…. I feel like this so much…. 0_0

…. I feel like this so much…. 0_0

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Home

Ahh! I forgot how good it is to be home. To sit in my parents’ house and drink coffee with my Daddy. It is so simply refreshing after 2 months of craziness.

Even to sit in a Bakersfield starbucks doing work… sooo much better then being in Berkeley surrounded by reminders of stress and broken past attempts at doing things…. I am so blessed to be home. :) 

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"Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer,
who formed you from the womb:
“I am the Lord, who made all things,
who alone stretched out the heavens,
who spread out the earth by myself,
who frustrates the signs of liars
and makes fools of diviners,
who turns wise men back
and makes their knowledge foolish,
who confirms the word of his servant
and fulfills the counsel of his messengers,
who says of Jerusalem, ‘She shall be inhabited,’
and of the cities of Judah, ‘They shall be built,
and I will raise up their ruins’;
who says to the deep, ‘Be dry;
I will dry up your rivers’;
who says of Cyrus, ‘He is my shepherd,
and he shall fulfill all my purpose’;
saying of Jerusalem, ‘She shall be built,’
and of the temple, ‘Your foundation shall be laid.’”"

— Isaiah 44:24-28

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.For the law of the Spirit of lifehas set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.  For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin,he condemned sin in the flesh,  in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. - Romans 8:1-4

 

Jesus, may you conquer the sin and death in my broken life!  

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Pledge ditch on the 2nd week. We have THE best pledges 😊😘 #alphadeltachi #bestpledges #almostbeatsmine #justkidding #pledgeditch (at Doe Library)

God makes beautiful things out of us. 

wsupashley:

Pledge ditch on the 2nd week. We have THE best pledges 😊😘 #alphadeltachi #bestpledges #almostbeatsmine #justkidding #pledgeditch (at Doe Library)

God makes beautiful things out of us. 

Today was a truly good day. At the end of it, I feel so so so blessed. I got to have time to go to class, get a bit of studying done, have a good talk with a friend, and get “kidnapped” by ADX’s lovely pledges.

Really, they just asked me to take a walk with them to Unit 3, where we had adventures, they did my hair, and fed me tasty food. After a few hours of enjoying each other’s company, the pledges led the actives on a quest to find me and my lovely friend G, all ending in a joyous party, and good fellowship. 

I just feel so blessed to be a part of what God is doing in this house and to see all of the lovely people that God is bringing together. I am so excited to see how this adventure turns out and to see the greater work that God is doing. It was a good day. 

andrewdavidkuo:

The True Gospel - Look to Jesus, Not to the World
Something that’s been on my mind lately is that the good news of Jesus Christ has to be good news to us for today, and not for tomorrow. Not in hope for a future tomorrow but in a hope of a future with Christ.
God did not promise health or wealth, success or influence, or freedom from pain and suffering. 
Although the Kingdom of God is at hand - and that healing and restoration is a part of the Gospel message here on Earth - emotionally, physically, relationally, and most important - spiritually: what God truly promises is that one day - those who believe in Jesus Christ and the words that He spoke will one day be with God himself in a new existence that is free from the brokenness of the now caused by our sin and the sin of others and that we can begin to start living this true Life right now.
What this means practically in life is this: it seems like I’m always asking God for things; which is not bad in and of itself, because God knows we need these things - but often times, I ask for things because I think they will give me what only God can give me in Christ Jesus. 
I want Love! Pulsing passionately through the caverns of my heart.
I want Joy! Beaming from the depths of my soul.
I want Peace! Washing calm over the surfaces of my countenance.
The question is - where do you get these things? 
The answer is - in God through Christ Jesus.
As humans, we’ll look and look in this world to find these things. Look to a job to feel secure and safe, look to exciting adventures for joy and happiness, look to friendships and relationships for love - and yet at the same time feeling empty and at loss because all these things inevitably fail us. How many times have I worried about finding a job; once finding a job - only to worry about how to grow my career or just keep the job? A search for security and peace of mind that still does not end no matter how successful I become. It’s not too difficult to extrapolate that to any area of our lives where our being simply longs for something more to fill the chasms of our souls. 
Friendships fail us. Careers fail us. This world fails us.
You see, we’re looking for people and things to bring us the love, joy, and peace we’re looking for - but the truth is - God asks us not to ask for these things, but to ask for the love, joy, and peace themselves - because they are found in Him!
Luke 11:13 tells us to ask the Father for the Holy Spirit:
“If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
Basically - sometimes, it feels like God is opposed to our happiness. When He’s not answering our prayers the way we would like Him to - we think He is out to get us. This is completely contradictory to His nature. He desires to bless us, and He desires that we would prosper! He has promised to give us everything we need, and He desires that our lives would be overflowing with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. So what does He do? Primarily, He gives us himself in the Holy Spirit! - and not the things we think will give us these things - so that we would have these things regardless of our circumstances in our lives. 
I know this is hard to imagine and harder to say, but it’s what’s in the Bible. A mature spirit-filled Christian will be overflowing with these nine characteristics regardless if they are being tortured in a prison cell, dying of cancer, or jobless and single for years after coming out of college. I know I know I know and realize that I can’t even begin to imagine or empathize with depths of suffering that some people are going through; even some of the situations I just listed are pretty tough to imagine to go through - but I write this post as a way of exhorting myself and others to look to the Gospel again - and fight to put our hope and trust in Jesus and not in this world. As I was recently reminded of this, I think a lot of us need this reminder too - to lift the gloom and doom off our faces and put a little red and laughter in them.
So let’s stop looking out to the things of this world to quench the deepest thirsts in us and start looking to God and ask Him - ask God for the Holy Spirit - for God himself - that we may begin to live. 
[Practically, you should read your Bible, pray, go to a Bible believing church to teach you how to read the Bible]
 Look to Jesus - that He loved us by giving up His life for us, dying for our sins, rising again so that we would be free from being enslaved to sin, and looking to Him to come back to bring us into His loving arms.
As we begin to live - imagine what would happen. Imagine what would happen if you found true joy despite whatever abysmal situation you were in. Imagine if you felt true love despite being alone for many years. Imagine if you had true peace in your life even when it seemed that everything about your future was crumbling around you. 
Imagine - if that were to happen. I think we would truly begin to see what the Kingdom of Heaven looks like - and perhaps because of that - begin to see the Kingdom of Heaven here on earth.

