Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Unity

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"We recognize that the person whom we have encountered speaks to our innermost 
being, supplies our needs, satisfies out desires. We recognize that this person gives life meaning. I do not say a new meaning simply, for we realize that before we encountered this person life had no real meaning. We recognize that this person has revealed to us not only himself, but our own true self as well. We recognize that we cannot be our own true self except by union with this person. In him, the obscure is illuminated, the uncertain yields to the certain, insecurity is replaced by a deep sense of security. In him we find we have achieved an understanding of many things which baffled us. We recognize in his person strength and power which we can sense passing from him to us. Most certainly, if most obscurely, we recognize that in this person we have encountered God, and that we shall not encounter God in any other way."

-John McKenzie
(read from The Furious Longing of God by Brennan Manning)


Monday, November 28, 2011

It's okay.

I'm a very prideful individual. I don't like to admit when I'm wrong. I don't like to admit when I'm in a time of struggleI don't like to admit when I need help. It's who I am and it's something I've mastered. Is it necessarily the most appropriate approach to my issues? No. 
There you have it. I am admitting my wrong.

I know I've mentioned it in earlier posts about how God is truly blessing my life, and I will mention it again today and tomorrow and next week. I am witnessing change occur in my life and in my heart. I am not the same person I was a year ago and I have got to give all the glory to my Savior. With all of my heart, I love and appreciate the woman He is making me out to be. Fortunately, I am level-headed and know that, without a doubt, there is more work to be done. He is not done with me and I hope and pray that He will never be done with me. More and more, I become aware of areas in my life and heart that deserve attention, deserve practice, and deserve work. 

"Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest." 
Matthew 11:28

I'm unbalanced. I have so many thoughts that zoom in and out of my brain each and every day. Sometimes they consume me. Sometimes they interrupt me. Sometimes they squeeze in to remind me. Nevertheless, I cannot stop thinking. I pray to God. I ask for forgiveness. I seek His way. I experience change, but not enough. I need more. 
I'm struggling.

I remember (even mentioned earlier: here) a church service that centered its sermon on community. There are three aspects of growth in a relationship with Christ. Three guaranteeing aspects. I excel in two, fail in one. I have a one-on-one relationship with my Lord. I strive for missional work; to be God's light in a dark place (with Haiti in 18 days). Yet, I have no community. I have no one to seek advice from. No one to meet with on a weekly basis. No one to slap some sense into me. No one to push me, to ground me in this faith. I'm realizing, after months of ignoring this, that it is okay to seek help.
I need help.

I am over going through this alone. I want to experience utmost relief. And I know by removing my pride and fulfilling this missing puzzle piece, that I will feel relief. It's time to put trust in God and give it up. It's time to quit ignoring the absolute obvious. It's time to move on. I need to seek help as much and as often as I seek prayer time with my Lord. 

"Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall."
Psalm 55:22

Change is good. It's something one should accept graciously. Denying such change is a harm only one can do to themselves. It's okay to ask for help. I am living proof of what pride can do to one's mental wellbeing. He puts things on your heart for a reason. It's up to you whether or not to do something about those points of interest.

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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Sponsor Swap for December?

I'm all about my readers getting to know you as well.
So, I'm currently looking for those interested in swapping buttons with me for the month of December. 
We are a community, aren't we?

If you're interested, please email me at: a_maheu@yahoo.com

"And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching."
Hebrews 10:24-25

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Civil War, Baby.

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Let it begin. 
Beavers v. Ducks
Course, I'm going to be rooting for my Ducks today.


By the way, Ducks are already winning.
This should be easy.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Feel-Better Quotes & Verses

"Faith is the substance of things hoped for." Hebrews 11:1
"So don't worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring it's own worries. Today's trouble is enough for today." Matthew 6:34
"I have loved you with an everlasting love." Jeremiah 31:3
"I loved you at your darkest." Romans 5:8
"Trust in the Lord with your whole heart and lean not on your own understanding, acknowledge Him in all your ways and He will make your path straight." Proverbs 3:5-6
"But those who trust in the Lord for help will find their strength renewed. They will rise on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; and they will walk and not grow weak." Isaiah 40:31
"Be still and know that I am God." Psalm 46:10
"The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will never fall for the Lord holds them by the hand." Psalm 37:23-24


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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Love Your Enemies

We've all been there. We've all had enemies. We've even been the enemy. If not to someone in particular, to God in particular. We've all been sinners before believing. We have all been God's enemies. And yet, He blesses even his enemies. 

