How are my fellow readers, this week?
My week started with my whole life playing over and over through my mind. I clenched onto my dreams even though I surrendered them to God weeks prior. I was so excited to receive the test results for National Bible Bee. Minutes later I found out that I did not pass (although making 201st place in my whole age division was quite an accomplishment!) as the week continued on, I started carrying burdens. I lost control. Stuff popped up I couldn’t control. I had no idea what my next year was going to look like. Stress kicked in, and shortly after came the bottled up feelings and concerns of my entire life.
Oh how I battled with hearing the words “Let go” and “Trust me” come from God this week! Have any of you ever had those weeks where you don’t know what to do and just want to stay in bed all day and sleep away your fears, concerns, and problems? I sure have!
I believe that God makes us go through struggles and storms to make us stronger and make us aware of His presence. Today I am going to share with you wonderful people what I’ve learned through this hard time, and what I’m still learning. My hope is that it encourages you and show you that you are not alone, and are not in control.
And that's okay.
How much are you willing to trust God with? How much are you willing to let go? I found out after my plans were overturned that I had only given God my future life and plans mentally, but not wholeheartedly. It’s so easy to lose sight of God’s perfect plan when our life seems scrambled up from our point of view.
If God can freely tug at those things in your life that you treasure without you panicking and losing your gaze on Him, you are rooted in the right place.
Are we clinging too tightly to our desires, or are we living at Christ’s disposal? Trust me when I say that choosing to let go of your entire life and leaving it in the hands of God is one of the hardest things you will ever do. Not being in control, and watching life happen before your eyes while living peaceably in Christ is ridiculous and dumb in the sight of the world. I myself have even thought of it as such! I mean, if you think about it, you are letting the life you are living GO, and giving your dreams to Someone else, and leaving your destiny in the hands of another!
But, have we forgotten who it is that holds our destiny? The plan God is orchestrating behind the scenes is the perfect, most beautiful plan, ever! You may not know where you’re going to be living, going to school, college, church, or to work. You don’t know which people will leave you, enter your life, or stick with you till the end. We don’t know what tomorrow looks like, or even if we are promised it. But we have a God who does, and in Him our future is secure. Who do we have but God in this life? Who is more trustworthy than the One who made us, and formed us in our mother’s wombs? He knows our future, and He promises to prepare those He loves.
When I struggle, I’m guilty of going to other people before God. I get so weighed down when I try to carry my weights on my own instead of leaving them at the feet of Jesus and trusting Him with them, instead.
You don’t have to worry. God has already got it. Yes, that sentence scares me sometimes, because I don’t know what He is going to do with me or my dreams I gave him, but I do know that His plan is perfect. Mine is not. He sees. I cannot. He is God. I am not.
We won’t have it all figured out, and we might as well give up on trying to make everything happen the way we want to in our timing. But Someone has this life more than we do. Someone loves you so much and knows the beginning from the end. Someone is in control when you are not, and He wants to do greater things than you ever asked or imagined (Ephesians 3:20).
Does our life have to make sense if He already has it? Nope! So let’s stop being anxious (Philippians 4:6-7) and live in Him abundantly (John 10:10)! All will work out for the good to those who love God, and He will strengthen you. We’ll be tested and tried, but we’ll be in the
perfect plan of God (Proverbs 16:9). If He is perfect, so are His plans for us! Nothing is better than that. Will you let His nail pierced hands hold you and mold your life into what He desires? I promise, no one can do it better than He can. Trust Him! Let go of your good for God's best. He is strong in our weaknesses!
“I’ve created you for a unique plan, purpose, path, and masterpiece. I can’t work on that until you let go.” -God
“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” -Corrie ten Boom
“The wealth during Job’s life was one of the greatest of the men in the Bible, because all of his life and peace was in Me, not in the things of this world.” -God
I Dare You #24- Write down all of the desires of your heart and all of the fears and concerns you have in a journal. Then tell God that you surrender those things and trust Him. One by one, watch Him perform in your life. Later you can look back and see how God’s plan works out for your good no matter what you see at the present. Thank God for His goodness and holding the answered and unanswered prayers all in His hands. I’ll join you! Comment below (or email me at email@example.com) if you are going to join me in this challenge, and how it goes!
Love you all,
Have you ever received a gift before that was greater than you ever anticipated? One that you promised to cherish forever, and were ecstatic about? I sure have.
I think we all have had the joy of receiving the best gift ever at some point in our lives, and that may look different for each of us. But there is one gift that we all have been given, but easily forget about. I do not mean for this to sound cliché, because it really isn’t. Unfortunately, people often take this present too lightly, and overtime, actually start taking it for granted- people including myself.
There are many gifts we are given in this life, but not all of them are eternal. We get so excited when we get a new laptop, new shoes, or even a new house, but often we forget to be excited about the greatest gift of all. Being excited about material things is okay, but it must not trump the joys of Jesus Christ and the presence of God Himself.
In my recent struggles, hardships, and overwhelming days, I have been guilty for taking God’s presence for granted.
Yes, this world throws a lot of stuff at us, and most of it we do not ever see coming, but through it all, I can promise you, that only one thing remains. Can you guess what that one thing is?
If you said anything along the lines of, “The Bible, God’s love, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit” then I would say you are correct.
But, don’t miss this part…
Chances are, you knew exactly what this “eternal treasure” I’m speaking of was going to be. But does it mean something to you?
Jesus died so we could have life- have you thanked Him for it?
You are here today, with two eyes, a mouth, and a heart that is still beating- are you living each minute for your worthy Creator?
He gave you this day, and the gifts in it- Have you given Him just 10 minutes of your time? Today? Yesterday?
He sees your scars and your past and still loves you enough to give you the strength to make it through- Did you take up His offer, and go to Him?
You see, God’s presence never fails. Our seasons will change, and the roller coaster will follow its track, but… God. GOD is here! The Creator of all the universe is right beside you. He is in your midst. Nothing is too hard for Him! In your pain, grief, worry, fear, trouble, joy, peace, and laughter, He is a breath away. How have we so easily forgotten the treasure of His presence, and the strength we can find in Him when we rest in it?
We can say all we want that we have it all together, and that He doesn’t understand, but the truth is we don’t, and He does. No, we are not perfect, but are we striving to honor and remember our Creator, or did we leave Him at church last Sunday?
I promise you, there is nothing that you are going through in this life, that is too difficult and too saddening for you to lose your joy and your strength in Jesus. NOTHING can separate us from Him
Romans 8:38- “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come.”
His presence, is the greatest gift we will ever be able to have in this life! His Son died so we could live in it for eternity, His Word was written so we could draw closer, and the Holy Spirit is with us to make our relationship with Him possible.
