Damaged Goods are Good to Someone

Are you Damaged?

(Click above to watch the video!)

This video popped up on my Facebook newsfeed yesterday and it was something I definitely needed to hear.  We can never fathom how important we are to God no matter how damaged we may feel.  We sin daily- He still loves us.  We sin against our fellow brother or sister- He still loves us.  We don’t take the time to give Him thanks every day- He still loves us.  We try and try again and fail and fail again- He still loves us.  He takes us as we are and wants us as we come. Find peace in knowing that nothing you have done or will do will ever separate you from the love of Jesus Christ.

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Music Monday

A blessing and reminder that even the lost, lonely, poor, and powerless will praise the name of God.  A beautiful command to scream His name from the mountains and tell everyone that He is God.  Rest in knowing who He is and what He has done for you.

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The Rock Won’t Move

I recently attended a concert called The Roadshow that held several different bands, such as Third Day, Skillet, We As Human, Jamie Grace, and LOTS of others.  Vertical Church Band also performed.  They played The Rock Won’t Move and it was absolutely the best.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.

Comment below and tell me if you’ve attended The Roadshow or have seen VCB perform! I absolutely love them! (You could subscribe to get email notifications and take the survey on my page, too.  Just a thought!)

Thanks for reading! Have a blessed Sunday!

-Meredith

Son of God in 2014

ImageSo I recently went to the movies, and, as we all know, the previews took up the first 20 minutes of sitting there.  But, a preview for a movie came on that left the entire theater in silence.  If you haven’t heard of the The Bible series the History Channel originally aired, it is now available in the whole 10-part series wherever DVD’S are sold. I have not seen the complete series, but what I have seen is very good work.  Of course, there will always be differences when it comes to book to movie productions, but nonetheless, the History Channel did a fine job on converting it.  I don’t have a lot to say because this preview speaks for itself, but I STRONGLY encourage you to go read The Gospel if you never have.  It’s often one of those things we just kind of rush over because we think, “Oh, I know what happens there. We read scripture from it all the time and always talk about it.” But, when you actually take the time to sit down, pay attention, take it all in, and read it, you will find there’s a lot about Jesus in those 3 years during His missions that you don’t know.  If you have never heard the term “Gospel,” The Gospel is what the 4 books in the Bible are called that tell about Jesus while He was here on earth. The books are Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.  Check them out if you have never read them in whole!

WATCH the Son of God preview here

ORDER the The Bible- The Epic Miniseries here
(There are other websites to order the discs from. This is just through the company who produced the series.)

Thanks for reading! You guys mean a lot to me!
Meredith

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What Women are Worth

It’s a New Year and I’m sure we’ve all made those cliche New Years Resolutions and goals.  Before you get too obsessed with trying to decide exactly what you want this year, please read this post first.  It’s all about your worth as a woman.  I find it extremely encouraging, especially since it’s written by a male. (We really don’t give them enough credit sometimes.) I really thought it fit with the overall theme of my blog. We are women of God and NO ONE can ever take that from us.  In a society like the one we live in, we can sometimes get lost and swept up in the ways of the world, and all of that completely steers us from our path.  Stay strong and confident in your walk with Christ. I hope by directing you to this blog post, it will help.

Don’t be too obsessed with how you look, be healthy.  Don’t be too obsessed with pleasing and making others happy, make God happy.  Don’t be obsessed with the clothes you wear or the skin you show to try and get boys attention, the good ones don’t look at the girls who are doing that anyway.

As said in this post, you will never stop being hard on yourself.  But it can always get easier, and you can always be better about judging yourself.  We judge ourselves harder than others will ever judge us.  Maybe a good resolution for 2014 is to start loving yourself. (and on that note, realize that until you love yourself and Christ completely, you can’t accept love given to you and it will never be the kind of love you want or deserve.)

LOVE yourself this year.

Click here for the blog that inspired this post—> 10 Truths About A Woman’s Worth by Jarrid Wilson

Follow the author of this blog on Twitter and Facebook @jarridwilson.

