Thursday, June 9, 2011

I'm Still Here

Wow. It's been awhile since I posted anything. I'm still here! Still pursuing music and still trying to desire God. Not much has happened since my last post. I have since then finished reading Hurt Healer and suggest it to anyone. Haha. Umm, I have written loads of songs since then (Trying to get it all lined up for recording of my album in the Fall. Whoo!), went from being a Sophomore to a Junior, and nothing else has much happened. Haha. Pretty boring right now, but Summer's starting so it'll start getting exciting soon!! Got Canal Lake Bible Camp '11 coming up in July. I'm absolutely stoked about that. Umm, and now I've got a break from playing worship every Wednesday because Youth Group is out. Don't get me wrong, I love doing worship so much. The band was described on our last night of the summer as having"...brought the Youth to the throne." It was amazing. (You'll notice I am rambling but I just had to get this caught up.) So what does the band do at practices now? Write music for ourselves of course!! Let's see, what else can I talk about.... I think that's it. But since I feel like being kinda random I'm gonna include some of my favorite quotes below!

"Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much" - Oscar Wilde

"Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative." - Oscar Wilde

"The more I think it over, the more I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people." - Vincent van Gogh

"There are two ways of exerting one's strength: one is pushing down, the other is pulling up." - Booker T. Washington

"Music is a language that transcends race, religion, genre, and politics and simply speaks to us. It is something so unimaginably beautiful and moving that you cannot help but see that there is a God who loves us so much, that he gave us music." - Reece Ogburn

"God gives you one face, yet you make yourselves another." - William Shakespeare

Well I guess that's all for now.

Leave me a comment if you wanna hear my thoughts on anything or if you have a good topic for me to right about!


P.S. Happy Birthday Les Paul

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Hurt Healer Thoughts Part 3

Well it's been a while since I posted any thought upon HH. I have still been reading and learning from it though. So many things from this book speak to me so I'll just throw out my ideas since reading almost all of this book so far. I love people and I want to reach out to them, as I've stated before, but going through with that desire can be a hard thing. It requires sacrifice of time, energy, money and that can be so hard for me cause, well I'll just say it, I like my time, money, and energy for myself. But the outcome of helping someone with a hurting heart is so overwhelmingly satisfying. When I think about how when I reach out, I could be saving someone from the fires of Hell, I could just cry for all the times I have failed to do so. For all the times I have been too afraid. For all the times I haven't depended upon God for everything. It sickens me. However when I do reach out, I could just cry from the joy of making a difference. I know that I am forgiven for those bad times and that God lets me get up from those mistakes and keep going. Keep healing. He is so powerful, yet so merciful. He has given us the very thing that we are nothing without. He has given us life.What we do with that life. Who we touch. How we love. Where we go. Why we give. All of it should be to His glory. And I can say, unfortunately, that I have been far too guilty of losing focus of Him completely. Of getting away from His glory and running after my own. Of trying to use my music to show off how great I think I am. I want God to humble me and make me willing to show God's healing love wherever I go, whenever I go. No matter what. So dear reader, whoever you are, please pray for me to have the strength and compassion to do that. Pernah Berhenti Cinta. Never Stop Loving. 

Dear heavenly and mighty father, thank you for your overwhelming love for all mankind. Thank you for your overpowering grace to us. Help me Lord, to become even more of a Hurt Healer through my actions, words, and music. I pray this prayer over and over but I still mean it. I want to want you God. I want to show people you, through me. Help me to do that God. Help me to show LOVE. Help me to not think of myself, but think of others and what I can do to push them closer to you God. 
In Jesus' holy name,

Romans 4:7

P.S. I guess those weren't really thoughts on Hurt Healer, but thoughts inspired by Hurt Healer. Haha. Hope that you are inspired through this blog, reader.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Hurt Healer Thoughts Pt. 2

"As I look around me, I am crushed by the bitterness I see in the hearts of Christians toward abortion doctors, homosexuals, thieves, murderers, liars, druggies, whores, politicians, business competitors, other denominations, the list goes on and on."

That's a quote from Hurt Healer that I read last night that really struck me. We, as Christians in general, have so much anger, hatred, and bitterness against people who live lives of sin, or who don't follow our rules. We don't take the time to look in ourselves and see that we are the same. The ONLY difference in most of us is that we have accepted God into our hearts and received forgiveness from him. I'm not saying that all Christians are like that because they aren't, but I believe a majority of them in this day and age are. I certainly am guilty of it myself sometimes. I hear or see about that person that does this and that and I think that I'm glad I don't do that, while turning around and sinning as well. We can't call ourselves Christians and walk around judging people for doing the same things we do. We act as if our God is some excuse for acting as if we don't have him in our hearts. "It's okay, God will forgive me." We need to stop saying we are Christians and start acting like it. When we act like everyone else and call ourselves Christians, we don't show Jesus to the people around us. We don't show an example to our broken, hurting, and decimated world. My desire this year is to start showing God more, not only through my talk but also through my actions, and to not be such a hypocrite.

Dear God, thank you for being the ultimate Hurt Healer by letting your creations beat, and murder your son in the name of undying love and forgiveness for those who most of the time don't even think about you. Please let me become more like you, and help me to not judge the people around me who simply need someone to show them your love. I want to reach out to them and become a Hurt Healer. Help me to be more REAL. I want to be a true to life imitation of you God. Give me the strength to say that I mess up and that I need forgiveness just as much as everyone else. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Romans 4:7

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Hurt Healer Thoughts Pt. 1

Hurt Healer is the book by Tony Nolan that I'm currently reading. It's all about our duty to as Christians to be hurt healers to a broken world. A world entrapped by sin. During the whole book so far he has been centered around the story of the Good Samaritan. The Good Samaritan or, as Nolan has named him, the Hurt Healer, gave a lot to care for this one man. A man that he would have every reason to hate. But he chose to show love, compassion, and care to that man. Now I have a lot of trouble with doubting myself. I find myself in stuations where I think to myself "I think I can help" or "I think I know the answer" but then begin to think about all the stuff that could go wrong. What if I'm wrong? I would feel humiliated. And that prospect can stop me from reaching out to people in need. People who I can tell are hurting, but I'm too afraid to face humiliation, or rejection. I don't want to be like that anymore though. I want to be a Hurt Healer myself. In my daily life, in my music. I want to show God to the people around me without fear. So pray for me reader. So that I may help others see Jesus in me everyday.

Dear father, help me to not fear what others think. Help me to show your undying love to all those around me. Open my eyes to the pain in this world so I may reach out to others. Make me a Hurt Healer in your work. In Jesus' holy name, amen.

Romans 4:7

Friday, January 21, 2011

The Beginning

Well hello blog world,
 If you are reading this blog you probably stumbled upon it by accident or already know me. Haha. This blog is just to sort of talk about my life, my music, and my walk with God. I'm currently reading Hurt Healer by Tony Nolan, so I'll probably bo talking about what I've been getting from that but for now, goodbye, and God Bless.
Romans 4:7