Faith

Going Through the Motions

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Sorry this is a few days late!

Discipline is important. Without it, you would never get anything accomplished. However, discipline by itself can sometimes be a bad thing. Are you just going through the motions of everyday life? Do you have no emotions or feelings or thoughts about what you do each day?

If you are just praying and reading your Bible because your mom told you to, or you want to impress someone, we could call that going through the motions. Doing what you are doing because you have to, or just checking things off your to-do list. It’s when you do something while not really believing in what you are doing. Not putting all your effort into it.

If this description matches you, try to stop and enjoy the everyday moments. Put all of your effort into everything you do. Worship God with everything you have in you. Love Him with all your heart. Going through the motions will make your life seem boring and not exciting. If you trust God and put everything you have into everything you do, you will see the true blessings God has given you. You can safely say you are not going through the motions. 🙂

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Faith, Your Walk With God

Walking with God

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Have you ever felt like you’re not progressing in your walk with God? I know I have. Do you ever wonder if anything can be done about it? Well I have an answer for you. Don’t worry. God wants to be closer with you, and if that’s what you want too, He can make it happen.

Of course you’ll have to do your part as well. God wants you to really want it. If you work hard for it, it will mean a lot more to you than if you just sit back and expect God to do everything for you.

First thing to do : Pray. Ask God to help you grow in you walk with Him. Praying is underrated nowadays. It has much more of an effect than you would think. However, God doesn’t want you to ask for help one time and forget about it. He wants you to be persistent. He wants you to want it, and to ask, ask, ask. Here is one of Jesus’ parables showing that we need to ask and never give up.

Now He was telling them a parable to show that at all times they ought to pray and not to lose heart, saying, “In a certain city there was a judge who did not fear God and did not respect man. There was a widow in that city, and she kept coming to him, saying, ‘[a]Give me legal protection from my opponent.’ For a while he was unwilling; but afterward he said to himself, ‘Even though I do not fear God nor respect man, yet because this widow bothers me, I will [b]give her legal protection, otherwise by continually coming she will [c]wear me out.’”And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge *said; now, will not God bring about justice for His elect who cry to Him day and night, [d]and will He delay long over them? I tell you that He will bring about justice for them quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find [e]faith on the earth?”

Second thing to do: Make sure nothing is hindering you from progressing. It might be a love for material things, sin, or having too busy a schedule. Now I’m not saying loving something or someone other than God is wrong. Definitely not. God commands that we love our neighbors and enemies. I’m just saying that we should not love something or someone more than God.

Third thing to do: Read the Bible. I won’t go in-depth about this, since I have already in another post. I would like to say this though: the Bible will encourage you, teach you, and keep you from temptation.

Fourth and last thing to do: Get away. Spend some time alone with God. Find a special, private place inside or outside that you can talk with God in peace away from noisy siblings or TV’s. Lay all your troubles at his feet.

Alrighty! I think that’s all for now! I hope you will think about those things I said…and also have a great day!

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The Bible

Reading and Memorizing the Bible

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Have you ever thought, “I wish I read my Bible more often”? Well, a lot of people say that to themselves, but very few people do anything about it.

Reading your Bible often is hard. It takes discipline. Set apart a certain time in your day reserved for reading the Bible. When I first started trying to read my Bible every night, it felt like a chore. It will probably feel like that to you when you first start. But read this carefully.

After you start reading for a while, you will love reading your Bible. You won’t want to stop! I hardly can stay away from my Bible anymore! It gives me so much comfort! I recommend looking at the very back of the Bible. Why? Because there usually is a section of pages (it depends on what Bible you have) where you can look up a subject that is in the Bible, and it will tell you the places in the Bible where you can find that subject. Or you can just start anywhere in the Bible and read. You can’t go wrong with reading the Bible. I usually have highlighters near me so I can highlight anything that stands out to me. It makes the verse much easier to find later.

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OK, now on to the memorizing part of this post. Memorizing is much more helpful than you might think. I do Bible Quizzing, something where you memorize whole chapters in the Bible and compete on them. I am not saying you have to memorize whole chapters of the Bible. Take it slow. In your Bible reading, find a verse that stands out to you. A verse that you think will be the most helpful to you. Memorize it. Why is it important to memorize? It is important because those verses will come back to you. Right when you need them. They will help you when you are going through a tough time. Believe me, I have experienced it before. They will give you joy and peace when you are sad.

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Remember, reading and memorizing your Bible is not supposed to be a chore. It is something you will love to do, and something you turn to in tough times.

Thanks for reading!

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DIY, List

Ways to Keep Warm

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Hey, girls! Where I live, it is snowing!  I don’t know if it is snowing where you live, but most likely it is cold at this time of year. That is why I thought it would be a good fit to tell you some good ways to keep warm.

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#1. Drink Hot Drinks

This always helps me keep warm in the winter. You could drink hot chocolate,                          warm cider, hot tea, coffee, or anything else warm.

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#2. Layer Your Clothes

This really works, especially if you are going outside.

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#3. Wear Socks

This might seem weird, but it helps! Especially fuzzy socks. 🙂

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#4. Wear a Winter Hat

If you keep your head warm, your whole body will be warmer than it was before.

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#5. Make Rice Heat Pockets

Heat Pockets really keep your hands warm and are easy to make. You just take some rice, sew it up in old fabric, and heat it in a microwave. You then can put it in your pockets, and stick your hands in.

I hope you girls liked these ideas! Stay warm!

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