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I am Ready!

Before you spend the next 5 minutes reading these words I have typed out on this screen, it’s probably best that I warn you, this post is just me expressing my excitement.  Some of you may find it silly that I even bothered to write all of this down, but I just couldn’t contain myself.  So with that being said, I hope you continue to read and find some sort of joy from reading this post. Wether that’s through being able to relate on some level or even if my words give you a little chuckle!:)

With summer coming to a close and with school just right around the corner, many emotions arise to my surface.  Summer was so so sweet!  It was full of some relaxation, new adventures, and many firsts.  This summer consisted of babysitting, painting, swimming, reading, cooking, camping, lake days, mission trips, camp counseling, Bible studies, movie nights, game nights, sand volleyball, fishball and list could go on and on.  And while all these things are AMAZING and summer is AWESOME, I am SO ready to start this new semester.

I wouldn’t necessarily say I am ready for homework and studying for tests, (who likes that anyway) but I am ready to reunite friendships while also creating new ones.  I am ready for a routine.  I am ready to continue to see God move in my church, on my campus, and in my community this semester.  I am ready for new responsibilities.  I am ready for new classes and new experiences with new opportunities.  Long story short, I AM READY!!  There is excitement in my blood even now as I type these words.  God is going to do BIG things this semester, the question is, are we willing to be apart of it?  I don’t know where some of you are standing right now, in your life, in your relationship with Christ, but I do know he wants to use you.  Something I heard from a sermon a few years back was, “to remain faithful where God has placed you.”  I’ve kind of made that my life moto.  This is not an easy thing to do, but if we allow ourselves to be available to be used by God, we are more likely to be obedient to his calling.  I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to miss out on his blessings this semester.  I want to experience him in the fullest.

So hey, I am going to end on a “real” note (if you know what I mean) I don’t just write these words to remind you guys, but also to remind myself of these things.  Let me be honest, while yes there is SO much excitement inside me, there is also SO much fear.  The school year makes me anxious and my trust in the Lord seems harder to find.  But then I am reminded of his faithfulness and who he is.  I am reminded that he is the everlasting God, the creator of the ends of the earth.  I am reminded that he never grows tired or weary and his understanding no one can fathom. (Isaiah 40:28)  And when I remind myself of that, everything is put back into perspective.

Wishing everyone a fantasitc semester!

With Love,

Mica!

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Blessed Be Your Name

As 2017 is already halfway over, I am pushed towards a time of written reflection! (Once again, shocker right?) The past 7 months has already contained lots of different emotions! Like… Relief from finishing my first year of college strong, happiness from godly, Christ centered friendships, joy from my perfect Savior, excitement from and in my church, and love from my family.  With this short list of some of the emotions 2017 has brought me, one may think, “Wow, her year is going perfectly!” However, while yes these emotions have been felt, I’ve also seen and experienced hurt, worry, frustration, and have been impatient during a time of waiting. As the world around me seems to fall from beneath my feet, as hurt and suffering seems to close in on me and those around me, I’m reminded of a song… I’ll come back to that in a few.

I’m currently on a mission trip with my college group from church, and this past Sunday we went to the missionaries church. One of my favorite parts of mission trips are going to the different church services. It’s so encouraging to me to see what God is doing across the country and across the globe. It always seems to be the worship portion that the Lord speaks to me the most! And yet again the Lord spoke, which I will also get to in a few. (lol sorry for the choppy writing!)

Like I said, this year so far has had it’s mountains and it’s fair share of valleys, but God is STILL God. Through it ALL. As I stood that morning at Wind City Church, (a church that meets at the local mall in town, super cool right?) I sang with my hands open wide to the Lord.  The words of “Blessed Be Your Name” by Matt Redman rolled off my lips as it hit me in my deepest parts.

“Blessed be your name,

In the land that is plentiful,

Where your streams of abundance flow,

Blessed be your name”

 

“Blessed be your name

When the suns shining down on me,

When the world is all as it should be

Blessed be your name”

I have NO trouble saying “blessed me your name Jesus” at these times in my life when he pours out his blessings.

However, it’s in those times when the darkness closes in, that is much harder for me!  I ask myself, “can I and will I still say, “Blessed be your name?

“Blessed be your name

When I’m found in the desert place

Though I walk through the wilderness

Blessed be your name”

 

“Blessed be your name

On the road marked with suffering

Though there is pain in the offering

Blessed be your name”

I WANT to say that, but WILL I in these times?  All of these things were running through my mind as I lifted my voice to Him.

I thought, “If I would have lost my grandfather 2 months ago to his severe heart attack that should have killed him, would I be saying, blessed be your name right now?”  Would I be praising my father in heaven even when death turned my world upside down?

I write all of this to say, I have no clue what you are dealing with. I don’t know what life is throwing at you, or what things you may be facing at this point in your life.  But, I DO know, that our prayer should be, “Lord, I’m going to praise you no matter what happens in this life. No matter what sorrow I face, or what tragedy I suffer from. No matter what you give me and bless me with, or what you take away, Lord I am going to Praise you through it all, and I will say “blessed be your glorious name!”  

