Hello again amazing people! As I am writing this blog post right now, the snow is flying in our cold state of Minnesota.
Although this year I have a new appreciation of snow (keep in mind I didn't say the cold:) Why? Because I see the power of such an amazing God to send a new season with new gifts that come with it.
I remember His sovereign ability to hold the world and everything in it in His hands.
I think on His loving-kindness and how He leads his children gently to peaceful ground.. Because He is a good God.
But sometimes the enemy gets in the way and sends the wind. He stirs up the beautiful snow and turns it straight towards us causing it to bite our faces. He makes the earth beneath us crack and shake, causing us to stumble.
But in those moments we’ve got to choose. Are we going to turn around, or are we going to face the wind and keep going? If we fall, are we going to get back up again? Even when we don’t understand, why?
God’s plan is always good, but I have to say, sometimes it is extremely hard to admit that.
Losing your house doesn’t seem good.
Watching a loved one turn from their faith doesn’t seem like God’s plan.
Coming home from a missions trip to see a broken culture that takes everything for granted is hard.
Suffering the most persecution even when you did nothing wrong seems unfair.
But yet...God is good. We declare.
How can this be His plan? We wonder.
It doesn’t make sense! We cry.
If any of those statements above resonated with you, you aren't alone. All of those things I listed are either ones I have dealt with, or know others who have.
When God’s plan doesn’t make sense, we've got to come together and remind each other that it will be clear someday.
We must cling to the God who writes our story and remember that the One who started the book of life is able to bring it to completion- without fail. I wish I could the words that would fix everything, and give you the answer to why, and how God does what He does.
But even though I don’t, I’ve got to trust the Master of our lives. Our job is to seek Him, trust Him, live for Him even when it doesn’t make sense, and to let Him use us to change this world and bring Him glory.
Our job isn’t to worry, to fret, to be discouraged, shaken, or defeated. Jesus said to give Him our worry and our burdens and He will replace it with rest (Matthew 11:28). He said not to fear because He is with us (Isaiah 41:10). He said to not be discouraged because He has overcome the world (John 16:33). We cannot be shaken if our feet are planted in Him because He is immovable. Defeat is only a word for the enemy, because our God has defeated the grave.
We won’t ever be able to understand God’s plan, or why He allows certain things to happen. But we know He is good in everything, and for everything there is a purpose.
So this week as you are faced with things that you don’t understand, or ask yourself how this pain or this loss could ever be God’s plan, just thank Him. Thank Him for His goodness, and His sovereign hand to hold you and let the rain and snowflakes fall at the same time.
Trust the One who allows the storm to come, to not knock you down but to teach you how to stand stronger.
Lift up your eyes to the heavens, where your help comes from (Colossians 3:2; Psalms 121:1-2).
Let God answer your questions, and fill your longing heart. We may not understand it all here, but He does. He put you right where you are today to accomplish His purpose for you. You may find out that sacrificing your plans for His is exactly what He wants you to do, because His are better in the grand scheme of things.
Let the wind come, and the snow fall, and keep your eyes fixed on Jesus. He will show you. The enemy will try to blow you over, but God's plans are still to prosper. He has not forgotten you. He has had the same plan from the beginning of time and GOD STILL knows what He is doing. Let Him use you in His plan, don’t add Him to yours.
And my friends, we know that He works all things together for the good to those who love God and are called according to His purpose- and that includes you.
I dare you to let go of your own plans. Trust...even when it doesn’t make sense.
Love in Jesus,
Hello everyone! Happy November! It is hard to believe that it is already the second to last month of the year. Time has been flying this year, but it has been a good time spent.
Three weeks ago God opened up a door for a friend of mine from Kansas to come help us move. I met her through an online writing community for Christians called the Young Writers Workshop. This community has blessed me so much and has changed my life and my writing for the better.
So three weeks ago my dearest friend and sister came to help and to spend a few days with our family in our new house. Her mother and a family friend of theirs also came with. These days they spent with us were so amazing. I am still shocked to this day of God’s goodness, and that He allowed us to meet at such a time as this. I am still praising Him for revealing Himself to us, and for showing us His grace and goodness in such unexplainable unimaginable ways.
During the time that these wonderful people stayed with us, God was working through me. We had so much fellowship, just the thought of those days fills me up again. Even after they left God was growing me into being more like Him.
The family friend who came to stay with us did something that changed my perspective on prayer. And I would like to share that with you today.
She would set a timer on her phone to pray. Not once a day, or at meals, but every hour on the hour. This struck me. She would sit and bow her head on the hour, no matter what she was doing. She would just stop and refocus her eyes on Jesus.
