Monday, March 30, 2015

Weekly Verse: Matthew 6:19-21


I love to think about the future. I love to plan out my next move, where I’ll be in the grand scheme of things. I can spend hours on Pinterest finding the perfect wedding details, outfits for future kiddos, and home décor. I can’t wait to see myself evolve into a mature adult with responsibilities. Planning is what I do. It’s who I am.

I see fault in that aspect of me. How can I let go of all earthly, material things if I can’t stop imaging my life with SO many different things? I want that big house with a perfectly manicured lawn. I want to marry a man that will provide for my children and me. I want that picture perfect life, but I’m slowly starting to realize that might not be in my future.

Matthew 6:19-21 states, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” I remember memorizing this verse in school for a verse quiz. I have always had a good memory, but I don’t think I always understood what I was committing to memory. As I look at this verse now, not as a grade, but as something to live by, I am reminded what I need to correct in my life.

I spend so many hours desiring things for the future, planning out every detail without thought of my duty as a Christian. God doesn’t want my thinking about the color scheme of my wedding or how I’m going to dress my kids. He wants to commit myself to His kingdom, His treasure. God has a plan for my life, whether it includes my southern, preppy hopes or not. God will lead me in His direction. All I have to do is follow.


It is simple saying I will just give up all my planning impulses; actually carrying it out is the hard part. I know what God has in store is even grander than what I can image, but I will not see it if I don’t follow.

I encourage you to take steps in your own faith to give up all the planning. Let go and let God. 



Monday, March 16, 2015

Barbados

After a long hiatus, I am finally ready to begin blogging again. Dealing with the end of cheerleading, surgery(ugh), and a missions trip to Barbados, I was quite busy. But with my final year of high school dwindling down and some extra time on my hands, I am prepared to pop out some new posts!

One of my favorite opportunities at my school is the annual choir trip to a Caribbean island. Not only do we get to have fun in the sun, but we minister to the Caribbean people through song. While it is not as intense as building houses or digging wells, I believe that these trips help people. Not only do we demonstrate to the Caribbean people that teenagers still worship God, many members of the choir are spiritually revived on these trips. 

This year, my choir director took 56 students to the island of Barbados (or as some people like to say: Rihanna's homeland). To be honest,' I was a little nervous about this trip. While I had been on three trips before (St. Thomas, Grand Cayman, and Jamaica), the accommodations were far different than what they typically were. I don't want to sound spoiled, but the lack of air conditioning, hot water, and contact with my parents made me uneasy. But I survived! It turns out that the island is incredibly windy, so I would actually wake up freezing, the water wasn't too cold, and on those rare occasions, I found wifi so I could message my family. 

My favorite part of these trips is singing to the children. No matter if we have an off day or we are exhausted, they soak up everything we have to offer. Being surrounded by smiling, hugging kids is very heart-warming. 

It is amazing how in other countries' public schools are allowed to teach the Bible. Although the people don't have the material things we have in America, they are happy. They are glad to be provided for and don't take anything for granted.The island people surround their lives around church and praising God. I only wish that could be a trend in America. 




 I am honestly blessed to have been part of such life changing trips to these beautiful islands. The smiling faces will hold a special place in my heart, and I hope everybody can experience a trip like these.