Friday, March 27, 2015

#WeGetDressed

I was challenged by a blog post from Chrystal Evans Hurst.  I love following her blogs and podcasts.  She has challenged us to make an effort to get dressed and to snap a photo and post it on Instagram.  I have really enjoyed doing this. It's been an interesting challenge.  I don't have a lot of problem in this area, but I do need to be challenged to do more things.  

Chrystal pointed out that God is very detailed in the instructions for the priestly garments in Exodus.  He gave some purpose for it, but he also wanted them beautiful.  God loves beauty.  It's seen in His creation. The trees, flowers, mountains, etc.  Creation is beautiful.  It may have been cursed after sin entered into the world, but there is still beauty there.  

I will try to post the weeks worth of pictures next week.  

Friday, March 20, 2015

I am a Gospel story!!

Why are their 4 Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) in the Bible?  Three of those are very similar in what they tell of Jesus' life, but still there are 4 total.  Tonight I had the opportunity to be reminded of the answer to this question. I had learned this in my studies at Bible College and so did our speaker.  A friend of mine from that Bible College, Greg Wagoner, spoke at my church's first night of mission conference.  I was thankful for his challenge in tonight's message.  He brought out the four different faces that the gospel writings present Jesus as...

Lion - Matthew presents to the Jews that Christ is KING 
The theme verse of Matthew is from 1:21 "She will give birth to a son, and you are to name Him Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins." The goal is to REPENT - Matthew 3:2 "and saying, 'Repent, because the kingdom of heave has come near!'"

Ox - Mark presents to the Romans Christ is SERVANT 
The theme verse of Mark is from 8:35 "For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of Me and the gospel will save it."  The goal is to HAVE FAITH - Mark 11:22 "Jesus replied to them, 'Have faith in God.'"

Man - Luke presents to the Greeks that Christ is the SON OF MAN 
The theme verse of Luke is from 19:10 "For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save the lost." The goal is that we CAN'T SERVE GOD AND MAMMON - Luke 16:13 "No household slave can be the slave of two masters, since either he will hate one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the others.  You can't be slaves to both God and money."

Eagle - John presents to the world that Christ is the SON OF GOD
The theme verse is, of course, John 3:16 "For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life."  The goal is to BE BORN AGAIN - John 3:7 "Do not be amazed that I told you that you must be born again."

Now...these are the four gospels in the Bible...however I'm a gospel story too!  In 2 Corinthians 3:2-5, Paul writes "You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, recognized and read by everyone. It is clear that you are Christ's letter, produced by us, not written with ink but with the Spirit of the living God -- not on stone tablets but on tablets that are hearts of flesh."  So, I need to allow God to write His story on my life.  While Greg was preaching tonight...the song below came into my mind and I really like how it talks about us being an empty page for God to write Your story on it.  I am an epistle...a living epistle. Take a look at my story, by watching my life and how I live it.  May God be glorified in it...because after all I have been changed.  Jesus came to earth, died on the cross (became my sacrifice) for my sins, was buried...but that wasn't the end.  He rose again on the third day.  So...Jesus paid it all...and I accepted that free gift from Him.  Therefore, I'm a Gospel story.  

Chris August writes "I've wasted chances to speak up and make some noise, why do I let these moments pass me by...Everybody ought to know...I will sing about Your love, I will shout it to the sky, I will tell of what you've done, when the people ask me why, I live my life this way I'll say that I am unashamed of you....I feel like a preacher, I've got something to say, I'm treating right now like it's now or never, I could talk about the weather, could talk about nothing all day, I rather talk about what lasts forever...Everybody needs to know, that I will sing about Your love, I will shout it to the sky, I will tell of what you done, and when the people ask me why I live my life this way I'll say that I am unashamed of the gospel, the cross, the good news for the lost, the blood that spilled down Calvary's hill, for what Your grace did and what Your grace does, oh I am unashamed of the name Jesus..."

That's what I want my life to speak to people. I want them to know I love Jesus and what He did for me...and they can have that gift too!  It's FREE!!! It didn't cost me anything to accept, but it cost Jesus His life...however...He gave it WILLINGLY...why?  BECAUSE HE LOVED THE WORLD!!!


