Wednesday, April 28, 2010

... HOPE ...

I don't know why, but recently the word "hope" had been floating around and around in my head. I mean, when we look out at the world and see the desperate condition that it is in, where is hope? Dare we hope? Dare we dream? Dare we wish? I know that its not just me; millions of people have had their dreams crushed by different things. So where is hope in all of this? Where can we find hope in the world where there seems to be absolutely no hope? As I was contemplating this and playing around on my guitar, a song came out. It was something of an accident ... check it out ...

Is there any way for me to have hope everyday of my life?
I must find a way for me to have hope
and loosen the chains that bind my life.
Everywhere I look I am mistaken,
'cause ever bit of hope had been taken.

Then I hear a Voice calling out to me,
"Here is hope for you and everybody.
And this hope, it is in Me;
come and drink that water that will make you free.
Hope is in Me".

This hope isn't cheap, it was bought with a price,
just for you and for me.
But it's free to those who would like
to be free from the hopelessness in their lives.
Some have tried to find it different places,
but they just walk around in empty mazes.

I hear a Voice calling out to me,
"Here is hope for you and everybody.
And this hope, it is in Me;
come and drink the water that will make you free.
Hope is in Me".

You may think that I'm telling lies,
so come and see for your own eyes.
This is not some temporary hope;
it's real .... it's real ....

I hear a Voice calling out to me,
"Here is hope for you and everybody.
And this hope, it is in Me;
come and drink the water that will make you free.
Hope is in Me".

I've found a way for me to have hope everyday of my life ....

© Alonda Denise 2010

One thing that we forget on a regular basis is that hope, all hope, can only be found in Jesus. Man, without Jesus there is no hope! I know that recently we've heard a lot about hope, but real hope ... is only and exclusively in God ... Thank God for hope ... !

Monday, April 26, 2010

Confusion Confusion ... why so confused?

Well, life has been okay as of late. Sort of ... only one little itty bitty problem. I don't know what to do with my life!!!! It looks like I will be getting my GED soon. Thats a good thing, I suppose. But then what? I absolutely refuse to sit around home being a bummy teenager doing nothing. Either I need to work or I need to go to school. I love helping people and I also love Biology so I'm thinking about going into nursing. With this nursing shortage it seems like one of the best options. But alas! I don't know if thats what I should do! Ahhhh!! My life has just shifted into 5th gear and is picking up speed. I hope this thing doesn't spin out of control. The crazy thing is I just want to do what God would have me to do ... but I don't think I know what that is ... ! Confusion ... I know that I'm only 16 but I'm the kind of person that likes to be on top of things. I don't like to feel that I'm out of control. But being that way makes it a lot harder for me to just let go and let God. Sometimes I ask myself: Do I really know who I am? I mean, really? And I have to say no. Only God know's who I really am. With that knowledge, I have no business trying to run my own show and direct my own life because I would pick something that I think I would like and end up hating it. I don't know me. Sometimes thats a little hard to accept, but the truth is the truth! Well, I do believe that leaving it in God's infinite hands is the best way to go. Even though I'm something of a control freak and I don't like to be out of control, I know that my life without God would be a disaster. The awesome thing is, God can take my ultimate disaster and create something of a beautiful disaster. Yup, thats me ... a beautiful disaster ... ! O wait, I don't know who I am ... h'mmm ... =)

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Vent of Pent Up Feelings ...

Sometimes I wonder why I bother with this blogging business when I know pretty much no one reads it (:P). O well ... I have come to the wacky conclusion that, on a general scale and excluding my brothers, guys cause problems. Yes, I know that is a blanket statement and that there are exceptions to every rule. I'm just saying that the majority of the guys that I come in contact with are, well ... problems (and you know that is totally not my fault!). Where are the gentlemen that will open doors for ladies, help them down steps, stand when they enter and leave a room, and throw their coats on the ground so the lady doesn't have to step in the puddle (okay, I'll admit that is a bit extreme)? Why does it seem that the entire (teenage) population of the male gender has completely dissolved into jerks? Ahh, a startling observation, no? Well, of course things don't happen without a reason. And there is a reason. I think that I shall leave it up to you to figure it out (if you simply can't, ask me). So what is the remedy? Stay away from all guys under 18!!! Haha, yes I'm kidding. You really can't do that. I have found that when you begin to treat all people (including jerky guys) with kindness, somehow it helps them to treat you nicer as well. Not in all situations; there have been people that are mean no matter what you do. But as a general rule I have found that the guys are usually craving attention and affirmation (as a lot of girls are too) and that when you show them kindness and treat them like they really are people and men they will usually treat you a much better than they would have originally done. Wait; am I contradicting myself? Now I'm confused ... O well, you get the point! :)

Friday, April 2, 2010

Must keep blogging; Must keep blogging; Must keep blogging ...

Okkkaaayyyy.... So life has been throwing some interesting stuff at me lately, but its all good. Thank God for the weekend! I am so looking forward to relaxing and just enjoying the Sabbath. And Spring is here! Actually, Fall is my favorite time of year but I do appreciate Spring after a long Winter and all the beautiful blossoms! It makes you think about how significant it is the Jesus arose in the Spring. I mean, for some people Winter is harsh and cold and then, almost overnight it seems, Spring comes out! The trees have flowers! The days are longer! I am so thankful that Jesus arose. He died, yes, but He would have just been good teacher, a man that taught us how to live better lives, had He not arisen. But God beat back the forces of darkness that sought to keep Him in the tomb and brought His Son back to life. Because of that we can have confidence that our loved ones that are sleeping now in Jesus will be brought back to life again. Think about it; Jesus never encountered death without winning. From Lazarus to the Widow of Nain, to Moses and then to Himself. Death has no power when Jesus is present and one day He will eradicate it permanently. I look forward to that day... :)