I Will Never Be the Same After Haiti

I Will Never Be the Same After Haiti

First and foremost, my trip to Haiti was an amazingly transformative experience that not only shaped my views on God and this world, but also myself. I came away with more questions remaining than questions answered but that was okay. For some reason the fact that I still had unanswered questions reassured me that my time in Haiti was well spent.

I expected my trip to Haiti to be like my mission trip to Mexico I took freshman year, but they weren’t that similar. I wasn’t expecting the trip to have as much of an impact on me as it did. Leading up to the trip, our group of twenty students would meet and discuss what’d we’d be doing there. After a while all that mission trip diction began to blend together and become an audible buzz in the back of my head. I began tuning it out because I heard it so much, I was ready for the real deal. I was ready to stop talking about going and finally go. So, when I actually got to Haiti, I was shocked to realize it wasn’t anything like I had expected. It exceeded all my expectations and blew them out of the water.

God met me in Haiti. He comforted me, He laughed with me, He cried with me (I mean really cried with me), He was with me everyday in a way I don’t usually feel in Irvine. I felt his presence in the stillness of the orphanage and saw his love in the wide smiles of the orphans. God had reminded me that He is God, the ultimate power of this universe, and he’s got my back. God reminded me that He loves me, my fellow student leaders, and those Haitian orphans with a passion. I will never be the same after Haiti. I don’t know when but I know I’m going back. I have to. I need to see the faces of those orphans again. I left Haiti with a hunger to do God’s work and show love to the outcast.

I waited till senior year to apply because I was lazy. Please, I’m begging you, do not be lazy. If you keep putting it off just because you tell yourself “it doesn't feel like the right time” or “I don’t hear God really calling me to go” or “I have so many other things going on” you’ll never apply. When I applied I wasn’t anywhere ready to go on a mission trip across the world, but I put my trust in God and applied. Applying is just the first step, the easiest step. Even if you have the smallest inkling of desire to apply... DO IT! Haiti was a wonderful experience that I will cherish for as long as I live. To pass up an opportunity to go to Haiti would be a mistake. Trust me when I say this, you will 100% not regret signing up for Haiti. You’ll love it.

- Brennan Ernst

Senior

Student Leader

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Worrier vs. Warrior

Worrier vs. Warrior

You have a test tomorrow, and you have been so busy with other homework that you have barely studied for it. It's late, you're tired, and you just don't feel like there is any possible way you could do good on this test. Now you can't stop worrying and stressing yourself out about that test. Flash forward to the next week when you get your test scores back. You find out you got an A. Now you're thinking: Why did I worry so much about this test in the first place? Could I have done just as well without all the worry and stress?

Full disclaimer: I may be writing this devotional about how to help with worry, but I still find myself worrying about things that I didn't need to worry about in the first place. Despite this occasional worry, I don’t identify as a “worrier”. And I’ll admit it, I used to be a worrier. It's funny to look back on freshmen year going up to my junior year and see how the workload and difficulty has increased, yet my worrying and stress has decreased. The thing that has helped me to lower worry and stress is knowing that God is with me no matter what happens, if I fail or if I succeed.

Too often we find ourselves worrying about little things or things that we can't control. We worry about grades, appearances, popularity, and much more. In reality, one bad test won’t ruin our lives, yet some of us treat every test like it determines our future. Worrying is a habit and it's a tough one to break. To fight worry, you must learn how to trust God. We must know that worrying about things is pointless because we have a God who cares for us and won’t let us down. In Matthew 6:26-27, Jesus teaches us that we should trust him instead of worrying:

Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?”

Matthew 6:26-27

If God can feed helpless birds, we should be able to trust that he will take care of us. We must learn to let go of all fears that something bad will happen and just let God do his thing. God wants to take away our burdens and let us live a stress free life. 

So instead of being a worrier, I call all of you to be a warrior. A warrior deals with a lot of stress and conflict, but a warrior pushes through all of it without worry. If we let God carry our burdens, then we can boldly fight through all of our challenges. And I will tell you that it is not an easy task to accomplish. It's human nature to worry when things get tough. It may be a long journey to go from worrier to warrior, but it is definitely worth it. When times get tough we can always look to God for strength and guidance. 

“For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.”

Philippians 4:13 NLT

This is a great verse to remember when we are going through difficult times. When we are consumed with worry and anxiety, God can give us strength and let us become warriors.

- ZACH LYONS

HSM Student Leader

Junior

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Dear Freshman

Dear Freshman

Dear Freshmen,

Welcome to high school! We’re stoked you’ve joined us on this crazy four-year journey, and hope the first month of freshman year has gone well. From being the oldest group in an insane, high energy crowd of middle schoolers, you’re back to being the youngest -- this time in a much larger group. Maybe you’re relieved, excited, or nervous. That’s all pretty normal, and you’ll get used to it. Or maybe you’re already used to it, and you don’t need the underclassmen pep talk sort of thing -- but we hope you get something out of this.

Regardless if you’ve been in high school for a month or you just started a few weeks ago, it can definitely be unnerving when you’re starting at a whole new school with thousands of other kids -- all older than you. The sophomores, already seeming pretty comfortable in their skin and long-forgotten the “newbie” status as soon as they walked out of school on the last day of freshman year. The juniors, buzzing about the “hardest year of high school” — stressed, but definitely looking like they’ve got a clue or two on how to get around for the next two years.

And finally, the seniors. Oh, the seniors.

Exploding with senioritis, extending their hands out for colleges to accept them and take them out of high school. We might look like we’ve done it all, figured it all out, made all the mistakes and learned from them. We’ve got our friend groups figured out; no more drama, no more confusion and feeling lost.

...That’s not exactly true.
Okay, maybe you already knew we don’t have it all together -- and you’re right.

We’re not gonna get into the grit of all the things we haven’t figured out (feel free and come ask us, though, you might get a few pieces of advice and do’s and don't's -- there’s plenty), and we’re all pretty different, but generally speaking, this one thing is true:

Our lives are still just as confusing and complicated as everyone else’s.