He did all of this for YOU. Why do we take it for granted? I don’t know. We are just mere humans. But one thing I refuse to take for granted is Jesus and the presence of my great God. If I do, I refuse to be comfortable and to stay there. I will stand, and I will fight not until I have a breakthrough, but until I’m in His presence again and I learn that it is all I need.
I find it interesting that once everything you’ve ever known gets uprooted, you realize all you really needed was Christ. In His presence is the fullness of joy.
Psalm 16:11 says, “Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.”
If this verse is true, then tell me, what is greater than Christ?
I dare you to take God with you throughout your week and to refuse to lose sight of His presence and His goodness through whatever state of life you are going through. I’ll join you, not just when it's easy, but when the storms rage. Brothers and sisters, let’s stand until the end and keep our eyes on the prize of hearing our Savior say to us at the finish line, “Well done" (Matthew 25:23).
In the meantime, draw unto Him as He has drawn to you (James 4:8). He wants to strengthen you and uphold you in this. He loves you a whole lot!
This Sunday, I had the privilege of dancing in front of our church congregation for worship. Worship dancing is one of the ways I choose to remember God’s presence in my life, and praise Him for it. I will try to attach the video below, soon! (Going to go study now for the Bible Bee!) Have a fantastic week you all and...
I love you guys!
*The next dare for this week is revealed in this blog post:)*
Happy first week of August! Wait…August? Summer cannot have already flown by that fast! Well, I suppose it’s not quite over…yet! My week has been a difficult one, but at the same time amazing. One of the reasons why I say that it was so amazing, was because of the National Bible Bee.
On Saturday, my sister and I went to take our first test to see if we could qualify for the next step towards Nationals in November. In order to pass, we had to receive 50% in oral scripture recitation and study question answering. We were nervous, and this week was a hard one, but STILL God showed up by answering one of my greatest prayer requests.
After taking the tests, enjoying a day of fellowship and worship, and waiting anxiously, the news came. WE PASSED THE FIRST TEST! This means that we may now continue to the qualifying test (which we will take this week)! If we pass this test, here we come, Nationals!
Not only that, but God gave me the honor of being 3rd place in my Senior division group! I would not have made it this far if it wasn’t for God. I give Him all the glory for what has happened this week, and the amazing joys this Bible Bee adventure has brought our family.
3 Things I Learned at Proclaim Day
“Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice. Hide thy face from my sins and blot out all mine iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy Holy Spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit."
What does scripture mean to you? Is it something you hide in your heart? Is it something you dedicate time to studying, or count as “too hard” to give it the effort? Before I started the Bible Bee I thought to myself, “I could never do that.” Honestly, no, I couldn’t, and neither could you. But you and I both have an amazing God who can work THROUGH us, and who rewards those who seek Him with their whole hearts. He wants a people who are willing, devoted, and hungry. Because we have Christ in us, memorizing and studying passages is more than possible, no matter your age. I have learned from personal experience, that when you give yourself as a vessel to Christ, He WILL use you and do the impossible through you. He WILL reward you and take you places you never thought you’d be.
Job 7:17-18- “What is man, that thou shouldest magnify him? and that thou shouldest set thine heart upon him? And that thou shouldest visit him every morning, and try him every moment?”
Nothing. We are weak on our own and helpless. The wages of our sin is death. But He is everything. If He can move mountains, He can give you the strength and ability to live for Him, and to carry you through that difficult situation in your life. So, will you say yes, to Jesus? What do you have to lose?
All glory to God! Love you all!
PRAYER REQUEST: We have our final test coming up this week, that determines whether we go to National’s or not! Please pray my sister and I pass, and that we will retain all of the information, and give God glory in all of it! Also, please pray for the house we are building. :) Thank you! If any of you need prayer, send me an email, and I will support you in any way I can!
I Dare You #22- “I dare you to join me in memorizing just one verse this week. One verse alone has the power to change us!”
Hello children of God! I hope you all had a God-filled and peaceful week. (If not, hit the reply button above, or leave a comment below, and I’d love to pray for you!)
This week has been interesting for our family. With only a month before we move, stresses lie to creep in whenever they have a chance. My dad’s truck also broke down, which resulted in riding in one vehicle the last couple days. But, as God spoke to me this morning, “His mercies are new every morning.”
As overwhelming and tiring this race can be, He has faithfully used things in this journey to remind me of His goodness, faithfulness in fulfilling His promises, and my eternal home. Today I’m going to share just a few of those “reminders” God gave me this week to help me continue standing and not give up. My hope is that God may speak to you through these things, as well. Please, I know its hard. But don’t give up!
When you wake up in the morning after a restless night of sleep, a basket full of laundry waiting for you, and uncertainties flying over your head, what is your motivation to get up in the morning? Mine, is Jesus.
Without Him I am nothing. I keep going for Him. I have no reason to continue, unless God is leading me and with me along the way!
One day while studying for the National Bible Bee, I came across a Bible verse that God had used to speak to me the previous week. That verse was Isaiah 30:21 which says, “And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, this is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.”
That literally means that I don’t have to have it all figured out! GOD WILL tell us where to go, and when! We may not know the why, or the how, but that is up to Him to decide! He leads the way; our job is to follow. How simple is that! Believer, you are led by God!
God used a godly leader in my life this week as well: “Look a little higher.” She said. “We can get so caught up in the stuff of this world, but if we just look to God, He’s good! The clouds have been so beautiful this year. You can’t look up at the sky and see such beautiful clouds and not know that God isn’t good. If He wasn’t a good God, He wouldn’t bother making the clouds so beautiful for us to see.” Little did she know that her words were just what I needed to hear. God is good, and He is above all this earthly stuff! He’s got it! We need to fix our eyes on Him, and look a little higher, above the things of this world.
Another way that God speaks to me is through bird feathers. He’ll place one along my path as I’m worship dancing in the yard, walking, or sitting in my room (feathers from my pillows😊). For me it represents His presence and His control. Like Psalms 91 says, "He shall cover us with His feathers." He has us covered. For almost three years God has laid feathers in my path so when I stop and look down, it is pointing straight up at the perfect time. This week I have found at least 10 bird feathers, outside alone. 😊
It doesn’t matter how you look. God’s mercies are new every morning.
It doesn’t matter how many times you’ve sinned. God’s mercies are new every morning.
It doesn’t matter what lies you believe. God’s mercies are new every morning.
It doesn’t matter what your old life was like. God’s mercies are new every morning.
It doesn’t matter what circumstances look like from one day to the next. God’s mercies are new every morning.
It doesn’t matter how you feel when you wake up or what your day looks like. God’s mercies are new every morning.
What are you going to do about it? You can’t change it. He loves you. He cares enough to place reminders in our days to tell us that He is here with us. He takes enough time to paint and shape the clouds. He is gracious enough to make grace available to use and give us mercy every single morning! He knows us enough to send encouragement when we feel discouraged.
I promise you that God has got this. Whatever you may be facing, He is using it to strengthen you and cause you to rely instead of fight. I have learned that HE WILL give us more than we can handle so that we can let Him handle it. He wants us to depend on Him and surrender our battles to Him. He truly has got this. Praise Him!
Love you all!
I Dare You #21- Go for a nature walk this week or lay in the grass and stare at the clouds/stars. Take time out of your week to observe God’s creation which proclaims His goodness and mercy. Praise His name for His love and presence! Realize His power, and humble yourself. He is God, and He didn’t misplace a thing in the sky. Neither will He misplace a thing in your life. It all has a purpose to give Him glory.
Yesterday I turned 17. The saying, “time flies” sure seems like a fitting one to describe this past year of my life. As fast as it has been, I have learned so much. It has had trials of many kinds (thankfully God doesn’t show us our future all at once!) that has shaped me into who I am today. It has also been filled with some of the greatest joys I have ever experienced. But through it all, God has a purpose, and He is GOOD. I’ve been thinking about how far He has taken me in Him, and the lessons He’s taught me throughout these 17 years of my life.
Today I wanted to share some of those things with you.
Love to you all,
I Dare You #20- “Make your own list of things God has taught you in however many years you have been alive. (For the adults, this may be more of a challenge! ) I bet you’ll be surprised to see how far you’ve come, and all of the things God has taught you, too!”
Hello, wonderful people! I hope you all had a fantastic week. I’m going to come right out and say that this blog post is going to be a bit different. My hope in you reading this post is that you see how good God is in our struggles and understand nothing is too big for Him. Also, to learn more about my personal journey with the Lord these past ten months. Read on as I share with you ten things God has taught me while living one of the hardest, yet most God-led ten months of my life in our rental.
For those of you who don’t know, our family moved last August from our home of thirteen years. That same year, plenty of other things in our lives which we considered “solid” were uprooted. Along with that, we started experiencing complications regarding our house which we are building (on raw land, from the ground up). Without going into all the details, I’m sure I can sum up the spiritual warfare and overwhelming struggles with one sentence: You couldn’t have made the story up if you tried. We’re finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. As you can imagine, trusting in God to bring this to completion, to provide, and to give us strength when we are weary has been one of the hardest things our family has ever dealt with. Our plans did not turn out the way we ever expected. But in all of this, I have concluded that without these times of trial in the fire, I would not be where I am today, neither would my faith in God be this great.
We now get to move next month! I thank God for His goodness and presence in the storm and trust Him to see us through to the end. I hope you enjoy reading the ten of many things our great God has taught me through this season of life:
Love in Jesus Christ,
I Dare You #19- The last sentence of this blog post! If you want to go further, read at least 7 chapters of Psalm this week and praise God! Watch Him change your outlook, no matter what your circumstances may look like.
We are all fighting against something. Fighting against fear, lust, anxiety, depression, bitterness, and insecurity. If you’re anything like me, you can easily become weary in trying to deal with just one these struggles on your own. We live in a dark world, and I often wonder when the suffering in this world will cease.
The Bible says in Ephesians 6:12, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
We see in the verse above that our fight is against spiritual wickedness. The devil is the father of lies, and he loves to make us feel overwhelmed, discouraged, and insecure. But what if I told you that the battle that you’re fighting right now, is not actually yours to fight?
It's our battle to surrender.
True followers of Jesus don’t take up the sword and pretend their strong enough. They don’t push Jesus out of the way and say, “I’ve got this.” They don’t hide away in the face of trouble and pretend like they have it all together.
Instead, they acknowledge their need for Christ, and surrender. They repent, trust in Jesus, and stand back up again. That’s the whole point of the gospel. The definition of a Christian is not, “A person who follows Jesus and has their life under control.” A Christian is one who follows Jesus and lets Him lead and trusts in His love to cover the rest.
So, how do we do our part on our knees, and let God fight for us instead? James 4:7 says, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
Here are three ways to fight the devil on our knees:
1. With Praise. I participated in a dance theatre production in the May of 2018. It was about a man names Alyuman who fought the lies and deceptions of the evil dragon (who represented the devil.) Towards the end of the production, the threatening dragon broke through the kingdom seeking his revenge, and his treasure. Swords and spears were nothing to a dragon so violent, so the frightened warriors resorted to their only remaining weapon: praise to God. The dragon squirmed every which way and became so weak. He was soon defeated. The devil hates worship. When we praise God in our weaknesses, Satan cringes. After all, he wants you to feel helpless, and when you start singing and dancing for joy regardless of your situation, he is confused! Praise is powerful! If you learn to worship God in the storm, singing in the sunshine will be even more glorious. When you exalt God in your current situations, Satan must flee! There are many accounts of people in the Bible who fought their battles with praise. (David, Joshua, and Jehoshaphat were just a few of them!)
2. With Prayer. Ephesians 6:18- “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.” When is the last time you prayed to God on your knees when you were afraid, suffering, or lonely? Praying humbles ourselves, and glorifies God, causing the devil to go where? OUT. For me personally it can be hard to pray when I feel like prayer couldn’t change my circumstances. But every time I do, I not only feel better, but see God’s hand in control, giving me peace in the end. Jesus is the Prince of Peace, and the time we take talking with and listening to Him is never wasted. Prayer shoots arrows in the throat of the devil’s schemes.
3. With Thanksgiving. I doubt I'm the only one who is good at making mental lists of things that are wrong, and reasons to justify our discouraged feelings. But stop right there!! It's unbiblical! We are to count our blessings. I’ve written down too many lists like that, counting issues instead of blessings. Trust me, it gets me nowhere! If anything, it pulls me deeper into discontentment and discouragement. I have told myself this, and I’m now going to tell you: BE THANKFUL! We have more to be thankful for in life than we do to be discouraged about. I’m learning to remember God’s goodness and faithfulness, even in the hard times. The world says to turn to many other things to make you happy. Satan wants us to forget the reasons we can be thankful, and count our blessings. Focusing on God’s goodness instead of what Satan is begging for you to dwell on is life-changing, and a perfect example of fighting on your knees.