This inspired my family and I, even after they left. Not long after, God put it on my heart to pray every hour as well. I set a timer on my phone, and learned to stop what I was doing and pray every hour. . . period.
Our prayers were only 20 seconds long sometimes. Other times they would be seven minutes. But the object was not to see who could pray the longest, rather it was to gesture surrender to God throughout the day. It taught me to focus on Jesus, and how to refocus my gaze onto Him even when I was going about my day doing my own things. Later on, I asked my friend from Kansas who travelled up here if she would join me. She excitedly agreed. Now her and I were praying, as two friends every hour on the hour, along with my family.
My friend Kyla and I decided to share our accomplishments on our online Bible study group. They were so blessed, that they also decided to join us in prayer every hour.
No, we were not strict about it. No, we are not perfect (we may have dismissed a few timers before:) But our goal is to lay ourselves humbly before God and to advance His kingdom and give Him glory. We desire to focus on Him, and we make the devil angry along the way. We make a point to pray, and to sit before God every hour. And it has changed our lives.
I have even stopped in the store and turned to a shelf and prayed. Each of us have stories of how we have not only sacrificed things, but tried to get a prayer time to work in a public place. It has been fun, rewarding, enlightening, and life-changing. Prayer is always life-changing when you make time for it, and God will show up in your life. That’s the amazing thing!
Read for yourself what the prayer warriors have said about this hourly prayer time!
“It has helped me to revolve my day around God and not myself. It sets an attitude of service, and not selfishness because I quickly found out that I could not have a true prayer time and still be seeking after sinful desires at the same time.” -Tanner P. (17)
“Praying every hour-and daily really helps me focus on what's important in life, and that's God. Ever since I've started praying each hour I've felt closer to God and more at peace. It's just a good spiritual feeling that helps me realize God's love for us.” -Emmett M. (16)
“The hourly prayer has helped me keep my eyes focused on God more throughout the day instead of putting him aside until it's ''convenient.”’ -Kyla A. (15)
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18- “Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
Romans 12:12- “Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer.”
Colossians 4:2- “Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving.”
I now know what it means to pray without ceasing. I know the power there is in prayer, and how much the enemy hates it. And I know how encouraging it is to look down at your phone every hour and see messages from your peers reminding you to pray. I know I have gained much and felt God’s presence in praying, and I know there is nothing lost. When you set other things aside to pray, it is rewarding, and you have nothing to lose!
Not sure what to pray for? Here is a list I compiled of things you can pray for in your quiet time:
-Pray for strength as we pray every hour.
-The broken hearted and grieving
-The salvation of this generation
-Those who are doing hard things for the glory of God
-For lost family members
-Friends going through hard times
- Public school teachers
-Your parents or your children
-Your heart towards others
-For God to be glorified
-For darkness to be exposed
-Healing for the sick
-The persecuted church
-Teens who are being bullied
-Muslims and people of other religions
-For elderly people in nursing homes and assisted livings
The list is endless! What are some things you will pray for this week that may not be on this list? How may I pray for you?
Love to you all in Jesus Christ,
Hi all! I missed writing on my blog last week. Last night as I was drifting off to sleep, God gave me the words, The Struggle in Spiritual Warfare. At that moment I knew that this week’s blog post was going to be. Those words were the perfect ones to sum up these past few months, but these past few days especially. I had just got done praying with a dear friend of mine over the phone recently, and her and I were battling- not physically...but spiritually.
The hardest and often the most complicated battles I’ve ever fought have been spiritual ones. On Saturday night I warred against the rulers of the darkness of this world (Ephesians 6:12). And it was tough. Have you ever felt like the enemy was prowling on you and seeking to devour you?
If you have, the truth is you felt it because he is. The devil wants to destroy you. In every single way. He will attack your health, sleep, family, friends, home, work, and even your faith. If you are not solely rooted in Jesus Christ alone, watch Satan’s arrows deteriorate the ground on which you stand.
As Christians we are called to stand up against the enemy, and to be APART from this world in which he rules. This morning at church the pastor was talking about occult groups and all of the demonic activity that is active this season. The enemy which we war against is always present, but as halloween approaches he is apparently on the move. And he is restless.
