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Challenged to Persevere

In the midst of a storm our minds are busy at work.  We are forming a plan to survive.  Forward or backward, to the right or to the left.  We are forced to move, and the decision is completely ours.
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I have been challenged by my baptism this last week.  It has been a hard, dark week.  Taunted by nightmares, normal blows of life, and hardship.  God is walking me through, but he doesnt force me to do anything, he gives me the free will to make my own choices.

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In my quiet time God reminded me the moment of Sam asking me in the baptism pool, “Why are you getting baptized tonight?”
I responded with “Because I want to serve the Lord my whole life, no matter what happens”.  No matter what happens, I made the decision.

So now on my storm front, I am up against decisions, and I have to decide to follow or fall.
photo I can either fall because I gave up, or I can fall fighting for the name of Jesus.  When I choose to follow him, no matter how hard it hurts, I believe He will lift me back up.  “The only temptation that has come to you is that which everyone has. But you can trust God, who will not permit you to be tempted more than you can stand. But when you are tempted, he will also give you a way to escape so that you will be able to stand it.” (1 Cor 10:13 MSG).
dd73ad2bd86fe21a3b3ee8b07cc87729Friend.  Life is full of storms.  They hurt – this I know.  The waves will knock you down, but they only last a moment.  “So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.” (Rom 12:1-2 MSG).
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This is a hard season but I am holding onto the truth, leaning into the Spirit, and going to immerse myself in the word.  I will overcome & because my words have power I will continue to speak this over my life.  Thank you for your prayers!

Morgie xoxo

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Slam Poetry – Overcome

Slam Poetry (thank you – def from Urban Dictionary):

n. A style of spoken word poetry that is generally used in a competition, known as a poetry slam. Often, as with hip-hop music, the subject matter concerns urban life, crime, drugs, or other inner-city-related subjects. The difference in many cases, however, is that with slam poetry, the words/lyrics are more introspective and creative than your run-of-the-mill hit rap song. Also seems influenced by the Beat Poets, such as Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac.

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So many things trying to haunt my house
Add shame
Add guilt
Subtract self worth and kidnap my security too.
Trying to fight what ingredients get thrown in my bowl of life. Darkness robbing my sleep tank.
Don’t wake me when I fall, if I fall asleep.
But I need you to shake me from this nightmare.
The darkness chokes me.
I cry for the sun to come.
I’m done fighting
But I’ve never wanted to fight harder.
Push me down
I’ve already eaten my tears; they’ve been my food day and night. What’s it gonna take to break free of destruction?
The oven. The fire.
It burns the impurities right out of my broken and evil heart.
It refines my soul, my thoughts.
Add health. Zest. Buoyancy. Resilience. Truth.
Add Authentic Love.
Subtract the darkness.

It hurts, a lot. It’s hot. It’s uncomfortable.
Its a beautiful disaster. Its new.
I don’t know if I can take anymore.Then the door opens, New life rushes my lungs.
I can breathe.
I’m free.
I’m finished.
He overcame
So that
I
Could
Overcome.
Whom the Son sets free, he is free
indeed.

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Strong through EVERY Trial.

406804_383769961700996_855137644_nA lyric in a new song at church caused my heart to stop and think a few weeks ago.  The line speaking of our mighty God sang, “strong through every trial”.  The word “trial” stopped me in my worship and suddenly my mind went back to the trial in court that 7 other girls and I had been through almost 5 years ago.

It was a very dark time.  On a worldly level, the man who sexually abused us over many many years got away free and clean.  A couple fines here, some community service there.  On a worldly level, my heart aches, bad.  I felt a huge sense of injustice, and for years there has been a wound of defeat and a lingering fear that he’s still out there; as though our cries for help meant nothing.  But when I heard this song, and was surfing back through the emotions of the trial, the feelings of defeat and the constant flow of pain, it all began to be replaced with the words “strong through every trial”.  My heart was still.

