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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Thoughts from Francis Thompson

(In case you're wondering who Francis Thompson is, he was a poet who lived during the late 1800's/early 1900's. I read him in literature this week and thought he was really powerful. This is excerpts from his poem "The Hound of Heaven.")

I fled Him, down the nights and down the days;
I fled Him, down the arches of the years;
I fled Him, down the labyrinthine ways
Of my own mind, and in the mist of tears
I hid from Him...
(For, though I knew His love Who followed
Yet I was sore adread [i.e. very worried]
Lest, having Him, I must have naught besides).
Nigh and nigh [near and nearer] draws the chase,
With unperturbed pace,
Deliberate speed, majestic instancy
And past those noised feet,
A Voice comes yet more fleet
"Lo, naught [nothing] contents thee, who content'st not [is not contented in] Me."
Naked I wait thy Love's uplifted stroke!
My harness piece by piece Thou hast hewn from me,
And smitten me to my knee;
I am defenseless utterly.
Ah! Must Thou char the wood ere Thou canst limn [can write] with it?
Such is, what is to be?
The pulp so bitter, how shall taste the rind?
That Voice is round me like a bursting sea:
"Whom wilt thou find to love ignoble thee,
Save Me, save only Me?
All which I took from thee I did but take,
Not for thy harms [not to hurt you],
But just that thou might seek it in My arms.
All which thy childish mistake
Fancies as lost, I have stored for thee at home:
Rise, clasp My hand, and come!"
Is my gloom after all,
Shade of His hand, outstreached caressingly?
"Ah, fondest, blindest, weakest,
I am He Whom thou seekest!"

Apologies for its length and old English (though this is only a sampling), but I thought it was neat.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Something new to talk about.

Sooo, not too long ago, an online friend of mine was talking to me about comfort zones. We both are members on the Rebelution forums and she wanted to post a thread on this. I helped her a little bit with the questions, though she gets most of the credit. I thought it would be cool to talk about it on my blog. I'd like to hear what others have to say on this. =) Sam, hope you don't mind that I do this!!

Lately I've been thinking about how we, as Rebelutionaries, can miss opportunities that we may not even be looking for. If you're not constantly attempting to stretch yourself, how are you going to grow- spiritually, or personally? Andrew John Harrison makes a good point: "It is only when your leave you comfort zone that you run into your limits."

We have to push ourselves to try new things and step away from the familiar. In doing that we will continue to grow, and learn to do even greater things for God in the future. Because how can you ever realize your limits, if you don't even try to reach them? Meriamwebster.com defines a comfort zone as "The level at which one functions with ease and familiarity."

So, my questions to you are:

-Have you ever turned down an opportunity, and then regretted it, simply because it was out of your comfort zone?

-Have you done anything recently that was out of your comfort zone? Were you able to tell the difference of whether it was a positive, God honoring challenge vs. something you did just for the sake of it?

-Have you ever found yourself feeling uncomfortable, because you were in a situation that you should never have be comfortable with in the first place (i.e. something inappropriate or not honoring God)?
How have you judged between positive vs. negative opportunities to step out of your comfort zone?

-What did you learn from it, and how can you apply that in the future?

-Do you have any suggestions for other Rebelutionaries, should they encounter a similar situation as you?

- Can you think of any Bible verses that talk about comfort zones?

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

DHT chapter 5 questions

“Life is full of scary things,” write Alex and Brett. Most of us can relate! The problem comes when we let fear or discomfort limit what we attempt or dream for our lives. Most teens are afraid to speak in public, try something new, go somewhere new, or meet new people. Interestingly, all these experience usually turn out positively—or at least give us the most interesting stories. If we’re willing to act in spite of fear, risk failure when necessary, and trust God, our lives will change radically for the better. And we’ll accomplish more than we ever could have imagined.


1) Would you say that fear of failure or discomfort affects you (a) not at all, (b) a little, (c) often, or (d) all the time? Talk about your answer.

2) Identify the areas in your life where you try hardest to stay in your “cozy little routines.” In each case, what negative outcome are you most afraid of? What very positive outcome might come about if you took that first scary step despite your fears?

3) Most of us associate words like faith and courage with positive feelings. But Alex and Brett write that many who choose to act out of faith or courage actually experience intensely negative feelings, such as fear, uncertainty,
worry, and doubt. If you have ever made a courageous choice but felt terrible while you were making it, talk about it. What happened? What did you learn?

4) Why might God be able to accomplish more through us when we act in spite of our weaknesses rather than out of our confidence or strength?

5) “Our story started with a simple step into the unknown,” Seth Willard says in this chapter. “But by God’s grace, our story has only just begun.” As you were reading this chapter, did any thoughts come to mind about a step into the unknown you should or could be taking? If so, what is it?

Friday, July 24, 2009

URGENT PRAYER REQUEST!

I got this email from Kate Jakubisin today:

Hello Everyone,

My dad talked with Dean this afternoon and wanted to update you on the current situation in Guadalupe and request prayer for the protection of Rancho3m. Dean said the drug wars moved into Guadalupe, two incidents have recently occurred. The first is the owner of the small store close to the Ranch [we went there several times to buy coke] was kidnapped and ransomed for $20,000. Although the money was paid he was murdered leaving behind a wife and three kids. The second incident was the kidnapping of a drugstore owner in the town of Guadalupe. He was ransomed also. After he was beaten they released him. Because of this, the next group, the Sov. Grace Church of Chesapeake, VA, canceled their trip. Thankfully the Cov Life groups were able to go to the Rancho and return home safely. They were able to dry-in the building for the baby home and are planning on sending a group of 40 men back in October to complete the job. Please pray for the violence to end so that the groups (Cov Life and Apex) planned to come in October will be able to.

