August 13, 2011

One called “Blessed”…

Posted in Uncategorized at 10:12 PM by brittygirl2

God’s heart is for us and he with-holds nothing good. No matter where we are, His promises remain true in our lives. Seek him. Yearn for him. Sacrifice for him. Love him. And experience blessing like none other..

Definition of blessed: Consecrated. Made holy. Worthy of adoration. Supremely favored.

Matthew 5:3-12

3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers, 
for they will be called children of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

 

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June 18, 2011

All Around Me

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:36 AM by brittygirl2

I have found in my own personal relationship with the Lord that the deeper I go in intimacy with him…the more I see him all around me. I stop looking and waiting for the big and noticeable things..and I start looking at life around me..

The rays of beautiful sunlight at 5:40am..

The generosity of a neighbor that communicates care..

The thoughtfulness of a friend when they seek to know my needs..

The laughter of a child that comes from simplicity and curiosity..

The peace and serenity that comes when night draws near and softly sings me to sleep..

The joy of being a part of giving for something more than myself..

The glance into a set of eyes that show the intensity of who God is..

The realization that I am never in want because God loves me..

The raindrops that pour down outside, nourishing the earths soil and the soil of my soul..

The beauty of the clouds that speak of majesty and splendor..

The stillness of midnight that calls me to close my eyes and soak in the wonder of who God is..

The songs of a bird that sing for new life and hope..

The feeling of human touch when someone surrounds me in a hug and lets their heart speak instead of words..

The echoes of a waterfall that tells me of God’s strength and power..

The grip of a baby’s finger that reminds me of God’s gentleness and compassion..

The sound of thunder roaring across the sky as I think about how God is just in all that he does..

The heat of the sun that creates a warm touch on my skin representing the warmth that God has placed in my heart..

The notes of a song flowing together to create a masterpiece that ministers to my spirit..

The blanket of God’s presence that rests on my shoulders like a cloak of protection..

The reality thats beyond my comprehension is that God is EVERYWHERE. I stop looking for where he is, and start recognizing all the ways he’s already there and I just don’t see it. The sun rises for me, because I am a beloved of the heavenly Father and my life is about a love story with him..the greatest love story I could ever experience. I am falling deeper each moment and getting lost in a love so incredible it leaves me in awe feeling completely satisfied…yet so undeserving.

May 31, 2011

“Show Me”

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Audrey Assad – “Show Me”

“You could plant me like a tree beside a river
You could tangle me in soil and let my roots run wild
And I would blossom like a flower in the desert
But for now just let me cry

You could raise me like a banner in a battle
Put victory like a fire behind my shining eyes
And I would drift like falling snow over the embers
But for now just let me lie

Bind up these broken bones
Mercy bend and breathe me back to life
But not before You show me how to die

Set me like a star before the morning
Like a song that steals the darkness from a world asleep
And I’ll illuminate the path You’ve laid before me
But for now just let me be

Bind up these broken bones
Mercy bend and breathe me back to life
But not before You show me how to die
Oh, not before You show me how to die

So let me go like a leaf upon the water
Let me brave the wild currents flowing to the sea
And I will disappear into a deeper beauty
But for now just stay with me
God, for now just stay with me”

– This song is such a beautiful picture of the redemption we are given in Christ. Yet at the same time, a good reminder that before we can come alive in our freedom….we have to die. We have to face the brokenness in our hearts and the immortality of our souls. We have to see it with our own eyes, for what it really is.

I have been letting this song replay over and over in my mind. God was revealing to me some areas in my life where I am still so broken, and I felt him spurring me gently to accept them so I could walk in freedom. I wanted it, but wasn’t quite ready. As I was listening to this song I realized that there’s an important step in between our death and receiving new life that we so often try to skip through quickly; its the time when we are actually redeemed. When our perspective changes and allows us to see the comparative difference of the carnal life we are taken from, and the supernatural life we are given. The time during which we feel the reality of the weight we carry apart from Christ. Resting in the place of our redemption shows us not just what God’s mercy looks like… but what it feels like. Contemplating in that place brings us to an understanding of how we need to die in order to find life..