That isn’t to scare you, or to tell you that life doesn’t get better and it’s still a mess by the time you finish high school -- because that’s entirely not true, we’ve improved on a lot of things and we’ve grown a ton since freshman year. Life gives us crazy experiences and God has done amazing things in our lives over the past few years. But just because we’re nearing the end of one of the toughest four years of your adolescent life, doesn’t

mean we’re better at life or just better in general. Three years of high school may have left us with a good head on our shoulders, we’re not much different from everybody else. If anything, our experience and lessons we’ve learned so far have given us a whole lot of understanding for everyone walking through the same path as we once did.

Many of us remember being freshmen like it was yesterday. We remember thinking of some of the seniors as people that we didn’t want to associate ourselves with because they didn’t want to be associated with us. But we hope we don’t come off as intimidating (in reality, we really aren’t), because we’d love to talk to you, sit with you, or even give you a little advice on how to get through the crippling long hours of SAT prep.

Lastly, we want you to know that even though you may be young, it doesn’t mean you’re insignificant and at the bottom of the chain. You’re just as important and valid as everyone else. This concept of mattering even when you feel young and small among everyone is something many of us battle with -- and it’s normal. But God wants us to know -- and we’d love to help you remember -- that being young is little to be scared and doubtful about. 1 Timothy 4:12 says “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” This is a message in the Bible from God you. Take it to heart and think about the start of high school like the beginning of a big mission that has so much

joy and promises in store for you and everyone you will impact in the next four years. It may be nerve wracking and there will be times where it’s tough, but remember that there are people here to support you and guide you to walk alongside God through these years. No matter our age, our knowledge, or our wisdom, God has called us to the same mission no matter where we are in life: to shamelessly spread his love and set an example to the world through how we live out our lives. We are all still trying to figure out this crazy thing called life too, so know you are not alone in trying to put together this universal puzzle.

As seniors, we want you to remember that we want you to feel known and cared about at HSM, because we’ve gone through high school with this ministry as our second home, and the leaders as our role models -- and we hope that you can go through high school with the same experience.

With love,
Chloe Waters and Hana Bermejo, on behalf of the Class of 2018

Clickbait Life

Clickbait Life

“I really should be doing that history assignment right now… ” I thought to myself. But I was too far gone. Nothing could have held me back. I needed to know the truth. I clicked the link titled “Which Taco Bell menu item are you? QUIZ”, and my heart started to race. Filled to the brim with anticipation, I answered five or six questions that were completely unrelated to dirt-cheap, inauthentic mexican cuisine, only to find out that I’m a side dish of cheesy fiesta potatoes?! Ridiculous. 

As evidenced by my susceptibility to clickbait, I am a very distractible person. And unfortunately, I’m not alone. We live in a day and age where there are a plethora of distractions around every single corner. Whether it be social media, friends, smart-phone games, school, or otherwise: we are distracted creatures here in the 21st century. The reason why is simple. We don’t know what to be focused on. It’s not a hard trap to fall into, really. There are so many influences that are incessantly grabbing for our attention, time, and focus that we often lose sight of those that actually matter. 

Romans 8:5 tells us this: “Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.”         

We can be so set on what the flesh desires: pleasure, popularity, wealth, lust, etc., that we completely neglect making room for anything else. What should be coming first in our list of priorities sometimes doesn’t even make it onto the list at all. Soon enough, we don’t even recognize distractions at face value.  They can take the form of hobbies, passions, schoolwork, social gatherings, and *gasp* relationships.  

If God is not first in our lives, even good things can become distractions. 

This reiterates what Matthew 6:33 says: “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you also… “  

This is the point where being a Christian can become difficult. We know that we need to be focused on God, but seeking God first means, well, putting everything else second. Having the discipline to put your desires aside and embrace God’s will for your life is something we all could use a lot of practice in.  Although sometimes it’s easy to view living out God’s will as a monumental sacrifice, Paul reminds us that it is nothing but the best for us.

Romans 12:2:  “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will…

If you aren’t influencing, you’re being influenced.  

Unless you are actively living out Christ’s love and sacrifice in your daily life, you are being conformed to the world, like Paul warned against. Think of it this way. There’s two types of people: thermometers and thermostats. A thermometer is nothing more than a reflection of what transpires in its environment, but a thermostat functions with the sole purpose of altering its environment.  Do not be a thermometer. Like the liquid inside actual thermometers, living your life like one is toxic. . So get out there and be a thermostat for Jesus; be a force of change for your Lord and Savior. This can take shape in ways as small as setting an example for a younger sibling, or as large as devoting your life to a ministry you feel called to. 

If nothing else, take a few minutes out of your day and be present with God. If you are up for the task, do some soul searching. Recognize the distractions that distance you from God and assess the areas of your life in which you prioritize your desires over God’s will. And most importantly, strive to be an influencer for Christ in every opportunity He provides you with.

 

In the abundance of His blessings,

A side dish of cheesy fiesta potatoes...

BILLY WHITE

Emily, Luke, and Abbie’s Stories...(Haiti Day 4)

Emily, Luke, and Abbie’s Stories...(Haiti Day 4)

Hi! My name is Emily Steinhouser and all I can say is that I am in love with this country! Already on day 2 God has shown me His overwhelming love for these people and has put something on my heart I was not expecting. I am excited to share it with you all!

To start off, going on this trip was something I have dreamed and prayed about since the 5th grade, now going into my Junior year I was ecstatic. I was nervous about setting up expectations that couldn’t be met and having to readjust when I got here. So to prepare I felt God telling me to go into this faith adventure with no expectations. Which I have to be honest, is difficult for me. I’m what you call a “planner,” I prefer for things to be organized and perfect in order to be done right. So you can imagine how “going with the flow” was not in my day to day routine, but nevertheless I went along with it.

