Would I rather remember the happiest times of my life when I was a little girl in Elementary and everything was perfect? Or would I rather remember the happy times after some rough stuff because it makes the happy memories that much sweeter?
This question made me think. It made me remember, look back & reflect, as well as reminisce about the good times in my life. I think everyone should take the time to think about all the happy moments. You only live once, so be happy.
Would I rather remember my best friends from summer camp when I was 10 or my first date with my at-the-time boyfriend? Would I rather remember the first time I met my best friend in 1st grade or the crazy things we laugh about until we cry now? Would I rather remember the first time I held his hand and watched my first shooting star or remember my soccer season of Freshman year (it was Hunger Games themed & I was nicknamed “Rue” by my favorite Senior, “Katniss”)? Would I rather remember being able to confidently walk up to my ex and talk to him like it was no big deal, because it was no longer a problem or remember the night I made a choice to stop moping around in a self pity party and finally live my life again? Would I rather remember the day I did my first paid photoshoot in steps towards becoming a professional photographer or the day I found out I was accepted into the National Honor Society?
These are just a few of the happiest moments of my life. Looking back, I’ve finally realized that I have a good life and I’m lucky to be where I am now. Change your focus and you’ll change your entire outlook on life. I know writing this post did that for me. I feel like a much happier and much more confident person.
Take the time to think about the happiest memories of your life. I think you’ll realize there are a lot of amazing moments that when put together, form your life. Be positive. (: Sometimes it’s not easy, but it’s worth it.
Today for English class, we had a writing prompt. I thought it was interesting and extremely thought provoking.
Describe something for which you would go to extreme measure to gain, to save, or to accomplish. Explain.
I would have to say, without a single doubt in my mind, talk people out of suicide. Why? Because everyone is loved. Everyone has value. Everyone would have someone who would miss them more than they can even imagine. Sometimes people get to such a low point in life, they believe the only way out is through taking their own life. I’ve been there too. I know how that feels. I also know how it feels to experience joy, happiness, peace, love, etc. There is hope. There is a way out. I promise you, it does get better. I know it doesn’t seem like it will. But it does. This is coming from someone who was either depressed, suicidal, a self harmer, or all three for about 5 years.
If anyone at all needs to talk, my inbox is always open.
I don’t mind losing sleep over you, if it means I have even a chance at convincing you to keep on fighting. Life is hard. It’s a daily struggle to be positive even when things get real tough. I know I’ve been there. Maybe not in your specific situation, but I know what it feels like to be completely hopeless. To feel like a worthless failure. To regret your past decisions so much, that it physically pains you.
"Keep your heads up, keep going now. Hope is rising, it’s pouring out." -Lighthouse by We Are One
(Sunday service. November 10, 2013. Pastor Jeremy DeWeerdt)
I know. That’s the motto or quote of my church, Rockford First. But I think the title is quite appropriate for these notes I took. This series we were doing was titled, “Hashtags”. Yes, like these things. # # #. I love my church.
#ITrustYou - 2 Timothy 1:9 #You’reSmartAndUnique - Matthew 25:15b Acts 13:36 #DoYOURBest - Matthew 25:26-27 #StayOnMission - Matthew 25:21-23
What are you doing with your life now? Your one and only life. Remember, church life IS real life. You can’t live a double life consisting of a “church” you and a “Monday through Saturday” you.
God entrusts us with our lives. There is a reason why some of us are still here. God measures our life in terms of purpose not in years. Live a LIFE of purpose.
Less can be multiplied to be more. Don’t compare what you have (talents, resources, etc) with others. Make what you have work. Don’t “wear” other people’s purpose. It just becomes awkward.
It’s like putting on someone else’s tailored suit jacket. It’s not going to fit you! It’ll just feel and look awkward.
God doesn’t call the qualified. He qualifies the called. Don’t be afraid and bury what God has given you. Don’t make excuses. Just do what he called you to do. He will provide. Finances, strength, courage, etc. Just ask.
Our perception of God determines how we live out our lives.
With your time, talents, finances, influence, and choices… how do ou love God and love people?
