Monday, November 21, 2011
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Jesus said "Take up your cross and follow me" (Matt 10:38) The cross was a horrible way to die and one that was used mainly for slaves. Death on a cross was the ultimate form of humiliation and pain. So why would Jesus say this? What did Jesus mean?
Are we to die on a cross in order to be worthy of Him? Or are we doing enough living a "Christian Life" and wearing a cross around our neck?
Jesus is telling us to "take up His yoke". We are to follow in His example, do as He did. Become a servant to others, lay down our lives for others. We often have all these plans and expectations, but are these what Christ would want?
We Americans, especially, always have such a high value on 'freedom and rights'. But the freedom the world offers isn't true freedom at all.
The only way we can find true freedom is if we become slaves to Christ!
Michael Card says "The cross, the most excruciating and pervasive symbol of death in the first century, has come to represent for the followers of Jesus the only way to peace and life. In the same sense slavery, which represents the total denial of freedom, becomes for the follower of Christ, the Servant Savior, the only means to the realization of the true freedom!!"
Becoming a slave meant giving up everything, your choices, expectations, rights....everything, to serve your master. This is what we are called to do. Christ is our Master, and if we lay down our life for His work, he will give us true Freedom!
"For he who was called in the Lord as a bondservant is a freedman of the Lord. Likewise he who was free when called is a bondservant of Christ." -1 Corinthians 7:22
Friday, November 11, 2011
I love Fall. The colors are absolutely beautiful! I love watching the leaves fall from the trees and pile up on the ground. But one of the best things about fall is the family. One tradition our family always does is we all get together for thanksgiving (all 31 cousins) and have a huge feast!! We all have a blast! I can't wait till this years celebration!
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
This last year I made this prom/ballroom dress. It was tons of fun, lots of work, and a very good learning experience! It didn't exactly turn out how I had pictured it in my mind, but that's what comes of experimenting, and making up my own pattern!
So, yup. Here it is, what do you think? It really look a lot better in real life, the pictures don't quite capture what it actually looks and feels like, but you get the general idea :)
Oh, and here's my very first design, when I was coming up with the pattern ;)
Thursday, November 3, 2011
After graduating high school I often get asked "So, what are you going to do now?" It was often frustrating, because I really didn't know what to do. Of course I had many dreams and plans, but that doesn't always work out. Sometimes life doesn't go the way we want. Not that there's anything wrong with my life, it's just sometimes hard to figure out, right?
But the thing is, we cant figure things out all the time. We just have to leave it up to God! Knowing that He is in complete control is such a comfort to me.
Today I read in Galatians "I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me."
I want my life to be given completely over to Christ, so that He lives in me! I have been trying to decide what to do...but just lately God seems to be telling me "Let go, and give your life to Me". And this is my hope "It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me!!"