Love you all and am so thankful for all my readers. -Meredith

Simple Shepherds

ImageI made a post a few days ago concerning the Luke 2 video.  I decided to wait a bit before I did a text post about it to give people a few days to calm down after the holidays.  If you haven’t watched it yet, click here. Trust me, you’ll want to watch it!

As I said in a previous post, I am an intern for my home church in the Student Ministry. I work with students from 6th- 12th grade, but closely with children’s ministry, as well.  I get the privilege of working daily and loving on students, and witnessing how God touches them all individually and differently.  It’s truly a blessing “job” (I put job in quotes because it NEVER feels like a real job) and it’s been such a great experience.

Of course, this month we had a Christmas party.  The male intern and I (with some great help from small group leaders) were in charge of the junior high ages (6th-8th grade.)  We played games, ate food, watched some funny videos, but with all the fun we wanted to make sure they remembered the true reason for the season.  We showed them the same video that I have shared with you, and I was asked to speak a 5-10 minute little “speech/sermon/thing” about it.

I decided to hone in on the verses about the shepherds.
9 “Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified.”
You’re a lowly shepherd, minding your own business and this beautiful being, an angel, in suddenly in your presence.  You may not even know what an angel is, and then one is talking to you?  I don’t know about you, but I would probably pass out because I was petrified. But then it says,

10 “but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people.”

So, this glorious creature now tells you to not be scared. It’s so beautiful and terrifying all at once, but you believe it.  You know not to be afraid, and it tells you it has good news.  But what exactly?

11 “The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!”

The Savior, Lord, Master, Messiah.  It is a great event for everybody WORLDWIDE (MSG version).  The creator of the universe has sent his beloved baby boy to save the entire human race.  And this angel comes to tell these shepherds? What do they have to do with anything?

My own personal take on the shepherd part of the Christmas story is the idea of being called.  These shepherds weren’t special in anyway that we know.  We are only given the information in these few verses.  And suddenly they are visited by an angel who tells them of the most wonderful news the world has ever heard.

15-18 “As the angel choir withdrew into heaven, the sheepherders talked it over. “Let’s get over to Bethlehem as fast as we can and see for ourselves what God has revealed to us.” They left, running, and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger. Seeing was believing. They told everyone they met what the angels had said about this child. All who heard the sheepherders were impressed.” (MSG version)

They dropped what they were doing to spread the good news.  The most glorious news.  They didn’t complain, or put it off, or weigh the pros and cons.  As soon as they heard the angel, they went on their way RUNNING.  I hate running, so it would have certainly have been out of my comfort zone.

I guess what I’m trying to say is you don’t have to popular, athletic, look a certain way, have the best grades, or know the Bible in and out to spread the good news of Christ.  If we claim to be Christians, we have all been called to do so, as well.  The shepherds heard the special words and suddenly knew their duty: to tell others.  We are called to do the same.  How many times have we ignored the little voice in our head that we KNOW is God trying to speak to us and we push it away? How often do we complain when we have to do the “right thing?”  I think we all have a time or two.  And we claim to be God’s children and followers and lovers, but yet we can’t even live a life for Him or tell other people about Him? How disrespectful are we?

I recently heard a quote: “We are called to be witnesses, not lawyers or judges.”

Witnesses. Witnesses to the good news that Christ is in this world, and there is nothing greater than that news.

This next video is just a small take on what the shepherds may have been feeling.  Check it out.  Really makes you think.
Skit Guys Shepherd video here

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Love you all! -Meredith

Luke 2- The Christmas Story

Since it’s Christmas, I won’t write some long blog post that you have to sit and read and yada yada yada.  Instead, I’ll just leave you with this video.  It’s just a simple reading of the Christmas story from the book of Luke, but it really is inspiring. I’ll follow up tomorrow with a short post.

Click HERE to watch the Luke 2 Christmas Story video!

Merry Christmas to all.  Hope you had a wonderful time with your families.