“So let me go like a leaf upon the water
Let me brave the wild currents flowing to the sea
And I will disappear into a deeper beauty
But for now just stay with me
God, for now just stay with me”…


May 14, 2011

No Regrets

Posted in Uncategorized at 12:33 AM by brittygirl2

This week we had a girl leave the care of Destiny Rescue to return to her home, her family and the opportunity to finish her high school education. She was here with us at Destiny Rescue for about 6 months, and during that time we all had the privilege of being a part of her life and seeing God transform her into a completely new person. She was one of my hairdressing students, and by far one of the best. She loved to learn and excelled greatly in everything I taught. She was the life of the group, and with her around there was never a dull moment. She loved to laugh, sing and dance…and it was quite often she would get distracted, only to look up and find me watching her get carried away. She would attempt to put on her serious face that would show slight remorse, then she would break out with a giggle and direct her attention towards the assignment given. She loved learning. She loved being called on to answer questions. She loved being tested so that she could prove to herself she had what it took. She had a strong spirit, and determination like none other. She wasn’t afraid to argue her point, or hold her own when needed…she was also one of the first to raise her hands in worship to Jesus.

The situation she came from and the burdens she was forced to carry are something that shouldn’t ever be put on a girl…any girl, however God brought her out of that place and into our care where she could be loved and supported for who she was and all that she needed. The time of her leaving came as an unexpected surprise to us all, and happened very quick. I found out she was leaving, and within 24 hours after that she had left for home. I am sad that she is no longer here. I am sad that I don’t have the opportunity to teach her more. I am sad that the exuberance she brought to my life is no longer waiting for me each morning. I am sad that the adventure we shared together has come to an end. I am sad because she feels very much a part of my life…but even among the sadness I feel in my heart, an emotion greater than the sadness is one of no regrets.

Looking back on the past 6 months she was here, I can say that I have absolutely no regrets. I believe that God used us all in her life in ways she desperately needed. I know that God used us as a living picture of His unconditional love for her. I know that God used us to show her the joy we can have when we are walking in a relationship with Him. I know that God used us to provide a safe and supportive environment for her, and I am grateful that God used me to impart a skill that she will be able to use no matter where she finds herself in life. While my heart grieves for the loss of a friend, my heart rejoices even more that I was obedient to do all that God called me to do while she was here with us. God brought her here for a specific purpose, and a divine time, and I believe he accomplished all that was needed. I believe that as she returns home He is watching over her.

The greatest blessing of all however, was that just last week she gave her heart to Christ, and surrendered her life to God. What a miracle!! God’s handprint has marked her. My heart rejoices at this precious heart that has been rescued out of eternal damnation, and received the blessing of freedom, love, and eternal life. We have no idea the impact we can make for God’s glory; whether its now, or a seed that’s planted for later…our lives are directed by One who sees the bigger picture, the perfect picture. I want God to help me to live each day to the fullest, so that I have absolutely no regrets..

While I was impacting this girls life..she was impacting mine. I will miss her…and she will always hold a special place in my heart..

May 7, 2011

From My heart to Yours

Posted in Uncategorized at 11:51 PM by brittygirl2

To the one who has shown me unconditional love and support, and has proven trustworthy to remain faithful to that call each and every day….my Mom.

When emotions run deep and true within ourselves, so does the battle of expressing those feelings within the limitations of words. They seem to get lost inside and choked up by something thats so real and personal. If I could just peel back every layer in my heart…maybe then I could truly put into words everything that I long to say…

One of the greatest gifts God has given me is you. From the very day I was born, he gave me the gift of your life. He knew that the love you had for me and the power of your life was something that could not be replaced or purchased; something I desperately needed. The kind of love and commitment that requires a choice and is given out of desire…not duty.

