Thursday, February 26, 2015

Scarlet Red & Snow White


Tonight I was trying to stay up to work on some writing and cleaning. I accidentally fell asleep for a couple hours and woke up around 3:30am to find that even more snow had fallen. As I looked out at the neighborhood covered in beautiful white fluff, in all its silent and peaceful glory, all I could think was Isaiah 1:18:
“Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord:
though your sins are like scarlet,    
they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red like crimson,
    they shall become like wool."


In FCS a couple months ago, we talked about how God's forgiveness covers our ugly sin the same way pretty snow covers everything. Suddenly, even garbage cans are pretty, and do you see Emery's poop in the yard? No! It's covered with the white fluff!

Thank goodness for mercy, grace, and forgiveness that covers even the ugliest sin in our lives.





"Sin had left a crimson stain; He washed it white as snow."





eBa

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

TFTD: Matthew 6:34

Yesterday afternoon at FCS (Fellowship of Christian Students), one of our girls was worried about her future and one of the guys reminded her of this verse:

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My heart was warmed because I love to see the kids encourage each other in their faith and with their daily trials...
and it was a good reminder for me too!

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Take life one day at a time, looking ahead to the future, but not being apprehensive about it or letting fear of the unknown overtake your thoughts.
Enjoy today and live in the moment, knowing that your future is in God's hands. Don't miss out on being happy today because you are so worried about tomorrow!

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eBa


Monday, February 23, 2015

The Week That You Change Your Life


I used this for my "#MondayMotivation" for my classes today. I put it on the PowerPoint slide with their warm-up. I do that every Monday, and sometimes we talk about the quote and sometimes I don't get to it. But I like to have it there for them to read and think about, if nothing else.
Today I used this quote because I feel like for high schoolers especially, they tend to hang onto things and let things from the past (even if it was last week) bother them. Then it starts to affect their attitude and performance in class and before you know it, there's a problem.
But then I got to thinking about it, and it's just like what's in the post I wrote the other day about not tripping over something that's behind you. We all need help with this, not just high schoolers. I'm preaching to myself when I say, use a Monday to be a fresh start or the beginning of a new perspective. Don't just dread Monday and when you wake up, immediately want to go back to bed (like I did this morning)...
Mondays can be really hard, but if you see them as opportunities to start something new to better yourself, they look just a tad bit better. And then you won't trip over things that are behind you.
If last week was horrible, leave it at last week! Determine that this week is going to be nothing like last week - that it's gonna be so much better.
What are you gonna do to make it better?
What made last week bad?
How can you change your perspective to see this week in a positive way no matter what happens?
Can you focus on being thankful for even the tiniest things this week?
Can you work on being friendlier?
Can you try to be more productive?
This is hard for me right now because it's Monday and I don't feel good and we were out of school all last week and it was hard coming back to school! But I'm gonna figure out at least one thing that I can do this week to make it a great week.
Who's with me?!




eBa