1 Corinthians 9:19

1 Corinthians 9:19
“For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win the more”
King of kings,
You are an amazing King. Your name reigns forever and forever. You give grace to everyone and You are full of mercy. I need to read more of Psalms, so I can learn how David called You, and how he loved You. My King I praise You and I thank You! Thank You for everything You are doing right now in my life and those around me. I can see You working. My stress has basically vanished, and I thank You. You took me out of a place that was crippling my walk with You. You knew it and You needed to save me, even if originally I fought against it. God, You knew the best for me. “For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win the more” (1 Corinthians 9:19). Being in Guatemala I sometimes find myself wondering about what is happening at home. Every time I get on the internet I am distracted by some type of bad news or just sad situations. Father, I don’t want to ever leave this place, I literally feel like I am on a honeymoon with You. God, I don’t want it to end. I want to stay here with these 21 people, they are my family. I remember that in the first three weeks of being here, someone said that they would be willing to die for all of us. My legit thought was “I have only known these people for three weeks, there is no way I would.” Now, knowing them I would be willing to die for one… Maybe… (Pause for laughs) Hahahahaha, no I am just kidding. I would be willing to take a bullet for any of them. It’s just amazing to see how You have been moving in all my classmates lives. ” For though I am free of all men,” I am made alive in You God and I thank You. Surrounding myself with people that are liked minded has helped me incredibly with my walk with You. I use to think that I could be around people that weren’t Christians and still have a firm walk with You. I learned that it actually did more damage to myself then it did any good to them. My classmates have helped me out so much and I am just amazed at their different stories. Back in the states we probably wouldn’t even looked twice at each other if we passed by on the street. Yet, now being here with them for 45 days, like Jack said yesterday, we have influenced each other in so many ways. Thank You my King. Ruler over all, and the whole world is in Your hands. Help us serve each other with love, and serve others that aren’t on the property. LOVING GOD, LOVING PEOPLE.
Your Servant,
Nicole
“therefore, brethren, we are debtors- not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.” Romans 8:12-14

A: I will memorize the verse above, again…

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1 Corinthians 12: 14-15

1 Corinthians 12: 14-15
“For in fact the body is not one member but many. If the foot should say, ‘Because I am not a hand, I am not the body,’ is it therefore not of the body?”

God,
I was suppose to do this the other day. Sadly, I am doing it now. But I want to thank you for everything You are doing. God, I am loving it here in Guatemala. I am so thankful for my class, and the support we give each other. We truly are working as a team. Austin said the other day after our class came back from our outreach to the mental hospital, that there were people that could see a glow come off our team. It’s so uplifting because I know that it is definitely, Your glow. It’s our love for You, and is shining You. The verse or verses today is 1 Corinthians 12: 14-15 “For in fact the body is not one member but many. If the foot should say, ‘Because I am not a hand, I am not the body,’ is it therefore not of the body?” I can’t help notice that when either one of us is sick, or leave for a little bit, it is noticeable. When Sam became sick, everyone could tell that he was missing, and everyone was so happy to see him when he got better. When Christian left for a couple of days his absence was known and again the same feeling happened when he returned from where he went. We are a body, and the other day when I read my IBS (blog). I was sad because I was wanting another one of my team mates skills. I was definitely the foot in the situation looking at the hand. You have taught me that I am made with a purpose and that I am still part of this team. I have my skills and talents. I am so happy that we aren’t the same person, because then it would just get annoying dealing with two of me! Or 21!!! God, I am so thankful that in the entire world there is only one Nicole, who had the same exact talents, likes, and dislikes. And that is me, thank You Heavenly Father! I love you! And praise you!
Your one of a kind,
Nicole

A: today I will write a thank you to God for each and everyone of my team mates.

