Tuesday, June 9, 2015

in case you were wondering about all the stuff I didn't tell you

   A year ago, there was a lot I didn't know. I mean, more than usual. My life was a mess. Again, more than usual. I knew I was moving, but I didn't know where and I didn't know when. I was super pumped about the new adventure God was taking me and my family on. I was also terrified.
   A lot has happened since then, and I know I've left out a lot of the details. Okay, most of them. There were times when I needed some time to process my life before I could write about it. There were times when I really simply didn't have enough to blog. There were times when I was just lazy. Anyway, I figure ya'll deserve an update. So here, for your reading pleasure (or not. just stop reading if you're not enjoying yourself.) is the condensed version of the last year of my life.

June 2014: Jesus parties. Trips to the creek. Rodeos. Finding Favour concerts. Making the most of the time, because I don't know much I have left.

July 2014: Figuring things out. Red rover. Making plans. S'mores. Going-away party. His Ranch.

August 2014: Moving in with Grandpa and Grandma. Football. Dad, Jonathon, Elaina, me - no Mom, no little boys. School starts. More football. No photos because insanity. But this did happen:

September 2014:  Becoming known as "the barefoot girl." FCA. Finding my niche.
 October 2014: Wednesday morning Bible studies. Homecoming. Getting TPed...
November 2014: Thanksgiving. Time with the fam bam. Focusing on focusing on Jesus. His Ranch fundraiser.

December 2014: Phone-hacking. Selfies. Christmas! Smiling. Surprises. Beautiful friends. The Hobbit.

January 2015: Newness. New ideas. New love. New mercy. New life. New house! Reunited family. Reformed Roses. Snow - but I could've used more snow.

February 2015: Winterwarming. Basketball. Journalism. Dawg Pound. 

March 2015: 41 Night. Persuasion. Soccer. Courage. Mud.

 April: The Exchange - youth group. The ACT. A team that is more like family.
May 2015: Prom. Graduation. Mixed emotions. Rain and sunlight and beautifulness. Excitement for what's to come.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

yupp. he's real.

   On the search for great literature yesterday, I searched the library for every book under the name C.S. Lewis, and I finally got my hands on The Screwtape Letters. It contains the correspondence of Screwtape, a high-ranking demon, to his young nephew Wormwood. It is hilarious and sobering all at the same time.
   See, Lewis' satire is a reminder of something God iterated over and over in the Bible: the devil is real.
   There are some things that we as Christians like to gloss over. This is one of them. I mean, who wants to talk about someone whose entire existence revolves around ruining - and taking - our lives? Some would consider that inappropriate discussion for the dinner table.
   The reality though, is that we need to discuss the devil and his minions. As Lewis said in the preface to The Screwtape Letters, "There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them. They themselves are equally pleased by both errors."
   Satan was kicked out of Heaven because he imagine himself higher and better than God, and he is still operating under this ridiculous pretense. If you read the list of goals taped to his mirror you'll see the opposites of everything God plans to do. God has plans to give us "a hope and a future." The devil wants to steal everything that might give us joy. Jesus came to give "life... and more abundantly." The devil comes "to steal, and to kill, and to destroy." God loves us unconditionally. Satan hates our guts.
   The devil's main weapon is lies. John 8:44 says, "He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies." He takes the Bible's truth and twists it around. He deceives us by influencing those around us. He toys with our emotions. Anything to steal us away from Father God.
   But here's the thing: he can't. Jesus himself said in John 10:29, "My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand." For any temptation offered us, Jesus promises a way out. He cast out demons, and he gave us authority to do the same. All authority in Heaven and on Earth! He has given everything we need to kick Satan's butt. Just check out Ephesians 6:10-18. The Bible says, "Resist the devil, and he will flee from you." And always remember that there is power in the name of Jesus. Satan has no chance against the power of God that is in you!
   So yes, the devil is real. Yes, he is alive. Yes, he "prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour." 
   But. He also sucks. And he's a loser. And a coward. So bam.

more scriptures about the devil's poopy-ness:
1 John 3:8
Matt 4:1-11
James 4:7
1 Peter 5:8
John 10:10