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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Wednesday Musings: Well, now…

How ’bout dem apples? This election was rather surprising, but I knew this would happen. Another four years of wondering what in tarnation God is doing.

“Well,” you are asking, “what is God doing?”

Well, Ultimately, God is glorifying himself. A friend of mine said this;

“God never promised to work for America’s good. he DID say that he will always be working to bring himself glory. and when God is glorified, his people benefit. the nation of Israel went through some very bad stretches in the OT as God’s chosen people, but they survived. Indeed, the only reason God singled them out and led them as he did was for his glory, and that his name would be known among the nations. that’s worth suffering for.”

There are three things we can be sure of.
1. God will glorify himself no matter what.
2. God will work out everything for the Christian’s good.
3. God’s plan is far better and far greater than we can imagine.

So when you’re thinking, “God, what are you doing?!” just remember those three truths. God has been faithful countless times before, and he will be again.

What should we do?

Just because God will work everything for good, though, doesn’t mean that we as Christians should idly stand by and let things happen. As God’s people, we are called to be a light in this world. We are called to shine our light everywhere; to impact people around us and to spread the Gospel wherever we are.

Every nation in history has had bad rulers. Seriously, there are no nations that have had all good rulers and hunky-dory times. Every nation has a period of time when there seems to be no hope. The good thing is, a lot of those nations pulled through. It took drastic measures, but they endured.

So, this is not the end.

There is still hope for change, as long as the people of America have a will. The ancient Roman historian Livy said, “An empire remains powerful so long as its subjects rejoice in it”. If the American people can change America, she might not fall as Rome did.

God works in mysterious ways. Whatever he is doing, he will not let his people go.