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amazing creation.

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You know you live in Oregon when you walk on crunchy leaves one day and snow the next day. Needless to say I strongly think that my campus is gorgeous and I'm utterly amazed by its beauty daily. I always feel so small when I see God' creation. I'm literally in awe of how much beauty is from God. He loves us so much and allows us to be surrounded by his amazing creation. I am so thankful for the changing seasons and his overwhelming beauty that is so apparent! Now, this snow is taunting me and making me want Christmas so badly and it's not even thanksgiving yet! But I'm going to enjoy this wonderful weather anyway:)

Happy Birthday Best Friend!

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Venisa Darlene Troyer, Happy 20th Birthday to you!

We have been celebrating our birthdays together for years and now that we are both going to different schools it's alot harder to do that. But no matter what I will always be so thrilled for her birthday if we are apart or not!

Nisa is such a beautiful woman of the Lord and she is so encouraging and loving to anyone she meets!

I am so thankful that she has been such a big part of my life! She has helped me through tough situations and awkward ones, and she always helps to create amazing eventful memories!
I love her so much and I would not be fully me if she hadn't been there.

Nisa you are always loved by me and our wonderful God:)

2 Decades Old.

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I'm 20! I'm getting so old! 

This year I felt so completely and incredibly blessed by my God and my friends. I had been trying to plan a little something for my birthday this year and I was excited about it but it really just hadn't felt like my birthday yet. Little did I know that my friends had something different in mind. 
We just got back from Intervarsity's Fall conference, which was incredible by the way. So I was already feeling blessed by God because he yet again showed me how great he is, how awesome his love for me and that I am apart of his amazing plan for us!
So I was just hanging out in the afternoon and my roommate Kelly had to leave for work super abruptly, and I so I decided a birthday nap would be good. I then headed over to my friend Krystal's house to paint nails and have some girl time. Dara spoiled me and did me all up, Steph gave me the best present as always and the girls all got excited with me before we were all about to head out. 
The plan w…

Coming Home.

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The start of the year always brings new neighbors, new classes and new fallen leaves. It's been exciting moving back into the dorms again, seeing old friends and being apart of a great community.
As much as I love getting to know new people, I dread one certain question. It's probably one of the most asked questions ever and I think I get asked it almost everyday. So here it is, "Where are you from?"
It drives me crazy because my answer can't be explained by a word or even one sentence. It's complicated and I guess you could say I get frustrated explaining it all the time.
However with that, here is my typical answer.
"I'm kind of from Corvallis. I graduated from Santiam Christian.
But wait that's not all, my parents just moved to Tacoma, WA a year ago but I've never lived there. You see my dad is a pastor so my family moves around alot. I was born in Salem, raised in Albany and then I moved to Canada when I was six. I lived in Langley, BC for …

everlasting water.

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"Have faith in me, and you will have life-giving water flowing from deep inside you, just as the scriptures says" John 7:38
       I can't tell but I think that maybe God has been hinting something at me this summer. Perhaps he's been hinting with the longing I have for water on a hot, hot day, or for being soaked during a water fight at work. Maybe it's been in the beauty of the pudget sound or the beautiful lakes and the ocean I laid by on vacation. With every drop of water,God has been catching my attention. 

        My family takes walks often by the pudget sound and I love the calming and peace that it brings me. It always captivates me and I continue to stare out at the never ending waters for far too long. My entire summer vacation was wrapped around water. My family went to visit Canada, which was amazing by the way, and we camped at our favorite spot on Vancouver Island and hung out at the beach for days. We also drove hours to spend time on the lakes of …

my heart forever sings.

New eyes, new life.

First off I want to thank all of you who supported me financially and prayerfully. You all made a huge effort in getting me to summit and I can't thank you enough! Without you and Jesus of course, I wouldn't have had such an amazing and life changing experience.
 If you couldn't already tell summit was amazing! Not only did I gain amazing new relationships with my friends in IV(Intervarsity Christian Fellowship), but I gained an entire new perspective of how I look at the world and how I want to live in it.

We studied in Acts and learned how to live in a community that eats together, prays together and does everything else together. We learned to live simply and realized that we actually can survive with the bare necessities and that we don't really need the things that we want. Who seriously needs to have every new material possession? If you think about it you will be able live without it, I promise you.

We spent our days at work cites as we served the homeless, the…

endings & beginnings

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Summertime has finally come and the books have been closed. 
It's time for my brain to take a break and for my skin to bronze.

It seemed like this term was never ending and that finals week was taking its sweet time to leave me waiting in anticipation to be free from school. But good news today was my first day of summer! I'm so happy that my first year of college is over and I'm looking forward to the next three! I love OSU and God has got some great plans for me coming up, I just know it.