His objective is to tear you down. To tear apart churches. To cause division in the body of Christ and to seduce you into believing that sin is “no big deal.” You are running this race of faith and he wants to keep you from finishing. He is not intimidated by Christians who say they follow Christ but show no fruit of salvation. He could care less about so-called-believers who talk the talk but don’t make sacrifices to bring glory to God’s kingdom. Are you a threat to Satan? If not, are you doing something wrong? There is no gray area in Christianity. You are either in, or you are out. If the devil is scared of you he will persecute you.
If you are a Christian who threatens satan he will threaten you.
If you are a Christian with open doors in your life that are allowing satan to come in (certain movies, games, books, music, practices, online accounts, sins, etc.) then he will torment you without you sometimes even knowing why.
If you are a Christian who is just starting out in the faith, Satan will throw arrows at you to keep you from continuing.
If you are a Christian advancing God’s kingdom and seeking the Lord’s plan for your life, satan will try telling you that God isn’t worth trusting in.
There are many ways that the enemy will lie to us and try to get a foothold in our lives.
But my friends, thank God! That isn’t the end.
God said in His Word that if we resist the devil he WILL flee (James 4:7). He doesn’t have a choice. But often us Christians can take that verse the wrong way. We, including myself could think that resisting the devil can be saying: “Satan you must flee. I resist you amen.” But resisting means to withstand, strive against, or oppose. Not to say a few words and be done. It is a fight to be fought until it is won. We must STRIVE against the enemy, and because of God we have the ability to do so!
The Word of God also says that satan is going to be conquered in the end by Jesus Christ Himself!
Hebrews 2:14 “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil.”
The weapons of our warfare are mighty through prayer. God gave us the weapons we need to fight the battle against the devil. 2 Corinthians 10:3-4- “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds.)"
The Armor of God listed in Ephesians 6 is our defense. The Word of God is our weapon. Prayer is our stronghold. Jesus is our Warrior King. Faith is our shield. Praise is the fire-quencher.
What we choose to do when the devil comes matters. How we decide to stand in the fire determines what the next step of our life will look like. Will you let the attacks from the enemy have victory over you, or will you go to God and let His truths penetrate the darkness? If you choose to fight, how will you do it? Will you give up when it gets tough? God is victorious and He wants to take you with Him in victory and in the glory of His kingdom.
This halloween when the world and even some Christians knock on doors, dress up in costumes, go to parties, and eat sweets...will you participate? Or will you go on your knees and pray and fight for your fellow Christians. Will you contend for the faith and push back the darkness? Or will you conform to it just for a little bit of “fun?”
I dare you to join me on my knees and enter into the prayer closet with an open heart. Praying for our nation, the unsaved, our family, friends, future, and for Christ’s glory. Wage against the spiritual forces in darkness using the Word of God this week. Our battle isn’t done until Jesus returns, my friends. Don’t be afraid, God is on our side. Darkness has nothing compared to Him, after all.
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Are you a teenager or young adult? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and put “I’ll Be Light” in the subject to join the online prayer and warfare group this fall season! Don’t give up the faith- this is the time we need to stand more than ever.
Love in JESUS CHRIST THE KING! To Him be the all of the glory now and forever more!
Hello everyone! I am baaack! I hope you all were blessed by the two wonderful guest posts that were written these past two weeks. I sure was!
As I promised, this week I am going to, by the grace of God, share what God has taught me in these past few weeks. I am also going to share songs, verses, and words of encouragement that helped bring me through. My hope is that they are also an encouragement to you and a reminder to continually be encouraging and exhorting your brothers and sisters in Christ. (Hebrews 3:13; Hebrews 13:1).
These past few weeks have been hard ones. To be honest, its in times like these that I see God’s true character shine though, and I realize that without Him, I would have quit a long time ago. A week of hardship made it difficult to even read my Bible- where on earth would I be without His loving and gracious hand to pick me back up again?! He has shown me the way I am to walk, and strengthened me when I didn’t feel like standing again.
This week I had it impressed on my heart to not only share the lessons that God has taught me, but to offer the same encouragement I was given. As brothers and sisters in Christ, we are to uplift one another and push each other forward in this race towards the goal. That is what God wants.
8 Passages/Verses That Encouraged Me in This Season of My Life:
5 Lessons God Taught Me These Past 3 Weeks:
10 Songs That Encouraged Me in This Season:
In these hard times, you really begin to see who your true friends are. God is love, and even in our messiness, those who stick with you, encourage, and walk alongside you are your true friends. My family and I have especially noticed those who jump into action when we are hurting, instead of the ones who sit on the side lines and give a mere I’m sorry. Its the people who drive from out of state to be with you, send you songs and verses when you need them, offer a shoulder to cry on, a talk on the phone, or send you long messages of encouragement late at night while you can’t sleep that stand out. No matter what you are going through, encouragement changes so much. People need good, genuine friends and prayer warriors. (This weeks' dare:) If you know someone who is going through a hard time, be there for them, and go above and beyond and love like Jesus. It changes so much. Isn’t that how you would like to be treated if you were going through a hard time? Be the friend you want to have.
