Sunday, October 31, 2010


"Lust comes from a deep lack of satisfaction with life. When we’re not at peace, when we aren’t content, when we aren’t in a good place…our radar gets turned on. We’re looking. Searching. And we’re sensory beings, so it won’t be long before something, or somebody, catches our attention. We’re addictive creatures. We try things, we experiment, we explore, and certain things hook us. They wrap their tentacles around us, and we can’t get away from them. What started out as freedom can quickly become slavery. Often freedom is seen as the ability to do whatever you want. But freedom isn’t being able to have whatever we crave. Freedom is going without whatever we crave and being fine with it. But when lust has us in its grip, one of the first things to suffer is our appreciation for whatever it is we’re fixated on. And we lose all sensitivity.

Lust is slavery. If we want something to the point that we can’t conceive of being content without it, then it owns us. When our lusts get the best of us, they trap us. Whether it’s food, sex, shopping, whatever…what was supposed to fill the hole within us didn’t. It betrayed us. It owns us. It always leaves us wanting more. And we’re emptier, lonelier, hungrier, and more depressed…and then we’re right back where we started. We’re momentarily satisfied, and then we experience letdown because it didn’t deliver what it promised. Food or clothes or position or approval or power or sex—it grabbed us and said, “You are missing out until you have me.” And it was a lie. It promised us something.

It claimed to be the answer. But it wasn’t.

If God is waiting to help us defeat these lusts and temptations, why don’t we turn to Him more often? Honestly, sometimes we don’t WANT to be helped! We WANT to give in even though we know it’s wrong. At that moment, we think we know what’s best for us. But we don’t. Ask God to keep you from paying attention to what is worthless and refocus your attention on something else.

Just as the roots grow resilient as wind blows against a tree,
so every time you stand up to temptation you become stronger. "

Thank you,
- Rob Bell.

Saturday, October 30, 2010


:: I love it when God transforms a head knowledge of Him

into a wisdom that pentrates your heart.

Throughout the last few months I've been realizing how much head knowledge I have about God, Jesus,Christianity, etc...
And I'm seeing that it just simply isn't enough.

I'd rather gain wisdom that comes with working through a fluctuating relationship with my Father than just knowing all the right things to say during the difficult times.

God has put my head-knowledge to the test in amazing ways ...
and all in all, it's been transformed into something more than just "Christianese".

It's now formulating into something tangible -
How I choose to live from rise to dawn.
How I respond to discrepancies between my actions and my heart.
How I desire to be obedient to the guidelines my Father has given me.
How I pursue the life Jesus has given me a glimpse of.

This is all the beginning of an amazingly reawakened Caydin.
I'm finally allowing God to reshape those things that I solely developed, that were built upon selfishness, brokenness and foolishness.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Good Tidbits From Tonight.

:: Faith isn't something you sort out, rather it's something you live.
- Philippians 2:12 "...Continue to work out your salvation..."

:: We are called to a life-long cultivation of our faith.

:: We are also called to be life-long learners.

:: God is indeed at work in us - and this isn't an effort "thing".
- He IS at work within us.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

His Refinement.

Just try wiping the smile off my face today.

As my life has been in a continuous cycle of letting go, grabbing tight, becoming unhealthy, letting go, grabbing tight (etc..) since last spring... Something has snapped in me and I feel a maturing stage in my life about to commence.

A number of things became really vivid to me after a conversation with a dear friend last night.

1. While I felt I had the situations in my life under my control, - ie. I was trying to mend things Caydin's way, which gave me a sense of control over the outcome - It dawned on me... if things were to go as Caydin actually anticipated and hoped for; the outcome would be the same as it had already been shown.

( For those of you in the dark - I'm talking about a relationship with someone I so eagerly desired. )

2. Let's say Caydin got her way - and she was given another shot in this relationship - it would surely end the same way it did last time. I know this because I am not yet the woman God wants to present before any true man of God.
I simply would not be enough.

3. I have an issue with loving myself. The lack of love. While I am confident in some areas I am entirely empty in others. Being raised in this american cultural consistently tells me that the woman God has created in me is just not enough. I need to find value in other things. It induces a facade on woman and an unhealthy view on what, "healthy" is. It dictates your interactions, your relationships and your motives.

4. It's easy for a woman to remain in a relationship and have this issue. When you have that significant someone in your life you really don't need to think about your issues because they seemingly make things peachy. I'm happy God allowed me to be stupid, childish, and fake in the last relationship I was in. It sent me to a mental hell- which is exactly what I needed.

5. And finally, while God is just beginning a beautiful process in me, why would He even want me near that relationship that I will continue to mess up? Broken relationships hurt God. I know this. I'm not sure how God will remedy this broken friendship but I'm not too concerned with it right now. First things first - Caydin.

I need to know how to love myself, before I can be love to someone else.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

A Heart Can Slow You Down.

