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i know You're calling [Jun. 8th, 2006|03:55 pm]
Melissa
[Current Mood |excitedexcited]
[Current Music |Silhouettes ~ Waking Ashland]

I Know You're Calling
--Jeremy Camp

A broken image is sometimes what I see
But the hand that made me is the hand that won't leave me
You've begun a good work that only has begun

And You always lead me, lead me to Your Son
Well I want to know everything You are
Well I want to see Your will for me and I know You'll show me

And I know You're calling, I see Your arms stretched wide
And I feel You drawing, drawing me back again

Another day I can spend with You
You turn the pages telling me what to do
And when I feel like I want to fall again
You always lead me well You lead me to Your hand
Oh well I want to know everything You are
Well I want to see Your will for me
And I know You'll show me

And I know I want everything that You want for me
Help me to understand Your ways
I know I want that You want for me today


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1 Thessalonians 5:24 ~
The One who calls you is faithful and He will do it.

Philippians 1:6 ~
being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
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Genesis 12:1 [Jun. 7th, 2006|10:27 pm]
Melissa
[Current Mood |giddygiddy]
[Current Music |Wholly Yours ~ David Crowder Band]

Genesis 12:1
The LORD had said to Abram, "Leave your country, your people and your father's household and go to the land I will show you.
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(no subject) [Jun. 5th, 2006|03:30 pm]
Melissa
[Current Mood |sleepysleepy]
[Current Music |The War ~ Melee]

decisions, decisions

I think my nose got a wee bit sunburned today! hah.

oo, my hot pocket is done.
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me? excercise? [Jun. 1st, 2006|07:10 pm]
Melissa
[Current Mood |contentcontent]
[Current Music |Eating A Book ~ He Is Legend]

WOW, it's JUNE!

crazy.

Here's what I think... last semester went waaay too quick, and this semester has been dragging.

That's what I think.

I decided something today. I decided that I should make myself be more healthy. haha. As in, actually exercise once in awhile... and eat fruit and stuff. yay. Today I watched the United DVD while walking 2 miles on the treadmill! It was actually quite enjoyable! I felt like I was getting 2 things done at once... getting exercise, and worshipping God! YAY!

1 Thessalonians 5:24!!! is a wonderful verse.
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sick [May. 30th, 2006|03:13 pm]
Melissa
[Current Mood |groggygroggy]
[Current Music |I Will Run ~ Jason Morant]

Ouch. I ache all over. My throat is raw. I'm sick. poor me. haha
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He must increase, but I must decrease [May. 28th, 2006|08:03 pm]
Melissa
[Current Mood |soresore]
[Current Music |Aimless ~ Bethany Dillon]

"His Presence Changes Everything"
Michael Staires

"Ours is a journey steeped in covenant. “The Lord is my Shepherd.” “He is my rock and my fortress.” “He is the Glory and the lifter of my head.” These are all covenant statements. These are covenant vows. These are things we recite as we hold up our right hands and look into each other’s eyes. These words speak to me of the various roles that God has chosen to play in my life. What he will be for me.

All of these statements confirm in my heart the fullness of his role and the utter emptiness of my own. What is it, in all my humanness, that God can cling to in his relationship with me? I am unfaithful, I am fickle, I am emotional, I am weak—I will fail. In that alone am I consistent. What is it that I can bring to my relationship with God? There is nothing. That’s a hard thing for me to admit.

In the very first ceremony of covenant, God put Abram to sleep and handled everything on his own. Abram slept through the entire affair with only a dark vision of a pillar of fire walking with him between the two bloody halves of their animal sacrifice. When he awoke the deal was done. That’s it, the whole thing in a nutshell. I can’t bring anything to the table. There is absolutely nothing that I can bring to the arrangement that I can hang my hat on. I can’t say, “Look what I’ve done! Look at the enormity of gifts and bounty that I can bestow on my Lord! See? You should really love me now. Look at all I can do for you!” It’s ridiculous to even consider.

But I can’t seem to get a picture out of my mind. A crowded, narrow street. Jesus being pressed on every side, jostled by the crowd. He’s focused intently on making it to a house where he needs to see a small girl who is very sick. I’m sure he’s thinking of what might await him. Suddenly, he feels energy, power, strength—he feels his essence flow out of him. He whirls and asks those nearby, “Who touched me?” The crowd is perplexed. Everyone is touching him. They surround him on all sides. He asks again, “No—who touched me?”

