Fix My Eyes

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I have heard this song for the past week on the radio, and I just cannot get it out of my head. Now it’s on my Spotify, and I simply cannot stop listening to it. I sing it in my head constantly, all day long. I’m a lyrics person; I really latch on to lyrics and dwell on them, and this song is sticking with me. I sincerely believe we should be living this out every day of our lives. If you have not clicked on the link to watch the video, do it before you go any further, its by ChristianLyric 101. It is the lyric video for the song so you can see the words, too. In this post, I am going to examine the lyrics of this song and explain the message as I have understood it.

Hit rewind, Click delete / Stand face to face with the younger me / All of the mistakes, All of the heartbreak /  Here’s what I’d do differently

We’ve all looked back on our past and considered what we could have done differently, how we could have reacted differently, how we could have helped that person, what we would have spent our time doing if we would have known better. Looking back isn’t a bad thing. It’s good to learn from the mistakes you have made, and to realize the way other people in your life have helped mold you into the person you are today. However, we have to remember not to dwell on the past. We will stumble in our walk today if we are constantly looking behind us.

I’d LOVE like I’m not scared

Okay, honestly, how many people have you just really not wanted to love? Seriously, people are generally hard to love. That aggravating person in class with whom you can’t stand talking, a family member who has done you wrong, a friend who has hurt you. The list could go on and on of people whom you have written off your love list. I know I have. It’s hard to love. Your heart is vulnerable. And it seems that more often than not, you get hurt. But God is asking you to be vulnerable. Consider for a moment how Jesus became vulnerable. Look at His example on the cross: He LOVED everyone who spat upon Him and cursed Him. You, me, us: sinners. We hurt Him, a lot.  And we are called to love others like He has loved us (1 John 4:19, Ephesians 5:2). 1 Corinthians 13 shows us what LOVE is: it’s patient, kind, not proud, and so on. Be like that! It’s hard, but with His help, we can do it. We can LOVE like we’re not scared.

GIVE when it’s not fair

GIVE. What goes through your mind when you think of that word? Money? Time? Patience? Why is it hard for us to give these things? Our time is precious, right? We like to have time to ourselves or time with our friends. In this world, it’s really hard to give someone time. We live in a culture that encourages us to be selfish. It’s kind of the norm, and we don’t really realize it until someone points it out. Yeah, we give our time going on mission trips, attending church services, or helping out at a fundraiser. But are you giving your time when no one is expecting or telling you to? Do we stop and let an old man cross in the parking lot, knowing he’s going to take a while to get across? Do we stop to let a young mother go ahead and get in front of us in the checkout line because her baby is fussy? Give when it’s not fair. Okay, I want you to think really hard about that phrase when it’s not fair. What are some conditions that make it seem unfair to give? It can seem “unfair” at times to give money when you’re in a tight spot financially if you know you aren’t really getting anything in return. It can seem “unfair” to give your time or patience to someone who you know wouldn’t do the same for you. It can seem “unfair” to give gifts or money to a person who might use those gifts for destructive purposes, such as drugs or alcohol. But doesn’t God give us His attention and blessings constantly? Or does He only love us when we have it all together and are doing everything right? If God only gave to us when we deserved it, we would never receive anything good from Him, most especially Jesus. Romans 5:8 points that out when it says, “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Something to think about.

Live life for another

When I hear this line I just think of living for Christ. That’s where my mind goes first: living for Him, which then trickles down to things like serving and living for family and putting others first. Christ wants us to have a servant heart, serving one another, and putting others before ourselves. I always think of the song Make Me a Servant that we sing sometimes in the church. It’s all about wanting God to make us a servant, doing what He has to do to get us there, making us like Him.

Take time for a brother

Along the same line as the last two lines, also we should also give our time to a brother or sister. We live in such a rushed world. We want to just get what we need and go, and we think other people will take care of what we don’t have time for. When we see someone hurting and upset, we often don’t really want to take the time out to ask if they are okay and to see if we can help. Instead, we just kind of slide by acting like we don’t see them. I heard someone talking about how all too often when we greet one another with our “Hey, how are you?” we really don’t want to hear what they have to say back. It’s kind of our way of saying “Hey!”, but it just sounds nicer and makes us look like we actually care how they are. That’s pretty sad. It was even more sobering when I thought about it and realized that it’s true. I know there are times when we actually care how someone is, and I’m certainly not saying everyone is like that, but we have our times where it is true. What it really boils down to is that we don’t take time for one another. So how about this: Let’s make time to ask how someone’s day went or see why they are upset. Just a little secret: sometimes people need someone to genuinely ask them how they are. Sometimes they want you to dig. They need someone to talk to about life.

