Verse of the Week 3/8/17

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Hi, girls!! Here is this week’s verse:

“Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” ~ Proverbs 3:5-6

This verse is a great one to memorize!  It is so important to trust in God no matter what. In life we can get so bust trying to accomplish our goals, that we loose sight of who is in control.  As Christians, we are to submit to the Lord’s direction, knowing that he knows what is best for us.

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He is With You

I think we have all had a time where we feel lost. Hopeless. Afraid.

I can remember a time where I was more afraid than I had ever been in my whole life.

You see, I am afraid of heights. No, not the heights. I am afraid of falling from them.

My family and I went to Mesa Verde national park in Colorado. We signed up for a tour with a park ranger.

But to do the tour, we would have to climb up two ladders and crawl through an eight foot long tunnel.

The tunnel was no biggie. That was quite fun.

The fifteen foot ladder was no big deal either. I just didn’t look down.

But the THIRTY FOOT ladder? Followed by a steep and narrow path that was slippery and had only a piece of railing to prevent you from falling off?

I was terrified. About halfway up, I felt I just couldn’t make it. I stopped and looked down. And then I prayed.

Suddenly, all my fears vanished and I was able to make it the rest off the way.

When you feel afraid, sad, lost, or anything like that, just pray. And remember that God is ALWAYS with you.

Wherever you go, whatever you do, God is always watching over you, protecting you, loving you.

No matter what, He is always there.

God loved the world so much that he gave his only son for us.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

John 3:16

I hope you are all having a lovely week, and that everything is going well for you.

In Christ,

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Purifying the Mind, Body, and Spirit with our: Choices

Good day, girlies!

Welcome to post #2 of my series for girls: Purifying the Mind, Body, and Spirit. Last time we talked about our Friendships, and today we are going to be talking about our Choices.

Making the right choices can be very hard sometimes. It can be very easy sometimes, as well. Just recently, I made a choice that will most likely affect my friendship and my future. It was really hard, but I do not regret it at all.

About three months ago, we switched churches. My family liked the church that we went to, but that was all. We just liked it. We didn’t feel like we belonged there, like God was leading us to go to that specific church. So, we switched to a different church, and we are much happier there. I feel like we really belong in that group of people, and that we can get the most out of the sermons, and fellowship at this church.

The new church (Faith) also has a Youth Group. I wanted to go to Faith’s Youth Group, but I already went to the other church’s Youth Group. I was torn between feeling at home at Faith’s Youth Group, or staying with my friend in the other Youth Group.

My friend at the other Youth Group, let’s just call her Sarah, well, Sarah didn’t want me to go to a different Youth Group than her. She wants to be by my side every second of the day. And, it gets really annoying. She pouts if I don’t do what she wants, and she even dropped out of going to the lake with our Youth Group because I got sick and couldn’t go. Overall, she’s clingy. She is still my friend, but Sarah is a bit clingy.

After much debating, I chose to go to Faith’s Youth Group. I knew that I wanted to go there, and not to the other one. No matter how many great friends I had at the other Youth Group, I feel like God really lead me to choose Faith. I do not regret that choice – and that’s how I know that I made the right choice.

There have been many times where I have made the wrong choices (I won’t get into all that right now). And, the truth is, I regret those choices. A lot.

So, how do we know when we’ve made the right choices? We don’t regret them. We benefit from them. And how do we know when we’ve made the wrong choices? They haunt us until we have the courage to kneel down and ask God to forgive us for making them.

Always think before you make a big choice. Pray and ask God for guidance before you make a choice, and if it is His will, it will be done.anika

Apologizing

That thing can be the hardest thing to do. EVER. Trust me, I know.

About five months ago, I got into a huge misunderstanding with my BFF.

I won’t go into details, but basically, for two months, I could not swallow my pride to apologize.

Me and my best friend avoided each other for TWO whole MONTHS. We were both miserable. Finally, one day, I swallowed my pride. I went up to her, and said, “I’m sorry.” Those two words fixed everything.

Sometimes it is so hard to swallow our pride and apologize.So here are a couple of tips to help you if you ever just can’t apologize.

Don’t wait. If you are waiting because you think it will be easier to apologize, it won’t. It will just get harder.

Pray. Pray to God to give you strength to apologize.

I know this was a very short post, but I have been super busy this past couple of weeks.

I hope you are all having a wonderful week, and that everything is going well for you.

In Christ,

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Where’s the Love?

Hello, ladies! Today’s post is about something we talked about a while ago in my Wednesday night Bible study. It was a special message for Valentine’s Day.

