So as I am sitting on the beach reading my bible, a worship song plays, it’s called Clear the Stage by Jimmy Nedham. I thought I would share this song because its a beautiful reminder of how God isn’t just a song to be worship, God is your life and you should be investing in all of it not just worship music. There is a line in the song that says “anything I put before my God is an Idol, anything I love with all my heart is an idol” this is so convicting in the best way. It’s so revealing that I put so many things in front of God and that I shouldn’t be loving anything more than God. I strongly encourage you to listen to the Song it’s so beautiful written about how we are to worship and LOVE our God just as he loves us.
These verses literally bring tears to my eyes because God reminds us that his love is so much greater but we still run after idols:
All who fashion idols are nothing, and the things they delight in do not profit. Their witnesses neither see nor know, that they may be put to shame. Who fashions a god or casts an idol that is profitable for nothing? Behold, all his companions shall be put to shame, and the craftsmen are only human. Let them all assemble, let them stand forth. They shall be terrified; they shall be put to shame together. The ironsmith takes a cutting tool and works it over the coals. He fashions it with hammers and works it with his strong arm. He becomes hungry, and his strength fails; he drinks no water and is faint. The carpenter stretches a line; he marks it out with a pencil. He shapes it with planes and marks it with a compass. He shapes it into the figure of a man, with the beauty of a man, to dwell in a house. … Isaiah 44:9-20
Do not turn to idols or make for yourselves any gods of cast metal: I am the Lord your God. Leviticus 19:4
This is the link to the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6smGew7dGto
The junior project director, Cam gave an amazing talk at the theme meeting Monday. PS the theme was Rave and probably my favorite dress up theme of the whole summer! The theme talk was titled “Free to Make Much of Christ: When a Rich God Loves Poor Sinners”. This talk is one of those talks where you walk away even more in love with God because it was a beautiful reminder of how much he loves us. He started the talk asking questions like What makes you feel valued? In you or in the riches of a great God that freed you at great cost to enjoy you? These questions are so convicting and make me think about how much I put my value in myself and not in Christ. Then we started going over things we are our Identity in that is not related to Christ and doesn’t value Christ. There were several categories: Relationships, Success, Appearance, and Ministry Success. Yes even ministry success is a category because we are you seeking success in ministry you tend to loose focus on what the realness is in ministry, teaching yourself more of Jesus. Out of these categories I didn’t have one that really stuck out… I seek my value you on all of them. Which is amazing that God is revealing to me that I need to seek value in him NOT success or appearance. Our notes page says “The depth of God’s love us is NOT seen in that He makes much of us, but rather in that he has freed us, at great cost to himself, to enjoy make much of Christ forever. ” This phrase radically changes my heart. God made us not to enjoy the pleasures of this world but to enjoy his pleasures and to seek him so why are we settling for the little things that don’t satisfy us? This statement is is saying that God loves us no matter our appearance, success, or how many people we get to like us. We went over three passages in the bible that show Gods great love for us; John 1:1-16 This is where Jesus doesn’t heal Lazarus and Lazarus would die.This describes Jesus loves for him because rather that doing a just a healing for him, Lazarus would die and be resurrected and show Gods glory that is so much more powerful that just being healed. This is showing a new definition of love. Love is doing what ever has to be done for the glory of God. John 17:24 is something you can pray through! It is asking God to give us the gift of seeing the glory of God which is the most satisfying thing. The third passage which is one of the most important topics in the bible, John 19:17-19 There is no greater proof that God loves you and values than Jesus dying on the Cross for you. Jesus took on the wrath of your sins as well as all others to come, on the cross because God loves us SOOO much. We should be thanking Jesus for this wrath because we deserve it more than anything, this is such a great thought and something to never stop being thankful for. One of the talk questions was Why does God love us? God does not love us because of us. God love us despite us (Romans 5:8) His love isnt depending on you. The greatness of Gods love is not only seen in How He loves, but also in who He loves. He drew us into himself while we were still sinners, God loves undeserved sinners. This is us.He has freed you to enjoy himself even at a high cost to himself(Jesus).
At the end we went over implications: -The greatest sinner needs the free grace and love of Christ as badly the greatest Saint. Even on our greatest days we need a reminder of his love. Its not about you, its about Him, everyday. Turn to his promises when you ask yourself if you are loved. -fight worry, anxiety, and fear. Matthew 6:25-34 READ IT. Matthew 10:24-31 1 Peter 5:7 Go to God with your anxieties, he will bring you out of it!!!!!
Okay so I’m glad I could take the time to share how awesome this talk was, any questions please talk to me!
