Beauty, Courage, Friendship, Purifying the Mind, Body, and Spirit, Relationships

Your Inward Beauty…

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Hey there, girls! How are you all doing?

So if you can’t tell by the title, this post is about letting your inward beauty shine just as strong or stronger than your outward beauty. As a teenage girl, I know sometimes I get caught up in my looks too much. My OUTWARD looks…

But I came to realize that I wasn’t actually looking for attention on my outward appearance. You see I was..and still sometimes am, but it didn’t give me the kind of satisfaction that I wanted when someone told me that I looked pretty…

Okay, so let me explain a little bit- don’t worry, I’ll try to make it short and not boring. So, I have long hair. Thick too…. and I get quite a few compliments on it. Now I like that, don’t get me wrong. But I was with someone for about a week and when it came time for us to write on things and say how we felt about each other, she said my hair was pretty. It shouldn’t have, but that kind of HURT. Not because she complimented my hair, but because she DIDN’T complement my INWARD actions. I wanted to hear “You’re a wonderful person. You’re loving, kind, and energetic.” Instead, it was “you have pretty hair.” Don’t get me wrong, that was really nice of her to say, and I’m glad she did… because it helped me to realize what I was truly looking for. I didn’t want attention on my outward appearance! I wanted people to think of me and how I really was, not how I looked. I know sometimes we get so caught up in our outward appearance that we forget about how important it is to have inward beauty. Let God’s beauty shine through you!

Look, I’m a teenager! I get it!!! So… I’ll share something kind of personal with you girls so that you know just how much I get this…

I had a boy tell me I was beautiful recently. I’ll admit it made my heart flutter a little bit. It’s not easy for me to confess this. I know I’m way too young to have a boyfriend, and I DON’T want to date yet!!! But there is a feeling that comes with someone – especially a really cute, nice boy- telling you that you are beautiful…and you know they mean it. I’ll also admit that I thought about that for a while… it made me realize just how much I HAD been wanting to hear something like that… But… I would much rather have someone like me (a boy) because he likes how I am on the inside, not just how I am on the outside, so I learned not to keep dwelling on it. Because it’s not that important. Also though, you need to know that it’s not a sin to like a boy. To think he’s cute, or to have a crush on him! Now if you let it get too deep, then yes, it very well can be a sin, but simply thinking someone is cute isn’t a sin. I used to think it might be…but I’ve since realized that it’s a natural girl behavior… SO don’t worry a ton about it… now on to the next topic…

Am I saying we have to appear ugly to everyone so that our inward beauty is able to be seen? Not at all!! But we have to be careful on how evident it is that we want to be seen with amazing outward appearance. It’s not bad to be pretty! But if your outward beauty outshines your inward beauty, then… you might want to examine yourself a little more closely…

Girls….you’re all so beautiful. You might say “how would you know? I don’t even have my face in my profile picture!” I know because you are reading this right now. I KNOW, because you follow this blog. I KNOW BECAUSE YOU LOVE JESUS CHRIST! I KNOW BECAUSE YOU WERE MADE BY GOD!!!! And the SAME ONE WHO MADE THE STARS, THE NEWBORN BABIES, AND THE SAME ONE THAT FORMS EVERY SUNRISE AND SUNSET

MADE YOU.

He made you! So you are BEAUTIFUL! Girls… be beautiful on the inside..AND THE OUTSIDE! This isn’t a lecture, it’s an encouragement.

Now, some helpful tips on this… (tips, not orders)

  • Watch what you wear

Now I know this one is hard sometimes… Now I’m not saying you have to dress like a hobo…but you can be cute without wearing clothes that show too much skin, or the exact shape of your body. Now if you believe that this is fine…that’s alright. I won’t judge you…but girls, this world is a crazy place..and it’s better to be safe than sorry. What I always tell myself when I think about this, is “Do I want my future husband to be attracted to me because of how I’m dressed or how I look? Or do I want him to notice my smile, my laugh, and my actions?” For me, definitely the latter.