Tomorrow I'll be heading out to Summit for my Portland mission trip.I'm a bit nervous and honestly don't feel rested of prepared for it but I know that God has something up his sleeve. I will be there for two weeks without phone or my family but I'll have my friends and God's amazing love, which is an exceptional trade if you ask me! I'm going in without much information of any expectations and I'm going to commit it all to God. I'll be updating you all ab…

grateful, enthused, fortunate, thrilled, thankful, joyful!

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At this moment, I can just picture God laughing at me as I'm completely filled with excitement over a summer job. You see, all this last term I have been under a lot of stress as I try to apply for jobs, scholarships and get through the last bit of school as I dream of summer and freedom.
I was disappointed as I wasn't hired back to Tadmor again but it was really God's way of telling me that I needed to go to Summit. Summit is a mission trip that I will be going on after school ends for two weeks. It is with Intervarsity Christian Fellowship and we will be serving homeless in Portland and I'm thrilled!
I'm pretty sure that is where God wants me to be because he has removed every obstacle that was in my way of getting there.
First he crossed out Tadmor that wouldn't have let me make the trip at all.
Then I had no money, and in three days I fund-raised it all! By they way thanks everyone for contributing your support, it helped so much!
Then, the final obstacle, …

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Awestruck.

"1 Do not fret because of evil men or be envious of those who do wrong;2 for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away.3 Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.4 Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.5 Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this:6 He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun" Psalm 37:1-6

In honor of Mothers

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This last weekend was mothers day. Which if I weren't spending the day celebrating my mom, this post would have been up much sooner. Yet, I still want to honor my mom and all other mothers in the world, whether you have been one for quite a while or will be one in the far future. God has called us to be women of God and we must strive to live for Him in that way.
I admire my mom so much and every time I read Proverbs 30, I think of her. So truly has the characteristics and the heart of a woman after the Lord. I love her dearly and I hope some day I will be a good mother just as she is.
In honor of my mom, I wrote her a song. Enjoy and strive to be all that God has made you to be!
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one amazing dad.

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On this day, May 6th 2010.  Is my wonderful daddy's birthday! He is wise and full of compassion for God's people. His heart is on fire for our Lord. He takes good care of me and gives me things I don't deserve. He is faithful to my mom and is proud of my sister and I. He knows  just what to do to make me laugh and he knows what to say to me in life decision moments. He is lovable and incredibly joyful. He knows whats best for me and I'm so thankful for him. He is a great picture of our Father in heaven and I'm forever grateful for him. I love you Daddy!

Beloveds please be loved.

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God has given us love before we even knew of Him. He calls us to love others just as He loves us. I am so thankful for the wonderful people that he has placed in my life. So here's to you all who have encountered my life and have shown me God's love and helped me grow more in Him.
Courtney Baby {she be my sister}
Her smile always brings me pure joy, her strength is incredible 
and her pursuit for God is outstanding. She's a wee one of 15 
but she's changing the world one laugh at a time.


 Rosalia Ann {my coffee addict twin} We met by fate in an HDFS link class,now we  are inseparable. She's my go to girl,her  happiness is addicting, and her servants heart is amazing. I love you my dear Rosebud!





Venisa Nisa {the best friend} We've been best friends for five years now and I wouldn't be me without her.  Her heart is full of love and care for 
others and she's no quitter. Nisa is beautiful  inside and out. God is taking her places.



Bridget girl {tadmor bestie} Oh this girl is…

Awestruck

Hello Beautiful children of God. I just wrote a song just now about how amazing our heavenly father is. I'm hoping to record it someday, sometime soon. God has given me a gift of song writing, and I know that it would be a sin to keep that gift from you, so I'm no longer hiding my secret poems, but I'm sharing them so that you too can see how great God is! I pray that you will be blessed day in and day out in good times and bad!  You’re good You're good Lord we cant get enough of you
You're true You’re true No one can live up to the things you do
We’re in awe Awestruck We’re blown away by you
Hallelujah We adore you For your glory We live for you Praise your name Your love is great Hallelujah We love and worship you
Cant keep quiet we got to shout it out to the world to the world you’re the one we care about mustn’t keep still raise our hands up high to the heavens to heavens we breathe only for you

The Time Is Now

I have currently been obsessed with this song by Phil Wickham, who is one of my favorites. In fact this song has been on repeat for about a day or two. The songs message hit me hard. We can't wait till tomorrow and put off serving God and loving others. We are promised today and we don't need to worry about the future. So let us love now and keep God our number one priority day after day.