” I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 In Christ, Molly
(This was written June 26th, just didn’t get to post it til today)
I so wish that I could update my blog more often but I don’t get Internet access enough or a lot of free time. So I didn’t get to post a lot of updates on my last blog entry I just went in detail about one talk that really spoke to my heart. So I just want to give you some updates,
On evangelism: the second week of evangelism we had our training and then we went to the beach to just had some conversations with people and brought up why we are here as much as possible. This was a practice for when we would actually start getting into conversation with people we are going to evangelize with. This past week we had another evangelize training and then we focused on praying for our coworkers and discussing ways we can serve them at work. This is important because we are here to also change the people’s life at our work. We want to show them Jesus in how we work and how we serve customers. Today is evangelism training and we will be evangelizing on the beach, so exciting! I am nervous but ready to share with people the riches of our wonderful God.
On Prayer and Praise: My favorite thing about LP so far has definitely been Prayer and Praise on Sunday nights. We worship and we also have some great reflect and prayer. This just opens up my eyes to something every single week and feel like his time has been perfect. During our reflecting time a verse I went over was 1 John 4:19 “We love each other because he loved us first”. Our reflecting questions were about learning to love all people and do you really love all people the way Christ does. This is SO convicting for me. We are all judgmental sinners, me included. When I read this verse I understand that Jesus loved us no matter what we’ve done or who we are and we need to learn to love people the way Jesus does.
On theme meetings: Our theme meeting last week was Old people!! It was so fun to flash forward 50 years and dress like it. Our theme talk was on diversity. This was another huge eye opener that I wasn’t expecting. When people think of diversity they really don’t think of God saying we need to have diversity. But the main point of the talk was that “ Our goal is to increase your riches tonight by helping you see how the difference of others are an opportunity for riches rather than a threat to riches.” I have never thought of people not like myself in this way. People not like me have something to offer me that I might miss out if I don’t try to interact with them and that is Christ. In fact you are robbing them of their riches in Christ by not talking to them also. When we reject people, we are REJECTING CRHIST, this blows my mind. This week our theme night was animals; I was a black cat. This theme meeting was on relationships! It was actually a two-day talk by two married people on staff. This is an important talk for everyone to hear. I am just going to say some key points I got from the talk. The first thing is that the worldview is that is normal to date just to have fun and have someone. This is wrong. Dating is for marriage and you should date when you feel fully connected with God and you SEE Jesus in that person. You should date for commitment and getting more of Jesus not for the fun of being around someone though that will come with being in a relationship when you are compatible with the person. We must be content with being single before we can be content being in a relationship. So we must find complete joy in having a relationship with Jesus and when we are happiest with that he will bring a person into our life that will bring you even more Jesus. This is such an amazing thought. Another thing I took from the talk is that we don’t need to emotional invest ourselves in people we don’t intend on dating. The men’s job in the relationship is to initiate everything; the calls, texts, hugs, engagement, marriage. (Ephesians 5:23) It is the women’s job to respond so we must guard our hearts in this (Proverbs 4:23). All of this makes me think of how much more I need of God in a relationship. Pray about these things and that you will find joy in God not a relationship. If you are in a relationship, you should still love Jesus more than you love your boyfriend/girlfriend.
And the highlight of my week was deffffff my parents coming to visit!!!! such a blessing,wish i could have spent more time with them!
A song that stuck with me this week:
“Set a fire down in my soul
That I cant contain, cant control
I want more of you God
I want more of you God”
So some people have been telling me that they have been reading my blog and it’s inspiring them and pointing them to Christ. This is so amazing to hear, but I don’t take any credit for writing for this because this is all coming from what I am learning through God. So I really hope this point’s people to Christ!
“I have hidden your word in my heart,
Hey y’alll! So sorry I havent been able to work on my blog that much, We got started working so I havent had much free time to come to the coffee shop to blog! Some exciting things that have happened since I last blogged have been: We got a FREE fried chicken lunch provided by Faith Pres Church here on Sunday with wonderful entertainment, we are so thankful for this wonderful fellowship. And we are also thankful for getting free bread from them every sunday.. we survive off of this. We have had our monday night theme meeting, our theme was CHRISTMAS! This was so much fun! Me and my roomies looked more like tacky christmas than christmas but it was a blast. Chip, the director gave an AWESOME talk about “The Cost of Following Christ”, it honestly took me days to process this talk because it was filled with sooo much great information. One of the key things I took from this was that following Jesus costs everything because you have to be able to not look back on your past and turn towards it at all. You must constantly be pointing towards him and following him (Luke 9:56-62). He demands your whole life so you must take up your cross DAILY, you must also lose concern for your old life because he demands your WHOLE life not just that one part where you sit there and pray with him or go to church for one hour on sunday (Luke 9:23). Another point Chip said is “the price is high, to remind us of His surpassing worth”. God demands everything to protect you from treasuring things. “They will overcome it..” In Revelation 12 They overcome Satan by following Jesus FULLY even if it leads to death. Even it leads to death. Those four words are hard even for me to think about but thats the kind of attitude we all need to have because Jesus died on the Cross for our sins. You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand. Psalm 16:11 If we are competing desires: 1 timothy 6:17 Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.
Dont think you have it all together, place your trust in God, let him do the work : )
We dont give everything so he will give up his riches -> he FREELY gives his riches
The question Chip asked us at the end of this talk: is Christ the treasure in your life? What cost might Jesus be calling you to give up to devote yourself to him more?