  • Watch what you surround yourself with

This one is a struggle for me sometimes. I have to remember that looks aren’t all that matter. If you have friends that all dress a certain way, or criticize what you wear, it’s hard to stay modest and focused on your inward beauty. I find myself wanting to wear things that I think make me look skinnier or curvier (as weird as that sounds), but then I remember how much I love my friends that don’t dress like that too. Because of who they are on the inside. The people I look up to the most, I look up to because of who they are, not because of what they look like, or because of their clothes. So I remind myself to surround myself with people that are more focused on God, and inward beauty, and surround myself less with people who are focused too much on outward appearance.

The reason I put “Watch WHAT you surround yourself with”, is because there are things other than people that can be unhealthy. For me, one of those things is romance books. When I read too many, I start thinking only about guys, and hardly at all about praying, God, or reading my Bible. Also when I listen to certain songs, it can make me really sad or almost lonely, and cause my inward beauty to become less. Now I’m NOT saying that it’s bad to have friends that don’t ALWAYS focus on inward appearance. That’s not bad! You must be friends to them too! But you need to surround yourself with positive influences too, people to keep you accountable. In the same way, I’m not saying books or songs are BAD, you just have to limit yourself and ask yourself “Is this healthy for me?”.

  • Strengthen your walk with God

I can’t possibly stress how important this is! Girls, when you have a strong bond with the Lord…it literally makes EVERYTHING SO MUCH EASIER AND MORE FUN! You will be overflowing with God’s joy without even TRYING! This one is super important! And praying, reading your bible and such all go along with this too!!

  • Feel free to talk to us

We care about you! I – we – can relate to what you’re going through..and even if we can’t, I can promise we’ll pray for you as you’re going through whatever it is. It’s hard, yeah, but with someone to talk to, it can be SO much easier..

SO pretty much what I was trying to get across on this post was:

  1.  Let your inward beauty (aka God) be brighter than your outward beauty (aka clothing, looks).
  2. Strive to be noticed for your faith and attitude (in a good way) rather than for your looks and clothes.
  3. Look, you can still be a girl. And be pretty! Let God shine through you too though!!! He wants people to see him through you! And pretty soon, your inward beauty will OVERWHELM AND BECOME YOUR OUTWARD BEAUTY!
  4. Girls, believe me when I say this, even though it might not seem like it- there is DEFINITELY more to being a teenager than drama, looks, and boys.

I will now end with some verses for you all to ponder:

1 Samuel 16:7b

For the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.

1 Peter 3:3-4

Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes.Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.

Matthew 5:8

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

I love you, girls! SHINE FOR GOD!!!!!!

And FEEL FREE TO TALK TO US!!!!

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Faith, Friendship, My Testimony, Relationships, Your Walk With God

Religion or Relationship?

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If you said I was born into a Christian family, that would be true.

But could you say that I was therefore born a Christian? Absolutely not!

When I was young, I “became a Christian”. Once I was nine or so, and actually understood (mostly) the faith, I renewed my salvation and faith. Now I don’t mean that as in “I believe that you have to re-say the prayer every three years to stay a Christian”, I just hadn’t fully known what being a Christian was. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized it’s not enough to believe just because your family does. You have to seek it out yourself. You can’t simply believe it because “they” do, you must “own” it, in a sense. You must truly be able to say “this is what I know and believe to be true.” You must call your faith your own and really have it belong to you. This is hard to describe, so I hope you get the point. You can’t just believe because you were “born with it”, you have to truly KNOW it and KNOW God as YOUR savior and YOUR BEST FRIEND.

Maybe this is your story too. If so, have you ever really asked yourself in your heart if God is more to you than a dreamy figure that’s up in the clouds? Have you ever REALLY considered it?

It’s not a presentation to God, it’s a conversation.

It’s not always a prayer, but a talk.

God is there for you.

He can be just as real to you as your family you EAT WITH every day!

