Thursday, April 29, 2010

Nebraska Pictures are Up!


Back in March, our family ventured into Nebraska, the Corn Husker State! (No, we are not Husker fans, for your information!) We had three performances: at Trinity Lutheran School and Messiah Lutheran School on Friday, and Trinity Lutheran Church on Sunday. I have just started putting together a NE photo album for our website, and thought you might enjoy purusing through the album. Click here!

Lacheln,
Taylor

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Like My New Backgroud?

I just have a little bit of time to ask, Like the new look? I was getting tired of the common Blogspot template, so I joined the numerous bloggers who use "The Cutest Blog on the Block" stuff. I think this template is pretty; I love the baby blue and brown!

Well, my mac and cheese timer is buzzing, so got to go!

Lacheln,
Taylor

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Purpose and Mission

I admire people with mission and purpose. You look into their eyes and see a vision, a determination for their life. They aren’t aimlessly floundering for rhyme and reason in their existence. They know what they were put on earth to do, so they are going to do it. There are not many people with vision for their life, so visionaries, especially godly visionaries, are priceless, in my book.


Back in March, I wrote a mission statement for my life. I discovered several Bible verses I could claim for my life and was renewed in purpose. Let me share with you my mission:


To encourage the Body of Christ, especially Christian young women, to passionately serve God in every area of their life, and to give hope to those who are going through similar situations and trials I have experienced.


My defining Bible verses:


Romans 12 exemplifies my mission statement because…
1. It urges believers to live according to the Word and to be transformed through God’s power;
2. It encourages people to use gifts and lives for the glory of God;
3. It gives an example and "manual" for godly living.


Ephesians 5:1-2 ("Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.") is my life verse because…
1. It encourages me to be an imitator of God and live a Christian life always;
2. It reminds me I am a child of God;
3. It inspires me to walk in love;
4. It gives a picture of Christ’s love for me;
5. It reminds me my life should be a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God, just like Christ's.


Do you a life mission? What has God given you to do? What are your talents and abilities? As a Christian, you have been called to glorify God with your life; so what are you doing? I encourage you to sit down with your Bible and a notebook and identify your strengths, pulls, and abilities. Search for foundational verses that exemplify your life’s mission. What has God placed on your heart? Are there certain people you feel God calling you to minister to?

After you identify several things about yourself, then begin serving God in little ways. Do you have like to encourage people? Make someone the "Target of the Week" and send a note or card to them. You never know how God could use this outreach to touch someone‘s life. Do you enjoy serving people? Make a meal for a struggling family in your church or community, offer to help a member of your family in a certain task, or do something (like a chore) for someone else in your family. Is singing and music an ability of yours? Ask if you can sing at your church, or perhaps visit an assisted-living home or hospital and brighten someone's day. The opportunities for ministry are limitless!

If you have had tremendous hurt in your past, share how God has brought you through. Reaching out helps heal your own hurts, as you are able to concentrate on someone else and his or her needs. Have you helped certain groups of people (homeless, orphans, mentally ill, elderly, young)? Take the time to encourage someone else who is embarking on a similar path.

Don’t be like the rest of the world who are wasting their lives trying to fill up their holes and hurts. You have purpose in Christ-chiefly to glorify Him and make Him known to your world. Don’t hide your talents in a drawer; they were meant to shine for Jesus!

Go for it.

Lacheln,
Taylor

April: Living for the Moment


Our family with the Booth Brothers! April 11th, 2010

April 10th, 2010


I love Saturday afternoons! I am sitting on our sectional with my
laptop, soaking in the my favorite radio program: the Gospel Greats
with Paul Heil. The sun is shining, providing a cheerful atmosphere to
our home. Poor Sam is sick with a low-grade fever and hopes to get
better before our Booth Brother concert tomorrow night. And he just
turned down my music! Brothers!

On Thursday, I celebrated my 18th birthday. Whoa, that's old. I'm too
young to be that old! :)

I have been boarding my horizons this year, as I demonstrated on my
birthday...I actually got my ears pierced! So, let's see, this year, I
got my ears pierced, wisdom teeth pulled, began eating salads, but
still haven't swallowed pills yet. (Honestly, I can't swallow pills!
Go ahead and laugh.)

At the age of "adulthood", I have been feeling the urgency to use my
time wisely and invest in my family's lives. I probably have more
years behind me ahead than the ones left to spend with my family. What
a depressing thought!

It is hard to cherish each moment and to live in today. Learning to
live in reality is quite an interesting experience. Too many of us
slip into the past by dwelling on failures and mistakes we've made
along our journey. Then also we live in the future, focusing on what
may or may not happen, and on what we don't have. The present day in
which we live in is often forgotten in the flurry of memories and
worries. Concentrating on the here and now brings us to reality and
wakes us up to what is really before our eyes.

I have been trying to live each day, each moment, as it comes; to
treasure the present in my life, because things won't be this way
always. Someday, things will be changed, not all of us will be here,
the surroundings may be different; yes, things will be different, but
that day is not now.

A while ago, I wrote in my journal a reminder of reality, a real
grounding of thoughts. Often when I find myself absorbed in the past,
or caught up in the future, I think words of reality, as you will read…




Dear Diary,

This is me. This my life. This is who I am. This is my family. This is my life. I don't have tomorrow. Tomorrow may never come.
I have this moment, today and tonight. Yesterday is done. The pages have
turned, and cannot be written in. No sentence, no words, no sections
can be blotted out or erased. Yes, Yesterday is done.

The Time before me is empty and bare. What should I
do? What should I say?

How can I live for today? How can I make the most
out of today? How can I touch someone's life today? What can I accomplish
today?

I only have today to live, to hope, to breathe, and
follow in His Way.



I encourage you to live in Today. Move on from the past, and forget
that tomorrow may even come. You only have this moment, so what are
you going do with it?

Lacheln,
Taylor