Through it all, God has been good. He has taught us all how to cling on to Him more, and trust His perfect plan for our lives even when we don’t see it yet. He is GOOD, and that will never change. We know that in all things we are more than conquerors, that this isn’t the end, and that God is writing our story for His glory- and it is better than our own in every way.
All glory to God,
Hello everyone! Thank you for sticking with me through all of this and for your prayers for my family and I. A lot has happened, but we are still in God's hands. This week I have a special friend of mine and sister in Christ, Kyla guest-posting for me! I also met her through The Young Writer's Workshop Christian community, and she has been such a blessing to my family and I. Kyla, myself, along with several other young teens created a Bible Study Group online. For the past 6 weeks we have been studying Ephesians. This week Kyla had on her heart to share what God has been showing her throughout this study! She is amazing, so be sure to check the link to her blog below and leave a comment! Love you all, and I look forward to being back with you all and blogging next week!! :) I hope you are as blessed by her as I have been!
Note: If you are ages 13+ and up and are interested in joining us in our Bible Study for teens, leave a comment below or email me at email@example.com! We'd love to have you:)
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Ephesians 5:8 - "For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light."
Reading through Ephesians 5, this verse really grabbed me. I’ve heard about light in the Bible. I’ve heard about walking with Christ. But the concept of walking as children of light wasn’t something I was super familiar with.
So this caused me to wonder:
So today I’m going to share what I’ve learned and found, and hopefully you find it as amazing as I do! Let’s get into it!
How does God tell us to “walk”?
2. Obey God
3. Have Faith and Trust in God
What is Light?
2. The Bible is light
3. Life is light
How do we walk as children of light?
2. Show the world your light!
Jesus calls us to walk in faith and trust. He asks us to obey Him, and do good works out of our love for Him.
God tells us that light represents life. So when Jesus fills us with light, He fills us with His life.
God tells us that He is light. So when we are called children of light, we are called children of GOD.
And Jesus tells us that the Bible is light. So when we walk in light, we walk according to God’s Word.
Jesus doesn’t want us to live in darkness and death. He wants us to live in His life and His light!
And He wants us to share that light with the WORLD.
Ephesians 5:8 - "For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light."
I Dare You #30- "Pick one fruit of the spirit to learn about and apply to your life every day this week! The fruits of the Spirit are: Love, Joy, Peace, Longsuffering, Gentleness, Faith, Goodness, Meekness, and Temperance. Which will you walk out this week?"
Kyla is a daughter of the King, saves by grace. She’s fifteen and lives on a farm alongside her two older sisters. She has a passion for animals, missions, writing, and music, and tries her best to do them all for God’s glory.
Hello my wonderful readers! This week God has been soo good, and He has strengthened us as we’ve moved! We’re still working hard on our house, and would greatly appreciate your continued prayers. We are living in the peace of God, and He will continue to sustain us as we settle in.
In the meantime, I have asked a dear (and amazing) friend of mine Katelyn from a writing community I am on, to write a post for me this week. God blessed me with her this summer as I was studying for the National Bible Bee. She has been with me through thick and thin, and has been a big motivation for me in both my scripture memorization, and in my writing life.
Feel free to leave any comments or prayer requests you may have on this post, and be sure to check the link to her blog, below! I pray you all are as blessed by her as I have been, and I look forward to posting here on my blog again soon. Thank you all!
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On my first day of college as a dual-enrolled high school student, I walked into the unknown. That isn’t just a cliché statement. As a homeschooler, the closest thing I had to a public school environment was youth group. I have never sat in on a middle or high school classroom. My siblings were always around me, as were my parents.
But now everything was about to change.
I wouldn’t be in the safety of my home anymore. I would be surrounded by people I didn’t know in an environment I wasn’t yet familiar with. I would have professors and strict deadlines and classmates that weren’t biologically related to me.
So when I say I walked into the unknown, I mean it. Alongside the common fears of a new and strange environment, I also didn’t know who my English professor would be.
Originally, I picked an ideal English professor online, but her class was already full by the time I was ready to sign up. To couple my frustration, the only other professor available at my desired time was no-named.
Without a name to match with my professor, I was reminded once again that I would be walking into the unknown on my first day of classes.
