Sep 25, 2010

Hanging By a Moment

Life is fragile; so are friendships and relationships with people. that's what I have learned these last couple of weeks. All of us are constantly changing and becoming more of who we are. Sometimes it's a good thing, but at other times it can be bad.

God has been showing me lately how constant He is and how He'll never change. He's always there helping me overcome the world and its unfaithfulness. These last couple of weeks have been hard with friends and not having any sense of direction. People let you down, and that is just a "simple" part of life, but is it really?

Sep 13, 2010

The Testimony Of The Perfect Catch

A pastor's sermon ends with an "Amen" and the congregation disperses to visit amongst themselves. Amidst the hustle and bustle, a little girl wanders away from her big and busy family to explore the church on her own. Her little green dress swishes up against the staircase as she holds onto the handrail with the loose grip of a toddler, seeing the upstairs as a wonderland of possibilities. The grown-ups don't see her; she's far too small to notice and old enough not to draw the attention of the cheek-pinching old ladies and yelling big kids. The steps are an obstacle, but she continues on.

At the top of the stairs, she sees no one but the reflection of herself in her shiny black Sunday shoes and starts to feel very, very lonely. The mere idea of seeing her Mommy downstairs is a glorious thought, but by now it's so very far away. Brown curls bounce atop her little head as she walks to the floors edge and climbs to the top of the balcony's railing, knowing she could see Mama if she only looked down hard enough.

Sep 11, 2010

The Call of Jeremiah (According to Amorette)

What is "The Call of Jeremiah"? (No, it's not your buddy, Jeremy, calling you up on his cell. Nice try.) The title of the blog refers to the moment that God came to the prophet, Jeremiah, for the very first time. (Jeremiah 1:5) Like us, Jeremiah was young, nervous, and didn't know what to say. I can relate to that- witnessing is a crazy, mind-boggling thing, especially when you're not old enough to be taken seriously by most people. A lot of us just avoid it altogether and slip into the role the World wants us to play in society: selfish, rebellious, irresponsible, promiscuous people who don't care about anything. You want to be normal, to fit in, to be popular. Right?

Wrong. If you are saved from eternal, well-deserved, torture by the Almighty God, shouldn't you be different, not "normal" like you're striving for? When you accept the gift of eternity you simply CAN'T fit in anymore, you're set apart as a child of the King of all Kings. Sorry, but these ideas won't really make you "popular", either.

It's no wonder teenagers like us don't want to share their faith; it's a scary thing! However, it's a necessary scary thing. I ask you to think of this; your Best Friend. I'm not kidding- take a moment and really think.

Are they tall or short? Do you have similar interests? Are you always on the phone with them, or do you prefer to chat in person? Do they text, email, or IM you, just to check on how you're doing? Now think of the other people in this world that you don't know that well: the punk kid who sits next to you in one class, the quiet kid sleeping in the corner of the lunch room, the intimidating jock in gym class. . . they ALL have a personality and a soul and are loved dearly by YOUR God. And most of them probably don't even know it.

Being different from these people and the rest of the world doesn't mean you're meant to sit in Heaven, laughing as the kids who teased you, raped you, constantly bullied you, or ignored you burn in Hell. God didn't send Jesus into the world to condemn the "bad sinners" , but to save EVERYONE. (John 3:17) As the sons and daughters of this all-powerful king, we are obligated to work at this mission forever, until we are out of time. That's the Call.

We aren't all going to be missionaries that travel far away to lands undiscovered and uncivilized. The Call of Jeremiah is to be different, representing the King, showing the world what it means to love unconditionally, no matter what we do with our lives. Together, we can lead a darkened world to the light of salvation, supporting one another all the while. Jesus is Calling.

Are you going to pick up and accept the challenge?

The Call of Jeremiah (According to Petey)

To me, TCOJ is an outreach blog to the lost, unsaved, saved, and the found. We can reach out to everyone and show everyone God's love for us all. It will give us a chance to express how we have grown, or maybe even fallen in the past weeks or days. Like Essa and Amorette said, we never claimed to be perfect. It's a chance for us to say what's on our hearts and minds and to see how God is working in other people's lives this very moment.

It also gives us a chance to talk to other people about the LORD and maybe work through some difficult times that they are having. Satan is trying his very hardest to make us, as Christians or the unsaved, to fall as much as possible so that we fall away from God and towards him. He wants to pluck us from His hand, but as some of us well know, we are chosen and that can't, nor will it, happen. Sure, we may fall away, but He always, always, always, brings us back to Him, like the song "Here is Our King" by the David Crowder Band says.

Below are some things that I know that we are and what we aren't:

1. We are normal people, just like you. We are just three girls on a mission, and that mission is to

"The Call of Jeremiah" (According to Essa)

Read Jeremiah 1: 4-9, 17-19

Whenever I read a bible verse about courage, I get excited. It's taken a lot of courage to overcome my fears this year, but it's still an issue for me. When I found this passage a few weeks ago, school was about to start. Beginning a new year is difficult, and I was unsure of many things. I'm not the confrontational type, but certain things bother me immensely, so Jeremiah 1 is extremely helpful in this aspect.
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