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/

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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.”

The Start of the Beginning

They say if you want to become a great writer, you should write every day.  It doesn’t matter when, where, what, or even if people read it or not.  So, that is what I’m going to do.  I will write about the awe-inspiring things I see, read about, and experience…every day.

This is going to be a hard chore for me, not only because I feel like a blog can be frivolous, but I don’t feel like people will read and absorb what my blog has to say.  But, you know what?  This is for me, and not for my readers.

So, to begin this journey…well, it’s November 10, 2012 at about 10:20 am.  I’m sitting in my pajamas, listening to the cool breeze rustling the golden leaves outside my window.  Life is good right now.

I’m trying not to worry about my upcoming mission trip to Mexico.  I still have quite a bit of money to raise, and my college paycheck of nothing isn’t going to get me far.  Plus, it’s quite a dangerous city we are travelling to, or at least that’s what I’ve been told (multiple times).   I’m praying for strength, faith, and love for the people around me.  I know this is what I’m meant to do with my life right now, but they don’t seem to see it that way.   I have been so blessed by the Lord in so many ways lately; I want to share and love the people the way Jesus loves me.  That’s the number one thing racing through my mind 24/7.  I’m not thinking about classes, homework, finals, any of that.  My mind, heart, and soul are trying to concentrate on Jesus and the mission trip to Mexico.

I’ve also been trying to read the Bible, cover to cover, for the past few months.  I’m almost half way through, having started the Book of Psalms yesterday.  One thing that stuck out to me during my reading was Psalm 9:9-“The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.”   This is so powerful to me because this is what my life has needed so many times; I’ve needed that stronghold in times of trouble.  Sometimes, though, I would seek out things of this world.  I never tried to ask God for help because I felt I could do it on my own.  Well, I can’t, and that finally clicked after eighteen years of struggling to be the best, strive for the best, and accomplish everything.  I mean, the Lord doesn’t care about who is popular in high school (which I swear I felt like He did).  He doesn’t care who got first chair or last chair in band.  He doesn’t care who won the election.  He cares about you, about me, about everyone.  The person you are and striving to become is who He cares about.  God is that one solid thing you can stand on throughout any hardships in your life, and get through the pain of life.

I also noticed many verses in Psalms are about singing and praising the Lord through music.  I absolutely love to sing and play guitar, but a lot of the times I play for myself and not to glorify God.  I’m one of those people who are really conscious about my musical abilities.  I have strived to excel in music for almost fourteen years, and I still feel inadequate when I perform. Even when performing in front of my church, I was always worried about what I sounded like and how the chords were coming across; I wasn’t even thinking about how I was to be praising the Lord with my music.   I’m starting to come out of that place where I only play for me; it’s just taken me awhile.  I will actually be glorifying the Lord tonight in front of perfect strangers at an appreciation dinner at the BSU on campus.  I have complete faith I will be able to sing well, glorify the Lord, and entertain the parents and supports of the BSU with a few songs that have impacted me through my journey.

Well, if you got this far in the blog, I’m glad! I know you are supposed to keep a blog short and sweet, but I just couldn’t help myself.  I might even add some more to today’s entry if something thoroughly exciting happens tonight.  I’ll keep all of you updated.  God bless,

          Paige

-1 Timothy 4:12-“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example to believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith, and in purity.