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If you Love Quotes…

…. you’ve come to the right place!

Something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time is grow this website, and have it be a place of encouragement, inspiration and hope! I love quotes, so I’ve added a quotes section (see the main menu above) where I’m going to be compiling quotes galore.

If you have any favorite quotes, please share them here, or send me a message, and I’ll add those to the quotes collection. Maybe I’ll even create a page for all of your favorite quotes.

In case you’ve noticed, I also changed the theme of this site. (again) The color is not one you see very often in websites, but hey… it’s good to be different! The theme looked good right out of the box, but I still did a lot modifying and tinkering with it, since it was a very simple theme. I still need to fix some things, but I’m pretty happy with it so far!

Ok, enough rambling…

So be sure to check back as I’ll be adding more and more quotes as I find ones I like.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Learned Lessons, Milestones & The Start Of A New Chapter!

“I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me…… I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward —to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.”

Philippians 3:12-14 MSG

2013 was an interesting, difficult but significant year for me. I learned so much last year!

The most important thing I learned was that it is absolutely essential, for anyone who wants to grow spiritually, to spend time DAILY with God and to continually study His word.

That may seem like a “Captain Obvious” statement, to most Christians. And don’t get me wrong. I did know, of course, that daily prayer and “spiritual food” was necessary for spiritual growth. But there’s a difference between knowing something in a “head knowledge” kind of way, and truly knowing it deep down, through experience and revelation from God.

There’s also a difference between doing something partially or inconsistently or with half a heart, and doing something intentionally, with one’s whole heart. Do you know what I mean?

Once I finally “got” how necessary it is to (purposely) have that daily time with God, and to daily study the bible, my whole relationship with God and my spiritual growth almost immediately went to the next level. And since then, it has been truly amazing and awesome.

I have learned through experience that God rewards intentionality in general, and the making of firm decisions, as opposed to being unpurposeful or double-minded. In fact, that is one of the things I plan to write more about, or maybe even do a video.

The Start of a New Chapter

I don’t know about anyone else, but I am super excited about 2014!

I will be posting soon about what I have felt God is calling me to do, in terms of my work and my “next step.” It is for sure exciting, but will require a huge step of faith!

And I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m also happy to put 2013 behind me. I feel like the end of 2013 marks the end of a long season or chapter in my life. A difficult season, but one that ultimately was a good thing, because it caused me to learn many things, and get to the point I’m at right now.

I am not going to forget the lessons and the good things that I learned, but I am also not going to dwell on the not-so-good stuff. As Paul said in Philippians 3, I am pressing forward with my eye on the goal – that is, with my eyes on Jesus!

How about you? How was 2013 for you? And what are you excited about in this new year? Please share your thoughts! And I also want to take this time to thank all of you who read my blog. One of my goals is to be more prolific in my blogging, so I am going to be forming that habit, until it becomes just that – a habit!

I’m taking up another one of those “blogging challenges” – Jeff Goins’ 500 words a day challenge, for the month of January! If you have a blog, I invite you to join me (us)!

Thanks again, you all!

Love & Blessings,
lily

photo credit: Sky Noir via photopin cc

7 Quick Takes Friday! (Vol. 6)

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I had a truly amazing dream last night. One of those dreams that you just have to write down, because you never want to forget it!

So I was looking outside from the terrace, and the water seemed to be so close, I could practically jump into the ocean if I wanted to. Right in front of me I saw a hummingbird that had somehow gotten close to the waves and he looked like he was drowning. He kept going under the water, then furiously tried to come up for air, then he’d get pulled under again. I thought, “Oh no! I have to save that hummingbird, he looks like he’s about to drown!!!” I even considered diving right in to the water to save him. There were a few other sea-type birds nearby that were also looking at it.

Since I was so focused on that, I didn’t even notice something absolutely amazing… Just a few feet to the right there were two HUGE whales, coming out of the water! They were BIG and majestic looking. I couldn’t believe my eyes. The dream was so real that I actually thought, “I need to get a photo of this!!!”

This picture doesn’t do justice what was in my dream, but it’s something.

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What does this dream mean? Well I’m praying about that. The obvious interpretation would be that something great is happening, and if we focus on something that appears bad, it’s possible to miss it. But I don’t know… any ideas on the meaning of this dream? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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I’m still doing my 2nd ‘DTS’ and it has been fantastic. There were a couple weeks when I was really busy with a web design project, so I couldn’t give it as much time for a week or so, but now I’m back to it, and I’m so thankful that I have the time for this study, a time that is set apart just for God. I’ve been learning so much…The “heart knowledge” that I needed, so God has been faithful and this really has been a special and wonderful season for me.

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I mentioned this before, but another crazy thing is that I’ve had a bigger desire to make videos recently. I’ve always loved making videos, but I really want to put out videos regularly on my YouTube channel, and use that as a platform, to get a message across. Of course the message is the Gospel, and also about spiritual growth, or other topics that I feel God wants me to get across.

