Support Raising Complete

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I would like to officially announce that my support raising for City Project is officially complete! I extend a huge thank you to the family, friends, churches, and community members who generously contributed to my mission trip fund. I also would like to praise God for the work He has done to provide for this mission experience! I would have never been able to do this without going through God.

Mark 10:27

 Looking at them, Jesus said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God, because all things are possible with God.”

If you still would like to donate to City Project to support other students, you can donate here. All other donations will go towards other students participating in City Project.

Once again, thank you to all who have contributed towards this mission project.

Please, continue to pray for all of us as we prepare for this summer.

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Making Time for God

One Month and Twenty-Seven Days. . . 8 weeks. . .  57 days

Only 57 days until City Project.

These next two months are going to be filled to the brim with prayer and individual studies of scripture. With my fourth semester of college coming to close, I could easily become distracted by school work, exams, juries (a final exam for music majors), or even trying to hang out with my friends before we part ways for summer break. Even when your schedule is crammed full and your to-do list never seems to get completely checked off, that you set aside time with God to pray and to study His word. So when you lead a busy life, how can you keep your life focused on Christ? 

 

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1. Wake Up Earlier –

This is something new I have been trying, and it works! I am not typically a morning person. In high school my mom would equate my morning demeanor to that of a grizzly bear, but I have found when I wake up early to spend that time with God in prayer, my grouchiness is replaced with a liveliness that I could not attain on my own. Waking up an hour earlier not only gives me time to be with God, but when I start my day with God, I feel His presence giving me strength to get through the day. It also encourages me to go to bed earlier, so I get enough sleep.

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2. Start a Prayer Wall –                                

I started keeping track scripture God reveals to me in my studies, and notes reminding me of what to pray for on the wall next to my bed. It is a constant reminder to pray when I am in my room, and it helps me remember what I need to pray for.

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3. Keep a Journal – 

When I was in middle school I was always trying to start a journal, but I could never stick with it. My sister has been keeping a prayer journal, and she got me one for Christmas. While I may not write in it every day, it is a good reminder to sit down and focus on my prayer. It is also a great way to keep track of what God is doing in my life, so I can look back and see what prayers He has answered. I keep track of sermon notes, scribble song lyrics, summarize my Bible studies, and pour my heart out in prayers on the pages of this journal. I already can flip through the pages and see how much God has been doing in my life in the last few months. In two years, ten years, maybe even thirty years, I can look back at this journal and see how God worked in my life while I was in college

 

As a music major in my second year of college, I know how quickly life can become busy. Most days I have to write an hour by hour schedule of my daily plan so I can fit in my to-do list, which includes things such as classes, eating meals, homework, practice, exercise . . . etc, and sometimes it seems like I don’t have time to sit down to pray or delve into the Word of God. I feel like if I take time away from my endless to-do list I won’t finish it, but I have found when I sacrifice some of this precious time to pray and learn about Him, I finish all that is on my list (and sometimes more).

I encourage you to take time everyday to spend with God. We should use the time He gives us to praise Him and come to Him with all our needs.

Trust is a Must

Trust /trəst/ (noun) : assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something

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While trust is an easy concept to grasp, putting it into action can be challenging. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, trust is “assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something.” Sometimes it is easy to trust; we trust our cars to get us to work, our jobs to provide income, our doctors to diagnose our illnesses, and our smartphones to keep track of our lives. Other times it is not so easy to trust; it’s difficult to trust people who have broken promises, weather predictions, and old swinging bridges. When we trust God we are relying on Him to meet our needs whether they are food to nurture our bodies, finances to support our families, or strength and courage to execute His plans. You must place your needs (no matter how big or small) in the hands of Christ, and He will provide.

This summer I am participating in an eight week mission project (City Project). I am having to put my trust in God that He will provide all that I need for this trip including paperwork, vaccinations, and financial support ($4900) [Read more about my project here]. As a college student, with limited funds, trusting in God to provide the money is a difficult thing to do. I had doubts about raising the money, and getting everything done in time, but God has proven to me that if I put my trust in Him, He will take care of my needs. Philippians 4:19 says, And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 4:19

And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

This past week I have been on spring break, and I have spent my time getting medical records together, getting vaccinations, and most importantly, speaking at churches. I talked to several local churches about my mission project, and how they can support me through prayer and finances. While I knew God was going to provide for this trip, I had no idea how quickly He would! I am very close to my support goals, and I have only been support raising for two weeks. God is moving so rapidly, and I am trying to keep up with how quickly He is moving in my life.

I feel so full of love, and my cup is running over with His grace and support. God has blessed me through this mission opportunity and through some local churches in Western North Carolina. I would not be able to participate in the mission project if it were not for the churches who have provided support. It reminds me of when Jesus multiplied the fish. I contributed towards my trip and did the work He asked me to do, and God multiplied it! Continue reading