Sunday, May 6, 2012

Psalms 71:15

When I first decided to attended Texas Tech University, I was not in the right place in my walk with Christ, I simply chose Tech because I wanted to be away from the state of Nevada and Arizona/California was too close and I wanted to go where the cute cowboys were that I met every year at church camp in Glorietta. Judge me all you want, :). Looking back on my 5 years here in Lubbock thus far, I know that God had a plan for me to attend what I consider the best University in Texas.


Not only did I grow as a person, I suppose that's what happens when you move 1000 miles away from everything you've ever known, not knowing a single person in this entire huge state that is Texas BUT I have grown tremendously in my walk with Christ. I won't lie, my freshman year I looked and applied to the colleges in Arizona that I had turned down just a year prior, but I still felt something in my gut that was telling me, you need to stay in Lubbock, that's where you're supposed to be. Still even after my freshman year, I was farther away from God than I had ever been, so it was never what God wanted, but more just what I "felt" was right.


Looking back now on that "gut feeling" I realize that God had a distinct plan for this Nevada native. My sophomore year my world was rocked when I was caught in a huge lie that I had told to multiple people. After being caught and losing friendships over that lie, I realized I couldn't do this life thing on my own. Called up an old friend I met my freshman year and began attending The Heights Fellowship with her...and the rest is history, right? Not quite, it just got better from there, thank you Jesus for your grace and mercy then and now and every day for that matter.


The heights fellowship is now not only the place where I work and minister to kids but where I am constantly challenged in my walk with Christ. I have never been consistently in the word but I currently am and I know it's probably an obvious statement but life is so much more joyful. I always prayed for people to know Christ but I never really meant it, I wanted to add them to my list. I now pray for people to know Christ to yearn for a relationship with him rather than just a religion. My Las Vegas church never challeneged me in my walk but The Heights has shown me via many people I have come to know that a relationship with Jesus isn't just a Sunday or Wednesday event it's a daily walk, a lifestyle, it means being in the world daily and it's something you want to share with the world because you want them to know the Jesus that you know, the Jesus who 1) Will never leave you 2) Loves you with his everlasting love 3) He took away your shame 4) His Grace his abounding 5) He is strong when I am weak 6) He gives me hope 7) your name will be written in the lamb's book of life, guaranteeing eternity with the Savior of the world 8) because he is in control, even in the little things 9)because his word is truth 10) would have given up his life for just YOU, up if you were the only person on the earth, he would have taken the cross. NOW.THAT'S.LOVE!


I've been posting a lot about my graduation lately, whether it be via twitter or Facebook, and for those of you who have had to put up with that I am sorry, well okay not really :) Truth is, after my freshman year, i never imagined making it to this point, sounds lame, but I am being completely honest. I just thought after totally bombing my freshman year, I just imagined not being able to bounce back, but I did. If you don't count my freshman year, I have a 3.8 and that I can say with the upmost honesty and pride.


Thank you Jesus for taking me when I was completely broken and you showed me the everlasting love you have for your children. Reminds me of Psalms 31:121, "Praise the LORD, for he has shown me the wonders of his unfailing love" Even when I fail to give God my 100% he shows me his unfailing love. I also couldn't thank my church body for loving me, it took me awhile to admit to them my past, but I am beyond thankful for the love that they have shown. They have shown me the love of Christ in it's fullest and saying I am thankful could never be enough.


Ending: Psalms 71:15, "...for I am overwhelmed by how much you have done for me" THANK YOU Jesus for all you have done for me, are doing for me and will continue to do for me daily. You are my rock and my salvation, in who I trust.


Have a great week friends!

Friday, March 23, 2012

#TheHungerGames

Like a lot people, I was one that gave into the hype of The Hunger Games series. I read twilight and liked it, but I thoroughly enjoyed #TheHungerGames more, to me it was a more captivating storyline. I read all three of the books in 2.5 days and then was sad that I did and it was over. They were phenomenal. 


Tickets for the movie went on sale February 23rd. I bought them, that day. A group of my friends all decided we would be going together, we were all stoked. 


