My One Word 2019

“And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.” Mark 16:15

Go is my one word for 2019. I chose this word because where God wants me to go this year.  As a Global Studies major,  I felt that God was calling me to go to work in a ministry someday.  God is telling me to go make disciples in the nations and God did call Abraham to be the “father of many nations.”  Jesus told His followers to “go” and make disciples of all nations, so we go and make disciples of all nations.  As Christian, we have the opportunity to go on a mission trip whether it is local or global  and God has placed us in this place.  

I have been struggling where God wants me to go and finding the direction in my life.   My Global Studies professor Dr, Harper said, “God calls us to Himself, the rest is just geography.”  I totally agree with her and she encourages me to find where God wants me to go make disciples.  Finding on the map where you want to go is not important but the most important is finding God’s calling where He wants you to go.  The best way to ask yourself where God wants you to go is to pray, read His Word  and find a local church mentor.    

Bible Verses about “Going”  

  • Matthew 28:19-29 –  “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 
    and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
  • Acts 1:8 –  But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
  • Acts 13:47 – For this is what the Lord has commanded us: “ ‘I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.’
  • 1 Chronicles 16:24Declare his glory among the nations,
     his marvelous deeds among all peoples.
  • Isaiah 6:8 – Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”  And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” 

 

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Thanksgiving and Prayer

Philippians 4:6-7

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because I am thankful that Jesus died for us on the cross to save our sins.  Jesus is the most important person in my life and He is not finished with me, but He is continuing to do amazing things in my life.    I love Philippians 4:6-7 teaches us that do not be anxious anything but in every direction, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving.   Sometimes, I get anxious about quizzes, tests or anything but I remind that Jesus is my answered prayer.   As Thanksgiving approaches, I remind myself how I am very thankful for Jesus did for me and He has blessed me many things in my life.  This year, I changed different college and I am thankful that I am in a right place.   I am thankful that I am at Liberty University and it was an answer to prayer.   Thank you, Jesus, for helping me as I transition to Liberty and I could not do it without You.   Be thankful for what you have, and Jesus is always there to answer your prayers.   This is what Thanksgiving is about being thankful and praying to Him.  

I love spending time with my family and friends during Thanksgiving.   We always have a good time and hanging out together.  As you know, I love watching football especially on Thanksgiving and my team Detroit Lions always lose every time on Thanksgiving.   To be honest, I do not care about the Lions, I usually love watching later teams like the Dallas Cowboys.  My mom started this tradition by reading Psalm 100 before we say a prayer.   While we are eating, we tell each other what we are thankful for.  I love hearing others what they are thankful and I love sharing my thoughts about being thankful.   

 

6 Weeks At Liberty

Reflection at LU 

My 6 weeks at Liberty has been amazing.   I met some friends and people in my hall.   I love living in Commons 3 floor 2 (The Shoe).   I feel connected with some girls in my hall.   My favorite speakers and musicians at Convo for August:  Kari Job and Cody Cranes,  John Maxwell, and Robert Morris.  September speakers and musicians:  Gary Chapman,  Steele Johnson, Tyler Staton, Shane and Shane,  Matt Barnett, and Phil Wichman.  Jesus has been so good and He told me this the right place to be.  He always right and I have to listen to Him.   Jesus is always there for me at Liberty.  Remember:  God has a plan for each of us and He is not finished with you.

What is Convocation? 

Liberty University Convocation is streamed online for the majority of all guest speakers.  Convo is what we called short for convocation.   We do not call a chapel service. Sometimes I enjoy going to convo and it just depends who is the speaker.  I love the Liberty Worship Collective and they are so good.  I love how they lead us in worship and they end with prayer after worship.

What is a Campus Community? 

The campus community is the central gathering place for worship and spiritual growth at Liberty. All spiritual life flows out of this Word-centered worship service.   It is held every Wednesday at 6:30 in Vines Center.  I would recommend you to watch it online and it is really good.  The reason I love going to campus community because I grow closer to Jesus and I love the campus pastor David Nasser talks.

