Monday, November 12, 2012


I have had the weirdest day today.  First, my Barnabas friend left me.  I haven't gotten half the things done that I want to, and the computer lab is unusually busy.  But, that just means that today I am learning to live in Grace.
On a higher note, YFR #1 (or Youth Fall Retreat, for those of you who couldn't figure out the shortened version) was amazing!  I got to dance with Hip Hop Crew and I also got to pray for the most precious twelve year old on the planet!  She came to the altar crying and just needed a hug.  She also had me pray for her family.
You see, I didn't need to know what exactly was going on with her family in order to pray for her.  For some reason I seem to be the designated "give-them-God's-love" person.  Every time I have prayed for someone at a retreat thus far, they have been someone who just needed love.  This girl had such a heart for Jesus that it made my heart beat faster.  She was amazing, just going through some things that she needed prayer for.  God can use anyone, including you.  If you want to be used to give love to someone, He will use you.  Maybe you're scared to pray face to face and you just want to pray from afar.  He will still use you.  You are wanted, you are loved, and God wants to use YOU.

Quote of the Week:
What is straight? A line can be straight, or a street, but the human heart, oh no, it's curved like a road through mountains.
                                                                         - Tennessee Williams

Fun Fact of the Week:
When Astronauts returned from the moon, they had to go through customs.

Story Starter of the Week:
George was a peanut, who liked to eat Peanut butter.  Was he strange or normal?  Why?

Monday, November 5, 2012

Talking Bibles and Barnabas Friends

This week, I experienced the fact that "God's Word is alive..."

Yes, I have known all my life that God's Word can talk to you, but this week I experienced a TALKING BIBLE!!!! Okay, so it wasn't literally a "talking" Bible.  But it was still pretty cool.

You see, I have this friend.  She's my "Barnabas" friend.  (For those of you who don't know, a Barnabas friend is the best friend who you are accountable to/tell everything to/are closest to.  Long story, it's a Bible school thing)  Anyway, she's awesome and she and I are like PB&J.

But, that wasn't the point!  Her Bible talks.  Almost literally.  She can seriously ask God something, then open her Bible and the first thing she looks at will be the answer.  Hence, talking Bible.  (I might write a kids' book about this).  One of the first things I thought about when I experienced that was that most people expect it to be that easy.  They flippantly drop a book on the table and say: "God, show me something."  What they don't realize, however, is that rarely works.  I believe the only reason that my Barnabas friend can do that is that she has built her relationship with Jesus so strong that He just talks to her that way.  It's cool, but it isn't how He talks to everyone.  For example: I can't do that with my Bible.  When I ask God to answer something, He usually speaks something into my head.  Whether it be a Scripture verse or just the answer he wants to give me, it just pops into my head.

God/Jesus speaks to different people different ways.  That is why we need to build our own relationship with Him and not base our relationship off of other people's relationships.  Read your Bible.  Pray.  Talk to God on your own time and discover how He will talk to you.

Quote of the Week:
"Common sense in an uncommon degree is what the world calls Wisdom."
                                                                                                - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Fun Fact of the Week:
The national anthem of Greece has 158 verses.

Story Starter of the Week:
Kayla was an arachnid, but she didn't have eight legs.  How was this possible and why was she called an arachnid?*

*No, this is not a brainteaser, this is a story starter.  Please don't sit and try to figure out what kind of arachnid doesn't have eight legs.