Tuesday, September 23, 2008

New blog-Lydia

I want to let all of you know, that I have added a new blog to my blogging list. It's this new young lady Lydia, a girl like us who strives to be pure before the perfect and holy God! Give her blog a view and tell her how beautiful and wonderful it is! Praise the Lord for more young ladies like this. Our world sure needs it!


Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Pray for the ones in need!

I'm sorry y'all! I've been just so busy that posting on my blog isn't part of my life lately. I'm telling ya, being a Junior this year really holds you back for some hours! Anyways, my post isn't about my school life! :)

I was thinking today (like usual), how my mom always told me from little on, perhaps when I was 5 or 6 how the power of prayer works and how to use it everywhere no matter knowing the person or not. This is what she has taught me, "Vanessa, whenever you hear an ambulance, voice a 5 second prayer in your mind for that person, that the Lord will be on his/her side and that if they are not saved that either the doctor or nurse will be the witness to this lost soul." Sure enough, I do keep that statement in mind whenever one passes by, (believe me, you'll notice how often it happens).

1. Whenever you hear an ambulance siren, say a prayer for the person inside!

And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up... James 5:15 (a)

That's all have for now. May the Lord be with all of you, keep strong, press forward, and pure before the eyes of the Lord. Have a blessed week and a joyous day!

Monday, September 8, 2008

Press forward!

This has helped me a bunch over the past 2 years when I had to move from my home state, and when going through some difficult times last year. I just thought about sharing this with all of you.

Don't waste time grieving over the past mistakes. Learn from them and move on!

Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before. Philippians 3:14

Sunday, September 7, 2008

We have a big impact!

Have you ever had a moment of anger, such anger where you want to really throw it out and make it known? If so, then you know what I'm talking about. I don't mean you have to yell or scream, hit or kick, or use bad language, just having it inside of you and being irritated and standing on the edge of your patience. I can relate to this pretty well when playing the sport of tennis. Sometimes that ball will not get over the net and it'll just barely go high enough. Or if the ball goes onto the other court or if I have a weak backhand and I can hardly get it over the net. My patience really goes low. I want to at times get that racket and wack it on the court. Hey, I know that may sound funny, or a bit rediculous that little Vanessa would really do that, but believe me, I do at times feel that way and want to let all my anger loose! If the racket I use wouldn't be the kind and costly one it is, then I would whack it on the court! However, at times I really do appreciate in a sense that my tennis racket is a great brand and is costly because it forces me from not banging it on the court. You see, even though this is just a sport, but I have a weakness in this area to become angry.

I have realized and have come to the point that my actions speak louder than my words! There are others on these tennis court area playing the exact sport. Now, who knows, they may all be unbelievers or all believers. Or there may be just one unbeliever who has the same anger letting out and being mad at himself and sure is showing it. If this person sees me then he/she might be thinking, "Oh, everyone has this problem of anger, it's considered normal and especially when playing this sport!" Do you see this my friends? Do you clearly see how much of an impact a Christian does have. Even if this person doesn't know that we are believers, but we know, and it is important for us to always act with kindness and being gentle with our actions and words. We could be a light for this person without any of us knowing. This person could then see and be impressed with how we are acting, and therefore God will get the glory, not us. Always remember that!

Anger turns to sin when it is selfishly motivated,when God’s goal is distorted, or when anger is allowed to linger. Notice that anger isn't always sin. Take Ephesians 4:26 as an example: "Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath." Psalm 4:4 says, "In your anger do not sin; when you are on your beds, search your hearts and be silent." When we give in to anger, we often focus on our own welfare, comfort or happiness. Instead, we should be primarily concerned about other people’s welfare and being a good witness for God.

My friends, for my conclusion I want you all to see and realize that we have a big impact with the way we act and speak. It doesn't have to be tennis which gets you angry, it could be your siblings, parents, best friend, spouse, boyfriend/girlfriend, whoever and whatever the situation might be. Let us always speak and act pleasing unto the Lord. Anger is of Satan and he uses this tool for us to fall into sin and into an area with which we are weak in. If we know we are weak in a certain area, then ask the Lord to help you and give you the strength to walk out of it. Anger can shatter communication and tear apart relationships, and it ruins both the joy and health of many.

Psalm 37:8: Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

A BIG Thanks!

Hey everyone! I just want to thank you all for taking your precious time and visiting my blog. Also, even if I have some "invisible" viewers, I just want to take the moment and thank you for visiting. For all of you who have left numerous comments I really appreciate it! I like to thank Allison on Letter From Christ for coming to my blog and often saying, "Thanks for the encouragement!" That is very nice to know that there is some 'help' in my words and posts! There has been so many visitors that I can't even think where to begin. Kalani on Unhidden Light, Emily on Emily's Rabbit Blog (she left a comment on my post 9/2/08...thanks:), Paige on Paige's Page, Samantha, and my best friend Erica who has been leaving comments as anonymous! Noelle as you visited my blog this past weekend, and Lacy on A Godly Maiden. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I know there are many more and my thanks are to all of you.

With Love, Nessa

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

School is in Session!

My, my, my! School is actually here. I have completed my first day of being a Junior. Do I feel any different? Nah, not physically, but I sure do mentally! I'm more smarter today than yesterday, isn't that right, learning everyday! Even though I sometimes still use the words, 'y'all' and 'ain't', that's just my Texan tongue. Once a Texan, always a Texan! Anyways, I'm talking about school here, not my past. Since I was a very young child I have been getting up early and starting school early. All of my siblings have. It's the way we have been raised since I have a military father. Those of you who have one know what I mean! :) They are more strict at times and there is a schedule. I wake up at 5:00 and begin school at 6:30. From then on it's study, study, study, and work out the math (as to speak). I end school on average at 2:30. So there you have it, 8 hours of fun!! (just kidding). No, really it's not too bad. It just sometimes gets to me when you have that many hours...! However, this morning as I was doing my quiet time I thought of how blessed I am. The Lord has blessed me with another school year. Giving me a mind which is able to comprehend major high school stuff!

Now, I have completed 1 day and just have 179 more days to go! Yippee! Look at school from a different perspective. Make it a joy! Do everything unto the Lord! Even through all the difficult problems, the Lord is with you! School is tough, I know it!

Have a blessed week!