Saturday, December 31, 2016

A New Year

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New year.
New beginnings.
New start.
New life.
New person.

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The start of a new year then is a chance for a fresh new start. We make New Year resolutions  to do something different in the New Year.

It's kind of that way with Jesus.
When we get saved it's like the new year starting... we have a fresh start at life. We are a new person. And like having New Year resolutions then we look at God's Word to do something different in our lives.

When you surrender your all to Christ than you have a new start, you are a new creation in Him.

2 Corinthians 5:17,
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away, and look, new things have come."

So as you go into this new year than ask yourself, "What do i want to do different?" 

Live for Christ completely, every day, every year.

Happy New Years!!!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Christ~Mas


Christ~Mas.
Jesus is the reason for the season.

I hear that all the time... but I wonder how many people really think about it? 
Christmas is celebrating Jesus's birth. It's celebrating Jesus.

Luke 2:7, "Then she gave birth to her firstborn Son, and she wrapped Him snugly in cloth and laid Him in a feeding trough—because there was no room for them at the lodging place."

It's easy for people (including me) to get caught up in the lights, pretty bows, and presents... we lose sight of what Christmas is really about. 

The name Christ is in Christmas... He is what Christmas is about.. He came to save and to redeem.

So this Christmas if you don't get what you really wanted than remember that you have the Greatest Gift ever available to you. Jesus.

Remember that Christmas is Jesus. Don't lose sight of Him in the flurry and busyness of the Christmas season.

Christmas is love, joy, peace, hope.... Jesus.

I hope you have a Merry Christmas!



Saturday, December 17, 2016

Love Came Down


Love Came Down. 
I have never really thought about the meaning of the sentence--Love Came Down. 

Jesus humbled Himself to come onto earth. 

Luke 1:68, "Praise the Lord, the God of Israel, because He has visited
and provided redemption for His people."

John 3:16, "For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life."

God made had a plan. He loves us so He sent His Son to die on a cross for our sins so that we can have a relationship with Him.

Christmas is celebrating Jesus's birth... but it is also celebrating His death and resurrection because that is why He came. He came to save us.

Love came down. 

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

You Are


All your life you are told who you should be. You are put up to a standard that our culture put up. 
You are told who you are. 

Are you really where you want to be?

If you have accepted Jesus as your Lord and personal Savior than you are brand new.

You are redeemed..
Psalms 31:5, "Into Your hand I entrust my spirit; You redeem me, Lord, God of truth."

You are beautiful...
Song of Solomon 1:15, "How beautiful you are, my darling. How very beautiful!"

You are new...
2 Corinthians 5:17, "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away, and look, new things have come."

You are loved...
John 3:16, “For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life."

You are chosen...
John 15:16, "You did not choose Me, but I chose you."


And so much more....

Never forget Whose you are.
Be who you are in Christ Jesus



Saturday, December 3, 2016

Impossible Made Possible


Every feel like something is too big for you to handle?
We've all been there. Thankfully for us we have a Creator who can do anything.

Matthew 19:26 says, "But Jesus looked at them and said, "With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."

God can do anything. If something is too big for you to handle talk to God. He's always there for you, He loves you. 
Nothing is impossible with God.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Thankful



Psalms 7:17, "I will thank the Lord for His righteousness; I will sing about the name of Yahweh the Most High."

Psalms 69:30, "I will praise God’s name with song and exalt Him with thanksgiving."

      Thanksgiving. What are you thankful for? Sometimes we are so caught up with what we don't have we forget to thank God for what we do have. What are you thankful for? Sometimes blessings come in disguise.We don't at first recognize the blessing, but later we are thankful. There is a song by Laura Story called "Blessings", I recommend you listen to it.

      We have so many reasons to be thankful, so this thanksgiving really count your blessings. Praise God for what He has given you. Be thankful.

Psalms 95:2, "Let us enter His presence with thanksgiving; let us shout triumphantly to Him in song."




