Thursday, March 31, 2011

Through Their Eyes

Last night at my youth group, we started a new study called “Through Their Eyes,” and it’s about what it was like for the disciples during the life of Jesus.  It really opened my eyes, and I would love to share a bit about it with you all. :)
1 Corinthians 1:27 says “But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.”  Back in Jesus’ time, being a Rabbi (which means “teacher”) was pretty much the highest rank in society.  When boys were very young, the Rabbis would see if the boys were qualified to be put into what was pretty much training.  In order to qualify to be put into Rabbi training, the Rabbis would have to see something in them that set them apart as different.  Those who didn’t make it would be told to study in the family practice (for example, fishing).  There would be more and more eliminations until only one or two “Rabbis in training” were left. 
So what was the point of that whole spiel?  Well, Jesus didn’t choose the “special” ones to follow Him.  He chose the ones who weren’t good enough from people’s point of view; the normal, ordinary, everyday guys.  He chose THEM to follow Him.  He didn’t choose the perfect guys, either.  They struggled with the same things everyone else did.  But He chose them, because they were special to Him. 
Do you know how many amazing things happened during and after Jesus’ lifetime because God chose to work through the disciples to perform miracles?  The lame could walk, the mute could speak, the blind could see, the lepors (people who had leprosy) were healed, demons were cast out of people, and so many other things happened because God worked through the disciples; those normal, ordinary, everyday guys.
Do you see what I’m trying to say here?  God doesn’t pick out the perfect ones to do His work.  He wants to choose people like myself, Lahni, and YOU to do His work.  We might not think we’re anything special; maybe we aren’t athletic, or intelligent, or maybe we seem to mess up everything, but God wants to work through us to do big things.  So, are you gonna let Him?  Or, are you gonna sit at home, afraid of failure?  If God is for us, then who could stop us?  And if God is with us, then what could stand against us?
So, I hope this made some sort of sense, and that it stood out to you as much as it did me.  Have an awesome rest of your week, and God bless. :)
87 days

Friday, March 25, 2011

{Your Feet Are BEAUTIFUL}

"How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news."-Romans 10:15, the title of our blog. B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L-beautiful, God thinks our feet our beautiful! That probably sounds, well kinda crazy, but it is sooo much deeper & beyond the words in this verse alone. Now, I am sure Heather would agree with me when I say our feet didn't always look or feel beautiful on our trip last year as this verse sais. We walked through mud, yucky water, unsanitary dirt & cobblestoned roads. I can even remember taking a boat ride across a gorgeous lake to a remote little village where on one side of the road they had dumped human waste down the side. Even past the physical part, we encountered ground where hurt & broken people gathered,where drunk & sick people were seeking after something. Our feet, I wouldn't consider them beautiful, But contrary to what I think, God tells me differently, He calls my feet beautiful. Heather and I are missionaries called by God Himself to do things we can't even fathom & I think that is the exciting part-not knowing, but embracing every STEP in the journey as it falls among me, even if it means walking through unidentable "stuff" or loving and surrounding myself with drunk, broken, & hurt people. As long as I can bring them the good news-GOD's unsurpassable LOVE, my heart is full & according to God, my feet are beautiful, and everything my feet encountered was worth it-ALL for the glory of God!!!

{94} days, it's gunna fly by & I am so excited!! A little overwhelmed, but more excited!! During this time I want my feet to "stay beautiful" because whether or not I'm in a desolate, remote, third-world country, still there are broken people waiting to hear that good news & it's my responsibility to serve as a missionary no matter where I am. The next 94 days or so that I'm in the United States are going to be spent preparing--preparing my heart, my soul,my mind, my strength--and of FEET!!!Hehe. Less of me, more of Him, that's what it all comes down to. Please join with me the next 94 days in preparing, because God is always waiting for people to step up and "BE" the body of Christ whether it be in Ecuador or in your hometown, someone ALWAYS NEEDS to not only hear about God and His love, but also SHOWN His love & the latter one is way more important, faith without deeds is dead!!!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

God is so good. :)

Yes, He is.  So good, in fact, that He has provided nearly every fund I need for the trip!  AHH! 
I'm not gonna lie, I was having a LOT of trouble getting the funds in.  Then, a huge donation came in and paid for almost everything.  I knew if He wanted me to go, He would provide everything...and He did :). 

Well, since that's over with, I'd like to show ya'll a super cool song my sister's friend's mom showed me.  Hahh :P I hope you like it, though!!  :)

Oh...and 95 days until we leave!! :D

Sunday, March 20, 2011

99 days :)

It's true, folks.  Less than 100 days until we leave for Ecuador. :D

Monday, March 14, 2011

counting down in the midst of this craziness!:)

Hello readers!!!
Well, I hope and pray that all of you are doing outstanding and wonderful today and throughout this week!!! I know I have been struggling with some sh'tuff and it gets rough sometimes... but(just so you know there is ALWAYS a but & I am thankful for that!)...but, knowing God is with me through it all just makes everything outstanding and wonderful again:)) So anyways, I just thought I'd letcha knows that we only have l04 days until we leave..haha, so excited to see all God has in store:))Have a blessed Monday!
Lahni Blair<3

Friday, March 11, 2011

Woot woot!

Hey everyone!  Well, this is my first post (ever, actually, haha I'm new to this whole blogging thing :P), and I suppose I'll tell you a little about myself. 

My name is Heather :) I am 14 years old.  I love music, and I dislike math.  I try to be the best person I can, though I can't do it on my own.  Without God, I would be nothing.  He's pretty awesome. :)

Lahni and I are going on a missions trip with SUSIE magazine for our second time this summer.  We were on the same team on a trip to Guatemala last year and became wonderful friends, and we can't wait for this year!  As you can see, we're going to Ecuador!  We'll be performing a drama (which I will post videos of a little later).  There will be more to come, so stay tuned! :)

Hi everyone, welcome to our blog!!Just a quick post, but we leave for Ecuador on June 27...drum roll please...107 days!!!We are so excited!!!I'll do a longer post later, enjoy!!!