Faith

Filled Up

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Would you rather be full of God, or full of Satan? The answer is simple: full of God. In order to be full of God He has to be our complete focus, the one we turn to for making every choice and every decision. When we put Him first in each situation and go to Him for counseling when we need advice, His presence grows inside of us. I personally don’t believe you can lose your salvation, but I do believe that you can lose a strong bond with the Lord when you are a Christian. I’m sure all of us have seen people that we think are Christians but don’t have a strong walk with the Lord, and people that we KNOW are Christians and we KNOW have a strong walk with the Lord. Even if both are Christians, some may not be as attuned with God or as willing to put Him first as others.

What I’ve recently realized is that all the space that doesn’t have God in it can be taken up by Satan’s influence. When you are completely filled with Christ, there is no room left for Satan’s lies anywhere in your heart. But when you slack off and your heart isn’t as full with God, there is room for Satan to step in. So if you have a lot of God in your heart but aren’t completely full with him, then Satan can still come in and take over part of it until you surrender it to God–ONLY God, and no others. When I say Satan, I mean more of our human flesh. As a human, there are things we may say to one another without realizing that it hurts them, and there are things we may do to others that make us feel good, even when it’s mean. When someone disagrees with us, our first instinct is to stick up for what we said in the first place (which starts arguments). When someone says something rude, we want to shoot back something meaner.

This is our flesh that does this. God is not like that. He doesn’t do that. Satan uses our fleshly instincts to go against what God wants. But when you let God enter your heart and you invite him to come ALL the way in, when you pray daily and read your bible, he will enter more and more until there is no room left for Satan to use you or for sinful instincts to take over. It’s just God in there. When you really let God in so that he can handle your life, it’s so much better. And it doesn’t stop there. He can continue to fill you until his presence is overflowing out of you. When you fill up a cup, it stays full. But if you just keep dumping water in, it will overflow! That’s what we want God to do. To fill us up so much with him that it overflows to everyone around us: his love, his faithfulness, his trustworthiness, and his joy!

That way, people that look at us and see God overflowing from within us, and not anything else. I truly realized this when I got back from my missions trip to Mexico. It was actually more like a youth camp, and we were in TX most of the time. But it was SO amazing, because being around the people I was around just brought so much joy to me! They were always smiling and happy, and I just KNEW they were like that because God was inside them. And when I was around someone like that and I could see that God was like that in them, I really wanted it for myself.

I knew I was a Christian, and I prayed, but I hadn’t fully devoted myself to Christ. I prayed quite a bit actually, and when I came to troubles, I looked to him for help. But I wasn’t taking time to thank him for everything as well. And I wasn’t looking for the little things in life that are amazing. I never made time to read my bible, and I’m ashamed to admit that, but it’s true. I KNOW and realize how important that is, and that it HAS to come first every day, or else God will not fill you up and there will be room for worldly things: what Satan wants you to do and what your human flesh is telling you to do. So sometimes you have to get away from all that (even somewhere away from home literally–for me that place was Mexico) and get your eyes fixed on GOD and what HE wants to do in your life. And then he will fill you up.

Have you ever been worried to be around someone who wasn’t godly, because you didn’t want them to rub off on you and make you rude to others like they were? I have! But at the same time you really want to be a good influence on them? I get scared sometimes that it might flip flop and they would be a bad influence on me! But when you stop worrying about all that, and strengthen your walk with God and let him take care of it, then he will be SO full inside your heart that there won’t be any room for worldly things that try to work there way in there. So when you feel like you have a strong walk with God, and you feel temptations pulling at you, you have to just say “NO. God is leading my life. He is the master!”

I’ll leave you with a couple Bible verses I found. One I came across just this morning!

Romans 15:13 “Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.”

Proverbs 27:7 “The full soul loatheth a honeycomb; but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.”

So when we’re not full, we mistake bad for good. That’s what I get out of that last one. The first one is kind of straight forward. Anyways, I hope you enjoyed this post! And I’m not saying I’m perfect with this yet. I’m still trying to work on it. I really want to make sure I’m being a godly influence on others. And when I say go to God first, that doesn’t mean you can’t go to other Christians and talk to them. God gives us people like that because he knows that sometimes we need another person to talk to. Anyways, I hope you liked it! Thanks so much! And have a blessed day “filled” with God’s love! 🙂

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Faith, Kindness, Love, The Bible

An Important Subject

An Important Subject

Hi, girls! I would like to talk to you about a very important subject today. The subject is judging people.

