Verses to Live By

So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.

James 1:19-20

These verses are ones we can all live by. As Christians we are to listen to our fellow man, particularly our family in Christ. Sit down with your brother or sister in need. Listen to them. Sometimes if one is hurting that is all they need. We are also to think before we speak. This will keep us from lashing out in anger. Being slow to wrath is probably the most important instruction from these verses. If we do not control our anger many people can get hurt, particularly the ones we love. So be swift to hear, slow to speak, and slow to wrath. God bless and ya’ll have a great week.

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For the Lord

And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men.

Colossians 3:23

This is one of those verses that are great to memorize. Or if you have a bad memory like me, put on a post it note. Everything we do should be done for the Lord. And it should be done heartily or joyfully.

Friday night was the graduation ceremony for the homeschool group I belong to. I have officially graduated high school! This summer is going to be very busy and the next four years at college will be too. I do my best to remember to follow the above verse. When I clean toilets while working at camp I do it for the Lord. When I am completing a paper for class I do it for the Lord. Many times I will forget to do that and get discouraged. But when I remember to do my work as for the Lord I am given strength. With God nothing is impossible, Philippians 4:13.

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Gone

Lately I have been loving the song Gone by Red. It has a beautiful message. What is your legacy, is the question asked. What will people remember when you are dead and gone? “When I’m gone, when I fade away, is the air I breathe my only legacy? When I’m gone.” I love the message of this song and it is such a good reminder. You can watch the music video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atUwZlW6gEM.

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I’m 18!!!

I am officially an adult this morning! I am also graduating next weekend. So I decided to share my graduation speech with y’all. Here it is. Enjoy and God bless!

Today I am not going to talk much about my past, but my future. My past has formed me, yeah, but it’s not my sole focus. My focus is on the future. My focus is on the plan God has for me and the road He is leading me on. Right now that appears to be youth ministry.

I have felt the calling to youth for a long time. Currently I have a blog for Christians 12 and up called We are Young Theologians or WAYT. My hope is that one day I will be able to start a youth ministry called WAYT for teens and young adults in the Orangeburg/Calhoun area. It will provide a loving, Christian environment along with meals and study help for those who need it. But until then I am going to work on preparing for that time. My life verse is 1 Timothy 4:12 which says, “Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.” I want to do big things for God and nothing is going to stop me.

God has given me a gift for writing that I want to use for His glory. So at the end of August I will be starting college at Bob Jones University to get a degree in English with a focus on creative writing. I will also be minoring in ministry. I plan on honing in on my God-given talents while I am at BJU. Along with writing and ministry I’m going to take some music classes.

I have had a love for music for a long time. It makes me so very happy. I play guitar and ukulele and I write my own songs. There is a song I love by my favorite band, Need to Breathe, called Garden that really inspires me. The chorus says, “Let the songs I sing bring joy to You. Let the words I say confess my love. Let the notes I choose be Your favorite tune. Father let my heart be after You.” I want every song I sing and word I write to bring glory to God. That is my life’s calling.

It is a very scary idea to be heading out into the real world in a few months. I’m going to college and leaving my family and friends. It is a bit nerve racking. But I know that God is calling me to do three things: youth ministry, writing, and music. I made a vow to God to do whatever He might call me to do. This is the prayer I wrote that night two years ago.

Jesus, You know my heart, my actions, my words. You know I am a follower, not just a fan. I gave my life to You almost ten years ago. I haven’t looked back. I went through trials and tribulations but I always came out stronger. Thank You for that Lord. Thank you. Whatever you ask of me I will do. You know that for sure. Again, tonight, I give-no-pledge my heart to You. Use me for Your will, Jesus, not mine.

Since then God has opened many doors for me and has been pointing me in the right direction. And I trust Him to lead me where I need to go. I try to live by the words of Audrey Hepburn when she said, “The past, I think, has helped me appreciate the present, and I don’t want to spoil any of it by fretting about the future.” So here I go, stepping out into a new part of my life. And I am going to trust and follow God through this and every season that comes along. And I shall succeed in what God wants me to do. One of my amazing friends, who wishes to stay unnamed, wrote this which inspires me greatly. “Define succeed. To try in its own right is to succeed. Not everyone’s willing to go far enough to put forth an effort so if you do, especially if you give it everything, you’ve already succeeded.”

Hey!

