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Wintery Summer Day

My brother and I kept saying over and over that today is one of the best days.

Even though it’s summer, today felt more like a wintery day.

Now, we were born and raised in Texas, so we definitely prefer the heat 😉 but cold, rainy days have some benefits.

That type of weather practically forces you to relax and just chill inside!

Neither of us had class or homework, so it was the most relaxing day.

Broski and I talked a ton, ran some errands for Madre with Houbaby in the backseat, picked up our favorite fast food (he got Taco Bell, I got Panda Express), and just hung out.

I love hanging out with my brother!

He taught me some economics (PPF=productction-possibility frontier) while I colored in my Disney Princesses coloring book. It was actually pretty interesting. Since I’m older, I’ve always learned stuff in school before him, so it’s fun to learn new things from him now!

Mi familia has been going through a Bible study book about being disciples of Christ, so that’s been a cool way to end each night. 

And I just picked up some new books from the basement bookshelf to read, so that’s what I’m going to do now!

Yay!

God’s grace in my life today:

It’s so crazy that the MCAT is behind me. I’ve been anticipating it for years, been preparing for it since last year, and waited 30 days for the results as I wondered if I’d need to retake it. Such a relief to be done! And I was thinking today about how amazing it is to see God’s sovereign and gracious hand on my life. The 5 year old girl who “wants to be a pediatrician when I grow up” is now a 21 year old girl getting the med school app put together. 16 years of God pushing me in this direction! The childhood dream is starting to move towards reality. My Lord is so faithful, even when I’m not. I’m so humbled that He is so intimately involved in my life. What a gracious God!

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MCAT

I got my MCAT score today.

God is so good. 

As I’d been praying about the score, I vowed to the Lord that I would bless Him no matter what the score.

“Father, I know You’re glorified when Your people suffer well, but could this be one of those times that You choose to bring me victory so that Your Name is lifted up? Prove (I don’t mean that in an arrogant way) that You are greater than all other gods and that You love to bless Your children. Above all, I want You to receive the glory. My life is in Your hands…the score passed through Your hands.”

-excerpt from my journal entry last night

God is so good.

And today I can echo Hannah’s words, 

“The Lord hears and grants me what I ask of Him.”

-1 Sam. 1:27

God is so good

I want to say upfront: God deserves all the glory here.

Apart from Him, I can do nothing. (John 15:5)

But through Him, I can do all things. (Phil. 4:13)

It is purely the grace of my Lord Jesus Christ that I got this score.

God is good.

For those of you who were praying for me:

Thank you!! Our God answers the prayers of His people!

God is good.

For those of you who don’t know Jesus as your Lord and Savior:

My God answers prayers and He walks with me through every trial. I can boast in my weaknesses because His strength is displayed when I’m weak. He is faithful to the end. There is no one like Him. He loved me enough to die for me. Did you get that? GOD sent His Son JESUS to DIE for me. I don’t have to work to earn my salvation. I could never earn salvation. Being a “good” person can’t restore my relationship with a holy God. I am saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. I’m living in the aftermath of my heart being transformed by grace. My life is not my own: I belong to Him. And there is so much freedom and sweet relief in knowing that my life belongs to the one and only sovereign God. Contact me if you want more information on this.

God is good!

For those of you who were wondering about how the MCAT score works, or what the MCAT is:

The MCAT is like the ACT or SAT for med school. You take the ACT/SAT to get into college; you take the MCAT to get into med school. Obviously there are other factors that go into that decision as well, but the MCAT score is pretty important since it puts all applicants on a level playing field. 

The MCAT has 3 sections:

Physical Sciences (physics and general chemistry)–52 questions, 70 minutes, max score of 15

Verbal Reasoning–40 questions, 60 minutes, max score of 15

Writing portion (tests the ability to formulate and communicate an argument and convey complex ideas)–2 essays, 30 minutes for each, scored on a scale of J-T

Biological Sciences (biology and organic chemistry)–52 questions, 70 minutes, max score of 15

So the highest score possible is a 45T.

Which is more or less impossible 🙂

A competitive score is 30P.

If you get something close to that, you should get in somewhere because you’re considered to be a competitive applicant.

My score: 32R.

Like I said, God is SO good.

I’m amazed at how He blesses me.

Next step: applying to medical school. 🙂

Yay!

God’s grace in my life today:

He blessed me with a good MCAT score.

And with such great friends and family who prayed on my behalf and were thinking of me!

Thank You, Lord!!!

Thank You, family and friends!!!

Special shout-out to my parents for the encouragement, prayers, and love!!!

And my study buddy, Houston.

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Hannah

Started 1 Samuel today. 

Hannah has always been one of my favorite Bible characters.

Growing up, I loved reading her story because I liked how God came to her rescue and blessed her with her heart’s desire.

I sometimes overlook that God is glorified by blessing us, just like He’s glorified by allowing us to suffer.

