Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Light Overcomes Darkness

It's been so amazing being at home so far this break. Rest has been much needed in my life and it's so nice to wake up to a peaceful home, have my coffee and breakfast and read God's word while staring at the Christmas Tree and snow(thanks Jesus!) I love snow it always makes me feel like a kid again, something about it is so peaceful, which is exactly what my restless heart needs. 

Actually God's peace is really what our world needs. 

This joyful time of year has been pressed hard this past week of shootings and lost loved ones. 
It breaks my heart every time I turn on the news. 
However, what breaks my heart even more is that we get so caught up in the stories that our "close to home" but we don't get upset about how broken our world is everyday. 
  • Everyday women all over the world (including America) are abducted into sex trafficking.
  • Everyday children ache and die from hunger. 
  • Everyday people are martyred for their faith.
  • Everyday the world is suffering because we are so broken.
Now don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that we shouldn't grieve for the children who were killed in Connecticut this week, trust me I was on my toes during the Clackamas shooting last week as I heard a few of my friends had just left the mall before the shooting happened there. I just  care greatly about all the brokenness and hurt in the world.

The media has told us that gun control and mental health are the problems in the past weeks cases. 
 BUT the real problem is sin, EVIL. 
This is a moral issue and the truth is, all of the brokenness and darkness is caused by our selfishness and sinful ways. The truth is we need a savior. We all need Jesus to forgive us and guide us and love us. My heart aches as my eyes have witnessed more brokenness this year than I feel I ever have. However, God has offered us grace and forgiveness and a promise that he will come back and redeem this world. 

This Christmas I'm so so thankful that God sent his son to offer us an amazing love that conquered every sin in our hearts. His son came and lived as a human to relate to us and to love us in every way. He understands what we go through each day because he also lived in our shoes. 
I'm forever grateful for God's gift of his son and his everlasting love. 

So cling to God's hopes, promises and gifts to us this season and pray for all who face darkness each day. Let's be the light to the world that God has called us to be. We don't have to wait for Christ to come again, cause we can begin to spread his light today, this hour, this minute, this second. What will you do to cure the worlds brokenness today?

"The light shine in darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it." John 1:5

"No one after lighting a lamp puts it in a cellar or under a basket, but on a stand, so that those who enter may see light. Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is full of light, but when it is bad, your body is full of darkness. Therefore be careful lest the light in you be darkness. If then your whole body is full of light, having no part dark it will be wholly bright, as when a lamp with its rays gives you light." Luke 11:33-36

Monday, December 17, 2012

Happy Annivesary!


One year ago the luckiest man married my best friend! It was a very proud moment to stand by their sides and watch them say "I do"!










It was a gorgeous wedding to be apart of! It feels like just yesterday Venisa and I were having sleepovers and just dreaming of when we would be each other's maid of honors! I'm so happy for them and God has blessed them so much already! I'm so excited to see where he will take them!  Happy 1 year Saviola's!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Unexpected Blessings

DEAD WEEK. 
It's usually my last favorite week of the school year. Going into this week I was beyond stressed just thinking about all the assignments, papers, projects and finals that I would be spending my time on this week. However, this week has been more peaceful that I was expecting! God is showing up all over the place! 

These are just a few of the unexpected blessings I've received: 
I haven't felt stressed yet and my to-list is continually shrinking with ease!
The lady at the coffee shop gave me a free coffee yesterday, made my day:) 
My room is now decked out in Christmas Cheer
Campus is also looking like a winter wonderland
And we had a fabulous dinner out with our Bible Study last night with many laughs
Oh and I scored at the secret sale in the campus bookstore today!

So many joyful blessings and it's only Wednesday!
Thanks Jesus for making this week a fantastic week instead of a dreadful one:

I shouldn't even underestimate the power and love of God!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Thankful

{Happy Monday}

I'm so excited this Monday because in only 3 days I get to see my family for Thanksgiving!! I'm beyond stoked! I haven't seen my lovely sister since the middle of August and I cannot wait to be re-united with her! She has been kicking some serious water out of the pool this year and I'm so proud of her and how much she has grown and learn at her first year of college at Concordia! I have to admit I'm slightly jealous of her new adventures, you know: traveling to awesome cities with her swim team, sunny weather and hanging at the beach every Saturday. That's only slightly different from the wonderful rain I walk through everyday here in Oregon. Anyway I'm just so stinking excited to see her!