Please be praying for the protection of the kids and staff at Rancho3m. Dean requested that we especially pray for protection of the staff and kids the week of July 27-August 3 as the Staff leaves for a week long retreat and the kids will be gone on their summer break, some will go home to their families.

Also, Dean said Alan is doing well, please keep praying for him.

-Kate Jakubisin
"I don't know what the future holds, but I know who holds the future"

PLEASE pray for Rancho3M, Dean and his family, the children at the Ranch, the staff members and the people in the surrounding community. This is a very scary and dangerous time right now so all of your prayers help! Thank you so much!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Just plain AWESOME!


Here are some incredible pictures of the universe that point to the AWESOMENESS of our Almighty God!!

Psalm 19:1-4 ~ The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.






DHT Chapter 4 questions

This chapter starts with the story of Ray, a teen party guy who hasn’t grown up, and isn’t sure he wants to. He’s choosing fun now over the future he says he wants. He’s heading toward what the authors call “a failure to launch.” Why? Because the teen years are like a diving board that, if we land on the right spot, will launch us into our best possible future. If we miss (or don’t even jump), we risk never launching. Most of us know a Ray—a “kidult”—who still hasn’t launched at twenty-five, thirty, or even older. The authors then identify five categories of hard things that promise to deliver high-impact results now and later if we do them.

1) Do you know a “kidult” like Ray? Describe his or her life. Do you think there’s anything that anyone could say to this “Ray” that would motivate him or her to change direction? If so, what? If not, why not?

2) The authors write, “What each of us will become later in life largely depends on what we become now.” Do you agree or disagree? What might a mature adult who knows you well say you are becoming?

3) The “strict training” Alex and Brett talk about doesn’t sound appealing at first. But what might be some payoffs from that kind of discipline in your life now, and your dreams for your future?

4) Which of the five hard things that the authors list motivates you the most? Why?

5) What are some of the hard things you’ve already done in your life? What were the results? What would you say you learned through these experiences?

Monday, July 6, 2009

So...how's it going?

I haven't had an accountability post in a while. How are you all doing? What have your struggles been recently? How can we be holding you accountable and praying for you? I'd particularlly like to hear from my past regulars: Mark, Melly, Cara and Kasey(aka Mee). I'd also like to hear from a few of you who I think read, but don't post very often...this may include: Wesley, Hannah and Morgan. :)

Love you all!
Emily

DHT Chapter 3 questions

An elephant is an incredibly powerful beast that can be restrained by a piece of twine. (No kidding.) And that powerful animal just might be you, say Alex and Brett. Why? Because teens today buy into “the Myth of Adolescence.” That myth is an assumption that the teen years can’t add up to much and are meant to be spent as some sort of vacation from responsibility. Unfortunately, those low expectations end up trapping and limiting teens for no good reason. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Even the word teenager, the authors point out, is a recent invention. We can choose to live by higher standards. We can leave childish ways behind and grow up. We can decide to do hard things. That, say the twins, is where the Rebelution starts.

1) Have you ever visited a zoo, seen beautiful and powerful animals caged by glass or bars, and felt that something was terribly wrong? If so, talk about it. Why do you think some teens might identify with a wild but caged bird or animal?

2) Do you think that harmless-sounding lies about the teen years could be holding back both you and other teens you know? Talk about it.

3) What was your reaction to the stories of George, David, and Clarissa (pages 31-32)? Have you ever thought you could accomplish a lot more than you are now?

4) What do your parents expect you to do at home in an average week? Do you deliver? Be honest. How much time and effort does it take to do what’s asked of you? Do you think your parents require too much or too little?

5) Have you ever found yourself behaving very differently—and accomplishing a lot more—simply because someone expected you to? Describe the experience.

Friday, July 3, 2009

The balance between doing hard things and just plain busyness

Well, I was telling Cara about this the other day, but I have been thinking much about this and thought I would post on it.

I started this summer off so determined not to waste my summer that I am starting to do just the opposite. I think I have taken on too much. Where now, instead of doing a few things well, I'm doing many things and not doing them the best I could. bottom line: Busyness does not equal fruitfulness

As I read an article by CJ Mahaney today, he said:

  • Busyness does not mean I am diligent
  • Busyness does not mean I am faithful
  • Busyness does not mean I am fruitful
If I'm 'busy', but whatever I'm busy with is not fruitful, then I am wasting my time.

For example. I have not been faithful to reply to the DHT questions. I have been faithful to read the chapters and post the questions. I but I basically read the chapter and then checked it off my list of things to do for the week. So, I haven't really benefited from the study and there hasn't been any fruit.

I think I am going through too many books right now. I'm trying to read throuhg 9 different books(several of them are some type of group study) and instead of growing through these things, it's turning into a very non-productive and unfruitful thing.

If you can't already tell, I'm the type of girl that wants to do everything and wants to be involved in everything. I want to take everything and I want to make everything work. I want to grow spiritually. But, I'm slowly learning that doing a 'hard thing' is not always being busy and being involved in everything. I'm learning that doing a hard thing is to discern when I should participate in something and when I'm just going through the motions with another thing I signed up for or took on.

There is a difference in between doing hard things and just doing too much.