This talk had SOO much more great knowledge.. if you want more of it, feel free to ask me : )
So some more fun things that happened this week, I started working last weekend, Ive worked about 6 times, its been GREAT. Its hard, but I just do alittle praying each time things get difficult or busy. I am a meat slicer in the deli at Bi-Lo and I make subs.. very different but I still enjoy meeting people and getting to tell them why I am here for the summer! One verse that gets me through the day is : Col 1:11-12 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, 12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.
Hey y’all! Sorry this blog is been taking awhile for me to post. I don’t have wifi in my hotel and didn’t get a chance to post until today. So I think I am just going to give you guys a brief update of some things I have been learning because its only been six days of the two months and I have already learned sooo much! I would just like to start out by talking about the theme for the summer here on project: Immeasurable Riches. #LP13Riches The reference to this is Ephesians 2:6-7 “and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus so that in the coming of ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness towards us in Christ Jesus” This is such a powerful verse and I am so blessed to be learning about Jesus’ everlasting grace over the summer. When I think of this verse, I think of how the coming of ages if referring to the future of eternal blessings with Christ. We are so blessed that we have immeasurable riches in Christ Jesus that we dont have to be looking at our wealth and our clothes for value. All our value should be placed in Christ. A verse we talked about was Matthew 13:44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.” We should be like this merchant who went and sold EVERYTHING for heaven. We should want to have all of the riches of Christ, nothing compares to this, not even wealth in the world. This man found joy in the riches of Christ and not in the money. After reading this verse, I prayed for a heart like that, that money wouldn’t be a worry, that I would be just in rich in Christ. I also attended a church on Sunday, Trinity Episcopal Church, that had amazing worship and a great sermon. The pastor ended his sermon with a convicting question: Does the Lord have your heart? -Do you pray? -Do you rest? -Do you love? This was very convicting for me and helped me reflect over my life and pray about it.
Today (June 5th), was our was evangelism training day. I am soo pumped about it. Instead of going out today and actually evangelizing, we decided to reflect on the beach by watching people and praying about them. We read several verses and then had some questions to reflect on. One of the questions that really stuck out to me was: What is keeping people from Christ? This open my mind to the people around me and really just broke my heart for the people. This makes me want to be less judgmental because I want to grow to have a Christ-like mind set. Our group talked about how non-believers are on earth and it is the closest thing to heaven they will ever get, and for believers this is the closest thing to hell we will ever experience. What a game changing thought. Whenever I am going through something hard, I feel like I should understand that it is only a small obstacle and something so much bigger lies ahead for me. I am so excited and on fire to evangelize to my co-workers and on the beach.
I love absolutely everything on project, I am growing so much with the Lord and everybody is holding me accountably and I am gaining so many friendships fast. We have had two socials, one was a scavenger hunt around Myrtle Beach where we did the bernie in front of a crowd of people and took pictures of random things everywhere and we also watched an awesome movie. We have three teams on project and last night, we had our first “team time”. For our team time, our group met at the top of a parking deck and had “speed dating”. Speed dating was one of the coolest things to do because we got to spend a few minutes with each person and learn little bit about them and what God is doing in their life. We are growing so much little by little. I am so excited to see Gods plan for the rest of summer!
I will write soon!! Thanks for reading 🙂 Romans 1:16 is on my mind… go read it
I am so excited to say that I start Leadership Project in exactly one week.. well, I will be with everybody in one week! I just wanted to say that I have seen God open so many door for me and guide me through so much this semester even before LP has started! To go to LP, you have to raise 1700, which is quite a lot of money for a college student and I was a little doubtful in the beginning. But several leaders gave me some great talks and told me that GOD will provide wherever you need to be at the place and time. So if i need to be provided for this summer at LP, I will be. Philippians 4:19 says “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Its all about putting your trust in God to provide which I understand is hard to do. So I did some praying.. and that crazy thing happened.. with in one month I was OVER supplied for LP. This is such positive reassurance that God will provide you and there is no need to worry. Another thing I that I was going through was applying for the Recreational Therapy Program. Only 15 people make it a semester into this program and over 50 applications went in this semester which made me more nervous as to whether I would get in. I understood that, if I didn’t get in it was God telling me this door was just closed and I had another door opening somewhere else and I shouldn’t worry about it. A great verse that helped me through the application process was 1 Peter 5:7Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. This is such a good verse when you are struggling with fear or any sort. I prayed God would open the right door for me and on May 14, I got an acceptance email to the Recreational Therapy Program! I am so blessed God is opening soooo many doors for me and I am so excited for this summer. I am praying that he will use me in so many ways to share with people that need it the most and teach me the tools I need to help those people!
Please be praying for everybody in Campus Outreach at Leadership Project- Pray that we can share Gods word at Myrtle Beach this summer and it can be shared not just at Myrtle but all over the world!