Monday, September 26, 2011

Please Forgive me for my SLACKINGNESS

You see...Master's Commission started the beginning of this month so it has been NON-STOP busy moments!

Uh...Did you hear what I said? MASTER'S STARTED!

so- I will talk about Master's......

I'm expecting great things for this year! Relationships with God to go deeper, Restoration in our hearts and thoughts, Victories to be won, Strongholds to be broken and all together LIVES CHANGED for the kingdom of God. That we will take up the call and be a disciple.

                                                             Our TEAM:)

 This year we have 2 first year students and 2 second year students. and It's a BEAUTIFUL thing... I love the smallness and closeness of the group. I can already see God doing so much in each of their lives and it makes me SO HAPPY!!

UH HUH! That's me being excited & THIS IS DANAE my fellow second year"er".
She is always such an encouragement to me and it's been so awesome to see her grow the past year! I can't wait to see what is in store for her. I know it will be amazing. She is beautiful inside&out:)

  This is MISS REBECCA!..She is our young buck...our little grasshopper.  :)
 She brings a smile to my face and always is inspiring me to keep on telling jokes.(not always a good thing because my jokes can get me in trouble;) But I'm so blessed she is here and expecting God to do GREAT things in her life this year!! SHE IS WONDERFUL!!

  This is Mr. Jeremy Pietens. He is from he has a PRETTY SWEET sounding acce--ACTUALLY... I would call it an accent..but he says we have the accent & talk its a lose-lose situation...Dontcha Know?! And dont be deceived by this picture.. He DIDN'T enjoy this Pig tie. Beka and I gave it to him because it made sense to us....PIG SOOOOOOOIE!?!?! I guess not.  Anyway- Its been awesome having him here. He is a good balance to our mix. And has such a servants heart! I'm also so EXCITED for all God is going to do in his life! Ohhh...and.. He is an awesome drummer! :O


As for me I'm LOVING every moment of it. I know that God has so much He is going to do in my life this year. Another year of cutting things from my life....Yep, there has already been times where it "stings"...But I know God is taking me through these moments and all I have to do is DEPEND on Him and HIS strength. He has never let me down. He is faithful. He is GOOD!

  And I'm sure you are wondering about our wonderful Directors!?

HERE THEY ARE... Such a good looking couple:) && I'm honored and blessed to have them as my spiritual leaders!! They are SO LOVING. ENCOURAGING. and AMAZING. :)  *shout out* Thanks for all you two do & for the Sacrifice you have given to follow the call of God upon your life!  you both are SO STRONG! Thanks for ALWAYS loving me! LOVE YOU!!!!!

Well that's all I have for now. But prayers are appreciated for our team:) GOD BLESS YOU ALL!

Life is LOVELY in Iowa&&Master's Commission,

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Are we close enough friends for you to read about my love life?

First of all, this title is wrong in THREE ways. 1. You are a close enough friend.  2. I dont have a LOVE life. 3. I didn't know what to make this title and this is all I could think of.

so now that is all cleared up-

"Do you have a boyfriend yet?" is the question I hear at least once a week from my clients as I cut their hair.  

My first year in Master's was the easiest way to explain to people. "I'm in a nine month discipleship. We aren't allowed to date this year. " -End.Of.Conversation.- Unless of course the person was shocked that there are actually people that do things like this...and then they would ask lots of questions.

Yesterday I turned the big 2-3. So I should be dating someone or getting married soon.... I mean, people did throw the YET in there when they asked if I had a boyfriend!

 I started to feel like I needed a boyfriend. Ridiculous?! Yes!

and its so easy to feel that way because today in our society we think we need to have a relationship with the opposite sex to make us feel important or loved. We have sugar coated it and try to make relationships look like its the only way you are gonna be happy. We have a mixed up view of what LOVE is.

We watch love movies, read books, and begin to fantasize what we want or compare with the relationship we are in. Unless its of God.. we will never be completely satisfied. We can try and say its of God but lets be honest- God is not UNSTABLE and doesn't make LOVE complicated and difficult. True love comes from God. Love is Pure. Love is SIMPLE.

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1 Corinthians 7:35 says "I am saying this for your benefit, not to place restrictions on you. I want you to do whatever will help you serve the Lord best, with as few distractions as possible."

I LOVE how God gives us exactly what we need when we NEED it!

That last part, Serve the Lord with as few distractions as possible-it HIT me. Am I living a life with few distractions?! Sometimes I get SO WRAPPED up in where I'm at and with the question, "Do you have a boyfriend yet?" If I had one at this would be a distraction because I know for this season in my life, God has made clear to me that I am supposed to be single and to SERVE GOD with my whole heart. I'm in masters for my second year and I have been given certain responsibilities and I know I can't have those distractions. and when its God's timing it will happen. :)

Someone asked me what my type was and if I was at least looking for "him"... NO! I'm not going on some man hunt! I have laid down the "type" thing. because God already has the man I'm going to marry picked out. God knows the desires of my heart and I trust him COMPLETELY!

So what God is dealing with me on? To let go of distractions and to use my singleness for his GLORY.

Living the Lovely Single life in Iowa,