Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Rwanda


Hey Everyone! I'm trying to complete my senior Internship by traveling with my schools Psychology Department to Rwanda, Africa September 19-30, 2014. This trip will provide me an opportunity to work with children and adolescence in Rwanda while fulfilling the coursework and requirements of my Internship. You may be aware of the horrible genocide that took place there in 1994. I'm sure you've probably seen the movie Hotel Rwanda. In that genocide over 500,000 people were killed. As you may imagine it takes a while for a county to come back after something like that. My school is adamant about helping the people of Rwanda find restoration. On our trip in September we'll get to minister and bring aid to the children there. Most importantly though we'll be able to show them Christ's love which will bring about the true healing.This internship will cost around $3,875 in addition to the costs associated with a three credit course + $165 for my passport and $100 for supplies. If you could help me reach my goal it would be much appreciated. God Bless!!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Being a Christian

God showed me last night why we have such a dependence on Pastors (especially here in America). It's because we feel we don't have time to be "bothered" with Jesus so we'll let someone else go to Him for us. Then we need them to tell us what to do while we go on living our lives - back to your regularly scheduled program. Here's how it looks... Monday-Saturday: you say, "I'm just doin me." Sunday: Pastor said we're fasting this week, so I guess I'm fasting. Next week, Monday-Saturday: "I'm just doin me." Sunday: Pastor said we should go out evangelizing, so I guess I'm evangelizing. And thus are my godly requirements fulfilled. But, being a Christian does not mean I go to church and follow my Pastor or leaders it means I follow Christ. "Christianos" is the Greek word for Christian which is used in the New Testament and means "a follower of Christ"1. In 1 Corinthians 11:1 Paul says, "Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ." In the Greek follower is translated as "an imitator"2. How can you imitate someone when you know nothing about them? If you call yourself a Christian you need to get to know Christ intimately, the one you claim to be following. You many ask, "How do I do this Shyla?" I would say simply seek Him out for yourself. Talk to Him and wait for Him to talk back. "But I don't know what He sounds like?" This is where faith comes into play. Jesus said you do: "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me" (John 10:27). So who are you going to believe? Jesus? Or what you think? Remember, "for whatsoever is not of faith is sin" (Rom. 14:23). We are to live our lives believing, no matter what it looks like, the words of God is the truth. "So, am I going to hear an audible voice as if I was talking to you?" I can't answer that. God chooses how He wants to speak to people, but I will tell you that if it's not an audible voice it will most likely be the voice that you hear inside yourself on a normal basis that you play off as just you thinking. God will use that "inner" voice to speak to you you just have to get out of yourself and say "I believe this is you Lord, so speak." Another thing I've learned is that God likes to use our imagination to show us things and even take us places (we call them visions). When you begin to tell God to speak to you and show things don't just dismiss those sometimes random images that flash in your mind. Ask God what it means or what He's trying to show you.

I pray that Christians would get tired of having hand-me-down and regurgitated words from those we esteem highly and would start going to their Father for themselves. He doesn't want to just use you as a drone to do His bidding, but He wants to get to know you and to have a relationship with His bride. Just as a warning remember what Jesus said, "Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’" (Mat. 7:21-23).

1.“Christianos,” Blue Letter Bible, December 29, 2013, accessed December 29, 2013, http://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=G5546&t=KJV.
2.“Mimētēs,” Blue Letter Bible, December 29, 2013, accessed December 29, 2013, http://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=G3402&t=KJV.

Friday, August 16, 2013

"You Can't Judge Me!"

Just ran across a Christian websites facebook page and they received an email from someone saying they were wrong for judging. I don't know what they were being accused of "judging" but I see this most often when a Christian says someone is committing some type of sin (ie: homosexual lifestyle, lying, cheating, sex outside marriage, etc...). Then you get someone that comes back and says you cannot judge me/them only God can judge and I would have to say you are CORRECT! Jesus said, "Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you" (Matthew 7:1-2). Only God can judge when speaking of legal judgment like passing "legal judgment on; [to] pass sentence on (a person); to decide or settle authoritatively; conclude about or assess" (Dictionary.com, 2013). This is correct because only God knows the heart of a man ("But the LORD said to Samuel, 'Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.'" 1 Samuel 16:7). This does not mean that we cannot point out something someone is doing that is contrary to the word of God as we are called to help build one another in Christ and His qualities. 2 Timothy 3:16 says, "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work." God tells us that we'll know what someone is about by their conduct. Matthew 7:16 says, "By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?" So, can we tell someone that by what we see them doing that their final verdict is Hell? No. But can we tell someone that what they are doing is against God's will (based on what we know from the word) and living in this warrants Hell? Yes. We are called to preach the unadulterated truth of Christ. Those who have truly received Christ have received a heart change and with that comes a life change. We will know you by your fruit. Reference: judge. (n.d.). Dictionary.com Unabridged. Retrieved August 16, 2013, from Dictionary.com website: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/judge

