The bus ride back home was not the most enjoyable, but we survived :)!! We got back around 2:30 a.m., and I stayed up until about 4:00 a.m. because I talked with my fam and posted some pics on facebook.
I woke up this morning around 8:30, and left for church at 9:20 a.m. Church was great today! The pastor spoke on the life of Joseph. This afternoon I was able to relax a little bit, and I also went to the store. Around 5:30 p.m. I left with my roommates, and we went over to a friends house from church for dinner. Dila, Gorkem, and Candide (3 of my Turkish teammates) met us at Catherine's house. We had spaghetti, salad, soup, and some awesome bread!
We watched the movie "Dan in Real Life" and just had a great time talking as well. Catherine even had some M&M's that we were able to eat :) We got back home around 11:00 p.m. I talked to my sisters, and then also talked to Brittany Cook on skype...fun times :)
Well, I am off to get some sleep. We have one practice tomorrow, but I did not get a nap today, so I am going on about 4 1/2 hours of sleep. Thankfully we practice at 2:00 p.m. tomorrow, so I can sleep in :)
P.S. I will post a link at the bottom of this blog, so you can look at pictures that I took of the Black Sea!
Verses of the day:
Psalm 82:4 “Rescue the week and the needy…”
We need to be conscious of the people around us, and extend a helping hand where needed.
Proverbs 27:1 “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.”
This is a great reminder to take one day at a time! The Lord already knows what is going to happen, so we need to put our trust in Him.
Proverbs 27:19 “As water reflects a face, so a man’s heart reflects the man.”
This verse is great! People who do not know us well will probably never really get to see our true hearts. But people who we know really well (our family and friends) do see our heart. There may be some things that people never really get to see or notice, but ultimately the Lord sees it. What is my heart reflecting? What is your heart reflecting to those you come in contact with?
2 Thessalonians 2:15 “So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word or mouth or by letter.”
Most of this chapter talks about the antichrist who will come in the last days of the earth; many people will be led astray, and start to worship and believe in him. Thanks be to God though, that he will return and claim back the earth as his! We need to stand firm in what we believe. Jesus truly is the only way, the only truth, and the only life.
My Utmost For His Highest – Feb. 27th
IMPOVERISHED MINISTRY OF JESUS
"From whence then hast Thou that living water?" John 4:11
"The well is deep" - and a great deal deeper than the Samaritan woman knew! Think of the depths of human nature, of human life, think of the depths of the "wells" in you. Have you been impoverishing the ministry of Jesus so that He can not do anything? Suppose there is a well of fathomless trouble inside your heart, and Jesus comes and says - "Let not your heart be troubled"; and you shrug your shoulders and say, "But, Lord, the well is deep; You cannot draw up quietness and comfort out of it." No, He will bring them down from above. Jesus does not bring anything up from the wells of human nature. We limit the Holy One of Israel by remembering what we have allowed Him to do for us in the past, and by saying, "Of course I cannot expect God to do this thing." The thing that taxes almightiness is the very thing which we as disciples of Jesus ought to believe He will do. We impoverish His ministry the moment we forget He is Almighty; the impoverishment is in us, not in Him. We will come to Jesus as Comforter or as Sympathizer, but we will not come to Him as Almighty.
The reason some of us are such poor specimens of Christianity is because we have no Almighty Christ. We have Christian attributes and experiences, but there is no abandonment to Jesus Christ. When we get into difficult circumstances, we impoverish His ministry by saying - "Of course He cannot do any thing," and we struggle down to the deeps and try to get the water for ourselves. Beware of the satisfaction of sinking back and saying - "It can't be done"; you know it can be done if you look to Jesus. The well of your incompleteness is deep, but make the effort and look away to Him.
*Click on the link below to look at pictures that I took while in Samsun. We stayed right on the Black Sea, so I was able to take some pictures of God's gorgeous Creation :)