Saturday, December 24, 2016

WORD OF THE YEAR 2017: STEADY



WORD OF THE YEAR 2017: STEADY

"Keep steady my steps according to your promise, and let no iniquity get dominion over me."
 - Psalm 119: 133

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Sunday, November 27, 2016

DRESSEMBER

DRESSEMBER IS A COLLABORATIVE MOVEMENT LEVERAGING FASHION AND CREATIVITY TO RESTORE DIGNITY TO ALL WOMEN. DRESSEMBER USES FASHION TO ADVOCATE FOR WOMEN WHO'VE BEEN EXPLOITED. AS WOMEN TAKE ON THE CREATIVE CHALLENGE OF WEARING A DRESS FOR THE 31 DAYS OF DECEMBER, THEY ARE ADVOCATING FOR THE INHERENT DIGNITY OF ALL WOMEN. THE DRESSEMBER FOUNDATION EXISTS TO INSPIRE AND EMPOWER A GLOBAL COMMUNITY OF LIKE-MINDED WOMEN WHO ARE LOCKING ARMS TO FACE ONE OF THE GREATEST INJUSTICES OF OUR TIME.THE HEART OF DRESSEMBER IS FREEDOM-- THAT EVERY WOMAN HAS THE RIGHT TO LIVE A VIBRANT AND AUTONOMOUS LIFE.

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Saturday, November 19, 2016

Set apart, yet Undivided

“One of the greatest hindrances to internal peace the Christian encounters is the common habit of dividing our lives into two areas— the sacred and the secular.” - A.W. Tozer

This has been one of the most convicting topics I’ve encountered recently. A divided life. As I read this statement, I began seeking the truth behind it, reflecting on my life, and searching for understanding in a practical way. I have heard it taught in church before, most commonly out of the encouragement throughout Paul's letters to the churches to “do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31); however; if we’re being totally honest, I was never quite sure what anyone was talking about when they would suggest I could make brushing my teeth a glorifying act to God. So naturally, I accepted it and moved on without aiming to gain understanding. (Psalm 119:144)


But Tozer goes on to note that most of us today are caught in this trap between two worlds. A spiritual world, and a natural world. And as a people we have acquired this ability to compartmentalize different aspects of our lives— to bring them up when appropriate and shut them down as necessary and we, Christians, are no different. The spiritual world for the Christian may consist of praying, and going to church, and singing worship songs, and other activities that provide a “feeling of satisfaction and a firm assurance that these actions are pleasing to God”. In other words, spiritual acts are the scared acts that apart from faith would be meaningless, but because of faith give us access to another world. On the other hand because we are merely human, we all live our lives "subject to the limitations of the flesh”, which is the secular world where eating, sleeping, working, driving, and other such things take place. There is a clear picture of how these worlds are very different; however, I could argue along with Tozer that as we try to live and maintain lives in both kingdoms, our strength is reduced, outlooks confused, and joy taken from us. 

“The Lord Jesus Christ Himself is our perfect example, and he knew no divided life [between the scared and secular worlds]. In the presence of His Father He lived on earth without strain from babyhood to His death on the cross. God accepted the offering of His total life, and made no distinction between act and act.”

When we look at the life of Jesus as he intentionally walked on earth, we can see that he performed no non-sacred act— he is our perfect example of living a unified life. Everything Jesus did glorified His Heavenly Father, everything. I’m just going to pause here for a moment and let that sink in…


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Friday, September 9, 2016

September: UNstuck

a few years ago i felt stuck.
i felt like i had reached the first peak in my life, but when i looked up to the next hill top i didn't feel excited, i didn't feel like what i was aiming for mattered; everything i was striving for felt meaningless. as i sat in a valley, i began to search for meaning. whatever that actually means..

i had graduated college the previous year and immediately started in a job that seemed like it was handed to me straight from God. i had moved into my own little apartment filled with hand-me-downs. i was in a pretty good relationship. i had a cat... life was moving appropriately along this preexisting imaginary dream scale i had in my head. but when i got stuck, i started asking myself questions like, "who came up with this 'American Dream' concept anyway", and "why do i feel so unhappy being right on target at 23", and "is this really it?"

