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A Good Friend.

"The heartfelt counsel of a friend is as sweet as perfume and incense...As iron sharpens iron, a friend sharpens a friend."
--Proverbs 27:9,17

It really is so important to surround ourselves with solid friendships--people who help us grow in our relationship with God, not only in times of plenty, but also during difficult days. We should seek a friend who isn't afraid to correct us if we need correction, but also one who encourages us when we are walking in God's purpose for our lives.

Accountability is major. And a good friend gives accountability.

"He's Been Faithful"

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I sang this song by Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir at Alan B. Shepard High School's "Senior Farewell Concert." I just wanted to share how faithful the Lord has been in my life not only the past four years--but as I look back at my past eighteen. I am so thankful for God's faithfulness--and He has been, is, and will always be faithful.

Our Testimony.

This really inspired me as I read this today from the Pentecostal Evangel:

"A testimony is like a doorknob. It is a very small device that can open a sanctuary, and by the power of God remodel its interior. It enters the secret alcoves of the heart, awakening the desire for God. A written testimony is a legacy that may be shared among a thousand people without being divided. It will go where we cannot, work while we sleep, and continue to bear fruit after we're gone."

So true. Our personal story of what God has done in our lives is so powerful. Our testimony cannot be refuted because it is what God has undoubtedly done in our lives. It is tangible. We are walking examples of what God has done and what God can do.

This Present Season.

All of my life I've heard that there is a time and a season for everything (Ecclesiastes 3)--I remember the first time I read that chapter in the Bible was in third grade when my hamster Brownie was dying. I cried and cried because I realized that I had to live with the sad reality that it was Brownie's time to die and my time to weep. I read the passage at his home-made funeral service while playing "Amazing Grace" on my keyboard.

Over the years, I have had to go through many seasons--much more challenging than my hamster's perishing. I remember in the years 2006-2007, I felt like I was surrounded by a season where so many people I loved were dying. I questioned to God, "Why?" It seemed that wakes and funerals were part of my life's routine. However, it was a season God brought me through. A season where I mourned, others around me mourned, and we wept together. Yet, Ecclesiastes 3:11 says, "He has made everything beautiful in its time..."…
1 Corinthians 1:26-29

"Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthywhen God called you.Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful.God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important.As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God."

I love this set of verses. How amazing that God can use you and me--with our weaknesses, our insecurities, and our humanness--to work with Him to show others His glory.

College.

God is faithful. Oh so faithful.

So, I haven't blogged in awhile, but I have an update on college! I have decided to go to Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri, this fall. It's amazing how God has orchestrated my going to school there--He has already provided so greatly. I just feel such great peace about this decision.

Now, I expect college to be a major transition. I've never been away from home ever longer than 10 days (when CREW went to Honduras)--so I know that being at college for months at a time will be different. But I'm thankful for modern conveniences such as Skype or Facebook or picture messaging and even cell phones to be able to communicate with my family while I'm eight hours away!

I feel it's normal to feel a bit insecure about change--I mean in the past, change has taken major adjustment--however, what I love is how I can feel God's deep peace transcending my surface-y worries and feelings of being uncomfortable. I know this is in Hi…