What will you say?

With love,

Mica

 

 

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Dwelling

I have recently just completed Beth Moore’s 10-week Bible study on the Tabernacle. Over the past several weeks, my love for Christ has grown abundantly.  As I learn more about Him, who He is and what He has done, I trust Him more, love Him more and live for Him more.  After each and every lesson, the Spirit revealed new things to me.  I was challenged and convicted and left in awe. In the past, the Old Testament has intimidated me.  However, this study has helped me to be encouraged and has opened my eyes to the fact that understanding the Old Testament gives me a better understanding of the New Testament, the Crucifixion, the Resurrection and the dwelling of the Holy Spirit within me as a believer.

Since the beginning of humanity, the Lord has desired to dwell among His people.  When that perfection was destroyed in the garden of Eden because of sin, He established a plan to create that dwelling once again.  Beth Moore states, “God graced the tabernacle in the wilderness with His glory; but the true Tabernacle He had planned would enclose not simply God’s glory, as awesome as it is, but God himself.”  Because of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross we can fellowship and have a relationship with Christ himself. (WOW, He loves us SO stinking much it’s crazy!)  Much too high a price has been paid for any person not to have an invitation to salvation.  Everyone, everyone, everyone has been paid for.  When we accept Christ as Lord of our lives, we are given His Spirit, who lives inside of us.  We are essentially how he dwells among the people of this world.  We have a big responsibility,  we are here for the purpose of revealing His holy presence to a lost world.

I write these posts for myself.  I think it is important to reflect in writing what God is doing and revealing to you.  However, my hope is that my struggles and my challenges are relatable to those who may read.  My prayer is that there is someone out there that needs to hear what I am writing. I do not know who is reading this, but I know someone may need to be reminded, or maybe be told for the first time in their life, that, “you are fearfully and wonderfully made.”  The Lord created your inmost being, and He knit you together in your mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13). He knows you and loves you like no other ever could.  Like I can’t even begin to describe how much He loves you because I can not fully fathom it myself. He wants His spirit to dwell in you, will you let Him in?

1 Corinthians 6: 19-20 states, “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?  You are not your own; you were bought at a price.  Therefore, honor God with your body.”

This is a verse that you may have heard before, and it was not new to me going into this study.  I have recited this verse time and time again, however I see it in a new way.  This verse causes me to ask myself this question, is MY body and MY soul, an environment where the Spirit of the Lord can thrive?

With love,

Mica!

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Peace Out, Teens!

On Sunday, May 21, I officially said peace out to being a teenager.  Turning 20 really threw me off because I still feel like I’m 12 most of the time.  However, this new year of life has led me to a time of reflection, as most things typically do. (I do TOO much thinking!) 20 years. Wow, how have I even been alive that long, because it sure doesn’t feel like it.  It seems like yesterday I was studying for spelling tests, playing ball in the front yard with the neighbors, and throwing pool parties at the house.  I started thinking back on the past 20 years, on all of the many opportunities I have had, the trials I have faced, the heartbreak I have experienced, and the joy I have found in Christ.  Life has been SO good, filled with hard times, yet peace, and filled with uncertainty, yet hope.  As I look at my life I can’t help but ask, why me? How and why am I so Lucky?  I am blessed with the BEST family, an AWESOME church home, AMAZINGLY WONDERFUL friends, a GREAT education, and a PERFECT Savior who sacrificed himself for me.

So yes, I will say it again, life is SO good. NOT easy, but good, sweet in fact.  It’s been a wild ride, these past 20 years, and God has revealed himself in so many significant ways. If there is one thing I have learned thus far, it’s that this life is a grain of sand compared to eternity.  And I don’t know about you, but I want to be living this fleeting life being salt and light to a lost world.  If I make it another 20 years on this earth, I hope I can say what Paul said to the church in Philippi, “that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel.”

Blessings,

Mica!

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Sweet Summertime: A Season For Growth

As finals week quickly approaches and the semester draws to a close, the reality that summertime is near finally hits home.  Majority of my summers have consisted of multiple vacations, mission trips and church camps leaving me with only a few free weeks of downtime.  This summer will be different. Much different.  Most of my weeks this summer will be spent here in town.  And while yes, there is a part of me that screams for adventure, another part of me is thrilled for this new type of summer break. My main goal this summer:  GROW, GROW, GROW, and GROW some more.  And while yes having a few more inches on these short legs of mine would be nice, that’s not quite the type of growth I’m talking about.

Spiritual growth is my goal.  I don’t want to get to the end of the summer and say, “well that was a waste of 3 and a half months.”  (Which I admit, in the past have been my thoughts going into a new school year.) But instead, I want to look back and say, “WOW, God did all this in 3 and a half short months.”  I think as a college student, we are blessed with so many different opportunities with having a summer break.  And I think God uses each neat opportunity in different ways for different people.  While God calls some people over seas for the summer, and calls others to work at a camp all summer, he also calls people to STAY and serve where they are. (Which is an awesome thing too!!!)

