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Posted on: Tuesday, October 22, 2013

1 John 5:4-5 "For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the son of God."

This verse in the message says " Every God-begotten person conquers the worlds ways.  The conquering power that brings the world to it's knees is our faith..."

Tonight I had the privilege to give the "snap shot" at girls group.  I was asked to do it two weeks ago, but oh how the Lord had better things in mind when he told me to wait.  These past few weeks have been erratic, tearful, inspiring, comforting, and heart breaking.  But the Lord has reminded me of His faithfulness and relentlessly whispered in my ear that I am an overcome because the same power that conquered the grave lives in me.  

My "snap shot": 

"So since we talked about story lines and backstories a couple weeks ago... I figured I would give you a guys a little bit of “backstory” to give you some “context” on my life.  I’m originally from Portland Oregon, I came to Oregon State because I love fields and railroad tracks.  I’m double majoring in marketing and entrepreneurship, and last summer I did an internship at Nike in the sports marketing department so Lord wiling I have “penciled plans” to work their when I graduate.  I walked on the cross country and track team as a freshman, and eventually by the grace of God earned a scholarship shortly after.   I also started leading young life my freshman year at Linus Pauling middle school where I met my group of girls when they were 7th graders at linus pauling.. now they are juniors at corvallis high school! Other things about me... I love red lipstick, my headboard is a barn door that I made out of old gates and 2x4’s, I like to journal and I probably have 30 journals dating back to when I was 8 years old, I was blessed to be raised in a family that knows and loves the Lord and my sister Margo also goes to Oregon State and leads young life she’s here tonight, I write on my hands a lot (which started in high school when I used to write the words “always more” on my hands during my races to remind me that in Christ I always had more than I thought - it stemmed from the verse  in ephesians that says “now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than you could ever ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us ”) andddddd I’ve been in a long distance relationship for two years and my boyfriend  is the taller twin from little people big world, he goes to school in Santa Barbara. 

Ok now for the real stuff... so some of you may have noticed that I am currently on crutches... they truly are a great segway into a story I want to share with you tonight.  Throughout college I have battled just about every injury and sickness you can imagine... ranging from swing flu to bone tumors... but the worst of it all has been my 3 year myseterious battle agaisnt my GI system.  I’ll spare you the medical details.. but basically 3 years ago i started experiencing severe stomach problems. After receiving several diagnosises and treatment plans, I started feeling a lot better for a time.  I was able to have one full year where I was running and healthy and I actually went from being a walk on freshman to the team captain.  Long story short flash foward to the winter of last year my stomach was so bad I was just constantly sick and I couldn’t function like an normal human.  I woke up every day sick and in pain crying out to the Lord to heal me and renew my body.  I ended up dropping out of school for winter term last year to move home and seek out medical care without trying to run, lead young life, and go to school at the same time.  It was one of the darkest times of my life and I literally felt hopeless. I got to the point where it was so hard to pray the same prayer over and over I had to start praying the psalms and using God’s words because mine didn’t seem sufficient.  I even rewrote the psalms in my own words as I continued to cry out to the Lord for healing.  After a long long period of suffering I can stand before you all today and say that I have no other explanation other than  THE LORD MY GOD HEALED ME. I cannot express the magnitude of those words enough.  The Lord Healed me.  I returned to school in the spring and was battling yet another injury but I was able to swim and bike with no pain.  This summer I was able to run all summer without pain or sickness! And then this fall I ran my first race in 2 years!! During the race I heard my dad cheering for me and he said “ it’s a great day to be alive!” and I started balling.  I was so overwhelmed with joy for how much the Lord had helped me overcome.

{My first race in 2 years. Praise God for the miracle, and thank God for blessing me with this incredible teammate to run with for your glory.}

My aunt was one of the many people who prayed for me fervently during my sickness.  One time when she was praying for me she told me that God gave her the world “OVERCOMER” to pray over me.   She said that she had a vision of me and I had the word “overcomer” written on my forehead.  I thought it was interesting that it was written on my forehead so that other people could see it but I couldn’t  see it myself.  

I never thought much more of this until 2 weeks ago (the day that caused me to need those crutches....) I read this devotional that came to my e-mail account:  

'Have I not said to you fear not? For, you have read that again and again in My word and yet you have fear and anxiety over some of the things that are going on in your life. And, I would ask you today, why? When My command is fear not, meaning that you are to trust Me with the whole of your life; you are to trust Me in the events that take place in your life. And, you are to trust Me even in the very circumstances that you live in and that you are going through. Trust in Me, says the Lord. For, if you trust in Me your faith will arise and you will become that which you are to be. You will be an overcomer; you will overcome these tribulations; you will overcome these matters. Why, you say?  Because I am with you to bring you through into victory in every case. So, again I say, fear not. But rather be moved into a place of humility, allow My peace and joy to abide upon you, and surely everything will be all right, says the Lord.'

