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The Biggest Wedding This World Has Ever Seen

My whole life, I’ve known this day would come — the day when my prince and I will be united; when two will become one.

However, as a little girl, I was never the type to daydream about my wedding. I hadn’t even thought about my wedding colors until after we got engaged. I had never touched a bridal magazine until just a couple months ago. Now, if you’re wondering if I’m excited about getting married, you can ask my roommate or my students — the people who see me every day and have to hear me rambling on and on about June 11th, 2010 — and they will testify that I am ecstatic!

With this rising anticipation blossoming inside of me each day, I find myself beginning to understand why Jesus compares himself to a groom in the Bible. Maybe that was partially for us engaged girls who need to be reminded that as exciting as getting married is, our lifelong relationship with Christ and His return are even more exciting!

I was just reading Matthew 25:1-13, the parable of the ten virgins waiting for the bridegroom. Basically, the groom (symbolizing Christ) was coming to take all ten young ladies (symbolizing Christ’s followers) to a banquet, but five of them did not have enough oil in their lamps to stay up waiting for the bridegroom. While they were out buying oil, the bridegroom came, and those five women did not get to go to the banquet.

Essentially, five of these women were distracted by something else when they should have been focused on Christ. In modern day terms, maybe they were too busy watching Entertainment Tonight and reading celebrity magazines that they weren’t thinking about God. Maybe they were caught up in becoming successful businesswomen. Maybe they were swept into the whirlwind of raising kids, keeping their husbands happy, and maintaining a clean household. But something distracted them from Jesus.

As glorious as wedding planning, raising a family, or having a career may be, I never want any of those things to steer any of my focus away from Jesus. I want my lamp to be burning brightly, so that He can see that I am waiting for Him more than I’m waiting on any life circumstance!

Getting married, having kids, finding my life’s calling, are all exciting. But I won’t find any of my fulfillment from those things. My fulfillment comes from my connection with the Bridegroom.

May all of our hope be in You, Bridegroom! May we be found captivated by the wait for the biggest wedding of all time — when we, Your Church, are united with You forever!

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13

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Perspective Shift

I’m seated next to one of my favorite places in Houston — the long, rectangular-shaped pond at Hermann Park. A few minutes ago, I was seated on the west side of the pond, which is almost completely shaded by magnificent oak trees.

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Since it’s nearly 4:30 in the afternoon, the sun is now shining down upon the east side of the pond. So while I was sitting on the west side, I couldn’t actually see into the pond. To me, it simply appeared to be an opaque, green mystery.

But after a few minutes of sitting in the shade of an oak tree, I decided that some Vitamin D and sunshine would do this pale skin some good. So I ventured to the east side of the pond, which is facing the slowly descending sun.

Here, the sun shines upon every part of the pond, revealing that the pond is not 10 feet deep as one might guess from the other side. Rather, it is only about 6-9 inches deep, filled with little rocks on the bottom.

From either vantage point, I am still looking at the same pond. But when I switched sides, I switched perspectives. I gained a totally new understanding of how deep the pond is.

Sometimes in life, we are so focused on what we can’t see — what is unclear in the future. We get frustrated because we can’t see how deep the water we’re about to tread into is. At those times, perhaps we just need to ask God for a perspective shift. He may not change our “pond,” or present circumstances, but He will give us a clearer view of our situation.

Even if your current waters are murky and deep, you can know that even “when you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.” Isaiah 43:2

Be encouraged today through a perspective shift!

One Word For The King

Oh, the prospect of worshiping You for all eternity captivates me —
That we will all be one, falling down before You,
Giving You these crowns that we held to so tightly…
One day they will be mere laurels to cast at Your feet.
Holy, holy, holy we will say for all eternity –
And in that solitary word,
Find endless reasons to adore You.

Embracing A Season Of Rest

Life is filled with so many twists and turns. One month we may be the busiest we’ve ever been, stressed to our limits, and the next month, we may be calm, cool, and collected, with everything perfectly in order.

The last month of my life has brought about so much change. Just a little over a month ago, I was still working as the online editor for a publishing company. But about two months ago, I accepted a job to teach English and journalism at a local high school starting in the fall. Most normal people would have just kept their jobs until the school year started, but I had it on my heart to go on missions this summer. Because I was going to be gone for a chunk of the summer, I prayerfully decided to quit my job before going on the trip.

So I went to the Philippines for two and a half weeks. And God did “more than my mind could conceive” (1 Corinthians 2:9-10) in such a short period of time.

Me and Angel, my God-daughter in the Philippines

Me and Angel, my God-daughter in the Philippines


Edith and I led these beautiful teenagers to accept Jesus!

Edith and I led these beautiful teenagers to accept Jesus!

Now that I’m back from the trip and re-situated to life in America, I’ve been spending the last week and a half resting. I have not had a period of rest like this since 2006 when I returned from the Philippines and was searching for my first job out of college.

I’ll admit, this period of rest has been awkward at times. I forget what it’s like to just read a book while lounging on the couch, to run around a park without having to worry about my next scheduled activity, to sit at the mall and watch ice skaters while writing a blog entry.

I’m thankful for this season. God knows what His children need. He has calmed my spirit and allowed me this time of transition so that I can be fully focused on the next task — pouring into the teenagers I will see every day in my classes.

Hey! I CAN Do All Things Through Christ Who Strengthens Me!

Do you ever get upset over the little battles in life? Someone is frustrated with you at work because you haven’t completed a project and it ruins your day. You didn’t have enough time to study for your Physics test and you make a “D.” The little problems in life can overwhelm us sometimes.

Recently I have been wishing for more Saturdays — days when I can not only relax, but be productive! For so many of us, it seems our day jobs are not what we really want to be doing, and our evenings are filled with what we really love to do! So recently I’ve been using my evenings and weekends to do some freelance editing. I love helping the friends I’m working for, but I find myself having no free time!

I was just feeling overwhelmed when I opened up this photo on my Desktop.marthonvictory

That’s right, I remind myself. God helped me run a marathon less than a month ago. If He helped me do that, He can help me do anything! Thank You, Lord, that I can do all things through You!