Kneeling on this battle ground. Seeing just how much You’ve done. Knowing every victory, was Your power in us.

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Happy Wednesday! As I was reading last night during my quiet time, I read Proverbs 16:33. In the NLT, this verse says, “We may throw the dice, but the Lord determines how they fall.” I LOVE how this translation puts it. We can go for something and have it all planned out, but in the end, God dictates the outcome.

With my college plans, I can plan and plan and keep planning, but God will ultimately put me where He wants me. If I am supposed to go to a specific college, God will open that door and close the other. Where God guides, God provides. God is in control, ultimately.

With my mission trip to Panama, it may seem like a big weight on my shoulders to act as a translator of sorts, but God is in control. He will give me the perfect opportunities. He isn’t going to give me something that is too much for me to handle. It may be more than I think I can handle, but God knows my real breaking point. He knows it all, so even though some decisions may seem like my own, they are in God’s hands.

We may throw the dice, but God determines how they fall.

Title Lyrics: Never Once – Matt Redman 

Just some thoughts for this lovely Wednesday.
What do you all think about this?

-LC

For the honor of the Savior, let the cross be lifted high. The great exchange of love and grace. Came down to give us life. For the honor of the Spirit, whose power lives in us. That we might see much greater things, as we embrace Your love.

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Terribly sorry for the lack of postage for the past three days. I had a special trip with my school. We went on what we call “Vision Quest.” The premise of the trip is to get away from all the hectic-ness of life and seek God, specifically His will for our lives, in the wilderness, alone. Much of the time is spent in Silence and Solitude, or SilSol, as we call it. The juniors and seniors at my school participate in it. We hike out deep into the wilderness(okay not really, it is like two-ish miles into the woods) and camp out for a few days. The seniors do it by themselves, while the juniors are in groups.

Being a senior, I camped alone, or mostly alone. I have never camped out in the woods like that by myself. It was a very nerve-racking experience. The noises of the night are terrifying, especially when a bear was spotted right in the area where I was camping the previous year. I am convinced there was an armadillo circling my tent the second night. I would have pictures, but we were not allowed to bring electronics, and there really wasn’t anything to take pictures of.

Title Lyrics: For The Honor – Elevation Worship

How did you spend your weekend? Are you a fan of camping? Why or why not?

-LC

PS. I love pineapple.

Lord we will set our hearts on You! A mighty fortress is our God. A sacred refuge is Your name. Your kingdom is unshakable. With you forever we will reign.

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So, Monday night was a special event at my school, well, rather for my school. It was called CCS two.o. The gist of what is was is that it was basically a talk with the parents of the school about the future of CCS. It is so cool what God is doing through people in my community. Not only is He working in mighty ways in the youth of Tallahassee, but also in some of the adult communities of the city as well.

People following God in total obedience is so encouraging to me. I love to see people truly living out their faith in the city and working powerfully for the name of Christ. Just one example of this is a man who used to be the youth pastor at a youth group I attend. He felt called to be homeless for a few months. God worked mightily in his situation. God has brought him into a new ministry downtown, he is now the pastor of a church, Downtown Community Church, where they minister to the urban population. It is so encouraging to see what God is doing through him. There are countless other stories to people simply obeying God and doing what they are called to do here in Tallahassee.

Title Lyrics: A Mighty Fortress – Christy Nockels 

Do you have any stories of people who were obedient to God and were blessed because of it? I would love to here some!

-LC

Cause we’re stirring up deep deep wells, we’re stirring up deep deep waters. We’re going to jump in the river, jump in and everybody singing now. Deep cries out to deep cries out to, deep cries out to deep cries out to. So we cry out to, we cry out to, you Jesus.

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So, over the past few months, I have really been trying to grow closer to God, and God has been drawing me in, little by little, but one thing I feel is lacking, is the show for that on my blog. I feel like if this blog is supposed to be about my life and what I think and feel, then God should most definitely be apart of that. I do not know how to describe why I haven’t included Him into this before, well I have just not as much as I should. God is supposed to be wrapped up in EVERYTHING I do, not just on Sundays and Wednesdays. He is supposed to be my everything, and when someone is your everything, you  cannot ever stop talking about that person.

Why is it that when we are in love with a human being, a person who sins, messes up, hurts us, lets us down, and cannot ever be what we need, we still are completely enraptured with them, when a PERFECT God loves us and will never let us down is there, and we ignore Him. We tell anyone who will listen about the person we love, but are scared to tell others about our faith. I want to be so in love with God that anyone who will listen is going to hear about Him, how loving, good, just, merciful, beautiful, and awe-inspiring He is.

So, all that to say, I want God to be in every part of my life, and that is something I want to work on, so here is one step, including Him in my blog, which happens to be a rather large part of my life. I am not saying that I will go crazy with it, and preach at everyone in every post, but I want God to be present. I know that some people reading may be turned off by this, they may not want to read this blog anymore, and that is okay with me, because I am doing what I feel I am supposed to do right now. I am not doing this for the attention, fame, or an audience, I am doing this because I love my God and I want everyone to know about it.