“Judge not, that ye be not judged.

 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.

 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?

 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?

 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.”

I bet your saying, “WOW.” I know, same. Let me break it down for you. First, “mote” means “speck”. Does that make more sense? And the “beam” is like a beam of wood. So it’s like me saying to my brother, “Let me get that speck out of your eye,” when I have a huge beam of wood sticking out of my eye! When you look at it that way, it makes you realize how blind we can be about our own sins.

Now let’s get to the point. Should we judge people? “Judge not, that ye be not judged.” So obviously, we shouldn’t judge. “But what if I see a brother or sister in Christ doing something wrong?” you say. Good question.  Remember when I said that it is so easy to be blind to your own sins? Well, that comes into play here. If we see a brother or sister in Christ doing something wrong, we should search deep inside ourselves for any sins we haven’t repented of. Once we repent of our sins, we should come alongside them lovingly and help them on the right path without criticizing or judging them. That way, we help them, and we make ourselves better too. But we can’t forget that the best thing to do in any situation is pray to God and trust in Him. 

I hope this helped you! Oh, and I can’t give all the credit to myself for this post. My Sunday school teacher taught me about this important lesson, and I would like to thank him. Bye!

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Courage, Faith, Witnessing

Equipped or Inadequate

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Do you feel that you aren’t equipped to share the love of Jesus with friends? Or that you aren’t spiritually ready to give them advice? I’m going to give you some tips on how to feel more confident in your faith.

John 16:30 says, “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” He will be with you, through your trials, your tribulations, your ups, your downs.

You may not feel you are ready to talk to people about their situations. Don’t feel that you have to! You don’t have to be that “go-to” person. You could simply say, “I think someone else could help you on this one,” or “I really don’t know, maybe ask someone else?”.

I would recommend finding someone older and maturer than yourself, to talk about your issues and get advice from them. Call it a mentor!

Maybe this isn’t your calling. Wait on Him, and He will give you His plan in His timing!

I recommend spending more and more time in God’s word. The Bible is HIS word, so by reading them, you will get advice from the one who is!

Here is a website that is full of good advice and material: http://deeperchristian.com/. They have a great book called “The Five Pillars of Christian Growth”. I read this recently and it has really been an encouragement to me.

Start with Jesus, and he will open your eyes to a whole new world of spiritual discovery.

I know I’m not an expert either; I fail, I fall down, I stumble, but I’m relying on His strength to give me advice, to pick me up, and to be there for me when I fall.

Hope this encourages you today, and remember… He is always there for you, no matter what you’re going through.

Rebecca

Beauty, Courage, Faith

10 Quotes for Christian Girls

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Hello, ladies!

Are there ever times when you feel like you’re not worth it? Or like you’re not loved? I have some amazing quotes here to encourage you today. I hope these make you feel happy or encouraged!

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I hope that these quotes encouraged y’all today! If you want some more encouragement, you can find the amazing Girl Defined quotes board that I got most of these from HERE.

Stay Beautiful,

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Beauty, Faith

It’s Your Choice…

It's Your Choice

Something I’m sure every one of us knows and has heard a thousand times is that every fingerprint in the world is different. There are no two that are the same. Even for identical twins. You’ve probably all heard that from a young age in your science books, or from your parents. I know I did. But that’s not all God made different. It’s not just your fingerprint, your eyes, your hair, or your scars that are different. It’s your heart. It’s your personality, your characteristics. God made each one of us SO different.

I’ve gone through many times of saying “Why can’t I look like her?” or “Why can’t I have as pretty of a voice as that person?” I’m sure we’ve all compared ourselves to others before. We’ve wished that we could be like them. But, there’s one thing that will never ever change through your life. It doesn’t matter what the choices you make are, where you go, what you do… you will always ALWAYS be you. Just you! You may make yourself act like others or look like others. You may have surgery changing you to be different. But that never really changes you. Even if you go to try and be like someone else, God made you just the way he wanted you! That’s who you’re supposed to be!