As a result of being a planner, before this trip I had my life mapped out and like some people, never questioned if it was the one God has called me to live out. During these past two days I have been praying for the boldness to step out of my comfort zone and to not feel anxious in the process. I can say with certainty that those prayers have been met during my time with the kids so far. As soon as we stepped off the bus today at the orphanage these kids made sure you felt their love and after that any anxiety I was feeling was washed away. From praying over strangers, playing with the kids and getting to know the culture I have felt as sense of purpose. That not only stepping out of my comfort zone allowed for deeper relationships, but also that being in this place feels natural. I am not exactly sure what this means but I am so excited to continue to explore this change in my heart.

Hi everyone! I’m Abbie Nelson and I have the pleasure of returning to Haiti for the second time this year. Last year, I immediately fell in love with this country and everything in it. From the kids, to the community, to the power of God’s love, I was obsessed and couldn’t wait to come back. However, in the last couple of weeks leading up to the trip, I felt a feeling of uneasiness. I didn’t want to leave the comfort of our homes and come to a third world country. I didn’t want to come and go through the heat and hunger for a week. I was also afraid that I wouldn’t have as good of an experience as last time. So, I began to pray that God would show me why I was meant to return. Sure enough, the past two days have been filled with reassurance and have shown me the clear reasons of why Haiti has been my calling. I’ve immediately fallen back in love. The amount of  joy I feel when I am around these kids is overwhelming. In some ways, I can’t even explain to you how insanely full and happy these kids make me feel. In the back of my mind, I’ve always known that mission trips are what I’m meant to do, but this environment has yet again made it so clear to me. I’m so excited to continue to witness God’s love and power throughout this trip, as well as where this path will take me in the future.

Hey everyone, my name is Luke and I am super happy to be reporting from Haiti. Today we went to our partner church in Haiti with the leaders and Pastor Sam and we spent time with the kids at the church. When we arrived on our bus, the kids rushed out and held our hands. One boy named Marshon, grabbed my arm and guided me into the church. After we got all situated, the kids began to sing in creole and it blew us all away. During crafts me and Marshon colored together and we instantly had a connection. I gave him my hat, we would always stay together, we played frisbee with 2 other kids and Matthew, and basically just had a great time. Today was a great day for me. When I first arrived at our first stop I was super nervous and kept to myself. But today God really touched me and told me to get out though and do what I called you to do, to spread the light and love of Jesus Christ by forming relationships with the kids and showing them love. I am really hoping to see God do more work through me these next couple days. Bye everyone, Catch Ya on the Flip Side.

Beca, Ethan, and Ashlynn’s Stories...(Haiti Day 3)

Beca, Ethan, and Ashlynn’s Stories...(Haiti Day 3)

Hi, Beca here. “She wants to know if you’re coming back,” Elsie translated for me.  I had called her over because I needed a translator to understand what the small girl was whispering in my ear.  Though this girl and I had been together nearly all day, I hadn’t exchanged any words with her except for asking one another’s names – even that was hard for me to understand through her thick accent.  None of this mattered to her.  From the minute we arrived at the small church, this girl had been holding my hand and following me everywhere I went.  Even though it has only been one day here in Haiti, I already have a variety of stories I could share.  I could tell of the little boy who kept asking us to make bracelets for him but giving them to others who were less outspoken  or of the kindness of the people living in the small town as they welcomed us into their homes and talked to us about their lives and faith.  I return, however, to the question asked to me by a small girl: “Are you coming back?”  We had been communicating all day without words, so the words she chose stood out.  Today was important to her, a day she will remember, and I know I will remember it as well.  Our different homes, languages, and ages could not prevent me from loving this little girl or her from loving me.  I know I am just seeing the tip of this love that surpasses boundaries; I can’t wait to continue to see how it shows itself this next week.

Hi, Ethan here. Today I experienced one of the most powerful moments of my life.  During street evangelism, it was my turn to speak with one of the locals about Jesus. As my group approached an older woman in a small shack-like structure, I began thinking about what I should say and how I could connect with someone so different from me.  I introduced myself to this woman and began talking to her through a translator.  She told me that she regularly attended church and is a follower of Christ.  I asked if there was anything that I could pray for.  She told me that her back and leg were causing great pains and suffering. Then I asked if she had a family.  She told me that her son had passed away.  Through the eyes of this woman, I saw a past of sorrow and hardship.  The woman explained to me how she was wishing that her life would change and that the overall condition of Haiti would improve.  While praying over this woman, I could hear her crying.  I knew that this was the voice of God speaking through me to her.  She was very grateful for my prayer and I felt spiritually fulfilled for the rest of the day.  I had never felt God’s power in that way before today.

Hey guys, I’m Ashlynn! Going into this trip I had no expectations, but I’ve learned so much in just one day. I’ve experienced the most welcoming and loving people in Haiti that I have ever met in my life. I made friends with a few girls that were my age and even though we couldn’t chat about everything we wanted to, we bonded in ways that I could have never imagined. For example, they braided my hair, we made bracelets, and just sat around each other and enjoyed the little time we had together. What I loved the most about the people I met throughout the day, was the fact that they had no expectations of me and they accepted me even though I don’t know their language and I’m new to their culture. That made me much more relieved and led my pathway to learn, grow, and just have fun with my day.

I truly believe that God has placed me on this trip to learn from other people and to show me that there is so much more than the small things I worry about on a day to day basis. I put so much pressure on myself and who I will be in the future, even though I know that it’s all in God’s hands. Seeing how other people live, I’ve realized that my life would be much easier if I was as open and accepting as the people I’ve been surrounded with in Haiti. When I come home, I will keep an open mind to new experiences and situations that will come up. I can’t wait to see what doors will open as I become more open-minded. I am so thankful for this opportunity that God has placed in my hands to grow my relationship with him and as a person.

Lots of Travel...(Haiti Day 1 & 2)

Lots of Travel...(Haiti Day 1 & 2)

Hey everyone,

Thank you so much for your thoughts and prayers for our team as partake in this Faith Adventure in Haiti.

After getting to LAX and catching a red-eye to New York, we caught a plane to Port-au-Prince, landed safely, went through customs smoothly, and met up with our church partner, Pastor Sam, quickly after exiting the airport. Once we connected with Pastor Sam, we hopped on a bus and drove six hours to the hotel we are staying at.