But God was preparing me for college, even months before dual credit was on my radar. This past summer, I participated in the National Bible Bee Psalms summer study. Through this study God taught me the power of arming myself with His truth.
Not only does he arm us with His truth through His Word, but also through others, as they speak His Word to us. That is what Hannah did for me this summer.
Mid-way through the study, I was running low on motivation and reached out to Hannah for help. We teamed up with each other shortly after, taking on the challenge to memorize ten scripture passages together in two weeks. By God’s grace, we met our goal in time for the National Bible Bee Qualifying test.
But what I didn’t know then is how the scriptures we memorized would be my lifeline in the weeks, days, hours, and minutes leading to my first day of college classes.
It was because God armed me with the truth through the memorization of his Word that I could approach my first day of classes with His peace, joy, and courage. And although I have been going to classes for a few weeks now, the passages I memorized this summer continue to impact my life.
When I am tempted to trust in myself instead of God, I remember Psalm 84:11-12, which says that God is a sun and shield, he bestows favor and honor, and blessed is the one who trusts in him.
When I hunger closeness with God, I pray Psalm 27:4, where David expresses his fervent desire to dwell in the house of God, to gaze upon his beauty, and to inquire in his temple.
When I want to skip praying before class because I am tired and weak, I think of Jesus warning Peter in Matthew 26:40 to watch and pray because the Spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
When I was and am afraid about countless “what if” situations on campus, I remember Psalm 27:5, which assures me that God will hide me in his shelter and conceal me under the cover of his tent. My life is hidden in him for eternity (Colossians 3:1-4), and that will never change, no matter what changes around me.
Maybe you’re entering the unknown right now. Whether it is a financial situation, plans for after high school, or the end of a challenging project, I urge you to not let your fears overshadow the truth of God’s Word. Rather, let the truth of God’s Word overshadow your fears. Know it---even when you don’t know your future.
Then you can step into the realm of the unknown with the peace, courage, and joy of Christ.
I Dare You #29- I dare you to know the truth—even when you don’t know the future. This week, set aside 30 minutes to one hour every morning to feed on God's Word through memorization, meditation, or study.
Katelyn Brown is a Christian teenager, writer, and thinker. She is passionate about helping her peers discern the truth and navigate their post-Christian generation for the glory of God. She also, just saying, thinks Hannah is an amazing friend and loves memorizing scripture with her.
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Hello wonderful people!
This week has been a lot for my family and I.
As most of you know, we have been working on building our home for over a year. This season of my life has been a busy one, and we are on the home stretch. Praise God, that we are finally moving in this week!
God has given me peace to just rest this week. Not to blog, or to spend my Sunday writing, but to just sit in His presence and acknowledge Him. To ask for HIS strength to sustain us this upcoming week.
These next few weeks, would you please pray for my family and I as God leads you? Please pray for peace in the busyness, strength in our weakness, and that we are able to solely rely on and trust in God in this season of our lives.
When I return, I will share with all of you what God has done, and the miracles He has strung together through us and this house for His glory. I look forward to sharing the goodness of God with you (as well as lessons I've learned) in a few weeks! :)
Today I thank God for the ability to rest. We are human, and its okay to not be strong enough to handle it on our own- because God always is. What do you thank God for?
Love you all, and thank you for your prayers!
In this generation we are called to be a light.
But how can we be a light if we have our eyes fixed on another Jesus? One that is self-pleasing, and ear-tickling?
You may say, “Another Jesus?! Why, there is not such a thing! That is falsehood!”
Then why are so many professing Christians twisting the gospel and following false doctrine which was never spoken by Jesus Christ? How can we stay on the straight and narrow path amidst all of this deception?
There are many things that this generation has bought into, which we as believers need to be willing to stand up against. Unfortunately, most of us miss the Bible verse 1 John 4:1 which says to “Believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” We remain silent when we should be speaking truth the most. We keep our lips shut when exposing the false preachers is what God asked us to do ages ago (Romans 16:17).
If you are a teenager, don’t buy into the lie that exposing falsehood is an adults job- because its yours, too. Jesus wasn’t just talking to the adults when it came to searching for the truth until it is found.
If you are an adult, please keep your eyes open to the deception that lurks around us. Because those who are following in your footsteps are blindly falling into it more than you would like to think.
Below are three lies that Christians in this generation have believed while overlooking biblical truths and principles. These are lies that are often taken as truths, but that grieve God’s heart and hurt our spirit at the very core.
