Faith, Fruits of the Spirit

The Fruit of the Spirit: Goodness

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Hi ladies! I hope you’ve had a great summer, and are having a good week in school! I had a crazy summer, and didn’t have much time to post, for which I most sincerely apologize!

So, our next fruit is goodness. I know it’s been a while since the last one (sorry!), but kindness and goodness, I feel, go along the same lines.

Definition of GOODNESS: moral excellence, virtue; generosity; kindly feeling.

Goodness is a hard one to describe, but I think goodness is basically giving grace to those around you. It’s not judging people because their lives may not be orderly and virtuous (after all, nobody’s lives are!), but loving on them because God loves them.

I’ll be honest, goodness is hard! Especially for me, since I tend to let my pride get in the way of kindness and grace towards others.

Again, goodness and kindness are similar, but goodness is important because 1) it’s really comforting to someone who has had a hard week, and 2) it really reflects Christ. If we give grace to those around us who may not even be Christians, it is an awesome reflection of our Savior, who loved us so much that He died for us!

So, here is one way to show goodness:

  • Ask people you meet about their week. Take time to listen, as we all know how it feels to be able to pour out your week’s joys and sorrows to someone!

Have a great day! 🙂

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Courage, Faith, Peace, Worth

It’s Okay Not to Be Okay

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I was honestly gonna post some bright picture of something really cool and talk about how awesome life is or something, but I decided against that because really, I don’t feel that way right now.

Yes, I’m tired. And maybe a little cranky. The air conditioning won’t turn on so I’m sweaty and hot and literally don’t want to do anything at all. I’m so ready to curl up in bed and sleep forever.

I read somewhere (don’t even remember where) that a lot of the time people will post super happy pics of themselves or something else on social media and caption it “Life is so good!” or something of the sort, but on the inside they’re really hurting and thinking the opposite.

And ya know what, it’s okay not to be okay. It’s okay to let people see that you’re not okay, and let them know that you’re not. I’m tired of wearing a mask for other people. I want to be me – whether I’m doing great and all put together or I’m at my lowest and looking like I just got out of bed.

That was an Instagram post I published on June 29th this year. I was seriously sleep deprived and depressed, and the hot and sweaty day wasn’t making things better.

i wasn’t okay.

and that’s okay.

I used to always think that, at least to the outside world, I had to be okay. And even if I wasn’t, I thought that I had to act like I was okay (AKA: lying).

I remember one time when I was probably 9 or 10 years old, and I had been having a horrible morning so far. I won’t explain it, but things were really down in the dumps. And it was only 9AM.

We left the house, because it was Friday which meant homeschool co-op, and I remember sobbing in the car uncontrollably because I was so lost and hurting. I remember hurriedly wiping my face with my sleeve as we pulled into the church parking lot, taking a deep breath, and bouncing into class like I had not a care in the world.

But when I left and went home, the dark cloud looming over me that I had hidden from other people came right back.

And I continued the same routine, every time I went somewhere. Every time we had guests over at the house. Every time someone asked, I replied chirpily with a smile, “Oh, yeah, I’m great!”

It’s funny how easy it is to be two people. And being two different people all the time, one who was “okay” according to our culture and one who was the exact opposite eventually resulted in anxiety, depression, and some suicidal and self-harmful thoughts in the long run.

It was the day that I wrote that Instagram post that I realized that it’s okay not to be okay. 

We’re human. We’re not perfect. No matter what, we should never have to “fake it” just so people think we’re “okay”.

No, we’re not okay, but God is. He’s Almighty, perfect, and the beautiful solution to all of our problems. We need to stop trying to hide behind our masks and cry out to God when we need Him.

it’s okay not to be okay.

When you think about putting on a mask to hide your feelings, don’t. Let it show. Because, people will help, I assure you. God will help, if you ask Him and let Him.

Tell someone you trust that you’re not okay. You mom, your best friend, a sibling, or maybe your youth pastor. And if you can’t find anyone, email me (bamericanwriter@gmail.com) and I will listen and try to help you the best that I can.

Don’t be ashamed, don’t hide it. Look for help, and it will come.

Love you, girls. 😘

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Faith, God is Holy, Strength, Trust, Your Walk With God

Renew Your Strength

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Hey everyone! I hope you are all doing well lately….but I know recently there are hard things going on… everywhere. This world is fill depression, suicide, floods, hurricanes, fires, death, pain, betrayal and so much more. The thought of all of that makes you almost want to give up…right?

I know it does for me. But then I think about God. I think about all that he did for us, and how we can’t give up, because HE never gave up! We want to keep fighting through the hard times, through the pain…but with our own strength we can’t win…. we must turn to God. We have to use his strength to overcome. We need his strength day by day.

So today I want to talk about renewing your strength. And what better verse to talk about than Isaiah 40:31, right? But I want to go over more than just that verse…
Lately I’ve been having a hard time feeling strong. I feel unable to complete what God tells me to do. I think I’m not enough. Particularly, not strong enough. Not bold enough. But that is not true, because God IS enough, so with him, I can be enough as well.

Are you hurting? Feeling weak?

Isaiah 40:26 says,

Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth.”

Isn’t that encouraging? God calls us by name. He is nurturing us, and holding us through our weakness. Through our pain and hurt, he is comforting. He’s saying  “(your name), come over here, let me hold you. Let me comfort you. I know it’s hard, but I’ll help you through. I am strong in power. Not one faileth.”

Isaiah 40:28 says,

Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.”

Wow… if someone was to tell me this on my off day… If they see I’m down, that I’m out of energy, out of courage, out of strength, and they say “Hey, haven’t you heard?! Didn’t you hear that the everlasting God, the LORD- the CREATOR of the ends of the earth, he doesn’t faint! Neither is he weary!” and to know that we can have that kind of strength! The kind that will never faint. That will never be weary! That’s a comforting thought to me at least!

Isaiah 40:29

He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.”

Wow… That verse just gives me so much courage. To the ones that have no might.. not the ones that are strong does he give strength, not to the ones that are running low on might… the ones that have NO might, he increaseth THEIR strength…

Isaiah 40:30

Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:”

Even the show-offs, even those in our lives that seem so strong… that seem like they could never stumble, never be confused, even they will utterly fall without God’s strength…

Now this next verse is the main one I want to talk about. This verse has meant so much to me recently.

Isaiah 40:31

But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”

If we wait on the Lord, he shall renew our strength… Sometimes it’s hard to wait, but we have to. The pain can’t last forever. We must wait on God to work. Sometimes through life, we can soar as eagles, sometimes we can run…but sometimes we can do nothing but walk…but God gives us strength to walk without fainting… we may not always be soaring through life, but if we even have strength to walk…that is enough. GOD IS ENOUGH! He will give us strength so that we can walk and not faint, so that we can run and not be weary…and so that some day we can mount up with wings as eagles.

But right now, when the pain is overbearing, we have to wait. We have to keep walking through life and trust God… we have to just let God have the pain. We have to trust in his perfect will and his perfect plan. And pray through every situation.

Thanks for reading! Love you girls!! If you have any prayer requests, please share, we’d love to pray for you!

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