Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter


Happy Easter!!!! It's a beautiful Sunday afternoon to celebrate and remember the meaning of this holy day.  There are many beautiful passages and verses which highlight the significance of Christ's life, and his ultimate sacrifice at the cross. One passage I particularly cling to especially during this season is in John 17, Jesus's prayer before he is captured and sentenced to death. I really love this passage because it displays how much love Jesus has for you and I, and all who put their faith in him. He sincerely prays for his disciples and all people who will have faith in him in the years to come. He talks about love, harmony and fellowship; attributes we should all try to make a part of our daily relationships whether it be with our church family or our friends at school. Below is a copy of John 17 from the New International Version of the Bible. I hope you are comforted and gladdened by this passage as much as I am. With mucho amor, Tracy :)

John 17

New International Version (NIV)

Jesus Prays to Be Glorified

17 After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed:
“Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.

Jesus Prays for His Disciples

“I have revealed you[a] to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word. Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you. For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me. I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours. 10 All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glory has come to me through them. 11 I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of[b] your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one. 12 While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by[c] that name you gave me. None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled.
13 “I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them. 14 I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. 15 My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. 17 Sanctify them by[d] the truth; your word is truth. 18 As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. 19 For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.

Jesus Prays for All Believers

20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one 23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.
24 “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.
25 “Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. 26 I have made you[e] known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”

***Thank you Bible Gateway!
*** For more verses related to Easter, click here!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Let's Go On An Adventure

"4 Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord [roll and repose each care of your load on Him]; trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) also in Him and He will bring it to pass."
(Psalm 37: 4-5)

To worry is human. Our thoughts are filled with questions about our past, present, and future. Unable to foresee what the future holds, we often stress about details we will be better of not holding on to. This worry, this fear, can be restricting and limit us from living a beautiful, adventurous life.
A few weeks ago, I was on YouTube procrastinating (eh-hem I mean browsing) when I came across an interview with the girls from Cimorelli. One of the sisters was giving advice for the new year when she shared her experience about being bold in seeking out and exploring new experiences. She talked about her fear of cooking and how being bold enough one day to try it out one day led her to discover a new hobby!
 From her advice, I found inspiration to nurture adventure in my own life. Each day, I make it my goal to do something I was once was too afraid to do. Whether it be sharing my opinion during a discussion, going to a professor's office hours, or  attending an indie-rock concert for a band I had never heard of, I've found so much freedom and joy in charting new waters I previously dared not to explore.
The Psalmist of Psalm 37 writes in verse 8: "fret not yourself—it tends only to evildoing." In the past weeks, I've been appreciating the truth of this verse. One definition for fret according to the Merriam- Webster dictionary is:to become vexed or worried. Worrying leads to fear, insecurity, doubt and sin. When we worry about failure, we become fearful. When we worry that we're not good enough, we become insecure. When we worry about God's faithfulness, we start to lose faith. Fear, insecurity and doubt can all lead to sin.
There's a beautiful world out there full of many adventures to be taken. In your community, state, and country, there are many things you can do to enrich your well being and that of those around you. So, what's holding you back? Turn that negative worry and stress into positive stress and inspiration! "You're never too old (or too young) to dream another dream"!!! (C.S Lewis)

Here's a link to the YouTube video of the interview: