Nothing to do…. #TruettProbz

50 random things to do if you attend Truett- McConnell College 

 
*Please don’t do any of these things by yourself. It is way more fun with friends 😉

1. Hike to the top of Mt. Yonah.
2. Go to the Mt. Yonah book exchange.
3. Skate at Yonah Bowl and Skate.
4. Eno hammock on the front lawn.
5. Eat fried Oreos in Helen. 
6. Buy fudge at Hanzel and Gretel.
7. Go tubing in Helen.
8. Find a guy with a big truck and go mudding.
9. Go to Cabbage patch baby land.
10. Buy some hot chocolate from the Kangaroo.
11. Swim in Dicks Creek.
12. Worship at the cross.
13. Build a bonfire somewhere……off campus so you don’t get in too much trouble.
14. Go to the hoedown. 
15. Sing whilst dancing barefoot in the rain. It rains a lot.
16. Eat at Glenda’s. 
17. Meet Glenda.
18. Hike Amicalola trail and stand at the top of the falls. 
19. Make a midnight Taco Bell run. 
20. Go yard sale-ing.
21. Go thrift shopping.
22. Eat gluten free pizza at Papas.
23. Go to the fall festival on Saturdays in September and October. 
24. Take a road trip to Moe’s in Dahlonega.
25. Go watch a jazz concert at North Georgia College.
26. Participate in TMC Singing Competition. 
27. Drive up a mountain at night and go star gazing.
28. Go to the North Georgia corn maze.
29. Go to Toccoa falls. 
30. Watch a soccer game.
31. Go to the homecoming basketball game. 
32. Watch a movie on the front lawn.
33. Find the giant rocking chair in Lula and sit in it.
34. Buy a drink at the Soda Fountain Cafe.
35. Go to Sweet Water Coffee House in Sautee.
36. Go watch a baseball game.
37. Go zip lining in Helen.
38. Go putt-putt golfing in Helen.
39. Attend the Christmas parade at the square.
40. Go to the drive in theater in Tiger, Ga.
41. Find someone with a motor cycle and go for a drive. 
42. Skip class and go to Chickfila. Because the only thing worth skipping class for is the Christian chicken. 
43. Pull an all nighter at Huddle House.
44. Hit up all the antique shops. 
45. Light floating lanterns and set them free over the mountains.
46. Shoot fireworks out of a church parking lot. (Get permission first…of course.) 
47. Find a good roof and sit on it. 
48. Take a tour of the basement. 
49. Go to the midnight breakfast.
50. Graduate. 
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Abortion: Violence is Not the End of the Story

Ever since hearing about 50 Million Names Project, I have wanted to show my support in whatever way possible. 50 Million Names is a grassroots campaign to collect names for the now-more-than 50,000,000 children aborted in our country. Naming these children helps heal the wounds of family members, abortionists, and of our nation. I contacted Charlotte Ostermann, founder/director of 50 Million Names about providing a short guest blog post to help spread the word about this meaningful project.-Abbey Sellers

GUEST POST by Charlotte Ostermann, founder/director of 50 Million Names.

God Brings Beauty from Ashes and Joy from Mourning

 

Can we take a new look at the millions of abortions and feel hope instead of despair? I think so! At 50MillionNames.org we’re collecting names for the aborted babies, and writing a new story for them!  
Violence has ended their lives, but it doesn’t have to be the end of their stories. Each time a name is given, a new story starts for a unique, unrepeatable human being. The name-giver chooses some way to honor this child – plant a tree, write a song, donate to a great cause, send flowers to grandma, serve at the soup kitchen – a concrete gesture to emphasize the reality of this little person.
We’re also praying for each baby’s relatives and abortionist. God teaches us to pray for those who hurt us, so we pray for whoever hurt this child. He tells us to ask for blessings even for our enemies, so we ask Him to bless each and every person connected to the baby we name.
This is already creating a legacy of love, an expanding ripple of blessing and healing that starts with naming each child. When you read the stories (scroll through them on our Facebook page, or on the website) you feel the pain people have experienced, see the beauty of the names and gestures they give, and realize how much we need to be connected to these children.

They aren’t just statistics, and giving them names makes that real to us!

 

We can feel so overwhelmed by the death toll that we become paralyzed and can’t act. When we have a chance to do one small, free, quick thing that is real and beautiful, it wakes us up. 50MillionNames.org is helping all of us wake up to hope! As we name these children, we are shedding the despair we’ve felt about the huge number of abortions. Our gestures are proclaiming to the world that violence is not the end of the story!
Please join us as we honor the babies, by giving them names. This is a grassroots, word of mouth effort (because we want giving a name always to be free of charge!) and we need lots of help getting the word out.

Fifty million thanks for your help and your prayers!

Bucket List: 100 things to do before I die

Here is my Bucket List…as of right this minute. 😉 

1. Jump off a bridge
2. Get motorcycle license
3. Go snowboarding
4. See a musical on Broadway
5.  Learn to dance hip hop
6.  Go door to door saying trick or treat in the spring
7.  Make someones wish come true
8.  Go to the Georgia Aquarium
9.  Go on  hot air balloon ride
10. Paintball fight
11. Learn a French song on the piano
12. Splatter paint a wall
13.  Make spaghetti tacos
14.  Lay down on a roof and watch the stars
15.  Read the Bible through in one year
16. See a shooting star
17. See the grand canyon
18. Go to the World of Coke
19. Visit all 50 states
20. Make a CD
21. Learn how to speak a foreign language fluently
22. Own a Mazda
23. Go skydiving
24. Go to London and drink tea
25. See a movie at the drive in
26. Bury a time capsule
27. Go to a planetarium
28. Visit the Stadtgeschichtliches Museum
29. Add a lock to the “lovers lock” bridge in Paris
30. Eat lasagna in Italy
31. Eat a Doughnut burger
32. Teach music professionally 
33. Study abroad
34. Live outside the U.S. for a time
35. Write a book
36. Get married
37. Teach a Bible study class
38. Get a Masters degree
39. Get my boating license 
40. Go watch a sympohony
41. Drive a Ferrari 
42. Conduct the Nutcracker ballet
43. Adopt children
44. Sew an outfit to wear
45. Kiss in the rain
46. Get henna on my hand
47. Create a cookbook
48. Take a helicopter ride
49. Start a fire without matches
50. Be a mentor
51. Write a love letter in calligraphy
52. Be able to remember peoples names 
53. Read all the books I own
54. Have a giant library
55. Eat fire
56. Be in a movie
57. Get a tattoo 
58. Learn to fence
59. Ride in a gondola
60. Have someone write a song about me
61. Take a cruise to Alaska  
62. See a volcano
63. Attend a masquerade ball
64. Fly first class
65. Float in the Dead Sea
66. Get a Caricature drawn of myself 
67. Ride the Kingda Ka rollercoaster
68. Spend the night in a “haunted” place
69. Release a floating lantern
70. Ride an Elephant
71. Sleep in a hammock 
72. Attend a color festival in India
73. Spend the new year in a different country
74. Sit on a jury
75. Complete a 365 project–take a photo a day for a year
76. Use a fake name at Starbucks
77. Own a long haired dachshund
78. Attend the Kentucky Derby
79.  Parasail
80. Own a handgun
81. Hug a baby panda in Japan
82. Go to Scotland and buy seaglass
83. Have a bonfire on the beach in California 
84. Stay in a tree house hotel
85. Name a star
86. Take a photography class
87. Throw a dart at the map and go where it lands
88. Own a black Kawasaki ninja 
89. Learn to golf
90. Rescue a kitten from a shelter
91. Attend a NASCAR race 
92. Cover the walls of my room with pictures and memories
93. See an opera 
94. Win something from the fair
95. Trace my ancestry
96. Invite a homeless person to dinner
97. Plant a garden
98. Put soap into a public fountain
99. Have a secret room in my house
100. Become a spy

Modesty: More Than What We Wear

There are a lot of people..and a lot of blogs that talk about Christian women and what we should and shouldn’t wear when it comes to dressing modestly. It is a very controversial topic. You have people saying that we still don’t need to be showing our ankles, and then you have other people who say that “modesty is outdated,” or “times have changed.”

 

But I really don’t want to get into the discussion of whether wearing a bikini or mini skirt is appropriate or not. Because the fact of the matter is that there is a bigger picture here that I think people are forgetting. While yes, the times, culture, and clothes have changed, the Word of our Lord has never changed.

 

Modesty is more than what we wear- it defines who we are.

