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H.O.P.E = His Outstanding Presence Emerges. 02/22/2010

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Wow it’s been quite a while since I’ve last updated this blog. Sorry for those who were eagerly waiting my next post.

It has been a marvelous few weeks since the blizzard. Every aspect in our church seems to be rising. Youth group, college group, even the true young adults, and the couples at Rockville. All these groups have been rising, expanding, and thriving. I guess that’s why the youth group is now known as “Rising.”

On the weekend of Feb 12, and 13, Pastor Bob Hartley and his team were in town speaking at a conference labeled as “Hope to the Heart.” This conference was extremely intriguing, talking about and explaining the steps to become a ‘Hope Reformer,’ which are in need in this area. It’s a lot of hard work, and with my current load on me, I don’t know if I’ll be able to become a hope reformer just yet. It looks like I might be taking this task sometime in the future.

However, I have been getting some puzzling dreams, but one was clear as windex wiped glass. A sister of mine, Lisa, asked me a few days ago to ask God to help her make her decision about Haiti. The times I prayed, I got nothing. But one night as I was sleeping, I received a dream. The dream consisted of me observing Lisa surrounded with children, all with gleaming faces of happiness. These children were so grateful that she has come to help them from such devastation. Unless another catastrophe is about to happen, that dream was definitely about Haiti. Other dreams are quite personal, and I have spoken to a great brother of mine, and he has given me great advice about them. πŸ™‚

I will remember to update more frequently, I tend to forget some events that have occurred… wow. That’s the reason why I wanted to start blogging and I already forgot… go me.

Till next time,

Nick over and out.

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친ꡬ μ•Ό! 02/11/2010

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Soooooo the blizzard of 2010 has come and passed, and left a glorious total of 40 inches of snow outside. Snow so white, that when the sun gleams off of it, it’s blinding.

To recap, it’s been a great week. Classes have been canceled until today, but hopefully classes will resume tomorrow, I kind of miss going to class and learning. This whole week I’ve been extremely lazy, and my brain has stopped swelling with new information. This can’t go on any longer, my brain needs new information I can only obtain through studying! Ahhhhh!

But anyways, it’s been quite an exciting week. Spending 3 days at Jimmy’s, Super bowl watching at Heon soo’s, and somehow getting cabin fever at home, which at that point I have only been home for about 18 hours. Insanity.

Lately I’ve realized that most of the songs I know how to play on the guitar are not the best songs to learn. Thus, I have decided to learn songs that are mainly Christian, so I will be able to worship and praise Him on my own, without having to rely on technology to supply the mood. Also, playing the guitar makes me feel… at ease with myself and my life. Without music, I don’t know what I would do in my spare time.

I’ve been thinking lately, that friends are amazing… aren’t they? Your true good friends are there when you need them, so reliable that with a phone call or a text, they’ll be able to be there when you need them the most, or when you’re just bored out of your mind that you need another intellectual to talk to. However, discovering your true good friends is a difficult task. God has given me so many friends, so many friends that I can rely on when times are tough, and friends that help me overcome obstacles that are in my life. I love my friends. But as I said earlier, determining who my true good friends are was a difficult task, but was accomplished. They’re my security blanket. They are the individuals who are able to assist me in my problems and people that I can trust without ever doubting them. Those individuals should know who they are. Thanks!!

Hopefully next time, I’ll be able to be consistent with my blogging… I tend to forget things that happen pretty frequently. Hey! This is the reason why I wanted to blog in the first place… fail.

Till next time,

Toodles!

Stop what you’re doing and listen! 02/04/2010

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I’d like to start out by saying thanks to whomever keeps on reading my blog. Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside knowing that others enjoy the ideas and thoughts that cross into my mind. πŸ™‚

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We’re all fools. Strong statement, but oh so very true.

We all care too strongly about living our lives, when we don’t take the time to stop what we’re doing and listen to what our heavenly Father says to us. Like how we learned to stop, drop, and roll in school to extinguish fires on our bodies, lets stop, listen, and bask in the Father’s presence and listen to what He’s trying to tell us.

We’re not all perfect beings. We all make mistakes, but the amazing thing is that He still loves us regardless of all the wrong doings we have committed in the past. There are no excuses for us to believe that God does not love and care for us. Instead, a simple talk with our Father can help us surpass all these obstacles that are set before us. So love the Lord your God! He sent his one and only beloved son to eliminate any sins that are on our plate, and all He asks for us in return is total complete trust in Him, and to love him with our hearts, minds, and souls.

In Exodus 14:14, it says, “The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.” LIFE IS SO SIMPLE! That’s the most simplest way for us to categorize and describe our lives. We just sit still and love Him, He’ll do the rest… guaranteed. He loves us so much, we don’t have to worry about our worldly struggles. Just confide in Him, and He’ll lead you to do such amazing things in your life.