Believe it or not, it’s okay to not be okay. You’re human.
"But isn’t it beautiful The way we fall apart It’s magical and tragic all the ways we break our hearts So unpredictable We’re comfortably miserable We think we’re invincible Completely unbreakable And maybe we are Isn’t it beautiful The way we all fall apart” "We Fall Apart" by We As Human
The Bible is all about being REAL. It’s not about happily-ever-after stories that end like little kid fairy tales. There are murders and martyrs. Scandals and sin. Etc.
People in your life don’t gain anything from you pretending everything is okay. Life won’t get easier, but God will give you strength. There’s no faith in being fake. The energy you spent Facebook-ing or posting it on social media could be used talking to to God or people about the situation. People who can and will help you.
Trust that God is good. You will never get healing for what you hide. When you wrestle with your emotions, choose the truth.Don’t let feelings dictate your choices.
(Venue. September 23, 2013. Speaker: Garret Balcitis)
Serving will cost you something. Is the change worth the cost? It’s going to cost a lot. Your lazy serve-less mindset put Jesus on he cross. Think about it. Jesus always served. His whole life was serving. Jesus is our example to follow. If we don’t follow his perfect example, we’re sinning. And out sins are what kept him on the cross.
Romans 8: 6-8. Proverbs 11:24-25.
Generosity = overflow and refresh
Give until you can’t give anymore and God will revive you and fill you bak up to let you keep giving.
These are just some notes from a Sunday service at Rockford First. (Rockford First. September 29, 2013. Message spoken by Christine Caine)
You are the answer to your own problem. Be willing to be inconvenienced to help others. Don’t say “I can’t”. Your “I can’t” isn’t bigger than God’s “I CAN”. Your inability is not bigger than God’s supernatural ability.
What do you have? You can’t do everything. But do what you can do. Don’t let Satan devalue what you have. Don’t let the enemy cripple you with fear. What do YOU have to FEAR? You have the creator of the universe on your side. Exactly.
He is the same God. Today, yesterday, and tomorrow.
To God, no one is just a number or a statistic. You have been filled with a purpose. You are NOT just another statistic. You are a person with hopes, dreams, and a future.
Your past does NOT determine your future. The broken pieces of your past can be used to rescue someone else out of their broken past. The things you think have disqualified you have qualified you. Every thing and one matters.
God does the impossible. Let God be God. Don’t limit him. What do you do when you don’t have enough? Do you thank (bless) God or do you complain (curse)? Think about it.
The most broken are the most beautiful. Like a stained glass window. The brokenness and mistakes are what have qualified you and made you stronger.
Originally, I didn’t want to go to Venue today. I’ve had a long week full of a lot a personal issues. But I’m glad I went anyway. It filled me with strength to finish the week, courage to speak up, and some wisdom so I can figure out what to do in my situation. Here are my notes from tonight’s message.
If you’re living like Jesus, you’re living loud. Youre called to live like Jesus. No excuses. Its a process to learn how to live like Jesus. Let him genuinely change you for the better. No one starts on the stage with a microphone. God doesn’t call the qualified. He qualifies the called.
Start small then grow big. If you can be trusted with the small things, you’ll be trusted with bigger things. Why would you be quiet about good, positive change in your life? Start in the halls at school, in classes, on facebook, etc. One student going to school & living loud will affect more people than one speaker on a stage preaching at you. Living for God will mend the broken pieces of your life. The secrets, the pain, etc. When you live loud, He will give you opportunities. It matters that people hear this. Even if 1 person changed because of it… You just changed their world. You may not change the world but you can change someone’s world. Just cause you’re young, doesn’t mean you cant lead. Be a witness with your life. Do the small things. Be a servant. Show them that God loves them. Despite their mistakes and problems. Those mistakes & problems do not outweigh the power of God. He can do anything. He’ll forgive you.
God put his absolute best on the line for you because he LOVES you. Just ask him to forgive you and he will. Circumstances are overcomable through God. Ask God to soften your heart. We can reach & inspire people. We all have specific gifts and talents. We have specific people were supposed to inspire and reach out to. BE LOUD. Real life is hard; we lose sight of God because it seems like hes not doing anything. But he is always working in our heart. God cares about you, your family, your city, your state, your country, the whole world.