Title Lyrics: Deep Cries Out – Bethel Music 

-LC

Our God is greater, our God is higher. God, You are higher than any other.

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I mentioned yesterday that I participated in a high ropes course on our Winter Expedition, so today, I wanted to talk a little about that. We started out the morning with low ropes courses, balancing on a “boat”, planning out catches, throwing objects, etc. It was incredibly fun, but one of the things that I could not get out of my mind was the high ropes course. I am utterly petrified of heights, unless they are involved in a roller coaster, I know, odd. Anyway, the time came for us to begin the high ropes courses.

They were of course, not what I was expecting. I was figuring it would be something like an obstacle course in the air. While one of the things we did was similar, they were different. The first thing we did was basically a ladder, tire climb, rope net, and rock climbing all in one. Everyone attempted it, I did horribly, and panicked not very far off the ground, but am proud that I actually attempted it. The other thing the group I was in did was jumping off a telephone pole. It was about 40 feet off the ground, and you jumped to a trapeze that was a few feet away. Due to my aforementioned fear of heights, I did not participate in this event. I greatly regret it now, but life goes on.

Though it was not technically part of the high ropes course, I figured I would go ahead and include this in. The next day we did for real rock climbing, like on rocks. It was insane. There were 5 different walls, an easy one, a medium one, a harder one, a hard one, and then a SUPER hard one. I did the medium one, and much to my amazement, got to the top! I was so unbelievably proud of myself. I did not think at all that I would get anywhere near the top, but I did it. I know this may not be some huge accomplishment for some of you, but it was for me. I never thought I would have been able to do that, it was truly only through God. I would not have been able to do that without Him. There were a few times when I got to spots that I had freak outs that I would stop and pray. It was so refreshing.

God is so awesome!

Title Lyrics: Our God – Chris Tomlin

Have you ever done anything like that? High ropes courses? Rock climbing? What was your experience like?

-LC

PS. Happy birthday to my darling sister Hannah! She is ten today!

If grace is an ocean, we’re all sinking. Then Heaven meets earth like a sloppy wet kiss and my heart turns violently inside of my chest and I don’t have time to maintain these regrets when I think about the way…

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Sorry about once again, not posting for a while. I have been like really really sick, I know, not an excuse, but it is the truth. I don’t know if you guys know, but Sunday was the little baby blog’s birthday!! He is one year old. (Yes, my blog is a boy) I cannot believe it has been one year.
This time last year, this blog was where I came and wrote all those rants about people who I knew wouldn’t read my blog, then found out they did later. Yeah, it was an awkward stage in my life, one that quickly went away, thankfully. I just want to thank all of my friends who have stood by me through those horribly bad and awkward times and thanks to all of my readers who have stumbled upon this little baby here.
In other news, Merry Christmas! I hope you all had a very merry one indeed, I know I did. Got my iPhone 4S, FIFA12, and wedges. It was indeed a good year. I will save the “what a year” post though for New Years, which I will be spending with my lovely friend, Taylor!! I am beyond excited!
I always try to think back at this time of year about what Christ did on the cross for us all those years ago. I am reading Crazy Love, and I highly recommend that book to anyone who wants to have their view of God and themselves challenged. This books has redefined how I view this time of year. Mr.Chan, in one part talks about how nothing is about us, the big story, is not at all about us. In the Bible, God created the earth, God chose the people, God used the people, God set up judges, God sent His son, God will be praised for eternity. Not one part of that is about us, all about Him and His glory, so our lives should be lived for His glory, which is ultimately our greatest good! Oh how great our God is!!

How was your Christmas? What did you do? How do you keep this season, full of gifts and food and material things, in perspective of the great gift of God?

-LC

Baby Adam’s Journey!

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Yesterday, I mentioned that today’s blog post would be about an amazing story, so I am very excited to tell this incredible tale.

Basically, there was an infant, little Adam, who was born in September at the hospital Dr.Raja and Jessica Paulraj worked at. This child’s parents were unable to take care of him. He was born with a cleft palate and lip, no eyelids, and fused feet. Dr.Raja and Jessica fell in love with Adam. On September 24, the Paulraj’s began the process of adopting little Adam. He became their legal son in early October. He got his passport and visa, ready to come over to the US to have the operations he desperately needed to survive.

They all got here, and found out they were an incredibly large sum of money short, $100,00 to be exact. The surgery was a week away and they needed to raise $100,000. They trusted God, they knew He had a plan, they trusted that if it was His will, He would come through, and He did! Within 1 week, that is 7 days in case you forgot, enough donations were sent in for little Adam to have his surgery. They blogged about it, told friends, sent emails, and with God’s hand guiding the whole process, got the money they needed.

Yesterday, Little Adam went in to have his eyelid surgery. So much prayer covered that OR. That little child was prayed for by innumerable amounts of people. He came out of surgery and is doing great. He is off the ventilator, breathing on his own. They are not sure yet how his eyelids will look and function or if his eye sight will be damaged, we can only pray and trust God.

Please pray for this family has this must be a trying time for them. Pray for trust, love, joy, laughter, peace. If you are able, you can give money to help support his medical care  Click Here!
If you want to follow his story Click Here!

How amazing is God!

-LC