I {Heart} Windows Live Writer

So for a few weeks now, I’ve seen these apps on the WordPress site that you can download to your iPhone (which I don’t have) or your BlackBerry (which I used to have but it became to expense) so that you can post to your blog from your phone. It’s great, especially for someone like me, who will get an idea for a post while I’m out and I need to write it down somewhere but I have no paper with me.

Well, I also noticed that there were apps you could download for your computer where you could post to your blog without having to go on the website. The only one that looked promising for me, since I am a PC, was the Windows Live Writer.

It’s great. I can just open it up and start to type. If, for whatever reason, I need to walk away, I can still save it as a draft – either locally to my computer or to WordPress so I can edit it on the website. It also gives me all of the same formatting options that WordPress does.

I think this will change the way I blog. 🙂

Now I am off to eat some breakfast and read more of The Hole in Our Gospel for my BookSneeze review. I’m almost halfway through the book so I should be posting my review of the book soon.

I’ll be posting again later tonight or tomorrow about our Bible Study. We have been studying the letters to the 7 churches in Revelation and tonight is our final night on this study. Next week we will be returning to God’s Man in the Son’s of God by Edwin E. Sexton. (Brother Sexton was my pastor’s pastor and he wrote this back in the 1960’s but it is still very relevant today.)

Blessings to you all and I hope you have a great weekend.

Holy Discontentment

Lately I have been feeling experiencing a holy discontentment with my spiritual walk but I can’t seem to figure out how I am going to change that.

I’m still trying to figure out where I’m at. I’ve been what seems like a bombarding (is that a word?) of stuff, worldly stuff, that causes my heart to ache. I’ve tried desperately to write a post about it TWICE with no luck. Because each time, it comes across all… WRONG.

This isn’t the first time I have felt this way. This is just the first time I’ve felt this way for this long. I’ve pretty much felt like this since I came home from China last April. I’ve just felt like there has to be more to my life and my walk with God than just what I’ve been doing.

Of course, that is when the thoughts come.

“What can you do?" You don’t have any money to go anywhere. What about your family? Your friends? You can’t leave these people because you won’t be able to survive on your own somewhere.”

Yeah… when the enemy wants to make me doubt myself, he certainly isn’t worried about hitting below the belt. Because I am concerned about the money I have and am able to use to help others with. To be completely transparent, at a young age, I got in over my head with credit card debt, always wanted a nicer car, etc. and ended up with a bunch of debt I’m still paying off.

I’ve been reading The Hole in Our Gospel and I know exactly how Richard Stearns felt when he was asked (and this is a paraphrase), “Don’t you want to be obedient to the will of God for your life?”

“Sure, God, but can’t it be in Chicopee, MA? It’s where I’m most comfortable.”

Yeah…

I mean, come on, let’s face it. No one really likes what makes us uncomfortable. Even in Christianity we only want to do God’s will in our lives only if we can do it in the comfort of our own home, church, job, school.

But I still did it. I felt God call me to go to China last year and I had never – and I mean, NEVER – traveled outside of the country before. So what did God decide to do, send me clear across the world to a country where people are put in jail or worse for proclaiming the Gospel.

Where do you go from here?

Swimming Thoughts…

I have much going on in my head. There is much going on in my ‘real’ life. I will try to write more tonight. I have a blog post waiting but needing refining before I can post so I pray you are patient as I try to make my thoughts more cohesive.

Blessings!

Jen

God Ideas Part 2

A few days ago I wrote a post called “God Ideas.” Now that we have had our meeting and we have spoken to our church leadership, I am going to tell you what is going on.

First, a little background:

I attend a small church and by small, I mean that there is roughly 100 members who regularly attend (including children).

We are more family in some respects that just a congregation.

So, in the past 2-3 years our youth ministry has lost its original leaders, Sister Irene and Brother Danny. They are elders in the church and took the helm of our youth ministry for many years. However, what has happened is there was a big gap in the age of those of us who are now in our mid- to late-twenties and those who are now high school age and who would be in our youth ‘group.’ Also, Sister Irene and Brother Danny no longer felt called to youth ministry. And that it was just for a season.

So, last year, in the interim – until someone felt the calling to take it up because we don’t have a large enough congregation to hire a youth pastor, although as I say that, I don’t believe my pastor would hire someone from outside our church anyway, but I could be wrong – our pastor’s son, Tim, and his wife, Sandra, took the helm of the high school age youth group. So, needless to say, we have had some youth ministry in our church but you can tell the kids aren’t getting anything out of it except a good time.

That is why 6 of us ‘young adults’ (to be honest, I’m not sure how much long we can call ourselves ‘young adults’ save for a few of us since most of us are hovering around 30) met on Friday night to discuss taking on the youth group permanently. (There is another young married couple that I believe will be joining us but they were unable to meet on Friday night.)

Of the 8 total that would be involved with the youth at my church, there are 3 married couples – 1 that has 2 young children and the other 2 are both pregnant with their first child – and two singles – myself and my friend, Damien (just a friend people. He’s dating our mutual friend, Amanda). We all have a heart for youth. I especially have a heart for the young girls. We are all committed.