The word OVERCOMER stood out and I had a flash back.  I ended up sending this to one of my teammates Lacey because she was heavy on my heart when I read it.  Similar to my aunt praying for me to believe that in Christ I am an overcomer.  I felt burdened to pray for my teammate that she would believe that in Christ she is an overcomer.  The next day I was talking with my roommate Corrine and we ended up talking about this theme of being an “overcomer” because Christ overcame.  And if the same power that overcame the grave lives in us, then we too can be OVERCOMERS!

Last week after girls group Lacey came over to my house because my roommate Corrine had written a song about her that she wanted to sing for her.  Little did I know... she also wrote a song for me titled.... “Overcomer.” If I could sing without sounding like a cat dying I would sing it.  It was absolutely amazing.  2 days later I found out that I have a stress fracture in my sacrum that will take 8-12 weeks to heal, and our PAC 12 championships are next weekend.. Like that my body is broken yet again.  But this time it somehow seems different. Although this was not how I anticipated my final cross country season to end, I know that the Lord is up to something.... and I trust it.  Why?  Because His past faithfulness demands my present trust."

The Lord wanted me to share that tonight.  It was evident as I spoke the words, "THE LORD MY GOD HEALED ME" that I needed to proclaim those words and give Him praise and glory for the renewal and healing that only He could satisfy. I truly believe that the Lord wanted me to humble my self and be vulnerable in sharing a snap shot of my story tonight. My prayer is that it will be a snap shot of a much bigger story. Of your story Lord.    

This is the song my roommate wrote and so beautifully sang for me:


I've fallen time and time again but you life me up, yeah you lift me up when lightening strikes and sorrow bends you surround me, you surround me you lift me up on wings like eagles I won't grow faint, I won't grow faint
Jesus you have made me an overcomer, an overcomer Jesus you've established my feet, you've held my hands I won't be defeated Instead I will overcome
As trials rise and fears increase you still my soul, you still my soul when grace seems far and sin traps me you make me new, you make me new you lead me into your strong arms I will abide, I will abide

Jesus you have made me an overcomer, an overcomer Jesus you've established my feet, you've held my hands I won't be defeated Instead I will overcome
My body breaks and I am weak You sustain me, yes you sustain me The world it seeks to make me stumble I will stand firm, in you I'm firm you took me in and planted my roots You call me deeper, I will go deeper
Jesus you have made me an overcomer, an overcomer Jesus you've established my feet, you've held my hands I won't be defeated Instead I will overcome

Overcomer, Jesus you overcame Jesus you lift me up In you I can overcome

{Last spring I had this vision of "overcoming barriers" I've never done the steeple chase before, but my combination of aggressiveness, strength and flexibility has always inclined my coaches to persuade me. I wanted to try it last year but wasn't healthy enough... I felt like last spring the Lord told me that I was going to overcome barriers both physical, and metaphorically.  I almost feel as if He has been affirming that even more in light of my current circumstances.  It is my deepest desire to be overcoming barriers for the sake of His kingdom coming to our world.}

Flock to "The Flock"

Posted on: Monday, October 14, 2013

My three awe-inspiring roommates and I decided to give our house a name this year.  As humans, it is in our nature to give things names.  Perhaps because it was in God's nature to name names.  This can be seen through creation (when God gives names for the works of His hands - Genesis 1) and in Jesus (when He calls people out by name - Luke 19:5)

Form the beginning, God liked to name things.  In Genesis 1:5 "God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night."  Then again in verse 10 "God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas." When God came to earth through Jesus, His fondness for names is reflected when Jesus calls out Zacchaeus by name to come down from the tree (Luke 19:5)

In today's society, common things that are given names include; schools, businesses, essays, blog titles, news articles, books, pets, social media titles, streets, products, styles, movies, campaigns, political parties, sports teams, job titles... pretty much anything.  Often times we name things for organizational purposes, but on a deeper level, I think that the root of naming is derived from our desire to give value and significance to whatever is being named.  Just like God gave value to creation when he named the "Earth" and "Sea." Just like Jesus made Zacchaeus feel valued when he called Him by name.