I love thanksgiving and all that it includes. A weekend with family, mash potatoes, black Friday shopping, the civil war game (go beavs!) and bringing on the Christmas holiday traditions!

This week I have been so thankful for the best devotional I have ever read! Jesus Calling has been amazing! Ya ya I know you may have already heard of it but seriously every day it could not have been more accurate to what I have needed to hear every day. God works in miraculous ways I tell you!
Lately I have been worried about my future; what I'll do after graduation, where I'll live next year, how I can do better in my classes, how I can please others...
and the list continues on all the things I am worried about. But today the book said to give all my worries to God and let him take care out my life outcomes. It's hard for me to give him these worries about the outcomes of my life, but He knows best and He has my life in His hands.

For when I put my trusting dependency in Him he will bring me peace and completion in Him.
He will forever satisfy me and He will me with His living water.
Now that is something worth being thankful for!

What you are you thankful for this week?

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Birthday blessings!

Well one countdown on my list has come and gone cause yesterday was my birthday:) goodness I feel old now 22 is such a weird age cause there are no more exciting birthdays for a while now. I feel like a real adult now just a young adult ah and I have to make real life decisions now, oh my goodness like what job ill have and where I'll live oh wow I'm not going to freak out about that now. Anyway I had a very nice birthday:)
I had a very enjoyable and delicious dinner date with Russ, Krystal and Ryan at Big River. My taste buds to say the least were very happy! It was a lovely evening:) I'm very spoiled and blessed by my these lovely people:) I can't wait to go birthday shopping and enjoy the many treats my mom and friends have made me. But more than anything I'm so blessed to know that my father God has made me and created me to be exactly who I was created to be and I'm so excited to live life on this journey he has for me!
Oh and I'm so excited well okay you may or may not judge me for this but I got a sewing machine for my birthday! I've always wanted one and I'm feeling so domestic now! Haha it's like having women power tools I even have a sewing toolbox kit and everything:) watch out now I can really craft for days! Thanks parents!
Today is also another exciting day as its my besties 22 birthday! I'm so blessed by Nisa's lifetime friendship an I can't thank her enough for how she has supported and loved me:)
I wish I could see her today to celebrate her:)
Love you v!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Countdowns

Happy Tuesday Everyone
 
{missing my sister & her awesome photography skills}

So here's the news for today:
It's election day, finally!
This year was my first time to vote in a presidential election since last time I turned 18 the day after the election. Ya that didn't seem fair so this time around I made sure to do my part and research who the best candidates will be for our country. I'm anxious for the results but mostly excited that I got to place a vote!
Today is my last day being 21..
ya that's right I'm getting older and my birthday is tomorrow! I can't wait:) & I just found out I share my birthday with Billy Graham how crazy is that!

In other exciting news there are:
16 days till Thanksgiving: yay Turkey time, family time and I get to see my lil sis. Yay I haven't seen her since August:(
17 days till I can start listening to Christmas Music:)
31 days till Christmas break (Christmas may or may not be my favorite time of year:)
49 days till Christmas: Happy Birthday Jesus!
51 days till Urbana: aka the best 5 day missions conference ever! way way excited to go to St. Louis!
&& 221 days till I graduate: oh boy that seems too far away.

Haha well I guess you can say I like countdowns and holidays:)

However, I want to stay in presence with God today. Following Jesus is an every day journey full of adventure and excitement! I see him at work every day and I'm looking forward to each day that he brings:)




Monday, November 5, 2012

Reasons for Celebrating

Okay Okay I've procrastinated too long and I miss blogging way too much! I miss sharing how God is transforming me and how he has been blessing me. So it's about time I start again!

Well he has been blessing me this year that is for sure!
This is my senior year ahhh! I never thought this time would come!
{My first last day of school picture ever!}
Yes I'm not loving my ridiculous amounts of hard homework (writing papers for days:/) and I'm dreading make serious life decisions for post-college. But yes I am loving living with my roommie Casey and making new memories with my Intervarsity community. 

