We were 18 and everyone was telling us to have our fun. You’ve got nothing but time. But we were falling hard and falling fast for love had taken over us.

Hi hey hello,

I hope you all have had a fabulous week so far! We made it to Wednesday! Seriously, such an accomplishment in my book. I got to go to The Living Room last night, which seriously, other than going to Wakulla, is my favorite thing that I get to do during the week.

One thing that I have been learning is perspective. Perspective, not just in my spiritual life, but in my daily regular life, in my school life. One thing that has been a struggle for me since I started college is balancing my homework with my spiritual life, and with my personal life. I got to the point at the beginning of the semester where literally all I did was go to school, homework, and Wakulla. I didn’t see anyone, I didn’t talk to anyone, I didn’t do anything. I just did homework. I am slowly learning to balance this out. I am learning that in the grand scheme of life, not doing 1 reading or missing a chapter here or there is not going to kill me. I am not going to fail a course because I didn’t read those four pages. It has been a nice reprieve. I mean, I still work really hard on my work, but now I have time to sit down and watch some television, or go to a house show, and go out to dinner with someone. I love having this time.

What have you been learning recently?

Title Lyrics: Too Young For This Love – The Icarus Account 

-LC

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Shout to the Lord, all the earth, let us sing. Power and majesty, praise to the King. Mountains bow down and the seas will roar, at the sound of Your name.

Hi hey hello!

Happy Wednesday! Today is just a great day, I don’t have class and I get to lounge around today, get some stuff done, and generally do stuff I otherwise could not do. And on top of that… it’s Wednesday, and I love Wednesday. I rocked my exam yesterday, watched some LOST, got some sleep, yeah, good day.

Anyway, last night was The Living Room and it was spectacular as always. One thing God was really teaching me was just how big He is and how minuscule we are in comparison. God is this huge God… He holds the universe in His hand. He mountains bow down and the seas roar when He speaks. He controls every single thing in the universe. He tells how the planets how fast to spin, He tells the sun how brightly to shine, and then on top of all of that, He LOVES us.

Think about that. The God of the universe loves US, and not like the cliché thought we like to have, “Oh, God loves me.” No, He loves us with an everlasting love that surpasses the love of anyone on earth by far. Our parents, friends, siblings, spouse, they will NEVER even come close to the love of God. God’s love doesn’t change based on His mood or how you are acting that day. His love never changes. Even when we suck. Even when we reject Him and ignore what He is telling us. He loves us. Even when the God of the whole universe tells us to do something, and we blatantly ignore it, which in and of itself does not make sense, He still loves us, and He still died for us. That is definitely the Good News. That  though we are rotten dirty sinners, Christ came and died, and then He rose again, because He actually wants to be with us for eternity. Mind blown!

Moral of the story: God loves you and sent His son to die for you so you could live with Him forever. Oh, and come to The Living Room.

Title Lyrics: Shout to the Lord – Chris Tomlin 

-LC

The morning dove sings with two broken wings. Carry me home, I’m not afraid. The stars in my eyes with shimmering lights. Carry me home, don’t let me fade away.

Hi hey hello!

I hope your Monday was at least mildly not horrible. Mine was alright, pretty much filled to the brim with studying for my exam today. So tired!

I don’t know about you guys, but I am so ready for fall. I put a scarf on this morning and walked outside… and though it wasn’t hot, it was by no means scarf weather. I am ready for scarf weather! I want to wear layers and scarves and boots and not die of a heat stroke. FALL! WINTER! Come quickly!

Tonight is the Living Room again at Calvary. If you can make it, come by at 7. Calvary Chapel on Mahan for you Tallahasseans. It is going to be great, so get pumped. I will be there, so you should be too! I know God really wants to work through what they are doing.

Well, I am tired and probably should be studying so more, so have a great Tuesday!

Title Lyrics: Carry Me Home – The Killers 

-LC

PS. How great are The Killers?! Especially their new album!

Oh Jesus. Oh Jesus. You have my heart!

Hi hey hello,

I hope you all had a great Tuesday! Mine started out rather blah, but ended well.

I went to class and whatnot as usual, and then I went to The Living Room afterwards. I seriously love going, I look forward to it all week. If you have to chance to go, do it. It’s every 2nd and 4th Tuesday at Calvary Chapel at 7. Do it, it will be worth your while.

Anyway, so I’ve been stuck in a rut spiritually lately. I just have been really dry in my quiet times, and I don’t really get anything out of what I am reading. It has been really bland and it’s been really discouraging. I keep coming back, hoping that maybe God will speak to me in that time, and I haven’t really heard much. Tonight I asked God to remove every obstacle that was blocking my connection with Him and I asked Him to reveal Himself to me. He did it more than I could possibly imagine. We were singing a song that goes:

Oh Jesus, oh Jesus. You have my heart.

Oh Jesus, oh Jesus. You have my heart.

Sons and daughters, I have heard your cry.

Something to that effect. I was praying for God to reveal Himself to me, and in the lyrics of the song we were singing right at that moment, He told me that He heard me. He told me to rise up and go forward. Such an amazing experience!

He also revealed Himself to me through a scripture that was read. As I mentioned a few times before, Isaiah 61 has been a chapter that really seems to go with me everywhere I go, it was prayed and spoken over my class repeatedly in high school, and it seems to pop up a ton in my life now. The chapter goes:

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor;
he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor,
and the day of vengeance of our God;
to comfort all who mourn;
to grant to those who mourn in Zion—
to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit;
that they may be called oaks of righteousness,
the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified.
They shall build up the ancient ruins;
they shall raise up the former devastations;
they shall repair the ruined cities,
the devastations of many generations.

That is verses 1-4. These verses have meant so much to me and I have really wanted them to be verses that I live by, because I feel like God has specifically sent out my high school class to bind up the brokenhearted, to comfort those who mourn, and to proclaim liberty to the captives. Not only that, but I can see countless times were God has used instrumental people in my life to do those exact things for me. These verses speak so deeply to me, and they were read last night by none other than, the beautiful and talented, Laura Colle (check her out here!). That was another way God sincerely spoke to me, directly.

I really felt God speaking directly to me last night, in the lyrics and in that passage. It was so real to me, I want to experience that intimacy with God regularly. He was telling me that He heard me and He was renewing my call, to go out and to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and to give those who mourn a crown.

What is God teaching you lately?

Title Lyrics: Oh Jesus – I don’t know the artist

-LC

You want my love, my love, my love. Always turning back to you ’til you never let me down.

Hi hey hello,

I hope your week has been going well! Last night I went to The Living Room, the first time they were at Calvary. It was so amazing. I love spending time sitting, singing praises to God, seeking His will for a short time. Life gets so busy that sometimes the most important things get pushed aside. I lose sight of things, the ones that are the most important often times. I lose sight of the big goal in life, to glorify God.

I often get so wrapped up in homework, school, family, life, that I forget that my main goal in life should be to do what God is calling me to do, glorify Him and do His work. Sometimes it’s a good refresher to spend some time seeking God solely, without the distractions of life.

What do you lose sight of? What’s a refresher for you?

Title Lyrics: Honey – The Hush Sound 

-LC