Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Learning how to live my mist.

For those of you who may remember, I did a post a little while back called, The Mist. The Funk. check it here. It talked a lot about me not being sure of how I was living my life. Asking the hard questions of myself and remembering that Jesus is more then my "mist". Literally right now I am sitting in Starbucks reading Colossians 3. Kind of silly and random right? Colossians 3. Well, it's were The Lord led me. This is what spoke to me the most (ESV):

Colossians 3:1-3//
If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

Of course, if we are looking for more verses to go along with this we can look at so many gems. Such as John 15:4-5, 2 Corithians 5:1, 1 John 4:13 and so on and so forth. I believe God directed me to Colossians 3: 1-3 because in this verse it reminds me what my mist needs to be about. The gospel is 100% God centered, God driven and will forever stay that way. Therefore, if the gospel is that way, our lives need to reflect that. Does your life reflect that? Are you seeking the things of Christ and setting your minds on him? Are you stable in The Lord?

When I literally asked myself those questions the automatic answer was, "of course I do." Then I had to take a step back. Really dig into what that looks like and see if I was REALLY doing that. Honestly dear friends, I have not been. My mist is very short and I have come to find that I have filled my mist with things. Not materialistic items or relationships but literally things. I am a do-er. If I am not busy, running here, there, everywhere I feel like I am not accomplishing what I need to. Which then makes me feel own about myself and my "self worth" hits the ground. Yet what Gods holy word tells us is very different. 

Going back to a verse I mentioned earlier, this tells us we cannot do "things" well, without God being our rest, peace and the thing we make time for. This is the truth that it states (ESV):

John 15:4-9//
Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love.

Lets just take a moment. Breathe in and breath out. 
That was a lot to take in right? That's how I felt at first too. 
Really take time, read this through and let it soak in. I have read this verse about 15 times now, and trust me, its worth it. Coming right out of the gates it says "Abide in me". Did you know other words for abide are stay, stand, reside, dwell and remain? This along with Colossians 3 spoke volumes. I was not abiding, residing, dwelling or even remaining in the Lords presence. I have just allowed my mist to be a list.A list of my plans, wants, needs, desires and to-dos. I allow for the Sheppard to be my strength, but I have not allowed my soul to abide in my Sheppard. 

I pray and hope this jumbled, crazy, deep, mixed-up, confusing post finds you at a place of growing. I am praying for each person who reads this to really find truth in this and to continue their studies farther. I couldn't type all my hand written thoughts because you would be at the computer forever. Anyways, remember that your life is a mist, but your mist doesn't have to be wasted. Start your mist well by spending quality time with the Lord and your mist will be nothing short of amazing. Have a blessed week dear friends. 

All my love, 

Monday, May 6, 2013

My wonderful life in 250 words....

My wonderful life in 250 words....

       My life is beautiful. My life isn't over and is still being written by the one and only Jesus Christ. Technically speaking my life starts in white center but my life really began when we moved to the small town of Orting. It is a lovely and wonderful little town that has and will always be close to my heart. In this place I grew up, went through trials, lost many close friends and family members including my father, but gained such a beautiful thing. I gained a savior. He chose me but I had to be ready to accept him, and while living here I did. I have many memories that will stay close to my heart, no matter how quickly Orting changes. I am pursing what the Lord has for me, loving the little things, coffee, and cats. I spend too much time journalism and day dreaming. Many times I find my self trying on 5 outfits before deciding. The ocean is my favorite place to think and get away. My favorite ice cream hands down is Cherry Garcia, or if we are speaking generally then obviously cookie dough. Sometimes I talk to much, and over analyze until I want to scream. I may or may not have had 33 cats in my life.  I am ambitious and will not let my trials stop me from getting where The Lord has led my heart. Most of all I am living and learning with an adventurous heart to boot.