{Casey & I making tutu's for halloweekend}
This year has also been tough with my boyfriend and I are long-distance:( However, I'm so lucky that he comes and visits me as often as he can:) And this weekend I got to celebrate him!
{yay for tickets to the game!}
Russell turned 23 this saturday! It was great, he was here and my parents were her for dad's & families weekend. It was a weekend of celebrating as I turn 22 this coming Wednesday (as in 2 days!!:)) So there was celebration all around. We ate out lots and enjoyed yummy food and we were able to tailgate with our close friends before my dad, Russ and I went and enjoyed some Beaver Nation football! OH and we won yet again, 7-1 baby! I'm so proud of my Beavers!


Oh and have I mentioned how beautiful it is in Corvallis in the fall! I love the orange and yellow leaves and the view of the park from my room.

I'm so blessed my having Russ and my parents and my community in my life. Sometimes it's easier to focus on the hard or difficult tasks of each day but remember how good God is and soaking in his presence makes life ten times better. After all Jesus is the best part about life and I need to remember that he's got it all figure out for me. 
 


Thursday, June 7, 2012

coffee = functioning. Jesus = awakening.

Coffee + Jesus = energy & focus


Dead week has been the death of me. 85 intern hours (just 5 more!), 1 presentation, 3 papers down and 1 midterm to go!
(who gives midterms the last week???!)
Am I worried about my finals? No. Just looking forward for this week to be over.
Going home on Friday has been my motivator of the week!
My sister is graduating and we're celebrating my uncle's new home in heaven!
I can't wait to spend the weekend with my bestie & her hubby & my close family & friends.
Life is looking up even when my brain and body feel exhausted. 
God is blessing me left and right from the wonderful Godly women at my internship and the beautiful thank you flowers yesterday, to my supportive boyfriend and to my fundraising for my mission trip flying in! God is faithful everyday and it's good to be reminded of that.
So don't freak out or stress out or give up. God is on your side and in the end it's just a test you won't remember a couple years from now:)

Keep it up & go get your cup of joe this morning.
My barista made mine with heart and blessed my day and I bless her back!


Saturday, June 2, 2012

Sunshiney Day!

Ahh sunshine..


I love love love Saturdays! They are my absolute favorite day of the week.
Sleeping in,
Reading for fun, yes I do that and it's amazing by the way,
Jesus time,
Naps,
Time with my man,
& my community,
and enjoying God's breathtaking creation.

Today has been wonderful, aside from the homework and dreading dead week in two days. It's so good to wake up to read God's powerful word. Oh and I also love to enjoy delicious food on Saturdays. Today my boyfriend to me to a wonderful breakfast place, Sam's Station, for lunch and wow was my tummy satisfied and happy. Lately, I've been having a hard time being completely satisfied, content or happy. I'm finding myself complaining way too much about my busy busy crazy life. Heck, I already mentioned earlier that I'm stressed about this next week. Yes, I'm getting overwhelmed by school but the truth is I need to trust in my Father more. This past week I tried my best every morning to rise early and spend some time with my Lord. Granted I'm not a morning person and I love my sleep but it has been so worth it. God has brought me peace and joy even in though it's crunch time. I would highly recommend reading 1 Peter! Never underestimate the power of God's word. I know that I have and never again do I want to put it on the back burner. Soaking up in his healing and encouraging words is the best thing! Also soaking up all this sunshine is absolutely wonderful!

I hope your rest of your Saturday is enjoyable as mine has been. I'm looking forward to birthday shopping for my adorable future roommie Casie and celebrating her day with a midnight hike tonight! Oh how we all love adventures!

So have a happy sunshiny and joyous day!
P.S. please listen to Bethel Live! I've been so encouraged by their worship, their songs are soo good!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

crazy thankful

Lately life has been crazy!

Homework seems never ending,
work was hectic (ya thousands of student visiting our campus oh yeah for 80 person tours I led)
I have an amazing internship with Love In The Name of Christ this term (definitely confirming I'm in the right major, I love serving people with Christ's love),
fundraising for my Portland Urban Project trip this summer,
doing some wedding planning and crafting for my dear friend Krystal,
and my bf and I are learning how to serve each other better.

Life at the moment seems like I have a never ending to-do list but God has been teaching me to be continually thankful for what he has given me. Literally He has been showing up everywhere showing me what he is doing in each area of my life and showing me that I am way too blessed to be complaining.