Please take time to read AND DECLARE these verses from Psalm 77 that I LOVE! Psalm 77:8-14-
“Is his mercy clean gone for ever? doth his promise fail for evermore? Hath God forgotten to be gracious? hath he in anger shut up his tender mercies? Selah. And I said, This is my infirmity: but I will remember the years of the right hand of the most High. I will remember the works of the Lord: surely I will remember thy wonders of old. I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings. Thy way, O God, is in the sanctuary: who is so great a God as our God? Thou art the God that doest wonders: thou hast declared thy strength among the people.”
Darkness and light can’t occupy the same place in your mind. Neither can depression and thankfulness. Which will you choose? Will you give your battle to Christ, and fight on your knees? The devil wants you, but you have the weapons to resist him, and the ability to surrender your cares to God. Will you?
Love you all,
I Dare You #18- “Every day for a year I’m writing down one sentence describing something I’m thankful for. (I write mine on an index card every day). When you are struggling, look back throughout the old cards you made and count your blessings! God is so good! It’s hard to feel sorrowful, ungrateful and discouraged, then! Amazing what a thankful heart reaps in our lives! Will you join me?
G’day my fellow readers!
Its already the end of June. I can hardly believe it! Another surprising fact is that two years ago this month I started blogging on Generation Lights! It has been a fabulous two years of growing in Christ, encouraging others, and making known the goodness and love of Jesus. He has brought me so far and has blessed me so much through every single one of you. Thank you! To celebrate my 2nd year blog anniversary, I have a little announcement to make… I officially started my Generation Lights YouTube channel! God has made it very clear that this ministry channel is what He wants me to do, and I can’t wait to see what His plans are for it in the future! You can find the link to my introductory video at the bottom of this blog post.
This week especially I have been overwhelmed by the amount of sorrows that have been floating around lately. Even prior to this week, I was discouraged in hearing of the many losses, sicknesses, and sorrows. We all go through those seasons of life where all feels great, and the sun is shining on our faces.
But there are also those moments of sorrow. Those seasons where we don’t know where to turn because our hearts ache so badly. The times when we are confused of why God let us suffer. When we lose loved ones even though we prayed. Or asked for God’s strength in the storm, when it only rained harder. The trap we get stuck in, asking ourselves only one question: “why?”
I can’t bind up your wounds. I can’t tell you that your fine. I’m not going to tell you that you need to toughen up. I’m not going to give you a lecture. But I am going to love you. I’m going to remind you of scripture, and the eternal life to come. I will be here to hold that virtual box of tissues. Why? Because tears are not forbidden. Pain is a real feeling, as much as we try to deny it, that was given to us by God. We can’t wish away every circumstance, or demand God to do what we ask of Him.
All we can do is trust Him. When Jesus was faced with many trials, did He hold back the tears? No! He wept. Did He accuse the hurting? No! He comforted them. Did He rebuke the trials? No! He endured them.
We are promised tribulations and trails in this world. To say that every sickness and every hurt is avoidable is completely unbiblical. John 16:33- “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
God is not a respecter of persons (Acts 10:34). He is sovereign, and He will never violate His holiness. We don’t understand why death and pain exists today, if Jesus came 2,000 years ago. He came to give us eternal life, hope, love, and salvation. That doesn’t change how this world is imperfect. We don’t always understand why suffering happens, but we are called to worship God in it.
Romans 5:3-5 "And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.”
Phillipians 4:4- “Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.”
We may not feel like it, but we are told to rejoice in every state! But that doesn’t mean that Jesus didn’t weep. He suffered. He was forsaken by God when He died on the cross. Imagine how that could have felt? But He took that rejection so that you could know your loved. It is hard to endure in these trials, especially when we are hurting. But we are not alone. The Holy Spirit is our Comforter. He promises to see us through in these trials, and to be with us. We can’t stop the rain, or command God to stop it. We must know His plans are not our plans. In our weaknesses He is strong. We must trust Him. When we are hurting, we need to go to Him. He will renew our strength! His love covers all pain, rejection, abandonment, hurt, loss, suffering, and anger. It is okay to feel pain, and to cry (Matthew 5:4). But know that Jesus is with you, and that He is still holding you. This too shall pass. Just rest in His embrace. In Him, we are all we need to be! Don’t feel like you need to measure up or be strong enough. He is already that for you.
Even in your hurting, know that you are loved. If you know someone else who is hurting, be the one to remind them that they are loved! We all need that encouragement. None of us are alone in our struggle.
The disciples suffered much. They knew death, they suffered sicknesses, and they all were rejected for Christ’s sake. But they stood until the end. They set their minds on things above (Colossians 3:2). They knew that this world is not “it” and that greater is He who is in them, then he who was in the world.
Did that mean that their lives were perfect? Absolutely not. But it meant that they lived to honor God with everything, every moment. Knowing He’s sovereign, even when they didn’t understand. They were thrown down by the world but exalted in heaven. This world is just temporary. It will be hard, but that’s okay. Seeing death, hurt, and pain is hard. But the King of the World is undefeatable. Lean on Him, and He will lead you. Why? Because even in all of this, He loves you with an everlasting love. This world, our lives, are just a vapor. The suffering we face is temporary, and He knows that it is in these moments, that we truly are strong. Not because we can handle it, but because He can. He is stronger within us than we could ever be on our own. He never falls off His throne!
What has God taught you in this current season of your life? Struggle, or joy? If you need encouragement in your hurt, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org I’d love to hear from you!
Love to y’all! (Thank you for sticking with me in my writing journey!)
Here is the link to my YouTube channel intro: https://youtu.be/gqR3PoVeShQ
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I Dare You #17- “Hug someone special this week. Let them know they are loved. You never know what others are dealing with, or if they are hurting! Be an encouragement to them that they’ll never forget.”
Did you know that the average human makes about 35,000 choices in one day?! Deciding to take Jesus with you throughout your day is one of those choices. Our faith is a commitment. The day you gave your life over to Christ, you entered a covenant with the King of the world. God intended this life-changing relationship to be lifelong, although many people duck out of it sometime in their life. In fact, most atheists were once Christians. That’s a scary thought. For those of us who are still young especially, who desire to give ourselves to Christ until the end, it’s not encouraging to see other young adults and teens backsliding. So how do we stay committed?
We may think we are going to be Christians our whole lives, and may take the words we speak as an unchanging fact, but is our heart in it? Emotions change. People get older. Life gets harder. Will we still be standing in the end? I don’t want to quit. I don’t want you to quit. My prayer is that you will stand, no matter how hard it is, and let Jesus lead you until the end.
When I was in my early teens, I asked myself this question that I was not able to answer until several years later. That question was, “Am I going to be a Christian my whole life?” That may seem like a weird question to ask when you are only fourteen, but it’s a real one! The Bible says in
Ecclesiastes 12:1-Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them.”
