The past couple of weeks several amazing miracles have happened on my family’s farm. We now have baby bunnies, goats, and chicks. And they are absolutely adorable! Spring began a few days ago and it is definitely starting to look like it at my house (though it does not feel like it). I can look out my bedroom window and see the little goats, Patches, Junior, and Coffee, playing. The flowers are beginning to bloom and the world is becoming more green. All this has been making me think of what happens when we become Christians.
When we accept Jesus’ gift of salvation we gain new life. We are reborn. Just like when a baby goat is born we stumble around at first. We try and figure this new life of ours out. Eventually we grow up and are more steady in our faith. We learn about our new way of life and how things work. We are soon weaned off of our mother’s milk and step out on our own. We discover the greatness of God in His Word. I love that analogy.
Are you a new creation in Christ? If not I encourage you to talk to someone about it. It will be literally the best thing that ever happened to you. God bless!
Hi ya’ll! Happy Wednesday. Today I decided to share five reasons to wait for Mr. or Mrs. Right. I personally am waiting for God to send me my future husband. So here are my reasons for doing so.
- No baggage. A past relationship can leave a lot of baggage. If you share a lot with each other then that stays if you breakup. If you wait for the right one then you will not have that excess baggage.
- Less heartbreak. This goes with reason number one. If you put a lot of effort into a relationship and then it ends, heartbreak will occur. This happens when any emotionally invested relationship ends. I have a friend that had a breakup with his first girlfriend. I remember him being devastated. I don’t know about you but I do not want to go through that.
- God promises to give us the desires of our heart if we follow Him. Psalms 37:4 says, “Delight yourself also in the Lord and He shall give you the desires of your heart.” The desire of my heart is to get married and have kids. If I follow God’s plan for my life He promises to fulfill that desire.
- More time. When you don’t have a significant other you have more time to do things. Especially more time for binge watching Netflix. You do not have to consider another person when making plans for your day. Besides, why spend time and money with someone you are not going to be devoted to for the rest of your life?
- Learning to love yourself. Self respect is something many people struggle with, including myself. If your main focus is someone else you cannot learn to love yourself. You need to love yourself first before you can love others.
Those are my reasons for staying single. Do you have anything to add? Please share in the comments. And remember, patience is a virtue. Use it. God bless!
Judges 15 – After a while Samson went to visit his new wife with a present. But the woman’s father had thought he had left her for good. He gave Samson’s wife to another man. This enraged Samson who burned much of the Philistine grain, vineyards, and olive groves. When the Philistines found out why he had done so they murdered Samson’s wife and father-in-law.
Samson became even more angry after this turn of events and massacred some of the Philistines. After doing so he went and hid in a cave. The Philistines arrested Samson but he killed a thousand of them with a donkey’s jawbone.
Judges 16 – The story of Samson and Delilah is often retold as his biggest failure and greatest victory. Delilah tried to carouse Samson into telling her the source of his strength. She was promised much silver if she could do so and deliver Samson into the hands of the Philistines. Three times Samson lied to her. Finally Delilah annoyed him enough that he told her that if his hair was cut he would lose his strength.
After his hair was cut Samson indeed lost his strength. The Philistines gouged his eyes out and put him in prison. But over time his hair began to grow back.
One day he was summoned as an attraction in the temple of Dagon at a feast. Samson was stationed between the two main pillars of the temple. He prayed for strength and God gave it to him. The temple collapsed from Samson’s might pushing on the pillars. The Bible says he killed more people that day than he had in his entire life.
Instead of sharing a single song with you I decided to share an artist. I recently discovered Lacey Sturm, former lead singer for Flyleaf. She is a Christian rock artist. This woman has a powerful voice and even more powerful songs. My favorites are Impossible and You’re Not Alone. Her songs have amazing messages and literally screams the love of God. I hope you like her music as much as I do. God bless!
You’re not alone.
Beyond the universe
Echoes of a promise to us.
Where the darkness meets the day
You’re not alone.
Close as the two of us,
Stronger than the pain runs through us.
You can hear the angels sing
You’re not alone.
– Lacey Sturm
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
I love the promise in this verse. Jesus is the same always. There is no change in Him. There is no change in God. He will do the same for us as He did many years ago for the Israelites. We only need to have faith that He will.
God will always love us, nothing can change that.
God will always be with us, nothing can change that.
God will always be the same, nothing can change that.
Hi ya’ll! I have a cold. I woke up yesterday feeling miserable. This inspired me to write a post on sick days. Specifically things to do on sick days. Here are a few ideas for those times when you just lay in bed and feel horrible.