So, I'm going to be praying on what God wants me to focus on. I may have to narrow a few things down, or maybe just push something off until the future. If I don't, I don't think I'm going to be serving God like I could be. I want to to be balanced for the rest of this summer and throught this upcoming school year. As it's only going to get fuller with work and school.

I will continue to post the weekly DHT study questions, but I'm starting to feel led to drop that study for now so I can pursue excellence in other things. I will restart my weekly accountablity posts, as long as someone is growing from them.

Lastly, I would like to see if any of you have thoughts on this topic. Have any of you had this same struggle? How did you narrow things down? After you narrowed things down to what you felt more led to do, did you see more growth? Does anyone have any verses to share that reminds them of this topic?

I apperciate your thoughts and I hope you all undertstand,
Emily Joy

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Anybody home?

If you read this blog regularly (at least once a month) please comment on this post. Just an "I'm here" would work. There's nothing wrong with a small group, but it would be nice to know who's benefiting from this blog (I know I have).

If you have a minute, answer these questions (I know, more questions! But it would be helpful to know, I think):
1. Which have encouraged you most/been most helpful - the weekly accountability, book studies, or "random" posts?
2. Would you be willing to post occasionally, with prayer requests, praises, comments on sermons, or something similar?
(or)
3. Do you feel like you are too busy to be able to keep up with a blog like this?

Thanks!

Sunday, June 28, 2009

DHT Chapter 2 questions

Hey everyone! Sorry for not replying to the last set of questions yet! I hope to do those soon, when a have some time to go through them Here are the questions for Chapter 2:

In this chapter, Alex and Brett tell the story of their journey from being bored teens to being Supreme Court interns, campaign workers, and blog hosts. But before they had new experiences they had new ideas—big ideas like:
• Our generation is getting robbed!
• There has to be more to the teen years than goofing off.
• Ordinary teens can make a big difference in the world.
• Young people can handle big responsibilities.
• With big dreams come big challenges.
• What teens working together can accomplish is amazing!
They close the chapter by inviting readers to join them in an uprising “against a cultural
mind-set that twists the purpose and potential of the teen years and threatens to cripple our generation.”

1) Looking back, do you see a season, a book, or an event that changed what you believe or how you live? If so, talk about it. How are you different
now?

2) One teen told Alex and Brett, “Everyone I know at school is shackled by low expectations.” Could you say the same thing? If so, talk about why.

3)Have you ever found yourself responsible for a task that seemed too big for you to succeed at? If so, what happened? Did that experience turn out to be a bad thing or a good thing in your life?

4) Did you identify with the story of shy Heidi Bentley (pages 19-22)? If so, talk about it.

5) History shows that youth movements against God-established authority have generally not amounted to much. How do the authors set their message apart from such movements?

Sunday, June 21, 2009

DHT questions for chapter one

“We believe our generation is ready to rethink what teens are capable of doing and becoming.” With that statement, the authors set the stage for a discussion about doing things differently. Then they identify the unique angle of Do Hard Things: instead of being a book where adults tell teens how to change, it’s a conversation
among teens who are ready to lead the way. Alex and Brett talk briefly about their background and reasons for writing the book. They want teens to rebel against low expectations and reclaim the full potential of their teen years.

1)As you read the inside flaps of the book and the first chapter, how did you react to the authors’ talk about change, hard things, and “rebelution”?

2) Usually we try to look to older (hopefully wiser) people for life advice. Do you see any risks when teenagers—in this case, two nineteen year olds—try to persuade other young people to change how they think? On the other hand, what might be some advantages to the authors’ age?

3)“We don’t think ‘average teenagers’ exist,” write the twins. Do you feel average? If so, why? Does that ever feel like a good thing? If not, what is it that makes you feel not average?

4) The fictional Dundress monks were well intentioned but unhappy Christians who believed that more misery must mean more holiness. Have you ever thought that? Where do you think that kind of thinking comes from?

5) In what ways do you think popular culture misrepresents what the teen years are for? Can you think of one thing that would change if you and your friends believed—really believed—that low expectations were ripping
you off?

Friday, June 19, 2009

Mexico!

I, along with 35 others, leave for Mexico in just a few hours...I've got so many emotions going through me right now its insane! I don't know what I'm feeling exactly...apprehensive, excited, anxious, joyful, prayerful, nervous, happy, unsure...I'm just a bundle of nerves lol, some good, some not so good...but I know that God will be faithful to keep me safe, and to use me for his divine purpose this week.
Please pray for us this week if you think about it:
1. That God would use us in any way that He wants (and that I would have a good attitude about it!)
2. That God would keep us safe and healthy (and that I wouldn't be(too)homesick)
3. The plane would not crash (!!!!!!!!!!)
4. Our luggage would not be lost (yes, I'm paranoid)
5. That I will be able to speak clearly and interpret (currently I understand more than I speak...pray I won't get frustrated if I cannot understand things)

Please pray for the entire E-team and not just me...The Bakitas(3), Cables(2), Davis'(3), DeCostes(2), Grafs(4), Herlihys(2), Jakubisins(4), Stephanie Jilek, Jones'(3), Me, Morales'(2), Morrisons(2), Pearsons(2), Juan Perez, Mike Seaver, Shedore(3)

Anyway, I should probably try to sleep since I will get my first experience with jet lag later today. We will probably get to the Ranch after 11pm tonight. Also, I'm not sure if my phone will be working or not but please feel free to text me! I would love to hear from you guys! Love you all and I will see you on Sunday the 28th(or sometime soon after that!)!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Don't let them despise you

I found this on the Rebelution blog. Check it out and answer these questions in a comment or in a blog post!