 

Let’s be real. Every girl knows when she is purposefully dressing to attract attention from men. Any woman who says she doesn’t realize it, is lying. Of course there are always going to be those times when some guy whistles at you when you’re wearing sweats and not trying to impress anyone at all. That’s just the nature of sin. But I’m talking about when you purposefully set out in your heart to dress in a way that attracts lustful attention. I will be the first to ashamedly say that I have done it myself. I have had to examine my real intentions behind what I was wearing, and not lie to myself and say that it was fine. I have to be honest, look at my wandering heart, and tell myself, no. I have had to realize that modesty is not about what I am wearing, it’s about my heart.

 

I hear so many girls talk about how it’s not their fault if guys are creepy, and that they should have the freedom to wear what they want. But the thing is-it doesn’t matter who’s “fault it is” when we all stand at the day of judgment. Every person will be held accountable for their own sin. The woman for her immodest heart, and the man for his.

 

 

2 Corinthians 6:3-13 tells us- “We put no obstacle in anyone’s way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, but as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: by great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger; by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, the Holy Spirit, genuine love; by truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left.” As a woman going into ministry, I want it to be said of me that I did not put obstacles in people’s way by what I said, or did, or my clothing. We must all strive to live lives that people cannot find fault in. We must try everyday to look in the mirror and see Christ Jesus.

 

Romans 3:14 says, “But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.” If our heart is truly in sync with the Father’s, then we will know when we are wearing something that we shouldn’t be. There will be a check in our Spirit that tells us that what we are doing isn’t right. We should not be trying to gain attention from men and gratify our sinful desires.  But we should be seeking to put on the Lord Jesus as the clothing of our hearts and mind, to leave no room for sinful desires to creep in.

 

In this day and age- Christian women cannot afford to be careless when it comes to decisions on what we wear. We need to be intentionally looking out for our brothers in Christ, given the world we live in. We should make the choice NOT wear something that would cause them to stumble, rather than passively wearing whatever “looks cute” and not thinking about the spiritual repercussions of our actions. Because we WILL be held responsible for being careless with the body that God has given us.

 

One of my favorite verses is Proverbs 11:22 which states, “Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout is a beautiful woman without discretion.” As this verses clearly states, as women we MUST have discretion. But especially when it comes to our bodies and what we wear.

 

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 states,” Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” This commandment to honor God with our bodies is not implying a passive action. It is a choice. We are called to not be a stumbling block.

 

Matthew 5:27-28 says, “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”

 

As women of God, I want us to really think about this verse for a moment. Better yet. Go back and read it a second time.

 

Why in the world do we take modesty so very lightly? As I said before, every man and woman will be held responsible for their own sin. In no way am I trying to say that every time a man looks at you lustfully that it’s your fault. The man will have to take responsibility for that as well. But how sad is it to think that when we don’t use discretion and we carelessly dress immodestly, or even worse, when we intentionally dress immodestly, that we could potentially cause a fellow brother to stumble into lustful sin? I know, I know..it’s not our problem, it’s the guys deal..right? Wrong. It is our problem because as Christians, we are called to higher standards.

 

We must, with the Lord as our guide, help the men of this generation to seek after Him above all else. 

We must be enablers (and not stumbling blocks) towards advancing the kingdom of God! 

We are all in this together. Male and female alike. We have to be. As one body of Christ in the battle against Satan. 

 

I believe that is about all I needed to say. Just some thoughts that have been rolling around in my head the past few days. I hope that something I have said will come as a challenge for you, and that you can somehow apply these Biblical truths into your everyday life.

 

God bless, and have a wonderful 2014!

Abbey Nicole

 

 

 

 

 

 

Love according to 1 John. Blog edition. :)

