Summer is here!

Hello friends and family –
Sorry for my lack of updates these days. Life has been crazy busy with all that school has to offer. However, I am thankful to say that I finished my first semester of seminary with great success. I am taking summer classes starting in July, but until then I am enjoying visiting with my parents and I am going to help out during training at Camp Cedar Cliff (the camp I have worked at the past two summers). I am looking forward to that. It will give me a chance to see camp friends and enjoy Asheville, which is one of my favorite places to be! 🙂
Also, as many of you may already know, my dad lost his job of thirty years in March. He started a temp job around a week ago, but is not the best work environment and it is different than anything he has ever done. However, it is a job and we know that God works out all things for His good. Please continue to pray for dad as he is working this job and that God uses him to be a light in such a dreary place. Also, pray that God will provide another job in his timing if that be his will. Thanks so much for praying! Please let me know if there is anything I can be praying for you about! You guys are amazing! I love you all! Will write again soon–I promise! 🙂

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He Has Done Great Things!!

” The LORD has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.”  ~Psalm 126:3

As I think back over the past year, I marvel at the great things the Lord has done in my life.  He has taught me so much about Himself and who I am in Him.  He has also guided me into what is now a new season in my life.  One year ago I would have told you “Absolutely Not” if you asked me was I considering futhering my education immediately following  my undergraduate degree.  However, over the past six months the Lord slowly began to change my perspective, and gave me the desire to pursue my masters in counseling.  Counseling is a field that has been an interest of mine since high school, but not something I felt led to pursue until now.

So here I am months later getting ready to move back to Wake Forest, North Carolina where I also spent a year of my undergrad, to pursue my masters in Biblical Counseling at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.   I am excited about this transition, and know that it is exactly what the Lord wants me to do.  The Lord has confirmed in so many ways that I am doing the right thing, and has so graciously provided me the means to do it.    He has allowed me to receive a full tuition scholarship, and a scholarship that also provides for part of my housing.  Thanks to all  of you who prayed with me regarding that.  Without this provision I would not be able to continue my education.  I am in awe of how God provides for His children in His time and that it is always enough, and that I should never doubt that God is in control of every detail of my life.

As we are now in the beginning of 2009, I look forward to all God has in store for me in the upcoming year.  I am excited about being back in WF reconnecting with old friends and making new ones, and most importantly serving Him daily!  Thanks to my friends and family for your continued support and prayers during this time.  You guys are awesome and I love you!  I will do my best to keep you updated via the blog.

Since I did not post before Christmas I hope you all had a good holiday and are beginning this new year refreshed, and that you take some time today to thank God for the great things He has done in your life!

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Happy Thanksgiving!!!

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving! 🙂

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I have been tagged!

Hello everyone!  I know I haven’t written in a while, but I saw this on my friend Sara’s blog and decided I would do it as well for fun!  I promise I will return soon with a new thought provoking post..haha!  Enjoy!

A. Attached or single?     Single! 🙂
B. Best friend?   FFF 🙂
C. Cake or pie?     Both
D. Day of choice?   Saturdays – Spending the day in my PJs doing nothing!
E. Essential item?     Lip Gloss
F. Favorite color?     Pink
G. Gummy bears or worms?   Gummy bears
H. Home town?   Casar, NC
I. Favorite indulgence?   Cheesecake
J. January or July?     January – Do not like hot weather!!
K. Kids?   No, I need to be married first!
M. Marriage date?     Someday 🙂         
N. Number of brothers and sisters?   Only Child
O. Oranges or Apples?   Both
P. Phobias?  I use them all the times, but I really do not like elevators!

Q. Quote?     I thank God for my handicaps for through them I have found myself, my work, and my    God.  ~Helen Keller

R. Reasons to smile?   I am saved by Jesus’ grace!!
S. Season of choice?   Fall
T. Tag 5 people: If you’re reading this, consider yourself… TAGGED!
U. Unusual fact?   My name is Amelia Ann, but for some reason my parents call my Liz and have for years, don’t really know how that got started.
V. Vegetable?   Okra
W. Worst Habit?   Twirling my hair!
X. Xray or ultrasound?     Xray
Y. Your favorite food?   Mom’s Spaghetti..Yum!
Z. Zodiac sign?   Capricorn

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Soulforce visits Columbia International University

Soulforce which is a Gay/Lesbian rights group are making their rounds to faith-based colleges.  A couple of weeks ago, they kicked off their tour by visiting Liberty University and recently made a visit to my alma-mater –Columbia International University.  While CIU Administrators did not allow Soulforce on campus property, CIU faculty and staff along with some students met them at an off campus location.  While I do not know the details of their meeting, I have no doubt that their was some in-depth debating that occured.  However, if Soulforce expected to meet a group of people who would instantly judge them, I can assure you they had the wrong perspective.  CIU may disagree with their present lifestyle, but I feel sure that they listened to them and answered their questions honestly while presenting them with a loving example of Christ.  As Christians we need to remember that homosexuals are in need of forgiveness just as much as you and I. Because of that, we need to present them with a balance that lets them know we do not affirm their actions, but at the same time let know about the love of Jesus.  

While Soulforce’s tour continues, I pray that seeds are planted in their hearts and that someone decides that they want the same love of Jesus that their “opponents” share.

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Fall Fun!

      On Friday, my best friend brought me lunch along with Colby, one of the kids she nannies for.  It was a perfect fall day for him to play in my yard, and we convinced him to let us take the pictures you see posted!  I thought they turned out well, and were too cute not to share!  Hope you enjoy!  Happy Monday! 🙂     

 

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Fall Through a Child’s Eyes

Growing up as a child in Western North Carolina, Fall was, and still is my favorite time of the year.  To me, fall represented the annual Cleveland County Fair, football games, apple cider, and the coming of Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Also, I took the Fall season as my sign that I could officially start playing my favorite Amy Grant Christmas tunes.  I know you are thinking Christmas music in October is nuts, but that was always a staple in my household, and must admit it still is.  Now a few years later I am being reminded of all of those sweet memories of my childhood, and realizing how perspectives change as one gets older.

The past few years Fall has represented the coming of midterms, and all of the busyness that college life brings.  However, now that I am no longer in college and am spending a few months back at the place where I grew up, I am starting to appreciate once again the simple joys that life can bring in this beautiful season.  So over the next few months I am going to take a trip down memory lane and enjoy some of the simple pleasures of child-hood except I might replace cider with a Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks!  🙂

Happy Fall everyone!

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