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Archive for September, 2008

  • for amazing friends
  • pictures and adventures
  • laughing
  • for lunch with friends– grilled cheese, creamy tomato soup, dill pickle spear, and chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting…mmmmhhh…
  • gas in my car
  • money for my bills
  • for Your Holy Spirit
  • prayer–that I get to talk to You!
  • cool autumn days
  • my new journals
  • my amazing bible
  • Newlyweds (John and Gracey)
  • love
  • Babies!
  • my mom and dad and sister (I love you guys!)

I’m sure there is way more….and these are not in any particular order…

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This song is so the cry of my heart. My friend Jesse, and fellow intercessory missionary here at IHOP-AC plays this song a lot during his sets. It is by Jacob Ferrell and it is called Psalm 63 (Give me Jesus). He is from ZHOP, Zadok House of Prayer in Fort Mill, South Carolina.

Here are the amazing lyrics!

O God, You are my God, and I will search You out

And my soul it longs for You, in a dry and weary land

All I ever wanted was You

Take this world and give me Jesus

Take this world and give me Your Son

Just a closer walk with Thee, grant it Jesus its my plea

Daily walk close to Thee, let it be Lord let it be

And Jesse adds this too:

Take my life and give me Jesus

Take my life and give me Your Son!

I love this song! I want Jesus to take my life, and this temporary world and give me JESUS!!!!!

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Quotes for the day…

I had the privilege of hanging out (babysitting) with one of the most wonderful kids tonight. He is absolutely adorable and the smartest 3 year old I know. Well, I met him and his parents at Chick-fil-a for dinner then him and I drove out to his house. Well his house is kinda out in the country, and I’ve been there 2 or 3 times, and it was dark tonight.

So I get lost. I turn on the wrong roads, make like 5 or 6 U turns. Its pretty bad. These are some of the quotes from him during that ride:

“Amanda, your car is a mess!”

“What is all of this stuff?”

“Were you not paying attention, Amanda?”

“Its ok if you pass our house again.”

He was so funny. He was being so patient with me. I know he thought I was crazy. Who turns around like 5 times, and turns on the wrong roads. Man, it was a fun ride. But we made it and we kept thanking Jesus! 🙂

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My friend and roommate, Carol, who I’ve blogged about before and put up pictures, turned the big 20 today! For her present I did one of my new favorite hobbies, I made her a journal. Or actually I designed her a new cover for her old one. And what is her passion? Praying for the ending of Abortion and a culture of life in America. She is head of our Bound4life Central North Carolina.

Here is the finished cover!

The baby on the front is Isabella Grace, my friend Tiffany’s baby. This was when she was 16 weeks in the womb. She is still in the womb, yet to be born. But she is coming soon!

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The past few days I have been going through some journals of mine. I started journaling 3 1/2 years ago and haven’t stopped since.

I journal things that the Lord is teaching me, notes from preaching and teaching, but mainly my life. Its basically one big prayer to the Lord. I write out a lot of my emotions and situations that are happening, so I can get a different perspective on it. And then I cry out to the Lord to make me more like Him.

It is crazy the journey I have been on. What is so crazy is that Jesus still loves me through it all. Oh my goodness I can’t express it enough. How amazing is our GOD! I have been selfish, moody, hurtful, unforgiving, revengeful, ridiculous, jealous, full of strife and dissension and unloving. I’ve spent many times seeking other things to satisfy me. To fill this craving inside of me to be loved. This desire in me to be special. This desire in me to be someone’s favorite. I’ve searched high and low for it. When I knew that there was only One who could fill it. All of it. And He loved me. I didn’t even have to do anything to have His love.

There He was waiting for me to return, with His arms open wide. All I have to do is say “yes” to Him. And I ravish His heart. I just have to look at Him, give Him even a little bit of my attention and His heart is captured by me.

And you know what? When I realize this love, and I stop seeking all those empty things and I turn my attention to my God, oh how my heart is ravished by HIS love! I am His favorite (so are you, that’s the mystery with God), He does desire me, I am special to Him.

I was created to know this Love, and to love Him. This is why I exist. Because out of this place of knowing His love and loving Him, I am glorifying Him with everything I possible can. He gets all the glory! Its all about Him.

We like to think our lives are our own. But if we are followers of Jesus Christ, they are not ours. So here is my life Jesus! Take all of it and leave none of it behind! Fill me with Yourself! Do what you want with me, have all of me!!!

This is my life. The life of a weak, broken, dark human, filled with the Spirit of God, allowing (or trying to allow) the Spirit to live the life of Jesus through me. Wow.

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This summer at IHOP-ATL the girls of the nightwatch went on a retreat. During the retreat we made journals for each other. We drew names and the girl we got we spent time in prayer for her. Then as the Lord spoke we made them journals. It was really awesome and fun to see all the journals. Well, I decided I wanted to make some this way. It is so fun and personal! I made myself a regular journal, and a journal to record any dreams I have, and things that the Lord speaks to me through other people (prophecy). Here they are!

Prophecy Journal:

FRONT (I know I have prophecy spelled wrong, but I didn’t know that until after the fact.)

BACK

Regular Journal:

FRONT

BACK (I actually did this one upside down by accident. But I turned it right side up for the picture 🙂

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I decided that it would be cool to do a profile on each staff here at IHOP-AC. I will put up some pictures of them, some info about them and an interview I am going to do with them about life, Jesus and the prayer room. So look forward to it soon! Its going to be exciting!!! 🙂

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