So if you haven’t subscribed to my YouTube channel, please do so! I also really want to collaborate with people, but right now since it’s only me, I need to do the best with what I have (which isn’t much, since I don’t even have a decent camera or editing software! But iMovie is it, right now!)

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I’m super excited that a couple friends of mine are coming to visit me soon, here in Baja. One of them is my favorite friend while I was in Mazatlan, and even though she speaks very little English (and my Spanish is bad) we understand each other and we’re going to have so much fun while she’s here!!! I’m planning to do a video about her – this is something she had asked me for, when I was in Maz, but the project never happened, due to the lack of time, and then I moved to a different city.

But now that project is back on, and I’m excited about it, because I want to include it in my channel… So it will be more than just a missions support raising video for her, but maybe a testimony type of video, something that will hopefully be really inspiring to people in general. Here she is, with the black hair (I’m sitting next to her in this picture)

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I really need to avoid the heavy debating that goes on, on YouTube! What is interesting is that YouYube really is such a battlefield when it comes to worldviews. There are SO many atheists on YouTube, and they are extremely vocal and hardcore. Many of them are vicious, plain and simple. They like to come to Christian videos and leave horrible comments, or spark up debates with any Christians that are willing to debate them. Sometimes I jump in to debate, but other times I refrain, because I have found that debating often becomes a waste of time.

It’s good to always have an answer ready, for why we have our faith (as it says in 1 Peter 3:15) but unless we can debate in a way that is Spirit-led and fruitful, it’s better to not get sucked into it.

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I’m still considering going on an ‘outreach’ when I finish up the studies I’m doing right now, at the end of this year. Yep, like I said before, I want to go to France, especially Paris! There is such a need for missionaries there, as I talked about in this post.

Of course I would have to raise the money, so I’m going to be praying about it. Please share your thoughts, if you have any on whether or not I should do my own ‘outreach’ since I’m doing my own (2nd) DTS! 🙂

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Something I’m learning more and more is that true contentment and a positive outlook goes hand in hand with truly TRUSTING God. I knew that before, but I guess it was more on a mental level, now it’s becoming so much more true and obvious to me.

SO TGIF, everyone, and have a fantastic weekend! And try not to worry about stuff – instead, trust God!

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Breakthrough. I love it when that happens!

Sorry for the tumbleweeds rolling through this blog!

First I want to apologize to anyone who reads this blog, for not updating it in a whole month! AND on top of that, the entire site was down for a few days. I contacted my hosting company yesterday and they said they were having problems with their service, but when my site was still down today, I called again and figured out what the actual problem was. Anyhow, it’s back up now!

Now, to the update…

I don’t know where to begin! A lot of cool stuff has been happening with me. It may not be that interesting to anyone else, but for me it is! I realized something over a month ago, that I should’ve realized YEARS ago. So it’s kind of embarrassing to admit, but maybe it will help others out there, so I’ll write about it. Several weeks ago, after feeling down and frustrated with things in general, I got to a point where I decided I have to do something different, in terms of my life and walk with God. I knew there were areas in my character that really needed to be changed, including my time management, self-discipline, and responsibility in general. But more than that, I knew that for someone who has been a Christian for 13 years, my spiritual growth has been very slow, and I was still struggling with things like self-doubt, sadness, fear of man, etc. I thought about the fact that I almost never exercise, I procrastinate all the time, I get so focused on one thing that I neglect other things, and on and on.

As I contemplated all of that, deep in my heart I made the decision to do whatever it takes to grow and mature spiritually, and to have victory in all the areas that still needed changing. It wasn’t just a casual, “Yeah, I know I have to change.” It was something deeper, it was the realization that the path I had been on was a dead end path, and I was determined to go in a different direction.

I love when God lifts a veil from our eyes!

The amazing part is, right after I made that decision to do whatever it takes, God opened my eyes and gave me revelation on what a big part of the problem was. It was something SO obvious, that I can’t believe it has taken me THIS many years to finally learn this! And it’s something I even blogged about recently, in my last post.

What was it? As long as I’ve been a Christian, I had never really gotten into the habit of having an intentional, serious, DAILY “quiet time” with God and His word.

I had always prayed everyday, and because of my involvement with YWAM, I was getting spiritually fed, because when you’re in YWAM it’s almost like being in church everyday. Still, I had never really developed the habit of having that quality alone time with God on a daily basis. Consistently. And with my whole heart.

That is what God brought to my attention.

But it’s about more than just having a quiet time with God. More than anything, I want to know God more, and have a closer, better relationship with Him and I want to grow, mature and overcome! I feel like I’ve been on a spiritual plateau for a few years, not moving up to a higher level.

