“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, gift or skill. It will make or break a company... a church... a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past... we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you... we are in charge of our Attitudes.”
-The Rock of my Heart-
When I was distressed and embittered by things I could not understand, Your Presence was continually with me, You always took hold of my hand.
My heart may be broken within me, My earthly strength may depart, But You are my portion forever, You are the rock of my heart. You are the rock of my heart.
-Everyone keep the Maucks in your prayers as they are leaving us and moving away! You will be missed and I wish the best for yall!
Have you ever felt so encouraged yet so down at the same time? Its like you are down and then something happens and you are reminded that you have every reason in the world to be happy and content? Well, the past month has been a rough one for me. Its been a challenging and growing time. However, the past 3 weeks have been so encouraging. There have been many devotions, sermons and things that people have said that I have had to stop and say, well that was for me definitely. Many people have been so supportive and encouraging to me as well.
Over spring break I had the opportunity to go to Park City, Utah. This was a much needed and much enjoyed vacation. I love to go and ski but one of the big perks is going with people from my home congregation that are like my family. We have devotions every other night while up there. I wont forget the one we had Tuesday night. And for this to mean a lot you have to know these people. But, the main point that was made was that we all go through difficult times in our lives. And one lesson that can be learned no matter what is to put your trust in God. One family that was with us was unable to have children but just adopted their 3rd. Another used the example of a loved one passing away and someone who had been through a divorce spoke up also. One main theme they all went back to was trusting God and his plan for you. And to only put more trust in God each day. I immediately starting thinking of II Corinthians 4:16-18.
“Therefore we do not lose heart, but though out outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not see; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal”
Lynseys dad always reminded us of this verse while we were in high school and would always draw a line on the board and put a very small dot on. He always reminded us that no matter what was going on we are that little dot. And while that little dot can have a big impact it doesn’t need to lose sight of the big picture and goal.
When I went to bed that night I kept thinking how that’s just what I needed. The reminder to put my trust in God and that he is always on my side. Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.”
Each Step I Take
Each step I take my Savior goes before me,
And with His loving hand He leads the way;
And with each breath I whisper, "I adore Thee!"
O what joy to walk with Him each day.
Each step I take I know that He will guide me--
To higher ground He ever leads me on;
Until some day the last step will be taken,
Each step I take just leads me closer home.
So, I started thinking. No matter what happens, I have a lot to be thankful for. I have: health, Christian parents who love me and are supportive of me, the opportunity to be in Auburn, Friends who are always there for me, Lynsey who like a sister to me, the family I have with people from church, God’s love and patience, things that teach me lessons, beautiful days in auburn, spring flowers, friends who have become family, a job, and many material blessings that I don’t have to have.
Anyway, all this has been on my mind a lot lately. Reading back over it, it sounds kind of complaining and that’s not how I meant it. It was meant to be somewhat encouraging; at least it is for me.
“Rejoice in the Lord always, again I will say, rejoice! Let you gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”
Hope everyone has a good week! Im leaving for bham this afternoon and then on to Park City, Utah tomorrow for a week of skiing! Im so excited!
Oh, and one more thing. And yes, i tell everyone i see about this. I made a B on my Ethics test, i was wwaaayyy excited!
Happy Spring Break!
Well, im sure most of you are wondering why i am updating at 8 on a Saturday night. And its Valentines Day. Well, thanks to a little thing called Bronchitis i have been spending some quality time with my pillow and movies. It was nice the first day to rest but, now its really old. Im hoping to make it to church at least once tomorrow. My cough medicine makes me feel all funny though, and pretty out of it. But, I actually enjoyed driving to Chick-fil-a about an hour ago, in my pjs and hat and passing all these couples going out to eat. It would probably bother most people but, i enjoyed it.
Things are going good around here. School is going good. I went home last weekend and thoroughly enjoyed chillin with mom saturday. I also really enjoyed the singing last friday night at Vestavia. I had never been before that i could remember and it was awesome. I leave for ski trip a month from today. I cant believe spring break is that close. AND that im almost done with my 3rd year here at auburn.
Anyway, changing subjects. I actually watched a very interesting interview while at home over Christmas break that i have been meaning to share. It was an interview by Fox about a young man named Mosab Hassan. I will give you a brief summary about it: Mosab is the son of a very powerful Hamas leader. All his life he grew up under the influence of this and the middle eastern culture. This interview tells of his capture and imprisonment. After his time in prison he tells of walking down the street and someone asking him to study the bible with them. He did and apparently spent many days reading the bible and comparing it with the Koran. He now lives in the US and attends a local church. I found this really interesting and find myself thinking about it frequently. Im sure i didnt do i justice. You can find all of the interview on youtube. Just search Escape from Hamas. I highly recommend it.
Well, i hope everyone had a wonderful Valentines!
Real update to come. Promise, it will be worth the wait.
Right now, its cold and i hate ants. Especially in my shower.