Monday, January 31, 2005

Heal Our Land

I was thinking to today about the elections in Iraq and everything that's been going on over in the Middle East. I was so blessed and thankful when I read my cousin Rich's blog this morning. He (and his wife JennyJo) are both over there defending our country and protecting the lives of others. From reading his website, I was able to see God's work over in Iraq, how our prayers affected the country on election day, and how amazing it must have been to actually be there when history was made!

"If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land." 2 Chronicles 7:14

God, please keep your hand on us, on our country, on the lives of those in Iraq, and our troops sent as protection. Hear our prayers that we have so faithfully offered to you. Heal our land that we give up to you in prayer. Let us see your power and your glory and the mighty work of your hand!




Say Won't You Say

Say won't You say
Say that You love me
with love, ever, love, love everlasting?
All my devotion put into motion by You

Every morning I
have a chance to rise and give my all
but every afternoon I find I have only wasted time
In light of Your awe
Isn't love amazing, I forgot how to speak
knowing You are near and I am finally free

My eyes fear to close
this reckless letting go is hard to bear
on the edge of all I need, still I cling to what I see
and what have I there?
Bred my own disaster, who have I to blame?
all I need is waiting to be fanned to flame

As I open up my eyes to see You standing there
Oh I can barely breathe, and I can hardly bear
All the love that I feel for You inside
I hope You feel it now somehow

-Jennifer Knapp





Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Looking to the Future

So it's been a long week. Not that anything crazy has happened at work, it's just that the days are dragging by. It's hard to enjoy the little, mundane things of life when you have so many dreams and ideas for the future. I have no clue where God wants me after this job, but sometimes I sit and think of all the fun, adventurous things I could do. I want to travel, sing, reach out to people in any way I can. I want to get up and think, "I love what I'm doing right now." Maybe I just need to be more content. I am thankful for a roof over my head, for friends and family who love me, and for some sort of an income (although, as small as it may be). I am more than thankful for the men and women who defend our country so that I CAN have what I have! (Man, that puts everything into perspective!) And for a reason to live each day - Jesus (duh)! But when you're in a place where you've been stretched in more ways than one and taken out of your comfort zone, it's hard to "enjoy" it per se. I am thankful that God has proven true and faithful, and that He has built my faith on a firm foundation. I have gained so much strength through this time. Yet I can't help but long for what is next. It is hard to be patient. But I will keep pressing on... and holding on to the hope that I have in Him.

A realization of grace: How much longer does God wait on me to come running to Him during the times I chose to ignore Him? I am even more thankful for His grace in this matter!!





Sunday, January 23, 2005

Thrive

This is a new song I wrote about being willing to thrive and grow, and not staying stagnant. The verses are what God is saying and the chorus is our cry back. My prayer is that we would all keep thriving in our lives and seeking the Lord with all our hearts. Amos 5:4, "This is what the Lord says to the house of Israel, 'Seek me and live!'" May we all find that true life comes from seeking Him.

Thrive: 1. To make steady progress; prosper.
2. To grow vigorously; flourish


Thrive
By Carey Kornegay

Seek me and live
Know me as your God
Turn from your ways
Listen to what I say
You’re standing there, waiting
You have the chance to radiate me

It’s time to thrive
That all might see
What you’ve done in me
Let your love grow down deep
It’s time to thrive
Vigorously spreading out my roots
You are calling me to thrive

You have been chosen
To live the hope you have
You have been longing
To shine where no hope is found
I want to show myself strong
Are you willing to sing my song?





Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Ugg, what's the deal with Uggs? And Napoleon Dynamite?

This Napolean Dynamite fever is pretty contagious! I started hearing about it from my college friends (who I just thought were slightly crazy, as usual). They kept quoting this movie that I'd never heard of before, so I finally broke down and watched it (much to the encouragement of my friends). Now that I understand what everyone's talking about, it's pretty funny and a lot of fun to join in all the "ND talk." And actually, it really is probably one of the funniest, randomest movies ever created. "Like anyone could ever know that." -Kip, from ND.

So, yeah, watch the movie and then take this quiz. And then you'll become "one of us!" I took the quiz and I'm Deb. "Your mom goes to college!"
Deb
Deb
(Please rate my quiz)


Which Napoleon Dynamite character are you?
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One more thing (and this is off the subject): i am curious what the big hype is about those so-called "uggs"! if anyone can enlighten me, please do so!

Until then, do whatever the heck you feel like doing! (ND)





Sunday, January 16, 2005

A small taste of Charleston

Ruth and Marc came to stay with me this weekend, and we took a few pics of downtown for your enjoyment! (Please excuse the port-a-potty in both Rainbow Row pics... I guess even in picturesque Charleston, you can't escape the realities of life!) Hope you like!









Wednesday, January 12, 2005

It's my birthday!