Yet only two of the eight have any experience in youth ministry.

None of us have graduated from Bible school or Bible college.

I’ve been approached by someone we are affiliated with from Blue Ridge Bible College to consider attending their school. However, I’m not 100% sure that is the direction God wants me to go in. To be honest, I think I am getting a pretty good education in the ‘School of Life.’ Not to say that going to Bible college is bad or wrong, just not right for me.

Now for my prayer request…

I would ask that you would pray for us. First, that as we pray for God’s direction that we would hear Him clearly. Second, that when we come together to meet again that we can come to an agreement on where to go from here.

If any of you have any experience with youth ministry, any advice you can give would be most appreciated.

Blessings,

Jen

God Ideas

If you haven’t read my story, go here. If you have, then you know that at a young age, I gave what I didn’t have the right to give.

However, because of that, God has given me such a heart for young girls. I want to see them shine with His light. I want them to know that it is OK to not want to live a life like everyone else. To not want the status quo. It’s OK to say, “No, I don’t believe that every girl is going to give themselves to boy at a young age just because everyone else is doing it.”

I want them to see the road I went down and learn from my mistakes. To see where I am and say, “If God can come to her in her greatest hour of need, then He can certainly do the same for me.”

I want them to know they are not alone.

I desire for them to seek God for their life choices. To ask Him what His purpose is for their life.

That is why I am so so excited for what I am about to embark on. I don’t have all the details yet but when I do, I will certainly seek all of you for your prayers. All I know is that God truly does want to use us all for His purpose.

I pray that God will use me in ways I can’t even imagine yet. I pray that people will see Him in me.

I will leave you with this – my memory verse:

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your heart and your minds in Christ Jesus. {Philippians 4:6-7}

BookSneeze!

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I know that is a strange title for a post but I’m actually really excited about this… I was reading Lindsey Noble’s blog today (go here for the post) and she was discussing some of the new things going on at Thomas Nelson, where she works. One of them is BookSneeze! It is a blogger book review site. (It’s really simple to sign up too.) Once you have an account with them you can request that the publisher send you one of the books available for review. Then they mail you the book – for free! Yep. FREE. And the best part… the book is yours to keep (or do whatever you wish). All you have to do is review the book on your blog and on a retailer’s website (Amazon, B&N, CBD, etc.). Then, post your review to the BookSneeze website and you can request another book.

I love to read so this is really going to be fun for me.

I can just see it now, too. I’ll be that woman when I’m really old who has a huge library of books! 😀 That, my friends, is sort of exciting to me. (Hey, I warned you I’m a little strange.)

Anyway, if you like to read and you like to review books and you have a blog, go check out the BookSneeze website.

Once I get going on these reviews, I will link them all under the BookSneeze page here on the blog. You will also be able to find my reviews under the BookSneeze category too! Well, I better get back to work. 🙂

Be Blessed today.

Praying for My Husband

Yes, you are reading that correctly.

No, I did not elope. I’m still single.

I think I might have said this before but it’s true. Although I haven’t met him yet (or have I?), I pray for him. I was reading A Life in Need of Change earlier today and her post today was on how she was going to pray a specific prayer for her husband every day for the rest of the year and that got me to thinking about praying for my husband.

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I’ve come to realize that most people either think I’m crazy (which is true) or agree that it is a good idea. Here’s my thinking behind it: Although I don’t know 100% that I will ever get married, it is a desire of my heart to one day be married to the Godly man God has chosen for me (others include children, going on more mission trips, etc). As such a desire, I feel that it is necessary for me to start to pray for him BEFORE we meet (or, if he is someone I already know, before we start dating/courting) so that I am already in the habit/routine of praying for him.

I pray that he is a Godly man, that he seeks after the heart of the Father for his life, that he prays for me, that he is patient and that he can handle my craziness. I pray that he is kind and loving. That he would like to have children (biological and adopted) someday. I pray that if he doesn’t know Jesus that someone will come across his path and lead him to the Father before we meet but if they don’t, that he is at a point in his life when we do meet to come to know Jesus. If not, I pray that I am patient with him.

I pray for myself a lot during this time. Although my pastor warns against it, I pray for patience. (The reason why my pastor warns you about praying for patience or discernment is because God isn’t just going to give you patience or discernment but He will put you in a position and a situation where you are going to have to be patient or be discerning.) I pray that while I am waiting on God’s timing, I will still seek His face, that I will find how He judges the situation. I pray that I will grow in the fruits of the Spirit.

Will you also pray for me? I find it difficult some days to be willing to wait. (I can be quite impatient.) I have found that the enemy likes to use my singleness against me quite often, especially with all of these weddings and new babies just around the corner! So please pray that I continue to find my strength in Him for I know He is faithful.

My current memory verse is Philippians 4:6&7

Do not be anxious for anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (NIV)

and it is very appropriate for where I am in God….