Yesterday was the premiere of the movie and needless to say, that is what kept me going during the week. I knew that if I could make it to Thursday, I would be good. Thursday came...


I was reading through my twitter as I was on my way to LIFEGroups before heading to the theatre. One of my best friend's husband posted a tweet: " Do you get as excited about reading the Bible as you do about the Hunger Games? I didn't think so. Sinners. It really got me to thinking...I mean really did. 


I had taken almost 3 days to read this book with excitement and zeal. I couldn't wait to buy the tickets the day they came out. I also used the Thursday premiere as a crutch to get through this last week. To re-quote Tyler's tweet and make it personal, "Do I get AS excited about reading God's word as I do about the hunger games?" The answer is pure and simple. 


No. I do not. It made my heart hurt and was extremely convicting. This morning as I rose, I still thought about that tweet. Even with lack of sleep and an early class, I made it a point to arise earlier than normal and to just talk to God and listen. This morning I also made a point to read God's word. Asking father to give me the zeal for his word that I have for #TheHungerGames or anything else for that matter. 


Thank you again Tyler. Thank you for posting that, it was something that I definitely needed to hear. 



Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Only 7 More Days

Today is day 24 of 31 on my no fastfood and no diet coke challenge for my ADRS class. I now am craving a cheeseburger from Whataburger, bean and cheese burritos from Taco Villa and Queso from Rosa's. Diet Coke on the other hand really hasn't bothered me. In my last post, I mentioned that I wanted to give in on the last day. I decided that I wouldn't be doing that, maybe because I want to say I could do it for the full amount of days. I hate not meeting a challenge, so there is no way I am giving in whether it's on purpose or accident.

I sure am proud of myself :) Now let's see how long the No Diet Coke lasts after the challenge ends.

Have a great Wednesday friends.

Until we meet again.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

I know, because I am.

I was reading last night in my textbook for my Parenting class about statistics of single parents. For the most part I would say they are true, but I do have a bit of a disagreement with the textbook. I was born into a single parent family and raised by my mom alone. My dad had little no impact in my life until I was around the age of 10. One of the main statistics of being raised by a single parent when the father is lacking is lower grades, achieve less education, more likely to drop out of high school and less likely to keep a job, to name a few.




  1. Lower Grades--I am on the Dean's List at Texas Tech University and have been on the President's List twice. 
  2. Achieve Less Education--I will be graduating in May from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and again in December with a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies. 
  3. More Likely to Drop out of High School--Read the two points noted above. 
  4. Less Likely to Keep a Job--I had a job in high school-some college for almost 6 years, as far as post-graduate jobs, I'll keep you updated on that one, don't worry. 
Last thing my textbook mentions is that when the lack of fathers, girls initiate sexual activity at an early age. 

  • I don't want to get too personal with you here, but this is most definitely not the case. I was born into a Christian home and raised by a mom and grandma (along with the rest of my family) to have Strong Values and Morals. I believe wholeheartedly to save yourself for marriage, because Father has that one special person for you, your spouse, and that is for him and him alone. 
I am not saying that I am the only girl that was raised in a single-parent home that does not live up to these statistics. I just want other girls to realize that it can happen and you don't have to fall into the lies of the devil and the world's ways. Just hold on tight to all the amazing promises of Father and trust that he knows what he is doing and you will make it, you will go far, I promise...I know, because I am. 

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Day 21 of 30 || No Diet Coke or Fastfood

Today is day 21 of No Diet Coke and Fastfood.

The Dietcoke is holding strong, no cravings and for the most part have forgot all about it. Fastfood was going well until I realized I was craving Rosa's queso/tortillas/enchiladas. Every Sunday our college groups goes out to lunch. The first week I didn't go with them, the second they ate fastfood so I went home, last week I went out to lunch with a friend from church and another college student, and this week I wanted Rosa's. We learned about how addicts have enablers. My friends described that to a "T". They said, why not just have it. I responded with well I haven't given in now, I can't do it at all. Then they all made a joke about how I should just give in on the last day possible. At first I thought, no I don't want to "fail" this challenge I was given. Then, it sounded like a really good idea and I decided that I may just break it on the last day possible, mainly because it would make for a good story for my paper.