For the following blog posts my hope is that you hear from the students what they are experiencing. I want them to be the ones to share their stories of how God is moving here in Haiti.

Thank you for your continued thoughts and prayers. We cannot wait to share with you our stories!

- DAVID BEAVIS

 

  HSM Staff:  David Beavis

HSM Staff: David Beavis

Dear 8th Graders, You Will Soon Find You're Having Loads Of Fun.

Dear 8th Graders, You Will Soon Find You're Having Loads Of Fun.

As an incoming freshman you may experience many fears, as we did. Including, losing old friendships, leaders and the great experience that there is in JHM. HSM is kind of the next stepping stone on your journey through your walk with Jesus. It is basically JHM but with kids that have facial hair. You have the same weekend experience but the lesson is more mature and high school oriented. It’s like getting a new bike but you don't have training wheels anymore. Instead of the leaders holding you up, they are riding with you. They are almost like your peers or they treat you like one.

Because of this, in your freshman year, you will see growth like never before. You are one step closer to becoming a mature, Christ-like adult with real world responsibilities. This can come with stress or excitement, but it’s all about your perspective.

I,  (Brady) was very excited for a new experience and a fresh start.

However, on the other hand Lexy was freaking out because she loved the consistency and the normality of JHM, and she did not want to go through change of transitioning.

But eventually everyone came around because they saw the great things that the leaders in HSM were doing. No matter what perspective you have. HSM has a place for you.

With all the ministry teams, Life Groups and maybe just general events, you are welcome here. And hey, if you're really that scared, this will teach you that sometimes fears can lead to happiness, and you will use this concept throughout your whole life. HSM looks like it's filled with a bunch of mean seniors. But once you talk to those scary people, called upper class men, you discover that they really are great and one of them might even be your best friend. Ministry teams are a great place to expand your comfort zone. They will help you make new friends, serve God, and just have some fun. They also fulfill what God calls us to do, as it says in Galatians 5:13, “You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.”

Life Groups are a good way to get connected and really grow in your maturity and your faith. And Life Groups will give you 10 new friends that you can see every week and have a Godly relationship with.

Hey, we aren't telling you that you need to do this, or that God needs you to do these things so he can love you - God will always love you as long as you are seeking Him and glorifying Him in the ups and downs.

Moving into HSM doesn't mean that you will lose all your relationships with leaders or students, it simply means that you are adding on to your list of friends. You will still see those other friends, just maybe not as much, but that will be okay once you have all your new friends to hang out with.

After spending 5 minutes of your life reading this blog, we want you to remember one thing…

PERSPECTIVE.

If you look at HSM in a bad way, or if you’re not welcoming to the change, you will not enjoy HSM. However, if you are curious and welcoming to the inevitable change, you will soon find that you are having loads of fun.

- BRADY SAHLIN & LEXY PECK

Freshmen (soon to be Sophomores)

 

  FRESHMAN  :: Brady Sahlin

FRESHMAN :: Brady Sahlin

Smile!

Smile!

If any of you have ever watched Winnie the Pooh when you were younger, you know one certain donkey named Eeyore. This donkey walks around all day and is nothing but negative. Everything he says is mopey and no matter what people do to try and cheer him up he will stay the same way. Sometimes having Eeyore can be a real buzzkill.

Most of us have this Eeyore in our lives and some of us may even be an Eeyore. While Eeyore does have some good qualities and may be a good donkey if I got to know him, he doesn't seem like the kind of donkey I want to be around. As followers of Christ we need to know that we can have joy through whatever circumstance we are in, so we don't have to act like Eeyore. 

1 Peter 1:6-7 says:

"In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed."

When we hear "trials" and "grief" we usually don't think of joy, but we are shown that through God that we can have joy in our hardest circumstances. Wouldn't it be amazing if we could live this out every day. And when people see this they are going to want what we have. People always say that they want to be happy, but only we know exactly how to be happy. Jesus will give us a lasting joy instead of momentary happiness.

As Christians we should be more like another Winnie the Pooh character named Tigger. Tigger is always happy and trying to cheer people up. If we could all be like Tigger, we would show others how Jesus' love affects our lives and help them live a life just like that. So today, think about how you could be less like Eeyore and more like Tigger.

- ZACH LYONS

Sophomore

Student Leader

  STUDENT LEADER  :: Zach Lyons

STUDENT LEADER :: Zach Lyons

Dear 8th Graders, HSM is a Safe Place & So Much Fun to be A Part Of.

Dear 8th Graders, HSM is a Safe Place & So Much Fun to be A Part Of.

Ecclesiastes 3:1 states “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.”

When I was in transition from JHM to HSM, I went through stages of emotion: Excitement, Grief, and Acceptance.

At first, having a naturally extroverted personality, I thought “Yes! New people, new friends, new relationships.” I felt ready to take on a new chapter in life, full force, feeling ecstatic and ready to conquer what I thought was going to be an easy task. After a few weeks of excitement, I stopped and realized what this new transition really meant to me. I realized my middle school years were going to be over in just a few weeks. I stopped feeling excited- instead I felt grief and anxiety. My mind cluttered with “What if…” thoughts like “What if when I go to high school, I’m not accepted for who I am?”- “What if I don’t form a close knit community of people to walk in fellowship with?” I was also leaving a second family I had formed over the course of three years through fun events like summer camp and weekends. The thought of walking into a new environment, no longer the “upperclassmen” of middle school, and becoming “fresh meat” in the social food chain terrified me.

It wasn’t until I heard an HSM staff member, David Beavis, teach about being anchored to God through transitions in life and to not lose grasp of the strongest anchor- the Lord. He based his teaching from the verse Hebrews 6:19- “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where our forerunner [a person or thing that precedes the coming or development of someone], Jesus, has entered on our behalf.” My third stage was acceptance of my new season that God laid before me. David’s message changed my attitude walking into HSM, believing in Jesus’ promise that he is always with me. My first time in HSM was amazing. The staff and people were so nice and welcoming, making HSM instantly feel like another home. Life has seasons that one goes through that God gives us for a reason- often some are challenging, and other times they are jubilant.

