Monday Musings: Best 12 (13) of 2012

I like to gather 12 or 13 pictures to represent my year. This year, I went through my photos and found 13 pictures that perfectly represented the year 2012. Enjoy.

IMG_4793I have so enjoyed getting to know this girl better this year!

DSCN1104February- Went to see wicked

DSCN1207March- kind of boring, went to see the Hunger Games with some pals

IMG_1472April- Easter in VA with these guys

379195_311839158901828_100002272390229_714745_385664044_nMay- FABULOUS trip to MN to see these besties

IMG_1797Dear Edwina- June- the only major event

528678_490213164340814_980649278_nJuly- PHC camp, met some great friends

IMG_2220August- mission to Reading with some adorable kiddos

251678_351413164944978_1462577148_nSeptember- A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Helena)

IMG_2434October- went to see Newsies!

IMG_5113November- some beautiful, fun friends

380624_438774706177222_1994553832_nDecember- A Christmas Carol (Ensemble, Fred’s Wife)

251025_381085328644428_353689989_nDecember- some great youth group friends

This year has been such a blessed one! I like to find an area of growth, an area that needs work, and an area of blessing for each year. This past year, I grew in wanting to know God more and my faith, etc. I need to work on my kindness, thinking before I speak, and not being self-righteous/judgemental. I’ve been hugely blessed in the area of friendships and opportunities. I’ve hung out with so many people and gotten to know so many amazing friends. I pray that these friendships continue to develop and grow deeper in the Lord this coming year.

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Monday Musings: Brokenness

Ephesians 4:17-24

So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking.They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, and they are full of greed. That, however, is not the way of life you learned when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires;  to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

We’re Broken

The Gentiles were futile in their minds, darkened in their understanding, ignorant, calloused, stubborn, and given over to their own selfish desires. Basically, they were broken. They didn’t work properly. Like them, our minds were paralyzed.

Everything was broken– our hearts, minds, eyes, hands, ears. We relished the fact that we were broken. We were comfortable being less-than-adequate. We were content with our grey existence. We were blind to all color and meaning of life.

This passage, by implication, says that we were unloving. We couldn’t spread God’s love because we were separated from Him. We were selfish. We couldn’t share our knowledge because it didn’t exist.

We gave ourselves over to our sins. We are so greedy. It’s like having no taste buds but still eating chocolate. Gorging on food you can’t even taste. We had all this great food from God but we couldn’t taste it. Even though we thought it was gross, we kept eating and even fighting over it.

We’ve Been Fixed

But this broken-ness is not how we are now. When we heard of Christ and his work and love, we were fixed. Our lives are repaired. Our hearts have gone from stone to flesh.

Christ teaches us to put off our old way of life. We’re shedding the proverbial snakeskin of sin. Our old self was deceitful. It lied to us. Our desires destroyed us.

Christ has made us NEW. He has given us a new mind and heart, new eyes, new hands, and new ears. He has repaired us. He has returned us to Him. He has given us a new skin– a heavenly one, not an earthly one. He has renewed our minds.

We were created to be like God, but our fallen nature prohibited us from following him. We were supposed to be truly holy and righteous. Our sin kept us from that.

Christ has repaired us. In our new life in God, we work for Him, not ourselves. Praise Him!!!