Friday, July 29, 2016

Good To Be Alive

How many times have we been upset about something and been told you should be glad or grateful, but you're not?  How many times a day are we complaining about something? 

Why is it that we always seem to focus on the the things in life that aren't perfect? 

I mean really why focus on the bad when there is always good. Why would we want to focus on what we think went wrong when God has the perfect plan that includes all of our chaos and mayhem?

Think about this for a minute: when you make something for a school project or just for fun, doesn't that make it yours? Because as the Bible says in Genesis 1:1, "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." Not only did God create the world, he has a plan for every person on it. "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." Jeremiah 29:11. God gave you a new life after you get saved. You have a new life in Christ and he has planned every moment of it.

When you have a God who has every moment of your life planned out, why do we always seem to focus on our mistakes and the imperfections in our lives as we go about our day? Why is it that we as human beings always always have something to complain about? 

We are all guilty of this, even me. Especially me. I love debate and I'm actually fairly good at it and at one particular tournament I got (in terms of wins and losses) the worst score I've ever received. And I threw a fit. I cried and didn't even stay for the award ceremony. If I had been willing to stick around I would have known that I won an individual speaker award. See, it pays to have a good attitude and a good point of view.

The thing to remember though is Philippians 4:11  "I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances."


Let me leave you guys with this: even when everything is falling apart and shattering into pieces, shouldn't we just think about how it's good to be alive?


Until Next Time, Miki 

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

You're a Good, Good Father

On September 6th, 2011, was a tragic day for all of our family and close friends.
I was staying at my friend's house because we have just gotten back from camping.
On September 4th, my friend's mom came in and woke us up and told us we need to head to the hospital because my dad had trouble breathing.  
At first I was like, "Oh ok, they are just going to give him antibiotics and let him go home...". I'm sure every one was thinking of that too. 
When we stepped off the elevator at the hospital, I remember my sister came and hugged me and told me that my dad was very sick. 
We headed to the waiting room and I saw my mom in a dark room talking to one of our church's pastors. As I walked up to my mom, she told me that my dad was not going to make it.  
After that, everything was a blur. Until I was at school and the principal called me down to the office. The principal told me to grab my backpack and meet in front of the office. I walked down there and I saw one of our church's pastors and he told me that my dad was deteriorating, I didn't know what that meant at the time but I knew it was something bad. So I got into his car and I was scared. 
We arrived at the hospital and everyone from our family and close friends were in the hospital room where my dad was. For the first couple days, I wasn't allowed to be in the room because I had a cold. But that day was different.  
My dad was sleeping. We tried everything we could to try and wake him up. But he never did.
The heart rate monitor was going off and I was like "Oh God, please don't let this happen to our family." And then it happened. He died. Completely still and he wasn't breathing.  
September 6th was one of THE darkest days of our family's lives.  
Why would God do something like this to us?
Then I prayed for peace and comfort.  
Deuteronomy 31:8 says "The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”.  
It's been 5 years now. Now looking back, I can see how God took care of us and provided for us during that time. No matter what you are going through, God is faithful and He is always there for us.
It's been a long, hard 5 years. Some days are still really sad, but God has been faithful and will continue to be faithful.  
I want to assure you that no matter what you are going through, God will never leave you nor forsake you and sometimes He actually carries you just like a Good Good Father.  
Here is the link to the song. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=CqybaIesbuA 
          In Christ's love,
          Nicole

Friday, July 1, 2016

Trust

With spring in full swing down here in North Carolina it's time to get the saddle out and go riding! My mother and I have been riding in the mountains for about 2 years now but with each trek across the mountain behind our house (more like a big hill) comes danger, risk and plenty of prayers and trust in God to keep us safe.




I can't tell you how many prayers I have whispered to the Good Lord when Jingles's (My BIG sorrel mare) feet slipped and tripped and come close to tumbling down the mountain. But each time God steadied Jingles's feet and we were able to continue our ride.




Trusting in God can sometimes be a difficult thing especially when you're going through hard times and you don't know what will happen next. God will never abandon you, even though it may sometimes feel like it. I promise that if you put your full trust in the Lord he will guide you through life's trickiest trails. :)





"Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyways." -Unknown



-Kenna