  • Piper shares seven negative characteristics of youth — disrespect, rebellion, self-absorption, cliquishness, conformity to peer pressure, indifference to serious issues, and a fixation on fun as the only thing that satisfies. Are any of these qualities pronounced in your life?
  • Piper makes it clear that we must not be indifferent to what adults think, but neither should we see adult opinions as supreme. Which of these two errors is a greater temptation for you?
  • Ultimately, we must look to God’s standards to guide our behavior. Are you growing (by grace through faith) in obedience to God’s standards “in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity?”
I'm going to answer in a comment sometime soon :-)

Emily

Glad we have at least a little interest in a study of Do Hard Things again. I'm looking forward to it. I hope everyone feels welcomed to jump in at any time! The more the better!!

I'll plan on posting questions every weekend(Fri, Sat. or Sun.). You all can read through Chapter one this week and the questions for chapter one will be coming next weekend.

Let me know if you have any better ideas or suggestions on how to handle this.

Also, anyway I can be praying for you all?

Emily

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Anyone interested?

Hey everyone!

I had an idea for this summer. I know the Do Hard Things conference was over a year ago and I have to say that 'Do Hard Things' message is starting to fade for me. I can't say that I am still as passionate about this as I originally was. I still love the Rebelution and all, but I haven't been as involved and motivated as I used to be.

Anyways, I thought is would be neat to do a weekly online study of the Do Hard things books. I think it might be a nice refresher for everyone. I read the book over a year ago and haven't really picked it up since. Would anyone else be interested in going through the book with me? I was thinking that we could go through one chapter a week and go through the questions for that chapter.

If there is interest, then I will start posting questions next week! Let me know what you all think!

Emily

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Making use of this summer

Recently I have really been thinking of how I can make best use of my summer. I really want to accomplish something this summer. So, after much thought, I think I have come up with something that would really help me grow. I want to read as many theological books as I can to challenge me, strengthen my faith and deepen my knowledge. I also want to focus more and devote more time to studying my Bible.

So, my questions to you all is: Do you have any suggestions for good reads? Do you have any favorite theological books or any favorite authors? Any other suggestions on what I could do this summer that would be challenging and/or create spiritual growth? Does anyone else have plans for the summer? Anyway I can be praying for you and any goals or thing you might have going on this summer?

Thanks guys and girls =)
Emily

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Hey everyone!

Wow, yesterday was a special day for a few of you. Congrats Mark, Kasey and Melly =D

How's everyone doing with their resolutions? How can we all be praying for you? Does anyone feel like they're not being held accountable enough?

Emily

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Hey everyone! How can I be praying for you this week?

Sunday, May 10, 2009

God's Generousity and Kindness

I thought this story might encourage you all.

As I looked into college at UNCC, I knew that tuition was higher than I could work for to save up in such a short amount of time. My mom and I filled out financial aid papers. The amount of money one gets from FAFSA is dependent upon one's parents' income. Since my parents weren't sure the final tax returns, they thought I wouldn't get as much as we hoped. However, GOD has provided ALL the money needed this first year of school at UNCC!! In fact, He not only provided the minimum amount, but He has also given me more that I can put towards next year! I was worried about how I would be able to pay for college, but God has shown me He's got everything planned out!
So if there is something you need provision for, just trust God that He will provide in His time because He always will!
I'm so thankful that we have such an awesome God! Praise Him!

Deus semper fidelis,
*Mel

So, friends, how was your week? I realize that more than half of the Local Rebelutionary posters are either about to graduate or already have. Let me encourage you in something. Earlier this year, Chelsey was saying how she doesn't post a lot because she wants to see the high schoolers posting and would like to see the seniors hand it down to the younger teens. Well, here's what I wanted to say about that.....

This whole 'Rebelution' doesn't stop when you graduate. I think it's a life long mindset, but also, even if it was just for teens, we all are still teens. And some of our elders will still have low expectations for us. All I'm saying is that, I think it's just as much for college students as it is for high schoolers and if all you graduates leave the blog, not many people will be left. Please don't not post because you don't think this is for you anymore.

I'm not trying to say college life isn't different. I know it is. I know a lot of you all are entering into a different stage of life. But, maybe instead of 'laying low' you could take this as an opportunity to be an example to younger teens and take on a leadership role here. In encourging and possibly even sharing your wisdom with us, as older more experienced teens :-)

Anyhow, all that said, how's everyone doing? I feel like this is a busy time for most, with finals and trying to finish up school. Then graduations and work. And of course life in general. I'm going to be praying for everyone in this regard this week. But, is there any specific ways I can be praying for you all? Also, how's everyone doing with their resolutions?

Love you all!
Emily

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Hey everyone!

Sorry for the delay in posting....let's just say it's been a busy week :)

How have your weeks been? How can we be praying for you this week? What have been your struggles and how have you been encouraged this past week?

Um, I don't have much of an update....my week has been the same as last week. I've just been so busy with work and school. I'm very ready for summer :) But anyhow, I guess you all could pray for peace and persistence while I try to finish up for the summer :)

See you in the morning!
Emily

Friday, April 24, 2009

This week

I'm going to suggest that everyone refer to last week's post and reply to what I said there. Just because no one has replied this week...except for Melly that replied today :-)

Oh, and for a quick update for myself. Since I got a job this week, my life has really pick up it's pace...and I thought I was busy before hand!! Well, being busy doesn't allow me time to get off track, so it actually is rather helpful to me. And I've been really encouraged this week and it's been awesome to me how I've been so captivated by God. Like really, He has totally consumed my mind recently and that is such an exciting feeling.