Someone touched him. Not just his arm or his leg: someone touched his heart. Someone touched him in his core. And this someone didn’t just touch him—someone actually drew from Him. Someone touched him with so much need and so much desperation that they actually sucked the very power to heal out of him.

A poor woman, bleeding from some unknown mysterious ailment for many years, lies on the dusty ground before him. Her head is bowed and she is unable to lift her face to look him in the eyes. She has come to the end. She no longer cares that she will be humiliated. She no longer cares that she’ll have to endure the scorn of the crowd for causing such a distraction, such a delay in the critical visit to see the very sick daughter of a very important man.

She’s unable to be fulfilled as a woman, a wife, a mother. Her life has been about this sickness, this disease for so long. It’s become part of her. She’s tried everything. She’s drained whatever savings her family had, taken by doctors over the years trying to heal the unhealable. She has nothing.

But then she is bathed in warmth. She looks up and sees his face; no pity there. Just love. Complete and undeniable love. The crowd fades away in her mind, and the only two people now in the dusty street are her and this incredible man. She rises to her full height and looks the man in the face. She cannot find words to say to him. He knows that. He knows that there are no words at a time like this. He simply holds out his arms and she rushes into his embrace.

He holds her for a long moment. Then, strangely, he thanks her. She pulls away briefly and says, "You thank me?” He smiles. “Yes, thank you. In you I fulfill my destiny, my covenant. It’s your weakness, your sorrow and pain that cause me to be. It’s your humanness that I love, that compels me. It drives me. Do you know how much I love you?”

She knows he’s not speaking romantically and looks down at her hands—no longer shaking. She feels her toes in the dirt, no longer tingling with loss of circulation. She knows he has accomplished with a touch what many doctors over many years could not. Yes, she knows now how much he loves her. And with that he smiles and turns on his heel, once again lost to the current of the crowd.

But the woman is no longer the woman who bleeds—she is now the woman who touched him. The healed woman. Everything is now different. His presence has changed everything.

It’s my need, my weakness, my humanness that actually draws him to me. He is actually attracted to my need for him. He’s not interested in my claims of independence. He is moved by my dependence. The Bible says that in our weakness he is made strong. We know this verse. But do we really get it? Our independence doesn’t do it for him. God is only God in my weakness. He becomes the King of Kings only when I admit that I can’t do anything by myself.

This is covenant. Once we understand the terms—he is everything, we are nothing—covenant becomes real and the blessings come. We only have all of him when we give up all of us."

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from:
http://www.relevantmagazine.com/god_article.php?id=7049
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Your Word is like honey on my lips. [May. 27th, 2006|09:39 pm]
Melissa
[Current Mood |peacefulpeaceful]
[Current Music |I Love Your Ways ~ Newsboys]

If there hasn't already been a time for each of us to stand alone, that time may come. Only, we won't really be standing alone. Because, the One who we are standing for, will be the One standing with us. Not only that, He will be the One standing for us.
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sing to the east and the west [May. 26th, 2006|04:22 pm]
Melissa
[Current Mood |happyhappy]
[Current Music |Not Forgotten ~ Delirous?]

It's only been about 3 weeks since I got home from the Mexico trip. That's weird to me. It seems like I've been home a LOT longer than that. Last night Joanna and I went to visit Generation Church, Central District. The people there are very nice and friendly :) I'm excited about doing GC Interns.

TONIGHT IS THE SHOW!!!! As in The Solid Hour Of Worship! At church. yay! I'm excited.

P.S. I think I'm ready for Summer now.
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the more i seek You, the more i find You [May. 21st, 2006|02:49 pm]
Melissa
[Current Mood |gratefulgrateful]
[Current Music |Adoration ~ Matthew Glass]

--Matthew 6:33-34 (NIV)

"33) But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

34) Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."

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Stop seeking the process. Start seeking Kingdom, the goal.
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Lord, You take my heart away, with Your love [May. 15th, 2006|05:47 pm]
Melissa
[Current Mood |refreshedrefreshed]
[Current Music |Ready For You ~ Kutless]

What can I say?
And what can I do?
But offer this heart, O God
Completely to You

So I'll stand
with arms high and heart abandoned
In awe of the One who gave it all
I'll stand
My soul, Lord, to You surrendered
ALL I AM IS YOURS!


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My heart belongs completely and only to Jesus Christ. My soul belongs completely and only to Jesus Christ. My whole LIFE belongs completely and only to Jesus Christ, my Reason. How could I not offer all of me, completely to Him?
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