When we’re blessed, we get to say: “Only my God gives undeserved blessings like that.”

When trials come, we get to say: “Only my God walks with me and never leaves my side.”

Either way, what an awesome God.

I tend to focus more on the “Lord, let me suffer well.”

(Which is a bit odd, considering I’ve not gone through any tremendous struggle)

But reading Hannah’s story again today reminded me to handle blessings well.

She wanted a baby so badly, yet the Lord had chosen to close her womb.

First of all, I LOVE that she took her struggles to Him.

“In bitterness of soul Hannah wept much and prayed to the Lord.”

-1 Sam. 1:10

“…I am a woman who is deeply troubled…I was pouring out my soul to the Lord…I have been praying here out of my great anguish and grief.”

-1 Sam. 1:15-16

Her problems drove her TO Him rather than away.

Secondly, I love that she wants to give the blessing back to glorify the Lord.

“And she made a vow, saying, ‘O Lord Almighty, if You will only look upon Your servant’s misery and remember me, and not forget Your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the Lord for all the days of his life, and no razor will ever be used on his head.”

-1 Sam. 1:11

I don’t consider this bribing. To me, bribing means: “I’ll give you something you want to convince you to give me something I want.” But Hannah wants a son and promises to give that son right back to the Lord. 

“Early the next morning they arose and worshiped before the Lord and then went back to their home at Ramah. Elkanah lay with Hannah his wife, and the Lord remembered her. So in the course of time Hannah conceived and gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel, saying ‘Because I asked the Lord for him.'”

-1 Sam. 1:19-20

My Lord remembers His people.

He hears my prayers.

He blesses. He provides. 

My Lord is faithful.

He is faithful to the end. 

And btw, Hannah kept her promise.

“And she said to him, ‘As surely as you live, my lord, I am the woman who stood here beside you praying to the Lord. I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him. So now I give him to the Lord. For his whole life he will be given over to the Lord.‘ And he worshiped the Lord there.”

-1 Sam. 1:26-28 

Lord, be glorified.

Be glorified and please grant me victory.

God’s grace in my life today:

Yet another great reminder of His faithfulness as I read about Hannah!

He’s helping me with my goal of becoming more like Mary, and less like Martha 🙂

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Ruth

Went through the book of Ruth today.

Great reminder of my God’s faithfulness.

He provides for His people

…and uses us in ways beyond our wildest dreams.

 

God’s grace in my life today:

I lost my debit card. Then realized it was in my bro’s wallet. Then realized he had lost his wallet. Prayed that we’d find it. Drove around town, retracing our steps. No wallet. Pulled my car into the garage, found it on back edge of the SUV.

God is faithful!

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Faithful

It was fun and so exciting to watch my pastor propose to his (now) fiancé!

I love seeing prayers answered right before my eyes.

What a reminder that we serve a faithful God whose timing is perfect

…even if we don’t always think it’s convenient.

God’s grace in my life today:

I love wedding-related stuff so seeing a proposal during the service was exciting!

And my family spent a lot of time together today.

Also “church-hopped” with JL. 

(As in, we went to my church for the early service then headed over to another church to meet up with some missionaries we knew from our Brazil trip last year)

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Coloring

I’m taking a quick break from coloring to write this post.

Yes, I’m coloring.

A Disney Princesses coloring book.

I bought a coloring book, crayons, and coloring pencils recently just for fun.

This is about as artistic as I get 🙂

Oh, and I’m slightly obsessed with yogurt suddenly.

Yogurt with sprinkles, crushed Oreos, and nuts.

yum:) 

God’s grace in my life:

Canceling my plans for the night since I wasn’t feeling well turned out to be a blessing–my family and I chilled at home 🙂 Food, music, and laughter–gotta love it!

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Wait

Waiting isn’t always fun.

Actually, it’s almost never fun.

But it’s necessary.

and hard.

“If the Lord Jehovah makes us wait, let us do so with our whole hearts; for blessed are all they that wait for Him. He is worth waiting for. The waiting itself is beneficial to us: it tries faith, exercises patience, trains submission, and endears the blessing when it comes. The Lord’s people have always been a waiting people.”

-Charles Spurgeon

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And 3 quotes from my role model, Elisabeth Elliot:

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“I do know that waiting on God requires the willingness to bear uncertainty, to carry within oneself the unanswered question, lifting the heart to God about it whenever it intrudes upon one’s thoughts. It’s easy to talk oneself into a decision that has no permanence – easier sometimes than to wait patiently.” 

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“I realized that the deepest spiritual lessons are not learned by His letting us have our way in the end, but by His making us wait, bearing with us in love and patience until we are able to honestly to pray what He taught His disciples to pray: Thy will be done.” 

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“I began to learn to wait. Patient waiting does not come naturally to most of us, but a great deal is said about it in the Bible. It is an important discipline for anyone who wants to learn to trust.

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God’s grace in my life today:

He’s with me while I wait and His timing is perfect.