Friday, November 18, 2016

Fall is Here - Poem


Fall is Here

The air cools down,
Dew rises from the ground,
Fall is here.
The smell of pumpkin pie. The beautiful orange and pink sky.
The breeze blows, the leaves lay down low.
Fall is here.
I watch the deer’s trot, and of the birds there are a lot.
The fireplace is roaring, the cinnamon spice smells amazing.
Fall is here.
What a wonderful time of the year,
My King, my God is here.
Fall is here.

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Psalms 148:1, "Hallelujah! Praise the Lord from the heavens; praise Him in the heights."

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Woman at the Well part 2



The woman at the well.

She was thirsty. It wasn't a physical thirst. It was a spiritual longing. She had a empty place in her. She was searching. She tried to fill that emptiness with men. That didn't work for her.

The woman had finally given up. She thought it was hopeless. Then Jesus came along. Jesus gave her hope. He gave her peace. He took away that emptiness. 

What are you trying to fill yourself with? Do you have a emptiness inside? You won't find happiness in the things of this world. Joy is only found in Jesus. Only Jesus can fill that emptiness inside.

Come to the well. Give Jesus your all.


Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Woman at the Well part 1


Psalms 42:1-2, "As a deer longs for streams of water, so I long for You, God. I thirst for God, the living God."

The woman at the well. You have probably heard this "story" a million times... but it is not just a story. It is true.

Jesus is walking to Galilee.
So Jesus takes the short route and walks through Samaria. That was unusual in  His day because the Jews considered the Samaritans "unclean" and they didn't want anything to do with them.

 Jesus walks up to a well and asks a Samaritan woman for some water. She is confused. She is a Samaritan, a woman, and is an outcast in her community. She asks Him why He would ask her for water. They converse for several minutes. He tells her things about her that are true. I guess you can just imagine how she feels... probably confused, wondering, and puzzled. Then Jesus tells her about a living water. He tells her about Him, and who He is. She believes and goes into her town and tells everyone about what Jesus told her.

She probably thought -at first- that she was worthless, unloved, unimportant. Jesus showed her that she is priceless, loved, and very important. 


We can learn from this.
We are loved, priceless, special, important, and valued to our heavenly Father. 
We who believe are daughters of the One True King.

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Go deeper: read John 4:1-42


Friday, October 21, 2016

The Depths of God's Love


I could never write the depths of God's perfect love.
No one could ever.
It is beyond our human understanding.

But I can tell you this:
if you were the only one on earth Jesus would have still died for you. He would do it all over again.
He died on a cross because He loved us, knowing He may not be loved back.

John 3:16, "For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life."

1 John 4:8, "The one who does not love does not know God, because God is love."

1 John 4:19, "We love because He first loved us."

There are many verses in the Bible about love. Look for them. Pray to know the depths of God's love.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Self throne


So we have all sat on a "self throne".
We only get off if we let God take control of our lives. 

When we accept Jesus into our hearts then He takes over, but sometimes we still want to be in control.

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 I realized that I was still trying to be in control. It was all about me. Sarah first. But I knew that I'm not supposed to be selfish. 
Sometimes we struggle with things, but we don't even realize we do (but that's for another blog).

Matthew 20:16 says,  “So the last will be first, and the first last.”

So Jesus tells us to be selfless. Not be selfish. That can be hard. But Jesus not only tells us to be humble and selfless, He showed it through His actions (John 13:1-17).

J.O.Y
Jesus first, others second, yourself last.

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So remember, put God first. Be selfless. Let God take over your life.


Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Poem - Amazing Love



You sent Your Son to died on a tree
 no one but You would do that for me. 
You sacrificed Your life because of Your love, 
You carried the burdens, You carried the shame 
even though You didn't do a thing.
What amazing love You must have for me
You broke the chains
 You set me free
for that I owe You my everything.

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John 3:16,
"For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life."

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Trials, Temptations, Tough Times


Trials. Temptations. Tough times.

We go through things... some things people never even know we go through.
Sometimes God allows us to go through things to help us grow in our walk with Him.

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I moved two years ago to Wilmington. It was a really hard time for me. I had to say goodbye to my friends..... and if you've ever had to do that then you know how hard that is!
But God used that hard time to make me grow, to grow in my walk with Him.

James 1:2-4 says, 
" Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything."

