Sunday, December 6, 2009

it's been a long time comin'....

After a long period of absence I'm returning to the blog neighborhood. I have felt the Lord telling me to pick this up again and honestly, I haven't been too fond of the idea. Because you see there's this little thing called pride and to say I struggle with it is an understatement. And when people start to like what you write, what you say, the pictures you take, how cool you are or whatever, it can be a not so good thing for your heart. Or in my case, it can be flat out dangerous! But I feel that this is for a much bigger reason than I can see right now so here we are! Well, can I just say that He has been so sweet to me lately! Lots of things happening with the end of the semester and He has met my every need!! Praise Him!

One of my biggest joys in life is getting to share and study the Word of God alongside some pretty amazing ladies and this past semester has been no exception! Looking into the book of Hosea and seeing pretty much the Gospel of Christ laid out before me has been pretty incredible! I am suuuuuuuper pumped about what He's pushing me toward for next semester.

I think there is a real problem with modern femininity today, to put it bluntly. One of my favorite authors, Leslie Ludy, addresses this a lot(check her out!). As little girls, we dreamed of becoming princesses and being swept off our feet by our prince. We looked at the world with innocent eyes and knew it was our playground. We knew that we were treasured, valuable and beautiful. Maybe this was your thoughts as a little girl or maybe the experiences of your childhood were quite the opposite. Whichever it is, somewhere along the way, the message of this world got in the way. And we believed it and gave in to its alluring invitation. As a result, we as women have looked everywhere except toward Jesus Christ to fulfill the deepest longings of our heart. We try desperately to meet our need for love through flings with guys, our popularity, the pleasures of pop-culture and the approval of the world. But it is He and He alone that can satisfy those longings. I think it will be a beautiful thing for a group of imperfect sisters coming together to learn and find their security and identity in Jesus Christ and discover Him as the True Prince and Lover of their soul.

He has been dealing with me personally alot lately about my selfish pursuits and asking me to lay those down in exchange for a sacrificial life poured out for the least and lost around the world. I can tell you that so far, it hasn't been easy but it was the best trade of my life! It's my prayer that as His followers we would see what He is asking of us and give it to Him freely and joyfully. What this world has to offer pales in comparison to the joys and pleasures that are in Him!

Elisabeth Elliot said, "The preoccupations of young women-their looks, their clothes, their social life-don't seem to change much from generation to generation. But in every generation, there are a few who make other choices." I don't know about you, but I desperately want to be one of those few!