Matthew 5: 38-48
Do not resist an evil person.
Instead, look for creative, productive ways to make relationships healthy again in Jesus' eyes.

v.40 Give your enemy your shirt and your coat. Show your mercy and grace, while shining light on their selfishness and greed.

v.41 Go that extra mile for your enemy to show love and respect. You are not the victim when you make voluntary choices.

v.42 Give to anyone and engage in their lives, working for justice in the world.

v.43 Love your enemies and pray for them.
How? By praying. Prayer changes your heart from feelings of bitterness to sympathetic.
Why? Because we are God's children and that's how he treats his own enemies.

v.46 Where is the reward in loving on those who already love you?
What should set followers apart from others on the street? 
Believers should love their enemies. 

v.48 Live in the shape God intends us to live in. 

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"All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions — it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." Ephesians 2: 3-10


"Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior." Colossians 1: 21



Saturday, November 19, 2011

God Blesses

I think I have a lot to say,
and I need to process it.
God has blessed me with so much this week,
and I need to share it.
I'm thankful for a lot right now,
and I need to preach it.

I'm thankful for this week, as overwhelming as it has been.
I'm thankful for the path God is leading me down.
I'm thankful for my passion.
I'm thankful for the reassurance Christ has given me.
I'm thankful for my parents.
I'm thankful for family.
I'm thankful for the blessed, privileged life I lead.
I'm thankful for my best friends.
I'm thankful for this change of heart I'm experiencing.
I'm thankful for God opening my heart again.
I'm thankful for  the walls crumbling down.
I'm thankful for the abilities I have.
I'm thankful for surprises.
I'm thankful for Christ's words that save me every day.
I'm thankful for the relationship I have with my Savior.
I'm thankful for the opportunity to return to Chico.
I'm thankful for the relief I feel more and more.
I'm thankful for my health.
I'm thankful for what I am capable of.
I'm thankful for Christ's never-ending love.
I'm thankful for those trials and tribulations.
I'm thankful for Christ pushing me out of my comfort zone.
I'm thankful for the people in my life.
I'm thankful for my faith.


What are you thankful for?

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

In one month exactly...

...I will be flying to Port au Prince, Haiti to do God's work!


I am so unbelievably ecstatic. 
This has been one very anticipated trip. 
Through the course of preparing, packing, raising money, team bonding, and praying, 
I am very ready for December 16th to be here. 

As humbling as it is to know that I will be shining God's light in a dark place,
I know that through that God will change me.
He is giving me perspective.
He is sharing His wounded people.
He is showing me a world I've never seen before.
He is going to change me.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Reflecting

I've been thinking these past few days on how far I've come this past year. God really has graced me beyond explanation. The path He has led me down has most definitely involved many upsets, many twists and turns, and many blessings. It has not been an easy adjustment. 


It's crazy to think how much control I had of my life, while at the same time the lack of control I had. God was not a part of my life one year ago. I would say He was, but He did not live through me in the slightest. The world was mine to control and mine to manipulate. Yet, in time, I lost all control of my life and it spiraled downward. Quickly. 


But the past is the past. I realized my mistakes. I changed my ways. And I renewed my relationship with my Savior. Through his strength, I was able to walk away from the sin-wreaked life I once lived. And I haven't looked back since


I am so unbelievably thankful for God saving my life. I was an absolute mess. And he saved me. For only reasons He is aware of, God has been putting my past on my heart. Honestly, I believe it's to remind me of how far I've come. For those of you who have been reading, I've been struggling a lot with the future recently. I've been ignoring the obvious fact that I really have come a long way. And I have a lot to be proud of. These reminders this week have been so humbling. As I've started to doubt myself in these previous weeks, God has been right there to calm those unnecessary nerves.