But you have to let him be.

He’s not an impersonal figure that’s billions of light years away,

He’s a best friend that’s by your side every second of every day of your life!

That is, if you let him…

And I’m not talking about the whole “inviting him into your heart and life to become saved” prayer. (I’m not at all trying to make fun of any of this by putting it this way, I just want to get my point across)

I’m talking about the prayer that says:

“God, I’m here. Right now. And I want you. God, lead my life, take the wheel. My choices are leading me astray, so I want you, God, to decide what’s best for my life. I don’t want you to belong to me- I want to belong to you. I don’t just want you in my heart, I want you pumping through my blood, showing on my face, revealing yourself in my actions. Make my life yours, and make your power my power. Help everyone to know that I am yours… forever. In your name, Amen.”

When you say this, and really mean it, (not exactly those words, please make them your own if you are going to pray this) and bathe yourself daily in God’s word and talk to him ALL DAY LONG….

It makes life so much easier. And so much more fun! And it helps others not to see you as “The judgemental goody-goody that acts like a christian”, but the person who’s identity is wrapped wholly around their faith. Is it hard to get started in reading your bible and praying every day? Come to us (and other bloggers) for encouragement! I promise you’re not alone! You’ll find encouragement here from us! I’m MORE than willing to lend an encouraging voice… and shoot up some prayers for you! I also have troubles sometimes being as close to God as I should be!! I’m not perfect, far from it actually!

When you really search it out, you’ll realize that instead of being a “good influence” on others, or straining yourself to act godly around certain people, you can let it be your personality. It’s not only so much simpler and better for you, but it will help others (even if you don’t always know it) to see you as more of an “authentic” Christian, and less of a fake. What you’re shooting for, is to relax and be yourself, and have fun, and be the same godly person that you are when you’re at church or reading your Bible. I know multiple people like this… they don’t even realize that they’re like that!!! They are SO easy to be around, and is SO obvious that they are a TRUE LOVING CHRISTIAN! Even if you met them at a concert (or somewhere other than Church), you can tell!!! I love that so much in a person!  And those few people (Thanks, G, F, K and C ..and J…) are DEFINITELY people I want to be like! Constantly happy, not judgmental, and have the love of God shining through their being!

Get whatever you’d like out of this post, and don’t let it discourage you in the least! Let it be an encouragement to all of us!!! There will be hard times figuring out what you as a person believe, and what you want to know, but one of the main keys?
BE EXCITED!!! It may sound crazy, but when you think about it, this time in your life- of figuring out your identity, and what you truly believe and how you want to act in your life (also how others see you) – is WONDERFUL! Yes, it can be scary, but really, you’re shaping WHO YOU ARE! You’re shaping this WONDERFUL relationship with God! And maybe you don’t know someone like I was talking about. Maybe you’ve never met someone like that… if not, I want you to check out this youtube channel, and video. This is an AMAZING young lady by the name of Emma Mae Jenkins. I encourage you to watch some of her videos. You’ll love them!

I made this post as much for myself as for you girls. I’ve really been questioning a lot of things lately… and I know for one thing- I want that relationship. That brings me to the title- Religion or Relationship? So why did I call it this? Because I believe as strong Christians who love God, we need to have that bond, that strong love and connection between God and us. And I’m going to show you the definitions of these two words real quick:

Religion: the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods.

Relationship: the way in which two or more concepts, objects, or people are connected, or the state of being connected.

So are you just merely believing in God and not letting your faith go any further? Or are you CONNECTED to God? I’m not trying to get on to anybody, as it’s an ongoing trek of dedication to have a connection. But I’m willing to go through that, because I LOVE my God, and I want him to be closer to me than any human in the universe could ever be.

So if I could chose which I want, it would definitely be Relationship. And that IS my choice. Because I believe that when you are connected to God, then it is so much nicer to be firm and steadfast in what you believe, which makes it easier to tell others about your faith.