Although a season of change can be terrifying and hard, it introduces a new chapter in life to grow in faith with the Lord and trust in him. As Deuteronomy 31:6 teaches to “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

I encourage you to be present through transition and to embrace the plans God has for you. HSM is a safe place and so much fun to be a part.

- OLIVIA SEVERSON

Freshman (soon to be Sophomore)

   FRESHMAN  ::   Olivia Severson

FRESHMAN :: Olivia Severson

Group Projects + Jesus

Group Projects + Jesus

Group projects. Some of you love them, some of you loathe them. And when doing group projects, there’s always the few stereotypical characters who are in every group:

 

  • The self proclaimed group leader. They’re the one who instantly is in charge.

  • Then there’s the clueless one. The one who’s always asking questions and has no idea what’s going on.

  • Next there’s the one who just doesn’t care. They realize someone else is in-charge, so they just check out.

  • Lastly, there’s the one who’s overly excited about the project. The one who will do all of the work just because they want to.

 

I can be all of these stereotypes in different situations, so I understand the frustration that comes with all of these positions. Most of the time, though, I have this feeling that I’m carrying the whole project on my back because I’m putting so much effort into the project. It’s stressful. And similar to this, in Luke 10:38-41, Martha is stressed getting everything prepared for Jesus.

“As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he had said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, ‘Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!’

‘Martha, Martha,’ the Lord answered, ‘you are worried and upset about many things, but few things, but few things are needed- or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.’”

In this passage, Jesus tells Martha that Mary’s chosen what can’t be taken away from her, which I find very important. I feel that often we complain and call out for more help like Martha in moments, like group projects, where we are annoyed with being left to work on everything ourselves. Someday, the grade you got on that project or the team you tried out for won’t matter. Those are all things that can be taken away.

Instead, we have the incredible option to choose the joy and peace that Jesus provides, instead of choosing the stress and anxiety that comes with worrying about the presentation. That’s all because being able to drop all the hassle and sit at Jesus’s feet is something that can’t be taken away.

Throughout this week, I challenge you to take the time where you could be stressing, to sit at Jesus’s feet and dwell in his word.

 

- Delaney Miller

Freshman

Student Leader

Trusting God

Trusting God

I want you to find a peaceful place. A quiet place without any major distractions. Silent your phone for 15 minutes.  Once your comfortable, read Proverbs 3:1-6.

My son, do not forget my teaching,
    but keep my commands in your heart,
2 for they will prolong your life many years
    and bring you peace and prosperity.

3 Let love and faithfulness never leave you;
    bind them around your neck,
    write them on the tablet of your heart.
4 Then you will win favor and a good name
    in the sight of God and man.

5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways submit to him,
    and he will make your paths straight.[a]

After you’ve read through the scripture a couple times, take a few minutes to reflect and respond to these questions. 

1. What do you feel God is saying to the reader? What message does He want to communicate to us?

2. What can you personally take away from this passage? What verses do you want to work on? ie. Trusting in God. 

3. How do you think you could help someone else trust God? 

- Niko Bremer

Senior

Student Leader

Just Give Me A Reason

Just Give Me A Reason

Go on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook (do people even use this anymore?), or any social media outlet right now. Find anything interesting? Maybe a really great photo of that super cute guy/girl you’re crushin’ on, a “totally relatable” Tumblr post, maybe a super trendy photo of Kit Coffee? Any of you find some crazy political posts?! Go on to any social media outlet today, and you will find a slew of people making their political opinions known to all who are willing to listen. We all see it. We all try to avoid it. Maybe we’re the ones instigating it…Who knows! Nowadays, it seems pretty easy to have an opinion on something (or everything), but far too seldom do we actually know why we stand for something we believe in. 

1 Peter 4:15-17 (ESV) says, “…But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. For it is better to suffer for doing good if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil.” 

This verse is killer. I know there’s a lot of information, but by dissecting it, there is so much wisdom within it; some of it may even appear as straight-up common sense. 

A lot of us would perhaps consider ourselves Christians. Someone may ask you, “Why are you a Christian?” Some answers could be: “I was born in Christian home!”, “My parents are Christians!”, “I go to church every Sunday (and am even in a Life-Group)!”, or “I was lost, and Jesus found me!”.

Not that any of these are bad answers or not characteristics of a person who may be a Christian, but maybe these aren’t the most solid answers for why. If we’re choosing to follow Jesus and live a “life set apart from the world,” then I think we may need a little more incentive than merely being born into a Christian home. 

If you call yourself a Christian, maybe reflect: why do I choose to follow Jesus? By having a strong answer prepared for those who may inquire about our faith, and really owning up to what we seem to “label” ourselves as, not only are we showing confidence in the faith that we have, but we are serving as a witness to those around us that our faith is real, and that in effect, the love, forgiveness, and redemption through Jesus Christ is just as real. 

But, unlike many of the perhaps political or religious debates of today, we need to answer such inquirers with respect. By responding to someone rationally, calmly, and collectively, we not only help them become more receptive to what we’re saying, but we actually show the work of Christ within us, by way of our patience and love. In addition, we even strengthen the odds of drawing, rather than deterring, those who may be curious about our faith. By not losing our temper, saying mean things, or blowing our top, we actually put those “haters” to shame, by presenting an example of self-control and love. Kill them with kindness.

Most of all, as the end of verse 17 says, “It is better to suffer for doing good if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil.” Dang. If we actually claim to be Christians, have a legitimate reason for following Christ in our daily lives, and respect those around us with different opinions, then we need to act like it. Someone is not merely going to follow Jesus because it’s fun or easy, because most Christians know that a true commitment to Jesus Christ is not such. Rather by living up to a different standard than the world’s, choosing good over evil, and maybe even suffering in our world for the justified cause of Jesus Christ, we are becoming living and breathing advocates of Christ. Not only talking the talk, but actually walking the walk. 