i've always been a dreamer. i've always been the type to look ahead and plan my days and months, organize my year to "maximize my time", and create a 5-year plan in order to get after it, but what i didn't realize was i was forming a bad habit. i'm not saying dreaming and planning are bad because they are absolutely necessary to an extent, but what i am saying is this routine put ME in control, leaving me with a fluctuating self-esteem and an overly idealistic approach to life.

this is about the time when God starting nudging me into a real relationship with him. i'd always "believed" in God. i knew he was "out there somewhere". i'd heard bible stories, and knew who Noah, and Jonah, and Adam and Eve were, but i never understood their significance. i didn't know what "hearing from God" sounded like, or what "seeing God" looked like. but he pursued me in my sin, and in questioning my purpose, he answered me.

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Friday, August 12, 2016

An Assault on the Senses

Well you guys....

We've officially departed from the kingdom of Cambodia & my heart feels torn. As we jetted off into the pitch black sky, I looked back on the country that left such an impact on my life & thanked God for this experience. I have gained a wider world perspective and increased insight on how we operate as humans, some of us just merely trying to survive harsh social conditions & some through the rebuilding of life post physical trauma. 

Before I go on to share about my final activities though I want to say thank you to all who have been following along, learning with me, sharing with others, and praying for our team. You're part in this trip is one of the motives that drive us to make this journey to the other side of the world. This is an awareness trip for modern day slavery (human trafficking) & I'm simply the vessel that got to go, so THANK YOU from the depth of my heart for caring as much as I do on this topic. I'm praying for each of you. I do request that you don't stop thinking about the things I've shared with you in the few emails  that have come across your desks and please don't stop praying for our team. We're still in route traveling home as I write to you and we have already experienced some hiccups along the way... and personally, my health is not keeping up with my feet so thank you again for your continued thoughts and prayers for me and my team. 

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Precious Diamonds

The last 4 days have been spent in Battambang, a city 6 hours north of Phnom Penh and we have been doing A LOT since we've been here. The days have been long, but they are going quickly. Tomorrow we leave again to journey on to Siem Reap.

I have enjoyed my time in Battambang, even the ride here. This country really is so pretty and I loved being able to travel through so much terrain; I only wish I had more time to explore Gods natural creations on this side of the world. On the way here it rained, and for a country whose culture includes a lot of outdoor activity, nobody stopped doing what they were doing which was interesting to me. I like that about their culture... regardless of the struggle, the crime, the poverty, and the lack of support they receive from their government, they are an easy going people & not so much consumed with their appearance, their comfort, or material things. It may be difficult, but it's simple. And I like that. 


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Keepers of this Knowledge

Sou-si-dy! 
That's hello in Khmer (or how I would spell it by the way it sounds anyway).


I am winding down after a full day two in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, just trying to find words to describe the things we've seen and done here so far. We arrived just after midnight on Tuesday and on the way to the hotel we traveled through what was pointed out to be a "heavily prostituted area" in the capital city. I was tired from all the traveling we had done, but I was determined to capture all I could as we drove through the almost blackened streets of Phnom Penh. It was dark and I couldn't tell how tall the buildings were, or what the few lights that lit up store front signs were telling me, but I did see people hanging out in every little space and little moto's zooming past us in every direction. Literally. About this time is when it hit me... I'm finally in Cambodia. It's an absolutely beautiful country and when we got up the next morning to head to Toul Sleng Genocide Museum and The Killing Fields, I noticed how naturally bright this place is. Just beautiful. 

And hold that thought. 

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Gearing Up for Cambodia

"Although I'm no longer physically traveling, I believe God is continuing to prepare the ground I tread on as I look back on the trip from the very beginning..."


http://tremblingbeforetheking.blogspot.com/
The Team at the IND Airport at 5 am 
The last 13 months I have been in steady preparation for what's approaching in less than 12 hours now. And I want to start this trip by saying thank you for your support, whether you contributed financially, you're sending good vibes, or you're intentionally and specifically praying for me and my team, thank you. 