You have the choice to make you into whoever you like. But people see you as you. If you choose to be a doctor, that’s what people see ‘You’ as. If you choose to be a stay-at-home mom, that’s what people see ‘You’ as. You can form yourself, you can decide to an extent who you want to be. But God made you different than others. Sure it’s hard not to want to impress people, to make them think you’re amazing. I’m a teen (almost). I know what it’s like! You want to be cool, you want people to notice you and how responsible you are, or how much you have to show off. Our flesh can’t help but want that.

To a certain extent that’s not a bad thing, but you have to keep control of it. You have to keep from blending in with the crowd too much. It’s okay to stand out every now and then. Don’t you think Noah stood out? He thought water was going to fall from the sky! But he TRUSTED GOD. He didn’t go with trying to please others. To act like he knew better than to trust God! He did what he was told. He stood out, but wasn’t it worth it? Sure, you might not be in the middle of the flood, but you have choices you can make to for yourself.

In the midst of trying to please your flesh, remember that God is always more important and he doesn’t love you more when you wear make-up. He doesn’t prefer you when you have some amazing hairstyle. I’m not saying this stuff is bad, but sometimes you have to zoom out and remind yourself that God doesn’t think you need all of this. It’s not bad to want to please others, or to want others to think of you as responsible. Those are good qualities. But you have to make sure that they don’t go to limits of doing things that you know wouldn’t please God, just so that you could please others. Cause in the end, it’s not worth it. You want to serve God. You don’t have to go down the same path as others. You can take the narrow road. God made you just the way you are, and just the way he wants you to be.

God made each one of us different for a reason. Not just so that we could spend 24 hours a day trying to be like everyone else. So, what I want you to get from this is when you form your character, when you’re making your personality, rely on God to help you. I’m not saying that friends are bad, and it’s bad to rely on your sibling and parent’s help. No, not at all! But when you feel your conscience saying that you’re around bad influences, listen to it, and most of all, listen to God. He loves you. No matter how pressured you feel to be someone you aren’t, don’t give in, and remember that God loves you, and he wants you to follow and love him.

And if you do, then you’re already on the right path. Sure there’ll be struggles, don’t doubt that. Just because you have God by your side doesn’t mean you aren’t going to get the thorns in the rosebush. But you’ll have him by you to help you every step of the way. It’s your choice who you want to be. What do you want to be? What are you going to choose? Who are you going to make yourself into? Are you going to go with the flow of others, or are you willing to take the risk to stand out? Are you going to choose the hard right over the easy wrong?

It’s your choice…

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Courage, Faith

He is With You

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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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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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Beauty, Faith

Good Enough

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We try so hard to fit in.

We give up so much to be accepted. We surrender our purity, our confidence, our joy, our morals, our identity, the very core of who we are. We erase our faces, physical and spiritual, to draw a facade that matches theirs. We force our hearts to beat a certain rhythm, our feet to move a certain way, our lips to spill certain words, and our bodies to fall into the line which they’re all following, a line which leads to a horrible darkness shrouded by fake smiles. We sacrifice all that is good and holy and beautiful in ourselves, all that we have been blessed with, an identity worth more than anything this world can give.

Beautiful, you were not created to blend with the crowd. You were not created to live up to their expectations, to strive to fit the mold they demand for you, to live a life blinded of the loving Father and Savior who died for you.

You know that burden society presses upon your shoulders? Don’t pretend you haven’t tried to meet it before. We all have, at some point in our lives.

All of us have been tempted to believe the lies:

You must be pretty enough. You must be smart enough. You must act like this, talk like this, walk like this. You must do this, be that. You must be accepted. You must be good enough.

But the haunting whisper always follows:

You have failed. You will never fit in. You will never be good enough.

These lies push us to shame. They leave us in the dirt, confused, shattered, and having lost sight of our identity. There is the lingering question: Do I have any purpose at all?

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My friend, I cannot measure your purpose. I cannot even begin to express the enormity of the life in store for you. You cannot even dream of the plans He has for you. There is so much goodness, so much accomplishment, so much joy that your mind cannot begin to fathom it.

Guess what? You can live that life. You can discover your true purpose, behold the unbelievable plan He has for you. You don’t have to try to meet society’s impossible expectations. You don’t have to sacrifice all that you are, strip away your identity and your true beauty, in order to be another face in a crowd. You don’t have to wear a fake smile.