So, when you’re carrying through your Monday (ughhhh, Mondays), maybe challenge yourself with the three parts of this verse:

1) Don’t just say or know what you are (a Christian), but WHY you choose to follow Jesus.

2) When sharing our faith or opinions with others, we need to be respectful and considerate. You’re not always going to agree with those around you, but if you are sharing your faith and want that faith to make an impact in others’ lives, I mean, you’re going to catch more bees with honey, #amirite?

3) Good always trumps evil, therefore, if you suffer for the sake of Christ or “good,” God sees and he justifies us in all things. If we’re going to claim our faith is real, we need to act like it. Get some skin in the game, and be willing to fight and maybe suffer for a cause you believe in.

Written by: Isabella Redjai

HSM Student Leader

  HSM Student Leader  :  Isabella Redjai (far right)

HSM Student Leader: Isabella Redjai (far right)

Let's Rebel

Let's Rebel

Okay, I dare you to try this. You ready for it? I’m warning you, it’s going to be difficult. Ready? Try this: Find a quiet place, sit still, set a timer on your phone, then put your phone on Do Not Disturb or Airplane Mode, and do absolutely nothing for 10 minutes. No music. No texting or social media. No sleeping. Just sitting, and doing nothing…for 10 minutes.

 

Do it now and come back to this post once you’re done.

 

Did you do it?

 

How was it? Awkward? Challenging?

 

The reality is being still is no longer natural for us. We live in a high paced society that over works. And honestly, we’re proud of our cultural workaholism and over-busy lives. We try to do too much with too little time. Therefore, we’re constantly stressed, rushed, and tired.

 

Now, working hard is a good thing. But I don’t think God has intended for our lives to be this overcommitted. Think about your own life. What is your weekly schedule like? Do you have too many things going on (such as: sports, AP classes, band, job, church, social life, family life, ASB, etc.). I’m sure all that you have going on in your life are good things. But maybe there’s good reason to slow down and simply spend time, dare I say it, doing nothing but being with Jesus.

 

There’s this well-known verse in Psalms that is basically written on countless coffee mugs and pillows in Christian bookstores. It’s Psalm 46:10. You have probably heard it before. It goes like this: “He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.’”

 

Simply being still, acknowledging that God is God, is an art we have largely lost. But I cannot stress how important it is for us to do! Imagine what your life could look like if you spent just 10 minutes doing nothing but being still and talking to, and listening for, God every day! My guess is that you would be less stressed, experience more of God’s peace, be more aware of God’s presence, and experience greater joy!

 

This practice of being still and being with God in that stillness is a rebellion to our cultural norm of overbusy, overcommitted, overstressed, workaholism. So I dare you to live differently from our culture, and allow yourself to have moments of being still with Jesus.

 

So, here’s my challenge to you: Try to this week spend 10 minutes every day in silence and stillness with Jesus. It will change your life. During that time talk to Jesus and share with Him what is going on in your life. Or maybe think about a Bible verses. Another thing I like to do when I practice this is repeat a phrase, or a short prayer, to myself. These phrases include: “God, I am loved by you,” “God, I am yours,” “God, you are here with me,” “I am your beloved child.”

 

There is not one right way to do this. Just try it and direct your attention to God because He wants to spend time with you, His beloved daughter or son.

 

“Be still, and know that I am God.”

 

  HSM Staff:  David Beavis

HSM Staff: David Beavis

The Home We Long For

The Home We Long For

My all-time favorite movie is Blood Diamond, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio. There are many reasons why I love this movie, but the main reason is because there is a moving scene that reminds me every time of God’s fatherly love for His children, whom He wants to bring home to be with Him.

 

If you haven’t seen the movie yet, please go see it soon (just a heads up it’s rate R)! It’s incredible. If you haven’t that’s okay, I still (sort of) love you. Anyways, here’s a brief summary of the movie: DiCaprio’s character, Danny Archer, is a renegade diamond smuggler who does shady business throughout Africa. He meets a man named Solomon Vandy who found a massive diamond and buried it. Solomon is a father whose son, Dia Vandy, was taken away in a village raid by men who force children to join their army, brainwash them, and make them to do horrendous things. Danny and Solomon find out that if they find where the army Dia is in is located, they also find where the diamond that Solomon buried is. So they help each other out in this quest to find the diamond (Danny’s motivation) and find the son (Solomon’s motivation).

 

Long story short, they find where Dia’s army is, and they find the diamond. But when Solomon finds the diamond, his son Dia, because of all the brainwashing and horrible things he was forced to do, he only sees his father as an enemy. Please watch the scene by following this link (warning: Tears may flow): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRWve1dr2JI

 

Wasn’t that powerful?

 

What does Solomon say to his son, Dia, that stood out to you?

 

I love what Solomon starts out saying: “You are Dia Vandy.” What is he doing? He is reminding his son what is true about him. He is reminding him about his identity. He speaks truth to him. My favorite line is this: “I am your father, who loves you. And you will come home with me and be my son, again.”

 

This reminds me of the story Jesus tells in Luke 15:11-32. This is the story of the Prodigal Son. He is a son who basically told his father he wished he was dead, ran away from home, blew all his money on wild living, then found himself at rock bottom. In desperation, he returned home to his father. And his father throws him a party in celebration of his return.

 

Ultimately this is our story too: We have all one way or another chosen to turn away from God and do our own thing, when God’s heart breaks for us and wants us to return home to be with Him. Our true home, the home we all long for, is found whenever we are with God. We are truly home when we are with Him.

 

So maybe you’re reading this and you haven’t been straying away from God, but you are having trouble hearing and remembering the truth of who you are and who’s you are. That you are a son or daughter of God, and that He loves you more than you can imagine.

 

But maybe you’re reading this and you recognize that you have been going your own way. You have run away from God, and you are far from home. My desire for you is that you would recognize that God is pursuing after you, and wants you to come home and be his daughter or son again.

 

So wherever you’re at, please hear these words:

 

““I am your father, who loves you. And you will come home with me and be my son, again.”