Fight for the weak ones

Bullying is huge right now. It’s all over the news about kids getting bullied and how the government and schools are trying to get rid of it. Fight for the weak ones. Stand up for someone. Don’t run off when you see someone giving someone else a hard time. And even worse, don’t join in with the one doing the bullying. Yeah, it might be awkward. Maybe it’s not really your problem, but you should make it yours. There was a video cycling through Facebook a few weeks ago about this sort of thing. The guys in the video wanted to see how many people would actually stand up against the bully, so they decided to act out a scene of this punk who wanted to know why this other guy didn’t write his paper for him. He’s pushing him around, hitting him, and most people walked by acting like they didn’t see anything, or they just got up and left the area. There ended up being only a few people who would come to the rescue of the guy and get the bully off of him and tell him that he needed to leave. It was a sad but true video, and it made me realize how many people just don’t want to get involved. There is a whole study in psychology about this. Why don’t we want to help people in need? Why do we let it go for (hopefully) someone else to take care of? Fight for the weak ones!

Speak out for freedom

Celebrate Recovery is an example of this. It’s a program to help you overcome life’s hurts, habits and hang-ups by showing you the power of Christ. We want freedom from the hurts and pressures in this world, and there is a safe place to get away from all the worldly crud that clutters our lives. It’s called the church. It’s the body of Christ, the family of God. We are all here to help ease those pressures in the lives of others.

Find faith in the battle

This is a hard one because when we are going through tough times in life (battles), our faith usually gets really small, sometimes even nonexistent. It’s hard. I’ve been there. A lot of people have. But I believe that’s when He is the closest to us. He knows we need Him, and He’s there holding our hand through it. We just have to believe in Him and know that He is there with us. Find faith in Christ, not only when everything is going well, but in the midst of the battles, too. Finding faith in our battles will help our faith become stronger. If we had it easy all the time, why would we need Him?

Stand tall but above it all

Stand above everything of this world. Don’t let it pull you down. We are not of this world. John 15: 19 says this: “If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.” Tough stuff, but isn’t that amazing? I think that has so much encouragement in it. We are His; He chose us out of the world. We should stand tall, stand up against the things of this world. I am in no way saying to act like we are better than everyone else. The point is that we don’t put our hopes in things of the world, such as popularity, money, status or power. Remember where we are from and where we are going. We want to bring as many people as possible with us, and we won’t get them to come with us if we’re sticking our noses up at them. Be strong, and be above what the world is offering.

Fix my eyes on you

We have to fix our eyes on Christ and know what our goal is. 2 Timothy 4:7-8 says, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.” Keep that verse in mind. It’s our goal as Christians to get to Jesus, to be with God forever. So let’s fix our eyes on that goal and run at it with all our strength.

I learned the lines and talked the talk/ But the road less traveled is hard to walk/ It takes a soldier/Who knows his orders/ To walk the walk I’m supposed to walk

Okay, now add everything that I just talked about from the chorus to these lines. We hear all that we’re supposed to be doing, we hear the messages, we get the devotionals, we know all the lines to say, but are we living it out? I love the line that says it takes a soldier who knows his orders to walk the walk I’m supposed to walk. We have to be soldiers. We need to learn and know our orders that God has given us and live them out in our lives.  Take up your shield and helmet and all that armor and get in line to fight (Ephesians 6:10-17). Walk the walk. Be that soldier.

The things of Earth are dimming/ In the light of Your glory and grace/ I’ll set my sights upon Heaven/ I’m fixing my eyes on you

The things of this world are passing. They aren’t going to be here forever. God is everlasting. He is the real goal, the real trophy. Be a soldier for Christ, fix your eyes on the goal He has set for us and run at it with all your strength. =)

Love you all,

~RW

Give Him Your All

Who all saw the Blood Moon last night, pretty amazing stuff huh? We have an awesome God! His wonders are marvelous.