He has given me:
a job,
opportunities to serve low-income families in my city,
incredible friends,
a lovely family,
an amazing boyfriend,
the sunshine,
an education and classes that I like this term,
and God's unchanging love for me.
&& That list could keep going on and on.

We need to continue to seek Christ daily 
and live to glorify Him in all that we do. 

 "For what we proclaim is not ourselves, 
but Jesus Christ as Lord, 
with ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake." ♥
2 Corinthians 4:5


P.S. My family is going to Disneyland in 9 days!


I can't wait to watch my sister's show choir perform,
catch some California rays,
and be in the happiest place on earth!
 

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

so this is spring oregon?

It's two days before spring break 
and I woke up to a winter wonderland.

Oregon the first day of spring was yesterday! haha oh good old oregon I love you anyway.
Two finals down and one to go. I'm trying to keep up the motivation to study. Thankfully I have found a new gem, the brand new chemistry building on my campus is excellent for studying. It's almost empty at the moment which is glorious compared to our packed library, it's like a one minute walk from my dorm and did I mention they have stumptown coffee, it's only the best around!
It's a good day regardless of all this studying. 

oh and did I mention that I'm completely obsessed with The Hunger Games and absolutely can not wait to go see it this weekend!!! however please take my advice when I say that it is an awful idea to start reading these books during dead week oops, I'm already almost half-way through the second book. 
I need to be studying human development not katniss the girl on fire. 
Haha well have a happy happy day everyone:)


Wednesday, March 14, 2012

oh hello there dead week.




 Goodbye the sweet moments of the weekend. I had a blast hanging out with these delightful ladies and now the dreaded weeks of the end of the term have come. Can't I just keep hitting replay of the weekend because I don't like the reality of finals:/
This is seriously so typically of my feelings of dead week and finals week. HOWEVER Lord says not too worry. Keep Phillipians 4:6-7 on your brain:)



Tuesday, March 6, 2012

a lil strength please

Oh Lord please give me strength as I face the day.
Lately it's been so crazy as this term is wrapping up. There are too many projects, papers, tests and things to do and definitely not enough time to do it all. 
Also I've been sick which makes it harder and harder to get out of bed each day. 
But the Lord is my everything and He is my strength. 
I had a wonderfully recharging weekend at home with my family and now it's time to get back to reality. 




I'm so thankful that I'm not in it alone and that I don't have to control my life. Thank you Jesus!
This song has been on my heart as I've been clinging to my Jesus.

Burning by Evan Wickham

Who are You, burning in the desert?
Fragrant fire, am I Your desire?
You draw near, watering the desert
Here’s my cup; fill me with Your love


You are lovely and You love me
By Your voice of might and face of light, I am captivated
You have found me; You surround me
Now I’m lost inside Your love


Here am I, offering my all
But what have I worthy of this life?


You are lovely and You love me
By Your voice of might and face of light, I am fascinated
You have found me; You surround me
Now I’m lost inside of You

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

{Happy Love Day}

YOU ARE
LOVED
MORE
THAN 
YOU WILL
EVER 
KNOW
by someone who 
died 
to 
know you!
Romans 5:8

God is love. Be loved to day on this Happy Love Day!
I am so blessed to have the most incredible loving relationship there is from my lovely Jesus!
I have so many loved ones to be thankful for today. 
So Heres my love everyone. Remember that your beloved today.


Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Jesus &Coffee &Things worth Celebrating.


It's crunch time and Jesus and Coffee are holding me together. 
One Exam down. 

We had all campus worship last night and man how the Holy Spirit filled my heart. There is nothing more than I love than worshiping my father! Christ's unfailing love and grace is more than enough and when it comes to his Kingdom, one test or on paper doesn't matter. God matter's and that's it. That is beautiful news! It was absolutely wonderful to have all of the campus christian groups come together, in unity, in one place to worship our Jesus. I met up with so many new and old cherished friendships which all the more warmed my heart. (you know who you are and you matter to me:))
I'm so grateful for the people in my life. My family and friends are incredible.
Speaking of family...
 Happy 26th Anniversary to my lovely parents! Thanks for modeling to me what it means to love someone unconditionally and serve as a strong team for God. 
Also I have the most encouraging and helpful boyfriend on the planet! He's been giving me words of wisdom and prayers for my exams and my family stuff that's been going on. He helps me figure out my computer problems and He's been helping me take care of my sprained ankle. 
He's pretty good to me.