So be thankful if you are or have gone through tough times, temptation, trials..... because if you look close enough you can see how God used that for the our good.

So remember, God can turn hard times into a time to grow.



Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Overload


Ever feel overloaded? Or that you had to much to do?
I have felt that I was taking on too much to write. I mean I want to write songs, blogs, devotionals, books and more. So at times I feel like it is too much. At times I feel overloaded with homework. Ever feel that way? You probably have. 

Philippians 4:13 says, "I can do all this through him who gives me strength."

Jesus is always there to help you along. He is always there for you. 
So if you ever feel overloaded with school, hobbies, or anything than remember where your strength comes from. Jesus Christ.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Lies, Lies, Lies


"You will never be worth it." "You will never be beautiful." "You weigh to much." "Everyone's judging you." "No guy will ever like you." "No one wants to be your friend."

These are some of the lies Satan loves to whisper in your ear. Satan is also referred to as the ' Father of Lies' in the Bible. 
How do we overcome these lies in our lives?
One way is to spend time in the Truth, God's Word. Satan wants to keep you from reading the Bible. He doesn't want you to become closer to God, he hates you. God loves you. 

James 4:7, "Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you."

Do not believe Satan's lies. Spend time in the Truth so that you will recognize those lies for what they are. Always be on guard.

Spend time in the Truth. Pray to God to help you.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

A Poem - Grace



There was something different about her. Everyone knew it. She walks with grace, no, she walks in grace. She is compassionate, she cares about others. She is kind, and is sweet to everyone she meets. She is joyful, gives a smile to those she see's. She is beautiful, inside and out. She is humble, and selfless. She is an encouragement to others. She is funny. She isn't perfect, but no one is. She is different because she is in Christ.

Dedicated to my loving sister Lauren, each of these things is true about her.

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Proverbs 31:25 says,
" Strength and honor are her clothing, and she can laugh at the time to come. "

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Fear


Fear.
What are you afraid of? Maybe of the dark? Snakes? Public speaking?
We are all afraid of something... it's hard not to be afraid. But there is something that can come out of fear. Courage. Courage doesn't mean the absences of fear, it means you are afraid but you are brave enough to do the right thing. 
We can also find refuge in Christ. Jesus is bigger than your fears.. He is bigger than anything. Now why do you need to be afraid? Maybe you are afraid of death? If you are a follower of Jesus then you don't need to be, because you would go to heaven. And God is always with you.

Psalm 56:3 says, " When I am afraid, I will trust in You."

Next time you are afraid then remember, God is always with you.


Saturday, August 13, 2016

Step Out



We all have a comfort zone. So we want to stay inside of it because it is comfortable to us.
Sometimes God calls us to step out of our comfort zone to do what He has called us to do.

Katie Davis. She had a comfortable life here in America. She had her boyfriend, friends, family, a large house, and could go shopping. But God had called her to Uganda. She went. She is still there. You can learn more about her amazing story on her blog kissesfromkatie@blogspot.com or you could read her book Kisses from Katie. 
She went and made a difference in children's lives.
" I learned that I will not change the world. Jesus will do that. I can, however, change the world for one person. So I keep loving one person at a time. Because this is my call as a follower of Jesus."
- Katie Davis

So be willing to be used by God. You can't change the world. But you can change someone's life.
Just be willing to step out of your comfort zone and God will guide you where He wants you to go.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Deeply Loved


You are deeply loved.
How deep is God's love for me? For you? 
It's hard to really understand. So here are some verses to help us understand God's amazing love for us.
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1 John 4:8 says, " The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love."
God is love.

Jeremiah 31:3 , "I have loved you with an everlasting love."
His love is eternal... everlasting.

1 John 3:1," See how great a love the Father has."
God's love is great.

Some other good ones are John 3:16, Proverbs 3:12, John 10:17 and so many others!!

Pray that you would know how deep God's love is for you.
And always remember that you are deeply loved.



Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Honesty


"Honesty is the best policy."

You have probably heard this quote a million times... have you ever really thought about it?
Up to now I don't think I have really.
Telling the truth and being honest is SO hard at times. Trust me... I know.