1. Salvation comes by praying the prayer of salvation and believing Jesus is the Son of God. This is false for multiple reasons. First thing, even Satan knows that Jesus is the Son of God! The Bible not once mentions a “prayer of salvation” nor does it say that such a prayer will suffice. When we go onto the streets and evangelize, we must not be caught up in the “number.” People cannot be saved by their belief, and by a prayer. Repentance will need to take place, a hunger for God’s Word, a hatred for sin, and trust in Jesus Christ alone. If one doesn’t turn from his ways and believe in the gospel, living a life as a holy sacrifice holy and pleasing to God (Romans 12:1-2), are they really saved? Fruit and good works is evidence of salvation, not the way to salvation.
2. There is no hell. It seems so obvious to some that there is a hell, but to others, the leaders in their churches are telling them that hell is a myth. If anyone reads the Bible, they can clearly see that that is not the case. As Charles Spurgeon once said, “Beware of those who say there is no hell and declare new ways to heaven.” Jesus Christ alone and salvation through His blood is the only way to heaven, and any other way leads to hell (Matthew 10:28; John 14:6). Period. It is the hard truth.
3. We have to become like the world to reach the world. This lie is one of the biggest ones that I have heard in Christianity, and it is completely unbiblical. I don’t recall Jesus going out into the multitudes and stepping down on their level and conforming to their sinful ways to minister to them. His light was so bright that the last thing it could do was mix with darkness. He stood out, and even though many hated Him, He stood by His Father’s Word. Jesus lived different, and dared not step down to the level of an unbeliever to convert them. Why? Because the love, holiness, and pure light of God is enough to convert the unrighteous.
Modern churches are playing music that makes worship a concert, and sermons a counseling session.
The Bible is altered and people make more translations to “appeal to people and make it easier to read” when God said to ask for wisdom, and He will grant it. He is capable of preserving His Word, and words removed from or added to it are not His. As a good friend of mine once said to me, “If you are trying to save someone from a pit, do you jump down in it with them, or do you pull them up with a rope?” He who has ears, let him hear (Matthew 11:15). Our job is not to dumb down the gospel to make it appealing to the world- because a watered-down gospel is no gospel at all.
“If you are going to walk with Jesus Christ, you are going to be oppressed by everything in the world and by the great majority of evangelicals. You're going to be oppressed.”
“What will keep us for a joyful eternity? It will not be material prosperity or an easy life. It will be Christ and his gospel.” -Paul Washer
Join me and defy the low standards of this culture, and expose the false teachings which so easily grasp this generation. Our weeks can be hard, and thinking about exposing false teachers and false doctrine can seem draining. But one thing I want you to know, is that anytime you obey the Word of God, you’ll be rewarded. You’ll be sustained. Truth sheds more light on your life causing joy, just as light does to one who is set free from a jail cell. Seek and follow the true Jesus. I dare you.
Love in Christ to you all,
I Dare You #28- “Seek and follow the true Jesus. Look up each verse in the image below on the left side this week.”
When you go through a hard time in life, what is it that gets you through? Is it your family, your reliance on God, good friends, or an encouraging Bible verse? For me it is all of those things.
I could talk for days on how much God has taught me about trusting Him this past year, but I won’t-at least not now. ;)
Out of all the blessings I listed above, there has been just one that has stuck out to me the most this week- friends.
I know that I would not be who I am today if it wasn’t for them. I don’t have as many as the average teenager, but the ones I have I cherish. As our family has endured this hard yet incredible season of our life, I have discovered who my true friends are.
Throughout your life you’ll come across quite a few different types of people, and it's no ones choice but YOURS on whether or not you are going to invest into a friendship. But the choice isn’t as easy as it seems...The people that you choose to let in will impact and change your entire life. This should be no casually-made decision. If you treat it as such, you may find yourself trapped in a ditch you never meant to fall into- trust me, I’ve been there.
I’m going to ask you a couple of questions regarding your own friends, and I want you to answer them (mentally, or on a piece of paper). No, you may not like these questions, and answering them may pull you from your comfort zone. Just know I love you all too much to let you pursue friendships blindly without at least sharing the truth. But after all, your life isn’t mine, but yours. No one can choose who you decide to be friends with, but YOU. Who you hang out with determines your future, and the type of people you spend time with will have an effect on you whether you realize it or not.
Are we glorifying God in these friendships, and are these friends striving to glorify God with us, too, even if it means walking out our faith in a counter-cultural way?
