this is how you dad
This can’t be real life.
Oh. my. gosh. This is how my future family will be.
"Do not rejoice against me, O my enemy, for though I fall, I will rise again! When I sit in darkness, the Lord himself will be my Light." (Micah 7:8)
Holy warriors for God never quit. Every warrior experiences setbacks and challenges, but the fact that God is on their side means that nothing on earth can hold them down. With God’s strength and support, you can become an unstoppable holy warrior who is victorious in every spiritual battle. That’s because when it comes to warriors, failure is never the final ending. God has guaranteed victory for those who live right in His name. Today, will you refuse to lose to the enemy? Will you rise up and reach a whole new level of abundant living? Live victoriously today; that’s what God has called you to do!
9 more days til I’m off to South Africa! I only need $350 to complete my funds for this missions trip! If you’d like to donate or read more about my trip you can go to youcaring.com/valeriemissions | Thank you for your support and prayers!!
I need the remaining $1,500 for my missions trip to Johannesburg, South Africa June 16-27th! Here at this link you can read what we will be doing while we are down there (such as hut to hut ministering, baby rescue centers, children’s programs, medical clinics and much more!), see a few pictures and watch a video!
Money will be towards airfare and go to the ministry of missionaries Rich & Michelle Franzen: Impact Africa ,who we will be serving with! Any and every donation will help!
If you feel lead to support me, these missionaries, and Impact Africa, whether it’s in prayer or financially, it is greatly appreciated!
You can electronically give through this site! Thank you very much for your support!
It kills me more and more when one thing after another happens and we keep on hearing of these tragic events surrounding us. And it worries me to know that we live in such an unsafe world where ANYTHING can happen. So many times I feel so safe in my surroundings. I often wonder, what if everyone had the peace of the Lords presence. Just last night, leading worship with our worship team at CSU, I felt such peace and comfort as I am in my own little world, doing what I love. The same peace I have whenever I have my time with Him. The Lord brings me such comfort and peace. Seeing everyone dancing and singing with joy, it makes me wonder, “Wow. I really wish the whole would could be able to experience this peace, joy and love and just feel a little bit of heaven on us. If this is kinda what’s going on in heaven, I am SO there, and can’t wait!” But then, in a way, we get home and are back in reality and hear all of these things on the news and see all of these horrible events on social media and just a little bit ago…we forgot that this was even going on, because we were so invested in this heavenly realm at peace, which isn’t exactly a bad thing.
As I find out about more tragic events, even within the community, I just have to stop to say. “Lord, help us.” We need him. And so many times I just feel that I know this is him saying, “Come to me.” If we were all FOR him, I couldn’t see this happening. So many times I wish I could just save the world and reach to people. If something happens, I automatically think, “Well, what can I do to help. Can I save them?” If they KNEW Jesus, where would they be now? It’s just crazy to think how many things can change if the world really KNEW him. How much more love than fear there would be in the world. No fear to have to live up to expectations, no fear to have to prove yourself. You won’t have a reason to do such horrible things or even be scared of them. You can believe what you want, as I will believe what I want. But I KNOW the change the Lord has made on my life and I don’t even want to imagine where I would be right now at this very moment without it, because I know for a fact what kind of person I would be, and the idea of what I might be doing, but because of His grace, I am new and NOT that person.
I said to myself, “Lord help us." And as I said it, I randomly started singing a song in my head. One that was never really my favorite, but I do enjoy it, because the words are truly powerful. I didn’t know why it had randomly popped in my head because I haven’t sang it in a very long time and that’s not really a song that I would chose to randomly start singing in my head, but as I really started to think about the lyrics of the part I was singing…I understood what God was saying to me:
“I can see a light that is coming for the heart that holds on, There will be an end to these troubles, but until that day comes…still I will praise You, still I will praise You.”
Lord, you’re good. Though I don’t understand these things, I will praise you still and trust you. I will be that light in the darkness and look to you throughout these horrible moments. Thank you for the reminder that you’re always there with us and that until this all ends and we’re back home with you, I WILL praise you.
Pray for our nation that they may see the Love of Christ and come home to Him.
You Never Let Go- Matt Redman- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9Ya7ryNob4
1 John 4:18
17-18 God is love. When we take up permanent residence in a life of love, we live in God and God lives in us. This way, love has the run of the house, becomes at home and mature in us, so that we’re free of worry on Judgment Day—our standing in the world is identical with Christ’s. There is no room in love for fear. Well-formed love banishes fear. Since fear is crippling, a fearful life—fear of death, fear of judgment—is one not yet fully formed in love.
Well, I feel like my spring break isn’t going to get anymore exciting than the fact that Polyenso stayed at my house last night considering how much I love Oceana. I got to see my good friends in Author again as they were on tour with Polyenso! So I guess I’m just going to study the rest of the week now because everything else is about to seem so much more dull haha. I also find it so sweet how much the guys, and specifically Brennan, admired my father. It really helped me appreciate my own father. I don’t talk to him much and we don’t really get along a lot, but seeing them interact with my dad and act like a son and father to each other in a way really opened my eyes to a lot I guess. And I can’t really get it out of my head the last thing that Brennan said to me before they left was that he wanted me to tell my dad that he’s a great man and he really really likes him. He just couldn’t stress it enough. It’s just crazy for me personally to think that after I’ve been through so much with him and it being hard to see him as such a great father that they see him as. They looked up to him and were constantly engaging in conversation. They were honestly all the sweetest guys and my dad LOVED them! They were so thankful for everything and I just wanted to keep blessing them but I just ended up getting blessings in return! It was CRAZY having 11 guys staying in my house and getting here at 5am (literally on no sleep right now) but I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. I’m so blessed to know such great bands and have and make such great friends and meet people that can be like family to me, unknowingly strengthening my family. I just don’t even know what more to say other than I’m so blessed to have the life I have.