Sermon Notes #21: Heart of Worship

Sermon Notes #21: Heart of Worship

★2 Samuel 7:27-29 NCV    “L ord All-Powerful, the God of Israel, you have said to me, ‘I will make your family great.’ So I, your servant, am brave enough to pray to you. Lord G od , you are God, and your words are true. And you have promised these good things to me, your servant. Please, bless my family. Let it continue before you always. Lord G od , you have said so. With your blessing let my family always be blessed.”

Worship is praise for whatever you deem to be the most superior thing in your life.

-David was unafraid and unashamed to make a fool of himself to please God with his worship.
The battle is not always on the battlefield; it’s frequently in our hearts and comes out as worship  (war-ship)
-Worship is our direct connection to God.

Missionary in Training and Lover of Life

Summer Time Madness

Summer Time Madness

So, here it is; Summer 2015! I’ll be doing more posts like this over the summer, but I just thought I’d get the ball rolling with this first one♥

I’ve been here at Circle Square Ranch for more than a week now for staff training and the start of this first week of the eight camp weeks. The atmosphere and genuine desire for honour and friendship here is far superior to what was in place last year, for everyone on our staff team came in with a positive attitude and a heart for serving God and loving the kids. I’m super excited to see how God uses us with the 800+ camperswe will have. My job is the assistant cook, so it’s a big responsibility and it’s a little bit frustrating/stressful until the kitchen hands get into their groove for the week.

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We had a slightly huge catastrophe for a few days this week as our water filtration system crashed and we had no water for long lengths of time between repair-man visits. Thankfully, the problem has been fixed (I hope for good) and we have water consistently now 🙂

I’m so busy almost all the time and unlike the
Leadership Team, I don’t have an assigned night off for rest, recuperation, and relaxation so when I do have quiet time before campfire and the like, I do take advantage of the alone time to just be still and let God refresh me. Naps are lovely and midafternoon showers are delightful times to destress and enjoy a moment undisturbed with God.

Tomorrow (Wednesday) is going to be crazy fun because I get to be in the gladiator battles! We had sword fights last year, but this year they’re Gladiator Battles for the Rome themed day. I didn’t get to be a part of the sword fights last summer, so this is going to be pretty darn awesome ^_^.

This weekend is going to be so nice because I get to go home and see my family and celebrate with them mine and my mum’s birthdays! Just going somewhere where my biological family is would be nice, but the perk of the birthday celebration will be nice 🙂

Thank you for reading this, whoever does ♥

~BBB

Missionary in Training and Lover of Life

Sermon Notes #20: There is no “Plan B”

Sermon Notes #20: There is no “Plan B”

★ 1 Kings 19:19-21 NCV   So Elijah left that place and found Elisha son of Shaphat plowing a field with a team of oxen. He owned twelve teams of oxen and was plowing with the twelfth team. Elijah came up to Elisha, took off his coat, and put it on Elisha. Then Elisha left his oxen and ran to follow Elijah. “Let me kiss my father and my mother good-bye,” Elisha said. “Then I will go with you.” Elijah answered, “Go back. It does not matter to me.” So Elisha went back and took his pair of oxen and killed them. He used their wooden yoke for a fire. Then he cooked the meat and gave it to the people. After they ate it, Elisha left and followed Elijah and became his helper.
->Elisha’s life changed because of a dusty cloak and choosing to slaughter his oxen as a way of “burning his bridges.”
->He celebrated his new future with the people who gave him his life until then.
-He could have had a fall back plan if he wanted to, but he chose to trust the one who gave him his mantle and the God he would learn to hear and love.
-Plan B is for when we get too scared.
->It’s a forethought of failure
-Plan B is your plan, not God’s plan, which is why it’s such a dangerous thing to fall into.