Ephesians 4:15 says, " But speaking the truth in love, let us grow in every way into Him who is the head—Christ."

When you tell the truth tell it in love... example:
You finish your dance, you mess up several times, you ask your friends how you did:
Friend 1 : " You were awful! You messed up so many times. You are not good at dancing."
Friend 2 : " You did mess up, but you were brave enough to do the dance. And you keep going, keep practicing... then you can get better."

Both remarks were true. The first was true, but it pulled you down. The second was true, and it encouraged you. Speak in love.

Speak the truth in love. 


Thursday, July 21, 2016

Describing a Moment : A Spring Morning


 

The sun's rays stretch across the grass as the birds peck at the ground in their search for food. The sun hits the dogwood tree in such a way that it looks as if it glows. All the birds gather together  and set soar into the sky for their flight. The wet dew on the grass looks as if it were diamonds, sparkling in the sunlight.
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Romans 1:20 says,
" For His invisible attributes, that is, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen since the creation of the world, being understood through what He has made."

Friday, July 15, 2016

Sin's Blocking


Sometimes we struggle with things that we don't even know we struggle with.
Sometimes there is sin in our life that holds us back like a chain when we try to get up and follow Jesus.

Do you have anything you are struggling with?
 Do you have any sin blocking you from growing in your walk with Christ?

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Pray and ask God if there is anything blocking you from growing in your walk with Him.

"Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my concerns.

See if there is any offensive way in me;

lead me in the everlasting way" 
                                           Psalm 139:23-24


Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Beauty - full



Everyone wants to feel beautiful. I have had that feeling as well. There are things we want to change about ourselves. We want our hair to look better, we don't want to weigh as much, we want to be stronger, we want to be beautiful. But sometimes all we see is our culture's standards of beauty and that gets in the way.
It's like we have this longing inside to feel beautiful, loved, special. 

Proverbs 31:30 says,
"Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
    but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised."

What that means is that outward beauty is temporary.  True beauty begins with loving God.

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Beautiful. When you break it down it says beauty - full.
You are full of beauty. Not only outward beauty, but inner beauty too.

1 Corinthians 13:13 says,
"Now these three remain:
faith, hope, and love.
But the greatest of these is love."

Faith, hope, love, kindness........ the list goes on. These things are where true inner beauty begins.  One reason we are beautiful (inside and out) is because we are made in the image of God 
(Genesis 1:27 ).
You are a princess of the One True King. Jesus. And you are special to Him, you are beautiful to Him. And when you really think about it, isn't that enough?

There are two songs I recommend listening to that has to do with this blog. The first is Priceless by For King and Country, and the other is You are More by Tenth Avenue North.

So always remember, you are beautiful-inside and out.



Wednesday, June 29, 2016

I Will


Sometimes we just need to say two words, I will. I will serve. I will go out and share the gospel. I will make friends with the person who is treated like a outsider. I will. 

If you are a Christ follower you have a command : to make disciples of all nations.

Matthew 28:18-20 says,"  18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."

We need to just say I will. Here I am Lord, send me. You are missionary wherever you are, it doesn't matter how old you are, just tell. Share the Good News and let God do the rest, you've planted the seed, let God make it grow.

And be willing to serve, be the hands and feet of Christ. And remember, whenever you share God's Word the Holy Spirit will fill you up and will do the speaking for you ( but you still need to talk :).

Just say I will.



Thursday, June 23, 2016

Describing a Moment : If You're Still


If you're quiet, if you're still... you can hear the sounds of nature past the sounds of this busy world we call home. You can hear the birds call out to each other. You can hear the crickets speak out into the night. You can hear the faint sound of raindrops.

If you look, if you're still...you can see the wonders of God's beautiful creations. Clouds moving across the sky. Birds flying about in the evening sky. Flowers swaying in the wind.

Be still, just for a moment, take it all in.

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Sometimes in our busy lives we forget to just be still, to look around us, to really listen and look at  God's creations. So sometimes instead of my regular blog posts then I'm going to post something I've written describing nature.

Hope you liked it!