I’ll end with some verses:

Hebrews 11:6 – But without faith [it is] impossible to please [him]: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and [that] he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

Deuteronomy 5:33 – Ye shall walk in all the ways which the LORD your God hath commanded you, that ye may live, and [that it may be] well with you, and [that] ye may prolong [your] days in the land which ye shall possess.

Colossians 2:6 – As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, [so] walk ye in him:

 

I hope you enjoyed this post! Thanks so much for reading!

And remember, if you ever need prayer or encouragement, we’re here!

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Friendship, Guest Post, Relationships

Repairing a Relationship

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Broken relationships are as old as the Bible. In Psalm 55:12-14, David describes his pain because of a friend’s betrayal,

“For it is not an enemy who reproaches me; then I could bear it. Nor is it one who hates me who has exalted himself against me; then I could hide from him. But it was you, a man my equal, my companion and my acquaintance. We took sweet counsel together, and walked to the house of God in the throng.”

Because we invest love and time into our relationships, a part of us is destroyed when a relationship is damaged. Thankfully, there are practical steps available to handle a broken relationship. Here are four that I have applied in my life.

1) Meet in person

Technological communication can cause us to forget the real person with vulnerable emotions on the other side of the text or email. When a friendship is waning, arrange a time to see each other. If meeting in person is not an option, then try a phone or Facetime call. Talking directly forces you to engage with each other, which is often lacking from text or email. Establishing personal, direct communication can breathe life into a dying relationship.

2) Be honest

Dramatic confrontations are unnecessary, but we do need to be open about our feelings. Several months ago I mentioned to a friend that she was not responding to my texts. She explained that she had been extra distracted and busy lately, which eased my mind. In the past, I have overreacted to relationship problems, only to discover the facts later. My friends did not suddenly start hating me; they just had commitments that prevented them from contacting me. Being honest can save friendships and keep drama to a minimum.

3) Face your failings

Proverbs 28:13 says,

“He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.”

This is especially true with family relationships. We cannot undo our mistakes. However, we can show genuine remorse to the person we hurt and express a desire to change our behavior. After genuinely apologizing to the person we hurt, we should recognize the problem with our behavior and ask for their grace and support as we work to fix that character flaw.

4) Ban bitterness

It hurts when a friend stops communicating for no apparent reason, but jumping to conclusions only worsens the situation. We are not aware of their present situation. They could be dealing with something that has captured their attention. Even if they have chosen to move on, we must remain positive because bitterness only hurts us. Whether or not that relationship is ever restored, we can choose to highlight the positive memories and diminish the bad. Just like David in the Bible, we will face broken relationships. Tension is a part of living in a broken world. But God is the repairer of broken things. When we surrender our relationship to Him and prayerfully take steps to restore the relationship, we can trust that He will give us His wisdom.

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Joy, Thankfulness

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Hope y’all had/are having a great Thanksgiving! Since it is Thanksgiving, I thought I would share some verses and thoughts about thankfulness and thanksgiving….

The Pilgrims had a lot of things they could have grieved about. Many died in the hard and cold winter before, and they were in the wilderness. But instead, they gave thanks for their blessings, such as their Indian friendship.

It can be super hard to be thankful, especially when times are bad. But there is always something to be thankful for. When I have had a really hard week, I can be thankful that God gave me trials that I could bear up with. When we hear about something really bad in the news, we can be thankful that God is in control! Again, it is hard to be thankful in an evil world! So, here are some things I am thankful for:

  • My family
  • Vacations to fun places
  • Latin class
  • Young Ladies for Christ
  • My friends whom I meet every Sunday, and every Wednesday
  • Music
  • A roof over my head
  • Sleep
  • That God loves us and is in control of the world

And here are some verses that reminded me of how praiseworthy our God is:

 Psalm 100:4:

“Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.” Psalm 100:4

Ezra 3:11:

“With praise and thanksgiving they sang to the Lord: “He is good; his love toward Israel endures forever.” And all the people gave a great shout of praise to the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid.”