Missionary in Training and Lover of Life

The End of a Phase

The End of a Phase

Hey everyone! I graduate this evening, which is really cool and I get to wear my prom dress again which is making me REALLY HAPPY! As you may have guessed, I am rather excited. One phase of my life is ending and another begins 🙂 Still not 100% sure of what I’ll be doing this year, but it’ll be good regardless. Have a great day everyone and good luck, Fellow Graduates. Today is a momentous day for all!

Ideas from a Friend

Ideas from a Friend

   My friend Ezekiel also has a blog and we were kind of discussing blogs and whether or not our blogs are doing well and things like that. I have noticed that since switching my blog from the relationship themed blog my ex boyfriend and I had to my own just about everything I think is important that my blog isn’t that popular anymore. More than 50 followers and readers and daily readers for most posts on my blog was what I was used to and it’s made me disappointed with how my blog has been progressing.

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  I really don’t know what to do about it. He suggested writing a story on my blog to get more interest, but reminded me that blogs are less popular now anyway. It’s true that Instagram and Facebook and all the speedy reads are more catchy thanks to their speed and WattPad is great if you want sleezy fan fictions from teenagers, but I’ve been trying to write something more substantial. Was I wrong? Should I think and write shallow things like everyone else?

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   I don’t know what I want to do with my blog other than what I have been doing… Please, if you have any ideas/suggestions, leave them in a comment for me 🙂

Please check out Ezekiel’s blog:
ezekielchester.com
And email him at ezekiel@ezekielchester.com
He’s working in the Philippines with locals to train them, train with them, and to rescue people from Human Trafficking. He emails updates fairly regularly and has Instagram for the photo updates frequently.

Missionary in Training and Lover of Life

Sermon Notes #19 (Continues #18)

Sermon Notes #19 (Continues #18)

•People like to keep the Bible as a “once upon a time”, “back then” kind of thing; still real, but not for today.
•You’re in a miracle. You are and you are in one.
•Holy Spirit moving makes people mad that want a dead church. They don’t like that things shift and change because they can’t control it. 3 songs, a prayer, and a little bit of truth won’t carry you through the crap of life. You need more. Whether or not you like it is irrelevant. If you’ll take awful medicine because you know it’ll help you, why would you reject the excellent Holy Spirit who can help you out?
•when you disagree with someone, watch what your attitude is. Disagreement is fine and good and can be helpful, but you need to be in a good mind and heart to do so.
•if you won’t submit to The Spirit as your church welcomes Him in, you’re going to have to fight the church to stay as you are.

★ Matthew 3:9 NCV   And don’t think you can say to yourselves, ‘Abraham is our father.’ I tell you that God could make children for Abraham from these rocks.

•>A child of God is an adopted Jew; a spiritual Jew. It gives you a reward and a blessing just like them. It makes you one of His chosen ones because Jesus came to share His Father with us.

☆Find a natural father to look up to☆

•>adopt him as your dad.
•Abraham still needed a Father so that he could be the best father of fathers that he could be.

★ Matthew 6:1-4 NCV   “Be careful! When you do good things, don’t do them in front of people to be seen by them. If you do that, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. “When you give to the poor, don’t be like the hypocrites. They blow trumpets in the synagogues and on the streets so that people will see them and honor them. I tell you the truth, those hypocrites already have their full reward. So when you give to the poor, don’t let anyone know what you are doing. Your giving should be done in secret. Your Father can see what is done in secret, and he will reward you.

•Justice systems are supposed to be there to protect the innocent and the helpless, not take advantage of them.
•those in the Charleston shooting were actually trying to get the shooter saved! They got to speak with him before the court case and they showed mercy to him.
•> God is using that man’s hatred to spread His love and word.
•>The people don’t want him out of jail, but they want him saved to save those in prison.

★ Matthew 6:6-8 NCV   When you pray, you should go into your room and close the door and pray to your Father who cannot be seen. Your Father can see what is done in secret, and he will reward you. “And when you pray, don’t be like those people who don’t know God. They continue saying things that mean nothing, thinking that God will hear them because of their many words. Don’t be like them, because your Father knows the things you need before you ask him.