Love you all,

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Hey everyone!

How did your week go? I've been praying for all of you, but I apologize for not commenting/replying after some of you commented over the past few weeks. It's just one of those things that I read, but then don't get a chance to reply the moment I read it and then I end up forgetting to reply later on. Anyways, sorry about that.

How have you been encouraged this week? Did Mr. Connelly's message on Easter Sunday effect you at all over this week? I found it to be a great reminder of all the joy I should have about God and all the good things He has done for me. And, I guess it's really been an encouragement to always look for joy and pursue it, rather then waiting for something to happen that makes me 'happy' for a moment(that isn't really true joy). You may be wondering what this has to do with doing hard things and our 'resolutions'. But here is how I think of it. If we have joy about what God HAS done and about what we know He WILL do, then it will have a ripple effect and effect us in every area of life. Make sense? :-)

Anyhow, please share how I can pray for you this week!

My week was different. I didn't have any school this week because of spring break, but I feel like I really, really needed that and I'm really ready now to take on another week of school. I feel very refreshed, as I have spent a lot of my break doing thing outside and active rather than wasting my time on the computer. And, after taking a computer fast, I really feel encouraged about that. All this said, with everything that I have done differently this week and because I've been quite busy, even though I'm on break, I didn't get a chance to do a few school related things I was hoping to get done this week. So please pray I can get caught up on that, but also pray that I continue to feel refreshed and encouraged as I go back 'to school' this coming week, and am reminded of all the joy I have in Christ =)

Love you all,
Emily

Friday, April 17, 2009

Thank you!

Hey guys, I just wanted to thank you again for being so faithful! This blog has come a really long way from when we started. I was thinking about when my caregroup challenged me to start it and invite all the teens at church who were either at the conference or involved with the Rebelution in any way to come and post their thoughts, Do Hard Things stories and favorite "dead people" to the blog...it is such an evidence of God's grace to have so many of you involved and how much we've grown together! From time to time its always good to go back and review DO HARD THINGS together, I know that for me at least, right now the concepts of that book are exactly what I need to get me through this time of life...so keep growing together and praying together! Love you guys!!!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

I didn't forget!

It's still Saturday ;-) So everyone....how are you doing? I'm going to copy and paste part of a post for several weeks ago:

So Mee...how have you done with your time management? Do you feel like you've made good use of it? And have you been leaning on God to help give you the strength you need?

Mark, how have done with reading your Bible everyday? Do you feel like you've been growing in your walk with the Lord? Have you been investing in your friends like you would like to? Do you feel like you're able to keep up with everything, even when you're busy?

Melly. I haven't heard from you in a few weeks....Do you feel like you're still deepening your walk with the Lord? How have you done this week with your time management? Have you been wise with God's time? Have you been working towards more Biblical fellowship with your friends and Christ-centered discussion?

Cara...Are there any particular things that I can be praying about for you? Or do you have any thing you'd like to share about how your week has been?

Hm...well, about myself, I'm about the same as last week. Still growing in my time management. I'm really looking forward to my spring break this coming week. I have realized the past month or two that the computer is a big distraction in my life and has really been not helping me and has not been a very fruitful use of time for me. These past few weeks, I've been trying to spend less time on the computer and more time doing something fruitful...like working on school or reading my Bible. This week, I'm going to fast from the computer for a day. It's really impossible for me to do during a school week, as I have a lot of school on the comp., so this will be a good opportunity. I hope that will help me realize how much more I could be doing everyday and hopefully remind me that I don't really need the computer :-)

Love you all. He is Risen! =D
Emily

Sunday, April 5, 2009

...

Hey guys, just wanted to encourage you to continue in the Lord in the next few years, I've been trying to lay low for a bit to see if you guys would continue to post and keep one another accountable and a great thanks to all of you who have been involved! Emily, thank you for asking each week about everyone and how they've been doing spiritually, its been a real encouragement to see this every week! Thanks for praying for me and the M28 people, we had a great time, I think 4 people got saved at Rekindle or because of Rekindle and 5 people were baptized. Our time there was filled with amazing worship, great Gospel centered messages, ton of fun and amazing friends...thanks again for praying! Love you guys! Keep loving God and each other!

Friday, April 3, 2009

Hey Friends! How did your week go? How did you feel God's grace this week? What was a struggle for you?

For myself, if I did nothing else well, I have at least been consistent in reading my Bible every single day. But, I am so happy to say that something has changed and I don't have the same report as every other week. For the past few months, I have really been struggling in a particular area of school, where I was constantly procrastinating and avoiding it. This week, by the grace of God, He finally broke me and I was finally truthful with myself. It's amazing how much more free I feel when I no longer feel the weight of that. Anyhow, I of course will always have struggles, but I was very, very encouraged by that. And not until right now(as I'm typing this) have I realized that my prayer request was answered from last week. So, I thank you all so much for your prayers!

Please tell me how I can be praying for you this week. I really want to hear from you all, but even if none of you reply, I'll keep posting weekly and praying for you all =]

Love you all,
Emily

Friday, March 27, 2009

Hi my friends!