Scriptures quotes from HCSB

Thursday, March 19, 2015

My Voice Experience

What a great time I had with my audition for The Voice.  I didn't get picked during my audition, but it was really fun to take the opportunity to audition.

The photo to the right is me at work.  I found this advertisement in a magazine, so I wanted to do my practice voice pose.  

If I were to have been picked I'm not sure which judge I would choose. I do like Adam, because he has been there from the beginning, but I love Pharrell.  He's very talented...and also adorable!  However, my momma loves Blake, so I think momma would want me to pick him.  LOL!!

So, I'm gonna give some details of how the audition process is...it's a pretty cool process.  I know a lot of people were disappointed, but I honestly enjoyed my experience and really had a great time.  I think part of my enjoyment was that I didn't expect to get picked.  I sing (mostly at church).  I'm comfortable there, and I love singing. However, I don't sing because people think I'm a good singer. I sing because I want to use my voice to glorify God. He's the reason I sing.  Anyway...having that attitude of just wanting to do my best, I was able to walk out of the audition room with my head held high knowing that I did my best and I didn't forget my words - which is a major accomplishment for me.  I have forgotten my words a few times at church when I have sang and it's a humbling experience.

This was my audition outfit.  I love the company pieces to peaces.  My niece Karis introduced me to her website.  She sells the cutest headbands and beanies and has branched out into t-shirts too.  I like this one #lumberjane combining it with the lumberjack headband is really fun. I had a great hair day too!

I had a long walk to the end of the line.  My audition time was 2 pm. I took a cab from the college where I was staying to Navy Pier.  The driver let me out and I began my walk.  Part of it was outside, but I went inside and began finding the signs for where to go.  This was a really LONG walk. 

 Went through the whole pier only to end up outside again...got a great shot of the Chicago skyline. I loved this city.  It was fun walking almost everywhere I went with my niece, but a couple of times I was able to take an uber, the bus and the subway. 
It was pretty cold there...was thankful for my new boots because they kept my feet warm even though there was ice on the lake.

 I got to meet some really cool people. One of them had tried out before and was able to inform us what to expect.  We had to stand outside for quite awhile.  I was so cold, but was able to warm up once we got inside. 
 I was able to get this shot with the banner behind me.  This was in a room where there were 6 lines in front of a row of tables.  The girl at the table went through your information and stapled it together.  You had a band on your arm as well as a hand stamp.
My hand stamp. I didn't get the photo taken when it was fresh, but still wanted a photo of it.

 We had two holding rooms where we sat and waiting to be in the audition room.  This room was huge and we had the opportunity to hit the restrooms, and grab something the eat while we waited. 
This is the back of the room.  It's pretty long and there was a line of chairs that were in groups of 10 down the side that went first before I got the opportunity to go. 

 This is the second holding room. This is the back of the room.  This room was fun to be in...until we had a diva walk into the room and crunched on our fun. However, we banded together and was able to continue to enjoy the time in here. 
 This girl in the pink was the diva of this room. Someone had began singing and she turned around and said to be quiet, but then someone else began singing anyway and we all started again.  It was really fun to be in this room and helped with nerves.

After this room, they called 10 at a time.  There were three kids in my group, so there were 3 adults who were also in there beside the girl from the casting company.  She introduced herself to us and explained the process - we would sing a verse and chorus.  She would keep her head down and listen and then after everyone had a turn, she would give further instructions.

I was first to go in my group.  I was glad to be able to go first.  One to get it over with...the other so I could just sit back and enjoy the rest of the auditions.  It was really nice to be able to hear the others.  In my group no one went further than that auditions.  The girl from the casting office, thanked us for coming and giving our time to do the auditions.  She also said for us to continue pursuing our dreams and to come back and try again.  I was hoping that I would be able to meet Anthony Evans, Jr., who is one of the people that works with the casting company...however, I am glad he wasn't the one to tell me "no." 

It was nice to be able to spend time with my niece who is going to college at Moody Bible Institute.  Also nice to be able to spend the nights with her. 

My adventure was fun.  I'm so glad that I did it and maybe I'll try again.