The "last" day is still 9 days away. We'll see if my minds changes by the time the 28th of February comes.

Have a great Sunday friends and a great week.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

We All Have Scars, We All Have Stories

I was talking with a girl on the bus on Tuesday (Valentine's Day) and I was sharing Jesus with her. Sadly this isn't something I do it on a daily basis, I did it as a #ValentinesDayChallenge proposed by a pastor and friend. I was telling this girl, we'll call her, Emily, about the love Father has for her. She told me briefly that she doesn't go to church, because she has been hurt. I told her before she exited the bus that the love the father has for her is everlasting. I told her that those hurts, father can heal them, that he is always there, and his promises never fail. She told me as she was walking off, "My Scars are too deep". I don't know if I;ll ever see Emily again, but I know that she was told that day about the love the father has for her. 


Her comment, "My Scars are too deep" really hit home to me. I have had plenty of scars in my life. Scars can be considered: Mistakes I made, Ways people have hurt me, Ways I have hurt people, etc. These scares are what makes us better. No matter how deep our scars are, the father is always there to heal them. His love for us is unconditional for us, The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying:
“Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you. -Jeremiah 31:3. Father will never leave us or forsake us he told us in Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you." 

Yes, our scars may be hard to overcome, but we are reminded over and over again in scripture how Father loves us with an everlasting love and how he will never leave us. He is always with us. Even when life is hard, Father is right there with us, walking side by side, whispering sweet words of encouragement, reminding us of all his wonderful promises. 


Our scars are stories we can use to show people to the father. Today in my LIFEGroup a question was asked, "What are some ways that you can share Jesus with people who have other religions?" My response was, I know that Jesus is real, because he is active in my life. I have scars, because the father is actively working in my life, because he is speaking to me, because I am in his word, wanting to learn more about him. 


Don't be afraid of your scars, let them be used to show people what God is doing and has been doing in your life. Let your scars show people how God is actively working in your life. 
Don't be afraid of your scars.

Rest in that today friends. Rest in the truth and promises the father shows us each and every day. 

You are loved. Show the love you been so graciously given to others. 

Have a great weekend friends. 

Amanda 

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The Last 4 February 14ths

Remembering Valentines Through My College Years!

Freshman Year: Vanessa, Anna and I bought the same shirt at Old Navy, how cheese, I know! Vanessa, Bianaca, Anna, Kaitlin, Kara and I went to see 'Definitely Maybe'. We all loved the movie!!! Freshman year I was also in what I thought was a serious relationship. Received a ring with a promise.

Sophomore Year: I was still in that "Serious Relationship" and thought it was actually going somewhere. Valentines this year was a big deal for us, even with him being in Greece at the time, we made Valentines Day happen.

Junior Year: A little bit less romantic Valentines day, still in relationship, but it was slowly ending.

Senior Year: I had the great opportunity to spend my Valentines Day with two of my very best friends, Aryn and Andrea. We went to a mexican restaurant (interesting place) and enjoyed each other's company. Love them both so much.

Super Senior Year: Enjoying resting in the comfort of my savior and the love that he has for me, the greatest love ever given and a love that is never ending and isn't based on anything I do. He loves me for who I am and that is the best love ever given. Thankful that the promises that my Father God will never not come through, he is the best Valentine.

A pastor that I follow on twitter did #TheValentinesDayChallenge posted by--Tell one person who doesn't know Jesus loves them, HOW much he loves them. I took this challenge and decided that I can share the love that my Savior has for me. I spoke with a girl on the bus today and told her just how much Jesus loves her.

Friends, whether you have a a significant other or you don't, take the time today to share the love that the Father has for you. The love that never ends no matter what. You are loved, share that love. If you're reading this today and you are unaware of the love the father has for you, comment and I would love to share with you.

Happy Valentines Day Friends.

Amanda