It's important for us to take that time of reflection. Look back on your year and focus on the good. Whether you're immediately drawn to an unforgettable rough patch or an incomprehensible moment of joy, God wrote that into your life long before you knew of it. Although I've claimed God played no part in my downfall from this last year, He has written my story and continues to write it. These are the moments of reflection in which we come close to grasping God's capacity of love. Because of my struggle last year, I am now experiencing one unwavering relationship with my Lord. 

Monday, November 14, 2011

Clinicals!!


Welp, there you have it! I started clinicals today for my CNA class. 
I had the awesome privilege of wearing my very first pair of scrubs all day. 
It was pretty great, I'm not going to lie. 
I have so much to look forward to in the next few weeks, 
except for waking up at 5 am every MWFSa...blah.

I apologize if I'm a little MIA though for a bit because these days are seriously
exhausting.

Have a great week!!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Accept Change

I think what's stated below is beautiful.

"Change is hard, it's different. Sometimes we know it's coming, but most of the time it sneaks up on us. We can't always be prepared, instead, believe in yourself, in your dreams, in the life you've imagined. Believe in that feeling at the bottom of your stomach when something isn't right, and that feeling at the tip of your heart when you know things are. Believe in the people who have always been by your side, and know that it's ok to forget the people who have forgotten about you. Believe in your moves, or else you won't ever get moving. Believe in your hands, in their ability to shape the world around you, and believe in your mind, in it's ability to shape your world when things aren't perfect. Happiness is a state of mind; decide you will be happy in your minor mistakes, in the changes being made, in your round-about ways, in your imperfect decisions, in your stupid fights, and on your bad days. But don't be afraid to apologize, to correct yourself, to call an old friend, or make a new one. Accept change, learn to love life's imperfections, see the beauty in your old mistakes, and the lessons in your new ones. Life will never be perfect, no matter how much you want it to be. Love the life you have, and strive to be better every single day." 
- Anonymous

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On another note, I'm beginning clinicals soon, as I continue my training to become a Certified Nurses Aide (CNA) and have been thinking about this lovely blog of mine. As we all know, we put off our little blogs when things get busy and they capture dust on the back shelves of our minds. Now, you see, I don't want that to happen to my little blog. 
So, I have a proposition for any and all. 

If you've noticed, yesterday I posted two new pages underneath my heading. 
One being "Sponsor Swap" and the other being "Guest Postings".
I want people to know you.
Therefore, I am asking that if you are interested in sharing on my blog (a story, a testimony, something God has done in your life, etc.), please do not hesitate to email me.
Most importantly, I want God's love to be shared through you wonderful people!
Sharing is caring, right? [source]

I will be praying for this to take effect!
I would love to get to know you and allow my readers the same privilege!
Thank you!!

Email: a_maheu@yahoo.com

Friday, November 11, 2011

Featured over at...


Also, I'm being featured over at Daily Polkadots today! 
Please check out Kelli! I've come to love her blog and think you would too :) 
I mean, how could you not love that spunk!



Wednesday, November 9, 2011

On my mind...

"When I let go of what I am,
I become what I might be."
-Lao Tzu

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Go and Be a Blessing.

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How often do we actually sit down to think over the things that we've been blessed with? 
We always want more.  We always want the next best thing. We always want just what's out of our reach. And so often, we overlook what we already have. 

Did you know...
...that if you make more than $25,000 a year, you are richer than 99% of the world. 
...that almost half the world — over three billion people — live on less than $2.50 a day.
...that of those born into the United States, almost all will be in the world's richest 20%, regardless of how hard they work.
And this top 20% controls more than 80% of the world's income.

Think about that. 

We are so greedy. It's unbelievable. 
And I'm not saying I'm perfect, because God knows I am far from it. But can we please take a step back from reality, consider all that God has blessed us with, and, most importantly, praise Him for these blessings. He has given us more than enough.

"He who oppresses the poor to make more for himself or who gives to the rich, will only come to poverty." Proverbs 22:16

"Keep your life free from the love of money, and be content with what you have." Hebrews 13:5

Let's be content.


