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To God Be the Glory

 

“[God] needs no one, but when faith is present He works through anyone.” -A.W. Tozer on God’s Self-Sufficiency in “Knowledge of the Holy”

God can glorify Himself without me. Even if God did not choose me to be used by Him to share His love and the Gospel to the people of Japan, He would still be glorified. How humbling is that?

For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. – Romans 1:20 (ESV)

His glory is already evident in the lives of those who believe in Him, in creation, and even in people who do not know Him. But it is so humbling for me to meditate on the fact that God has chosen me, a sinner who has been saved by grace alone and an inadequate servant, to glorify Him.

This trip is not for my glory. I can not save anyone and the growth that is going to be done in me and the work that is going to be done in these students’ lives is not of my own doing. All these things will be done through God and for His glory alone.

This trip is not for my glory. I hope that would truly be my prayer and that I would not take any glory away from God. I pray that my heart would be in the right attitude, a humble attitude, that is not going on this trip to glorify myself. I pray that I would not be using this to seek the recognition of others or for people to think that I am holy or anything like that. In reality, we are all level at the foot of the cross and we are all to be on our hands and knees before the throne thanking God for our salvation and His grace.

It is crazy but my team and I are leaving for Japan in less than two months!! God has been so good and so gracious so far in this process and I am so joyful to be able to have this opportunity to serve in God’s name. I am looking forward with so much excitement to see how God will be glorified this summer!

Some praises and prayer requests:

  • I am fully funded for this trip!! God has proved his sovereignty and power and has swung so many doors wide open with people wanting to partner with me in this ministry opportunity. However, if God leads you to give financially, please still do so and you will help to support the rest of my team.
  • God has been doing so much growth in my own personal walk and has been continuing to help me to understand the Gospel more and more and has been molding and shaping me for what He will do in me this summer.
  • Prayer for funding and prayer partner finding for the rest of my team. We are about 3 weeks away from our deadline for funding so prayer that God would bountifully provide for us.
  • Prayer for team unity. The next time our whole team will be all together in person is when we leave together at the airport so prayer that God will unite us all together for the common purpose to be used by Him and see His Gospel made known.
  • Prayer for the preparation of my team’s hearts and my own heart. God is going to powerfully make Himself known to these students but He is also going to be doing a lot of growth in our own lives. Prayer that He would be continuing to prepare us as we finish out our school years and that He would be molding us for what He will do through us.
  • Finally, prayer for the preparation and softening of the hearts of the Japanese students we will be ministering to and showing love to. Prayer that God would be sowing the soil of their hearts now to receive the seeds of God’s love and the Gospel.

Thank you so much for your time in reading this update and for continuing to be praying and supporting my team and I. I will be trying to update with prayer requests more often using this blog and prayerfully God will be continuing to be doing good work in my team and I as we prepare for Japan!!

 

 

Some of the Best Encouragement

This year has been an awesome experience writing this blog and sharing my encouragement and inspirations with all you readers and followers. I thought that doing this blog was more of a forced school assignment, but I have grown to love it. I am even inspired and encouraged by the quotes that I find and put in my blog posts. To wrap up this amazing rookie year of blogging, I want to share my final takes on three of the quotes that I have found that have really inspired me this sophomore year of high school.

How You Deal with Imperfections Picture Quote

 

When I first started this blog, I tried to think of personal experiences that would inspire people. It was so hard because I didn’t want to tell of all my flaws and how I’ve fixed them. Flaws are just embarrassing!  But I posted of my flaws anyway like how stressed out I got and how much I would cry over the death of a loved one and people responded so positively to them. This quote explains pretty much my whole blogging experience in two sentences. You honestly don’t have to be perfect to encourage and inspire others, you just have to be able to be open about how you fail and about your imperfections and it will give others the example to follow.

 

 

Nervousness Picture Quote

This quote from my English teacher continues to inspire me so much. Especially right now since it’s the other time of the year where every high school students starts to worry, panic and stress out about their finals. It just reminds me that I really do care about school and my grades and even though I’m nervous about borderline grades and everything, it’s okay because it just shows how much I care.

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Most of the quotes that I find are from anonymous people and those are so inspiring. It’s from an author named H. Jackson Brown Jr. whose book is right above his picture. He has come up with 511 suggestions on how you can be more joyful and happy. This quote has 5 things in that book but they are so small that we feel that we can’t sacrifice our time in order to do them. What if today was your last day, you would never be able to do that small joy again because you thought it was too minor? Especially for me while I’m doing all my homework and studying, I take a break and go on social media instead of going outside and taking in the fresh air. This quote has helped me to learn to always make time for the little joys in life instead of passing them by.

Small Joys Picture Collage

I hope these quotes are encouraging and inspiring to you too. If you ever need all of them in one spot, there is a place. Feel free to look at them and draw as much inspiration as you need.

This is Kayleen signing off for a first successful year of encouraging, uplifting, and inspiring.

Night or Day? Silence or Standing Up?

Night Silence

In Elie Wiesel’s Night, a Jewish man gets sent to a concentration camp before the rest of the people in his town did and he came back to try to warn his fellow people about the pain and the bad things that come with concentration camp. He sounded real but nobody wanted to believe him. They were trying to be positive and they tried to think that would never happen but it led to their downfall when they met their match and were put into a concentration camp and weren’t prepared.

Night Separated

It doesn’t take much to say something really powerful. Especially in this novel, the author doesn’t have to say much to make the message and what the Jews went through so powerful and real. He only has to take 115 pages full of words to prove her point. It only took him 8 words to explain how hard it was to separate from family and not be able to ever see them again or even know how they’re doing when they’re at the same camp as you, but separated.

Night Silence 2

Silence is a huge theme in this novel and it doesn’t just have to relate to the Holocaust. These two quotes bring up the cliche quote that everyone says

“Evil prevails when good men do nothing.”

So just because this novel talks about what happened in the past, it doesn’t mean that we can’t apply the same things to our lives today.

 

 

Nervousness

“Nervousness isn’t a bad thing. It just shows that you care.” – David Theriault

My group and I were in the hallway talking to Mr. Theriault and one of the girls in my group said she was scared for her swim meet. And for those of you who play a sport know about those butterflies you get every once in a while that just build up and get worse the closer you get to your game, meet, or competition. Continue reading “Nervousness”