This is going to be quick today, as I got to get off in just a minute. But, I wanted to check in and see how everyone's week went? I realize it's only been about 4 days since the last post though. What ways can we be praying for you?

I feel just about the same as I did last time I posted. Over all, I feel like it went pretty well, but there were still some struggles with using my time wisely. I'm starting to get frustrated with myself since I keep haven't the same 'update' in this area every week. I'm always doing 'ok', but I don't want it to be that way. It's a sin I want to kill, but I don't want to take the steps to kill it. So please pray that I can really change this bad habit with God's help over the coming weeks...and that next time, there really will be a change!

Hopefully I'll see all of you tonight :-)
Emily

Monday, March 23, 2009

AHHH...I'm sorry!

AHHH...I'm sorry! Please forgive me. I was sick part of this past week and it just threw me off. And, it totally slipped my mind.

Anyhow, how was your week last week? What were your struggles? Or actually, how did you feel strengthened by Christ? Where you dependent on Him and His strength?

This past week I have felt really encouraged....for a few reasons. A month or two ago, our family started doing a weekly 'Bible study' and that has been awesome. Besides church, it's the highlight of my week. It is almost like a 'mid-week refresher'. Because of that and the accountability that comes along with that, I feel like I've been much more encouraged in all of my struggles. Anyhow, I have been much more diligent with my Bible reading. I will not allow myself to go to bed each night until I have read my Bible and had some time with the Lord....so I feel like I am really growing in my walk with the Lord there. Also, I can't really say how I've been with school because our family had the flu most of the week, so we didn't really have a 'normal school week'. But, I think in some cases I was wise with my time and others maybe not so much....

Have an awesome week. Stay strong,
Emily

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Hey everyone!

To mix it up this week, I would like each of you to tell me(and the rest of us) how we can be praying for you this coming week. I of course am always praying for you all, but it might help if you told us how exactly we can be praying. Also, try to tell me/us how you've felt encouraged this week and if anything has particularly encouraged you as well.

I would like continued prayer for my time management. God has really helps me overcome a lot of stuff this week with managing my time. But I could still grow a lot there. I have been greatly encouraged by reading my Bible daily. It's really neat how much it can bless me every day and that really motivates me to spend more time reading and praying.

Also, thank you few who have been faithful to post/comment on here despite your busy lives. I really want to encourage some of you others to post or even just comment sometime. Jesus instructs us to encourage one another and I think this is a great outlet to do so. Even something as small as posting a verse to share can really bless someone =)

1 Thessalonians 5:11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

Love you all! See you tomorrow!
Emily

Friday, March 13, 2009

Answered Prayer Request!!

Hi all,

I am very thankful to God for His provision. He has given my dad a job! My dad starts work this Monday. God is faithful!!
Thank you all for praying! We really appreciate it.

In Christ,
*Mel

Monday, March 9, 2009

Neat opportunity!

I saw this on the Rebelution blog! I thought some people may be interested in contributing!! I thought it would be a cool experience..... =)

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Hi my friends!

How did you week go? I feel like this question is getting cliche, but there really is no other way to ask it without addressing you personally. Oh, maybe I'll do that!

Alright, so Mee, I will start with you. How have you done with your time management? Do you feel like you've made good use of it? And have you been leaning on God to help give you the strength you need?

Mark, I haven't heard from you in a few weeks. I'm assuming you're quite busy with work and school. How have done with reading your Bible everyday? How do you feel like you've done in growing in your walk with the Lord? Have you been investing in your friends like you would like to?

Melly. Do you feel like you're still deepening your walk with the Lord? How have you done this week with your time management? Have you been wise with God's time? Have you been working towards more Biblical fellowship with your friends and Christ-centered discussion?

Cara...I don't believe that you ever defined a particular resolution or goal for this year. But you have been faithful to post! Are there any particular things that I can be praying about for you? Or do you have any thing you'd like to share about how your week has been?

I believe that's all of you that have been posting. Also, I'm continuing to pray for you, Chelsey and everyone else getting ready to go to Rekindle! And Melly, still praying for your dad's job situation! Any other general prayer requests?

Oh, I almost forgot to let you all know how my week has been. I've been faithful to spend time reading my Bible daily, which I believe has greatly encouraged me this week. Time management wise, this is still a struggle for me. I have had a very busy week, so I've had trouble getting all my school done. But, yes, I still have not always been wise with my time, unfortunately. =/

Love each of you. Stay strong!
Emily

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Another Prayer Request

Hey all,

I just wanted to ask if you all could pray for my dad to get a job really soon. We are on a very tight budget, but thanks be to God we are not in debt.
My dad has a job that looks like it's going to open up, so just pray that it will go through and that he'll get hired within the next couple weeks.
Thank you in advance. We know God will provide because He always has.
"Fear the Lord, you his saints, for those who fear him lack nothing. The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing." Psalm 34:9-10
And Luke 12:22-32.

In Christ,
*Mel

Monday, March 2, 2009

Prayer Request

Hey all, sorry I have not been faithful to post lately...life has been crazy lately and I've been struggling with the past few weeks with being patient through a tough circumstance and having faith that God will work it all out in His timing.

But thats not my prayer request (although feel free to pray for that too :P) my prayer request is for Rekindle. 95 (give or take) college students are leaving Sunday at 12:30 from the church for a week in Laguna Beach Florida. We'll be diving into the Gospel all week and you can just pray for a safe trip, a great time, new friendships, a greater love and passion for God and that we'll each be able to meet with God while we're down there.