Well, it's hard to believe, but I'm 24 today. I feel old in some respects, but young in others. I guess what makes me feel old is how I'm constantly around college students and I realize how that's not me anymore. I've matured a whole lot since then! But then I think about life and experiences and how there is so much ahead, and that makes me feel young and small. But I'm really excited about this year! I believe there is a great future ahead and I can't wait to grasp what it is. I feel like God has some new things for me this year and I want to face it with an open heart and mind. (Also, Dad says that 24 was his favorite year, so we shall see!)

I was also thinking this morning about why we celebrate birthdays. Well, with my family birthdays were always important. We wanted to make the person feel special and let them know that they are loved. God opened my eyes to see that obviously Mom and Dad want to celebrate each of their children because they are so thankful that we were born and added fullness to their lives. In the same way, God wants to celebrate each of us - even more so than our friends and family! He above all is the most thankful to have us in this world because He created us and decided that He wanted us here. That makes it obvious that he has a reason for all of us being here. He wanted me here to fulfill something that He didn't create for anyone else to fulfill. That's why He designed me exactly the way I am. And the same goes for each of you. That's why He longs for each of us to give all our devotion and love to Him. It makes Him sad if we don't give ourselves to Him because He knows the fullness that our lives could have - He knows what we were created to be and do and think and feel because He created us that way. I know this is a simple truth, but it fills my heart with joy today.

Thank you all for your love for me! I am glad to be alive!





Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Who are they??

So I found this picture of some crazy girls on New Year's Eve... Just wondering if anyone knew what was up with them...??






Monday, January 10, 2005

Are you a cookie cutter?

I've been thinking about ~rich's post a while back about "Christian fads" and not conforming. It made me think about my life and how I used to be a "cookie cutter Christian." I had commented about how there is so much more to the Christian life than what we see or even know. It's really cool because God has changed my life so much and has pulled me out of my Christian bubble that I had been in for so long. Yes, I had faith, but it didn't become my own until I left home and found it for myself. For years I had based all my beliefs on what people told me was true. It's not that they were wrong, per say, but my heart had not sought out God on it's own. God broke me and showed me that my foundation was not strong because it wasn't built on Him. Suddenly everything I knew seemed worthless and I had to start over. I started to see how Christianity had become this thing that people were doing. It was like they were playing a game - "do this ministry, say this prayer, join this mission team, etc..." There was nothing real about it. I didn't really want anything to do with it. I thought, "If this is what it's all about, then I want out!" But God was so relentless in His love to me. When I wanted to give up, He didn't. It was basically a three-year battle with Him, off and on. Slowly and surely, He began to rebuild what was broken down. I have learned so much about what real faith is and what it means to love without condition. I have also learned that even though you go through a low point - even to the point of questioning and fighting everything - that God will hold you so tightly and give you hope when you least expect it. I am still learning, growing, and waiting for my heart's desires, but I know beyond a shadow of a doubt what I truly belive in, and I know it for myself. I know that now my faith is real because my God is real.

Through the past few years, I've written so many songs about where I've been in life, what God is doing, or what I've been learning. This song, "Know You More," is one of the many which describes what I have learned about the Christian faith.

Know You More
By Carey Kornegay

If I could bring you something
That's more than religious words
There is more than something
Beyond these superficial walls

You call me softly
I feel it in everything
Truth is all around me
I know it's not the same

If I could find a way
To know you more
You can have your way
Open my heart's door
Again

Seeing so much deeper
Within these sugar-coated lives
Drawing me away from
What I used to know

You call me softly
I feel it in everything
Truth is all around me
I know it's not the same

If I could find a way
To know you more
You can have your way
Open my heart's door
Again





Saturday, January 08, 2005

C.R.E. Forever!

Carey, Ruth, and Eliz on Christmas Eve 2004






Friday, January 07, 2005

Let's be real

I love writing. And that is why I'm doing this blog thing. I want to be able to share with my friends and family what is on my heart and mind. I would love your imput as well. It would be really neat to get into some discussions... like "what is the purpose of life," and interesting topics like that. If you have anything you would like to talk about, please feel free to bring it up. I want this to be a place where we can be real with each other and real about God. It's also kind of like a place to escape from the workplace and the stresses that life brings. And if there is anything that God has done in your life that you want to share, feel free to give a shout out. I'm sure I will.





Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Where I got the name...

This song I wrote for those of you who are wholeheartedly seeking God... Sometimes people don't understand why or what's really going on, and they try to tell you how to live, but your heart is steadfast on God's love - the only real love that will carry you through. My hope is that you will put your life out there and take the chance to find that love. Allow yourself to be wild and crazy in love with God. That is where true beauty is found.

"Crazy Beautiful"
By Carey Kornegay

Jaded and misunderstood
Put her life out there
Like he said she should
World pulled apart and turned around
No one sees what she sees
But she stands her ground

Crazy beautiful tonight
They don't think she's got it right
But she holds out her hand
It's her first dance
She knew her soul was made
For this kind of romance
Nothing else could take away
Her chance to be
Crazy beautiful