Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Love is patient.. love is kind.

Holy Moley! There are so many things to talk about on this blog so be ready for a long one!

Most of you who read my blog know I have had an extremely difficult time with the passing of my Grandmother. I still think about her everyday, and never do I not tear up. I miss her goofiness, her piano playing skills, and her giving me advice on relationships. You honestly do not know what you have until you've lost it. But I am so grateful to have been given the time to get to know her, especially into early adulthood. She has instilled in me life lessons that I will take on later in life and glad I got to hear some right before she passed. I have done a lot of thinking after she passed away, it really makes you reevaluate your life. We never thought she would have died this soon even though she was 77, she had so much life in her yet. She finds out she has a brain tumor and exactly 5 weeks later she is gone. What I am getting at is that tomorrow is never promised to you, we don't deserve it. We should be thanking the Lord everyday that we get another day in life.

I am reading a book called "Crazy Love" by Francis Chan, and I cannot begin to tell you how more of a perfect time it is to be reading it. My grandma has met the Lord! How awesome is that? As soon as she took her last breath she got to see God sitting in his throne with a million angels around him, what a thrilling feeling that must had been. You ever think about what you are going to feel like when you finally get to meet him? I will be absolutely speechless. Think of the power he has, he created everything we have ever came in contact with.

Here is a video that Francis has put up on his website about the Awe factor of God:

Makes you think, huh?

We are little specs! Yet he still has this overpowering love for us!

What this book has done for me so far is make me step back and look at my present relationship with the Lord is, and boy was it shocking. Yes, I claim to be a Christian, I pray every night, I read as much scripture as I can, and do nice things for others. But then I thought to myself, do I go through everyday, every motion, every thought honoring the Lord. My honest answer was no. He says in the book that there are so many lukewarm Christians out there, that they do the bare minimum just to get into heaven. I honestly looked at myself and felt sick, how could I be just doing the bare minimum for someone so awesome. He sent his son down here on Earth and died in the most excruciating pain for US, for OUR sins. How can I not give everything I have to the man who has done everything for me. God does not want us to just go to church, give 10%, smack each others hands if we swear. He wants it all, he wants an overabundant love from us. This week I have lived a life in a new perspective, I cannot tell you how much weight has lifted off of my shoulders. He had a good idea to prove if you were a lukewarm christian or not:

 Look at 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8 
Love is patient, love is kind, love does not envy or boast, it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong doings, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never, hope, and love abide, these three, but the greatest of all is love.

Now replace the word love with your name, do you fit all of this? Most of you will say no, I did. What I have learned is that God will always have this amazing love for us, its never ending. So how in the world can you put such an awesome thing to the side. Why make excuses like, "Oh I was busy doing homework, paying bills, watching a movie," to spend just a moment with God? What in the world was I thinking not investing everything I have in God. Once you get to meet the Lord he won't let you slide past because you were so busy with life. I look at this life now as just way to pass our time until we get to be with our Father, and during this time you better believe I am going to do what the word says!

Please get your hands on a copy of this book:
It's already changed the way I live my life, and I am only half way through the book!
Francis Chan is amazing on describing Christian life, and proves it through scripture!
Watch this video to, if you read the book he has you stop reading and watch this video. This is the video where it made me realize I was doing everything wrong!
Also, look up his sermons he is so good!
Look at these things God has made, see how detailed he has been with everything he deserves way more than just the bare minimum!

Hope you all enjoyed this blog, I know my writing is really scattered but I do it all in one take!
God Bless!
<3 Andrea Farell

PS! I am on the fundraising committee for the Ohio State University Relay for Life, and a Team Leader to the Buffalo Wild Wings Lane & High team, I'll post a link below, anything helps! I am relaying in honor for my Grandma Irene hopefully in June at the one in Lima if you are interested in joining my team there let me know we can set one up through Lima's relay!

The Ohio State University Relay For Life Link:
Please donate to such a great organization! Let me know if you want to attend I would love to have you there with me!

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