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Help a Dog!

So I went back and forth in my mind deciding whether or not my blog would be an appropriate place to share this.

Well, since my friend Cody is in desperate need, the Holy Spirit is tugging my heart, and this is my blog, why not!

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This is Cody, and he is one extraordinary young man. I often take a cab to college because I can’t drive (due to health issues). Anyway, Cody picks me up a lot, and I’ve gotten to know him quite well.

Cody is in his twenties but works twelve hour shifts so he can take care of himself and his fourteen year old nephew--who he’s raising on his own. This is a guy who rarely complains and has a sweet heart, but is now devastated to find out his eight year old dog Elvira has tumors.

Elvira needs surgery to remove the tumors before they become cancerous. If they get them out in time, then she can live several more years! But with all that Cody has on his plate, he’s finding it hard to come up with the money.

This is a man who loves his dog, and most of us can sympathize because we also have fur babies! If you can, I’m asking you to please consider donating to Elvira’s Go Fund Me.

Even if you can’t donate (which is totally fine), please keep Cody and Elvira in your prayers that he will get the money, and that God’s love and healing would surround them. Thanks so much for reading and supporting!

https://www.gofundme.com/zxxfu2pg

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Moments

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Sometimes in the moments

Of a quietly darkened night,

I wonder what there is to be  thankful for.

All the hurt, the lies, and the fear of this world

Make me doubt for anything more.

But then  You find me–

Ripening my soul with the sweetest touch.

It’s the sunlight that comes through the dusty window,

Or the feeling of the crisp winter air at my face.

Because I know that every minute can be spent

Wasted in my weary mind,

Or they can be used to paint the world with Your vivid colors.

Every laughter and cry

Is a gift that must be cherished,

Because they mean that life happened here.

Even in weakness there is beauty–

Just as a feather alone falls from grace,

With You it joins and takes perfect flight.

Though a heart may shatter

It can be made new.

Though someone may take it and leave it full of cracks,

You can fill them with Your love.

I take a minute and close my eyes–

Hearing Your whisper in the wind.

You give me breath when

I have nothing left to spare,

And You give me life when all my will is gone.

Every song is a prayer to heaven,

Reaching  up to You in the moments

Of this quietly darkened night.

–Written by Emily S. at fearfullywonderfullyme.com

Please feel free to comment and share! I only ask that you link back to my blog. Thanks for reading! I pray that you have a Happy Thanksgiving. May you find little moments to be still and drink in the presence of our Heavenly Father.

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How I'm Surviving Midterms (As Told by Memes)

What have I been up to this week?

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Yup. This is going to be a post that’s filled to the brim with memes about midterms. I’m sure all of you other college students (or graduates) can sympathize with me here.

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So how am I doing? Well, to be honest sometimes I really don’t feel like I know what I’m doing (economics I’m looking at you). It’s helpful that I am able to use notes on half of my exams though!

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Seriously though…four??

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But I know God is with me giving me strength! We can do this everyone! I find prayer and caffeine to be the most effective techniques for studying.

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And when the week is over, I know I will feel victorious! All I can do is study and trust God to help me. In the words of my good friend Janae: “Fake it ’till you make it.”
Hope you enjoyed this post and laughed a little bit! As always, thanks for reading. Please feel free to comment and share 🙂

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How to Live By God's Spirit

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As Christians, there is a common scenario that is probably familiar to all of us: someone gets hurt or sick and we pray for them to be healed. However, that’s also when those feelings of doubt can come creeping in and we wonder, “what if they’re not healed?”

This has troubled me for quite some time. I have witnessed healings and miracles, and I fully believe in the active presence of the Holy Spirit. However, just like everyone else, even I have doubts. I get frustrated when my prayers aren’t answered right away, and sometimes I can’t help but wonder if it was because I didn’t pray hard enough.

Like I said before, we can all probably relate to these times of unanswered prayer. But we are missing something…This isn’t about us!

Once again, I find myself writing these words. This is the truth–it’s all about Jesus. We can’t make our prayers come true no matter how often or how hard we pray. We are not God, and I think that’s quite a relief! Even though we might not see all of our prayers answered right away, we have to understand that God will work everything out for our good and His glory in the end. 

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28 KJV).

You see, none of us can really view the whole picture from where we’re at right now; we’re only allowed tiny glimpses. I truly believe that in the end, when we are face to face with Jesus, we will see how our prayers affected not just our own lives–but the lives of those around us. 

Last Friday I was supposed to tell you about my new position as Youth Leader for the student ministry of my local church (and of course I forgot). I feel so honored to be a part of this ministry; It is truly amazing how God will use us if we ask and are willing to step outside our comfort zones!

While at one of our worship nights, I heard the youth pastor say something that really struck me: when we do things for others and step out in faith to pray for people, we are elevating Jesus above ourselves!

When we are truly living life for God, we begin to realize that we are not the ones to be glorified–Jesus is. 

 Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life (John 12:24-25 NIV). 

We are this kernel of wheat! Next time you find yourself stepping out in faith, whether it be through prayer, missions, a new career, or even just talking to somebody new–remember that your act of obedience and love is enough. Living by the Holy Spirit does not mean that we are responsible for miracles and saving the world. It is all about being obedient and stepping out in faith, trusting God to take care of the rest. 

Thanks for reading! Please feel free to comment and share 🙂

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I Need Your Help!

Happy Sunday fellow followers and readers! Normally I don’t post on Sundays, but this is important. My old friend from high school, Olivia, is fighting like a champion to recover form a serious blood infection. She is a twenty year old young lady, who is one of the sweetest people I know from school.

Olivia has had over a liter of pus drained from her stomach, surgeries, and is on a breathing tube. She almost died, but is now on the road to recovery! On behalf of this daughter of God and her family, I am asking that you pray for her. Please pray for healing for her lungs, liver, and kidneys, 

It’s also important that you pray for protection against other infections since her body is so vulnerable right now. Olivia was always super nice to me and a joy to talk to. Of all the “popular” kids, she always was kind to nerds like me. I’m rooting for her recovery, and I also want us all to pray for her family.

Olivia’s family has set up a Go Fund Me account. Now there is no pressure here, but you may want to check it out. The page goes into more detail on her illness and what to pray for. If God moves your spirit to donate, then please do. Either way, the most important thing we can do right now is pray so God moves in and heals her!

#teamolivia (use this hashtag on Facebook with your prayers!)

http://www.gofundme.com/en2h8mmw

Thanks for your support! Please feel free to share this post so we can get more prayers 🙂

Love, Emily <3

Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven (James 5:14-15 NIV).

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