Sunday, August 5, 2012

98%



I want to take a second to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who has been praying for me and also supporting me financially this coming year. I have currently raised 98% of my support for my trip to Uganda!!! Less than $200 to go!

This week will mark my last 5 days as a Tift Regional Medical Center employee. It truly has been an amazing 2 years. God has allowed me to meet some very special people and build some wonderful friendships. Tifton has also been a great place for my development and growth-- within my career and also spiritually. I am very thankful for my time spent in Tifton, yet excited for what's next!

I will be headed back to Virginia next week for approximately a month until departing for Uganda. My flight for Uganda is scheduled for September 21. Please continue to keep me in your prayers as I transition from Tifton, Ga. to Harrisonburg, Va. and ultimately to Bundibugyo, Uganda.

Friday, August 3, 2012

The Heart



“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 man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”” 
1 Samuel 16:7 


I read my "verse of the day" today and couldn't help but ponder this one for a little bit. I instantly thought of the media and how it emphasizes beauty being outward; fine clothes, manicured hands, and styled hair. I also thought about how much time each day we spend on these things. The question that arises is, How much time do you spend working on your heart? If God says that he doesn't look on the outside, then should we be focused on our outward appearance? God looks at the heart, therefore our focus should be on beautifying our heart. Proverbs 4:23 says the heart "is the wellspring of life". Our lives reflect that of our heart. Luke 6:45 states, "The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks." In essence, a beautiful heart should pour out love. Love, after all, is the greatest commandment. First, love the Lord your God. Second, love your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:37-39). Redefine how the world views beauty.


The Challenge: spend more time each day on your heart than on your hair and makeup.