The list I comprised above is one I not only want to be able to answer for who I am friends with, but also how I am a friend to others. If you are an adult, I challenge you to reach out to those younger than you and help them in their friendships. Guide them, and be the person you would have loved to have in your own life at that age. Adults impact the youth even more than their peers, even if they don’t realize it. You are so wise, and you have so much to give (hence, one of the reasons why I love spending time with and learning from those older than me:).
If you are a teenager, don’t be too overwhelmed by social-status or friendship-goals. I have been through many seasons of my life where people who seek the Lord above all else are scarce. But don’t compromise. You were called to walk on the straight and narrow path to Jesus Christ. God will give you the right people you need to make it on that journey. Don’t stress about it. I know what it's like to not have many friends, and I’m okay with that. Why? Because I refuse to “dim down” my light and “hold back” my heart for Jesus in my conversations, lifestyle, and relationships. If people don’t like me for it, then so be it! This walk will be hard, but I promise you that you’re not alone, and the right people are worth waiting for. Jesus is with you, so who cares what the world thinks!
Proverbs 18:24 - “A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.”
Love in Jesus Christ,
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I Dare YOU to be a true biblical friend this week...to the hurting and to the lovable.
Hello friends! Happy September!
I hope you all had wonderful weeks. If you need prayer or encouragement this week, I'd love to support you in any way I can. (You can find my contact info at the end of this blog post- feel free to reach out!:)
Light. Oh my goodness does that word have power. It has the ability to push back darkness and penetrate the unknown.
I've tried to explore dark rooms in a house and maneuver around objects as I walk outside at night, and it's not easy. I've even tripped a few times trying to get my bearings.
But light isn't just powerful in the physical realm. It’s powerful in the spiritual.
When Jesus called us to be "salt and light" in Matthew 5:13-14, He didn’t mean literal salt you'd find on a dinner table, or the light that comes from a lamp. He was talking about being a difference-maker and a truth-bearer.
Most of you would say "Amen!" To that sentence, but…we can’t miss this next part.
Are we different from the world? Because we cannot lead others on a different path if we are conforming to the world ourselves.
Do we seek truth in the lies that scream for our attention? Because we cannot possibly share the truth with others until we first have God's truth hidden in our own hearts.
My point is, we can say "Amen" all we want and leave church on Sunday with smiles on our faces, but when we leave, are we still bearing Christ?
When I was younger I was so anxious to go out and evangelize- to hurry up and make a difference. But I was lacking that connection with God in the quiet times. I dreaded reading my Bible and put aside my time with the Lord to hang out with friends instead. Now, I'm not saying that I’ve got it all together now, because I don't.
But what I lacked was hunger and a true heart after God. I just wanted to make a difference in the world instead of in my own heart first. I now can't go a day without reading God's Word, and His truths are my delight.
Are they yours?
I could go out of my way to make someone's day and speak with a microphone in front of hundreds of people, but without my relationship with God and dependence on my Savior, who am I? Without obeying His commandments to love others as myself (oof) and to strive to love God with my whole heart (difficult, I know), what have I gained?
If Jesus doesn’t personally know us (meaning if He doesn’t find us coming to Him and yearning for Him), how can we share Him? If we try to be salt on our own and dim the light of Christ a bit so it is on our comfort level, then who's light are we shining? Who are we giving glory to?
Light is powerful when it touches those around it. We want to be sure we are touching others with the right light. Plants grow by the rays of the sun. Birds awake by the rise of the dawn. Our path is illuminated by the flicker of a candle.
Our own lives are brought to life not by our own strength, but by the power of Another. We are able to make a difference in this world for the glory of our Creator through Jesus Christ Himself!
Each time I step outside of my comfort zone to share the gospel with others around me, I have to say, “Lord, give me the strength.” Why? Because I simply cannot do it on my own, and I never will be able to. We must depend on Another. We are nothing on our own!
We are like the moon that cannot shine even the smallest amount on its own. Man depends on the Son to be our light, just as the moon depends on the sun.
Sharing Jesus and the light of Christ may not be traveling overseas to minister to the poor. It could be something as simple as supporting a friend.
When you say no to those music artists, movies, and songs that don’t give God the full glory, you are reflecting Christ’s light.
When you walk down the street with a smile on your face and a compassionate heart for the hurting, you are living His love.
The moment you decide to pray for those who persecute you or to forgive those who wronged you the most, you are bearing Jesus.
You are being salt. The things Jesus tells you to do will always be the opposite of what the world tells you to do. If the world is against you and pushes you aside like one who loves sugar would push away salt, you are probably doing it right. If you are hated for exposing darkness and for refusing to be like the rest of the world (even modern day Christianity) you are magnifying the Lord.
