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To say goodbye

With being adventurous comes one thing that I hate the most...goodbyes. Think about it? Before you leave on your adventure you say goodbye to the people you see every single day, who know you, who love you, and whom you love back tremendously. Then you go off, the wild heart you are, enjoying every moment God gives you, and then BAM, another goodbye. You say goodbye to the new experiences, new precious faces, and new loves. It is beyond heartbreaking. My trip to Haiti tore me apart. I don't know what this trip will do to me, but I know Jesus will put me together again.

Today however, was really hard. To say goodbye to the little kids you take care of every single day...phew. My awesome co-worker whom I consider one of my dearest friends now, decorated our classroom for me. She got the kids all excited and when I walked in this morning they all yelled "happy birthday miss Talia"-not knowing that it was a going away party, they smiled and hugged me. It was perfect. In the…

More Than You Can Handle

‘Remember, God will never give you more than you can handle.’
People repeat this frequently; I heard it when I was growing up and I hear it now. It is meant to be a source of encouragement, and it would be if I believed it were true.
But I don’t.
I believe that God totally, absolutely, intentionally gives us more than we can handle. Because this is when we surrender to Him and He takes over, proving Himself by doing the impossible in our lives.
I have learned to accept it, even ask for it, this ‘more than I can handle.’ Because in these times, God shows Himself victorious. He reminds me that all of this life requires more of Him and less of me.God does give us more than we can handle. Not maliciously, but intentionally, in love, that His glory may be displayed, that we may have no doubt of who is in control, that people may see His grace and faithfulness shining through our lives.
And as I surrender these situations to Him, watch Him take over and do the impossible, I am filled with jo…

Psalm 63:1-5- seeking Him.

I will let the scriptures speak today...

O God, you are my God,
I earnestly seek you;
my soul thirsts for you,
my body longs for you,
in a dry and weary land
where there is not water.

I have seen you in the sanctuary
and beheld your power and your glory.
Because your love is better than life,
my lips will glorify you.
I will praise you as long as I live,
and in your name I will lift up my hands.
My soul will be satisfied as with the
richest of foods;
with singing lips my mouth will praise you.

Psalm 63:1-5


Surrender. Interesting thought. To surrender is to give up or abandon. OK, so we're supposed to surrender our lives to God...hmm so we're supposed to give up our worries, our pains, our stress, our plans, our desires, our everything-we're supposed to abandon ourselves. Why do I always insist on trying to handle life on my own? I've got a God who cares for ALL of my needs "Give all your worries and cares to God, for He CARES for you"-1Peter 5:7, who knows my future "For I know the plans I have for you"-says the Lord. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope."Jeremiah 29:11-He's the one who planned it. I've got a God who calls me to Him-"Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I WILL give you rest. take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. FOR MY YOKE IS EASY TO BEAR, AND THE BURDEN I GIV…

count your blessings...

Everyone always says "count your blessings." What does that really mean? In the chaos of this life? Being surrounded with friends whose lives are crumbling to the ground? With knowing of the things that are going on in the world, how do you "count your blessings?"
Easy. Ask the Lord to open your eyes to His goodness through out the day. Honestly, the smallest things make me smile and thank my God. Lately I've been seeing how the way I am living actually makes a difference in other peoples lives. Example: a 7 year old girl had to write a paper about who she thinks is "stong and courageous" and she wrote about me. I was so honored. If I can affect one life-the travel, the heat, the dirt and the smell is all worth it to me.
Another example: God has been providing. I needed finances for my next mission trip and God has been providing so much. It seems like that's been the theme of this month. "My God is the God who provides." I am also ble…