While writing this, I think of the first chapter of Romans. I think of Paul and the kind of man he is, how much love he has for the Lord. He carries himself with such grace in those first 17 verses. You can just tell the respect he has for his Father. I want to be like that. I want to be so in love with Him that I won't desire anything else. I want to portray to others my absolute faith in Him, so that others will see and want the same. He is all we need. 
Go and be a blessing today, for you have been blessed with more than enough.
"I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes. . ."
Romans 1:16 

Monday, November 7, 2011

Weekend Update

This weekend was a whirlwind full of amazing memories.

SATURDAY
My girls fought it out at state and took home a 4th place trophy. First cross country state trophy we've won since 2006. I'm so proud of these girls. Our top two even placed in the top 20 overall, making them contenders in the upcoming Nike Borderclash race (top Oregon runners race against top Washington runners)! I love this team.

SUNDAY


Like I mentioned earlier (here), we celebrated Ellis' first birthday!
Bahaha look at that face!
Then my dad, sister, brother, and I attended Lamarcus Aldridge's Rip City Basketball Classic which was a charity event that raised over $80,000 alone in donations from Lamarcus. This event also brought light to the continuing NBA basketball lockout. There was an awesome turnout and great players.
I even met Isaiah Thomas from the Sacramento Kings (not to say I was a fan before, but it's still cool that I met an NBA player).

Overall, it was a great weekend. Usually great weekends fly by, though, and that's just what happened. 
Hope ya'll had an awesome weekend too!

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Thanks to Erin over at Captivated By Grace, I was given the Liebster Blog Award!! Erin is such a sweetheart and I highly recommend checking out her blog if you haven't yet.

The Liebster Blog Award is given to up and coming bloggers 
who have less than 200 followers. Liebster is a German word meaning...
 dear, sweet, kind, nice, good, beloved, lovely, kindly, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.

I am to give the award to 5 other new and deserving bloggers who have less than 200 followers.
Newest Inspirations...
2. Daily Polkadots

Please, please check out these lovely ladies. Their blogs are so great!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

It's Been a Great Season

Coaching has been one of the most challenging, yet beneficial things I have ever taken part in. I would not replace the time I spent with my kids with anything else. It's been such a learning experience for me, being on the other side this time. I went into this with zero expectations, no previous experience whatsoever, but with excitement and high hopes. It was such a blessing to be a part of the lives of these determined individuals for an entire season. As much as I hope I influenced each one of them, I am the one walking away feeling so grateful and moved by this team. Cross Country really is a team sport, as individual as it may look. My team was a family. The girls made it to state, which is today!! They've been so motivated, so diligent in their workouts and are most definitely gaining this season because of their hard work. I am so unbelievably proud of each and every one of them and cannot wait to cheer them on. 

"Ain't nobody gonna break my stride!
Ain't nobody gonna slow me down!
Oh no, you got to keep on moving!
O-T-S-S Sunset on three.
One,
Two, 
Three,
OTSS Sunset!!"
 The greatest feeling is knowing that these girls want me back for another season. The sad thing is. . . I get to go back to school. 
Sunset Cross Country 2011, I will never, ever forget you.
 Thank you for the good memories and the great season. 
Always know, I am one of your biggest fans. 

Friday, November 4, 2011

[I Made Her]

I made her...she is perfect.
She's unique.
With love I formed her in her mother's womb.
I fashioned her with great joy.
I remember, with great pleasure, the day I created her (Ps. 139:13-16).
I love her smile. I love her ways.
I love to hear her laugh at the silly things she says and does.
She brings Me great pleasure.
This is how I made her (Ps. 139:17).
I made her pretty but not beautiful, because I knew her heart.
And knew she would be vain...I wanted her to search out her heart.
And to learn that it would be Me in her that would make her beautiful.
And it would be Me in her that would draw friends to her (1 Pet. 3:3-5).
I made her in such a way, that she would need Me.
I made her a little more lonesome than she would like to be...
Only because I need for her to learn and depend on Me...
I know her heart.
I know if I had not made her like this she would go her own chosen way
And forget Me...her Creator (Ps. 62:5-8).
I have given her many good and happy things...
Because I love her (Ps. 84:11, Rom. 8:23).
Because I love her, I have seen her broken heart...
And the tears she cried alone.
I have cried with her, and had a broken heart too (Ps. 56:8).
Many times she has stumbled and fallen alone, 
Only because she would not hold my hand. 
So many lessons she's learned the hard way
Because she would not listen to My voice (Is. 53:6).
So many times I have sat back
And sadly watched her go her merry way alone.
Only to watch her return to My arms, sad and broken (Is. 62:2).
And now she is mine again... I made her,
And then I bought her... Because I love her (Rom. 5:8).
I have to reshape and remold her...
To renew her to what I have planned for her to be.
It has not been easy for her or for Me (Jer. 29:11).
I want her to be conformed to my image...
This high goal I have set for her,
Because I love her (2 Cor. 2:14).