Salt is disliked, and those who bear light are pressured to dim it down and even shut it off completely.
But life is not all about the reward we attain here. It’s about giving glory to our Father and being One with Him in the life to come.
Besides, if Jesus’ light is truly the one you are shining, I assure you He will give you the strength to do it. Because whoever follows Him will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life (John 8:12).
Love from Jesus to you all!
I Dare You #26- "Did you complete last week's dare? I sure did! I went out of my way to compliment a clerk at a store and tell her God loves her. God loves you too, and He wants to spend time with you! Go private before you go public this week. Spend that time praying and just simply sitting in God's presence humbling yourself before Him. Go ahead and thank Him!"
Hello! How has your week been? This week for me has flown by so fast, by the time Sunday came around I could hardly believe it was already time to write again!
Throughout my week, there has been one (out of a million) recurring thoughts that have passed through my mind.
That one thought I felt God pressing on me to write about this week was: Where is your focus?
You can be in the worst physical condition, poor, and without your loved ones, but still be one of the happiest people on the planet. What? Is that even possible?
It is. Why? Because your focus was never on those places to begin with.
Some of you reading this may be in prison, a storm, or even in a season of seemingly endless pain- spiritual, or physical.
It doesn’t matter how much you are dealing with, or how big your circumstances appear to be, because no matter what, there is ONE who is greater than all of it.
All of it.
As I think of those in hospitals, in third world countries, the martyrs, the hurting, and the homeless, I start to realize how blessed I am. My perspective shifts- why? Because my focus shifted.
We could be in a tough situation with the right focus and walk on top of the waters with Jesus, or we could be in a tough situation and let that be our focus. If we do, we will only find ourselves sinking like the disciple Peter did as he took his eyes of of Jesus and onto the raging waters beneath his feet.
Those waters you are facing will always be there. The sin of this world will not get any better. But just because the effects of the devil will always be in this world does not mean that our lives are forever doomed, ruined, and to be dreaded.
Why? Because we have JESUS. He has overcome the world (John 16:33)! Have we forgotten that? It doesn’t matter what your social status is or how much money you have in your pocket- because you have Jesus.
The world doesn’t. Are we going to choose to focus on this temporary world that fades away like the wind, or are we going to shift our gaze to the One who created the wind to make us stronger, and has the power to tell it to cease?
He knows our circumstances. They are not new to us. Hearing the Words, “Go into all of the world and preach the gospel” or, “Go to work today walking in love, without complaining” are hard ones to hear. But God knows us. He wouldn’t have told us to do them if it was impossible for Him to do it through us.
When we focus on Jesus Christ instead of the world which we walk, we realize that none of it matters. The fears we have start to diminish when we realize the greatest gift in the world is within our hearts- forever.
You could be on cloud nine, with a perfect life laid out ahead of you, but without Jesus, you are nothing.
My friends, you have JESUS! You have the hope, peace, light, life, salvation, and joy of this world living inside of you! This world does not have anything for us- there is nothing for us in it!
Have we forgotten the reward and true eternal life that we have within us? If you have, refix your focus. If you haven’t, then start sharing Jesus with those who don’t have their focus in the right place
It's hard to focus on the unseen when the world is constantly screaming for our attention and our heart. Will you say no? Because we have the true life and light within us, and if we lose sight of Jesus, we have no ability to accomplish what God created us to accomplish.
Jesus wants you to change the world for His glory, not get caught up in the concerns of this world!
My friends, do not ever forget- you have an eternal life with Him waiting! It doesn’t matter what life looks like here now. God has got this.
Go share the love of God with this dark world, and don’t be overcome by the very things God overcame years ago! JESUS IS ALIVE, and He is inside of you.
No one can ever take that from you. So walk in boldness, and fix your gaze on Him, yes, even when the world puts more pain in your life than joy. It’s going to be okay, not because of your circumstances, but because God never leaves you or forsakes you. He loves you.
Your circumstances may not change, but God changes your perspective and helps you to focus on His truth and peace instead. Look up from the waters. Focus on Jesus. Stare into His eyes. Give Him your hands. Sometimes He calms the storm, but He will always calm the child who focuses on Him.
Love to you all!
I Dare You #25- "Step outside of your comfort zone in one way this week, and know you can have peace in that sitaution beacause He is with you! He is in you. Fix your eyes on Him and do hard things for the glory of God with me this week!"
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.
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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! I 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! 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.