Thanks guys!!!!!

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Hi my friends!

First off, thanks Mark for making that last post. It was super awesome and I have felt the exact same way. But I know that you already know this =)

How has everyone's week gone? What have been your struggles? What have you been encouraged in?

For myself, this week has not been perfect, but God really ignited in me a huge passion for Him this week. And that is such an incredible feeling. I have read my Bible everyday, sometimes for hours at a time, and that also is really encouraging too. Time management wise, I've been pretty good, but not great. I definitely know my weaknesses and I know how to over come them. I just have to apply that. And since I'm lazy and sinful, that can be difficult to apply and overcome.

So, yes...I think that's it. Love you all and praying for you!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Obviously a Christian....

Hey guys, I know it's been a while since I posted. I recently had a surge of emotions and thoughts in regards to Christianity and my personal faith. After expressing these thoughts and emotions, someone encouraged me to post all of them on here for you guys to read and think about. So without any more preamble, here goes. (and please remember, this is all in regards to my own personal faith, I don't assume to tell you about your faith)


I'm tired of being a by-the-books Christian. I'm tired of being stereotypical. I don't want to read my Bible every day out of a sense of guilt. I don't want to pray because I'm supposed to, or because it will do me good, or because that's what Christians do. I don't want to try to hide my faith in front of people who might think I'm not cool because I'm a Christian.

I want to live every day in the knowledge that I am a horrible blight upon the universe, and God sent his only son, a PERFECT son, to die for me! I want to be completely overwhelmed by the grace and mercy of God, and I want joy to overflow out of me and infect all the people around me! I want to be a contagious Christian! I don't want to tell someone, "Hey I'm a Christian" and have them be surprised or think, "Really? He doesn't act like it..." I want to spend 5 minutes with a complete stranger and have it be completely obvious to them at the end of the 5 minutes that I am a Christian!

Without God I am nothing! There is NOTHING at all in me that can save me from Hell! I don't want to just call myself a Christian, I want to live it! I want it to be obvious to the world that I have put all my faith in Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior! I want to be crazy about Christianity!

I pray Lord that you would fill me with an overflowing joy and happiness! I pray that other people will see me and be motivated to put their faith in You! Every day I want to wake up and praise your name every minute for the rest of the day! Hallelujah!

It's time to stop blending in.
It's time to start standing out.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Hi everyone! How was your week? What where the tough things for you? Where did you feel God's grace this week?

I can do everything through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13

This verse has been a great reminder to me this week. It reminds me that I'm weak and can't do a thing without God's help! My week, has been really good though. God has worked wonders in my discipline and trust in Him. So, I have really felt His grace there. But there is always the constant pull of what I want to do. But thankfully, God has helped me fight that!

Love you guys!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Hi everyone!

So...how has your week gone?

I want to encourage all of you to post on here sometime! We have over 20 members, but very few every comment or post. You don't have to post something profound or long; but even if you have a verse to share or something like that....then I would encourage you to post it!

Back to the resolutions....My week has been kind of average I guess. But 'average' is not enough compared to God. I have done the worst in my time management. I feel like it's a constant battle for me. I'm not to terribly discouraged as much as I'm upset at myself for not being more disciplined in my life. *sigh* Well, just keep praying for me :) I'm praying for all of you!

On another note, I have a prayer request. Some of you may read the Rebelution blog.....well, if you do, then you probably have read about this. But, there is a boy named Tyler Farver who is a rebelutionary in Texas, I believe. He has helped Alex and Brett with the past 2 year's conferences. Anyhow, about a month ago, he got in a very bad ATV accident and he was in very serious condition. He's slowly getting better, but is still going through quite a lot. Everytime he improves, something else in his body starts acting up.

So, this said, it would be awesome if everyone could be praying for him. You can also send him a letter or card if you want! I know he needs the prayer and would also be so blessed to recieve a letter to let him know people are praying for him! Here is the link to the blog post on the Rebelution about him: http://www.therebelution.com/blog/2009/02/urgent-pray-for-tyler-farver/ It contains his address, as well as a lot more details about him.

I don't know this boy personally, but God has really placed him on my heart to pray for him. And I thought the more prayers the better :-)

Alright that's all! Have a great rest of the weekend!

Saturday, February 7, 2009

How was your week?

Hey Rebelutionaries =)

I'm really sorry about not posting yesterday. I'm going to say that from now on, I'm going to make a post on Friday OR Saturday. Because Friday seems to be the busiest day of my week.

So...how has your week gone? I've been praying daily for you all :)

My week has had some awesome days and others that were pretty tough. But I'm pretty encouraged about everything =)

Love you guys!
Emily

Friday, January 30, 2009

So...how was this week?

How did your week go everyone? How are you coming on those goals and resolutions?

This week has been tons better for me than last week. I have been so motivated to do more and God has blessed me with a very happy mood all week =) Well, I still have had some struggles, but it just feels good to improve a bit.

I've been praying for all of you! Love you guys!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Resolutions!!

Sorry that I'm a day late, guys! I have an absolutely busy day yesterday and never got a chance to get online to post this.

Well, how has everyone done this week? Any particular prayer requests or struggles?

This week has been really challenging for me. I don't feel like I've been a very wise steward of God's time this week. I've been very consumed with school and what I feel like doing have haven't spent very much time reading my Bible =( Well, today I feel pretty great because I spent a few hours studying God's word with my amazing friend and I've had some awesome fellowship. But I just feel like other than that, I haven't done terribly well this week. I think it's because I have leaned on my own strength, without even knowing it. So, continue to pray for me, that this coming week I'll keep my focus on God and what really matters.