Ecclesiastes 4:12

Ecclesiastes 4:12
Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken

God,
You are an amazing Creator. You never stop amazing me, and Your plan is perfect. Your are majestic in all Your ways and Your timing is perfect. I want to thank you for Sunni and Caitlyn. They are so in love with you and it truly is inspiring. They have beautiful voices and they are so willing to learn anything to glorify your name. I can tell that you have something amazing planned for the three of us. God, I love how there is three of us going to Cambodia, in the years past they only sent two “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor” (Ecclesiastes 4:9). Two are better then one, I have to say something that I have been keeping in, but God you know my thoughts before I even think them. You know my words before they even form on my tongue, you know my secrets that I have locked away in my many rooms and have tried to ignore them. God, I have been struggling with feeling worthless. God, I know I am not worthless and that these thoughts are not of you, but it’s hard to fight against them. God, I feel like I have nothing to offer you, or that I have no special gifts that can be used as praise to you. It’s silly to think these things, but this is my battle lately. You remind me to look only at you, not to look to my left or to my right. Not to look at my teammates, because you have made them special and unique in their own way. I love them so much and I can’t wait to serve you with them. I know that you have given me gifts that aren’t as vocal as theirs, but I can’t help but look at them and wish that I had their gifts. I need to be grateful for what you have given me. Learning today about David and his 400 mighty men. 200 stayed behind and guarded the stuff, while the other 200 went and fought with David. Yet they both were blessed equally. I might not be the one that goes up in front of the crowd and sings or plays guitar, but I can still worship you with all my heart and show how much You have given me. God, your plan is perfect, and you are going to use each of us in our own ways. Cambodia, This time it’s three of us, and I am so excited about how our verse for today is a little further in that same chapter of Ecclesiastes. “Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken” (Ecclesiastes 4:12). Thank you, for Sunni and Caitlyn, and everything you are going to use us for. “A threefold cord is not quickly broken,” and I know that after this trip to Cambodia we are going to be like a braid, it has three strands and they are all woven together making it strong and close to each other. Help us grow closer together, but mostly helps us encourage each other, and grow closer to you. God, honestly you are the fourth person coming with us on the plane, and coming with us to Cambodia. Yet God you are already there now with Anna. I can’t wait to meet her. God, you are reminding me, or asking me, “Do you trust me?” God, I trust you. I am taking your hand and focusing only on you. I won’t look at what you have given everyone else, and enjoy what you have given me. Thank you God. I love you and praise you!!
Your Daughter,
Nicole

A: I will tell my roommates what has been going on and pray and thank God that He created me wonderfully and fearfully.

Galatians 5:13

Galatians 5:13
For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another

God,
I don’t even know how to start. My brain is fried. God, You called me out of flesh and now I am free. Free from my sin, free from the life that destroys me slowly, free from everything that holds me down, and I am free in You God! And I thank You for that. God, I want to love my brothers and sisters like You love me. Help me see them through Your eyes and not mine. For my eyes are corrupted and I can not see them the way You see them, which then is even more of a struggle to love them and serve them the way You do.
God, I am in awe of my class. They are just getting along so well. It’s a lot better then it was when we first got here. Unity comes with time, and it definitely wasn’t like that in the beginning. I can remember the FIRST time we had to do our team commitment. The stress level was through the roof. Now it seems like we are all agreeing before we even get to the meeting part. The same idea is coming to all of us before we discuss it and figure it out. Our team commitment verse was Philippians 2:2 “fulfill my joy by being like minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.” Then it goes on in saying “Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.” I can’t help but see that our IGNITE class 10 verse matches our theme this week. And honestly Your timing is perfect, because we are all becoming comfortable with each other. God, You like us uncomfortable and testing our faith in You. We are family here, we love each other. I can’t help but wonder, God, what is going to happen? What is going to happen that we need to be reminded to serve, love, and esteem each other? Our verse for today is “For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another” (Galatians 5:13). Remind me God to serve the people around me. But let my application not be just to check it off and say I did it. I want to learn from this, I want to do it and remember that the order is to serve You, then to serve others and the very last person is to serve myself. God, more then anything I need to serve and do Your will. Loving God, loving people.
Your daughter,
Nicole

A: The rest of the week I will be the last girl to get my meal.