 

Blessings, 

David Beavis

  HSM Staff:  David Beavis

HSM Staff: David Beavis

Who Is My Neighbor?

Who Is My Neighbor?

Jesus is a fascinating human being. He says some profoundly deep things, but he also says things that get us thinking and examining our hearts. He was without question the smartest person to walk the earth. 

 

There’s an interesting story in Luke 10 famously called “The Good Samaritan.” Even if you’ve grown up in the Church and you feel like you’ve heard this story 100 times, please keep reading! I believe God will still has something for you!

 

Let me sum up what happens before Jesus tells this story: An individual, who is identified in Luke 10:25 as an “expert of the law” which is the equivalent of modern day pastor who knows the Bible very well, approaches Jesus to ask him a question. He asks Jesus “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” which basically means, “How do I get the awesome life God offers?” And Jesus asks Him, an expert of the Law, what he interprets the Law, which is the Jewish version of the Bible, to say. His response is “Love God with everything and love your neighbor.” 

 

Jesus was impressed. He said to this man “You have answered correctly. Do this and you will gain the awesome life God offers to those who obey the Law.” 

 

But then this man gets clever. He wants obey the law, but with as little difficulty as possible. So he asks this question: “Who is my neighbor?” 

 

Let’s stop for a second. Imagine you are in this man’s shoes. You ask Jesus how to gain this life in the Kingdom of God, the awesome and fulfilling life God offers to anyone who follows Him, and He says “Love God, and love your neighbor.” Who are you hoping your neighbor would be? Maybe your best friend, or that girl or guy you like, or a famous celebrity, or simply someone who is chill and easy to get along with. Who are you hoping your neighbor is? 

 

Jesus answers this man’s question with a story. 

 

Classic Jesus…refusing to answer questions directly, but rather with a story. 

 

If you haven’t read to story before please read it! 

 

“A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’ 

 

36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” 

- Luke 10:30-36.

 

Who’s the hero in the story? 

 

The Samaritan. 

 

To us we think “Okay cool. The Samaritan is good. That’s why they call the story ‘The Good Samaritan.’ This is boring David what’s the matter with you?” 

 

Wait! Don’t leave yet! Here’s the crazy thing we need to know: In that context (the Jewish context) the Samaritan people were looked down upon. Calling a Samaritan “good” was an oxymoron. It’s like saying “the good bad person.” 

 

But Jesus makes this man, the Samaritan, the hero of the story. Why? Because he, a Samaritan, helped his enemy, the Jew, and showed love to him. 

 

So what’s the message behind Jesus story? It’s simple: Love God, and love your neighbor, even if your enemy is Isis. 

 

As followers of Jesus we are called to show love to everyone, including our enemies. 

 

So, who is the “Samaritan” (the enemy) in your life? Who is God inviting you to show love to? 

 

As you go about your day, I encourage you to pray this prayer:

 

“Lord, who is my neighbor? Who are you inviting me to show love to?” 

 

May God strengthen you with His love and grace as you learn to love your enemy.

 

- David Beavis

  HSM Staff:  David Beavis

HSM Staff: David Beavis

Not My Best Moment

Not My Best Moment

It was 6am on Friday, March 3rd. And per usual, the moment I heard that 6am alarm, I smacked my phone to turn it off (which then led to it falling onto the ground…this happens every morning and yet somehow I always forget to move my phone away from the edge of my night stand…I digress). 

 

I got out of bed, half asleep, and walked down stairs. I started the hot water kettle, smelled the fresh coffee grounds, and then my eyes went wide with terror and I was reminded…today is the day we are fasting from anything other than water…so that meant…no…coffee. I was immediately irritable.

 

I stomped back upstairs to see my mature, loving husband smiling at me with sympathetic eyes and I proceeded to throw a tantrum like a 5 year old…not my best moment.

 

But by God’s grace it was in that moment that I realized…wow, I depend on coffee way more than I am willing to admit. So, I quietly got ready for the day (still irritable at moments), and asked God to give me strength, and even more so…lots of patience. 

 

Now, that wise, gracious moment did not last the whole day…I yelled at people while driving to work, I snapped at people who said something “the wrong way,” I had full blown crazy eyes while waiting for someone to upset me…but this is what Lent is all about.

 

Lent is not about fasting perfectly, it’s about denying ourselves so that we can say yes to Jesus, and denying ourselves is hard. It’s not a pretty process, and God’s not surprised by that. However, the way we press on in those ugly moments is by asking God to be our strength, our patience, our peace, our everything. 

 

And then, something incredible happens…we have moments where we are in awe that we aren’t needing/craving that “one thing” and we get to acknowledge that that strength comes from God within us. 

 

Lent is an opportunity to cling to Jesus in desperation like never before, and then see how powerfully He provides in those desperate moments. 

 

It has nothing to do with us - our goals and our accomplishments - and it has everything to do with God. 

 

We have an opportunity to grow closer to God, in ways like never before, when we say no to things we’d rather depend on, and say yes to depending on God. 

 

In moments during Lent, when you read what we’re fasting from and think “ugh nope, not today - it’s not realistic, it’s not possible, it’s not worth it,” be reminded that God wants to grow in relationship with you and this is a tangible way to do so. He doesn't expect you to do it perfectly, but He wants to help you grow in dependency on Him so that you can live life to fullest and freely. 

 

Blessings, 

Erin Vinzon

 

 

  HSM Staff:  Erin Vinzon

HSM Staff: Erin Vinzon

Would It Help?

Would It Help?

Have you seen the movie Bridge of Spies? I absolutely loved that movie and, though this isn’t an important part of the movie whatsoever, I think that there is one line repeated 8 times throughout the movie that just blew my mind. If you saw the movie you will definitely understand most of the context, but in the movie there is one character who is a captured Russian spy and he is being returned to Russia in exchange for several captured American citizens during the cold war. Many of the situations that he and the character played by Tom Hanks go through are not only stressful and dangerous, but many of them seem to come with the promise of death and persecution. Several times in the movie this Russian spy is asked, “Aren’t you worried?!” Or “You don’t seem alarmed?!” And the spy calmly and quite amusingly responds by saying “Would it help?” 