My Community Group Leader 

My leader this year is Madison.  She is so amazing and she is a cool person to talk to.   She is a junior and she studies Elementary Education.  We sometimes hang out and go to dinner on campus.  We sometimes go to off campus and our favorite place to eat is Blue Bridge Bagels.   We love exploring new places like coffee shops.

Campus Outreach 

Campus Outreach is for any college students who attend Liberty University and the University of Lynchburg.   They meet every another Thursday at campus outreach pastor house.  We play cool games, eat good food and the most important is doing Bible study.   We break up into groups and we have discussion questions about what the topic was about.

Ascent Ministry

Ascent Ministry is through TRBC (Thomas Road Baptist Church).  It is held every Sunday at 11 at LaHaye center.   I love going  this ministry because I feel closer to Jesus as I mentioned about the campus community.   I love worshiping Jesus and meeting new people.   I am involved with life groups.  They meet every Sunday nights and we go to a host family’s house.  We are studying the book of Phillippians and Colossians.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Love Your Local Co.

Love Your Local Co. is a small business founded by Heather Cunningham started in November of 2017. It began because of my deep love of people, creativity, and the 910 area where I live. The mission of Love Your Local is to sell stickers (and soon tee shirts!) with messages that encourage people to love the 910 area, while 50% of the profits are given to various organizations that support our local brothers and sisters in need

I love LYLC because it gives me a place to be creative, while simultaneously having the honor to love and serve the 910! It has been so fun, and I hope it positively impacts the community.

Today, I am working on growing Love Your Local Co. as beautiful and tall as my favorite flower, a sunflower! I currently sell stickers (and soon tee shirts), and am in the process of selling in local shops and partnering with local organizations that support our brothers and sisters in need.

About Heather Cunningham

Heather loves Jesus, people, creativity, the outdoors, soccer, her guitar and ukulele, freedom, and coffee. Her favorite bible verses are Psalm 118:24 and Ephesians 1:4.

Story by: Heather Cunningham.

 

MY ONE WORD 2018

 

My One Word for 2018 is Fearless.  I chose this word because I usually get fear lot of things such as: insects, heights, big crowds, nightmares and even more. The Bible tells us in Isaiah 41:10 “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand”.  When I feel afraid or fear,  I know that God is always there for me.  He will cast my fears away. In 1 Peter 5:7 tells us, “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you”.  Peter tells us that we should take that fear and cast it onto our God. Peter also tells us to take of our doubts to give it to the God who cares for us. God will receive our fears and care about them.  1Peter 5:8 says, “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” If you are being tricked by the Satan, and yourself in 1 Peter 5:8. When I get nightmares a lot, I usually wake up and try to sleep again. I usually dream about strange people who is trying to chase me or kidnapping me.  My other nightmare is Satan is  trying to fear me and conceiving me to believe in him not one true God. I have to remind myself that Jesus is bigger than Satan. Jesus crushed the Satan. Romans 16:20 says, “The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.” Jesus has defeated over Satan and He won the victory over Satan.

I read a book called Goliath Must Fall by Louie Giglio. Louie talks about fear, rejection, addiction, anger, and comfort must fall.  One of my giants is fear.  I am always get scared a lot. Louie challenges us not to be fear but he wants us to overcome our fears. By reading this book has helped me to overcome my four giants in my life. Fear has been my biggest giant in my life.  Fear means the belief that something is out there that is going to get you that you can’t do anything to stop. Fear can open itself in many different way: anxiety, nervousness, worry, stress, hopelessness, and panic. Fear is a fierce giant. Fear is one that must fall through the power of Jesus.  The giant of fear can get a foothold in your life and being to dominate you.  My advice for you is do not be fear because God is always there for you and He will cast away your fears. Remember this, when you see and hear God in and through his Word, the Word allows you to see and hear that He is bigger than your giant.

Made For A Mission

In the same way that you gave me a mission in the world,
I give them a mission in the world. John 17:18

  One of my favorite books is Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren. My favorite part of section of the book is “Made For A Mission” because it talks about the importance of mission. It encourages others to go and spread the gospel to unbelievers.