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

God Knows What He's Doing

God has been moving so mightily in our family this year! He’s really been drawing us closer in Him. He’s placed this desire in me to tell the world that if you are God’s child (which means you've cried out to Him for salvation) He IS speaking to you. The only question is, are you listening? He desires to have an intimate relationship with His children. Just as in The Bible it says “Adam knew his wife” (Gen 4:1) when speaking about them coming together intimately. He wants to “know” us. Anywho, here’s a story of how God spoke to my husband and I and how He moved in a GREAT way. God had placed this family that I’d seen at church a few times on my heart. He told me to give my daughter’s clothes (that were too small for her) to them. So I would look for them after church whenever I’d see them there, but they were always gone before I could get to them. A couple of months later I finally caught them and we ended up setting a meeting place so I could drop off the clothes. After I met up with them and gave them the clothes God was telling me to ask them if they were OK. I didn't know this couple and didn't want to seem nosey so I brushed it off. But as I was driving away I feel God tugging at me like “You should have asked them if they were OK.” It couldn't have been anymore than 2-3 minutes and I got a text from the wife asking if they could borrow $12-$20. I told them that was no problem, but asked if they could come pick it up at my house because I had just pulled into the parking lot. While I was waiting for them God told me to talk with them and see if everything was ok. I called the wife to see if they wouldn't mind coming up for a second when they got to the house, but she seemed hesitant (I would be to being as we didn't really know each other). I ended up just talking the money down to her, but I let her know I just wanted to talk with them to see if everything was OK. She reassured me that they were fine, took the money (graciously) and left. Maybe 10-15 minutes later she calls me and tells me that she let pride get in the way and that they were not OK. They had been struggling to get gas money and had no food in the house. God told me to take her shopping. When I was leaving the house my husband told me to spend for them like we were rich. Get them whatever they wanted because that’s what Jesus would do. You have to know that my family is very tight right now and the only money for food that we have is food stamps (which is what we were going to use to help this family). Once our stamps are gone we’re done for the month. Anywho, when I got to the store Satan tried to creep in with fear that my family wouldn't have enough to make it through the rest of the month now. I called to see how much money was left on my EBT card and it was not as much as I thought, but God had issued a command to bless them. When we got into the store the wife got a few items and then came up to me and asked if she was getting too much. I told her that she needed to get everything they needed and so I asked her, “Is that everything you need?” She looked at her cart and said, “Well I guess not everything I ‘need’ because I guess I don’t need these Swiss Rolls.” I reassured her that she needed to get EVERYTHING that her family needed. She then said she would go and get some rice and a few more things and that would be it. Then her husband called my phone looking for her because her phone wasn't working. I only had 1 minute left on my phone so they couldn't talk. He then called the store to talk to her. The store paged her over the intercom and she went and spoke with him. I didn't know this till later, but God had let me know exactly what he was saying to her. When she hung up the phone she went through the store and came back with a lot more food and I was happy that she felt good enough to get what they actually needed. Her husband ends up calling my husband some days later and expresses his gratitude for what we had done. He said it was such a blessing to be able to eat well, even with the simple thing like having hot sauce for their food was a major blessing. He also told my husband that when he called his wife that day he asked her what I told them they could get and she let him know that I had told her to get whatever they needed. He said he then instructed her on what she needed to go and get. As I said earlier God had told me EXACTLY what was being said. I heard her husband saying “ OK, so get this. And this. And this. And this…” and so on and so on. What a mighty God we serve that even when I made the mistake of not listening to His voice the first time that He’d spoken He still rectified the situation and was able to bless His children that were in need. Not only that, but He was also able to further affirm to me that His sheep truly do know His voice (John 10:27).