 

I think this question of “Would it help?” reveals the silly-ness of our tendency to worry. I believe this character is saying “What good does worry do?” This is a great question and I think it is a question that Christians should be asking and I believe that Jesus asks the same question in the bible. 

 

 Jesus speaks directly to the issue of worry in a part of his sermon on the mount in Matthew 6. 

 

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

 

Again, verse 27 says “Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life.” Jesus is essentially asking “Would it help?” “does worry actually do any good?” Jesus seems to claim that no, worry does absolutely nothing to help. Rather, worry only presses us on to further stress and adds to the difficulty we may face.  He is saying that God takes care of all creation, but above all, God cares most about human beings, You and Me. It is because of this immense love for us that God provides for you and I and wants for us to trust him with our worries. But how? How do we trust God and what does this look like?

 

In moments when we are pushed to worry and stressed about what is in front of us Jesus encourages us to pray. In fact, only 20 verses before this Jesus gives us an example prayer to God. The rough outline goes something like this. 

 

God you are a good and perfect father. 

I want to worship you for all my life

And for your way and plans to happen here on earth.

Today I trust you with my needs,

And I trust you with my life.

Please forgive me of what I have done wrong, 

And help me to forgive others for what they have done wrong to me.

Help me to love you And follow you well,

Amen

 

Jesus knows that we struggle to trust God and that we face worry because there are many times in our life where we lack control over the outcome. This prayer reminds us that especially in these moments where we lack control, we worship God most by letting go of our worries and placing our trust in him. This is not easy and in fact can be really difficult at times, but in the end it opens my ears to hear God say, “don’t worry about it, Ill take care of that.”

Worry does nothing to fix the situation at hand and in many cases only makes it worse. Worry overtakes and weasels its way in to all of the parts of your life. But placing trust in God and letting go of some of your worries frees you to worship God. 

- Nolan Henslick

  HSM Staff:  Erin Vinzon

HSM Staff: Erin Vinzon

When Slavery Means Freedom

When Slavery Means Freedom

As you begin to read this week’s devotional check out this song by All Sons & Daughters. It’s a song that we sing in HSM occasionally and the chorus is straight from scripture. 

“I am set free oh oh oh oh

I am Set free oh oh oh oh

It is for freedom that I am set free” 

It is for freedom that I am set free—practically a direct quote from Galatians 5:1 where Paul told the church in Galatia, it is “for freedom that Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” I don’t know about you but this can kind of sound redundant…maybe you find yourself thinking ”well ya, freedom sets me free, seems pretty self-explanatory.” What’s important to recognize in this verse is that God has set us free and with this freedom we have some serious choices to make: What will we do with our freedom? 

We as believers in Jesus Christ have been set free from the punishment of sin and death, but we still live like slaves. It might be helpful to quickly define what I mean by “slave.” 2 Peter 2:19 describes slavery as anything that overcomes or rules over a person.  Anything that guides your actions, anything that you choose to submit to becomes your master and you its slave. 

We become slaves when we submit to the opinion of others

when we compare ourselves to others

when we always need the latest and greatest

 when we choose sin

 when we make faith a list full of rules. 

All the time we use our freedom in Christ to choose to be a slave to something else. No matter what you do, your actions and decisions begin with submitting to something. The choice you have to make is who (or what) will I submit to? God wants us to use our freedom to choose him, to be a slave to him.

Woah woah woah! Stop right there! A SLAVE to GOD?? WHAT!?

Romans 6:16 says, “Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? But thanks be to God, that you…, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness.”

When we choose Jesus, we are no longer a slave to sin but a slave to righteousness. In other words, we are motivated by the life of Jesus and submitted to how he calls us to live. As a slave to Jesus we are called to use our freedom to love and serve one another. The fullness of freedom in Jesus is to love God and love others. 

Be encouraged by this verse and spurred on to live in Freedom!

Galatians 5:13-14 says, “It is absolutely clear that God has called you to a free life. Just make sure that you don’t use this freedom as an excuse to do whatever you want to do and destroy your freedom. Rather, use your freedom to serve one another in love; that’s how freedom grows. For everything we know about God’s Word is summed up in a single sentence: Love others as you love yourself. That’s an act of true freedom.”

- Nolan Henslick

  HSM Staff:  Nolan Henslick

HSM Staff: Nolan Henslick

We All Need A "Pick Me Up"

We All Need A "Pick Me Up"

We all have moments where we need a “pick me up,” right?

 

I go for a cup of coffee. For me, a warm cup of delicious coffee makes everything right in the world. 

 

For some of us, it’s something from Cha for Tea or In-N-Out. Or playing that one video game. Or hanging out with friends. 

 

But the common thread throughout all of those “pick me up’s” are that they’re momentary. The coffee cup empties, the Cha Tea or 4x4 is consumed, the game ends, and friends go home…so what do we do when those “pick me up’s” come to an end? 

 

Instead of seeking a “pick me up” that will come to an end, Jesus wants to give us life, and life to the fullest FOREVER.

 

This week, when you’re feeling the need for some type of “pick me up” because of lack of sleep, a bad test grade, a fight with a friend, problems at home (the list goes on), instead of seeking something that will comfort you for a moment, seek God’s Word that will comfort you for eternity. 

 

Take a moment to read these verses and pick one or two out that can “pick you up” and sustain you in those moments of need. Write them down in places that you’ll see them this week. 

 

God isn’t about us “surviving” or “making it though” - God is about living and being present. So chose life and being present by allowing God’s Word to lift you up and give you hope. 

 

Psalm 73:26 

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

 

1 Peter 5:7 

Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

 

Colossians 1:17

And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

 

Isaiah 40:31

But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

 

Psalm 28:7 

The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.

 

Psalm 55:22

Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.

 

Blessings, 

Erin Vinzon

  HSM Staff:  Erin Vinzon

HSM Staff: Erin Vinzon