Friday, May 29, 2015

Bright Lights


 You are invited to join hundreds of other girls as we come together this July & August to grow in Christ! 
The Bright Lights ministry, led by Sarah Mally, will be running Strong in the Lord and Radiant Purity conferences in Omaha, NE and Dallas, TX! More info and how to register on www.brightlightsministry.com/register.


If you've ever been, you know that we have such lovely times. And if you've never been, you're missing out!
I've been going since I was nine, and I've even organized a conference at my church. I always look forward to them, and always come away from them refreshed.

What's my favorite part about it?
Do I have to choose just one?? Cause I love all of it. I love the sound of all the young ladies singing together in harmony. I love the skits that are hilarious, yet are there for a purpose. I love the small groups, with girls who were strangers at the beginning, but friends at the end.

It's just an amazing week. 'Nuff said.


I'll be going to the one in Omaha. 
Please come and see for yourself how encouraging these times are!
-Elizabeth

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Heal Our Streets and Land

Y'all know that I've been making some radical changes in my life recently, and if you don't, just read this post from April 10th. 

What inspired this post was an email I sent in reply to a friend, who asked me what I do at the place where I work. I say "work," but it's not really work. I make and sell tea all day long. I love it there! 

But that's slightly off the topic...It's a ministry that reaches out to the teens in our area, who don't go to church. They come in for some tea, we build relationships with them, and many have already come to faith in Jesus. Some of them have even started working there too. It's a pretty cool thing! I love working there!


Right now, I am just a volunteer helping them make money, and building relationships with people, but I want to be a disciple-maker, and more specifically, I want to see my generation become Christ followers.


 I want to be a radical Christian. A countercultural young person. One who is not ashamed of the gospel, because I know it is the power of God. I want to stand on unshakable truth in this ever-shifting time. I want to choose the cross over comfort, sacrifice for mission over maintenance, and an undivided heart rather than an indecisive life.

I started watching some messages from Louie Giglio. You've seen at least part of his message about the stars and whales singing, right? If not, it's a must see! Go look it up on YouTube. 

Back to the point... In one particular message titled "We Will Carry the Name" Louie explained how we are excellent at carrying names. He even gave some examples. Nike. Under Armour. Ralph Lauren. Even Justin Bieber! The point that he was trying to make, of course, was that we have been commissioned to carry the Name of the Son of God! We already know how to carry names. We need to live our lives in such a way that at the end of the day, those who we work with and see on a day-to-day basis, know Whose Name is the most precious to us. 

With this in mind, I started asking God for opportunities for me to be Jesus to those I work with, and serve at Cafe Barnabas. I told Him that I wanted to be used as His witness to express the love of Jesus to a world in desperate need of hope and a sense of purpose. 

The other day, a local high school lost a junior higher, who went out and hung herself. Before the ministry of Cafe Barnabas was started, a couple other students did similarly. It's for kids like these that the ministry was started, and ultimately it's for kids like these that Jesus died and rose again.

I want to be a part of that.

Thank you so much for reading this to the end, and letting me ramble! This has been on my heart for days, and I just needed to let the thoughts spill over.

-Elizabeth

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Tag! You're it.

Oh no! I got tagged! xD 

Okay, not "oh no" - play along will ya?!

Anywho, my dear friend, and pal, Elisabeth, over at Reflections of the Heart, has tagged me for the "Best Blogging Buddies Award"

Thanks pal! <3

The Rules:
☼You must make a post to show your award on your main blog.
☼You must tag the person who nominated you in your post (also take the cute owl on the left with you!).
☼You must nominate all of your best buddies, and those whom you want to become best buddies with, who, to your knowledge, have not been nominated for this award.
☼You must ask your buddies at least 15 questions in your post.
☼You must answer all of the questions your buddies ask you on your post.

Okay, I guess I have to answer these questions (my answers will be italicized):

Favorite band? Oh goodie! Wait...band, or artist? Can I do both? I'm gonna do that anyway. :P For band...I'm gonna say Rend Collective. They have some amazing music! For artist...Chris Tomlin all the way!

Glasses or no glasses? No glasses. I did when I was younger, but my eyesight improved. Must've been all those carrots
Do you prefer reading, writing, or spelling bees? Reading. Handsdown.
Would you rather live in an Igloo for a year or live in an Egyptian pyramid? Igloo.
Can you lick your nose? (I decided to post this one in honor of my sister) Nope!
Did you try to lick your nose after you read the former question? Nah...
How many pets have you had in your lifetime? Three. Two dogs, and a horse. 
What would you do if your parents were gone and all of a sudden your little sister gets her nose pinched in the door and breaks her glasses? (If you don't have a sister younger than 6, it's fictional; by the way, those didn't have insurance) Um...I'd call dad.

Now it's my turn to ask questions...
  1. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live, and why?
  2. You have the choice of becoming a fictional character, or going to a fictional world. Which do you choose?
  3. If character, then who?
  4. If world, then which one?
To all who faithfully visit my little neck of the bloggosphere, consider yourselves tagged!

-Elizabeth

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Lately...

Singing...
I've come to love these songs! 
I find myself singing/whistling/humming them on a regular basis. At home, at work, in the car. These songs are some of my absolute favorites:









Reading... 
That bright orange book at your local Christian bookstore? Yeah, that one by David Platt. Radical. That's what I'm reading these days. You may remember my post about his book "Counter Culture" back in early April, and how it has changed the way I see some things. Well, I was brave, and got the rest of his books. 
Conviction. I love the passion with which he writes!

