Disciple Now – Live Different

From the early alarm, or at least for me on a Saturday, to bedtime today has been the longest, craziest, most rewarding days. Today was Disciple Now – Live Different with Resonate Youth. As you may or may not know, one of my biggest passions is youth ministry. I love working with youth and being able to be crazy with them as well as mentor them and love on them.

Side story…I volunteer with the middle school students, this happens to be ironic. The irony comes in (or what I call God showing me to watch what I say 😉 ) when I was in high school I was having a conversation with my mom about different grades. She was telling me that she wanted to be a junior high/middle school principle when I proceeded to tell her I would never work in middle school because I hated my middle school years and I would not work with that age group. Little did I know that I would go to college and God will give me a huge passion for middle school girls. I now go every Wednesday (one of my favorite times of the week) and lead a small group of 7th & 8th grade girls. I absolutely love spending time with those girls!

Anyways…Resonate Youth is the youth group at Mundo de Fe and LifeChurch Coppell that I am a part of. We had our Disciple Now day today (11 hours long). We had 73 youth from 6th-12th grades and had a BLAST!

From sessions to Main Event to playing games in the church it was a fun filled day. I had the privilege to hang out with middle school students all day. I loved every second of it! Our theme was Live Different. We were able to talk to our students about the Biblical approach to a touchy subject in most churches, sex. We explained to our students that even though the world pulls at us in so many directions, we don’t have to follow; we can live a life of purity.

Honestly, the world has taught our youth that sex is ok and everyone is doing it and that scared me for them. I wanted our students to be able to hear from us leaders and step up to make the choice for purity.

Today I saw youth worshipping with all their heart. I saw youth say NO to the world and YES to God. I saw youth bond with other youth and make the commitment together! I saw youth stand up for what they believe in! This is why I love youth ministry.

At the end of the day, during our last session, I watched today’s youth stand up and sign a Commitment to Purity! I saw hope in the youth. I saw healing knowing that God was a God of healing, restoration, grace, mercy, strength and so much more. I got to witness God work through the lives of students. I am incredibly grateful for what I saw today.

Today has been a long day but as I sit here, my whole body aching from bowling, laser tag, standing to long, I am so grateful for the youth today. I know the youth can make a difference in the lives of their families, friends, and in their schools.

Tonight as I write this blog reflecting on what I saw today, I cannot help but cry tears of joy and gratefulness for God. I watched God work miracles today and I cannot wait to see what He will continue doing in the lives of our youth.

Today, if you are doubting the youth I am here to tell you God has a purpose for them. I believe in them. I believe they can make a change! I believe they can stand up for what they believe in and they can live a life of purity.

Xoxo

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Bad News

Have you ever gotten bad news? Do you remember how you felt? I have been through a time in my life where it seems like nothing but bad news concerning my health and well being. I want to share with you this journey that I have been on and hopefully someone will find encouragement through it.

I am 22 and have had back problem since I was about 19. I started going to the chiropractor and it seemed to help, but I found that it was only temporary pain relief. I was experiencing low back pain. Pain that started making my legs go numb. At age 19, this was not the best thing in the world. I would go to the chiropractor for about a month and that would take care of pain for about three months.

After going through this cycle, I gave up on chiropractors. I did not want to go back. The end of September 2011 I started experiencing the back pain again. I got to the point I was not even able to get out of bed. The pain was severe to the point I was missing class, which is not what is wanted.

Finally, the middle of October, I met Dr. David Erb of Maximized Living. He had been attending LifeChurch Coppell, where I attend, and my boyfriend had been telling me to go see him. One Sunday after church, my boyfriend introduces me to Dr. Erb and I tell him about the pain I had been in, his response was my office opens at 7:30 am tomorrow morning, be there.

I went that Monday morning to Dr. Erb’s office. Once there I did X-rays, physical tests, and different tests on my spine. As soon as the tests were over, Dr. Erb said come back this afternoon this is serious. I had no clue what was coming up next. All I knew I was about to turn 22 and to find out something is seriously wrong with me scared me to death. I had no idea what was to come and what was to happen. I was driving back to the school for my class, crying out to God wondering what was going to happen. All the sudden I hear God say, “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). Talk about a relief. At that moment I knew God was there.

I went back to find out that my lower back had no curve, my upper back had a six-degree scoliosis, the lower part of my neck had a seven-degree scoliosis, and the top part of my neck was curved but yet frozen in place. As well as structure I had severe nerve damage and signal damage to all my organs. As a 22 year old that is not the best news in the world. I had no clue how this was ever going to be ok.