Growing up I had the mom that was fun and everyone else was jealous of. You packed cool food for picnics. You played barbies. You took me to gymnastics. You taught me how to make brownies. You helped me memorize my favorite scripture verses. You fixed me tea parties so I could play dress up and act the role as princess. You took us on school adventures and field trips that no one else got the privilege of doing. You struggled with us through difficult school subjects and remained patient until we overcame them. You cooked meals we loved and spent your free time in the kitchen to surprise us with a new recipe. You made holidays special by providing time to celebrate and help us understand why it was important. You gave us tools to use our imagination. You emphasized the priority of building relationships with siblings so that everyday we would reap the fruit of that choice. You made our every need a priority. You validated us in our strengths and then gently encouraged us to overcome our weaknesses. You nurtured and pursued. You encouraged us to dream. You gave us wings, then let us fly.

As an adult I am able to experience the blessing of being not just your daughter..but your friend. You have made time to share whats on your heart and seeked to know mine. You have guided and counseled but not controlled. You have been an intercessor and prayer warrior on my behalf. You have supported me through every decision I’ve made and stood by each path God has called me on…even one that has taken me thousands of miles and an ocean away. You have breathed vision and life into me with your very being. You have spoken to the deepest places of my heart and allowed God to use you as a picture of how deep and intimate His own love for me is. You have been an anchor in my life that has kept me from wavering and floating adrift. You have challenged me to always stay true to myself and who I was made to be.

As you celebrate this Mother’s Day, I want you to know that I am beyond grateful for the blessing of our relationship and the impact you have on my life. I don’t take for granted the treasure I have been given; it is a treasure that becomes more precious with each day. Thank you for everything that you have invested into my life. Thank you for every sacrifice of love. Thank you for every hug, every laugh, every tear, every prayer. Though we cannot be present in body, my heart is with you this Mother’s Day as we contemplate together the richness of relationship God has blessed us with, and the hope of all that is yet to come.

I love you so much, and it is my prayer that I love you in return not out of my own weak, human love…but out of the supernatural love that has changed me and enabled me to experience what God’s love looks like in the form of a living angel…

I love you,

Brittany

May 3, 2011

Just One Glance

Posted in Uncategorized at 4:54 PM by brittygirl2

On Saturday night a group of us gathered together at the rescue home to watch the movie “Passion of the Christ”. Many of the rescued girls had not seen it and we thought it would be a good opportunity for many of them to see it for the first time. It was not required, but open to everyone. I was looking forward to it myself because the last time I saw it was when it first came out to theaters in 2004. That was 7 years ago! I remember the movie impacting me greatly so as I got ready to watch the movie again, it was the prayer of my heart that I would see it yet again in a new way. That the story would mean even more to me now, as my relationship with the Lord has deepened and matured over the years.

For those of you who have never seen the movie, its spoken in aramaic. We had thai subtitles on for the girls to understand the story of what was happening, and the rest of us just watched. I would actually strongly recommend watching it without subtitles in english because while it is important to hear the words, its also very eye opening to focus on the actions and the emotions of the characters. I have read the gospels many times, but reread them again before the movie so my mind was fresh on what happened. One of the things that stood out to me the most as I watched the movie was the scene where Jesus was carrying his cross up to Golgotha.

At this point he had been beaten and flogged almost beyond recognition. His body was extremely weak from the amount of blood loss. He was experiencing all pain that a human could. He was experiencing betrayal. He was experiencing an assault of mockery and insults. He was experiencing shock and weariness. He was experiencing the weight in his spirit of every sin ever committed…. he was in maybe one of the hardest parts of his sacrifice.

He falls to the ground, literally and completely unable to take even more more step with the cross bearing down on his back. The guards volunteer a man from the crowd to help this man called Jesus. The guards do not know that their very life and inheritance, their ability to love and forgive lie with this one man who has given up everything….this one man they call a coward.