- Take a bath. When I have a cold I usually run myself a hot bath. I add in Epson salts and some ginger. Ginger helps clear the sinuses when you have a cold. The Epson salts will help relax your body.
- Watch a movie. I don’t know about you but I don’t often have time to just sit and watch a movie without doing anything else. Use your time in bed to watch a comedy to lift your spirits. I personally like to watch old mysteries from the 1940’s and 50’s.
- Read a book. Even though you are sick you can still work your mind. Read a book whether fictional or non-fiction. I am currently reading a YA steampunk novel called That Inevitable Victorian Thing by E.K. Johnston. I’m about halfway through and loving it. It is also a good idea to spend some time in the Word.
- Do yoga. Or just simple stretches. Instead of sitting in bed all day get your muscles moving. It keeps them from getting too lazy so you can get right back to work once you are well. My favorites are child’s pose and the cat/cow.
- Listen to music. Listen to some relaxing music to calm your nerves. Right now I am listening to The Reckoning album by Need to Breathe. It is soft Christian country music.
- Drink hot tea. I am currently sipping on some apricot peach tea, sweetened with honey. The honey is good for a sore throat and also has antioxidants in it that will help your body fight off the infection. It is also super relaxing.
I hope these are helpful when you have a sick day. My top tip though is to just rest. Doing so will help you get well faster. I hope ya’ll have a great weekend. God bless!
Today I decided to share my current playlist. These are the songs I am currently listening to everyday. They range from rock to rap to country to worship. I hope you like them as much as me.
- Impossible – Lacey Sturm
- Unbreakable – Fireflight
- Sick of It – Skillet
- Church Clap – KB
- The Saints – Andy Mineo
- Our Time is Now – Colton Dixon
- Made Alive – Citizens and Saints
- When Mercy Found Me – Rhett Walker Band
- Angel at My Door – Need to Breathe
- Lovely – Hollyn
- Tremble – Mosaic MSC
You can listen to this playlist on Amazon Prime at https://music.amazon.com/user-playlists/b1235c3c0bc3455983ca7445be444e5fsune?ref=dm_sh_b705-a06f-dmcp-4ef3-f8f08&musicTerritory=US&marketplaceId=ATVPDKIKX0DER, or on YouTube at https://music.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLCNpIiUQLBwxZi7kBk3ZWgkQCGPjjDwsr.
Judges 13 – This chapter begins one of my favorite stories of the Bible. When I was younger I would read it over and over again. The story of Samson captivated my young mind. It starts with Manoah and his wife, Samson’s parents. The Angel of the Lord (same guy who appeared to Gideon) appeared to Samson’s mom. She had never had children but He promised her a child if she followed a series of rules. He prophesied that the child would save the children of Israel from the Philistines. Samson was not to cut his hair which would be the source of his power.
Manoah and his wife wanted to sacrifice a lamb for the Angel and asked His name. I love what He says in verse 18. “And the Angel of the Lord said to him, “Why do you ask My name, seeing it is wonderful?”‘ When the sacrifice was made He went up in the flames. Only God could do that.
Judges 14 – Samson has grown up now and found a wife. The only problem is that she is a Philistine. His parents did not like the idea but went along with it. At a feast Samson gave the young men accompanying him a riddle. It was based off of a time when he killed a lion and then came back later to its carcass and found honey in it. After a week of struggling with the riddle the men went to Samson’s wife. She found out the answer and gave it to them. Samson was so mad at the outcome that he killed thirty Philistine men to pay his gambling debts.
I looked outside today and was reminded of Sing in the Rain by Moriah Peters. This is one of my favorite songs. “I wish that life could be carefree, sunny, never cloudy. But You said that I would be in Your arms when things get crazy. So when the storm doesn’t go away I have decided to sing in the rain.” This is literally what I do whenever I have a bad day. I sit down with my guitar and sing in the rain. Doing so always makes the day a little better. You can listen to this amazing song at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-P_YdIbV5Ns.
Today I want to share a very personal experience that happened a couple years ago. God had been working on me and I wrote a letter to Him one night. Here is what it said:
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. I love You so very much.
I wrote that on the last night of a Christian teen retreat. We had been talking about being fully devoted to God. I knew in my heart that I was but I needed to put it in writing. So I wrote that letter to God. Since then He had opened up my eyes to many things. I know now that my focus in life is to be youth. God has given me talents for music and writing to assist me in this. He has also been opening up various doors to guide me through.
I am so grateful to the place God has put me in. He is taking me through a valley right now but I know I will be back out soon. He has a reason for this. I have devoted my life to His work, no matter what that is. I’ll end this post with my life verse and the theme verse for this blog.
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.
That is what I am trying to do. Are you doing so too? Let me know in the comments. God bless!