1 Chronicles 16:34:

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.”

If you have a free moment, here is a thanksgiving hymn 🙂

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So, have a happy Thanksgiving!!! Eat lots of turkey, stuffing, and remember why we are celebrating!

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DIY, Thankfulness

DIY: Thankfulness Tree

Hello, ladies! For those of you in the U.S., can you believe that Thanksgiving is tomorrow?

One of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving is making what I call a Thankfulness Tree. Making a Thankfulness Tree is such a fun way to count my blessings, and I thought that I would share it would all of you so that you can make one, too!

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Supplies needed:

Scissors

Small glass jar or vase

Sticks

String

Colored paper (Orange, red, and yellow)

Hole Puncher

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First, put the sticks in the jar. This part is really easy and will be your “tree”. 😀

 

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Next, cut out several leaf shapes from the colored paper. (Pretend mine look like leaves ;D)

 

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Punch a hole in the leaves and tie a loop of string to them.

And now, the most fun part!

Write something that you are thankful for on every leaf, and see how many leaves you can cover your tree with throughout Thanksgiving day!

 

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What are some things you are thankful for today?

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, and if you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, have a wonderful day!

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Announcments

Calling All Girls: YLFC is Accepting Submissions!

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The Young Ladies for Christ Team is very proud to announce that we will now be accepting submissions from our readers!!!

Have an article, short story, or book review that you’d like to share? Consider heading over and checking out our Write for Us page for more details: https://youngladiesforchrist.wordpress.com/submissions/

We hope you’ll consider writing for us. God bless!

-The YLFC Team

Joy, Thankfulness

Thankful for the Little Things

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Sometimes when we get back into the school year, and are so overwhelmed with busyness that we lose track of the important things in life. Sometimes we’re so busy that we forget to take time to look around and observe. We forget to be thankful. Now, don’t think I’m trying to point fingers here, I’m sure I’m just about one of the worst with this, as I always tell myself I don’t have time to do these things. School is important, and so are a lot of those other things, but sometimes we need to take some time to breathe, and to observe.

You might notice I’ve said the word observe multiple times here… what do I mean by that? Well… I mean that you have to notice the little things. And be thankful for them. You don’t have to take a ton of time doing this! But it’s not as hard as we make it!

As you walk out the door, notice the bright blue sky.

As you get in the car, be thankful for a running heater!

As you step out of your car, notice the beautiful fall leaves falling from the trees!

When you eat lunch, be thankful that you have a lunch to eat.

And as you crawl into bed, be thankful for those warm covers.

As you glance at yourself in the mirror, be glad that you have a reason to smile.

When you wake up, be thankful to God that you have another day to live and breathe and worship him!

During church, be glad that you have the freedom to be a Christian!

When you sit and cuddle with your pet, be thankful that you have companions and friends in life!

Now all of these aren’t just “little things”, but there are plenty of obvious, AND plenty little things – all of which we should be thankful for.

You might already do all these things, but I’m sure each one of us could use a reminder every now and then.  And what better time for a reminder than when we’re less than a week away from thanksgiving!? So, as you rush around your busy life, take time to be thankful, even if it’s for the littlest things, and take time to shoot a silent prayer of thanks up to God for all that you have. And, hey, if you’re feeling extra grateful, why not share some of that with a friend by commenting on how beautiful of a day it is, or how happy you are? Sometimes just one happy, grateful person, can make a whole crowd of people thankful again! You might just light a spark. 😉

No thankfulness post is complete without a few verses, so I will leave you with just that.

Colossians 3:15

And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.

1 Corinthians 16:8

Give thanks unto the LORD, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people.

1 Thessalonians 5:18

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

(All verses are KJV)

This was kind of a short post, but I hope you enjoyed it!

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Christian Songs, List

Christian Song List

Christian Song List

Looking for some good Christian music? Try these!