•”Don’t owe any man anything.”
•>Does not refer to mortgages, but to apologies and belongings and money owed to a person.
••>If you have debt you cannot pay on a credit card, cut it up (stop wracking up more debt).
•God has a bigger vision than I do.

Missionary in Training and Lover of Life

What I’m Reading, What I’m Learning, & What I’m Up To.

What I’m Reading, What I’m Learning, & What I’m Up To.

   Well, it’s exam time and my time as a high school student is drawing to an end. I’ve learned, read, said, written, drawn, and done much in 4 years. But this year has mattered the most to me. For 3 years you sit in class and have the “you’re going to university and you must know _______, _____, and _________” speech, changing with the class, but Grade 12 shows you how little time you have left and how fast you’re going to be a young adult who has to decide on how their life is going to go. It’s a lot to take in and still feels a little daunting when I over think it, but it’s nothing that a little reading, learning, doing, and praying can’t overcome.

    I do seriously enjoy a good novel image
and kind of… shy away from and don’t like self help, instructional, or boring books all that much unless they’re the only thing left to read. I had to learn this year that some books, though they are spoken of as literary feats, just suck and are more boring than a diy: toe nail cutting book. However, I read things I didn’t like much and read things I really enjoyed and I learned; I learned that some self-help books mught not be as bad as I thought. Some books that my mum was giving away mught be nonfiction and look dry as dust, but I took a  few and though I only perused a few pages, they do look kind of interesting and I look forward to reading them over the summer. One book in particular, God’s Smuggler by Brother Andrew, was talked about a lot in my house for his bravery in taking Bibles into closed countries beyond the “Iron Curtain” (I haven’t gotten to that part yet) and I just started it today. It’s written like a novel or someone telling you his story around a fireplace in winter, so I’m really enjoying the read!
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Another excellent book that I just finished at my mother’s recommendation is This Present Darkness by Frank Peretti. I’ve gone on about it enough that anyone who knows me personally is probably a little sick of hearing about it. I’ve read three other books by this author and every time it scares you and challenges you and causes a lot of thought to take place after the book is done. The book is about the reality of spiritual warfar between angels and demons without romanticizing it or making it seem less terrifying than it can be. Really loved it and even managed to read on the bus to finish it 🙂
See the cover here.

What I’ve learned lately has definitely been impacting. Not all the details do I care to share, but some I do want to speak out. I learned that I’m stronger than I believed. There’s a difference between being told that you’re a strong person in personality, mind, body, and the like, but it’s entirely different when you realize it for yourself. I learned that I’d been harbouring some unnecessary anger for a while and I needed to let it go. I did let it go and I feel much better inside. One last thing I learned: I learned what I want to do with my life. All over again. I’ve known for 12 or 13 years what I want to do with my life after high school but I re learned it with new eyes and a fresh vision. God’s been calling me to be a missionary overseas since I was little, but the only thing I’ve been able to do is give money to everyone else who’s gone and wait for my turn. I’ve been feeling really disappointed lately because I’ve never gone on a missions trip and everyone I know was trying to pack me off to Bible college (not that Bible College is bad) with the excuse of “You need a piece of paper to get anywhere.” That is a load of poo. You don’t need a BA to get on a plane to help people, a Masters to carry bricks, or a PhD to teach you how to love people. I do believe in training for missions trips just because of the nature of the job, but it doesn’t necessarily mean you have to go to post secondary. I want to take my music skills to the people of Thailand to teach the rescued trafficked people how to play an instrument. It’s education, art, expression, and reading all at once even if you don’t have your teaching certificate and you have free choice over what instruments you take to share!
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All I’m up to right now is finishing exams and preparing for my job away from home, but it means one thing very important: I’m moving on and into my life. I’ll be needing a job when I come home, but when I get one it will mean that I can finance my future and I’ll be ready for whatever comes my way 🙂 It’s going to be good and fun and I can’t wait to see how the future goes 🙂

~BBB

Missionary in Training and Lover of Life