It is when we are young in our faith when it really matters. If we don’t have that secure and strong foundation, we can easily slip away when things get harder. The strongest trees have good roots. I know not all of us got saved when we were young, but that doesn’t mean that God isn’t calling us to develop a firm foundation when we are spiritually young. Maybe you haven’t heard of a spiritual foundation before now and are wondering how to grow stronger.
Here are three ways to develop stronger roots in Him daily, so we can stand in the storm when it comes.
1. Read your Bible every day. This is a choice! We are all given the same number of hours in a day. How will you spend it? Even if you start with 10 minutes a day like I did, do something. Jesus has so much to show us in His Word. We can’t grow or be stronger without being watered.
2. Start a prayer journal. This is something I’ve personally done to stay involved in my prayer life. I write down requests for family, friends, and even myself. It’s a reminder to sharpen this powerful weapon every day.
3. Live a life of worship. Don’t wait till Sunday to praise God! I’ve especially learned so much about worship this past month than I ever have. Worship is singing, dancing, lifting your voice unto Him, praying, writing of His goodness, living a life worthy in His sight. Without worship daily, we get too caught up in this world. To ensure that you will stay committed, start with today. Fix your heart on Jesus and pray. He will keep you strong. When your heart is committed, the rest will follow. Devote each day to Him, and your relationship with Him will grow. Feed yourself every day, and you’ll be strong enough to stand in the famine.
To speak a little bit more on worship, God has taught me more than I ever expected these last few weeks. Here is just an idea of what I’ve been soaking up from this God-given experience recently.
For those of you who don’t know, the Bible Bee is a Christian organization that was started in 2009. Their mission is to engage young people in the memorization and study of God’s Word and provide opportunities to proclaim it through local, national and broadcast competitions. They have a summer study for youth ages 5-18 to participate in memorizing and studying God’s Word intently before the competition in November. This is my first year participating, and I’m so thankful for this opportunity. This year’s theme was Worship. One that hooked me right from the beginning.
When I dived into the summer study book, I was shocked. I had no idea that the things they would cover in that book would be so deep, life-changing, and detailed! I’ve certainly learned so much more than I ever expected in doing this study. Did you know that another name for the book of Psalms is Psalter? I didn’t! Here are three (out of many things!) I have learned in doing the Bible study for only a few weeks!
1. The Bible has a lot more in it to learn than I will ever be able to comprehend! This year, we are studying the Book of Psalms. In a few of those chapters alone, I have been blown away at all of the wisdom and devotion each verse holds!
2. There is such a thing as preparing our heart for worship. David and other worshippers in the Bible examined their hearts and their motives to worship. We need to do the same. Are we worshipping just to be seen, or because everyone else is?
3. Worship and trust go hand in hand. If we don’t trust God, its harder to worship Him. When we let go, and let God, then we are free to worship Him. David trusted God in Psalm 27. Let’s do the same.
Comment below if you’d love for me to keep you updated on my Bible Bee adventures! What are some ways you choose Jesus, daily? I’d love to hear from you!
Love in Jesus Christ,
I Dare You #17- Memorize at least one Bible verse this week, and worship at least once every day! I'll join you. I'd love to hear how it goes for those of you who take the dare.
I doubt I’m the only one who has ever received a weird glance, or a cold shoulder. Sometimes it happens without me even knowing why. Is it the fact that my clothes are not immodest, or that I am at a store on a weekday during the afternoon? Is it that I smile at people as I walk down the hallway? We can’t control how people look at us, or even the things they say to us. Actions can speak louder than words, and words can hurt more than broken bones. But how are we supposed to react? To go even deeper, are we viewing others as Jesus does?
Do we subconsciously write someone off the moment we see their apparel, or judge them the moment we see their tattoos? People are hurting, and the love of God will never reach them if we close the door.
We may not always say what we think, but God sees our thoughts. I'm guilty as charged. It’s hard to see others, let alone ourselves, the way God does! Out on our property we have some amazing workers. As strong and smart as they are, I have caught myself viewing them through my own eyes. It took me some time to realize that even though they are a little rough on the edges, don’t have Jesus in their heart yet, that God loves them just as He loves me.
It is easy to be prideful and say, “well at least I am not as bad as them.” Or, “at least I go to church once a week.” Jesus doesn’t call us to point fingers. Its easy, but God is the only One who is perfect.
But when did we forget that God loves them just the same! He never gave disgusted glances to the deceived. Jesus not once ignored the sinners because He was too righteous. We know how it feels to be put down because we don’t fit in. Its time to show them the love of God in such a way that they don’t know what they did to deserve it, rather than ignoring them so they don’t know God's saving grace.
Did the anger and wrath of God set you free, or did the love and grace?
We should never be too puffed up where we lose our compassion for the hurting.
Everyone has a story. The person behind the cash register who doesn’t utter more than two words to you has a purpose. The man that drives past you in the car while angrily frowning has a name.
I dare you to join me and love people not because we have to. To not show them the love of Christ just so we can get to heaven, but because God loved us first. I dare you to freely give grace and show compassion. Not only in your actions or deeds, but in your words and thoughts.
Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
Are we thinking these things about other people? Yes, we are all messy, but none of us are mistakes. I challenge you to see the good in people this week. Not only that stranger that you pass in the store, but your family. Your friends, your enemies, your co-workers, your church members. Yes, all of them. Jesus didn’t pick and choose who He wanted to show love to and share light with. He was light wherever He went, and He was love in every situation. Its hard to look past the darkness that is written all over the face of an unbeliever or the mistakes that your family member makes. So how do we do it?
1. Remember what Jesus did for us on the cross so we could be free.
2. Ask for His help, grace, love, and wisdom, lest we become too prideful to be His hands and feet.
3. Fill ourselves with His Word. The more we are filled with Christ, the more we have to pour out. Kind of like a pot. Imagine that you had cracks, but God’s love covered those cracks and filled you with water so that you could pour out that same water to others. Eventually so much water will fill them that they will want to know the pot-repairer Himself!
We still will receive weird glances, but we respond in love. People will not always understand why we love them, and may hate us in return, but Jesus was hated before us. Not one trial we go through is unknown to Christ. The next time you get persecuted or put down by someone, shower them with God’s living water. Don’t expect anything in return! If you can sense the temptation of judging rising up within, look past their appearance and character. As much as they try to hide their hurt, and as much as we try to hide our thoughts, God sees them both, and He loves us both the same.