Love you all!
Emily

Friday, January 16, 2009

Post #100!!!!!

YAHOO! We made it to 100 posts! Great job you guys, thanks for being faithful!

How has it gone?

Philippians 4:13: 'I can do everything through him who gives me strength.'

Hey everyone! How did your week go? How are each of you keeping up with your resolutions?

I have really been praying for everyone one of you! Does anyone have anything to share that has helped them stay on track this week? Any verses, songs, etc?

This week has been pretty good for me. I feel like I've used my time a lot more wisely. Or at least I'm getting better at doing so. When I'm making good use of my time, it really makes me more happy and joyful than when I'm sitting around wasting my day away. So, for me, the joy that comes with following these resolutions is a huge motivation!

Emily

Monday, January 12, 2009

a quick reply to the previous

It wasn't me, it was God...there is no way we would be getting hits on this blog let alone my idea for the blog...without God. Anyway, this year I want to challenge you guys to get more people involved, get more people reading the book and hooked into the movement...make it big! So once you guys graduate, you'll still have rebelutionaries in the youth group...keep the momentum going. You guys have the opportunity to spread the word! Do Hard Things! Thanks you guys! Without you, this blog would be nothing!

Friday, January 9, 2009

Over 100 Posts

Today we hit 100 posts on the Local Rebelutionaries blog. Now, aside that being a pretty high number, here is the thing that I am most proud about. This blog was started on April 7, 2008, which means that we have kept it going for 9 months and 4 days. And that's pretty awesome.


Thanks for keeping it alive, everyone. I hope we can continue to make this blog as useful and god-honoring as we can.

And thanks for starting it in the first place, Chelsey.

~Mark

Resolutions

So...how has everyone's week gone? Like I said I was going to, I'm posting to see how everyone has been with their resolutions? I have been praying for every one of you.

I know everyone had some different resolutions, but over all, a big common one seemed to be wiser use of our(or, more actually, God's time) and more Biblical fellowship and deeper relationships with out friends. How has everyone done in these areas? How have you done with your personal resolutions?

I know for myself, I have still really been challenged in using my time wisely, however, I am making small improvements.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

another update!

right after you guys started to respond to my last post to say you were praying...Krystal called me...she got back into school!!!! Thank you guys SOOOOOOOOO much!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Prayer Request(s) and Update(s)

Hey guys, I have three prayer requests and two prayer updates.

Prayer Request 1: Tina Minnesale and her daughter
Tina is a lady I work with, she's the hiring manager and such a sweet lady. Recently she revealed to us that her daughter (I think her name is Lisa) is dying of Lou Gehrig's disease. Lou Gehrig's disease is a disorder that's also called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS.

Lou Gehrig's disease damages motor neurons in the brain and spinal cord. Motor neurons are nerve cells that control muscle movement. Upper motor neurons send messages from the brain to the spinal cord, and lower motor neurons send messages from the spinal cord to the muscles. Motor neurons are an important part of the body's neuromuscular system. The neuromuscular system enables our bodies to move and is made up of the brain, many nerves, and muscles. Things that we do every day — like breathing, walking, running, lifting stuff, and even reaching for a glass of water — are all controlled by the neuromuscular system.

Anyway, the Minnesale family desperately needs your prayers as they go through the last few weeks and days with their daughter. They also have a lot of medical bills to pay. So if you could just pray for God's grace, peace, comfort and provision through this time.

Prayer Request 2: Krystal Proctor
Krystal is another girl I work with, she's trying to get back in to school at UNCC and she's encountering several obstacles. So if you could pray that everything would be worked out and she would be accepted in, I know she'd be most grateful!

Prayer Request 3: Memommy
My sister's grandma(and my "adopted" grandma), Memommy, died in her sleep Sunday night. So if you could pray for comfort for her family and friends. The funeral is tomorrow at 1...so especially around that time.

Thanks guys!!!!!

Now for the updates

Update 1: James Worthey
Remember when I asked for prayer for Mr. James who had to make a decision regarding his job situations. Well, he feels that God is calling him back full-time at Chick-fil-A. Thanks for praying! He asked me to thank you guys, he said he really felt your prayers!

Update 2: Findlay
Findlay has completely recovered! He stopped by last night to say hi and I was able to chat with him for a little bit. He sounds like he's doing good! I haven't had time to talk to him about God again but hopefully that will come soon. All in God's timing!

Thank you guys sooooooooo much! I'm so grateful to have you guys as friends and I know you guys are so willing to pray. Thanks...Love you guys!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

It's a New Year!

Hey everyone!!

I can't believe that it's 2009! That's just crazy! haha, well, anyways, I wanted to give everyone a challenge for this year. Normally, every year people make 'new year resolutions', and, a lot of times, those goals are never reached.

Well, I thought it would be neat and probably very beneficial if everyone posted at least 1 resolution that they have for this year and we all could hold each other accountable for them. With prayer, support and accountability of our friends, I think that we can make all of our goals much more attainable. So what do you think?

I'll start. I want to be wiser with my time.....I want to read more, particularly theological books and my Bible, I want to get more organized and I want to get more on the ball with school. I think my laziness greatly contributes to these areas..... Lastly, I want to, of course, grow in my walk with the Lord and be challenged this year.

Anyone else?
Emily