andrewdavidkuo:

The True Gospel - Look to Jesus, Not to the World

Something that’s been on my mind lately is that the good news of Jesus Christ has to be good news to us for today, and not for tomorrow. Not in hope for a future tomorrow but in a hope of a future with Christ.

God did not promise health or wealth, success or influence, or freedom from pain and suffering. 

Although the Kingdom of God is at hand - and that healing and restoration is a part of the Gospel message here on Earth - emotionally, physically, relationally, and most important - spiritually: what God truly promises is that one day - those who believe in Jesus Christ and the words that He spoke will one day be with God himself in a new existence that is free from the brokenness of the now caused by our sin and the sin of others and that we can begin to start living this true Life right now.

What this means practically in life is this: it seems like I’m always asking God for things; which is not bad in and of itself, because God knows we need these things - but often times, I ask for things because I think they will give me what only God can give me in Christ Jesus. 

I want Love! Pulsing passionately through the caverns of my heart.

I want Joy! Beaming from the depths of my soul.

I want Peace! Washing calm over the surfaces of my countenance.

The question is - where do you get these things? 

The answer is - in God through Christ Jesus.

As humans, we’ll look and look in this world to find these things. Look to a job to feel secure and safe, look to exciting adventures for joy and happiness, look to friendships and relationships for love - and yet at the same time feeling empty and at loss because all these things inevitably fail us. How many times have I worried about finding a job; once finding a job - only to worry about how to grow my career or just keep the job? A search for security and peace of mind that still does not end no matter how successful I become. It’s not too difficult to extrapolate that to any area of our lives where our being simply longs for something more to fill the chasms of our souls.

Friendships fail us. Careers fail us. This world fails us.

You see, we’re looking for people and things to bring us the love, joy, and peace we’re looking for - but the truth is - God asks us not to ask for these things, but to ask for the love, joy, and peace themselves - because they are found in Him!

Luke 11:13 tells us to ask the Father for the Holy Spirit:

“If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

Basically - sometimes, it feels like God is opposed to our happiness. When He’s not answering our prayers the way we would like Him to - we think He is out to get us. This is completely contradictory to His nature. He desires to bless us, and He desires that we would prosper! He has promised to give us everything we need, and He desires that our lives would be overflowing with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. So what does He do? Primarily, He gives us himself in the Holy Spirit! - and not the things we think will give us these things - so that we would have these things regardless of our circumstances in our lives. 

I know this is hard to imagine and harder to say, but it’s what’s in the Bible. A mature spirit-filled Christian will be overflowing with these nine characteristics regardless if they are being tortured in a prison cell, dying of cancer, or jobless and single for years after coming out of college. I know I know I know and realize that I can’t even begin to imagine or empathize with depths of suffering that some people are going through; even some of the situations I just listed are pretty tough to imagine to go through - but I write this post as a way of exhorting myself and others to look to the Gospel again - and fight to put our hope and trust in Jesus and not in this world. As I was recently reminded of this, I think a lot of us need this reminder too - to lift the gloom and doom off our faces and put a little red and laughter in them.