Relationship & Purpose. Live a life of purpose & have a relationship with God. Live a life of purpose here or there. Anywhere. Live like Jesus. Matthew 14. He can offer you anything that no one else can. He cares, he has compassion, he took his eyes off of himself.
Jesus is our example. U-Version Bible. Hillsong United. Youth group leaders.
Build your relationship: Get to know him. Draw in closer. You have someone else with you to support you. You are no alone. Living a life or purpose: There are people in your school that struggle too. You dont need to be perfect before you help others. Give of yourself & you’ll be filled again. Do the little things. Talk to someone, compliment them, etc. Live loud. God has a plan for your life! Live loud & with a purpose. You are made in the eyes of a creator, not a critic.
(December 4, 2013. Venue. Message spoken by Jon Rush)
I’ll be honest. I am a huge tomboy. Not as much anymore. But, most the time? I end up wearing “the pants” in a relationship. Yes, I know I’m still young and there’s plenty of fish in the sea. But, I wish I wasn’t such a tomboy. I wish I could be a girly girl like pretty much every other girl I know. I’m not dainty. I’m loud and proud of it. I will shove my self through crowds and I will be heard.
Even my driving instructor told me that I need a guy who is just as loud as me. Not just vocally, but emotionally. Someone who will support me, instead of me supporting him. Someone I can rely on during hard times, instead of me carrying the weight of the world on my shoulders.
Maybe one day I’ll find a man like that. A man of God who is strong spiritually as well as emotionally. But for now, I’m this strong for a reason. So I can support myself as well as my friends. I am independent and I don’t need anyone else on Earth. But if I choose you to be in my life, you better feel pretty darn special that I’m including you in my life. ‘Cause I’m real tired of getting hurt all the time. Day after day by people I care about and love.
You can’t be afraid to fall if you want to fly. Keep your head up. Heartbreak sucks, being alone sucks, being independent sucks too. But, you were given this life because you are strong enough to live it.
Yes. Life sucks. I’ve been going through some pretty tough stuff lately. And It hurts and I find myself sad, angry, and bitter. But you can’t focus on the hurt if you want healing. Change your focus and you’ll be surprised. Be thankful for whatever you have. Whether it be that crappy phone you have, burning your mouth on your $4.35 drink from Starbucks, or all the homework you have. That crappy phone is still a phone and a lot of people don’t have the money or opportunity to buy one. That Starbucks you have means you have money to buy extra things to treat yourself to. And that dreaded homework? It means you’re educated. You’re more fortunate that you think.
Gratitude or thankfulness is a choice. It is a conscious & deliberate decision to focus on life’s blessings instead of short comings. Focus on what’s going right. Not wrong. Life feels abundant if you focus on the right things. Feelings are not truth. You can change your feeling by changing your focus. Choose to pray, not worry or be anxious. Trust God. Be honest with God. Stop freaking out & be honest with Him. He is big enough to handle it. All good things come from God. He takes bad & turns it to good. Stop & pause to pray instead of freak out. Thank him for what He’s done before. Thank him in advance. Have faith that he will bring you through your troubles. Thankfulness equals peace & joy. Don’t follow your heart. Lead it! Your heart can be deceived. Don’t act on your impulses. You’ll regret acting on feelings. Feelings come & go. Feelings are indicators, not directions. Think about the choice. Refuse to fuel negative emotions by constantly talking about what is wrong. Trials are inevitable, but drama is a choice. Life is never just bad and never just good. Leave with the positive, not the negative. Perspective. Beware of comparison. There’s always someone who has it better and someone who has it worse. Whats going on around you will not effect what happens inside of you.
15 minute miracle challenge. Seek God in the morning. Wake up 15 minutes earlier. Remind yourself of who you are in God. Thank him, seek him, ask of him. Pour God into your mind before you expose yourself to heartbreak & the world. Personal goals & visions are your priority. Make this a priority.
(Notes from Winter Retreat 2013: The Vault. Speaker: Jon Rush)