Simon is pulled out of the crowd and forced to bear the full weight of the cross, as well as urge Jesus to continue walking before the guards lose their patience and strike him yet again. Thorns are piercing into his flesh. Blood is dripping from his face. His hair is matted. One eye is missing. His eyes are filled with tears that have been unshed. As Jesus drags himself up with every last bit of strength, he turns and looks straight into Simon’s eyes…

…What was Simon thinking as he was dragged from the crowd and forced to carry the weight of maybe what he thought to be “another man’s sin”?? What emotions were raging through his heart as his eyes made contact with Jesus? Was he feeling shame? Anger? Hurt? Confusion? Regret? Unbelief? Grief? Hopelessness? Fear?

Maybe a little of everything..

It was in that moment the tears began welling up as I felt yet another level of God’s mercy…his mercy that is so gracious to us through our life that is underserving every moment of everyday. I was overwhelmed by the power of love that overcomes us with just once glance into the eyes of Jesus. It has the power to redeem. The power to heal. The power to change. The power to love. The power to give us a gift that we would have no other way than by watching him – the Holy and Anointed One give up everything he was…so that we, as dark and lowly sinners, could be made into something precious that represents a beautiful story of one thing: LOVE. When God looked at us he saw something that his heart would never give up on: his creation. His constant pursuit of us is a never ending reminder that we are wanted and loved. Don’t run from him..run to him. His love is big enough to cover you..

April 28, 2011

All is for Your Glory

Posted in Uncategorized at 10:26 AM by brittygirl2

I was listening to a worship set this morning and I began to pray, wanting to clear my mind of all thoughts and distractions so my focus could be completely on Jesus, my spirit in tune with his. The singer that was leading began with this phrase: ‎”Jesus, You alone will be exalted in that day.. worthless goals will be exposed as idols that we have made… for in our hearts we will say: All is for Your glory. All is for your name. That in all things You may have the first place. That in all things You may have preeminence”.

It is now four hours later…and the song is still running through my mind. I can’t stop singing it, and the best part is…I don’t want to. I want it to consume my mind and fill my heart, so that what overflows into my life is the desire to place God above ALL things. That He alone will receive first priority in my life, and that everything I offer will be for his kingdom and his glory.

I feel as though lately God has been burning inside me such a new, incredible passion for him; yet that doesn’t mean that I don’t have areas in my life where my weakness is still stronger than my strength. There will always be an area of my life that God can expose and reveal to me, then lovingly encourage me to change that pattern or habit in my life. No matter how close we walk with God, there will always be some way we can become more like him. I’m going to keep singing my song.. and ask God to show me ways that I am not giving him the glory and honor due, so that he will have preeminence in my heart, mind, soul, body & strength.

‎”Jesus You alone will be exalted in that day, worthless goals will be exposed as idols that we have made… for in our hearts we will say, all is for Your glory. All is for your name. That in all things You may have the first place. That in all things You may have preeminence”….

April 1, 2011

April 1st or April Fools?

Posted in Uncategorized at 1:36 PM by brittygirl2

I woke up this morning and realized today was the 1st of April. A new day. A new month. A new mark of God’s handprint on my life. For some reason I was feeling very meditative on the past couple months, and then realized that I’ve hit my 5 month mark of being here in Thailand. For real?!?! I can hardly believe it…some days it feels like its not possible for me to have been gone that long already, yet other days the separation from home and loved ones makes it feel as though its been so much longer than that. As I was thinking about everything in my life that has changed and all that God has done in me, it feels surreal. I then realized it was April Fool’s and I started laughing at how out of all days, I would think of that now! Is it April 1 or April Fool’s? It’s the same day, but different; depending on your perspective and what you make of it. Sometimes its seeing that what winter brings is good and necessary, but looking with hope for what will arrive with spring, and sometimes its getting lost in the moment of whats reality and whats a dream to glance temporarily into a moment that is surreal.