Though we knew the truth of what happened to us, it felt like our eyes were covered to the truth of what was really happening.  No amount of darkness can hide the Lord and his power and his strength and his goodness.  No court case, judge, defending attorney or jurors can say what our God does.  And he wins.  We had the truth, we were set free.  The truth is light.  And the light is God. “The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overpowered it” (John 1:5) Nor will it ever.  The freedom we have is walking in the light and so we are blessed. WE ARE FREE.  The battle was not ours to fight, it was Gods.  In his hands, He replaces our fear with his perfect love.

A huge burden has been lifted from my shoulders.  I feel lighter already. It is not about the justice that man gives on earth.  We keep our eyes heavenward because under His care we are taken care of, in EVERY situation.  No longer do I have to worry about my enemies, “God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever”(ps 73:26).  Every trial, He is strong. Acknowledge him and watch as your chains melt to the ground.  Be set free lovely people.  What more do we need? The victory through HIM is ours. Claim it baby, claim it.

Psalm 85:10
“Love and truth belong to God’s people;
goodness and peace will be theirs.”

Psalm 34:13-15
keep your tongue from evil
and your lips from telling lies.
Turn from evil and do good;
SEEK peace and pursue it.
The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
and his ears are attentive, to their cry;

Proverbs 3:3
Don’t ever forget kindness and truth. Wear them like a necklace. Write them on your heart as if on a tablet.

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You’ve Been Love Bombed: Georgina Grace

George! I’ve never met anyone like you.  I love imitating your accent.  You are an amazing artist, an amazing friend, and gifted beyond measure.  I can’t wait to see where life will take you.  You are an answer to prayer! Thank you for being in my life while I am across the world 🙂 Can’t wait to make music with you! Keep going, God is going to use you in AMAZING ways 🙂

She’s a tip of an iceberg.
She has so many treasure that was given by God.
She didn’t just bury that but she’s developing and using for God’s glory.  Eventually, God will say “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!”  She’s special =) ~Daniel Choi

I love her tender heart, I love that she loves those who are hurting and down trodden, I love that she is strong and speaks words of wisdom and power. I love that she pulls funny faces. I love that she is beautiful but doesn’t know it. And above all I love that she is my daughter and I am so very proud of her, proud that she bravely follows hard after God even if that looks scary and unknown. And I also love that she knows how I am without being told. How could you not love that?
Be beautiful my dear child, put one foot in front of the other, one step at a time… Trusting God all the time. And He will unfold your way.
He will take delight in you with gladness.
With his love, he will calm all your fears.
He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.” (Zephaniah 3:17 NLT)
~Mum

Gina is beautiful inside and out. She is so creative and is so sensitive to the Holy Spirit. She is a mighty warrior princess for Jesus a intercessor to the max. And she is a loyal friend 😀:D
~Jackie French

Georgina Kent, I have never met anybody like her. Her short hair was the first thing that draw me to her, but after a while I knew that it was way more then just that. Gina is creative, an amazing artist on paper but also with music. She is a special woman in the things she likes and dislikes, she is firm in what she believes in, and she is willing to teach and share with others. The thing that is probably the most beautiful about her is her sensitive relationship with God, in every conversation you can see who’s she is, and her life is a testimony that our God is alive and good.=)
~Nina Verhoog

Chains Be Broken.

I feel a new freedom I’ve never felt before.  A healing I could not have imagined.  I don’t believe that the healing is complete, but I already feel like a new person. I’ve tasted it, and I want more.  I feel like there were chains restraining me for most of my life.  Maybe from the sexual abuse I experienced from an early age on till about age 17.  A significant amount of damage and defense mechanisms were created during that time, and especially after.  How many people in this world are having a hard season, but are actually just in bondage from this broken world?

God removed me from my homemade comfort zone of unhealthy thinking and habits to show me that HE is actually my comfort zone.  In Him I have found freedom.  “and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32).