*Author Unknown*

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Alone

You know that feeling...

when the world is against you.

when you have no idea which way to turn.

when, no matter how loud you scream, no one hears you.

when, at the same time, you're at a loss for words.

when you don't know how much more you can take.

when your biggest supporters fail to support you.

when everything seems to be falling apart.

when you cannot stop crying.

when you're in this alone.


This is that moment when you give everything you can to God.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Happy Birthday to...

. . . my favorite nephew, Ellis James!!
Today is his first birthday! 

Although we're celebrating on Sunday [more pictures to come], I still cannot believe my little guy is no longer an infant. He's officially a toddler. 
Crazy! 
"Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it." Proverbs 22:6


"Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you." Isaiah 46:4

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Apply Your Life to the Bible

These last few days, God has definitely been putting something significant on my heart. I want to share a story directly from my pastor, John Mark, who spoke this previous weekend at Solid Rock Church. I hope I can instill the same kind of imagery he instilled in my mind. Bare with me as I try my best to replicate the same emotions he clearly had while speaking. 
  
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One of John Mark's fondest memories is of his mother and her relationship with the Lord. Every once in awhile he would wake early. As irritating as waking up prior to the norm is for most kids, these were the only times John Mark would witness what every child should witness. With nothing better to do in his room these early mornings, he would make his way downstairs in search of company. Without a doubt, he knew he would find his mother down there before anyone else. His mother dedicated her mornings to time with the Lord. Every morning. 365 days out of the year. John Mark would walk downstairs, rubbing his eyes, only to find his mother diligently in the word. 
 
What a great image! What a great example!
 
With that being said, John Mark now has a family of his own, with two sons and a beautiful wife. Every evening, John Mark dedicates his time to the Lord. John Mark's oldest son, Jude, is six. It's one of the coolest things, according to John Mark, when his very own son joins him on the couch those evenings to dive into the word with him. They sit there, together with the Lord. 
 
Can you imagine? 
The influence parents have on their children.
The influence we can have on our families. 

Attending church this weekend and reading Erin's post, Passing on the Faith, Generation to Generation, earlier this weekend, I felt God was really trying to tell me something. Reflecting on it now and taking the time to pray on it these last few days, I knew I needed to share these thoughts with my readers. 

"Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 5:19

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I want to touch upon the first part of this verse. Whoever loosens the teachings of Jesus will be called least. It's not up to us to pick and choose or read only the parts of Scripture that we can relate to. We don't have that sort of authority. To do so is belittling to our gracious God and all he wishes for us. More importantly, to act and teach others in such a way is unfair. 

We must read the Scripture like Jesus. With an open mind and intelligence. With an unswerving obedience to what is taught. Of course it is easier to read the Scripture than it is to do the Scripture. That's what part two of this verse is all about. It takes time. Whoever practices and teaches God's commandments will be called great

Practice makes perfect. It makes greatness. It is our responsibility, as believers, to take every word spoken to us through Scripture as though it is a lesson for us to grow and, thus, repeat and show unto others. The Bible is part of the way God forms us into disciples, just as John Mark's mother was to him and as John Mark is to his sons. 

So often, we approach verses in our quiet times with one particular question: "How does that verse play into my life?"
Instead, we need to ask: "How can I act that out?"
Step into Scripture and live it out!
This will enable us to be proper disciples of our Lord. This enables us to be proper parents, siblings, and friends to those around us. 

Let's practice this approach from here on out. Who knows the sort of movements we could start? 


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