The battle line is drawn, it’s all in black and white.
Hope is pulling forward, can feel it from behind, it’s time.
It’s time to make a move, so what will you decide?
The clock is ticking on, don’t let it pass you by, it’s time.
It’s time.

The time is now, for lifting souls.
The time is now, for letting go.
From your skin, to your core.
Let light, and love, come rushing through the door.
Oh, come rushing through the door.


You’ve learned every song, memorized the verse,
took the bread and wine, and even bought the shirt,
it’s time.
it’s time to hold your shield,
it’s time to draw your sword,
let’s lead the re…

Trust leads to Joy

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"Do not be like them, for your Fatherknows what you need before you ask him." Matt. 6:8

Sometimes when we have no idea what we are getting into, we just have to trust God.
Going into this last weekend, I had no idea what I was supposed to be expecting of my bible leaders retreat. I arrived and excitedly met all the Intervarsity bible leaders from OSU, U of O, Willamette, PSU, and Reed. We started off with what was to be expected, worship, a bible study and silly games. Oh and I forgot to mention I was in a showdown at the end of an eating relay and I won by finishing off on saltine crackers, it was pretty epic.

I could already feel God at work as we all headed off to bed and I just knew he was up to something. The next morning, I woke up to the blaring sound of "The Final Countdown," not only was this not the most pleasant song to wake up to, but it was 5 A.M! As quick as we could, we got ready and were ready for our "mission." Our goal was to find our brea…

Little things.

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There's nothing like a hot shower and cuddling up in the covers after a long day. The weather was beautiful, serving God is wonderful, community and new friends are amazing and nature is incredible. It's finally beginning to look like spring.

My day started off with intentions to wake up early and get some studying done but like always, that idea went out the window as I slept in. In the late morning I served at a free car wash which was a great experience as we served others and loved them with God's love and after many laughs, almost losing my voice and getting each other wet, the car wash came to a close.

The rest of my delightful day consisted of a bbq, getting to know new friends and playing in the park. Ah I just love the feeling of a lazy afternoon, where being in good company and sunshine is all you need and its okay to be lazy even if there is studying to be done. Dinner came late and coffee and adventures were calling our names.

So on an adventure we went. We headed…

god's incredible, just saying.

In-love.

I'm in love, with Jesus that is. Recently this past week I was preparing myself to be prepared for "happy single awareness day" as I was hoping not to feeling lonely. However, my thoughts, feelings, and emotions changed drastically. The Christian college group, I'm in, called Intervarsity had a conference in Portland this weekend. I went into it expecting something crazy to happen among everyone there, little did I know that something was going to happen in me.
A few people prayed for my sprained foot many times and by the power of prayer and our amazing healing God, my foot feels 90% better! Then it was time for God to heal my heart. The last session was about the prodigal son. The Speaker gave two invitations, the first was to accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and two people stood up, praise the Lord! The second invitation was to receive pray as a reminder that we are God's children and that we are loved. I was hesitant to stand and go get prayer, but befor…

Picked up from the fall.

Over this past weekend I had a chance to embrace one of my fears, skiing. It was my first time and I was going to put my fears behind me and enjoy God's wonderful nature. However, funny story, I was half way down my first run, on the bunny hill that is, and I was doing alright until...I biffed it. I'm not sure how I accomplished it but somehow I landed faced down with my legs all twisted and my skis flung on both sides of me. I sprained my ankle and now I'm back in daily life trying to make it around on crutches. Haha it's just my luck, maybe later I will try to ski again but for now I'm hobbling around trying not to hurt myself anymore. I've realized through this that I have amazing friends that care so much for me, getting me dinner, carrying me up the stairs and teasing me to make me feel better. I'm not sure why this is apart of God's crazy plan for me but maybe he wants me to take rest and rely on Him only. So it all comes down to just embracing my…

embrace the moment.

There are too many moments that pass by in life to dismiss and forget about. Some may be memories you will never want to forget, some moments are going to hurt and some moments may catch you off guard. Never have I or will I regret any memory. You must embrace them all as you use each one as another stepping stone in the journey of life. There are many memories that I want to hold onto forever and then there are ones that will forever be there in the back of my mind but I wish would go away. Then there are those moments that many dream about. We wonder what will become of our future, where we will be in ten years from now or fifty years from now. However, I must focus on the here and now and be content with the memories I am currently making. Many times I struggle with the happenings of life and wonder why I ever had to go through tough circumstances but I must embrace them and grow and keeping moving on, one step at a time.
God is my King, He has saved me from this broken and messed…