The pastor said that because we are all created in the image of God, deep down we all want to be loved and cherished. None of us want to be left out or ignored. So, if all humans want to be loved, then why is there such a lack of love in the world?

First of all, where does love come from, and why do we love? Love comes from God. We love others because God first loved us.

“We love because he first loved us.” 1 John 4:19

Many people think that we can only love if the other person loves us back. However, that is just not true. Love goes from God to us, and then it goes from us to others. The greatest act of love was when God sent his Son to die for us.

“but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8

Because God loved us enough to send his Son to die for us, we ought to love one another. This is probably one of the most challenging things in the Christian walk. How is it possible to love that girl at school who beats you down at every opportunity? How can I show love to my siblings who annoy me every day? One of the answers to that is prayer. Ask God to help you love that person. This can be hard. We don’t really want to love that person. We want to keep on hating them. This is why it can really take a lot of willpower to pray for that person, to love them. However, if you take the plunge and do it, God really does answer your prayers. Trust me, I have had this experience. It may take a week, and it could take a month, or years. If you keep praying, God will answer.

Now, back to the question: “Why is there such a lack of love in the world?”  The answer is sin. Sin is what separated us from God in the first place. Sin keeps us from loving others as we should. It can be in many forms: pride, hate, selfishness. We must ask God to help us overcome that in order to love other people.

What are some qualities of love? Read 1 Corinthians 13: 4-13. This chapter shows us some really good ways to show love to people. We can be patient with our siblings and show kindness to other people. We can smile at people around town. We can build each other up with our words. Just doing this can show others the love of Christ.

Well, I think that’s all for now! I know this post is about loving others, but here is one really important thing to remember: The most important Person in the Universe loves you with an immeasurable love. No matter what happens, He will always, ALWAYS love you.

Have a great day!

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Verse of the Week 2/16/17

Hello, friends!

I hope you all are enjoying this beautiful Thursday!  So, I’d like to apologize for not posting every week.  The past couple of weeks have been really busy. But be sure to see a verse of the week more weekly from now on. 😊

Anyway, onto this week’s verse!

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” ~ Joshua 1:9

Isn’t this an awesome promise? God promises to always be with us. Through the good and bad he will always be there.  So no matter what situation you’re going through, take courage and do not be afraid! Because when God is on our side, there is absolutely nothing to fear.

Have an amazing day, girls!

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Purifying the Mind, Body, and Spirit with our: Friendships

Hello, girls!!

I have wanted to start a series of sorts for you girls on here for a while, but I couldn’t decide on the topic of the overall series. After some brainstorming and lots (I mean lots) of different (and cool) ideas, I decided on one that I felt like would be fun to talk about: Purifying the Mind, Body, and Spirit.

This series will be about how we can live a better life as we grow into womanhood. I will discuss how we can purify ourselves in all aspects of our daily lives in lots of different posts.

Today’s topic is Friendship.

How can we purify ourselves with our friendships, you ask?

Well, first off, I believe that we all need to set a couple of standards for people we are friends with. And I don’t mean all that “you have to do exactly what I say and do what I do” wishy-washy trash, I mean that, as Christians, we can’t go off befriending people who are bad examples for how we should behave as Christians. For example, here are my standards for friendship:

  • he/she DOES NOT use any foul language
  • he/she DOES NOT wear inappropriate clothing (at least in public)
  • he/she DOES NOT try to dishonor God in any way
  • he/she IS NOT a bully in any way or form to any person
  • he/she is able to treat me as a friend should be treated and vice-versa

So, those are my standards for the people whom I am friends with. I am not friends with anyone who does the opposite of anything on that list, and I do not intend to try to be friends with anyone who does the opposite of anything on that list.

Now, I’m not saying that we shouldn’t try to reach out to people who need the Lord  -because we should all do that – but I personally would not invite someone over to my house who swears, wears inappropriate clothing, and does not treat me (or someone else) nicely. Would you? Yeah…I didn’t think so.

But, we can’t just judge a person by their outside, right? We can’t just say “oh, that girl’s shorts are too short so I’m not gonna be friends with her”. Before becoming friends, I get to know the girl/boy a tad. Not, like, having him/her over to my house or hanging out “like friends do”.

I mean listening when he/she is talking (NOT eavesdropping) so that I know what he/she talks about. Sometimes (it depends on the person) I even ask a good, Christian friend who knows him/her and can tell me what he/she is like.

We all need to set standards for our friendships. It may seem like you are limiting your options for friends, but believe me, you will end up having a few very valuable friends rather than a bunch of bad influences that we call “friends”.

Make the right choices and you will have best friends who will be by your side for the rest of your life. 🙂

anika