Instead, you can trade it for a real one.

You are good enough. Darling, you are more than simply “good enough.” Why? Because you have been created by the Creator of every ounce of beauty, of magnificence, of brilliance, in the entire universe. You have been created by the Creator of the mountains, of the sky, of the ground, of every living thing and every mystery even science has yet to understand. You have been created by the hands which cradle the stars, the hands which bled for you.

The face you see when you look in the mirror? The face behind layers of makeup you may hide it behind? There is absolutely nothing wrong with that face. There is nothing wrong with those features, no matter what the world tells you. There is a reason behind everything God does, and God does not make mistakes.

This is what makes you beautiful. Society has such a twisted definition of “beautiful,” and you are not to believe it. Beautiful is not just a word, not a social label. Beautiful is what we all are, beneath our masks. Beautiful is you. Beautiful is what society calls your “flaws.” Beautiful is the face you should have no shame to hide.

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You know, people like to tap you on the shoulder and brightly reassure you, “How you look on the outside doesn’t matter! The inside is what’s truly beautiful!”

Only the outside actually does matter, just not how society claims it should. It matters because God created your outside to appear exactly the way it does. Please, do not believe you are “ugly.” Don’t even joke about it. You are unique, sculpted by the King to be just who you are.

However, the inside is what matters most. It takes a beautiful person on the inside to recognize that they are a beautiful person on the outside, and not just that but why they are a beautiful person on the outside. A beautiful person on the inside is a person who has given their life to Jesus, a person who has sacrificed their fleshly desires to live the spectacular life in store for them. A heart that has been given to Jesus transforms you from the inside out, leading you to live that life. 

Yes, Jesus does tell us over and over that there will be suffering involved in this life. There will be sacrifice. There will be pain. Despite this, Jesus promises that He will never leave us. His joy, His peace, and His love are always right there beside us, even in the worst of tribulation. This tribulation is not eternal, but will someday end, and when it does there will be an ultimate reward in store for us.

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You, my sister, are beautiful. You are loved. You have a purpose.

You are not alone, and you are worth it.

Please, do not believe the lies pressured upon you. Instead, turn to your Savior. His arms are always open for you. You don’t have to be “good enough,” because you are so much more than that.

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.”

1 John 3:1-2

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Courage, Faith

Be Still

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I lie in my bed. My stomach hurts with that familiar, hollow pain. My heart rate has accelerated. I take deep, calming breaths, willing myself to understand that I’m ok, I’m safe. I slowly start to relax, and the hope rekindles that perhaps I will sleep at a somewhat decent hour.

A train wails outside my window.

I sit up straight with a gasp, and my heart rate climbs again as I glance once more around my room and lie back again.

It’s fine.

Everything’s fine.

Just a stupid train.

What am I so scared of, I wonder yet again. I don’t really believe in monsters. I don’t really believe that someone would break into our house right now.

I guess what I’m really frightened can be boiled down to one simple word.

Death.

I’m scared to die. And I’m scared of anything that would cause me to die. And so I suddenly find myself facing irrational fears, fears that really have nothing to do with the true problem.

Trust. Trust is my true issue. I haven’t fully learned to trust, to lean on my Savior, to know that He protects me. More than that, though, my heart hasn’t fully absorbed the fact that to be absent from the body means to be present with God.

But I’m learning. Day by day, hour by hour. I’m starting to feel a bit more peace in my heart. I can walk through the hallway with the lights out at two in the morning, and I can think about death without such a huge thrill of fear. Oh, I still fear–but I’m learning to truly believe that I’m going to Heaven when I do die, and that it’s wonderful beyond words.  I’m  not saying that I don’t still struggle. Because I do. It’s more than likely that I will go to bed and not relax enough to sleep until an hour or two before I’m supposed to get up.

But I’m making progress. I’m learning to Be Still and Know that He is God. I’m beginning to understand the merciful, loving side of God, and fully absorb that He has these attributes, too, and not only His need for justice.

Because He is the Savior who died on the “old rugged cross” I can come “just as I am” and know that I will be received because I have “victory in Jesus” and “this world is not my home”.

I am truly so blessed, safe, protected, and loved. No matter what.

“O death, where is your victory?
O death, where is your sting? The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.  But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” -1 Corinthians 15:55-57

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