Thursday, June 16, 2016

Fitting In

Ever feel like you don't fit in? You are not alone with this feeling, we all feel like we don't fit in from time to time. But what is really fitting in?
   
Fitting "in" is feeling like you're wanted, that you're "in line" with other people, that you aren't different. Truth is, you are different. No two people are completely the same. Truth is, you are wanted. Truth is, you have a King who died for your sins 2,000 years ago so that if we believe in Him then we can be in heaven with Him one day. Truth is, if your friends don't accept you for who you are, are they really your friends?

People have different definitions of fitting "in". The important thing to remember in those times is that you have a loving God in heaven who hears your prayers and is with you. Also, if you're going through some emotions about fitting in, then talk to your parents. I talk to my mom about all my problems. True, they won't always know exactly what to say, but talking about it can make you feel better and having their loving arms around you can help you.

Joshua 1:9 says,  " Be strong and courageous, for the Lord will be with you wherever you go." Like that verse says, God is always with you, He will never leave your side. So remember if you ever feel like you don't fit in then remember, you fit into God's plan.

So always remember you fit in with God. You are wanted. You are loved. Always remember that.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Masterpiece

     An artist calls his or her favorite art piece their masterpiece. You are God's masterpiece. You were made in the image of God.
 
   Genesis 1:27 says, " So God created man in His own image; He created him in the image of God; He created them male and female. "

   People may tell you that you are worthless, not wanted, not loved. You are priceless. You are loved. You are wanted. God loves you so much that Jesus took our place on the cross so that if we believe in Him then we can one day be with Him in heaven. You are priceless, unique, and special. You may not always feel special, but trust me, you are.

   God made you the way you are. God put those hairs on your head in place. He designed that beautiful personality you have. He put that loving smile on your face. If you ever don't feel special (and we all have those moments) then pray to the One who created you. God made you special.



                                 Just like God made these beautiful sight...... He made you.

God made you special, always remember that. You are God's masterpiece.


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

First Glance

God loves you. You have probably heard this many times. But do you understand how much God loves you? Even I don't fully understand; it's too much for our human brains to comprehend. It's so great and powerful, but we can try to understand just a little of His love.

John  3:16 says, "For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life."  At first glance this may not seem like much, but it is. It's more than we could ever grasp. I could never cover the power and riches of God's love in one blog post, but maybe I can help you understand just a little bit of His abounding love. A second of God's love is more than anyone could ever love you in a lifetime.

Lets break up John 3:16 to help us understand it better. First it says "God loved the world". The One and Only, perfect,caring and merciful God loves our sinful, imperfect, selfish, evil world. God, perfect and loving, loves me, a sinner, not deserving a split second of His love. God loves you, He loves everyone in our sinful world. Second, "He gave His One and Only Son". He gave His Son to die the worst death you could ever imagine, dying on a cross. Dying on a cross was a sentence of death that the Romans only used on the worst of sinners. Jesus was (and is) perfect, yet He died that death because He loves us. And last, "everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life". So we can have a way to heaven. That's incredible. Jesus is the only way to heaven (John 14:6). You can't get to heaven by good works, you can only get to heaven through Jesus Christ. We don't deserve to go to heaven, but because God loves us there is a way. Jesus is the way.

So always remember, God loves you no matter what. His love is as deep as the oceans and deeper still. God loves you more than you could ever imagine.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Welcome

My blog's name is One Name. I named it One Name because there is one name above all else, Jesus. This blog is going to be centered around Jesus. I have a passion for Him and I want to make His name known.

I love to write, I have loved to write since I was eight. Writing is my passion. I love writing blog posts, poems, songs, and describing things (mostly nature).

One of my favorite Bible verses is Proverbs 31:30. It says, "Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord will be praised." What it means is that it doesn't matter what you look like on the outside, but on the inside. Every moment of our lives should be for Christ, I want to completely live for Christ.

I'm going to post a blog every week. Every once in awhile, I'm going to post what I call Describing a Moment: Everyday Life. In that post I will describe a moment of nature. Sometimes in our busy, chaotic lives, we forget to just look around us at God's breathtaking creations.

This blog is for God's glory, and I hope every blog post will reflect Him.

Welcome to my blog!