Yesterday while praying, I got John 14 for a brother of mine. John 14 says:

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”

Trust Him. He’ll be leading you to greater things than you can have imagined. We all have a room reserved for us in God’s house. It’s about time we recognized that fact and took our place in our Father’s house.

Concluding, I would like to reiterate what I said before… Stop what you’re doing and listen! You never know what great things you can accomplish, through the love and guidance of the Lord.

His Love Never Fails! 02/01/2010

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I love this song… it’s perfect.

These few days have been amazing. I thank the Lord for the amazing friendships that have been given to me. πŸ™‚

So… we had a pleasant snowfall on Saturday. So me, Khoi, Moose, Erica, Jenn, and Erica’s friend Cindy all took a snow day and hung out together at Erica’s house. It was fun, talking, laughing, and playing some games. The one thing that stood out the most was Erica’s nerd rage when we were playing cranium due to the word for gnilleps was goulash, and she thought it was galosh, so she raged about it… until she started spelling it out G-A-L when we quietly said its g-o-u… that was a very funny moment. πŸ™‚ OH, and did you know that galoshes are sandals that you wear in the rain? I surely didn’t know that.

Sunday… I woke up this morning and decided to hop on facebook before I left to church. A friend of mine had John 15:12 up as her status, and it said: “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” Before I left, I sent her a message telling her to read 1 Corinthians 13. She read it, and then decided to traveled the distance from DC to Rockville by metro to attend my church service. What surprised and amazed both of us was that the sermon was based on, what else, 1 Corinthians 13!! At that point, I knew it was meant for her to be there today, and it filled me up with joy, and realizing the wondrous powers of God. After service, I had her get prayed for, and I’m hoping that it has helped her with her daily life struggles. You know who you are, and you know I’ll always be a listening ear, and that I’ll always be there for you when you’re lost, and when you need someone the most.

What an eye-opener to the amazing love that Christ has for us. His love really truly never fails. Although we are faced with the tough life struggles of the world, the love that Jesus has for us surpasses all. I have witnessed this first hand. He’s awesome, He’s great, He’s one of a kind.

Since I have class in about 6 hours, I’m ending this short, but the main point is that His love is greater than anything we could ever imagine, and we should bask in his presence. He loves us all sooooooo much. We just have to stop our hectic worldly lives, and just listen. πŸ™‚

“You make all things work together for my good.”

Changes 01/26/2010

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“You are everything I want, cause You’re everything I’m not” -Taking Back Sunday

“Will you remember me, because I know I won’t forget you” – Simple Plan

2 lines in different songs, but if you take it out of the context of it being from mainstream non-christian music, and put it into the context of Christianity, it’s crazy how these lines can mean much more than they’re supposed to. Instead of “girl, babe, baby, etc. if you substitute those for God or Jesus, some songs would be awesome songs of worship. Just a thought.

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Anyways, spring semester has started, and so far my classes seem alright. The professors seem awesome, and apparently I have a evangelical devout Catholic teaching my sociology class… Will be very interesting. My music teacher’s last name is McCool, and yes he seems pretty “cool.”

So lately I feel that God’s telling me to share His love with my friends who have strayed away from Him. I know they have because I have been friends with them for a while, and trying to help them on their journey back to the Lord. I shared this video with some last night : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhX7m3rF20c [The Fire by Nate Pfeil.] It’s intense stuff that left a couple of my friends in shock. It’s time for them to make changes, changes in their lifestyles, changes in their homes, changes with the friends they hang out with, and most importantly changes in their spiritual life. The time is now, and not later. Just as Obama said, “Change[s] we can believe in” and “Yes [you] Can!”

As stated above, music plays a huge part in my life. I listen to music everyday, and I don’t think I’ll be able to go through a whole day without music. Either playing it on the radio, on my phone, or just picking up a guitar and playing a song I know, or even just singing it when I’m all alone. Music is great!

“You say you love me, you love me again but if you love me- where have you been?” – Reel Big Fish

Where have we been? We tell God we love him, but then the very next day we sin and do things that don’t glorify Him. But the amazing thing is that He still loves us… no matter what. We are all his children.

I’ll admit, my life hasn’t been perfect. It’s been a rough life, dealing with obstacles that I hope that I won’t ever encounter again. I’ve made mistakes, made poor choices, but remembering and realizing that Jesus still loves me brought me hope to be able to finally let these past decisions go.

I hope you will be able to read this… It’s quite a hefty read, but it’s really good.

http://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=0Ab4hVeBeoDUxZGZrdjNnOThfMmY1NXd3Z3My&hl=en

Thanks Lisa and Jenn for that email. Quite an eye-opener.