So maybe it took a move across the Pacific Ocean, but my life will never be the same, so the sacrifice of this difficult distance will be worth it, I know.  I will be able to love more freely, because no longer will the enemy be able to restrain me and keep me in a cycle of darkness. I am getting stronger each day.

  Since my time here, and it has gone by speedily, my memory has improved.  I am able to comprehend and remember what I am learning, for what seems like the first time in my life.  My mind is being healed.  My mind is not trying to block memories.  Instead it is unraveling them, and they are hard things, but in return I am experiencing complete restoration – a necessary journey for growth to happen.

I want to thank you all for your encouragement, letters, packages, support, prayers, and emails.  Each contact from home feels like there is a crowd cheering me on.  It has not been easy, but God uses you all to keep me fueled and going.  He is allowing me to learn to fully depend on Him, this semester in my finances (which is new for me!).  My time here is being funded on sponsors alone.  I felt very strongly that I was not meant to get a job, stepping out of another comfort zone.  I have supported myself for the last 5 years.  Now I look Heavenward for every need.  And needs are being met, daily.  God keeps blowing me away, like when three bags of summer clothes are passed on to us, or a meal is provided out of nowhere.

At this point 50% of my rent is covered by sponsors.  I cannot see where the missing money will come in from, but I am walking in the truth that it will come.  God is faithful, “if we are faithless, he remains faithful” (2 Timothy 2:13).  God did not work out every little detail for me to come here, to fail me.  He told me that he would provide the money, and even if it came at the last second it was coming.  So I walk by faith and not what I perceive with my own ideas, eyes, and thoughts.

I am so blessed to be here!  Thank you for standing by me in this crazy Aussie journey.  I wanted to introduce you to two new members of my family.  The first is my wonderful boyfriend, Brian Altizer (Cali boy) J.  Today is our one-month anniversary, and he has been the biggest blessing to my life.  He is constantly pointing me back to God, and encouraging me.  It feels like he’s been on this entire Hillsong journey with me even though he lives across the big blue!

I also want to introduce you to my sisters BEAUTIFUL new baby boy, Vhayde.  He came in at 9 lbs 3 oz during my spring break, so I had the ability to Skype into the hospital adventure and meet the sweet pea.  My sis is home and doing well.  Love you all! Miss you!

~Seeking the Lord’s will with my time here as I move towards a visit home for Christmas~

Hugs,

Morgie

ps- I think I will be a whole new lady when I get home 🙂 Can’t wait to see you all ❤

I miss You!

Hello Friends and Family!

Do you guys know how much I miss you and think of you? Know that I do a lot.   It has been 7 weeks in Australia for me, and I have already learned so much.  I am growing musically, biblically, and spiritually.  I want to share the amazing things with all of you!

Running from Bronte Beach to Bondi Beach
September 6, 2012

A couple weeks ago the Lord really made it clear to me that, HE brought me over to Oz, that HE would provide, but ultimately this journey at Hillsong would be about HIS glory.  For that reason I have not sought out a job.  He wants to show me that I CAN trust him, with everything.  He’s showing me that no matter what He’ll provide.  So here is a testament to His goodness, and His promise to me to provide!:

A couple weeks ago my rent was soon due, and I did not have all the money in my account to pay for it.  I prayed and asked for provision, and I remembered something I wrote down a week prior in my devotions, ‘Even if it comes at the last second, its coming!’  Well Friday came around, and I had peace still, but no rent.  In chapel we had a great time of worship, and I was deep in prayer, feeling peace still, without my rent money.  When I walked home I reminded myself to walk in the truth of what I knew, He said rent would be provided, even if at the last second.  I have been on my own for almost 6 years, and I am used to working and paying for my own rent, food, etc.  But in this season He is calling me to TRUST that He will be everything I need. And because of that my little faith is growing more solid.