As the final moments approach before we board the plane, I ask those of you that are praying for our team to consider our health, the logistics, and our team's anticipation. 

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

July in A Series: Kingdom of Cambodia

Hello! In the following posts, I intend on sharing my thoughts from my recent journey through the delicate country of Cambodia. It is a compilation of emails I wrote to those who supported my trip financially, and in prayer as I was traveling and because of the response I received, I wanted to offer my observations to anyone else who finds themselves here reading my stuff. I could recap my experiences, share what I learned, and let you know how it has permanently changed the way I perceive the world; however, these are my raw thoughts while I was in the heart of this beautiful nation exactly as they spilled out of me. Please feel free to reach out to me should you have any questions regarding what you've read.


Gearing Up for Cambodia

Keepers of Knowledge

Precious Diamonds

An Assault on the Senses

Thank you!

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Sunday, July 3, 2016

June

This morning I find myself doing a little more than reflecting on the month behind me.
No, today, my thoughts are accompanied by some anticipation as I look forward to the journey I'm about to embark on.
I've been deep in prayer, surrendering myself over and over again to my sweet Jesus.
My adoration for Him is heightened as I consider the blessings that have been poured out over an undeserving sinner like me.




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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

May


Yesterday felt like May.. not in the temperature, but it just literally escaped me, which is why I am 8 days into June writing about May. A lot happened this month. It was a tough couple of weeks, mentally, and I learned a lot from the things that happened, the things that I did, and the things that I didn't do... My hope is that this serves as encouragement when some part of me doesn't want to do anything physically staining, and that it would serve as a reminder on another difficult day that God doesn't forsake me, and that God does allow me to make decisions, and when I do, He will still do what He wills to do. Without further ado, let me tell you about this month's adventure of running, failing, learning, growing, and traveling. 
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Sunday, May 1, 2016

April

When I sit and think about the past month, I am completely and utterly just blown away! So much happened in the last 30 days that I believe I am going to find it hard to express the mountain range of emotions I experienced... BUT this is just a super informal way for me to try my best to recap it all in order not to forget all that God is teaching me. My hope is that as I move through life, I am able to look back at these moments and see the process of the progress, that is transformation, because of the gospel working in and through my life.

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Friday, April 1, 2016

March

Hi friends! I'm excited to share with you what I've been up to this month. If you've skimmed through January and February's posts at all, you know by now that have set quite a few goals for myself this year which keep my schedule pretty jam-packed. I don't hate it though. I am a "shiny-object syndrome" kind of person, so I believe it naturally works for me. But keep reading so I can explain what I've learned by becoming more aware of my lifestyle habits and how it relates to the world around me, my relationship with Jesus, and my day-to-day routines.

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

February


I can hardly believe this little month is concluding, but leap day is here & we get to round out the things we said we were going to finish this month and pack it into this glorious extra day, or kick back and use the extra day to relax, or just continue in doing what we would be doing anyway. Regardless, the month is nearly finished and here are the thought-worthy lessons I encountered this month through running, through reading, through hanging out with friends, through working, and through being by myself. 




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Monday, February 1, 2016

January


The new year is well under it's way... time isn't slowing down, it's certainly not waiting for anyone to catch up, and by now we are well past the point of forming new habits. I sit here reflecting on the resolutions I declared for the new year and all that they have taught me in the last 31 days. I understand that most people created resolutions to lose, give up, or get better at something (I guess that's kind of tradition) but for me I resolved to do just two things that I've never done before, and by God's grace, I hope to get to the end of the year and be able to say more than, "it is finished".




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i'm drey. i'm 25. i have two cats; i love to travel, take pictures, walk around antique shops, and eat donuts... and i'm trembling at the feet of my Savior.

Psalm 111:10

"The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise."

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