This week, pray for those who persecute you (Matthew 5:44), rejoice when you’re spoken wrongly about for Christ’s sake (Matthew 5:11), and love everyone with every part of you, even when everything in you wants to walk away (Mark 12:30-31).
Romans 14:4 “Who art thou that judgest another man's servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.”
Proverbs 17:17 “A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.”
HAPPY FATHER’S DAY! God, our ultimate Father is so wonderful to give us the gift of earthly fathers. Sometimes our physical ones may be absent, but our spiritual ones and Eternal One are always here. Thank you God for giving me my dad, and for blessing us with each and every other dad out there. Tell God thank you today for His presence in our lives!
Love you all,
I Dare You #16- “Be a light for the easy-to-judge. Love them unconditionally. Even in your thoughts. That’s often the hardest part.”
Terrorism. Abortion. Bullying. LGBT Pride.
We live in a world where these words are common, and the practices of each are rampant. Debates rage in the streets as each side spews forth their beliefs. Fear strikes as news feeds and social media posts fly before our eyes. We hear of shootings at schools and martyrs dying for their faith in third world countries. We can hardly walk into a store without seeing the devil’s agenda painted all over society. It is in these moments that I cry out to God and say, “Will this calamity ever end? When will you return? I’m surrounded!” People go about their day to day lives unaware of the fact that the God of the universe used His fingers to knit them together. The darkness of this world is thick and deadly, but does that mean you and I should quit? “The world is too dark for you to make a difference.” The devil says. “You can’t change the world anyway.” Think twice. Besides, were we created to give up now?
This week I have been especially aware of the sin that lurks around in the shadows, (and in the open!) of this world. It doesn’t help when you jump onto YouTube to see pastors being thrown into prison for preaching the gospel on the streets. It’s easier to say we’re a follower of Jesus than to live it out. If we act, then we are persecuted, hated, ridiculed, and cursed upon. You yourself may have never experienced major persecution in a third world country, but our brothers and sisters in Christ are. Besides, who said being disliked by your friends and laughed at for holding onto your faith was easy? That’s persecution too!
The Bible says in Matthew 10:22, and again in Mark 13:13, “And ye shall be hated of all [men] for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.”
It doesn’t say that we might be hated or could be hated. It says we shall be hated. Are we suffering for Christ’s sake? If not, are we truly doing enough to shake the world around us for His glory?
When we see all the darkness, and feel so small, we’re tempted to go into our room, play our favorite music and close out the world. (Or is it just me? 😉) Seeing sinners live life like its paradise, when they don’t know the eternal fire that is coming is hard. We just want to shake them to reality, and show them the way, although they don’t always listen. In fact, shaking unbelievers isn’t always the answer, and neither is hiding in your room (aw, shucks 😉).
When we're discouraged, Jesus told us to go into His Word. Yes, the darkness is dark, but the light of Jesus is even brighter. The hope of our Savior, and the love He gives freely is stronger than any demonic power that desires to devour. Open the Bible and meditate on all His wonderous works until the darkness is put into perspective.
Close your eyes and imagine that you are a soldier. Unarmed, and afraid, standing on a hill surrounded by enemies. The enemies named fear, anxiety, anger, hatred, despair, hopelessness, dread, insecurity, sorrow, distraught, sin, strife, disobedience, ungodliness, and bondage. Each one of them, and more, is holding a weapon, ready to shoot you to the ground. You are surrounded. There is no way out. Your only option is to sit down and curl up in a ball, overwhelmed. Or at least that’s what the devil wants you to think. Waiting for your death is not the way to go, because you are alive.
Waiting for them to disappear is not going to work because things are only getting worse.
Awaiting Jesus’ return is good but it should be your launch board into fulfilling God’s purpose for you urgently.
Jesus called you to be a salt and light. We have the King of Kings on our side.
As you are standing in the field, with no place to go, you then look up. You see the sky, but you don’t have wings. So, you open your backpack and pull out the only thing you have. Your Bible. Just then every enemy is plunged to the ground in fear and intimidation. The power of God surrounding you is too great for them to stand.
Yes, there is darkness surrounding us, but greater is He that’s in you (1 John 4:4). His words and blood are alive and powerful! He knows one day all the evil will be removed, and that in Him you’re victorious. He promised in His Word to hold your hand in the dark and as you take each step, He illuminates the path before your feet. He says you will have tribulation, but to remain joyful because He already overcame the world. He created you for this time! Don’t say you aren’t bright enough to make a difference, or strong enough to stand, when you are surrounded by the King of Kings!
The devil will be mad, because he knows that when you realize that the God who’s supplying your strength and surrounding you is greater than his weak army. You just destroyed his whole plan in conquering you right there! Now go make a difference with the light that’s in you, and don’t turn back, no matter how it looks to you! Trust me, we can rejoice- the good outweighs the bad! There is hope.
John 16:33 “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
Love in Jesus Christ!
I Dare You #15- Write down on a piece of paper all of your fears and concerns about your future, the unknown and whatever else is on your mind. Then fold the paper and put it in a "Jesus jar" or a basket. Let go and let God. Now that you have left those fears behind, live in boldness and as a light in the dark, knowing the God who is on your side! He has those fears. Don't let them hold you back.
Happy June, wonderful people! We’ve finally arrived at this beautiful month! Do you remember when we were waiting for the buds on the trees to blossom, and for the weather to warm up? Well, after all of that waiting, we are here!
Is it just me, or can life seem to keep us waiting? Waiting for something, someone, or a certain time. It can be painful and may leave us confused and wondering why God hasn’t brought us what we are waiting for yet.
The waiting process can make us weary. Patience can be one of the hardest things to learn. Trust me, I know.
Our family is waiting on God right now for our house to be finished. We have been building for almost a year (longer than an average house should take to build) but we’ve had many roadblocks, and obstacles along the way. Living in a rental house for almost a year with half of our belongings in wet boxes isn’t necessarily the easiest thing to do. But things are coming together, and as long as we have had to wait, we are finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. God has been God from the beginning, and as long as it takes to get to where we desire to be. God has got it along the way, no matter what our brains try to make up.
Waiting can easily make us weary, and cause us to question God’s goodness, mercy, love, and presence. If He loves us, then why is He making us wait so long and live in this uncomfortable season of life? He sees what we cannot, and as much as we wish to see the future, we better be thankful that He doesn’t let us. Because we don’t know what is ahead, it forces us to trust in and to surrender to the Greater Power. We are sinners, and we cannot do anything without Him. Jesus saved us, and He made a way so that we could be free and so that we could have hope and joy no matter what comes, or doesn’t come.
