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.

Misconceptions of a Godly Woman

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I recently shared this on my Facebook profile a few weeks ago. I do not know Krista, but her blog is PHENOMENAL! And this post is so spot on. We are Christian women and we have an amazing fire within us that others who don’t know God’s love just do not possess! Read this now!

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I realize that this post may offend certain people… good people, people who I’d probably really get along with otherwise.

But for the record, I am not sorry.

Last weeks post, Worthy of Rubies was me, buttoned up in my ‘sunday’s best’, and smiling pretty. But over the last couple of days, a fire has come over me and I can’t keep silent.

You see, I hate when women stand before other women and use their platform to hide behind facades of ideal marriages, perfect specimens of children, and strong opinions on the likes of breastfeeding, vaccines, and church politics.

I cringe when the Kim Kardashian’s of the world pose half-naked in an attempt to prove that they’re still sexy, when any ‘real mom’ feels like anything but! When friends on Facebook post statuses like “ Made 6 loaves of banana bread, ran 12.8 miles, fed the homeless, and saved…

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Social Media Suicide

(Sorry guys! My computer has been out for 3 weeks! But, not to worry, I’ve been busy writing just for you!)

Look at us. We are THE generation for technology.  We can pick up a phone and know how to work it in a matter of minutes.  We can fix computer bugs, help our parents with their large confusion to a small issue (you know it’s true,) connect wires, code sites, update a status or picture in seconds, and all things on the spectrum.  But do we really understand EVERYTHING about social media?

Today, anything and everything is online.  We post pictures, check-in, tag other people, tell everyone what we’re doing with 140 characters, practically tell people we don’t even know everything we’re doing.  People everywhere can know what we’re doing, how, where, when, and with who.  This can be a positive, or an extreme negative.

Sometimes we don’t exactly realize the influence we have on other people.  We are constantly being watched. ESPECIALLY if we claim to know Jesus Christ.  People are just watching and waiting for us to mess up.  We underestimate the extremity of this.  Anything that may be read the wrong way can result in a bad outcome.  You may say, “Well, I don’t care what people think.”  Well, sadly, you should, because it does matter (in this topic.)  If you’re an older teen or even a young adult, social media can hurt more than just yourself.  It can also hurt those who look up to you.

We sometimes don’t look at it this way.  We just go through our daily actions thinking of only ourselves.  We may even do this absentmindedly. But the reality is that every action we choose to make, causes a reaction in someone else.  What each of us do as an individual MATTERS.

Post a picture where you weren’t in your best state?  Oh, it’s no big deal. No one cares. Everyone does it. WRONG. What may seem like a harmless picture, tweet, or vine, actually influences the people and younger girls who look up to you.  Is what you do on a Friday night and post the next day really okay for those awesome junior high or even younger kids to see and want to be apart of? 

Claiming to be a Christian is the most amazing and the closest thing to a perfect decision you can ever make.  When you profess that faith you automatically have eyes glued to you for the rest of your life.  Older eyes, younger eyes, and the eyes of your peers. You may be thinking, why does this matter? They have to learn about the real world eventually.  Yes, that is true.  I agree with that.  But instead of teaching them things that aren’t in any way shape or form appropriate for them or even YOU to be apart of, why not teach them the character and morals of what it means to be a true Proverbs 31 Christian woman.  With the label Christian stamped across your forehead, you automatically volunteer yourself to a mentor, example, and role model for the other people around you.  Don’t give someone a false definition of what a Christian should be just because you haven’t decided to completely sell out for Christ.  Often times we know better and choose to do worse.

Romans 12:2 “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” If you have accepted Christ, you have promised to be different.  You have promised to be IN this world, not OF this world.  You have promised to live a life for Christ in all that you do.  What in your actions are good and acceptable and appropriate for people to know about?  Is your life something you want everyone to know every part about, or are there still things you want to keep a secret? (Now, I’m not meaning that if you don’t post something on the internet that makes it okay to do in private, but that’s another topic.)  Look at your life and ask yourself, what part of me portrays Christ, and what parts don’t? Assess and change.

Being the ultimate Christ daughter and lover comes with big responsibilities.  Do you have “Christian” as your religion on Facebook, but post pictures that you would never show your grandmother?  Do you retweet scripture, but then drop cuss words 3 tweets later?  THINK before you post.  It affects your personal reputation, what people think of you, and also the minds of the young and vulnerable Christians around you.