Wow, it's crazy how sometimes you feel like a lesson's speaking straight to you. Last night I spent some time praying about some things I'd mentioned in my last post and I felt a lot better afterwards. This morning in Mr. Russ' sermon he talked about prayer in part of it. He used Samuel's mother, Hannah as an example of how you're not only supposed to pray about it, but after you pray have confidence in it, and trust and keep seeking God. To qoute him on a part that hit me was when he said, "Young people, it doesn't do much good to pray to God about giving you a Godly spouse, then to go around and date ungodly people who will bring you down. Seek them out; find them!" I needed to hear that. Especially the last part.
Along those lines about my last entry, I'm fairly certain I will be doing the part-time preaching thing this summer. I feel good now that I've actually made my mind up! haha
Love all of ya'll,
I run too much. I've almost got 1,000miles so far for the year 2006, sad huh?
I'm slowly making steps of progress towards "balance" in my life. Hopefully things will go well.
Spring Break is overrated unless you actually go do something fun, in that case it's great! (I went to Six Flags for a few days so I had fun)
I'm really having a hard time making up my mind about something. I need to decide whether or not I will be accepting an offer the elders at Northwest made me...to work with Mr. Russ (the preacher here) several days a week and preach about once a week this summer. I don't know what to do and they need to know soon. Pray that I make the right decision.
Life is confusing... girls can be great, but they can, and usually, will severely mess you up.
I might be going to run at a track meet in Austin (THE Texas Relays) April 7th and 8th so if you live in or around that area, lemme know and maybe I'll see you if I go up there.
I don't know the exact number because I'm too lazy to count but camp is in less than 80days and that is extremely awesome news to me because I miss you all!
*This update has been brought to you in part because Jessica
told me to update.
So I haven't updated in forever and I don't know why. As Travis would say, whoooops! haha
So my Spring Break started a little earlier than most people's. We were supposed to get out next week but I haven't gone to school since Tuesday because I've come down with some stomach virus! Yay! It's really kind of annoying because the track meet this weekend was one I had been looking forward to since December....oh well, that's how life goes sometimes.
Speaking of track - so far it's going great. I've got an undefeated season going for me right now and have the "area leading time" for the mile so that's cool.
But yeah, anyways, back to the point of this entry....just a second ago I was feeling all bad because, well, heck, I'm sick....but then I started looking at people's blogs and saw where ya'll
posted stuff about summer and I realized how close all the good times of summer are. Sooo yeah, now I'm not feeling as bad - yay!
Here lately I've seen and heard from quite a few people who have been affected by tragic events. I've had friends experience the death of loved one's and mentors; our preacher's neighbor has a 10year old girl who is having her 3rd bout with leukemia; a woman who used to be a member of the congreation I attend has found out she has cancer - in her liver, lungs, and brain. On Valentine's Day, I myself will have a reminder served to me of worse times - it will be 6years since my mother's surgery to remove her cancer. In light of all this, I feel compelled to write, but for once, I'm not going to do the talking; I'll let God's Word do it.
For all of you who have been affected by such events, this is for you...
"The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed. A refuge in times of trouble. And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; For You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you." *Psalm 9:9-10*
"The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and horn of my salvation, my stronghold." *Psalm 18:2*
"In my distress I called upon the Lord, And cried out to my God; He heard my voice from His temple, And my cry came before Him, even to His ears." *Psalm 18:6*
"May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble; May the name of the God of Jacob defend you; May he send you help from the sanctuary, And strengthen you out of Zion." *Psalm 20:1-2*
"I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, and He shall stregthen your heart; Wait, I say on the Lord!" *Psalm 27:13-14*
"The Lord is my strength and my shield, My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped, Therefore my heart greatly rejoices, and with my song I will praise Him. The Lords is their strength, and He is the saving refuge of His annointed." *Psalm 28:7-8*
"Our soul waits for the Lord; He is our help and our shield. For our heart shall rejoice in Him, Because we have trusted in His holy name. Let Your mercy, O Lord, be upon us, Just as we hope in You." *Psalm 33:21-22*
"The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the Lord delivers him out of them all." *Psalm 34:17-19*
"But the salvation of the righteous is from the Lord; He is their strength in the time of trouble." *Psalm 37:39*
"I waited patiently for the Lord; And He inclined to me, and heard my cry. He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps. He has put a new song in my mouth - Praise to our God; Many will see it and fear, and will trust in the Lord." *Psalm 40:1-3*
"God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble." *Psalm 46:1*
"Cast your burden on teh Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved." *Psalm 55:22*
"You, who have shown me great and severe troubles, shall revive me again, and bring me up again from the depths of the earth, You shall increase my greatness, and comfort me on every side." *Psalm 71:20-21*
My favorite... "Hear my cry, O God; Attend to my prayer. From the end of the earth I will cry to You. When my heart is overwhelmed; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I." *Psalm 61:1-2*
I just buzzed my hair for track season....
13DAYS TILL THE FIRST TRACK MEET....
*I'm really pumped in case you can't tell*