I think reading his books have become one of my favorite things to do! 
No, they don't make me feel good about myself. They're not those "Follow Jesus, and everything will go easy for you." 
ABSOLUTELY NOT! For those of you who are my friends on the YouVersion Bible App, you will probably have seen some notes I've left in my readings.

“And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need.”‭‭ (Acts‬ ‭2:45‬) 

I wrote for this verse: 
"It's interesting how American Christians in general are so needy. We're building bigger building, with bigger programs, and trying to find more comfortable homes, and even more food.
But the people in Act 2:45 were giving away all their possessions, and going. They were leaving their homes. Not just LEAVING their homes, but SELLING their homes, and everything in them.
They were giving God a blank check, saying 'God, whatever you want me to do, wherever you want me to go, I however you want me to live, I'll do it.'

This is what Jesus demands and deserves!"

And then there's this one...
And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.”  (Luke 9:58)

If you follow Him, you're not even guaranteed the basic need of shelter!

He has really made me think, and ask myself this question:
"What is Jesus worth to me?"


Listening...
to the "Radical with David Platt" Podcast. Ouch. Just as convicting as the books! 
And even more so, because I can hear the passion in his voice. He actually believes what he is preaching!

From an Acts study I've been listening to...
10 Reasons we must give God a "Blank Check":
1. Because Jesus is worthy of absolute surrender. 
2. Because Jesus is working to advance His Kingdom.
3. Because Jesus has clothed every single one of us with His power.
4. Because He has given every single one of us the same purpose.
5. Because the world is our goal!
6. Because the Word is our guarantee.
7. Because the Spirit is here.
8. Because the stakes are high. Everlasting joy, or everlasting suffering?
9. Because the glory of Christ leaves us no other option.
10. Because the coming of Christ leaves us with eager anticipation. He's coming back!


Wondering...
Now that Perspectives is over, what is the next step for me?
"God's got this thing rigged." 

Praying...
For the way to be clear.

And waiting...
for many things in general. I'm sure you know what I'm talking about. ;)


Now I'm going...
...to a dentist appointment. Joy. :P

Bye for now!
-Elizabeth

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

"We're not in Kansas anymore."

For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: (Romans 1:20)

Well hello there, pilgrim! Thought I'd left this blog for good, did ya? 
NOPE! I've just been busy...with vacation (and not to mention the lack of wifi in some places we went).

Two weeks and a day away from the state that we call "home" (Kansas). 
"We're not in Kansas anymore." was a popular line on the trip, as we were seeing mountains and different trees than what we're used to seeing...

So, on a very rainy Saturday, on April 18th, 2015, the Lindsay Family piled into the 15 passenger van, towing a 22 foot camper trailer, said a prayer, and pulled out of the muddy driveway.

Little did we know what adventures God had in store for us.

First, we arrived in Oklahoma, where we stayed for the weekend with friends.
Then, on Tuesday, the 21st, we met up with the family with whom we were going camping (the camping professionals), and left for New Mexico...

Here are some of my favorites from the trip

Starting in New Mexico - at Bandelier... an ancient place of cave-dwellers.

then driving 8 hours to Grand Canyon, Arizona
Where I spent my nineteenth birthday getting snowed on in the desert. :P

Ah, but it was an experience I'll never forget. Oh, the photo opportunities!



Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah


Thor's Hammer, at Bryce


Ending at Garden of God, Colorado Springs.
If I had taken a picture in the other direction, I would have captured a lightning storm brewing. We made it back to the van, literally seconds before the rain started coming down in buckets!

At the conclusion of the trip, we held a little church service in the middle of our KOA campsite. We sang some worship songs, my dad read Psalm 104, and then we sang some more. 

Psalm 104: 5-8; 30-35 
"Who laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be removed for ever. Thou coveredst it with the deep as with a garment: the waters stood above the mountains. At thy rebuke they fled; at the voice of thy thunder they hasted away. They go up by the mountains; they go down by the valleys unto the place which thou hast founded for them. Thou sendest forth thy spirit, they are created: and thou renewest the face of the earth. The glory of the LORD shall endure for ever: the LORD shall rejoice in his works. He looketh on the earth, and it trembleth: he toucheth the hills, and they smoke. I will sing unto the LORD as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being. My meditation of him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the LORD. Let the sinners be consumed out of the earth, and let the wicked be no more. Bless thou the LORD, O my soul. Praise ye the LORD."

As much as I LOVED the camping experiences with snow and rain, I must confess, I was thrilled to get back home, and sleep in my own not-on-the-ground bed. Yes, we had an absolutely glorious trip, but Dorothy was 100% correct when she said, "There's no place like home."

We got home late Sunday night, and had to empty some of the trailer, so we could clean it out and take it back (it was a rental). Then I had a five-page paper to finish up on Monday for Perspectives...
Which I finished! :D I have completed Perspectives on the World Christian Movement!

Anyways, you can read more about the trip on clearcreationsphotography.blogspot.com, where I've separated the trip into 5 different posts.

I pray you have a glorious rest of the week!
Happy-to-be-home-camper,
Elizabeth