But with all this talk about the Blood Moon, everyone trying to decipher the meaning, if it’s the beginning of the end or if it’s just an amazing sight to see. What do you believe? Yes scripture does cite many references to the moon turning to blood, but what else should we take from this? Yes this could be the beginning of the end, it could definitely just be another sight to see, but there is something more.

When people start talking about “the End” where does your mind go?  Does it go to “I hope God will let me in” or are you just calloused and don’t really care, if it comes it comes.  I started thinking, everyone has talked about the end since forever, and we’re still here, but I thought of this yesterday.  If this is the beginning of the end, am I for sure going to heaven and maybe I need to start really just living my life all for Him, no hold backs.  We get careless and complacent here, living our lives for ourselves, trying to make our lives better not caring about others salvation.  But when things like the end times come up we start questioning our relationship with God, we start questioning our purpose, how we live our life.  Maybe we all should start living all out for Him…ya know, and I’m not talking just to you, I’m talking to myself as well.  We all need work.

God has given us all a purpose here, a job. Are we doing that job?

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. {Romans 12:1-2}

Give Him your all. Live entirely for Him. In all honesty His opinion is the only one that really matters.

Love you all,

~RW

Get Unplugged

Well I’ve been about terrible at the whole encouraging thing lol I’ve missed the past two days, way proud. Make up day tomorrow!! I was very pleased when I heard the girls asking each other how the challenge was going, one said she was actually enjoying it! Awesome! I one of the older girls how it was going and she said “it couldn’t have come at a better time”, she was telling me how she had hurt her mothers feelings on the first night of it and she went and drew her a picture and wrote some encouraging notes on it. I am so pleased! Some of my girls are getting it, others are making excuses that they have no time.  Why? Why do these girls have no time, I kept asking one girl what was getting in her way and it was a lot of well I don’t wake up early, I have track meets etc. most of which I just came back with “well what about on the bus, etc.?”

Levi just talked about this a few weeks with the kids in a discussion group asking them what gets in the way of them reading their Bible and they were very honest about it all. They had to really dig deep on why they aren’t putting it first in their life, some examples were, homework, friends, social media, and free time. A lot of what we were hearing was when they get home after their extracurricular activities they have  homework they finish and when they get done with that they want down time, which I honestly don’t blame them, but where does God come in? I”m definitely not saying I have it all together, I miss a lot of opportunities because I’m worried about other things like looking for jobs, doing house work or mindlessly scrolling through Pinterest.

All of this just made me take a step back and look around, we are constantly plugged into anything, cell phones, iPad’s, computers, Xbox, TV, it’s all around and everyone seems like they have to have this to get through everyday. Its sad. I told Levi, maybe we need to have like an unplugged day where everyone turns over their phones and they hang out and do something not relating to electronics.  I feel like I’m becoming an old lady because I’m seeing more and more the importance of being able to lay that phone down, shut the laptop and go read my Bible, go visit with friends, or take a walk.

My church camp had a “no cell phone” rule, we couldn’t have any sort of electronic out, we did have them in our cabins but they weren’t touched, we discouraged it. The kids got more out of that week I think than some kids at different church camps where its entertainment galore. One guy was telling us about a camp that he loves because it’s more fun, it’s entertaining. In my mind I’m just wanting to ask how are you totally focused on God if you aren’t STILL? We need to be putting things aside that distract us and actually listen to him speak or put things aside to totally listen to a friend talk about what’s going on in their life.

I think we all need, including myself, to get unplugged. Start small, go one hour without it and devote it to something for His kingdom. Who knows maybe you’ll see a change.

Get unplugged, write some encouraging letters, and spend time with our Heavenly Father.

~RW

April: Month of Encouragement

OK, I am so excited about Rave Ministries AprilRAVEs starting tomorrow!!

It’s a whole month of encouraging and lifting one another up everyday. When they announced this I told Levi that I have to do this with the girls in his group, they need something like this. God wants us to be loving and encouraging our sisters, building relationships, being joyful in Him!  Matthew 5:16 says “let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in Heaven.” We need to be light for others, showing them the LOVE of Christ.

Like my mamma always says, “you can catch more flies with honey” 🙂   Who wouldn’t want to be a part of a family like that?!

 

Get your pens to writin’ 😉

Much love ladies!

~RW

 

March Photo A Day: The Past

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The past, something my grandma can remember.