Hi ya’ll. I bet you are wondering why I haven’t been posting a lot this month. Well it is the last few weeks of high school for me so I’m a bit stressed out. But don’t worry more blog posts are coming soon! I’m just trying to focus on school right now. I plan on getting back to my daily posts once the school year is over. I hope you have a great rest of the month. God bless!

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi

A few days ago I finally was able to watch the newest episode added to the Star Wars franchise. And I loved it! It made me laugh. It made me cry. It made me fear for the characters lives. I didn’t even mind that it was two and a half hours long.

One of the saddest lines in the film is spoke by Ben Solo, aka Kylo Ren. He tells Rey, “Let your past die. Kill it. That’s the only way to become who you were meant to be.” He was speaking of the time in episode 7 where he killed his father, Han Solo. The fact that this is what the character believes made my soul cry out in agony.

My favorite line is spoken by Master Yoda. “The greatest teacher failure is.” Sometimes I wonder if this line was in response not only to Luke’s questions but also to Kylo’s statement about the past. You should not let your past die. Learn from it. Failure is your greatest teacher.

Overall this movie is one of my favorites and I would happily watch it again. I love how the writers add in lessons in life that we can use. The lessons are not just for the characters. I encourage you to watch it and learn from it like I did. God bless and may the force be with you.

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Tomorrow Will Come

I love the artist CASS. She writes amazing songs and I really enjoy this one. “In the midst of all my fears You still hold it all. I know You will never leave me. You are in control.” not only does this song have a great beat it has uplifting lyrics. It makes me want to dance and praise the Lord. You can listen to this song at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DD85JjDDNhs. God bless!

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Worry

I have a question for you. Is it wrong for Christians to worry and/or have anxiety? As a person who struggles from chronic anxiety this question bothers me. (Chronic anxiety meaning diagnosed with an anxiety disorder.) Many people are taught in the church that worry and what can come of it, anxiety, is a sin. Some even think that mental illness is a result of a sinful life. Which it can be but when you are a forgiven Christian that is often not the case.

Not once in the Bible is worry/anxiety called a sin. Matthew 6:25-34 is often used to say that it is wrong to worry. But Jesus does not say it is a sin. He says, “do not worry.” Not that it is a sin but that we should trust in Him and not worry so much. Calling worry a sin pushes many people away from the church that do suffer from an anxiety disorder. You can’t just tell someone to “sin no more” and expect them to be rid of their worry.

Worry and anxiety can be a sign of spiritual warfare happening around that person. The devil comes to rob, kill, and destroy. He likes to plant lies in Christians’ minds so that they will struggle to do God’s work. When someone says they have anxiety you need to remind them of this. Then pray with that person. They need prayer and encouragement not condemnation.

Even though worry is not a sin it can still be harmful. We need to do our best to counter the lies of the enemy and put our trust in God. Some days it is hard but we can do it if we stand together as Christians.

Worry should not control your life. When you worry so much that it begins to affect your life that is not good. Don’t let your anxiety stop you from doing something God is calling you to do. Don’t let it stop you from doing the things you love. Worry should never ever control your life. God should control your life, not the lies of the devil which is what worry is.

God is with us. Never ever forget that. Worry and anxiety can sometimes drown out His voice. You must make sure that His reassuring voice is the loudest. Spend time with God in the quiet. Pray and read your Bible. Worship God through song. Remind yourself that He is with you and that there is no need to worry.

Worry is something that in this sinful world you can never fully get rid of. That does not mean it is a sin. It is just a natural part of life. But as Christians we have God. When we put our trust in Him our worry will diminish. It won’t all go away but worry will have less of a hold on your life. Don’t ever forget that God is with you. It is okay to worry sometimes but don’t ever let it make you forget that. God bless!

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Announcement

Hi everyone! So I have decide to take a few days off blogging which I have not done in a while. I really need some time to work on school so I can finish by my deadline, April 27th, which is also my birthday. I also have been really stressing out over the blog. I don’t want this to become something I despise doing. But don’t worry I will be back on Sunday with another post for ya’ll! Have a great week. God bless!

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All Around Me

This is one of my favorite songs right now. I play it on the guitar almost everyday. All Around Me is written by the Christian rock band, Flyleaf. My favorite part is the bridge which is sung as a proclamation to Jesus. “Take my hand I give it to you. Now you own me, all I am. You said you would never leave me. I believe you, I believe.” Jesus is always with us and that is what this song screams loudly. I hope this song is an encouragement to you like it is to me. You can listen to it at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=417YOjyl1kg.

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