  • Hard Love – NEEDTOBREATHE ft. Lauren Daigle
  • Live it well – Switchfoot
  • Steady Me – Hollyn
  • City on a hill – Toby Mac
  • My Everything – Owl City
  • Through all of it – Colton Dixon
  • Even if – MercyMe
  • Testify – NEEDTOBREATHE
  • Chainbreaker  – Zach Williams
  • Ever Be – Aaron Shust
  • Priceless – For King and Country
  • Bulletproof – Citizen Way
  • When We Pray – Tauren Wells
  • First – Lauren Daigle
  • Come Alive (Dry Bones) – Lauren Daigle

I know those are a lot of songs, but I hope you’ll take the time to check them out. They’re really great. 😉 Have a nice day!

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Fruits of the Spirit, Patience

The Fruit of the Spirit – Patience

The Fruit of the Spirit- Patience

Good morning, ladies! At least, it’s morning here in San Antonio 🙂 Today we will be talking about patience! I struggle with this a lot, though I guess I have gotten a bit better as the years have gone by? Anyway, let’s get started!

Definition: the quality of being patient, as the bearing of provocation, annoyance, misfortune, or pain, without complaint, loss of temper, irritation, or the like.

OR

an ability or willingness to suppress restlessness or annoyance when confronted with delay

I think that the first definition relates more to what we are talking about, but I like the second definition because of the beginning.

Patience is important because 1) we make ourselves miserable if we can’t tolerate anything annoying 2) we make others miserable if we can’t tolerate anything annoying, because we will always be cross 3) there are lots of things in the world that need patience, or else it could end blowing up in your face! I was thinking of a book I read recently about WWII, and how it takes patience to deal with countries, but this is also true in everyday life!

Here are a few things that we can do to show patience:

  • Try not to show your annoyance when your younger sibling, or classmate is annoying you
  • Try to not to get angry when a task is hard; it is hard to think through it when you are angry! Trust me, I have had this experience before

So, I just wanted to say that I am still struggling with patience! Just this morning, my brother came into the room I was working in screeching at the top of his lungs, and I definitely felt a wave of anger wash over me. You just gotta do your best, and ask Jesus to change you!

I also wanted to tell y’all about something that has just recently happened. So, I used to be super irritated, cross, and grumpy about EVERYTHING! I don’t know if it was hormones, or what, but it lasted a long time. So, after a long tearful talk with my mom, she told me to start keeping a journal about the things I was thankful for. For a few days, I kept that journal, entering in 3-5 things to be thankful for morning and night, and occasionally noon. Seriously, it worked really well! After about a week, I felt much happier about things. I even felt like I loved my super annoying little brother more! So, if you ever have the same problem as I do, try this!

Have a wonderful day!

 

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Your Walk With God

Keeping God First in Your Life

Keeping God First in Your Life

Hi everyone! Today’s topic is keeping God first.

In today’s day in age, most everyone has a somewhat busy schedule. Sometimes it is hard to find time for God. However, we have to remember that God has to deal with all the problems of the universe, yet He still made time to send His Son to die for us. You might say, “Well He is God! He can do anything!” That is true, and that’s why we don’t have to deal with all the problems in the universe!!

To us, our problems and activities seem important. But when you take a look at the grand scheme of things, they are really just small unimportant things compared to God’s big plan. Now don’t misunderstand me. I’m not saying they are not important at all, it is just that there are many more important things that God has in His plan for you.

This might mean you have to give up some of the activities you do to make time for God. But not always. Just listen to what God has to say to you. And as always, keep God first in your life.

My grandmother once told me, “I don’t care how long you pray to God at night, just pray. Even if it is just a sentence. I don’t care how much you read your Bible at night, just read. Even if it is just a verse.” Now this certainly doesn’t mean that we should just read a verse or pray a quick sentence up to heaven all the time. But it does mean keep yourself in the Bible and pray to God every day.

I hope you girls enjoyed this! Have a wonderful day!

 

 

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