I don’t know where God has called you to spend your time this summer, but wherever that place is, serve faithfully and make it a priority to spend alone time with Jesus.  I don’t know about y’all, but I love setting goals, and I mean BIG goals. Because I know that, He can do far beyond all that I could ask or imagine (Ephesians 3:20).  I think goals are important when trying to stay focused, or trying to accomplish anything for that matter.  So I challenge you to set goals for this summer, and then tell someone who can keep you accountable.

Here are a few of my (broad/general) goals:

  • Pray Pray Pray
  • Have a set time each day that I spend alone with Christ
  • Continue to memorize scripture
  • Listen Listen Listen
  • Find someone to mentor
  • Have gospel conversations

So wherever you go or stay, let him use you this summer!! God wants to do BIG things, lets let him!

With Love,

Mica!!!

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A Bad Case of Spring Fever!!!

This is one of my most favorite times of the year.  EVERYTHING IS GREEN!!! I love the smell of freshly cut grass that fills the streets, the bright sun that warms my skin, and the fact that it stays light out past 7:30PM. (This makes evening walks much more enjoyable.)  I love the anticipation for summer.  The build up of having some time to rest, relax, reflect, replenish and most importantly to continue to grow in Christ.  That’s what I am praying for this summer, and I’m so excited to see what the Lord has in store.  However, right now my motivation for my school work is seeming to be much harder to find.  SOLUTION:  Take ones homework outside.  I get so much joy from just sitting on my chair in the back yard reading my books, or studying for an upcoming exam, while of course drinking lemonade and eating my weight in frozen grapes. (Pretty sure my dad thinks the grapes disappear because, he’ll buy a big bag from Sam’s one day, and the next they are gone because I immediately put them all in the freezer. #SorryNotSorryPops)  It is crazy how much more I enjoy doing my school work.  This pasty body was tired of being cooped up inside and was ready for some sunlight and some warmer weather.

This season of my life leads me to reflect.  As my first year of college comes to a close, and as I look back on what God has done in the past 9 months of this new chapter in my life, I am in absolute awe.  Y’ALL, GOD IS GOOD AND HE IS CONSTANT!!! I’ve grown in ways I never thought possible.  I’ve met people who encourage me, pray for me and hold me accountable.  I’ve seen God do BIG things in the past 9 months.  I’ve seen him save lost souls. I’ve seen him protect. I’ve seen him heal. I’ve seen him give, and I’ve seen him take away.  I’ve seen him at work in my church. I’ve seen him at work in my school.  I’ve seen him at work in my relationships. And I’ve seen him at work in my home.  Ten months ago I was scared.  I was worried I wasn’t going to make any new friends, I was worried I wouldn’t find a place where I could thrive. But PEOPLE, PRAYER IS POWERFUL!!!  And I don’t know what you are going through, but I know Christ is Lord of our heights, our depths, our futures and our pasts.  He is faithful, and I am undeserving of his love.

With love, Mica!

 

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Oh Canada! #SpringBreak2k17

This Spring Break I was given the opportunity to go on a mission trip with the BCM to Canada.  We worked along side with a local church while witnessing to the students at the University of Manitoba.  The week was primarily focused on evangelism.  Our days typically consisted of…

  1. Waking up freezing cold, but we survived!!!
  2. Heading to Campus
  3. Finding a Tim Hortons for coffee (this was a must)
  4. Setting up different tables around campus with soularium cards (basically cards that lead to gospel centered conversations)
  5. Walking around campus sharing the gospel and handing out cards for an event we were putting on with the church we were working with.

Let me tell you, GOD SHOWED UP THIS WEEK! He opened doors and opened hearts.  Two people made professions of faith while many others were able to connect to the church. (Praise Jesus!!!!)  I was astonished by the number of people that were unaware of the gospel.  Y’ALL, PEOPLE NEED JESUS!!! This trip there were a handful of things the Lord revealed to me.  Most I was aware of already, but He sent me some friendly reminders.

  1. People that say they are “Christians,” aren’t always Christians.
  2. People are searching for something
  3. People live HARD lives
  4. The Lord reveals himself to his people
  5. People are confused
  6. People need Jesus
  7. I need to share the gospel more
  8. HE IS FAITHFUL
  9. He alone saves

It was also made aware to me that…

  1. Floor hockey is a BLAST
  2. Canada is COLD
  3. Laughing is FUN
  4. Driving is LONG
  5. Canadian crepes are DELICIOUS
  6. Fellowship with fellow believers is so SWEET

I am so thankful for those of you who financially supported me and for those who were consistently praying for us. The gospel was shared, seeds were planted and we were blessed enough to see some of the fruits from those seeds.  We are continuing to pray for those that need the Savior.  Many close relationships were formed throughout the week.  We are praying that we can continue to keep in touch and follow through with some of these students that we connected with this past week.