So let’s stop looking out to the things of this world to quench the deepest thirsts in us and start looking to God and ask Him - ask God for the Holy Spirit - for God himself - that we may begin to live.

[Practically, you should read your Bible, pray, go to a Bible believing church to teach you how to read the Bible]

Look to Jesus - that He loved us by giving up His life for us, dying for our sins, rising again so that we would be free from being enslaved to sin, and looking to Him to come back to bring us into His loving arms.

As we begin to live - imagine what would happen. Imagine what would happen if you found true joy despite whatever abysmal situation you were in. Imagine if you felt true love despite being alone for many years. Imagine if you had true peace in your life even when it seemed that everything about your future was crumbling around you. 

Imagine - if that were to happen. I think we would truly begin to see what the Kingdom of Heaven looks like - and perhaps because of that - begin to see the Kingdom of Heaven here on earth.

On Rest.

 Moses said to the Lord, “See, you say to me, ‘Bring up this people,’ but you have not let me know whom you will send with me… Now therefore, if I have found favor in your sight, please show me now your ways, that I may know you in order to find favor in your sight. Consider too that this nation is your people.” 14 And he said, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” 15 And he said to him, “If your presence will not go with me, do not bring us up from here. 16 For how shall it be known that I have found favor in your sight, I and your people?Is it not in your going with us, so that we are distinct, I and your people, from every other people on the face of the earth?”

-Exodus 33:12-16

 

So many times we express our desire as Christians for our lives to be guided by God, because we know that a life guided by him is heading in the right direction. Yet Moses has a really good point. In order to be guided by God we need to seek to find favor in his sight and seek to walk with him. 

It is also so so beautiful that God’s reply to Moses’s desire is that God would make a way for him to travel with Moses and the Israelites and that his presence will bring rest. 

it is so good that when we abide in Christ, no matter what we are called to therefore physically do, we are given true rest. That being able to truly rest is not determined by what you are doing or where you are going, but by abiding in the reality of the LIVING God. 

What is also so so good is Moses’s reply that he will not go on without the presence of God. That God’s presence (and therefore our finding rest in him) is what sets us apart from the world and is God’s seal of favor upon us. 

———-

Hmm. Personally I have been super super busy, but it is all the blessed work that God has given to me to do to steward his people. More is being added on, but at then same time, I feel an increasing amount of rest and trust in God. 

It is super encouraging/important to know that God’s presence is marked not by what we are doing (he is with us whether we are in the wilderness or the promised land) but by whether we are receiving rest from him. 

Also it is important that even when the Israelites, or even Moses, complained or messed up, God never took away his presence or his rest. They only lacked rest, because they were unwilling to receive it and therefore unable to receive God. Hmm.. a good warning… don’t be dissatisfied with God and the perfect rest his provides. 

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Do You Really Love Him?

02-21-2013
She has done a good work for Me —Mark 14:6

If what we call love doesn’t take us beyond ourselves, it is not really love. If we have the idea that love is characterized as cautious, wise, sensible, shrewd, and never taken to extremes, we have missed the true meaning. This may describe affection and it may bring us a warm feeling, but it is not a true and accurate description of love.

Have you ever been driven to do something for God not because you felt that it was useful or your duty to do so, or that there was anything in it for you, but simply because you love Him? Have you ever realized that you can give things to God that are of value to Him? Or are you just sitting around daydreaming about the greatness of His redemption, while neglecting all the things you could be doing for Him? I’m not referring to works which could be regarded as divine and miraculous, but ordinary, simple human things— things which would be evidence to God that you are totally surrendered to Him. Have you ever created what Mary of Bethany created in the heart of the Lord Jesus? “She has done a good work for Me.”

There are times when it seems as if God watches to see if we will give Him even small gifts of surrender, just to show how genuine our love is for Him. To be surrendered to God is of more value than our personal holiness. Concern over our personal holiness causes us to focus our eyes on ourselves, and we become overly concerned about the way we walk and talk and look, out of fear of offending God. “… but perfect love casts out fear …” once we are surrendered to God (1 John 4:18). We should quit asking ourselves, “Am I of any use?” and accept the truth that we really are not of much use to Him. The issue is never of being of use, but of being of value to God Himself. Once we are totally surrendered to God, He will work through us all the time.

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— My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers

Restart. Renewal. Rebuild. 
May God fill this semester with hope, joy, and his presence!!! 
wsupashley:

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Restart. Renewal. Rebuild. 

May God fill this semester with hope, joy, and his presence!!! 

wsupashley:

10 bids! Congrats girls 😍😘❤ #alphadeltachi #bidnight #rushadx #greeklife #alphagammaomega (at Alpha Delta Chi Sorority)