And if you read this, and you’re not part of the KPCR church, I would like to invite you to the renewal gathering being held at our church this Friday at 7:30. If you need the church address or directions, email me at nicklee24@gmail.com.

Have a blessed day πŸ™‚

Finger of God 01/24/2010

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Not much to say, just watch these videos… amazing crucial stuff going on.

thats part 1, watch part 2,3,4 etc. should be 10 parts?

enjoy.

(double click the video to open it up on a separate tab//window)

Marvelous Comrades 01/23/2010

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I’ve decided I’m truly going to attempt to write a blog everyday, or if I cannot accomplish it everyday, catch up on the previous days that I’ve missed. πŸ˜€

What a day… who knew that on a Friday that many of the youth would sacrifice their Friday nights with their friends and come to church instead and worship the Lord. In my high school years, honestly, I would have rather gone out and hung out with friends rather then spend my crucial Friday night at church. After all, I really only had 2 days to enjoy being off school, because Sundays were family days, and church day. I can’t believe how much of a fool I was in high school.

After Friday night service, we decided to go to IHOP, and dine with each other and enjoy our company. While there, I have to admit we had the best waitress because she made John Shin, Khoi, and Moose all blush, and make their situations more awkward. I’ve never seen them so embarrassed. It was a great time of fellowship among the leaders, and the two youth who accompanied us.

I have come to realize the love that is so prevalent in our church. The love that the leaders have for the youth, and the love the youth have for the leaders. Everyone seems to get along in perfect harmony. Pastor Wellington’s comment about us needing to be Marvelous Comrades is really being put into play. We are Marvelous Comrades. It really makes it easier for newcomers to be able to transition into our youth, because they are so extremely welcomed by the leaders and the kids. I know this for a fact because the first day I came to KPCR, I was greeted by literally the whole youth group, and got the know the entire youth group before the day ended. I already felt like I belonged, and I felt that something great were to happen if I stayed here. So I did. One of the greatest decisions I’ve made. πŸ™‚

There’s so much more I want to write about, but it’s 2 AM, and I need to sleep. I’ll continue on later.

1/21/2010 (Includes 1/19,1/20) 01/22/2010

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Welcome!! If you’re reading this, I hope you enjoy my blog! I have decided to make a blog where I can write about experiences, good and bad, to keep a record, and to help me stay organized. πŸ™‚

So one of my new years resolutions was to create a blog, expressing and sharing my thoughts and memories with myself, and those who choose to read this. I decided that waiting 20 days to start this resolution was too long, thus, here I am, with my very own blog.

Since the beginning of the new year, I’ve felt some huge changes in my life, physically, mentally, and spiritually. I know that God is going to do something amazing this year, and I am so eager to find out what He’s going to do.

God has been so good to me, but I have been so ignorant that I oversaw all the wondrous surprises that He has set before me. I have regretted making haste of these wonders, and living my life how I see it, when I should have been striving myself to live a life how He wanted me to live it. He’s given me so many leaders, mentors, and Pastors who genuinely care about my spiritual life, and I have really come to appreciate it.

On Tuesday, 1/19/2010, during the prayer meeting held weekly at our church, while being prayed for, the spirit just overwhelmed me, and my body couldn’t maintain itself, so apparently I got knocked out because of the presence of God was just all around me. I have never manifested, or have experienced anything like this before. But during this time, I had a vision, but it was a extremely vivid vision, like I was there. In this vision, I saw my Savior, Jesus Christ. However, I didn’t see Him the way many people dream of seeing Him. Sitting upon His throne, glistening with light, and looking majestic. I saw a vast desert area, and when I turned around, I saw Jesus on the cross, looking straight at me, and He smiled. I dropped to the ground and started to cry. He said something like this to me. “My son, do you see how much I love you? I loved before you were even born. I loved you so much that I gave up my own life, in order to save you from your sins. I love you.” I then woke up, and I started to cry and laugh at the same time.

Oh man, the things He does to bring us back to Him. That night, I read the word, shared this experience with some close friends of mine, who are now starting to see that God is doing marvelous things in the world today, and prayed. I prayed, and prayed, and prayed.

After this day, I’ve felt rejuvenated, like a new inner-me was released and was running wild. The following night, we had another huge breakthrough, and watching the video about those amazing miracles and the willingness and humility shown by those people who went out and prayed for random people depending on what they received from God made me realize that I have to strive to bring my friends who are non-believers to Christ.

I love how God does so many HUGE things in such small ways. I really cannot wait for what this year will bring, and the joy and adventure I’ll experience this year!! πŸ˜€