Georgina and I heading out to swim indoors 🙂
August 2012

When I got home from school, I checked my mail, and in a little purple envelope was a check for $300.  The rent money had come through, at the last moment, but it had come, just like He told me.  I went to my room, fell to my knees, and cried.  He cares so much about each one of us.  He knows us better than we know ourselves, and the crazy part is how badly He wants a relationship with us.  Don’t neglect to acknowledge Him in your life.  In the little things, and the big, in the good, and in the bad.  He is there, just acknowledge Him and see what happens 🙂

We have a table and chairs now!

Hello Getty Owl!! I love you sis ❤

Writing songs with a friend across the ocean. 🙂 In progress.

Georgina is the BEST cook I know! Nom Nom.

Hillsong Foundation Dinner…Hillsong is amazing!

Skype is the biggest blessing EVER. Call me sometime! (Don’t laugh – my Skype name is “hotsizzlinchickie” 🙂

Mmmmm Toast 🙂 Ive never liked toast until I came here. Uh oh….gotta watch those carbs!! Haha 🙂

College Student Fun 🙂 Taha 🙂 Me and Jackie…I won this one, she beat me the other time.

Meet my band!! Richard & Sons!

Meet Jackie! She is my talented friend from Alabama. She is a vocalist, and an amazing guitar player. 🙂

Mom sent CHRISTMAS.

Grami’s letters bring me so much joy ❤

Getty takin care of me – ALWAYS reppin for my Getty Owl ❤
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Letters from my WJU Volleyball Player Charlotte. Thank you! I miss you girls to pieces!!

Pictures from home from Grami 🙂

Thank you Beibs. Thank you! I miss WJU Volleyball! Love from me to you!

New Haircut! (I need my sister!!)

What is Australia doing to me?? Haha 🙂

Great run….so beautiful Bronte to Bondi Beach with Anna from Ireland (I LOVE HER)

The view during my run…..Unbelievable.

Friday Night Live @church. Amazing.

I see you 🙂

I cut Courtney’s hair!! (Using techniques I’ve seen my lovely older sister do 🙂

Ridiculousness and hanging with girls from all over the world. Singing, dancing, playing.

George eating Nutella on the balcony. Beauty.

Georgina and Nina at Bronte Beach

God’s promises.

Performance Day! I had to sing “Real Life Fairytale” by Plumb
And back up sing for “I feel the Earth Move” and “Coachella”.
WE PASSED!!!

I love you all and miss you so much!  I appreciate every single prayer.  Lots of Love from Hillsong, Australia.::::::::Morgie:::::::::::

 

MONDAY MADNESS in the City.

Welcome to a typical Monday (this semester) during my Hillsong journey. The weeks are SOO packed there’s no way I could write about what goes on in ONE post.  So here’s a go!

7:15 am : Wake up, look at my watch (which is set to California time) and jump out of bed to get ready for the day! Bring some kind of food to school to coordinate with my friend Gina.  Today we had avocado & pesto toast for lunch with an orange. IT WAS DELICIOUS.

8:15 am: Make the 0.3 mile walk to school 🙂 Spoiled! I get to listen to about 1 or almost 2 songs on my iPod.

8:30-8:45am: Voice Class Warm-ups (This pic I tried to snap while no one was looking….LOL) The blonde gal in this picture is Mel, she is one of our vocal teachers!

8:45-9:45ish: Voice Theory

9:45-11:30am: Band practice in the Auditorium or in the Silent Library.

LUNCH (or Coffee stop)

12:30-1:30: Worship Band Tutorial (Lecture)

1:30pm-5:30pm: Skype, Study, Exercise, Free time!

5:30pm – Meet at School for “Backpackers” In which we literally drive to 3 hostels and make them pancakes! Its awesome you meet a lot of people who are on life journeys. So fun.

9:45pm- Get back home, do some reading, and konk out.
There it is!! Crazy Awesome Packed Mondays!