Mustard Seeds

Mustard Seeds

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Digging In: 2 Corinthians 5:14-21

I started memorizing scripture this week using the "Topical Memory System" (given to me by my good friend Loretta). This book/card system gives you pre-printed, themed scripture cards to carry with you and it also recommends you read every verse in its full context first (which I love). I got so much out of it that I decided I am going to share my discoveries with you as I work through memorizing scripture.

I am calling it 'Digging In' for two reasons. One, because by sharing God's word with you we are digging deeper into the Bible together and two, because my blog is called mustard seeds. We can't plant mustard seeds of faith throughout our lives unless we prepare the soil first by digging into the word of God. So here we are... preparing our lives to be fruitful and faith filled for the Lord, together.

A couple notes: (1) I will be using the English Standard Version (ESV) of the bible for all of this, and that is all I ever use. (2) I am adding into this series whatever God shows me and how He applies it to my life, so I am keeping it open and honest. What God shows me in my time with this book, I am showing you on my blog. Unless He tells me His words at that time are only for me of course. =) So it begins...
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Contextual Verses: 2nd Corinthians 5:14-21
Memory Verse: 2nd Corinthians 5:17 -- "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come."

Digging In: Take a look at verse 16. It says we are to regard every person as a spiritual being, seeing them for their relationship with God as either lost and in need of salvation or as a brother/sister in Christ. People are not just numbers, they are souls that need Jesus. This gives me a proper perspective on the world and those around me... salvation is the most important thing in people's lives. Over food, over shelter, over anything. In light of that verse 20 should be our plea and heart for the world, that they would all know and be reconciled to God with Christ's blood. Don't forget these verses, God's sacrifice, and your salvation!

My Meditations: When I understood God's grace in my life, I gained hope after being without it for years. I gained love in many places after feeling I had no one who loved me. And I gained perspective on myself, people in my life, and God where all I could see before was darkness. What a blessing that is and how often I forget about it. Help me Lord to see your beautiful hands in my life everyday. And help me to be a new creation and your hands in the lives around me everyday.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

My New "One For One"

Let me tell you about a discovery I made this week that put a huge smile on my face. It involves a one for one movement (no it is not Toms) and a game I have learned to love even more over these past months. The company/movement is called Little Feet and it is a company that hands out a soccer ball to a kid in need (this includes the USA, Haiti, and Mexico) when you buy one of their soccer balls at Sports Chalet or online. The balls are well made, have cool colors, and have a message: that soccer is not only about winning, it is about building community and giving kids a productive outlet for their energy. They have donated over 100,000 soccer balls to children in over 50 countries around the world since 2006. Their website also states that "In 2010, Little Feet began building soccer fields for communities in need and completed our first field at a remote coffee cooperative in Las Capucas, Honduras. In the Spring of 2011, we completed our second field, this time a futsal field, in Huacas, Costa Rica..." My conclusion? If you are going to buy a soccer ball, buy theirs and know you put a smile on a lot of kid's faces... and mine. =)

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Home Base

Have you ever been somewhere and known that you were more loved than you could ever imagine by everyone around you? I have and being that supported is one of the most wonderful feelings. So I would like to give a shout out to a group of people that supports me in more ways than I can count, Stone Creek Bible Church.
I have known the majority of the people in our church for my entire life and I know that wherever I go they will be right there to pray for me and support me. They truly care about what God is doing in my life and are always so excited to see me when I come home. If I ever feel loved, it is with my Stone Creekers. I can't even begin to thank them for the prayer coverage, encouraging coffee dates, and financial support no matter where I go in the world. I know that whenever I come back to Temecula I will be coming home to my support base where I am always refreshed and built up. So thank you to every family that is a part of our wonderful church and thank for your support and guidance no matter where God takes me. I really appreciate it!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

The Johnson's

Exciting things are happening in the Johnson household!!!

Sheryl Johnson {mom} - My mom just acquired a new mini cooper four-door that quickly booted my car (Aunt Bee) out of the garage. When you think of her new car being a celebration of my mom's successful open heart surgery it is quite exciting indeed.

Tim Johnson {dad} - My dad also just acquired a new toy that he uses daily, a bicycle. Let's applaud him for a moment silently for being a stud. He also is dominating his yard work to do list to get ready for Amanda's wedding. I think he deserves an audible slow clap for that...

Kimberly Johnson {little sister} -We found out yesterday the Kimbo is carrying on the Mustang Legacy and going to Cal Poly! It took all of two seconds to see she made it in for her to click accept. So come fall we are shipping her off to good ole' San Luis Obispo. Time for another one of these pictures? I think so!
Amanda Johnson {older sister} - Amanda and the wonderful Kenny Fietz are getting married in January and I am so excited for every part of their wedding and marriage (except for maybe the four inch heels I have to where for the wedding). We recently had her shower and I was pleased with how much love was poured onto Amanda. It was a hit! Here is one of their engagement pictures and some shower pictures...
 Her first bouquet (half way done) and her first mixer (half way unwrapped).
 Party favors (lavender sachets) and the moms (mine on the left and Kenny's on the right).