”

SOURCES and RESOURCES:

1. http://ijm.org/our-work/injustice-today

2. http://www.justice.gov/crt/about/crm/htpu.php

3. http://www.kansascity.com/trafficking/

4. http://ijm-ucmo.webs.com/

You Jealous?

Well, today is my birthday! I’ve been so blessed this past year, especially being in college.  I’ve been in this Bible study on Tuesdays with a group of great girls.

This week we talked about jealously, which was a super interesting concept on the take of Saul and David.  Saul was so jealous of David, which eventually led to Saul’s demise and David’s reign as king.  There are so many other stories in the Bible that revolve around jealousy.  Cain and Abel (Genesis 4), Joseph and his brothers (Genesis 37), and even the parable of the prodigal son and his brother (Luke 15:11-32).

To cope with jealousy (because we are all jealous at one point in time), remember that God is love and just and for us, not against us.  We need to be in the world and not of it (John 1:15).  Jealousy isn’t something that should burn inside of us because if we let it take hold of us it will destroy us.  Staying jealous keeps us feeling terrible.  We’re supposed to love our enemies as ourselves (Luke 6).

Stay humble and leave jealousy at the door and I’ll keep working on having grace about jealousy!

God bless,

Paige

Proverbs 27:4-“Anger is cruel and fury overwhelming, but who can stand before jealousy?”

This Is Only A Mountain

DSCN0110Man, oh man, it’s good to be back writing again.  I haven’t been on here for quite some time, but I think it’s perfectly acceptable with Christmas and whatnot.

Anyway, I spent January 2-6 in Colorado.  I was soaking in all the magnificent beauty of CO in a great lodge called Glen Eryie, or The Glen.  Like, there was a legit castle on the grounds…I’m just saying.  It was so beautiful.

I got to go with the BSU from my college, and it was such a great experience.  I really think it strengthened me as a Christian and as a college student.  I was blessed to be able to meet new people, explore my thoughts and doubts, and build a great community with people with whom I go to school.

I don’t want to blab on about what went down, but I think I must.  God always provides, which He definitely did on the way over.  Our bus was having major tire troubles, and we got stranded in Kansas for two hours longer than anyone wants to stay in Kansas (no offense, Kansas residences).  But, God got us there safe and sound, just a little late.

We got to hear some great speakers who were full of wisdom and strength, which was I think, just what I needed.  It was really awesome to get tips on how to strengthen devotional time with God, being made in His image, and different seminars like that.  I realized everyone is pretty much in the same boat I am with struggles and fears, and we are able to overcome it together.

We not only got to learn and absorb knowledge from so many great people, we got to go exploring as well.  I climbed a mountain! Well, a sort of mountain…it was really high up for me, okay?  I overcame a huge fear of mine by doing this and it was awe-inspiring.  And we got to go shopping, which is always a plus.

All-in-all, it was a fantastic trip and I can’t wait to see what the Lord has in store for me this coming semester. (Pictures to come!) God bless,

Paige

Ruth 1:16 ESV-“But Ruth said, ‘Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following you.  For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge.  Your people shall be my people, and your God my God.’”

Obeying Commands, Even If I Really Don’t Want To

ImageI’ve been reading through the book of Psalms lately, and have currently read chapter 119.  Today, I read Heth and Teth, and what really got me was verses 60, 68, 71, and 72.  This is about obeying the LORD’s commands and decrees, even if you don’t want to.  But, the amazing part is that we really do want to if we are true Christians.  I jump at the opportunity to follow God…well, maybe hop or shuffle, but follow nonetheless.  Let’s dissect these short verses, and talk about what they mean to me.

Verse 60: “I will hasten and not delay to obey your commands.”  I love this verse because he IMMEDIATELY wants to follow and obey God.  This is amazing to me that he wanted to get out of his rut and obey the LORD’s commands.

Verse 68: “You are good, and what you do is good; teach me your decrees.”  This verse spoke to me because the author recognizes that God is good in everything, and he wants to be like Him.  We should all be longing to be like God, and for Him to teach us how to be good.

Verse 71: “It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees.” This is a great verse because the author recognizes that even though he went through turmoil and trials, it was good for him because then it taught him how good and true the LORD’s decrees are.  Sometimes, we get stuck in this rut that we can’t get out of without the help of God.

Verse 72: “The law from your mouth is more precious to me than thousands of pieces of silver and gold.”  I like this verse, especially now that it is the Christmas season.  It’s saying that the Bible and the laws within it are much more important than any riches we could have.  So many people are obsessed with having the latest gadget or newest thing; we should really be searching and longing for the law from God.

Well, I kept it short and sweet for you tonight.  Keep obeying His commands, even when it is not what you want to do, and I’ll be striving for the exact same thing.  God bless,

Paige

Psalm 108:1, 3-“My heart is steadfast, O God; I will sing and make music with all my soul…I will praise you, O LORD, among the nations; I will sing of you among the peoples.”

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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