All of that has been changing, just in the past 5 or 6 weeks, since I’ve been immersing myself in God’s word and having that quality quiet time with God everyday. In fact, it has been truly amazing and wonderful. And I can already see a difference in myself. Before, I was kind of up and down emotionally, and on the bad days I battled sadness or anxiety. But just in the past month or so, I’ve had joy and peace, and I’ve been excited about all sorts of things coming up in the future. And my favorite time of the day now is that quiet time I spend with God.

A 2nd DTS? Yes. Read on!

Oh, and in addition to that, I made the decision to do my own ‘DTS’ (Discipleship Training School) again, but this time I’m the only student. And there’s just one Teacher. It might sound silly, but I have been going through a similar curriculum to the standard DTS, and getting back to the basics…. But this time around, it’s not just going in my head, but to a deeper place. Which of course is what is needed, for there to be transformation! I’m thankful that I have the time right now to do this, as I’m working as a freelancer and I’m able to make my own schedule. So I’ll be doing this ‘DTS’ until the end of the year. Then who knows, I may even go on an outreach, which is what normally happens after the “lecture phase” of a DTS.

To wrap all this up, here is my advice for anyone out there who might be on a similar path that I was on:

Having that daily, consistent quiet time with God and in His word is not really optional. It’s absolutely essential, if you want to grow spiritually and have victory in your life as a Christian.

Don’t be a “starving” Christian who isn’t growing because you’re not abiding in the true Vine. Or, as Joyce Meyer puts it, “not plugged in to the power source.”

Wow, I wrote so much that I still haven’t even got to some exciting news that I was going to write about! And since this post is so long, I think I will wait and write about that in my next post. So stay tuned for that. 😉

Love & Blessings!

photo credit: Timo Newton-Syms

7 Quick Takes Friday (vol. 5)

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In case you’ve noticed some tumbleweeds rolling by here, yes, it has been a while since I last posted. There are some reasons for that.

For about a week I had a bunch of friends in town from Mazatlan, and a couple friends from Costa Rica, staying here at this house. They were here for an international YWAM conference, which I got to attend one day, and the rest of the time I was focused on being a hostess, helping out with things like babysitting, driving them, etc. It was a very busy and fun week!

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On our way to the conference!

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The U of N 2013 Workshop. Awesome to see people from all over the world!

I was so happy to see my YWAM peeps, and have some time to hang out with them. Sometimes I hate living far away from friends, but that is the nature of YWAM/world missions. You meet people, you become friends, you have to say goodbye. Well, I guess that’s also the story of my life (since i’ve lived in so many places, and have moved a million times) but that’s another story.

So unfortunately this blog became a ghost town for a time… and that leads me to my second thought.

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I realized I’m really not good at multi-tasking. I need to get better at it.

Right now I am doing some freelance web design work, but I also feel called to build this blog, so I’m trying to become a consistent and prolific blogger.

The problem is, both of those things are pretty much a full-time job. So, I either have to learn to manage my time better so I can do both well, or figure out a way to focus on my website and creative projects, while still earning an income.

Any advice out there from experienced bloggers who had to divide their time between their regular job and building their platform?

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This might sound absolutely crazy, but recently I’ve had the desire (again) to move to Europe, France in particular. But this time it’s not just an “I’d like to do that in the future” type of thought…. I’m seriously thinking about trying to move there in the near future.

I still need to pray more about it, because it would definitely have to be God-led, but I’m looking into ways to move to France, even if it’s just for a year.

Hey, I’m single with no kids, I can move pretty much anywhere I want in the world! And life should be an adventure, right?

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Oh, I forgot to mention. Another reason why I didn’t post for so long was because after the week of having friends visiting, I got sick. I don’t know if it was the stomach flu or what, but there was lots of vomiting and a few days of all-around feeling like crap – body aches, stomach aches, no energy, etc. I’m still not quite back to my normal self (my stomach still hurts) but I’m getting better. Prayers are always appreciated!

And speaking of that blog break…

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I AM going to continue with that blog series I was doing. Just wanted to let anyone who was reading it know that.

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As we all know, we just had the anniversary of that horrible day that many of us will never forget, September 11.

I was going to write a blog post about it, but for a few reasons, I didn’t.

Still, there are so many things I would like to say about all that is going on in the world. Never-ending war, lies, deception, hypocrisy.

I’m angry, sad, and fed up with our president, elected officials, the mainstream media, and (probably more accurately) the real powers behind all those people.

But that is nothing new. I’ve been fed up with our government for many years now. Does that make me anti-American? No way. On the contrary… The reason I feel the way I do is because unlike our government and the controlled media, I actually care about truth, the people, the constitution and the true values and principles this country was (supposed to be) founded on.

They are the ones who are anti-American, and subversive.

But I better not get started. I will save that for another blog post, since this is supposed to be 7 *quick* takes. So moving along…

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TGIF, everyone! And this scripture just popped into my mind, so I’m going to end with this…

This is the day which the Lord has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

-Psalm 118:24

Amen!

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