Bolivia 2014!

Hey guys!

I haven’t been on here in far too long, I am aware.. but I thought I’d update now!

I am currently sitting in good old YYZ, Pearson International Airport. In an hour and 45 minutes our plane will depart for Panama City, Panama, and then after that to Bolivia. We will be in Santa Cruz for a day before heading on a 45 minute plane ride to Cochabamba, a beautiful little city in the mountains. 

Myself and 22 other people are going to be working with Niños Con Valor, an organization that has 3 homes for orphaned/neglected children. We will also be going to Mizque, a mountain town, to deliver “Christmas” food hampers to other remote villages in the area. 

I am SO excited to see what God does in the 2 weeks we are gone. I can’t wait to see how He is going to work through us and in us. Keep us in your prayers, we will be needing them!

I will hopefully be doing some updates on here every so often. And HOPEFULLY doing some vlogs, too, going up on my YouTube channel once I’m home! As long as I remember to film that will happen 😉

Anyways, I am going to go bond with the AMAZING people I am with now! Have an amazing day 🙂

Be blessed!

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Divine Dance- Setting the Stage

Hey guys!
Chloe and Lacey here, finally, with our first part of our study of the Divine Dance by Shannon Kubiak Primiciero! Sorry this took so long, we had a LOT of technical difficulties but better late than never 🙂

Today we talk about the introduction to the book, Setting the Stage
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Chloe and Lacey

Hide It Under A Bushel? No!

I’m sure we’re all quite familiar with the children’s song that makes up my title, even without the rest of the lyrics. I grew up singing This Little Light of Mine at camp, VBS, and church, but who knew that as a young adult, it would still teach me an important truth?

Mark 16:15- He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation”

Matthew 28:19- Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

2 Corinthians 2:14- But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere.

All of those verses have something in common- they all talk about Christians sharing their faith to others. We aren’t made to hear God’s Word and keep it inside us, we are made to spread all we learn about God to everyone in every nation! (This is exactly what the children’s song is talking about!)

I am so guilty of this, though. I am the type of person who never wants to make anyone feel uncomfortable, and so I am never pushy about anything. If somebody has a differing opinion from me, chances are I won’t try and convince them that I have a valid opinion (unless, of course, I am quite friendly with the person, then I can argue their ear off ;)) But that’s just how I am. So when it comes to something as.. almost taboo, as religion and God, it’s no surprise that I really don’t try to spread God’s word to people who don’t want to receive it. I am not good at it at all. But I am really trying to change that part of me.

That being said, it is also quite true (and cliche, I know) that actions speak louder than words. By truly striving to live and love like Jesus, I know that non-believers will be drawn to that and notice a difference in me. I pray that He will use those times to allow me to be a witness to those people.

What about you? What do you find hardest about spreading God’s love? Do you hide it under a bushel, or let it shine?

I Am Undeserving

Wanna know something that I find really cool about God’s love? We didn’t do a single thing to deserve it. He doesn’t love us because we are kind to others, or get good grades, or memorize scriptures. He has loved us since the beginning of time. He loves us despite the times we are cruel to others, or don’t put an effort into our studies, or fall away from Him. 

I like how Romans 5:8 sums it up- But God shows his love for us, because while we were still sinners Christ died for us

Christ didn’t show God’s great love for us AFTER we repented our sins. Christ died, the biggest display of love in history, while we were sinners. While there was a separation between us and God. 

I did ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to warrant love from the Creator, yet He loves me more than anyone else ever could. And I mean, there’s been some times that I’ve felt super loved from friends and family. But His love exponentially exceeds the greatest feeling of humanly love.. No matter how many times I say that, I just can’t understand that.

But it’s just because of how He is. He is so great, His love is so great (great in reference to size). I know that I’m not always worthy of an unconditional love- I fail God on a daily basis. But he loves me DESPITE those times- and He always will. And I thank Him for that every day

Be blessed!

Thankful

Tonight I got to catch up with some old friends and I had an amazing night 🙂 a college and careers age group is starting up at my church for those of us who have grown and moved on from youth, and it’s so exciting to me that I will get to have a group to relate to and grow with again!
That being said, there was a part of tonight that had me really frustrated- I was actually going to do a rant post until God changed my heart
As I was driving Chloe home, it started off as a rant about the thing that I was frustrated about, but then we got talking about how we don’t want to be like that (like gossiping etc) and how we really want to be passionate about glorifying God and stuff.. And well we decided to hold each other accountable, especially in the area of gossip. It’s something that’s just so unnecessary but an easy thing to do. I don’t want to just take the easy road anymore, I want to be like Christ!
I’m so excited for the sister I have in Chloe 🙂 we had such an amazing talk on the ride home and I’m so glad to have her in my life! She challenges me every day and helps me grow so much and I am just so blessed by her presence in my life! God is truly so good to us
Be blessed!