I just decided that I was going to briefly dissect the book of 1 John. I feel like sometimes we miss the big picture about what it means to love. Hopefully this will put at least a few things into perspective.. 
One way that love is demonstrated through us is by how we keep His word. (1 John 2: 3-5) Our keeping of His commandments and standards for everyday life should be an overflow of our knowledge of God. The bible clearly teaches that in order to truly know The Lord, we must keep His word and then His love can be perfected in our lives. Along those same lines, as believers and followers of Christ, it is imperatively important that we have established a sound doctrine/understanding of what it is the Word of God is teaching on a particular subject. We must know what we believe, know why we believe it, and remain grounded in HIS truth. That is the only way that we will be able to understand how to let our actions and deeds be those of love. We cannot live our Christian life to the fullest if we do not strive for knowledge on God’s standard for holy living. A change of action doesn’t not result in a change of heart and mind. But, a change of heart and mind will effect our actions. Following the Lord’s commandments will not be burdensome, but will be a great joy and a result of our love for God. 
If we are truly abiding in The Lord then we are called to walk I the same manner that He walked. (1 John 2:6) If our hope is fixed solely on Him, purity and love will flow from that hope. We are beseeched by God to love in deed and truth. We cannot walk in the darkness of our former ways. Jesus is the true light in of the world. As followers of Him, we must abide in His light in order to truly love. (1John 2:8-10) 
The only reason that we are even able to love other people is because of the sacrifice that Jesus paid on the cross. Because of His perfect example, we must love. Why would we not want to share His unfailing love with the world? Love is from God Himself, and is God. If we do not love, we do not know God. The same goes the other way around; the world will know that we are abiding in God, and He in us, by how we love. (1 John 4:7-16) 
True love casts out fear and condemnation. We must have confidence before God. We must accept the love that He has bestowed upon each of us and believe in the name of Jesus Christ. The bible tells us that God is greater than our condemnation and greater than our hearts. (1 John 3:19-21) We must daily walk in the truth of His forgiveness, and take hold of our victorious faith! 

1 John 5:20 “And we know that the Son of God has come, and has given us understanding so that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.”

Wanderlust

Wanderlust: a strong innate impulse or desire to travel the world.

 

I have always had this childish dream of one day traveling the world and visiting many different countries. This sense of restless wanderlust is continually with me. I have never quite understood why I constantly want to go somewhere new and be somewhere different. It is almost like my heart is longing to find a place where I can be at peace.

I came across a quote that I feel summarizes these feelings into one sentence: “The fact that our heart yearns for something Earth can’t supply is proof that Heaven must be our home.” -C.S. Lewis

This earth is not my home. The only place that will truly quiet my heart’s desire is in the arms of Jesus. It is fine to enjoy the blessings that God has given me, but I must first remember Who the blessings came from. I must remember that all good things come from my heavenly Father (: I cannot waste my life searching for things to “satisfy” my soul when I have already found Him! He will continually be with me and will fulfill EVERY need I could possibly have. I will always have a little bit of wanderlust inside of me, but as a Christian I know that this world can’t compare to what lies ahead. My heart longs for the day when I see My Savior face to face! Until then, I will enjoy this world that He has made for me. I will travel the globe and stand in awe of the mighty works of His hand. I will see a little more of His beauty everyday through His creation. But most importantly, I will eagerly await the day when I will spend eternity in heaven and be filled with everlasting peace and joy!

 

“Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, Prone to leave the God I love; Here’s my heart, O take and seal it, Seal it for Thy courts above.”

 

Abbey Nicole

 

Missionary?

A few weeks ago, I went to a church in West Virginia that had invited me and my summer staff team to fellowship with them. As the pastor came up to speak, he welcomed all of the newcomers and then proceeded to introduce me and my team. He looks out to the congregation and points to us and says, “I just wanna give a big welcome to these missionaries that have come to worship with us the morning.” The moment the word “missionary” came out of his mouth, I instantly felt very out of place. It hit me like a ton of bricks. I didn’t feel worthy to be called a missionary. I certainly haven’t been called to be a missionary…. or have I? I sat there stunned in my seat. The sermon hadn’t even begun and I was already convicted.

 

If we are Christians- we are all called to be “missionaries” wherever the Lord places us. We must seek to proclaim God’s love and share His joy with the people around us. One song that I have been singing a lot at camp this summer is “We Are.” I’m just gonna put the lyrics on here. That’s really all that needs to be said.

 

“Every secret, every shame

Every fear, every pain

Live inside the dark

But that’s not who we are

We are children of the day

 

So wake up sleeper, lift your head

We were meant for more than this

Fight the shadows conquer death

Make the most of the time we have left

 

We are the light of the world

We are the city on a hill

We are the light of the world

We gotta, we gotta, we gotta let the light shine

 

We are the light of the world

We are the city on a hill

We are the light of the world

We gotta, we gotta, we gotta let the light shine

Let the light shine, let the light shine

 

We are called to the spread the news

Tell the world the simple truth

Jesus came to save, there’s freedom in His Name

So let His love break through

 

We are the light of the world

We are the city on a hill

We are the light of the world

We gotta, we gotta, we gotta let the light shine

 

We are the light

We are the light

We are the light

So let Your light shine brighter

 

We are the light

We are the light

We are the light

Jesus

 

You are the light

You are the light

You are the light

We will lift You higher

Shine shine shine”