Russell is one amazing man of God. That's right. 



Anyway about that paper I'm supposed to be writing...



Keep resting in God!

"The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be known to God. The peace of God which suprpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus." 
-Phil. 4:6-7



Monday, January 30, 2012

Peace & Studies.


OH boy. I'm tired of studying already and I haven't even had my first midterm. yikes! Thankfully I have felt very refreshed and ready to take on the books and try not to procrastinate (ha I'm supposed to be studying at the moment oops).
As I encouraged you to take rest this last week I wanted to encourage you again with how God gave me rest this weekend. He gave me time to sleep and read his word and other books I have been longing to read (that's right I enjoy reading, I just dislike textbooks), time with my girls and time to make crafts/re-decorate my room, time for friends and my boyfriend (oh ya he's new in my life and I'm one happy girl), and time to spend worshiping my Jesus. We had an all city worship night on Sunday night and it was incredibly powerful! I just felt the Holy Spirit surrounding me all day and I felt renewed and at peace! God provides and is always pursuing us and I am always falling more in love with him. I can't wait for all campus worship tomorrow night! God is love. I'll talk all about God's love next week just you wait!
I hope you are all getting a daily dose of God's peace and rest! And for all you students take heart for nothing is impossible with God. So bring on those midterms!

"Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful." Colossians 3:15

Friday, January 27, 2012

{rest.refresh.restore}

{Happy Friday Beautiful People}
I hope you took the time to read over Psalm 23 for yourself, if not I highly encourage you too:) This song has been stuck in my head all week and it is completely based off of Psalm 23. It's too good to keep it to myself. I hope you all have a lovely Friday and remember to be refreshed in Jesus. At the end of the week we often crash so fall into the arms of our amazing shepherd as you end your week. OH and don't forget to take a sabbath, they are great, I look forward to mine every week! God is continuously teaching me to rest and this week he has physically reminded myself too. I spent a couple hours in the health center yesterday learning that yet again I sprained my ankle. Ha I guess I'll be taking a break from running and such but I honestly don't mind all that much:)
Rest well brothers and sisters!




Thursday, January 26, 2012

This week in Bible Study we discovered how many actions God takes to love us. We were in Psalm 23 and saw that David made some bold statements with God's many bold actions. 

1The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
3 he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name's sake.
4 Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
forever.

I'm just completely blown away by how the Lord pursues us and guides us and takes care of us all for His glory. As I was going through this study I realized that God is so trustworthy yet I do not think that I could not be as bold as David. He says "I lack nothing." I should lack nothing in Christ yet I want something everyday whether it be good grades, a new scarf, or even wanting sufficient time with my Lord. How can I be more trusting in God that he will be my everything. David also says "I will fear no evil." This is hugely difficult for me.  I have always had many fears. I'm afraid of heights, spiders, animals (especially birds), playing sports and of course awkward situations. I want to (oh the wanting thing again) be more confident in my God. I don't want to doubt that He isn't going to give me something I can't handle. I want to believe that he will protect me. I know that I know these things, that his rod and staff will protect me but it's easier said than done. I know for me that I want to meditate on this more and pray for healing in my fears. I want to be like David and say I will fear no evil. How is it that I trust that God will protect me from the evil one but I can't trust that I wont fall from the highest heights. 
This passage is a short one but it contains so much within it. Can you agree with David's bold statements? Are you being refreshed and sustained in the Lord? Think about it. 

Let His love rest upon you.  

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

sacrificial love & undeserving grace

video 

I wonder by Leeland

My dad and I have always had the same taste in music and we often share our music with each other. We both enjoy the band Leeland and I have been listening to this song on repeat. The words are so powerful and hit me every time. 

Jesus Christ
You bled Your love, laid down Yourself
And gave me life
In naked shame You hung and You were lifted high
Here I lay in awe and wonder
I am afraid
For no one’s ever sacrificed and loved me this way
So on my face I fall under Your heavy grace
Here I lay in awe and wonder
And I wonder

God's grace and his sacrificial love completely blows my mind. I'm so grateful yet I'm probably not thankful enough for all that His has done for us and what He is currently doing through us. I encourage you to rest in His grace this week. Remember that you are God's beloved.