:: I need to not always base my decisions off of what my heart "feels"- or what makes it beat a little quicker. I need to look at things more analytically and logically as opposed to solely whatever pulls my heart strings. ::

:: Responding to situations is just as important. Rather than indulging in the intense emotion a situation brings out, I can look at things coherently and objectively. I know this will ultimately save me from much hardship. ::

Monday, October 18, 2010

Nobody Put Jesus on the Cross.

Jesus was a success.

Last night Darin talked about success. What does it actually look like in your life to succeed?

Obviously, for Christians, success has nothing to do with them, but rather in taking all the opportunities that come their way to honor God. It was amazing how Darin provoked some new thoughts in my mind about Jesus and His success while walking the Earth- and how we are called to be like Jesus.

Jesus was a success. God sent Him down to this Earth to become nothing. He sent Him to live a life that the masses would see as an abomination. Jesus was called to a life of exile. He emptied Himself to its entirety. That's success.

Jesus was a success. Nobody put Jesus on the cross. Jesus went to the cross. He died because He knew it would honor His Father.

Honestly, I know what success should look like in my life. YET I'm at a place in which my heart just isn't there. I find my heart still chasing after things that I think will make me successful.

Relationships with certain people. An abundance of "works" that build His kingdom. Liked and known by the majority. Etc..

Nobody made Jesus get nailed to that cross for the disobedience in my life. Jesus went to the cross while the majority spat and found muse in what they were witnessing.

Jesus, while I still have a listless heart, please continue the work You have begun in me.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010


"Every sense I have has been exhausted." - Barcelona
Which ultimately has left me numb.

Becoming apathetic towards things has actually enabled me to be in tune with some issues going on with me. My lack of emotion has allowed me to look at some things analytically and logically - which I otherwise have a difficult time doing.

At age 24, I'm still trying to figure out what makes up Caydin... I've come to the realization that I so often act as people have labeled me. It's hard to act any different than the labels people associate with you ::

"animated, loud, vivacious, spirited, intense and extreme. "

It's gotten to the point where if I'm not acting accordingly to what's written above, people think something is wrong with me or I am simply acting odd. They don't hold back from verbalizing it to me, either.

PEOPLE, this has only encouraged me to put on a mask. And while this mask is on you will never see the real deal.

I've been reflecting. While at the core, I am occasionally intense about things worthy of my intensity, and I am animated and spirited during appropriate moments, solely, I am altogether none of the above.

I have found it difficult to remove this mask because it is so appealing to the people around me. For the most part, people like the intensity I bring and the spirited approach I have in all circumstances. They enjoy this seemingly "deep" girl who likes to talk about intense things.

It wears me out, as I feel like I am constantly having to give people what they want and expect from me. ( which is another issue in itself )

I'm sorry - I'm getting sick of faking it.
I only do these things because they have be proven to make you happy.
I have more substance than what my mask portrays. I'm not as verbal as I have led you to think. I'd rather be mellow than bouncing off the walls. I'd much rather listen to you than hear my voice all night long.

Our conversation isn't deep to me because I have already had this conversation with John and Jane Doe. I find true deepness in the discerning conversations I have with few rather than the butt load of "deep" chats I can have with simply anyone. This only makes sense to those who know me.

I'm wondering how God will make sense of all of this- as He knows exactly how my mind operates and who I am behind the facade.

Monday, October 11, 2010

...Genuine or Just Another Counterfeit?

As I continue through this calloused and stretching season in my life, Im wondering what merit this season in my life will have once I have stepped out of it... aka - Why the heck am I even putting myself through all this?

When I am full of joy and adoration for Jesus, my life surely reflects just that. So, while I feel as if I have been emptied of all vigor and vitality - do I simply reflect a stale and inert person? I've got to that point where I am actually recognizing how apathetic I've become towards the things that once gave me a relentless spirited attitude...

It's a scary place to be when you are apathetic towards everything that matters. When I catch myself contending for things that are irrelevant and worthless - I cringe. I cringe, yet I do not change. That is freakin scary. What brought me into this season was simple :: My responses to circumstances have been to run away from the pain that brings healing and the seemingly overwhelming list of things that I need to surrender in my life. I do this by distracting myself with other "feel good" fixes. As long as I feel okay in the moment, I need not think about tomorrow.

While all of this is me being very transparent, I will also say that I surely have not lost the conviction that only the Holy Spirit brings and the undying truth that is deep within my heart. While my actions scream that Jesus cannot satisfy and my mindset sadly puts more value on my current emotions rather than what I know to be true and unwavering - Jesus is along side me in this. He is not condoning my actions, rather He is loving me all the more by allowing me to "act a fool". When I finally hit bottom and allow Him to, once again, bring restoration to my wounds, my love for Him will be proven genuine.

I'm granted the struggle, so that my faith can be validated as authentic.