So...Julia, Latane, Corinne (it seemed fitting to use their names;) and I realized that we could bring life to our mission as a house, by giving it a name.  A name that represents what we represent.  A name that stands for what we stand for.  A name that is symbolic of our likeminded desire and harmonious pursuit to know and love our Lord Jesus Christ more and more each day.  And so we called it "The Flock. "

"Fear not little flock for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the Kingdom." Luke 12:32

Our Father is our Shepherd.  He will never lead His sheep astray.

Just as the scripture says, "Fear not little flock..."  We will trust.
Just as the scripture says,"your Father..." We will be obedient children.
Just as the scripture says, "good pleasure to give..."  We will receive with joyful thanksgiving
Just as the scripture says. "the Kingdom..." We will seek it and live in light of it.

In our house we want to be like sheep dwelling in the pasture of God's grace.

John 10:27-28 says, "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.  I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand."

It is our prayer and passion to know the Lord and to follow Him.  I believe that the more we know Him and are willing to follow Him, the more we can hear His still small voice calling to us... by name

We want our house to be a place where anyone can come and immediately feel like they are part of the flock.  Not our flock, but our Father's flock of beloved children. 

Last wednesday we hosted a worship night at The Flock for anyone to come and sing praise our Father.  We want this to be a time where people can leave their labels of Christian affiliations behind, and as one flock, flock to praise Him in worship. 

We invite YOU to come and worship with us at The Flock again this Wednesday at 7:45 p.m.

Be Baking

Posted on: Friday, September 20, 2013

Finally... the season of spices and scarves,  pumpkin and plaid, candy and corn, fog and football, harvest and homework, tea and teammates, and bundling and BAKING has arrived! (well, officially on Sunday)

As if that isn't reason enough to spend some quality time in the kitchen, I just recently acquired this pretty white KitchenAid (which I will now refer to as Pearl) from my mentor, Shirley Lockhart.  

I wanted  to make pumpkin muffins for my teammates after our long run this week, but I thought it would be even better if I could make them more protein packed, with an energy boosting twist.  So... through my hodgepodge of ingredients (or auj-poj as I like to call it) I came up with...

Pumpkin Spice Espresso Quinoa Muffins

Here are the rough measurements of the ingredients I played around with:

1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 is cup stevia
1/2 cup GF flour
1/2 cup flax
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp nutmeg
2 tsp cinammon
2 tsp baking powder
3 packets of espresso instant coffee
A little less than a cup of cooked quinoa
6 tsp butter
1/4 cup coconut milk
1/4 cup whipping cream vanilla creamer combo
A little more than 1 cup pumpkin pure

*quinoa is the highest protein grain, and it is also rich in iron (which us distance runners lack always need) and the espresso packets give them that caffeine kick

Bake on 375 for 20-25 minutes
(Makes about 23 muffins)

"Taste and see that the Lord is good" Psalm 34:8

BE Bonded, Braided, Beavers.

Posted on: Tuesday, September 17, 2013

This past weekend the team competed at the Sundodger Invitational in Seattle, Washington.  It was a great 4 day trip full of bonding, bus ride movies, hotel ice baths, Seattle exploring, and placing second only to UW (ranked 3rd in the region and 5th in the nation). 

Here are some of the highlights from the weekend.  Highlights can also be found at @beaverxc on instagram. Follow us as we literally chase down our dreams!

Fueling: pre race meal at Il Fornaio a nice little italian restaurant in downtown Seattle

Squeezing: we make it work

Freezing: classic trips to the ice machine filing up the garbage cans in our room for our ice baths

Striding: practicing the "getting out"

Praying: Possibly my favorite part of the whole day.  Praying on the line before the race with all my teammates.

Silence.... andddd BAM!!! 
Cool-down: taking it down a notch down by the water

Really cooling down.... 

Puget Sound: Ice bathing in the Puget Sound while we serenade the seals (see video on @beaverxc instagram)

Sticking together: The Gum Wall! 

Celebrity appearances: we met the real Jerry and got free Ben and Jerry's! Jerry says GO BEAVS!

Sunset: sleepless in Seattle wandering around the waterfront 

Brilliance: Stopped to admire this trio (note the passed out dog) playing outside the market.  After this song I went up and asked if his "drum" was an old suitcase... he said he made it and installed the old snare drum! One of the girls on our team even bought one of their CD's which they were selling for 10 dollars wrapped in paper bags with hand drawn graphics on the front. 

We also walked through the public Market, watched some fish throwing, went to the very first ever Starbucks, indulged in the deliciousness of the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, made many trips to Whole Foods, and drank Pumpkin Spice Lattes like water. 

Here's some more pictures taken by our team photographer Stoddard Reynolds who voluntarily drives to our races to document all our shenanigans! 