I’m not sure when this picture was taken but it was taken long before she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

This dreaded disease is awful, it steals your memories from today and locks you inside a world of your own.

I’ll never forget the night my grandmother looked over at the lady sitting beside her and realized that it was her sister, “what happened to you?” She cried.

Nothing’s the same.

All but 2 of the 8 siblings have died from this awful disease. My grandmother has lasted the longest. It’s sad to see her lost. And when she does realize the “real” it’s heartbreaking.

~RW

March Photo A Day: A Closed Door

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I really wanted to start a photo-a-day challenge and I found one for this month! I love taking pictures but I have gotten away from it and needed something to bring out my creativity and here it is!

Since I’m starting late I just decided to pick up on today’s photo, which surprisingly got my attention. A closed door.

Why? Well lately I’ve been seeing a lot of “closed doors”, not getting into the school I thought and jobs not coming through.

Let’s back up a year. I am a girl with a plan and goals. God says don’t do that, but I can’t help it and I know he laughs at me when I do. Anyway, here we go, I attended my university pursuing a degree in pre-physical therapy, thought that’s what I really wanted to do since before I can remember! Applied to PTA school…didn’t get in.

It was literally like someone went up to my house of cards, that I had worked on for so long, chuckled and thumped it. It all came down. I had no idea what I was going to do, I was getting married in 8 months and the plan was get married, get into school and get that final degree. I started looking at other schools that I could possibly get into, there were schools around, not very close by and I would have to sit out a year.

I graduated with a degree in General Studies with a focus on Behavioral Science, I always told myself I did not want to end up with just a “general studies” degree, I wanted something more, something I could really work with. But as time passed I began to think it wasn’t such a big deal, it actually gave me more options…until I went for a clinical secretary job and I was, wait for it, OVER qualified. The words she actually said to me were “Honey, you realize you are way over qualified for this job?” Yeah I’m pretty sure any new graduate doesn’t want to hear that. I told her I need the job and would be great at it. Door #2, closed. God doesn’t want me there.

I began to ask God what he had in store for me because right now it’s looking like a dead end road. I try really really hard to keep my faith that God has these plans for me, it’s just in His time…but it’s not going quick enough.

So I get a job at the university I attended for a few months recruiting prospective students. It was actually really enjoyable, I met a lot of great people. Problem with getting this job as a permanent was I was getting married….and moving. Blessing and a curse hehe, don’t get me wrong, I LOVE where I’m at right now with my hubby in OK.

But after we got married, jobs still didn’t just land in my lap, people are looking at me like I went to college for nothing because of my “general studies” label, I’m thinking I have this bachelor’s degree…and I can’t get a single decent job and people think I’m pathetic (door #3)…what is wrong with me?

My point….I saw on the photo-a-day challenge that today’s picture was a closed door and it just hit me, I have all of this to write about, it’s been eating at me day and night. One thing it definitely has taught me is that I am having to rely on God constantly, knowing that He has better plans. Who knows what I will be doing. I haven’t really found where I need to be, certainly struggling trying to figure out where God wants me. I’m just trusting Him day by day.

Just because a door is closed, doesn’t mean that another one will open along the way.

~RW

Baby, It’s Cold Outside!

Where did spring go?!?!

This weather here is like bipolar…seriously, a couple days ago it was warmish and enjoyable outside and today, sleeting.  I mean I’m seriously over this cold weather. But to make the most of it we played Assassin’s Creed 2, made a fort, watched Smurfs and made indoor s’mores.

First of all I’m kind of addicted to AC2, like everyone else who plays it, except…I watch haha I really like the story line and just the fact that it’s ITALY is my favorite!! My brother got me hooked on it a few years ago when he was playing so I would sit and watch and now since Levi plays them, I got to help with AC4 because of the awesome companion app you can get on your iPad. So now we’re going back through them so I can fully understand the whole story.

Ok enough of that!

The fort, yeah we’re like 5! I got really bored sitting on the couch and decided since we’re stuck inside why not?! So we built one, watched Smurfs, which I forgot how cheesy it was lol and then made these awesome indoor s’mores.

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All I did was turn the oven on to 450 degrees, get a cookie sheet and set the graham crackers down with the marshmallow then  put in the oven. I didn’t really time it, I mainly just watched the marshmallows. 
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Take them out when you want, add your Hershey’s bar and your done! 

~RW