My sophomore year was filled with memories, laughter, … and lots of lessons learned! It was a time of great growth for me, and I want to share with you the ten most important lessons I learned. (P.S. — My … Continue reading
We’ve all seen the news. We’ve all heard the stories. It’s true: there is a LOT of hurt in this world. Scroll through any news site, turn on the TV, read the headline in your Facebook feed. The hurt of … Continue reading
I am terrified of failing. My stomach starts to churn when I think about doing something wrong, or not good enough. My fear of failure is something I struggle with on a daily basis, and I’m working through it. So many … Continue reading
The words “fear not” are in the Bible 365 times. If you do the math, that’s one “fear not” every day of the year. And if I’m going to be completely honest here, I definitely need to hear “fear not” a … Continue reading
Why are we here for “such a time as this”?
I think it is because God made us for a purpose, and wants us to fulfill that purpose in this time. He made us for “such a time as this.”
I’ve been pondering this question lately, because my friend Lisa has asked me to guest post on her blog, We Are The Esthers. She e-mailed me her questions, and I answered them.
I have just recently learned the story of Esther, and it is an amazing one. Esther was a Jew who lived with her cousin Malacai. One day, the king decided he wanted a new queen, so he instructed scouts to go out and find beautiful women who would make a good new queen. The ladies received beauty treatments for a year before the king chose his queen. Esther was one of the ladies who received the beauty treatments, and in the end, the king chose Esther as his new wife.
While Esther was queen, her cousin Mordecai discovered a plot to kill all the Jews!! Esther knew that all her Jewish friends could be killed, so she knew what she had to do. She had to go before the king and tell him about the plot. But there was only one problem… Esther could be killed if she went before the king without permission!! Esther told all her friends to pray and to fast for 3 days. After the three days, Esther would go before the king. Mordecai told Esther that maybe that she was made queen for “such a time as this”, right when the plot to kill all the Jews had been discovered. So Esther went before the king, and she told him about the plot and the fact that she was a Jew. And guess what? He didn’t kill her!! He listened to her and stopped the plot!!
Esther saved her friends with her courage and trust in God. I hope that if I was Esther, I would be brave enough to do something like that.
You can see my guest post here.
I really just want to thank you all so much for the prayers. The day of my speech, I was thinking of all of you who prayed for me and the amazing comments I got here. And I have great … Continue reading
I stood front and center, a place I never thought I would be. The blinding multi-color lights flashed around me. Mike Donehey, the lead singer of Tenth Avenue North, stepped out and began to sing:
Why are you striving these days? Why are you trying to earn grace? Why are you crying? Let me lift up your face. Just don’t turn away… Because I’ll be by your side wherever you fall in the dead of night whenever you call. Please don’t fight these hands that are holding you. My hands are holding you…
And I was there at the concert, singing along with Kendra Michael by my side. Our arms were both raised, glorifying God during this beautiful “God moment,” a moment when I didn’t care who was watching. A moment where I could sense God by my side, with his arm beside mine outstretched towards the sky.
And Mike said to the thousand-people crowd, “We, up here, are just here to be a mirror, reflecting the image of God. Whatever we do in life, we do it not for own own glory, but to reflect God. ”
I ask myself and you this: Are we doing what we do in our lives to reflect God… or is it for our own glory?
I don’t want my playground project to be where people look and say, “Look what Lydia did.” But here’s the truth: God did it all. I was just His hands and feet, serving Him.
I’ve learned from Tenth Avenue North. I’ve learned not to reflect myself, but God because truly, he does it ALL.
And that is how to live Out of the Ordinary.