1 Corinthians 9:22

1 Corinthians 9:22
to the weak I became as weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.

God,
I have witnessed several things happen, that just screams you. I still really can’t believe how they happened. First, Natalia, the girl that is from Guatemala being able to join our class…. Seriously, I am speechless. I am so thankful that she is here, because she just makes everything so much better. God, the way she just loves you, and worships you is just so amazing. I can see how much she loves you. One of the things that I am just blown away by is how courageous she is when we are doing our outreaches. She doesn’t let anything stop her, she would boldly stand up in front of crowd, and preach your word. God, I want that. I want that courage, but I am still caught up in what others think of me. It’s interesting because Sunni brought up the fact that everyone is different. God, here I am thinking of what Natalia would do and wanting to be Natalia. I don’t need to be Natalia, I don’t need to anyone in the class. Who I need to be is me. I need to be Nicole, the girl you created me to be. At the same time, I need to do your will, not my will. The verse today is “to the weak I became as weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some” (1 Corinthians 9:22). Natalia to me truly shows this verse, God her passion for you and to save those she comes in contact with is so inspiring. I love it, and I thank you for bringing her into my life and the lives of everyone in my class. Her wisdom surpasses her age, and her love is so comforting. Natalia would definitely become weak, bring herself down to the dirt if it meant that, that person would become saved. If it was in your name, God she would do anything. She is truly a woman, who has her heart set on you. God, help me find who I am. Help me, understand and grow into the woman you want me to be. I want the courage that you are willing to give me, and the wisdom that you want me to have. God, more then anything in the world I want to love you so deeply. I know you have been calling me to go deeper with you, again there is something holding me. Please, God show me what it is or maybe the thing that is holding me back is me. God, maybe I am holding myself back from truly giving you my all. God, help me let go and follow you.
Your daughter,
Nicole

A: I will read this to Natalia and tell her what her love for God has inspired. And that I am so grateful for her being here.

Colossians 3:20

Colossians 3:20
Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well pleasing to the Lord

My Heavenly Father,
Being away from home for a month and a half now I am starting to miss my parents. I always missed them when I went away for a long period of time. The only difference was that it was easier to talk to them then it is now. God, I need to thank you for my parents. They are always so supportive of me and its really is great to have that support from people that are so important in my life. I always give the example, that if everyone put their parents on the table and were able to switch them…. I wouldn’t even put them on the table in first place. I hear stories about how people have issues with their parents. Even when they talk about all the negativity that their parents do. It’s just shocking to me, because I can’t relate to them. God, I thank you for them, who supportive they are with this trip. “Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well pleasing to the Lord” (Colossians 3:20). I feel like a complete jerk, as you remind me of ALL the times I disobeyed my parents. I wish I could grab the 13 year old me or the 6 year old me just change her mindset. Even the girl that I was right before I came. I would love to tell her to obey mom and dad. Don’t do the things that you are doing. God, regret and dismay are filling my mind. Why didn’t I do what they asked or what their rules were? God you have given me two amazing parents, who love me, and are just looking out for my best interest. I have learned that every rule that I disobeyed them in, I ended up hurting myself. God, you have set the standard high on how to love your children. With you as an example, I can see that my parents have taken notes. I don’t want to be that girl that disobeys their parents, because I didn’t get what I wanted. God, I pray that you help change my heart and my motivation. When my mom or dad tell me to clean my room, or put my shoes away, or even wash the dishes. That I will be willing to do it without hesitation, because they have done so much for me. Doing simple tasks like those shouldn’t be such a hassle like they were in the past. God, I want to show them that I love them so much and that I am grateful that they are my parents. Even the rules that were there to protect me from the things of this world, I disobeyed. I am just grateful that you are a forgiving God and I have parents that are also forgiving. No matter, how far I turn or what rules I break, they still love me. Most of all you still love me. You have blessed me with an amazing family and I am so grateful that they love you with all their heart.
Your daughter,
Nicole

A: next time we get phone time I will call my parents and thank them for always being there, and for everything they have done for
my life .

Hebrews 13:17

Hebrews 13:17
Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you.

Loving King,
You are an amazing loving ruler. My life is so grateful to all the mercy and grace you have shown me. Authority… I never had an issue with it. When someone told me to do something I automatically did it with out hesitation. It’s interesting how this is connecting to my life today. “Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you.” (Hebrews 13:17) I don’t have a problem obeying them, I am just terrified of people in a authority. God, I am terrified of you yet I love you. It’s what it always says in the Bible. “Fear the Lord”… No matter what I am still going to obey you, and I love you with everything I have. With authority I know that it is all you, and you have control over everyone in authority over me. Let me give my pastor for example, I have no problem talking with his wife, or daughter, or even his sons. Yet, when someone tells me to go my pastor a question. Fear stops me in my tracks. And physically can’t get my self to move forward.
“And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.'”(Matthew 28:18). God, you are in control, why do I have this weird fear of teachers, bosses, and pastors. Because they are an authority over me and I need to respect them. Does that mean I need to be scared of them? No, and obviously you are wanting me to come out of my comfort zone. Which I thank you for telling me, and I’ll be sure to try my hardest. This definitely will be dying to self. You are an amazing loving King and I love you! Even though I am fearful of your amazing power and your authority, I will love you and praise you forever.
Your fearfully made servant,
Nicole

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