The forest sounds with cedars breaking. The waters see You and start their writhing. From the depths a song is rising. Now it’s rising from the ground. Holy, Holy Holy, Holy Lord. The earth is Yours and singing.

Hi hey hello,

Last night in youth we talked about something rather interesting. It is one of those things that is like “No duh, Liz” But sometimes we need those things to come up again in our lives because they are good reminders. There was something my youth pastor said last night that was like this. He said, “Either God is God or you are.” That may seem rather obvious to all you smart, epic people, but to me it was a nice reminder. I need to let go. God IS God, so therefore, I’m not. I’m not in control.

I am sort of a control freak, those that know me can vouch for that. I like to be the leader, I like to be in control, even if it means I do everything. I do not like having to rely on other people to do things I could do myself. This is a rather hard thing to have and still let God have control. I know at a mental level that God is God, and therefore knows everything, and wants what’s best all the time, but I am not sure that has hit my heart yet. I read in the Bible that it is true, Jeremiah 29:11, ” For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for wholeness and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Luke 12: 27-28, “Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil now spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today , and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith!”

God’s got it. I feel like I have to remind myself of that everyday. Maybe one day I will understand it, I would rather have to trust God though, it pushes me outside of my comfort zone.

Title Lyrics: The Earth is Yours – Gungor

What are your thoughts on that saying, “Either God is God or you are.,” ?

-LC

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Con todo Dios. Con todo Dios. Cantaré de tu gloria. Con todo Dios. Con todo Dios. Mi alabanza daré.

Hi hey hello,

I hope you all had a fantastic Wednesday! Mine was pretty great, mostly because I got this:

 

Balloon penguin aside, youth group last night was very interesting. For the most part, we focused on what our lives do. Who we impact. The question was raised if we were to leave our school, would there be a difference. Would someone’s life be different because of something we did. Ultimately, would someone not know Jesus that did because of us. My youth pastor challenged us to get out of our comfort zones, do things that aren’t exactly what we are used to. To trust God and know that He has a plan.

Title Lyrics: Con Todo – Hillsong 

What would happen if you never attended your school? Would things be different?

-LC

More than just a song to sing. More than words or offerings. We need your presence more than anything. You’re all that we want. You’re all that we need.

Hi hey hello,

Last night at youth group, we had a small crowd. As many people were out of town for Spring Break, the group was small and intimate. We had a special treat, a really awesome worship leader led us in worship. His name is Jordan Colle. He has led worship for us before, but he hasn’t for some time, so it was exciting to have him back.

At the end of the service, right before we sang the last song, Jordan said something that struck me. He said ” There is never an excuse to say we don’t have compassion. God is always in us.” The message last night was great and everything, but that was what I really took away from the teaching. We were talking about compassion, how we are supposed to have it for everyone, no matter what they have done to us. It was one of those, yeah I know that, moving on, kind of things. Then what Jordan said struck me. It is so true. I say all the time that I just don’t like love for people or a heart for service, but really, I do. God lives inside of me. He is LOVE, He is SERVICE. If He is in me, then I do have love and a serving heart, because God is working in me.

That is both terribly challenging and incredibly encouraging.

Title Lyrics: Where The Spirit Of The Lord Is – Chris Tomlin

What do you all think about that? Does that strike you at all?

-LC

Jesus, in Your name, we could change the world.

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Last night at youth group we learned about Psalm 63:1. This verse says ” O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.” We focused on the last part of that verse, “in a dry and weary land where there is no water.” Sometimes we forget that the world we live in has no real water in it. There is nothing truly fulfilling here on earth. Not a single thing on earth could EVER fulfill us the way God does.

Sure, there are things that fulfill us and give us happiness for a short while, but they fade. Our youth pastor used the example of salt water. Sure, when you are parched salt water will feel good, moistening your dry, cracking lips, easing the pain felt in your throat from the arid climate. Very quickly salt water becomes deadly. That feeling of water flowing down your throat is actually dehydrating you further. The salt just sucks all the liquid out. Thus, by drinking the salt water, you are killing yourself faster.

We are substituting real, eternal fulfillment for worldly, temporary fulfillment. That next drink, that next relationship, that next gamble, that next party, these things are fun for a little while. If they were not fun, there would not be the temptation to do them. There is no denying that sin is fun. If it wasn’t, we wouldn’t have to be told not to do it.

The only place we can turn to get true, everlasting fulfillment in this dry, waterless world is to God. He is the Living Water. When we drink His water, we will never thirst again. His fulfillment is more than enough.

What do you guys think about this?

Title Lyrics: We Could Change the World – Matt Redman