Here are the key points every Christian needs to know before they go on a mission field:

  • Gods wants you to have a ministry in the body of Christ and a mission
  • Your mission is continuous of Jesus’ mission on earth
  • Your mission give your life meaning
  • You have an opportunity to go and spread the gospel
  • Your mission is your service to believers and unbeliever
  • Jesus told his followers, “go” and make disciples of all nation

Your mission is a continuation of Jesus’ commission on earth

  • Jesus calls everyone not only to come to Him but to go for Him.
  • Matthew 28:19 says “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”
  • This is your commission from Jesus, and it is not optional
  • If you become a part of God’s family, your mission is required
  • Your mission is to share to unbelievers about Jesus

Your mission is a wonderful privilege 

  • Paul said” God has given us the privilege of urging everyone to come into his favor and be reconciled to him.”
  • Paul said, “We are workers together with God.”
  • Jesus puts us in His family and  given us His Spirit.

Your mission gives your life meaning

I love people sharing their  experience going to mission trips.  When I went to Managua, Nicaragua in July of 2016, it was my first time going.  I felt nervous in couple days, but after all, I was so happy to be there. I love my team and they were encouraging to each other. We had a buddy to stick with during our mission trip.  I had an awesome buddy name Madison. Madison and I are very close together so I picked her as my buddy for the trip.  We had a good time together. Every night, we gathered into a large group to discuss our day went and sharing our thoughts about this mission trip.  We told each other stories about how we felt about going to a different country and getting out of your comfort zone.  During our flight home, I planned quickly to go to another one in next year. I told my parents I want to go to another one.  Later in February of 2017, the student ministry staff told us if we were interesting going to  Chichicastenango, Guatemala. I was so excited about this mission trip and I immediately told my parents about this mission trip.  I filled out the application and I send it to the church.  In July 21-29, I was going to Chichicastenango, Guatemala with the high school students. This time, I had two buddies name Ashlie and Tracy. Tracy was my former small group leader in Ripple Effect and Ashlie was in my small group.  I was happy that they were my buddies during our mission trip. My church partnership with an organization called Pray America. Pray America was founded in 2003 by an amazing guy named Ron. They  provide transportation from the Guatemala City Airport to our property in Chichicastenango, Monte Flor, so that teams are able to focus on partnering with us in our James 1:27 calling.  They have Guatemalan staff of 75 to take care of the place and help when the teams come.  We gathered in the living room every night to discuss our day went and we shared our stories of the day. We enjoyed sharing our thoughts about our experience to Guatemala.  It is important to share your experience about mission trips.  Sharing your mission trips stories encourages people want to go.  God wants us to share our stories to others about your mission experience and your life.  My advice for you do not be afraid to share your life story to others.   

Here are some Bible verses about missions

  • Acts 1:8 “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
  • Mark 16:15 “And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.”
  • Matthew 28:14 “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,”
  • Matthew 24:14 “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.
  • Psalm 96:3 “”Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples!”

 

 

God’s Training Plan By Rick Warren

Today, I read a devotional about God’s Training  Plan. It stood up to me  because I know that God gives me faith everyday. It reminds me to have faith and not to loose it.  It also remind  me that God has a bigger plan

Here is the key points I read from the devotional.

Your Faith is like a muscle. It can be strengthened or grow weak, depending how much you can use it.

How does God build your faith?

So here are the six ways to God’s process…

He gives you a dream for your life.

  • God gives you a bigger dream for your life
  • Good gives you a choice about following His will
  • There’s often a delay while God works things out in his time.
  • God tests you to see how committed you are to his plan.
  • You’ll often hit a dead end, but this allows you to see that the plan will only succeed through God’s power.
  • God always brings deliverance.

Here is some Bible Verses that talks about Faith

Hebrews 11:1  says, ” Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”

2 Corinthians 5:7 says  “For we walk by faith, not by sight.”

Ephesians 2:8 says “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God”