Here are three things that God is teaching me in the waiting:
1. That we truly aren’t in control.
This one has been especially difficult for me. I try to determine the outcome of situations, but our house plans take a spin each time I do. It’s as if God is just reminding me that I'm not in control, but He is. We can truly find out what our true trust life in God is when things don’t turn out! Will we still trust? Because He’s King, and He’s on the throne!
2. We can have joy in the pain
What?! That’s unheard of. Who ever said that joy and pain go together? Jesus. No, things will never be perfect, so that means waiting to be happy until things are is a waste of time.
1 Peter 4:13 – “But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.” Jesus is the only source of true joy. If you need happiness in your troubles, go to Him. He has plenty to give! He says to rejoice in tribulation, why? Because He is on our side!
3. The Holy Spirit is the only Comforter
When you are tired, confused, weary, angry, and feel like giving up, no one can restore you like the Holy Spirit can. He is our Comforter. The Bible says to go to Him when we're weary, and He'll give us rest. Stop looking everywhere else for answers and peace. Only our Heavenly Father was meant to give us those things. Besides, no man ever could give us the true source of peace and patience even if they wanted to!
I know it’s hard to wait, and I know its hard to be happy in your troubles, but the God of all of Creation is on our side. Tell that fear and that worry to take a hike! Take your load and give it to Christ. He can handle it. We are all waiting for something. But don’t waste that time of waiting. Use it to grow, to exercise patience, to rely on God even more, to see what you were made of, and to discover God’s attributes. When you do, then He will shine in your life, and your trust in Him better when its time to give Him your bigger loads.
This week I’m also sharing with y’all a wonderful poem written by a good friend of mine, Mark. I hope you are all as blessed by this as I was!
"Come to me all who are weary"
What if I'm feeling to weary to come?
My eyes are filled with dry tears, wondering why I'm leery to face my fears
Was there a shot fired for this race? Did I not even start, or did I just lose my place?
"For goodness sake, wake up!"
I don't see what I hear, and I hardly hear what my soul longs to see.
"Read between the lines of My eternal letters, and don't omit a thing if you want to preserve My presence. Fight with teeth and nails and I will clear your life's trail. Honor Me and your inheritance will be honored. Endure till the end, my good friend."
We all know how hard it is to wait, and how much more difficult it is to give God the control and your concerns in the waiting. But those who go to Him will find rest. He wouldn’t have told us to endure if it was impossible! He’s with us, and His promises won’t fail.
What are you waiting on God for right now? Would you like me to post more poems in the future? Comment below! I’d love to hear from you!
Love to you all,
I Dare You #14- “Do something hard! I escaped my comfort zone and shared what God put on my heart in front of our church congregation today. What can you do this week to escape your own comfort zone? God will help you!”
Hey wonderful people! Can you believe it’s the last week of May, and almost the sixth month of the year?! Time doesn’t slow down! The countdown until the Lord’s return has already begun. That is why it’s important to know Him now, and make sure He knows you! Now is not the time to put your Bible reading off till later, or to decide on growing a relationship with Him next year. Your life is right now, and we’re only promised right now. It doesn’t matter how old or young you are. God wants you and He wants to invade you with His love and life.
Maybe you’ve never known that love before. Maybe you’ve seen others in their walk with the Lord and said to yourself, “I wish I could do that.”
I asked the Lord today why so many people had stood in awe after hearing about my relationship with Him, or the amounts of time I make for Him, wishing they could do/or have the same thing, when they can.
He told me it was because people don’t always let Him use them for His glory. If this world let God use them and allowed Him to change their lives and transform their being, then they would shine!
Have you ever read the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the Bible? This story is one of my favorites. It’s about three young men who refused to bow down and worship a false god but stood for their faith instead. The king soon sentenced them to death by throwing them into the fiery furnace. Although the furnace was heated so hot it had killed the soldiers standing nearby it didn’t scare them off. These men of God believed that He would save them, but they made it known to the king, that even if God didn’t save them, that they still refused to bow. Later, we read that they came out of the furnace untouched, with not even the smell of smoke on their clothing. Why? Because God protected them and was with them in the fire.
Its Bible stories like these that really try our faith and help us to see what we are made of. I have pretended that I was standing there right alongside them when king Nebuchadnezzar decreed that they be thrown into the deleterious flames. The Bible is packed with miracles and persecutions of all kinds. I can’t help but think, “I wish I had that strength and faith.” Whenever I read them. Have you done the same?
But guess what. The same God who parted the sea for the Israelites lives inside of you. The same God who gave Esther the strength to face the king is giving you each breath. The same God who helped David slay Goliath is roaring like a lion, bringing every knee to bow before Him.
My friends, God is waiting to give you the strength and the faith that He gave these valiant men and women in the Bible. The only difference between Jeremiah, Isaiah, Mary, and Paul, and modern Christianity is that they allowed God to use them. They didn’t put God to the side.
Are you willing to let God take your dreams, plans, ideas, and give you His own? Are you willing to let God transform you into who He created you to be? It is never too late. You are still breathing. He is calling for your attention, your time, and your heart. He wants to love you, and to help you to love others, too. A life with Jesus is more than life. It's more beautiful than a life filled with all the riches this world offers. This world hasn’t seen beauty until they’ve seen Jesus. They haven’t seen love until they’ve seen Jesus. They’re never going to see the hope of God until those who have it share it. He wants to use you in these last days to show this world who He is. There is nothing He’s holding back from you. You can have a relationship with Him and be used by the Creator of the universe. Let Him!
His love is in abundance. There are not many who are willing to give up everything for Him. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were a minority. Everyone else fell and worshiped the false god. Can you imagine the hurt that God felt in His heart when He saw His creations reject Him? But can you imagine the joy that shown on His face when He saw His three sons who gave it up for Him. They were saved. Their names were written in the Bible and exalted in heaven! God loves you as much as them and is holding His blessings and love in His arms ready to pour them upon those who surrender.
You are so incredible, and I don’t think we realize that often enough. Why do I say that? Because if we knew what we were capable of, what God had in store for us, and who we were really created to be, we would live an entirely different lifestyle. Your Father is the King. He sees you for who you are. He sees the sins and mistakes, too, but that is not your identity. When you are in Him, He sees YOU through the eyes of Jesus. You were bought with a price. He didn’t stop doing miracles and using ordinary people for great things when the Bible was completed.
Let Him work inside and out. Don’t put off the King of heaven and earth! The One who used those in the Bible has a purpose for you. Don’t belittle your ability to change the world. The God of the universe is your Father. You have a purpose and are called to make a difference, right now! What are you afraid of? Tell Him you surrender and then ask for His strength. He is a God of abundance, and His story isn’t over yet.