Our team moved up 2 places in the regional rankings after this race!!! So proud of my boss teammates.

There's ALWAYS MORE to look forward to and be excited about.  The season has only just begun...


Posted on: Monday, September 9, 2013

The 2013 XC Season is here!
As I was lying awake in bed one night a couple weeks ago, I thought of a neat way to share/display our goals for this year's cross-country season!  This year for our goal setting I had each of the girls bring a pair of insoles from their old running shoes.  On one sole, I had them write down 3 goals:
1. Personal goal
2. Short-term goal
3. Long-term dream
On the other sole I had them write down a creative word that cohesively represents all three goals.  The team kept their sole with the goals on it, and hung it up on their lockers in our locker room.  Then I complied all the soles with the words that each girl came up with, and I archived them in the shape of a heart to hang up in our locker room.  The picture below is the WIP (work in progress). I'm thinking of painting the "run with..." part on the two panels of the pallet inside the heart.... 

Run with heart and "sole"

A couple weeks after our goal setting night, we had our first race at Blue Lake Park in Portland, Oregon.  As I was praying for my teammates, I decided to write a prayer that incorporated the words from our soles! Below is a prayer for each of the girls goals and dreams.

Dear God,
This is our race day prayer.  Give us the COURAGE to RISE UP and BELIEVE that TOGETHER we can CONQUER new PEAKS.  May we step to the starting line with PASSIONATE DEDICATED hearts that are willing to TAKE RISKS.  Let us run with RESILIENCE towards a finish line of REDEMPTION.  I pray that we would persevere with PATIENCE and that our TENACITY would lead us to triumph.  We believe that you called us to be WARRIORS, so when we step to battle, assure us that we have everything we need already inside of us.  And when we think we don’t have anything left, be our UNRELENTING reminder that we ALWAYS have MORE.  May our CONSISTENT COMMITMENT to each other, to this sport, and to you, lead us to victory.  We DEDICATE this race to you.  Amen.

I'm gonna try to BE a more consistent blogger this year... so more to come in my next post about my first cross country race in 2 years!!! Praise the Lord. Always. More.

Be a sister

Posted on: Saturday, May 25, 2013

Happy Birthday Jack!

Birthday Brother Poem:
You're the pain to my neck
And the cards to my deck
I'm the curl to your hair
And the clothes that you wear

You're the art to my room
And the third one out the womb
I'm the songs to your CD's
And the poles to your skis

You're the scratches to my longboard
And the scarf I couldn't afford 
I'm your transportation to the mall
And encouragement when you fall

You're my only little brother
And the patience to our mother 
I hope you have a bomb birthday
And everything goes your way

Be fervent

Posted on: Thursday, May 23, 2013

"Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much." James 5:16 

A righteous person is simply someone who prays in faith anyways, so our prayers will be effective and fervent just by us simply choosing to pray in faith. Not to pray empty words or perfectly sounding sentences, but simply to converse with our Father just as a child would.  We are told over and over in scripture that the Lord desires us to commune with him, to lay before him our thoughts, worries, requests, desires, fears, and thanksgiving and know that he is ALWAYS listening and He ALWAYS wants to hear MORE.  We should be like a child who is eager to tell our father a story about our day at school. Sometimes I often wonder if I should ramble on to the Lord.. when he already knows what's up.  In fact, he knows much MORE than just what's up, but he knows what's up next!  

I think the same can be true of a Father listening to his 6 year old daughter talk about her day at school.  Although the story might be predictable and insignificant, the father always delights in listening to his child.  How much more then will our Heavenly Father delight in listening to us. 

In  Matthew 18:20 is says "Where two or more are gathered in my name, there I am among them." I know I have talked about this before, but I just love the imagery of siblings going to their father together to ask for something.  Although the father is always willing to listen to his child's request, he is more likely to take the kids out for ice cream if all four of them come and ask him together at the same time.  I think the same can be true of our heavenly Father.  I am not saying that  the power of one person's intimate silent prayer is any less than communal prayer.   Rather, I am simply suggesting a balance between the two.  Their is something divine about joining hands with our brothers and sisters in Christ and going to are Father together in prayer.  

The definition of "fervent" is: 
a: having or displaying a passionate intensity
b: extremely hot; glowing

I think that we should be fervent in our prayers by both definitions of the word. Our inward hearts should be set afire by the love of Christ to the point where our outward lives are glowing  with the radiance of His love.  We should not only "have" passionate intensity in our prayers, but we should also "display" it.  I think one way that we can display fervency in our prayers it by praying out-loud together with others. 

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