I later sat down and found out the cost of the care, and my family could not afford it. I left the office scared. I thought to myself I actually trust this doctor. I found someone that knows what to do to help and now I have to walk away. I began to cry out to God. And yet again I heard, “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). A day later I found Dr. Josh Ferrell also with Maximized Living to help me. I began treatments with him immediately.

Dr. Ferrell had me do some blood tests so I could start a diet plan and get healthy. The blood tests led to me having to seek a thyroid doctor. The thyroid doctor has no clue what is wrong with my thyroid so she orders a sonogram.

The sonogram takes place and I have just found out they found a nodule on my thyroid. This is the last bit of bad news I have heard lately. I have decided to go ahead and do the radioactive iodine uptake test. This will show them what to do next to help me. They are hoping the test will diminish the nodule and we are praying it is nothing severe.

Bad news is not fun to get. I know this because it is all I have gotten since October.

But the best news I have gotten since October is………….. I serve the GREATEST Physician and in HIS perfect timing I will be well physically. Knowing that God will show my doctors, myself and others around me His great and awesome hand at work in me through my physical trials.

If you today can relate to the bad news please know that God does know what He is doing. He has NOT forgotten about you. He knows exactly why you are walking through this difficult time. Burry yourself in the Word and allow yourself to be filled up by God, and not the bad news. I believe if God brings you to it; He will bring you through it.

Xoxo

 

Welcome 2012

Wow…2012 is here!

This is a year that I have waited on for a very long time. This is the year I will finally finish college and be a certified Music Education Teacher!!! I have been at Dallas Christian College for four years and have learned so much from my time there. I am giddy with anticipation as this semester begins in a few short days!

My semester will consist of two classes (a night class and an online class) for 6 weeks, then beginning in February student teaching at Carrollton Christian Academy!

I cannot wait to see the journey that this semester and 2012 will bring. Since it is January 2012, I figured I should recap on 2011…

2011 was a great year for me, but very busy. January I began my senior year of college and hit the ground running taking 19 hours that semester. I survived somehow. March I went to Berlin, Germany on a mission trip with Dallas Christian College that changed my life completely. While on this trip we visited Madrid, Spain. I fell in love with Spain and my heart is still there today.

I had been home from Germany for about two weeks and I totaled my car. This was an experience. I re-ended a guy and it totaled my, 2004 Lincoln LS. I loved that car. I had to say goodbye to it and got my 2002 Ford Mustang back from my sister. My sister got a new car and I got my Mustang back, which I was just fine with. 🙂

As soon as school ended I became a full time nanny to 2 boys in McKinney. I grew up in an all girls house and here I am nannying 2 boys…it was interesting. They were 5 and 7. Needless to say I was busy. I got one week of vacation in June. I spent that week with my boyfriend and his family at Disney World. I LOVED it!

In July I began playing back up keys at LifeChurch Coppell, my church and I LOVE IT! I love being apart of LifeChurch and being able to play piano. I just love being apart of worship and such an amazing church 😀

As soon as summer ended, I began my final semester of classes at Dallas Christian College. I was a senior living in the dorms and dreading it. I didn’t know what would happen, but I was there. For some reason, God put me back in the dorm and I fought about that decision. After the semester began, talking 21 hours, I dropped a class and worked hard on my Senior Voice Recital.

September 2nd, I celebrated a 2-year anniversary with my amazing boyfriend. November 3rd, I performed my voice recital to the highest recorded attendance. And found out why I was in the dorm. I lead a small group of 4 other girls in my room every Thursday night, which was my favorite part of my week.

I went on Pine Cove Youth Retreat with MundoDeFe Youth. I was with junior high girls and had the best weekend ever! The result of an awesome weekend was no voice when I got back.

I finished the semester strong and ended up on the Dean’s List!

Wow what an awesome 2011. As I sit here praying and seeking God about 2012 and where God will take me. In front of me the world is asking a million questions that I do not have answers for such as:

Where am I going to work?
How can I get a job in education much less music education?
What is going to happen with my boyfriend of 2 years?
What will God do next?

I honestly do not know any answers, but I am reminded in Jeremiah 29:11=12, God says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.”

This is what I will lean on this semester until God, in His perfect timing, answers the questions of life.

 

Xoxo