When those moments hit, I wonder if I’m just fooling myself. Then God opens my eyes and I realize it was just a passing moment. I really am different. I have changed. Because of God’s saving grace and the power he has over my life. He loves me and strengthens me with each step so that I might become empowered to do the same for those around me. In him I have hope that is waiting to burst forth and paint a masterpiece of color that represents the beauty of spring and new life. That of a changed life.

Despite the times where I often feel like the moment is surreal, I am thankful that what I’m living is not surreal! This really is my life. I’m living in Thailand. I’m experiencing a new culture. I’m making a difference for the kingdom of God. I’m living an adventure. I’m being impacted by those who love without reserve. I am living the blessing of having friends and family all around me that love me and support me in all that I do, no matter where God leads me. Today I am thankful that it is April 1st. I am thankful for the life God has breathed into me. I am thankful…for me 🙂

March 29, 2011

Follow by example

Posted in Uncategorized at 4:37 PM by brittygirl2

I’m going through this devotional book right now called “The Relationship Principles of Jesus” by Tom Holladay. It’s a great book and I would recommend it for anyone and everyone! I am learning so much from it, and not matter how many times I go back through the chapters I always come away with something new. I have felt encouraged, strengthened, challenged, convicted and so much more! I feel like the more I read it and find new truth, the more I crave it and feel as though I can’t get enough. Recently I read a chapter that was talking about how love makes the choice to accept others for their differences, and sacrifice so that we might follow by Christ’s example and love unconditionally.

Here’s a section from the chapter:

“To love as Jesus loved, we must choose to sacrifice. The 4 marks of loving are fellowship, forgiveness, acceptance and sacrifice. The apostle John declares, ‘This is how we know what love is: Christ gave his life for us. We too, then, ought to give our lives for others’ (1 John 3:16). True love sacrifices. The greatest sacrifices may not be the once-in-a-lifetime sacrifices; they may well be the daily sacrifices. You give up your way and seek another person’s good. No one else may know you did it, but you’ll know you acted in response to Jesus’ love for you.”

Wow! Every time I read that, its strikes my heart anew. Who better to follow than the example of Jesus who was incarnate; fully God.. yet fully human. As I was thinking about this chapter, I felt really convicted to start asking myself consistently if what I’m about to do for someone is really a sacrifice. I want to love not just partially or conveniently, but wholly and fully. That means I need to follow the words and instruction given to us- I need to sacrifice and lay down my life for others. When I have really stopped to think about it, I know that there are so many times I could give more. I could give something that really costs me…whether of my time, energy, finances, spoken words or acts of service. I can go a step further to show real love, and find the ultimate joy and satisfaction of laying down my life for someone else. I began asking myself this question everyday, all throughout the day…and I was completely amazed at the opportunities I had to love! I was amazed at how good it felt to give something knowing that it was really costing me something, yet I didn’t feel empty; I felt even more fulfilled, and I felt the desire to do it again and again. There is so much blessing that comes from giving priority to others, but we often never see it because our focus is to much on ourselves. God is working in my own heart as I lay down a little more of myself, and make room for a little more of him. It’s an incredible feeling, and I challenge you to go for it. Don’t hold back, don’t make excuses, let yourself become a little more free with each day that you learn to love with sacrifice.

1 Corinthians 13: 1-8

“If I speak in the tongues of men and angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. Love is patient, love is kind, it does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”

March 4, 2011

Cruising Along

Posted in Uncategorized at 4:18 PM by brittygirl2

This past week I was able to purchase a motorbike and it is such a blessing to have!! It’s a Honda Wave -manual (for all you boys out there). It’s different riding it as I have never driven one before, but easy to learn and so much fun! I am especially grateful for having it as we are coming up to the hottest part of the year here, as well as the rainy season. Walking was great exercise and I enjoyed it, but I am grateful for the provision of the bike!! I never thought I would have been able to say that someday I would be cruising through the streets of Thailand on a motorbike lol!! Here’s a few pics I thought you all might enjoy.

 

 

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