I Dare You #13- "Put yourself in the shoes of someone you admire in the Bible. Write about how you'd feel and what you would do in their situation. Challenge yourself to spend at least an hour in God's Word this week. If that's easy, then spend an hour every day this week. The prophet's in the Bible didn't do amazing things outside of God and His Word. They knew their God."
Do your friends push you toward Christ or keep you from growing? Do they challenge you in your walk with Him? The people we surround ourselves with influence us more than we know. Spending time with those who are on a different walk than you, and who have different beliefs than you can alter your own and cause you to compromise. Before its too late, evaluate. While you have the chance, ask yourself, “Are these people pushing me on in Christ, or away from him? Are they leaving a godly influence on my life?” I know that this blog post can be a difficult topic for many, but don’t click the back arrow just yet.
Friends is a term that is thrown around too loosely now-a-days. True friends are ones who love you, care for you, tell you the truth, are there for you, and, most importantly…lead you to Jesus no matter what.
The Bible warns us not to surround ourselves with those who are unequally yoked.
2 Corinthians 6:14 “Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?” That means to not invest in, pour our hearts into, spend quality time with, and conform to those who are not on the same walk to Jesus as you.
Then you might say, “But, what about the unbelievers? There are so many of them in this world, and they need us! If we’re not friends to them, who will be? We need to bring them to Jesus and be a light.”
Then bring them to Jesus! Don’t sit around and soak in their lounge, get comfortable, compromise, and stay on their level! The moment you do, you are settling, and that is a problem. If you are spending quality time with an unbeliever so you can help them, then why are you watching those ungodly movies, swearing, wearing sensual instead of modest clothing, and listening to their music instead? The outcomes of having ungodly friends in our inner circle is more serious than we think. They can drag us away from our Savior. These "small choices" will start to become habits, and over time a lifestyle.
“So they get to know me better” you might say. "So they'll like me and spend more time with me."
If that is why we hold back from sharing the gospel with them for now, then so far:
In order to make a difference, we’ve got to stand firm in our beliefs and be committed to being a light and salt, instead of a dimmer and sugar.
Jesus said that those who act one way around a certain group of people, then change the way they are around another, are called hypocrites. We don’t want to be in trouble with the King of Kings for hiding our light, even temporarily so we can soak in the “fun” a little bit longer.
We will be made fun of for showing others Jesus, and sometimes you will lose your friendship for the sake of Christ. But do not ever put your beliefs “on hold” to be accepted by somebody. They might not accept Jesus, but it is no your job to change their hearts. That is God’s job. Your part is to stay pure before the Lord, show them His love and truth, and surround yourself with godly people who will push you on in your walk with the Lord.
Friendships are work. Finding godly friends are like finding diamonds in the rubble. Staying true to Jesus while ministering to your unbelieving friends is difficult. Speaking up when your friend is pressuring you to do something that you do not agree with is nerve-wrecking. But is Jesus worth it to you?
I’m not asking you to throw away the idea of having friends, but am asking you to stand and say, “I will put God first, no matter what and let You lead me in the friendships You have for me.” You may realize that its time to cut that unhealthy relationship, so let Jesus restore. You may feel alone and like no one want to follow Jesus with you, but you’re not alone. 😊 You may be perplexed about what to do next in a friendship that is ungodly, but God is the Father of wisdom.
Jesus is patient, but He is also zealous. He will do whatever it takes to have us. We’ve sinned by placing others above Him, but He is forgiving. We need Him to bring us the right kind of friends in our lives who will encourage us towards Himself, and He knows of just the people. We need wisdom on how to balance being a light to the world and a friend to God, and He has the answers. Like a good friend, He will never abandon you, and He loves you right where you’re at.
Proverbs 18:24 - A man [that hath] friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend [that] sticketh closer than a brother.
Love you friends!
I Dare You #12- Text or call one good or close friend of yours and tell them how much they mean to you. If you don’t have a best friend, or a phone, write a letter to a future friend that you are believing God for and give them this letter when you meet them. God has great gifts in abundance for you in your life, and good friends are one of them.
G’day my fellow readers! I hope you all had a blessed week and a wonderful Mother's Day celebration!
This past week has been more eventful than most for my family and I. It started with volunteering at a dress rehearsal for a ballet theatre production on Elisha from the Bible. This dance theater was one my family and I had been a part of for several years prior, but something we decided to take a break from this year. This week’s blog post is going to be a bit different, so stick with me and read on!
This Christian theater company, Reign Dance, has meant a lot to our family. This year we decided to jump in to help with the show. Trying my best to memorize the show order, costumes, and fast changes a few days before the show wasn’t easy, but with practice, started to come together.
On Thursday we arrived at the stage to practice for the show the next day. We ran back and forth praying over equipment, encouraging the dancers, and helping where we were needed.
Then Friday came. The day of fast heartbeats, tired dancers, and rising adrenaline. The rehearsal the day before proved there were still rough spots. This evening our family was in the audience with our own guest, although it didn’t keep my heart from racing anxiously for those behind the scenes. Those who would reach the audience with their powerful message of hope, God’s love, and power. They were all praying backstage, and each of us were believing for a perfect turn out. When the curtain opened, the show began, and God took control. The stage filled with twirling dresses and passionate actors. I had never read much about Elisha in the Bible prior to this show, neither had I understood the full story. But watching the characters and prophets come to life before our eyes helped me to gain a better understanding. Here are five things I learned from attending this miraculous show on Friday night:
**I wanted to say a special shout out to any of the 2019 Reign Dance Theater dancers and volunteers. You all are amazing, and you did such a wonderful job. You’re all perfect examples of love and endurance and you’re giving God glory. May He shower His blessings upon you like the oil jars that overflowed! Thanks to all who watched from the audience. You were such a blessing and support. May God uphold you!**
HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY to the many wonderful mothers out there, including mine! We appreciate and love you and our lives would not be the same without you. I did mention angels above, although not all of them have wings. Moms, you are angels from heaven, and gifts we never want to take for granted. Thanks for all you do and for who you are. Bless you!
Love to you all in Jesus,
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Hello! I am so happy that you are here! I'm Hannah, and Jesus and I are the authors of this blog! am a seventeen-year-old Jesus-loving writer, world-changer, homeschooler, and Minnesotan. Jesus is the most important part of my life, and I hope that reading each blog entry that I post you will be encouraged and become more like Him, yourself. I also hope that you enjoy reading about our journey together! He is waiting to have a relationship with you, and to take you on incredible journeys as well, if you just surrender yourself to Him! My passion is to see this generation boldly stand up and live for Jesus, even if they are the only ones standing.